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BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT, ZOOMER - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as his eyes light. TN Coiled spring antenna on the head.

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 LOO - 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. United States

On sale October 1963.

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 and English box versions. The trim details on the body can vary.

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
BLINK-A-GEAR ROBOT - TAIYO - JAPANWalks 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.

The Blink-A-Gear appears in the 1969 Gamble-Aldens Christmas catalog for 1969.

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. United States
BUSY CART ROBOT - SUZUGEN FOR HORIKAWA - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin and plastic battery operated. Yellow body with black arms and legs.

This imaginative robot advances with walking motion as he raises, shakes and dumps his cart 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 yellow box shaped chest is structurally simpler with considerable litho detailing.

A prototype appeared in a catalog in 1972 and went on sale the same year. The prototype was based on a New Fighting Robot (1971). The model that went into production was significantly different, possibly because a different manufacturer, Suzugen, was used. There are a number of variations of this robot:

Three cart versions: a prototype tin one, a production tin one and the more usual plastic one pictured here.

Three hat versions:
1 Arguably the earliest - a ribbed hat.
2 A plain hat, narrow brim with black stripes and Japanese writing on it (the name of Japanese construction company)
3 A plain hat with a wider brim
A red hat versions exist, though this is probably transplanted from the Fork Lift Robot.

Two leg variations: a plain leg and a leg with considerable knee litho detail

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

There are other minor variations. This can add up to quite a range of versions.
BUSY CART ROBOT, PROTOTYPE - HORIKAWA - JAPANFeatured in the 1972 Horikawa catalog. This robot is based on the body of a New Fighting Robot (1971). The model that went into production was significantly different, possibly because a different manufacturer, Suzugen, was used. Horikawa subcontracted production to a number of companies.
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 operated robot. Advances with bump n' go action and lighted eyes and dome light. Based on the head of a Directional Robot and the body of the Yonezawa skirted robots. The chest plate has the lightning bolts of the Cragstan Robot with the wording Modern Robot.
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.

On sale in November 1972.
CAPTAIN RADAR SELF WALKING SPACE MAN - BALL MFG - USAHard plastic pull along ramp walker astronaut. Separate clear dome. 6" 15cm. An egg shaped weight is attached by string to the spaceman and pulls him along a tabletop. Bagged with header card. Available in several colors. United States date?
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 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.
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. "

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. See-thru
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.
CLIMBER ROBOT - ILCB - ITALYA small plastic robot with Art Deco styling, rectangular body, cylindrical head, thin arms and legs. The robot is designed to climb by gently pulling on the string. With arms and legs extended, he's 5.5" long. Produced in various colors: silver and metallic green. The string has a disc at the top and a hoop at the bottom. 1960s. climbing
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.
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.
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 See-thru
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 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.
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"
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.
COSMONAUT - VR? - USSRWindup astronaut with a clear dome. Pot-bellied pin walker astronaut with a red woollen space suit. 1960s. Came in a plain brown box with a VR logo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

Image Smith House Auctions
CYBOT - JAPANPlastic wind up robot with tracks. Blue plastic with chrome trim and antenna. Maker? Shoots missiles from hands.
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.
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
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.
DANCEBOT - BLUE BOXPlastic battery op. Bump and go action. Turning head. Poseable arms.
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.
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.
DER UNBEZWINGLICHE (INVINCIBLE) - AC - 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.
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.
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.
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 1962 and the 1963 Yonezawa catalogs.

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
DING-BO - ESTRELA - BRAZILBrazilian release of the Tomy Ding Bot.
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.
DOOR ROBOT, BOX VARIATION - ALPS - JAPANSonsco distributor's logo version.
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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