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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 1976 Galoob catalog. 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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РОБИК РОБОТ ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRPlastic friction powered robot. The arms move up and down and as they are also hinged at the "elbow" that portion swings in and out as they move up and down. The head turns from side to side as the antenna rotates. Dimensions: 3.5" wide, 4.25" long, 5.25" high There is a logo embossed on the bottom. Russia
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РОБОТ ROBOT (CHEST DECAL) - MAKER? - USSRPlastic wind up robot. Square bodied design. Decal chest. There are many color variations and at least two chest variations. Some versions have antennas, others do not.

Often referred to as a pogot.

First sighted in a Leningrad toy factory video dated 1965

Russia
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РОБОТ ROBOT - ZVEZDA - USSRA small lemon yellow wind up robot with stepover feet. 8cm Four distinctive circular dials in the chest. This is a Russian release of the TPS Mini Walking Robot. Dated 1985 on the box.

Often referred to as a pogot.

Zvezda, ЗВезд translates as "Stars".
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РОБОТ ROBOT WITH ANTENNA - MAKER? - USSRYellow/cream colored plastic wind up robot. Four colored buttons across the body. Dial detailing molded into the chest. Two spring antennas on the head. Abstract box artwork. Hexagonal head. Walking action with flashing lights. Russia
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РОБОТ, RADAR ROBOT - MAKER - USSR?Small plastic wind up stepover robot with large antenna. Robot is 6" tall (to the top of the antenna). This antenna rotates as the robot walks forward. Protruding eyes. A reworking of the small KY Radar Robot style. V shaped chest insert
Often referred to as a pogot. Astroids shape.

Russia
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РОБОТ, ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRRussian Robot. Plastic battery op remote control version. Pedestal. Takes special size 'Russian' batteries. With its original box. Often referred to as a pogot. Russia
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РОБОТ, SILVER ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRChrome silver plastic wind up robot with stepover feet. Blue plastic chest and other retailing.Spring antennas with red plastic tips. Yellow eyes. Box version 2. The back of the box carries the date Oct 17-296-75. Several box variations. Often referred to as a pogot. Russia
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Робин ROBIN ROBOT - MAKER? - USSRPink plastic robot radio. Blocky static design with red plastic eyes. Tuning and volume dials in the chest and lower body. Date? Russia
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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.

First sighting: 1958 Simpsons Sears Catalogue De Noel.

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. The various parts were produced in a range of colors: red green, yellow and blue. Combinations of these four colors are known.

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.

SY Logo. Date?
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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.
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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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Box? Name?
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FLYING SPACEMAN - ATD - JAPANTin wind up masked Japanese superhero style character. Flying action on string. Rear propeller. Cape.
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FLYING TETSUJIN 28 - ATD ASAKUSA - JAPANMetallic blue in wind up flying Tetsujin T28. Blue vinyl head. T28 Wind up key in belly. Red celluloid propeller in feet. Hook on the back. Wind up action: the toy is suspended from a string and rotates. Asakusa logo on the box. Marked ATD on the feet.

This mould has been used for at least three other anime other toys
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FOKI EL MACIANO - JUGUETES DAISA - ARGENTINAStatic tin robot, magic robot game component. Argentina. Painted tin with flexible concertina plastic arms, turned wood legs and bare metal tin feet. Helmet type head houses two flash light bulbs. Two D cell batteries fit in the torso.

The robot is advertised in the November 1967 issue of Billiken magazine.
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FORK LIFT ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot. Advances with walking motion as he raises and lowers his forklift. 30 cms. The robot lifts a cardboard crate. The arms are extra long and articulated. The red hat is unique to this robot. The robot requires extra stability to offset the weight of the lift so Horikawa have used extra long feet. (These find their way on to some Busy Cart versions.) 30cm

English and Japanese box versions. Date?
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FREDDY - KIDCO - HONG KONGA minor plastic novelty robot. This is a plastic wind up robot. The arms spin wildly and make the robot move. Your Robot Pal. Walks and spins. Blister card. 1978 copyright date on card - not necessarily date of production
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FRICTION DALEK (LARGE) - MARX - GREAT BRITAINA 6" plastic friction Dalek. Black and silver versions. With friction spark and noise "siren and flashing light". Dated 1965. Note the so-called "portal" box.

Made in Swansea, Wales.

BBC, England

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FRICTION DALEK (SMALL) - MARX - GREAT BRITAINA 4.5" plastic friction Dalek. Black and silver versions. Simple friction action. Dated 1965.

Made in Swansea, Wales.

BBC, England

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FRICTION POWERED ASTRONAUT - MM/HS - HONG KONGA very odd space toy. It should be called Astronaut on a Rock to give credit to the design. A silver plastic astronaut standing on some sort of brown space rock. On his head is a propeller. The rock has wheels and, when pushed, the friction motor allows the rock to run along the floor while the propeller turns. 5" (12cm) tall. HK 1960s No maker's name on the box, but marked MM HS underneath.
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FRICTION POWERED WALKING ASTRONAUT - DAIYA FOR AHI - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate astronaut. A boxy robot with litho detailing of oxygen tanks on the front and back. Astronaut wording prominent on the chest. Crank operated astronaut advances with walking motion. white helmet. Grey plastic arms. Window box marked Azrak Hamway International, though the robot is marked Daiya on the back. See the Laser 008 version. The wind up Astro Captain version currently dates to 1969. This is earlier, appearing in newspaper ads in August 1968.
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FUNNY ROBOT - HONG KONGMade in Hong Kong, distributed by Regal Greetings & Gifts in Toronto Canada. 13 cm, mystery action, lited eyes, turn over action. Stock #R5715

All plastic, battery powered 2 C cells.
This is a copy of the Japanese SH. "Acrobat Robot" and a Taiwan version with flashing eyes. Robot Amusant
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GALAXY ROBOT - AIRGAMS - SPAINThere are plenty of Galaxy robots out there but this is the oddest example. It is a small oval bodied light blue plastic robot creature with thin chrome silver legs and very long grey arms. Two decals and the disk shooting slot form a sort of face. Amber plastic dome on the top. Long grey arms. Battery operated action: the creature walks with flashing lights and shoots disks from its mouth. The arms shoot plastic missiles.

The Galaxy decal on the head gives it its name but a box has not been found to confirm this. Details? Box? Maker?
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GALAXY ROBOT - CHINALater multicolored plastic battery op robot with doors in chest, rotating body and shooting guns. Light blue plastic body, orange head and arms, pink hands and feet. Large clear red plastic face. This is a variation of the Cosmos Robot by Kamco.
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GALAXY ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe first of a new wave of robots with a futuristic humanoid shape. These robots are characterised by their rounded lines, large feet and human features. Available in red/white blue and in chromed metal plastic. Comes with a separate gun and shield. Decal stickers for the robot and the shield.

This robot appears in the 1985 and 1986 SH catalog where it is shown in red and black. Original Horikawa versions have "Japan" marked on the battery door and have the SH logo on box. This was most probably made by Marumiya.
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GALAXY WARRIOR - AMICO - HONG KONGPlastic battery op rotating robot with shooting guns and opening doors. Very flimsy build. Star Wars knock off. Stormtrooper head. See Star Robot. c1979 Grey and black versions shown.
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GALAXY WARRIOR - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated pedestal robot. Bump and go action. Rotates. Stormtrooper head. Made in Hong Kong. Two pairs of orange plastic guns above the chest panel. The body is the same as the Dynamic Warrior, though the head has changed. Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design.
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GALAXY WARRIOR - HONG KONGBlack version of the plastic battery op robot. Star Wars knock off with Stormtrooper style head. Rotates. Opening doors and shooting guns. Box has a green background. Comma design on chest. Maker?
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GALAXY WARRIOR - WHITE VERSION - MAINLAND - HONG KONGWhite version of the plastic battery op robot. Star Wars knock off with Stormtrooper style head. Rotates. Opening doors and shooting guns. Comma design on chest . Box has a light blue background. Maker?
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GEAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall nine inch multicolored tin and plastic wind up gear robot "with electronic room". Blue tinplate body, green plastic legs, red plastic arms and head. In common with other Horikawa robots of the time it small red Attacking Martian head with fly eyes. The ears are chrome

The chest has been considerably reworked: a new, brightly lithographed chest plate with a green and white gear arrangement. The electronic room hole in the chest is still present. Structurally it is very close to the later version of the Engine and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings.

Japanese and English box versions.

There are a number of minor variations that exist: ear color, leg size, the height of the robot etc. As with all of these robots it is difficult to be sure of all permutations.

This robot first appears in the Horikawa catalog for 1970.
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GEAR ROBOT - KOREAName on box:
Name on toy: Gear Robot
Nickname:
Manufacturer: ???, MADE IN DAE JI (Korea)
Height: 8.5"
Timeline date:
Power source: Wind-up
Actions: Robot walks forward in "stepover" fashion as gears in chest turn, sparks and antenna rotates.
Additional info.: Embossed on rear of robot: "GEAR ROBOT" and "MADE IN DAE JI" (as shown in photo above). Wind-up key permanently attached.
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GEAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with visible gears in the chest. Three gear arragement. A similar design to the Mechanic Robot. 1970s.

A Metal House design in the style of SH robots.
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GEAR ROBOT WITH AUTOMATIC SPEED CONTROL - HORIKAWA - JAPANSilver tin battery operated robot with speed control knob on the head. 11 inches tall. Lithographed chest panel with a clear plastic cover. Five plastic gears rotate in the chest in a domino patter: usually three green and two pink. Moving shoulder rod antennas with red knobs on the end. The robot has a prominent red plastic speed control on the head; it has three positions, slow, fast and off. The chest retains the notch for the plastic rocker switch of the Machine Robot, a related design. It is covered with a metal blanking plate. 11" 28cm.

Two chest litho variations are known, though the difference are not obvious. The earlier one (right) has lights set into the chest that are not emphasised. The later version (left) has substantial litographed rings around them.

First sighted 1964 in Marshall Field Christmas catalog. Newspaper adverts show this on sale in November 1964.
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GEAR ROBOT WITH VISIBLE GEARS - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall 9 inch brown tinplate wind up robot with two gears in clear plastic chest. This boxy robot has a brightly lithographed tinplate chest panel with circuit board detailing. Two gears (originally one red and one green - later pink and yellow) rotate under a clear plastic chest panel. The square head has chromed tin eyes and mouth. A conical clear red plastic dome covers the spark mechanism. A switch or "stopper" is positioned on the back. This is mentioned at the bottom right of the box. The box depicts the red-green gear combination and may be one of earliest Horikawa robots. The pink-yellow version was released in 1964 using the original box.

Featured in Kauf's catalog for 1964.

The subject of these early nine inch Horikawa robots is complex with many variations and combinations identified.
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GEAR ROBOT, HAT VERSION- HORIKAWA - JAPANVISIBLE GEAR MECHANISM Small tin wind up robot four gears in clear plastic chest. The box is similar to the non-hat version with just the removal of the red dome and the inclusion of the hat. Notice also that this has the "stopper" switch on the back to pause the mechanism. The hat is the same that features on the tin version of Mr Zerox. The red eyes versions seem to be associated with the stopper. The box refers to an Electronic Room, but this refers to the small chest opening.
smgear 9 inch 4 gear Gearhead
Circa 1964
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