Yonezawa – Moon Explorer M-27
Moon Explorer M-27 made by Yonezawa in Japan for Cragstan 1963. Everybody nowadays thinks that aibo (sony) is a great walking “robot” and that`s correct, but Yonezawa was able to create a walking space toy in the early 1960`s and believe me or not, this space toy walks great. It has an ingenious internal mechanism that drives 4 legs with pods to give it a stable walk.
Walking on 4 legs with a revolving antenna, cameraman coming out of an access door, flashing lights and a beautiful lighted engine…. This is really a great space toy with outstanding lithography. Its powered by a corded remote control that has the shape of a rocket. The remote has 2 buttons, white and red. Pressing the white button makes the M-27 to start walking and explore the “moon surface”. Pressing the red button makes the M-27 stop, a hatch/door opens and when fully opened, the cameraman/astronaut comes out, shooting the “moon surface”. Then the door closes again and the M-27 heads out for new adventures.
I found this Moon Explorer recently in Holland where it was part of a very nice collection with fantastic quality toys.
The condition of this scarce Moon Explorer is near mint. The only thing to mention are some burn marks from the wire on the remote. ( these so called “burn marks” are caused by a chemical reaction of the plastic of the green wire and the plastic of the remote. when they are put together for years in a box, a chemical reaction takes place when the wire is in contact with the remote and this caused the so called burn marks. This is seen on more toys with plastic parts )
The toys litho is perfect, the domes, the astronaut, the antenna, its all there, original and in perfect condition. The toy has the original box and the original box in awesome near mint condition as well. The box is free of tears and holes, no repairs were ever done to this box. Both the toy and the box does never need an upgrade anymore !
The toy works fine and strong with all the actions, filming astronaut and flashing lights. The remote has minor wire/burn marks and is complete, no cracks and all the tabs to close the parts together are perfect and unbroken, really a perfect complete remote, clean as well.
Extremely hard to find in this condition, all original and complete and perfectly working. Even the original instruction sheet is present !.
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