Thursday, January 16, 2014

Japan - Masuya Toy SAM-A7 Nike Rocket Plane

Here's a nifty '60 tin-litho rocket plane from the Japanese firm of Masuya Toy. The design is somewhat reminiscent of NASA's North American X-15 experimental plane but with a little creative license by Masuya is lettered for the U.S. Army . The toy features a friction motor and 'bump-&-tip' action. A spring-loaded, wheeled sled beneath the fuselage latches on to a hook connected to the nose tip. When the plane hits an object the nose tip gets pushed back unlatching the sled and the spring in the sled causes it to raise upwards. What I don't know is whether the plane is supposed to tip all the way over or just raise up as the spring on my toy isn't strong enough now to flip the whole plane over. The rocket plane measures 7 1/4" (18.4cm) L x 2 3/4" (7cm) wingspan x 2 1/8" (5.4cm) H. Enjoy!

The plane in 'tip up' mode

The latch within the fuselage which hooks on to the sled


  1. what is something like this worth?

    1. This could go anywhere from $80 - $120+ on a good day.