17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

The Space Race between the USA and USSR was the most intensive scientific competition of the twentieth century, and its indirect effects were perceivable even in the toy industry.

The following photos will show you 17 awesome, funny, and sometimes clumsy toys from the 1950s to the early 80s, including when the Soviets thought they could put man on the Moon sooner than the United States.

Battery operated Apollo space capsule. Made in Japan.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated space scooter. Made in Japan.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Friction Moon rocket. Made in Hungary.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

Friction Moon rocket–Intercosmos edition. Made in Hungary.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Wind up Moon lander. Made in the USSR.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Moon car. Made in the USSR.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated planet cruiser. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Friction Moonship. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Friction Rocket Express. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Wind up Moon car. Made in the USSR.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Apollo 11 space rocket. Made in Hong Kong.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Apollo-X space rocket. Made in Japan.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated space cameraman. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Intercosmos Moon car. Made in Hungary.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Intercosmos Moon car. Made in Hungary.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Space boat. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Battery operated Space tank. Made in China.

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS

17 Cosmic Toys From The Age Of The Space RaceS


Collection and photos: Attila Nagy