Waco – Space Refuel Station
The official name of this awesome space station is: Space Refuel Station In Orbital Flight With Jet plane and Rocket. 🙂
Probably the longest name for a space toy. Build in the early 1960`s ( I think its 1962 but I will correct it when needed ) by Waco in Japan. I hear you think… Waco, never heard of in spacetoyland and thats correct. This is ONE of the reasons why this space toy is very special in many ways. First of all this station was made in very small numbers and it looks like that not many complete and working examples has survived. As far as I know I am aware of 9 other complete examples to exist at this moment.
Second this is probably the only space toy Waco ever created. Not much is known by the way about this company. It looks to me that yoshiya parts were used to create this station but I not sure.
Third, its the only space toy in the form of a refuel station. There were many many robots created in the golden age, rockets, robots, saucers, cars and more but not a single Japanese mind ever thought of the fact that those vehicles also needed FUEL, only Waco was aware of this “gap in the space market”
And last of not least…( Fourth) this space toy is one of the most searched for space toys ever made and I personally think one of the most beautifully and rarest space toys ever created.
The actions, lithography, the creation itself are in one word: Fabulous. I think there was never put so many effort in a child toy as in this station. There is so much to see, so much to play with and to see…..Imagine yourself as a child and you unpacked this toy for your birthday 🙂 :-)….
Ok enough dreaming now…. The actions of this Waco Space Refuel Station are: Flashing Lights, Space noise, Turning Antenna, spaceships that can be manually docked, Stop and Go action and Lifting Action. There is a big antenna and 2 space stations.
The condition of this space station is all original and complete and in full working order and in excellent condition with 2 things to mention. first there is some minor corrosion at the bottom of the battery cover ( the battery compartment is clean ! ) as shown in the pictures. the cover has been conserved to prevent further corrosion. It does not effect the toys function in any way. Second, the pod is missing a white leg. the docking plane, pod and antenna are all original and so is the box. The condition of the box is very good to excellent with some wear, tears and small punctures. Overall a very nice box, original and complete. ( no inserts are present ) Take a minute to look at the artwork on the box… fantastic Japanese artwork !!
Extremely Rare and Scarce. One of the most wanted space toys that was build build in the golden age….
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