Hello Flowerbin, and thank you for a challenging question.
As you requested, I am posting the information I have collected thus
far about names and makers/sellers of these toys.
But let me say right up front that you have posted a high price for
your question, and if you feel that you would like any additional
information at all, please do not hesitiate to let me know. Just post
a Request for Clarification, and let me know what additional
information you would like.
As for your question, this turns out to be a toy that is very easy to
describe using your hands, but a lot trickier when only words are
allowed. The toy has several names, none of which seems to be
generally more established than another. The word "saucer" (as in
"flying saucer") seems to be the lead description, but variations of
"copter" are common as well. Here are some of the sites I found that
either sell or manufacture your spinning, flying thingamajig:
"Pull String Saucers" can be purchased very cheaply at this site:
[enter the four-digit item number in their search box to view the toy
MINI PULL-STRING SAUCERS
Item #: 7863
$2.95 Per Dozen Sets
Hand-held plastic launcher with pull-sring action and 3 flyers.
Largest is 3" Diam.
PULL STRING SAUCERS
Item #: 7848
$3.95 Per Dozen Sets
Hand-held plastic launcher with pullstring action and 2 flyers. 5"
The Flying Space Saucer here comes with three disks of varying sizes.
Flying Space Saucer
large version -- 12 inches
This is the largest and sturdiest of the flying saucer toys that I
found. My local toy store carries it (I did some field research!) and
it is impressive to behold.
It is manufactured by Battat Toys in Plattsburgh NY. Their contact
44 Martina Circle
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 12901
Telephone: (518) 562-2200
Fax: (518) 562-2203
Toll Free, For Orders: (800) 247-6144
Toll Free Fax for Orders: (800) 844-3366
Their web site is at:
but oddly enough, it does not feature the Skyrocopter.
Happily, they have an office up north of the border (from my
perspective) which is:
Maison Joseph Battat Ltd.
8440 Darnley Road
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Telephone (514) 341-6000
Toll Free, For Orders (800) 361-7899
Fax (514) 735-3408
Toll Free Fax for Orders (800) 361-7899
A close relative of the flying saucer toy is the "saucer gun"which can
be seen (as an item in a birthday party "loot bag") at:
This is a bit of an aside, but there's a great picture of a saucer gun
in action here:
And finally, there's an item called a "Helicopter Toy" which appears
to be the work of a hobbyist rather than a toy manufacturer, but
appears very professionally made just the same:
In addition to the above, I happen to be the proud owner of the
"Flying Saucer -- Complete with Launcher" set that comes with four
brightly colored disks, each about four inches across.
I must admit that my toy looks to be a bit sturdier and more well-made
than the ones above that are commercially available, with the
exception of the Skyrocopter. My "Flying Saucer", which cost $2.99,
is distributed by "Marvelous Thomas" and is manufactured in China. I
have no more information about it than that, at the moment, but I can
inquire at my local toy shop for more details if you're interested.
I hope this meets your needs. But as I said above, if you need
information beyond what I've provided here, all you need do is ask for
a Clarification, and I am at your service.
search strategy: Google search on:
"pull the string" toy (fly OR flying OR flies)