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ATTACKING MARTIAN, THREE COLOURS - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe 3 colour versions of the 1960's 1st type non rotating Attacking Martian - Brown silver gold in order of rarity - gold being the hardest to find - Made in Japan - mostly tin plate metal with green plastic inserts in chest doors. Earliest have white painted metal battery compartment later changed to plastic. Earlier ones also have a translucent green pointed switch. An easy way to spot the difference between early and later is the tapering of the arm/hand on later ones, as can be seen on the gold version -
ATTACKING ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery operated robot with three chrome plastic smoking guns set into a tin chest plate that move in and out.

The first sighting of the Attacking Robot is in the 1984 Horikawa catalog, and in the Alps catalog for the same year. Alps are evidently the importer. The robot is very close in design to the Space Fighter. Photo box marks a change from artwork to the cheaper photo box.
BAM-BO - ESTRELA - BRAZILRound body (Type 1) Karate Robot variation. Brazilian plastic battery op robot. Tumbling acrobat action. See also the Silver Warrior. There are a wide range of versions achieved by the use of different body, leg and arm colors and by the use of decals. Two box versions shown.
Bandai Missiler - BANDAI - JAPANTransparent gear robot, paddle foot. Blue arms and legs. Details This is the re-issue of the Imai Captain Patrol. It is missing the shoulder covers.
BANK DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGGreen plastic robot with red feet and blue head. Has a combination safe in his chest.

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.

Believed to be prototype only until this example was posted on Alphadrome.
BATMAN - BANDAI - JAPANThis is a rarely seen tin battery operated version of Batman character robot. The silver and blue toy is smaller than the Nomura copy and the vinyl head has a more childlike appearance. In the chest is a lighted Batman logo and there's a blue vinyl cape.

Walks, lighting logo in chest. The box has a DC Comics cartoon style graphic of Batman. Released for the Japanese market c1966.
BATMAN - LUSIA - ARGENTINAAn eccentric and rarely seen tin wind up Batman figure from Argentina. Felt hood and cape. Lusia made Batman and Superman figures in the late 1960s. There is a lever on the feet that switches from forward to backward movement (ratchets in the feet are allowed to move forward or backward). The wheels in the feet are cast iron.

Lusia used a variety of Schuco pressing from the 1930s to the 1960s, though there is no Scuhco equivalent of this figure. 16cm
BATMAN - NOMURA - JAPANThe Nomura Batman is definitely not a rare robot, but it appeals to a wide range of collectors: robot, Batman, battery ops, tin toys etc and this accounts for its value.

Light and dark blue tin and vinyl battery operated superhero. Lighted vinyl head. Circa 1966. Advances with walking motion and swinging arms as his head lights. He has a blue cloth cape fastened to his chest with a small yellow bat shaped clip. The cape has a Batman logo screen printed in the center. Some boxes sold in UK, carry a Fairylight distributor's sticker.

There are currenty three known variations: the standard blue with a closed mouth, the standard blue with a wide grin and the red body version. There is no substance to claims about rare back to front feet versions: they are all the same.

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BATMAN ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANA very rare Batman toy from Bandai. This is a rather odd depiction of Batman, far removed from the 1966 Adam West look: the structure is vinyl on a metal framework. The lean looking body is grey with blue trunks, gloves, and feet. Batman has a broad utility belt and a logo on his chest. The blue cloth cape has Japanese characters. Wind up walking action with moving arms.

BATMAN ROBOT - TADA - JAPANWhen Tada decided to make a Batman toy they had a suitable pressing available. The result is this light blue tin wind up robot. The distinctive feature of the toy is the length of the legs and the wide stance: this gives the toy a waddling walk. There's a vinyl head and a cloth cape. Made for the Japanese market. The artwork is close to the 1960s comic style. Marked Tada. c1966
BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT aka TARGET ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANIt's actually just ROBOT on the box, so it has acquired the nickname Target Robot. It was the last member of the gang of six to be manufactured and sold in 1965. It has the Masudaya catalog number #3357

The planned but unproduced Shooting Giant Robot was the prototype for Target Robot in 1963/64.
It was featured in the Masudaya catalog dated 1963-1964 and the catalog # is 3357, the same number as Target Robot. (Joe K.)

The old fashioned grey plastic pistol is an authenticated gun for this robot. Frequently a more modern looking tin automatic gun is shown: it might be later variation or a makeshift.

Gang of Five tin battery op skirted robot. This robot has a two motors.
1958 - Radicon Robot - #???? - FAO Schwarz Catalog
1960 - Non-Stop (Lavender) Robot - #3058 - FAO Schwarz Catalog
1961/62 - Giant Machine Man - #3058 - Catalog Documentation pending
1963 - Giant Sonic (Train) Robot - #3223 - L.A. Times Ad
1963/64 - Shooting Giant Robot - #3357 - Masudaya Catalog
1965 - (Target) Robot - # 3357 - Marshall Fields Christmas Catalog
BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT, ZOOMER - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as his eyes light. TN

Not strictly a Zoomer: the box is a one-off promoting this unique color scheme. But in all other respects it's a typical Zoomer. This version also appeared in a "regular" Zoomer box.

Version 4: Blue face and body, red hands and feet Rare box variation depicts this color combination (apart from the ears).
Zoomer Family 20cm FT#28
BIG LOU - MARX - USAPlastic battery op. Multiple action robot with the following functions - blows whistle, squirts water, eyes light and flash, voice with phrases, fires darts, rings bell, sends Morse code, fires balls, fires rockets and bends. Includes two darts, two rockets, three balls, whistle and the grenade.

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BIG MACHINE No 24 - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic friction robot, red body, blue legs. Squat design with head incorporated in body. Horns. Gripping hands. Japanese market release. Date? c1980s
BILLY BLASTOFF - ELDON/TOMY - JAPANA small, squat white plastic astronaut with a large domed helmet. Billy has a backpack that holds the batteries that power him. Designed as part of the Billy Blastoff equipment range, the robot can combine interact with other pieces. Japanese box version shown here. Produced by Tomy for Eldon.
BILLY BLASTOFF'S ROBBIE ROBOT - ELDON/TOMY - JAPANA small blue plastic battery operated robot with grey arms and legs. Backpack holds batteries. Provides power for vehicles. Rotating oval plastic antenna. (The antenna is the one used on early toys such as the M-27) Accessories include a TV ray gun and walkie talkie. 1969 Made by Tomy for Eldon
BLACKFIGHTER SHARPSHOOTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANAn unusual variation: this is a Japanese box version of the Sharpshooter Robot with the addition of the Blackfighter banner.

Black plastic battery operated robot. Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries.

Actions: Walks forward as chest doors open and lighted guns fire. Doors close and robot continues to walk forward. MADE IN JAPAN is embossed on the plastic battery cover. Robot is all plastic except for the soles of its feet which are tin. SH
The Sharpshooter Robot shares many common body parts with Horikawa's Sky Robot which accounts for the seemingly unnecessary "flip top" head and exposed front wheels.
BLINK-A-GEAR ROBOT - TAIYO - JAPANThe Blink-A-Gear appears in the 1969 FAO Schwarz Toys Catalog and a Gamble-Aldens Christmas catalog for the same year. Walks with moving gears and flashing lights. Plasic arms, feet and legs. This is a reworking of the 1967 Wheel-A-Gear robot: the rubber pulley has been replaced with meshing plastic gears and the metal antenna has been removed. In addition the relatively complex moving eye feature has been removed, so the eyes are fixed. There is a light in the head that illuminates the eyes and the top dome.

There is a similarity between the Taiyo robots and the Yoshiya High Wheels. Though Yoshiya and Taiyo were separate companies they probably shared projects. The Blink-A-Gear appears in an undated Yoshiya catalog. 28cm

A version of the box with the KO logo is known.

BOXER DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGRed plastic robot with blue feet, black arms and red head. Has a decal face of a boxer with a black eye. Decal with BOXER on the chest. The two buttons on his head control his arms to create a boxing 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.
BRAIN DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGGreen plastic robot with red feet and blue head.

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. This robot was designed to fit inside the large King Ding obot.
BUCK ROGERS ROBOT - PROTOTYPE - USAStatic tin robot. Details? This largely undocumented robot is potentially one of the earliest on record. It is clearly based on the Buck Rogers robot and may date from the 1930s.. Tinplate. If you have any more information I would love to hear it.
BUSY CART ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. Advances with walking motion as he raises, shakes and dumps his cart. SH wheelbarrow. It is stylistically a natural companion to the Fork Lift Robot. The basic frame is that of the large battery op Horikawa robots , though the chest is structurally simpler with major litho detailing.

A prototype appeared in a catalog in 1972. The model that went into production was significantly different. There are a number of variations of this robot:

Three cart versions (a prototype tin one , a production tin one and the plastic one pictured here.) Red hat versions exist, though these may or may not be transplants from the Fork Lift Robot.

Two feet variations: the usual short foot shown here, and a longer foot that probably was designed for the Fork Lift Robot

Three hat versions: 1 a plain hat, narrow brim with black stripes and Japanese writing on it. 2 plain with wider brim 3 (arguably the earliest) a ribbed hat.

Two leg variations: a plain leg and one with considerable litho detail (so-called knees)

There are other minor variations. This can add up to quite a range of versions.
BUSY CART ROBOT VARIATIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANThree hat types. Two leg types. Two feet types.
BUSY CART ROBOT VERSIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANMinus wheelbarrow. Showing three leg variations and three hat types.
BUSY CART ROBOT, NO 1 BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANJapanese box version.
BUSY CART ROBOT, PROTOTYPE - HORIKAWA - JAPANFeatured in the 1972 Horikawa catalog. Does an example exist?
BUSY CART ROBOT, TIN CART VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis version of the Busy Cart has a tin cart, possibly the first versions. The hat is the ribbed one. The diameter of the cart handle is slightly smaller than that of the plastic cart.

The dating of the Busy Cart remains unclear.
BUZZER ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANSilver tin battery op Circa 1957. Advances with bump n' go action and lighted eyes and dome light. Based on the Directional Robot and carrying the chest plate design of the later Yonezawa skirted robots.

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CANDY CONTAINER ROBOT - JAPANStatic plastic candy boxes. Red and blue versions known.
CAP'T ASTRO SPACE MAN - PROBABLY BY HIRO FOR MEGOFor MEGO. Tin and plastic wind up astronaut. Captain Astro wording on chest. Stepover. Hong Kong. This robot is very similar to the Apollo 2000-X by Hiro and shares most of its comnponents except for the stepover feet and the litho panel instead of a spark window.
CAPTAIN THE ROBOT - MTU - KOREATin and plastic wind up. Korean MTU Company. Walks slowly with spark in chest. Copy of earlier Japanese "Robot Captain". Stepover feet.
CATERPILLAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANA very unusual later Yonezawa robot. This blue plastic battery operated robot has an odd, angular body with plastic panels, red arms and a large rotating chrome plastic antenna on its head. The drive mechanism comprises two sets of caterpillar tracks that are hinged together. This combination presumably gave the robot better obstacle climbing capabilities.
CHANGE MAN ROBOT - MARUMIYA/METAL HOUSE - JAPANLarge lithographed tinplate remote control battery operated robot. It advances with walking motion. The plastic molded dinosaur head opens to reveal a vinyl boy's head. Lights and noise. No box was produced, though examples are "Change Man" written on the top.

Of mixed vintage, this large lithographed tinplate robot has an unusual history: it appears that it was a planned release that only reached an early stage in the process. Parts were manufactured but were not assembled. The parts remained at the Metal House factory for many years. In the 1980s a number were made up. Over the years more have appeared using original old parts mixed with new components.

Similarities have been pointed out between this robot and the Daiya Cragstan Astronaut: in particular the legs look to be identical - notice the slight flare where the leg enters the foot. A red - purple headed prototype of this robot (which is little more than a test run) is known.

The Metal House company still have (at 2012) access to unused components from the original run and are releasing the remaining "sleeper" robots in as yet undetermined numbers.
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.
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?
CHIEF ROBOTMAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op 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.

This must have proven to be a popular toy and Yoshiya reissued it as the Cragstan Radical Robot and the Mystery Moon Man. The Radical Robot is invariably the light blue version with new and distinct box (but no changes to the robot). The Mystery Moon Man is a white paint version but uses the same box art - with just a change of name.

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.
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

The robot first appears specifically with the Mr Chief nameplate version in the 1963 Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalog. 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 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. "

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:

A version was sold in Spain as the Robot Mecanico by Lemssa.
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.
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.
COBOT COCA COLA ROBOT- KOREAPlastic battery op Circa 1979. Coca-Cola R2D2 style radio control robot.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
COSMIC FIGHTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op 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.
COSMIC TALKING ROBOT - CHINAThe closer you examine this realtively late robot the more it reveals its style. This 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.
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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