Horikawa - Space Station Red Variation

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Horikawa - Space Station Red Variation

And yes again all good toys comes from Italy. Rome this time where i located 2 space stations this time, a blue and a rare red one with original box. Found in an old toyshop where they were brought in and sold by a local of Rome. The stations were part of a small collection that was sold to the shop and I was able to get the 2 stations.

Horikawa Space Station was build in Japan in the early 1960`s 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, no flaws to mention and some minor playwear and 2 small dings are the only thing that keeps this toy from higher grading. All the bays windows are perfect, no cracks or breaks. Clean battery compartments, no rust and the toy works fine and strong with all the lights, sounds and actions.

This example is accompanied by its original box in excellent condition. There is some storagewear mostly around the corners and a few minor tape repairs at the corners as well. Overall an above average example of this toys box.

Horikawa Space Station in RED  is an extremely scarce spacetoy in this condition with its original box. You will have a hard job to find a nicer example of this ultra scarce red variation.

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