Horikawa - Space Station Red Version
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Just imagine: You are 8 years old, sitting in front of a christmastree and Santa has brought you some presents. You unpack the biggest
package and there it is.... Horikawa Space Station, WOW :-)
I searched a few years before I could lay my hands on a complete example of this legendary space station, and I can imagine why it was so hard to find one, my god is this a toy ?? it looks more like work of an artist, the details are awesome and I can not remember I ever saw a more detailed spacetoy ever.
Horikawa Space Station was build in Japan in the early 1960`s ( still investigating the exact year ) and was made in 2 versions, red and blue. It comes with mystery bump&go, spacesound, rotating antenna, 5 bays with blinking lights, engineroom and more more more.
The space station has 5 different bays: engine room, rest and recreation room, dining room, communication room, and controllers room. All the bays are highly detailed with lightning and little people in them. The engine room shows the real internal engine running, very nice to see in action.
This is the first version Horikawa made and its totally made out of Lithographed tin. They build a second version in the late 1960`s that had only 4 bays and was made out of tin and plastic, called NEW space station.
When you take a good look at this spacetoy you know immediately why not much survived. Allthough its made out of tin, its "fragile" and could easilly loose parts or got damaged during playing, lets face it, it was made to PLAY WITH :) They complex structure make these toys almost impossible to repair. Once taken apart you will have a hard job to put it back together because of the many little tin tabs that hold the toy together. This can only be done by an expert so many space stations that did not work anymore were simply trown away because nobody could repair them.
The condition of this red Horikawa Space Station is excellent to near mint and only 2 things are keeping this toy from beeing near mint.
It has 2 flaws: there is a small piece of window missing on one of the bays and there is a small dent. I highly suggest you leave it this way because you have to look for it. The toy works perfectly with all the actions, lights, sound and rotating dish in the middle. It works like it was made yesterday. There is NO rust, only VERY light playwear and the batterycompartments are cristalclean. YOu can see this toy has been VERY gently played with.
The original box (just take the time to look at the artwork, isnt it great ? ) is present and has all the inserts. THe condition of the box is very good and it shows some light storagewear mostly in the corners.
In short: Horikawa New Space Station is an extremely scarce spacetoy in this condition with its original box. You will probably not see one again for many many years, VERY hard to find, rare and scarce spacetoy.
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