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CHEF DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONG
White plastic robot with blue feet and red CHEF decal on chest.arms. Blue hat. A salt shaker is fitted into one arm and by pressing the hat there is a shaking action.

One of the Topper Ding-A-Ling series that can be motorised with the addition of a battery operated backpack. Sold in boxed clear plastic packaging.
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CHICO ROBOT - UNIQUER - BRAZILThey don't come stranger than this odd plastic robot from Brazil. The shape defies desctiption but there's bagatelle game in the chest, a bucket shaped head and a pair of pen tops for arms. Date?
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CHIEF ROBOTMAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated robot. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head turns, eyes light and antennas spin. KO skirt.

This robot appeared in two color versions: grey and light blue. In addition the arms are usually tin, but plastic arm versions exist. The fact that it had a long production run may account for the variations, particularly the introduction of the plastic arms. The metallic blue version of the Chief Robot Man can't automatically be called a Radical Robot, though sellers like the added rarity of the name.

The first sighting of the robot is in Alden's; Lazarus and Newberry’s catalog for 1962. This confirms that it is the first of the Yoshiya family of skirted robots. It has been reproduced. The fins on the bellybutton of an original run from top to bottom. On the repro version they run from side to side.
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CHIEF SMOKY - MR CHIEF - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head lights and his hat smokes. KO skirt

Based on the Chief Robot Man pressing, though the belly button is a lithographed circle instead of a plastic part. The arms are metal. The robot first appears specifically with the Mr Chief nameplate version in the 1963 Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalog. The Chief Smoky chest plate version on sale in November 1964.

The name confusion arises because the box calls him Chief Smoky and the art work depicts the robot with that name on his chest plate. The actual robot can have either Chief Smoky or Mr Chief wording. To make things more confusing, the box gives him the extra title of Advanced Robotman.

"Puffing steamlike smoke. Lited see thru action. "


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CHILD GUIDANCE ROBOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic windup stepover robot. Transparent body with visible gear motor. Yellow head and legs, red arms. The nose is a bolt. Educational. The plastic ratchet spanner acts as a key. First sighted in the Sears Christmas Book 1969.

This is one of seven toys in the take-apart range.

Instruction leaflet: http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/11721-robot-no-8260-by-child-guidance-1969/

A version was sold in Spain as the Robot Mecanico by Lemssa. See-thru
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CHIME TROOPER - AOSHIN - JAPANASC tin skirt windup astronaut. Advances as he plays a musical sound. The "tune" is similar to the first few notes of the "Twilight Zone" theme, but the last note destroys the illusion - it's just a coincidence. Skirt.

During operation the astronaut moves forward while emitting a the music box "melody" - it's certainly not a chime, just descending notes. A descending pin makes it turns abruptly and it continues on, arms swinging.

The body pressing is the same as the one used for Tremendous Mike. It is probable that this robot makes use of the Tremendous Mike pressing. The soud box takes advantage of the spark window. There are no known variations of this robot. There is as yet no firm date for the Chime Trooper.
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CLAW DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGGreen plastic robot with yellow feet and head. Has long red arms with spring gripping action.

One of the Topper Ding-A-Ling series that can be motorised with the addition of a battery operated backpack. Sold in boxed clear plastic packaging.
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COBOT COCA COLA ROBOT- MAKER? - KOREAPlastic battery operated remote control robot. This is a novelty copy of an R2-D2 Star Wars robot with a Coke tin forming the body. This is an official Lucas licensed product.

R2D2 style radio control robot. Circa 1979.
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COLONEL HAP HAZARD - MARX - JAPANTin and vinyl battery op. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as his lighted blade spins. The date of manufacture, 1968, is marked on the back. Made in Japan for the US Marx company.

A prototype of the astronaut is known which carries a date 42-11-7. This is the Japanese emperor's date and means 7th November 1967 (1925 + 42). This is the same date as the silver Thunder Robot sample.

Given the date. Hap Hazard must have been created from the molds for the earlier grey/silver version Hi Bounce Moon Scout, dated to 1967. It is a considerably simpler toy with no remote control and no opening chest door. Judging by the number in circulation, proved very successful. Like the Hi-Bouncer this robot has a rotating antenna with working lights and the separate boots.

A newspaper ad dates this to December 1968 but it was widely on sale in December 1969.
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COMIC ROBOT - ALPS - JAPANSmall grey plastic wind up robot with fixed feet. Comic Robot
Manufacturer: Alps, Japan
Height: 17cm 6.25" (to top of spring antenna)
Timeline date: 1970 (1970 Alps Catalog)
Power source: wind up
Actions: Robot moves in random fashion with swinging arms and shaking body.

Additional info.: The eyes are lenticular and change color as the robot shakes back and forth. The box calls this feature "Magic Color Eyes". The chest plate is red and white lithographed tin and says MADE IN JAPAN at the bottom. MADE IN JAPAN is also embossed on the bottom of the base plate feet. There is a small wire antenna attached to the head.
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COMPUROBOT III - TOMY - JAPANCR 300 Compurobot 3. Tomy were prompt to incorporate new electronic developments in their robot and this is an early computerised robot. This is a white plastic egg-shaped robot with a clear plastic dome covering the top and acting like a head. Small red plastic arms and chest trim. This battery opersted robot contains and early 4 bit processor. Self-applied decals. 1980s. Function uncertain.
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COMPUTER ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANPlastic transparent battery op robot. 24cm FT#31 Robot moves with swinging arms and flashing light in the domed head. The movement is controled by inserting one of three supplied cams into the dome; these enable the robot to move in a programmed pattern. The distinctive dome shape was probably influenced by the robot from Lost in Space.

Japanese and English box versions. No 4473 See-thru
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COMPUTER ROBOT - BLUE BOX - HONG KONGA white plastic battery operated robot with a wedge shaped head with chorme ears and red eyes. Three hinged guns in the chest. Walking action, rotates and the guns shoot with flashing lights. Notice he hands differ from each other: one is a claw and the other has two plastic prongs. Decal decorations. White and yellow versions known. Hong Kong. Patent dates this to 1982.
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CONSTRUCTO DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGYellow plastic robot with red feet and head, and yellow constuction helmet. Holds a green drill that can be moved using the button on the helmet.

One of the Topper Ding-A-Ling series that can be motorised with the addition of a battery operated backpack. Sold in boxed clear plastic packaging.
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COSMIC FIGHTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot. Walks, stops, head splits to reveal astronaut inside with gun, gun lights and fires while body spins 3 times, head shuts then actions resume. Height: 11.5" Power source: 2 "D" cell batteries Additional info.: stamped into the tin battery cover: HORIKAWA TOY and MADE IN JAPAN.
Black and grey versions.

This robot appears in the 1985 Horikawa catalog so is probably a 1983 or 1984 toy.
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COSMIC ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSo far only an entry in the 1979 Horikawa catalog, this probably was not produced. This unusual light blue plastic battery operated robot has Sharpshooter style feet with an orange domed squat body. Panel with three windows in the chest. 8.5"
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COSMIC TALKING ROBOT - CHINAThis is a silver grey plastic battery operated robot. It has a skirted design but has feet molded into the base. The best feature is the classic domed head with eyes peeping over the plastic neck. Bump and go action. Pressing the dome starts the talking action and the flashing lights. "Hi Kids. I'm a talking robot". The robot has a pair of red plastic fists which can be fired from the arms. 11" (29cm) Dome top. China 1980s

There is a different version of this robot made by K Toys of China, same action but completely different styling. See also the Star Tron Robot.
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COSMOS ? ROBOT JAPANESE BOX - MASUDAYA - JAPANA brightly colored plastic battery operated robot with doors in chest and shooting guns. Missiles in head. Pastel blue plastic body with yellow hands, feet and chest trim. The robot has a distinctive face that consists entirely of a red plastic visor.

The Masudaya logo is printed in the later stylerather than the traditional TM logo. Decal details. Rotates. 1980s. See also the Masudaya TV Robot. Produced in China for Masudaya (Kamco?) Unsure of the name.
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COSMOS ROBOT, ENGLISH BOX - KAMCO/MASUDAYA - CHINABlack and yellow plastic battery op robot. Chest opens and guns shoot. Rotates. Large red lighted visor in the head. China. Also produced by Leader.

See the Action Robot Invader.

A blue-grey version was produced in China for Masudaya.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT BOY FACE - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction crank action skirted astronaut. Currently dated to 1962. This is a friction inertia crank operated robot. The astronaut advances with shuffling motion as he makes a clicking noise. This toy has a fixed mouth. The blue Space Man variation has a moving mouth. Based on the Yonezawa skirted robot body.

Two versions of the astronaut are known: the one shown here has the boyish face (as used for the Yonezawa Space Man). The other has an older man's face.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT X-70 - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery op. Red version. Advances with walking motion as the antenna spins. He stops and raises his gun with flashing light and firing sound then the action repeats.

This looks to have been the first of this group of astronauts, appearing in the Sears catalog for 1961, two years earlier than the blue or green Space Conqueror.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT, CHILD FACE - DAIYA - JAPANRed and blue version of the Cragstan Astronaut tin battery op. Vinyl child's head under a clear dome. Baby face. Produced later than the adult face versions.

Image courtesy Smith House Auction.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT, RED VERSION - DAIYA - JAPANReferred to as the Daiya Astronaut, in preference to the other astronauts by Daiya. Tin battery op. Early 1960s. Red version. Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises his gun with lighted end and simulated firing sound and repeats the action. This is a particularly bulky tin toy. It was made in two color versions, red and blue. Besides the base color difference, the blue version has slightly different litho detailing and does not carry the Cragstan logo.

The blue version appeared in Higbee's Toys Catalog for 1966, currently the first sighting.

Versions with vinyl child heads were also released.
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CRAGSTAN GREAT ASTRONAUT - ALPS - JAPANTin battery op 1962. Advances with walking motion, moving arms, and a rotating color wheel as a space scene plays on the chest screen. Removable antenna acts as the on-off switch. TV. Based on the very popular Television Spaceman. The space scene in the chest is the same. The dome is appreciably larger than the Television Spaceman and the battery door has been replaced by a highly litho'd alternative. Only produced in an all-tin version. The first sighting of this robot was in 1962, a year after the Television Spaceman. Oddly the picture is of a Great Astronaut but a Television Spaceman is described.

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CRAGSTAN GREAT ASTRONAUT, PROTOTYPE - ALPS - JAPANDon't spand too long hunting for this, it existed once as a protopype, was photographed for a catalog and has not been seen again

A 1962 advert showing a prototype Great Astronaut. The color is unique, as is the head detail. The description is of the 1961 Television Spaceman. Catalogs were produced months before the arrival of merchandise and the pictures are often speculative or prototype based.
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CRAGSTAN MR FLASH - NGS - JAPANName on box: Cragstan Mister Flash (on lids and front of box), Cragstan Mr. Flash (on sides of box)
Name on toy: Mr. Flash Cragstan (embossed on battery cover)
Nickname: Mr. Flash
Manufacturer: NGS, British Crown Colony Hong Kong
Importer/Distributer: Cragstan
Height: 8.25"
Box number: 1933-4
Timeline date: 1967. On sale in December 1967.
Power source: 2 "AA" (penlite) batteries
Actions: Walks forward with swinging arms and light flashing in head. The box states "whirring sound" which, to me, sounds like the gears meshing inside.
Additional info.: Embossed on the back of the head: "MADE IN HONGKONG". The photo above depicts the window box version of the box. The battery cover is embossed "Mr Flash"

There are also Mr. Flash look-alikes, however these were not Cragstan pieces. They are:
Moon Explorer - Identical colors but lacking the Mr. Flash/Cragstan markings on the battery cover.
Walking Robot - Gray torso and head with red arms and dome.
Super Walking Robot - Black arms and legs.
Both boxes for Walking Robot and Super Walking Robot bear a logo consisting of the letters HK within a five pointed star.
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CRAGSTAN ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANSilver grey body, tin battery operated robot. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the head lights and interior spins. "Revolving Color Dome Lights" Probably the first of this range of Yonezawa skirts; it is currently the version with the earliest confirmed sighting. The Cragstan distributor features prominently on the toy and the box.

The lightning strike on the chest plate is the same as that on the Modern Robot. The wording on the chest plate is Cragstan Robot.

Note that the robot has same yellow battery box with red and white batteries drawing as the Directional Robot.


Widely on sale in 1961; it is usually described as the "Mystery Robot", but identifiable because of the lightning bolts on the chest. The robot was still available in the Yonezawa catalog for 1963.

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CYBOT - JAPANPlastic wind up robot with tracks. Blue plastic with chrome trim and antenna. Maker? Shoots missiles from hands.
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CYCLING ROBOT - K LOGO - JAPANTin plastic and vinyl wind up Japanese superhero style character on a tricycle with a bell. A space version of a common Japanese wind up toy. White and yellow plastic tricycle versions shown.
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DALEK - HERTS PLASTIC MOULDERS - ENGLANDA simple soft plastic blow-moulded Dalek. Small wheels, push-along action. Moveable arms and eye stalk. Grey and black versions produced. Bagged with header card. Sold exclusively through Woolworths. 1965
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DALEK CONSTRUCTION KIT - MARX - GT BRITAINA silver plastic Dalek construction kit. Components comprise casing halves, arm block, sucker cup, plus base, head, eye, gun and sucker, three metal axles, three plastic wheels and an instruction leaflet. Also includes the drive mechanism from the standard Marx friction Dalek.
This is basically a dismantled Marx friction Dalek that the company has sold as a model. Date 1965

BBC Dr Who, England.
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DANCEBOT - BLUE BOXPlastic battery op. Bump and go action. Turning head. Poseable arms.
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DECEPTOR ROBOT - MAKER?Blue and orange plastic battery op robot. Head opens to reveal dinosaur monster. Smokes. Decal details. Change robot. A variation of the Star Master robot.
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DEEP-SEA ROBOT - AHI - JAPANA.N. is something of a mystery company. Their toys were usually imported by AHI Toytime, (Azrak Hamway International) whose logo features prominently on the boxes, and this leads to some confusion. There is clearly a connection with the early Nomura astronaut design, while the accepted maker is 'Naito Shoten'. There's no confusing the fact that they created a superb group of early wind-up astronauts. These are the Inter Planet Space Captain, the Interplanetary Explorer, the Deep Sea Robot, the Spaceman, and the Polar Explorer. The Deap Sea Robot was on sale in August 1957.

The Deep Sea Robot is silver in colour with red detailing and a big blue helmet from which a pair of eyes stare out. The oxygen cylinders are not fully formed, as in most astronauts, but are half pressing instead. There's a design on his leg that is similar to a pattern on the older Nomura Radar Robot. The action is simple, he walks forward and his arms swing.
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DER UNBEZWINGLICHE (INVINCIBLE) - MAKER? - HONG KONGLater German-market copy of the Yonezawa Talking Robot. Blue plastic battery operated robot with buttons in the chest and four missiles in the head. Walks, lighted eyes and four button talking action. This robot has the circular hole in the mouth. 30cm
German talking.
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Details?Small plastic wind up stepover robot.
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DIAMOND PLANET PROTOTYPE - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is the prototype of a battery operated Diamond Planet Robot in plain metallic blue color. It has a brown tag on the bottom that reads: "37-11-7" as the manufacturing date. This is the Japanese Emperor dating system that equates to 7 November 1962.

It is not clear if this toy was designed before or after the windup version. The body shape, head and ears are the same as on the wind up Diamond Planet but the window and battery box are different.

It has always been speculated that the shape of the Diamond Planet was designed to accommodate batteries, and this seems to confirm this.
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DIAMOND PLANET ROBOT BLUE VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue version. (The box depicts a silver grey version, but no confirmed example is known.

Tin wind up. Advances as arms raise and lower, chest meter sweeps back and forth, sparks shoot from behind the red gel near the base and a space sound is emitted. Featured in the 1963 Yonezawa catalog.

There are two color versions of this robot: red with blue arms, and blue with red arms. A prototype all blue version is known. Other colors such as silver have been reported but remain unconfirmed originals. Blue is more common than red.
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DIAMOND PLANET ROBOT RED VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind up. Advances as arms raise and lower, chest meter sweeps back and forth, sparks shoot from behind the red gel near the base and a space sound is emitted. Featured in the 1963 Yonezawa catalog.

There are two color versions of this robot: red with blue arms, and blue with red arms. A prototype all blue version is known. Other colors such as silver have been reported but remain unconfirmed originals. Blue is more common than red.

This is a real eccentric. This is reputedly a designer robot, the work of Tanaka. However it bears a striking resemblance to the Robot Commando, the large American plastic robot. It seems certain that the Diamond Planet is later than Robot Commando and that it is directly influenced by it. Key evidence is the shape of the hands which mimic the cup design of the ball-throwing plastic robot.
Yonezawa have a unique piece here.Despite its size it's clockwork. (Though there is a panel on the back clearly indicating a possible battery placement.) Secondly the shape is utterly unlike anything else: the ears are complex shell-like structures. They are the shoulder sockets of the Yonezawa Moon Robot. the eyeballs shake about in
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DING-BO - ESTRELA - BRAZILBrazilian release of the Tomy Ding Bot.
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DINO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBy any standards this is a classic robot. At first sight this is a large, boxy tin and plastic black-brown battery operated robot with a little litho detailing. As soon as it is switched on, however, it undergoes an impressive transformation as the head spits in two to reveal a lighted, roaring dinosaur head. The heads snap shut, and the robot walks on. The transformation had been attempted before but never with such success or with such an unlikely subject. It is a design that has been much copied but never bettered. 11" 28cm This appears in the 1972 Horikawa catalog where it is described as new.

This has been reproduced in the original colors and in green. Reproductions have a serial number stamped into the plastic head shells. In addition the plastic heads have a distinctive molding line running around the eyes and mouth. Reproductions do not have this.
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DOOR ROBOT, BOX VARIATION - ALPS - JAPANSonsco distributor's logo version.
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DOOR ROBOT, DARK BLUE REMOTE - ALPS - JAPANThe Alps Door Robot with an original dark blue (solid colour) remote control and green electric cable. Mostly seen with light green or metallic light blue remote, and sometimes an entwined red & white cable. Probably other colour remotes and cables exist, it is known though, that remote controls from other toys are used to repair Door Robots that have lost their own over the passage of time. Please see the other Door Robot listing for a full description.
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DR WHO AND THE DALEKS - MARX - GREAT BRITAINPlastic battery operated Dalek, with "amazing robot action!" - bump and go. Two versions: silver with a blue base and black with a black base. Both have gold trim. Both came with separate eye, gun and sucker. 6.5". The box carries a 1964 copyright date.

At some stage Marx altered the design of the eye stalk. Early versions have a big red eyeball, later versions have a smaller, more realistic eye.

The silver version appeared in 1964 and a black version followed in 1965. Made in Swansea, Wales

Two box versions exist, one predominantly blue and one red. Both have the same hand-drawn artwork.

BBC, Dr Who, England
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Dr. Slump Kit - Bandai - JAPANPlastic kit. 1982-1985 (cover art dated 1982) ...Plasticaugie
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DYNAMIC FIGHTER - SUDA - TAIWANPlastic battery robot operated with guns. Tin chest panel. Stop start walking action, smokes and chest plate with guns shakes.

This is a copy of the the Japanese version is made by Junior Toy. There is a slight difference in the tin litho chest plate.
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DYNAMIC FIGHTER - JUNIOR TOY - JAPANMetallic blue plastic battery operated robot with guns. Tin chest panel. Stop start walking action, smokes and chest plate with guns shakes. This robot is another version of the typical Junior Toy design. The obvious selling feature is the incorporation of the popular smoking action. The box includes a small device to refill the smoke chamber via the plastic gun barrel. No 1023. First sighted in the 1978 Junior Toy catalog, though it probably predates this. Takes 2 C-cell batteries. 25cm tall.

The Japanese box is shown: on this version the eyes light.

The Dynamic Fighter is one of several robots based on the Mr Galaxy design. Metal House list this robot in their gallery of original products. First sighted in the 1978 Junior Toy catalog.

At least three variations of the chest plate lithography are known.
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DYNAMIC WARRIOR - HONG KONGPlastic battery op pedestal robot with an intricate multicolored head design. Bump and go action. Rotates. Plastic mesh type chest. Two pairs of orange plastic guns are mounted above the chest panel. Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design. Another robot called Dynamic Warrior shares the same head.
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DYNAMIC WARRIOR - MAKER?Plastic battery op rotating robot with opening doors and shooting guns. Has the same head as the other Dynamic Warrior. Blue version and white version. Another robot called Dynamic Warrior shares the same head.

Star Wars style box.
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EARTH MAN - NOMURA - JAPANFawn yellow lithographed tinplate battery operated remote control astronaut robot. The astronaut has a globe helmet with a clear plastic carries a gangster style Tommy Gun. Advances with walking motion as he raises his gun. The gun emits a firing sound and the barrel illuminates. Backpack with antenna. Green two cell battery holder. TN Earthman. No firm date.

Early Nomura astronaut design.
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EGBERT THE EXPLODING ROBOT - MULTIPLE PRODUCTS - USACarded plastic robot with fall apart action. USA Soft plastic. Red, yellow and grey versions. MPC United States
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EL GRAN ROBOT - PUKY - ARGENTINAPlastic wind up robot with 4 gears. Sparks in chest. Four visible colored gears behind a clear plastic bevelled chest plate. A variation of a SH original. Color variations include green body and red body. Argentina. Truncated pyramid head.
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ELAMI JR - ROBOTLAND INC - JAPANThis is a sophisticated robot that illustrates the changes brought about by the introduction of microchips. This red and white plastic robot appears to consist of a head and body with no feet. The 8-bit microprocessor allows for an LCD face display showing different emotions. There's a speech processor and a large array of fleashing LEDs. A touch panel in chest allows basic programming. 1980s
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ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROL ROBOT, VERSION A - MASUDAYA FOR LINEMAR - JAPANElectric Remote Control Battery Operated Robot. A blue lithograhed robot with a cylindrical head on an ovtagonal body. The feet are fixed into a base plate. Cylindrical arms with red claw hands. Battery operated action: the robot can walk forward or backwards as arms swing and eyes light up. The square remote control unit with the bright litho cover is a major feature of this robot. Two slight variations of the remote control are known: one with a card inserts showing battery orientation; one with the batteries lithoed onto the tin lining.

Maked Robot (on chest), R-35 on back. Height: 7.5"
Remote control box: 3" x 4" x 1.5"
Timeline date: 1955. Advertised in newspapers in November 1955.
Power source: 2 "D" cell batteries

The photo above depicts the lighter blue color version with the lithographed tin remote control box which came in the larger size box (5" x 9.5" x 3.25"). Pin feet

VERSION A - Linemar logo on large box. Square tin remote control.

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ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROL ROBOT, VERSION B - MASUDAYA - JAPANR-35. This rarer variation has a red plastic remote control. In addition the box is squarer and carries the Masudaya MT logo.

There is some debate about the existence of a detachable remote control. Photos exist of a version with a two pin adapter that fits into the robot body. It is considered that this is probably a post-production adaptation by a collector.

VERSION B: Masudaya smaller box. Plastic battery operated remote. Slightly darker blue litho.
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ELECTRIC ROBOT AND SON, BLACK/ RED VERSION - MARX - USAThis robot in its black/red version has been documented to 1955. The white bulb eyes original, they're distinctive in that they are white, not clear glass. The white comes off easily. Electric Robot (and son) came with plastic hammer and screwdriver, but no wrench.

Electric Robot and Son has an antenna adjustment knob, knobs for right and left arm movement, morse code bottom with morse code written on the back of the robot's head, forward and reverse switch, left and right movement switch.

It is believed that all 3 color variations were produced in both "Electric Robot" and "Electric Robot & Son" versions. Printed on the back of the head are the words: "Morse Code" and followed by the Morse Code alphabet. This handy reminder was useful after the robot's antenna was raised and the buzzer button activated. Widely on sale in November 1955.

There is very elusive tan colored variation.

The Electric Robot (as opposed to the version with son) has an additional piece of plastic molded inside just above the tool drawer. It serves as a lid to prevent the tools from spilling out of the drawer when closed. The Electric Robot that came with the Son, has no such lid. United States
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ELECTRIC ROBOT AND SON, GREY/MAROON VERSION - MARX - USAGrey-maroon version of the large plastic skirt robot. This robot in its black/red version has been documented to 1955 though this grey/maroon version first appears in Montgomery Wards Christmas Catalog for1957. The white bulb eyes original, they're distinctive in that they are white, not clear glass. The white comes off easily. Electric Robot (and son) came with plastic hammer and screwdriver, but no wrench.

Electric Robot and Son has an antenna adjustment knob, knobs for right and left arm movement, morse code bottom with morse code written on the back of the robot's head, forward and reverse switch, left and right movement switch.

It is believed that all 3 color variations were produced in both "Electric Robot" and "Electric Robot & Son" versions. The "Morse Code Robot" name was probably coined by a seller who no longer had the original box to the toy. Printed on the back of the head are the words: "Morse Code" and followed by the Morse Code alphabet. This handy reminder was useful after the robot's antenna was raised and the buzzer button activated.

There is an elusive tan colored variation.

The Electric Robot (as opposed to the version with son) has an additional piece. United States
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ELECTRO MAN - SY/YONEYA - JAPANThis is a rare robot by any standards. It is essentially a large battery operated version of Mego Man. The inspiration is clearly the plastic Mr Machine robot.

The silver tin battery operated robot has a tall thin skirted body with flat tin legs attached to large circles. Long thin arms lie parallel to the legs. A bright red comic face is topped with a black tin hat. In action the wheels and legs move, along with the arms. The head hinges back with a laughing action and light flashes behind clear red spark panel in chest. Copious gear related lithography. Batteries fit in highly lithographed back pack.

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ELECTRONIC MAN COSTUME - FIBRE-BILT - USACardboard Robot costume. Made by Fibre-Bilt Toys USA United States
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EMPIRE-MONSTER ROBOT aka DRAGON ROBOT - HORNED VERSION - MIKE TOYS - TAIWANBlack plastic battery operated robot. Walks noisily then stops, head splits open to reveal screaming lit up dinosaur head. Head closes then continues. One of a series based on the same SH original body: the colors vary. Change. Photo box. Horns, ax, axe
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ENGINE ROBOT - EARLY VERSIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANBrown tinplate battery operated robot. 9 inches. Walks, gears spin, light flashes in yellow plastic head dome and celluloid eyes, visible engine. A light flashes in the head and illuminates both the yellow plastic dome and plastic eyes. The opening in the chest revealing part of the motor is the "Electronic room".

There are two versions: red-yellow gears and red-green gears.

The red-yellow (left) has one large and one small each in red and yellow laid out in a distinctive diagonal arrangement. This corresponds with the arrangement shown on the box and it is therefore believed that this is the earliest version. This version is, however, still featured in the Horikawa catalog for 1969, so it did not disappear.

Horikawa later switched to (or added) the red and green (right) arrangement of gears but the box art remained the same throughout the long run of this robot. The red-green first appears in the Aldens Christmas Catalog for 1964.

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ENGINE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANName on box: Engine Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname:
Manufacturer: Horikawa, Japan
Height: 8.5"
Catalog number: #5043
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Robot walks forward with lighted pistons moving up and down in chest. They tend to make a "clacking" (clicking?) sound when moving.

Additional info.: "MADE IN JAPAN" is embossed on the bottom of the battery cover. Engine Robot is one of five robots made by Horikawa that has similar body parts originally used in the production of Sky Robot. This accounts for unusual features such as the wheel position in the feet.

*Engine Robot has been sighted as early as 1979 in a Horikawa Toy '79 catalog and as late as 1984 in an '84 Horikawa Toys Catalogue. Flared legs. Sharpshooter - Sky Robot body style. Also shown is the Japanese market version of the box.

Sky Robot body style.
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ENGINE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall nine inch brown tin and plastic battery operated gear robot "with electronic room". Tinplate body, brown plastic legs, red plastic arms and head. The main innovation here is the use of a small red Attacking Martian head with fly eyes. The ears are white though they are shown as chrome on the box. A light in the head illuminates the translucent head and ears. The robot retains the red-green gear arrangement from the earlier version. Structurally it is very close to the later version of Mr Zerox and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings.

This robot first appears in the Horikawa catalog for 1970 where it is described as a new item.
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ENGINE ROBOT - MAKER? - KOREAEngine Robot Manufacturer: Korean
Height: 8.75"
Catalog/Box number: "SC-115" (as printed on box)
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Robot walks forward with flashing chest missile tips and head dome and clicking sound. Logo embossed on battery cover. Additional color varitions exist with reverse yellow and red combinations.

Plastic battery op robot. Missiles in chest. Lighted dome. This variation has a red chest chevron. 1970s. The robot shares most of its parts with the King Kong of Mars AKA Flower Robot. Actually the only differences are the colors, head, chestplate and yellow shoulder caps. Like the Flower robot this was once thought to be a SH robot. Both Flower Robot and Engine robot have springs in the battery box. See the King Kong of Mars.

This is a partner piece to the Flower Robot.
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ENGINE ROBOT WITH ELECTRONIC ROOM, PLASTIC LEG VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBrown tin and plastic battery op robot. 9 inches. Walks, gears spin, light flashes in yellow plastic head dome and celluloid eyes, visible engine. The opening in the chest revealing part of the motor is the "Electronic room". Four gears behind clear plastic chest: two small green on top, two large red below. The box art shows the earlier red and yellow gear combination.

This is a later version of the Gear Robot with Visible Gears Mechanism but it has plastic legs and feet instead of the earlier metal. This marks a transition between tin and plastic as the material of choice for toys. The metal version first appeared in Aldens Christmas Catalog for 1964.
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EXCAVATOR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery operated robot. The robot walks and the two chrome silver drills rotate.

Version 1 (top row) the earlier version, has a switch on the back that starts a cycle of walking followed by drilling. This usually has two red gears with a yellow gear below. The box art shows a robot with a slightly raised head.

Version 2 (bottom row) New Excavator Robot (1979) has a four position swich on the front below the chest that offers Off..Walking..Drlling...Walking and Drilling. This usually has two yellow gears on top with a red gear below. Gear colors can vary. The black version with three yellow gears is probably a factory sample test.

The 1979 Horikawa catalog shows Versions 1 and 2 available:
Art No. 5035 - B/O Excavator Robot 10"
Art No. 5041 - B/O New Excavator Switch Action Robot 10"

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EXCAVATOR ROBOT - MAKER? - KOREABlue plastic battery operated robot. The robot walks and the two chrome silver drills rotate. Korean version.

The Korean version has distinctive red eyes. Box anyone?
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EXPLO ROBOT - TOPPER/NIKKO - JAPANPlastic battery operated see thru transparent robot, visible components. Designed to fly apart. Made in Japan by Nikko but sold under license to Topper.

Three packaging variations known:

1 The Topper photo box version. Made by Nikko and released by Topper Corp, as part of their Robotron series
2 The Nikko art box version (top row).
3 The Nikko plastic packaging version dated 1970, for the Japanese market.
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FIGHTING ROBOT, FIRST VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with a single gun hinged in the chest and poking through a clear plastic chest panel. The chest plate benind the screen has elaborate litho detailing. Rotating gears inside a clear cone shaped dome on the head. The robot advances with rotating gears while the chest gun swivels from side to side and shoots with flashing light.

Widely advertised from October 1965 on.

There are two versions of this robot, apart from the astronaut version. The usual version (pictured) has a clear head dome with revolving gears and two vertical shoulder antennas (rod and ball). The other version is a robot version of the Fighting Space Man with loop/hoop antennas and a yellow head dome. This second version has been seen in a 1968 Gertz Christmas Catalog.

In the earliest catalogs the Fighting Robot is called the "Artillery Robot", probably a working title.
29cm

Notice the three different catch configurations for the battery door: this was a long-lived robot and clearly modifications were made to the design.

Variations seen:
Green switch with large tin hands
Red switch with large tin hands
Red switch thick tin hands, the battery box is white tin but there seem to be some changes on the battery door
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FIGHTING ROBOT, LATER STYLE - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic and tin battery operated robot with guns in chest. Plastic body with a tinplate chest panel containing two guns. The robot advances, stops and the guns shoot. The robot retains the name of the earlier robot but has a radically new design. 11.5"

This later era robot is the same toy as the Horikawa Space Fighter Robot but without the smoke action. Plastic battery operated with tin chest plate and three plastic guns. Two minor variations of the lower chest plate litho are known. SH Japan. Art 1040 new in SH catalog 1971 and still in the Horikawa catalog for 1985.

Versions seen (left to right):
No nose chest Panel 1. This no nose version appears at least from 1977 to 1985 in the SH catalogs
Nose, Panel 1,
Nose, Panel 2
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FIGHTING ROBOT, SECOND VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA later, and less common version of the Fighting Robot with a yellow dome and distinctive hoop or loop antennas on the shoulders.

Two variations of this loop antenna version are known. The earliest is in the 1967 Stern Brothers Christmas catalog. (top) The robot has the on-off switch at the bottom of the chest plate.

A second variation (middle) robot is in the Gertz Catalog for 1968; it lacks the on/off switch at the bottom of the chest plate.

Minor variations in the ear size have been noted. See the bottom image where the ears are conical.
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FIGHTING SPACE MAN - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated astronaut with clear chest panel and a single gun. Based on the second version of the Fighting Robot body. Distinctive shoulder hoops/loops and a yellow head dome. The yellow dome version of the Fighting Spaceman appeared in 1967. It was reissued the following year in this astronaut version. A version with conical ears is known, though the box depicts the cylindrical ears.

It is featured in Eaton's Canada's Christmas Catalogue for 1968 and still in the SH catalog for 1969.

Three versions known:
Tin thick hands red switch
Tin thick hands no switch in front,
Plastic thick hands no switch in front
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FILP-O-MATIC, FLIP-O-ROBOT - HONG KONGAngular body (Type 2) Karate Robot. Grey plastic battery op robot with tumbling action. A Hong Kong cheaper issue of the TOMY Karate Robot. Face decal. Window box. Orange/blue version also shown. The Flip-O-Robot was distributed by the English comapny Salco.

Listed in the 1971 Azrak Hamway International catalog.
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FIRE ROBOT PROTOTYPE - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a tantalising picture of a robot that Horikawa planned to produce. The battery operated robot has a huge fire ladder that extends from its chest. Sadly this is a picture of a prototype or mock up for the catalog and never went into production.

This appeared in the Horikawa 1971 catalog.
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FIREMAN DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGYellow plastic robot with blue feet head. Carries a fire hose. Two versions exist: hose in right hand, hose in left hand!

One of the Topper Ding-A-Ling series that can be motorised with the addition of a battery operated backpack. Sold in boxed clear plastic packaging.
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FLASHY JIM - SNK - JAPANMetallic blue battery operated robot with remote control. Advances with walking motion and lighted eyes and mouth. Remote. The feet have pins ending in small disks. Box marked SNK ACE.

Shin Nichi Kogyo company. Same pressing as Robby the Roving Robot and Sparkling Mike. Also used for the Robot 5 by Kanto, the TV Robot by Sankei, and the Mighty Robot

Appears in the 1956 Alden's catalog.
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FLIPBOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with tumbling action - acrobat. Flipbot has the ability to pick itself up again if it falls over. Moves in a spiral pattern. 4 inches tall, takes 1 AA battery. A more recent green plastic version has been produced.
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FLIPBOT ACROBATIX - TOMY - JAPANA more recent green plastic version of the Tomy plastic battery op robot with tumbling action - acrobat. Flipbot has the ability to pick itself up again if it falls over. Moves in a spiral pattern. 4 inches tall, takes 1 AA battery.
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FLYING MINI ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated stepover robot. Transparent chest panel. 7cm

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