Vintage Sci Fi Toy Soldiers Before the Space Programs

I consider the vintage era of toy soldiers to be the days when American and European toy companies made figures in the USA and Europe.  Before everything started being made in Asia.  Until the US and Russian space programs took off in the late 1950s and early 1960s, vintage sci fi figures were heavily influenced by the imagery of the pulps going back to the 1920s.  Weird head gear, capes and puffy shoulders were the order of the day.  A good number of sci fi figures were made all around the world during this time, but I don't collect very many of them because I don't really like the style. Here are the ones I do like, in no particular order.

Thomas Toy

Marx Moon Base Aliens

These are the later version in bright green.

These are marx first version knights that have been reworked as space knights.  Fairly modern production.




I am not 100% sure about who made these or when.

The Moon Platoon

These were still available in later years, but seem very pulp inspired.  Small red versions of these figures are included in Tara Toys Dark Adventure Playset.

Starlux Aliens

I am not really certain when these were made but they look very pulp inspired to me. 

Miller Aliens

Photo from ebay auction.

Mego: Star Trek Mission to Gamma IV

Random Stuff



  1. The astronauts at the bottom of the Moon Platoon pics are the same as the LP spacemen you cover [under the name IDL].

  2. The premier/not sure figures were made by plasticraft

  3. The rare extraterrestrial Starlux figurines from 1979 come from the French comic strip John Parade drawn by Raphaël Carlo Marcello and published in 1973 in Le Journal des Pieds-Nickelés then in Trio: Raymond Chiavarino was both scriptwriter for John Parade, editor-in-chief of Trio and ... freelance illustrator for Starlux catalogs.

  4. You can also find the Moon Platoon in the Buck Rogers Galactic Playset, with also the soldiers of the Adventure 2000 Matchbox vehicles.


  5. The last figure is late1960's Nasa Project Apollo Moon Landing Astronaut Spaceman Cape KennedySouvenir figures that are in excellent plus perfect condition showing no broken or damaged parts at all and no play wear or use at all. Sold atthe Cape Kennedy gift souvenir store.

  6. The Thomas Toy figures also came as targets for a cork gun game. Late 1950s. Cork gun was metal barrel & wood stock. The cork was attached with a string.




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