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MECHANICAL SPARKING ROBOT - NOGUCHI - JAPANTin wind up robot with spark. Stepover feet. original. One of the "W" robots. Variations exist based on different hand and antenna types. This one has the knob hands and no antenna. There is reputedly a version of this robot with a different gel spark window.
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MECHANICAL SPARKY ROBOT, SPLIT LEG - SY/YONEYA for FRANKONIA - JAPANSilver litho tin wind up version of the SY Sparky with split, ie separate legs, unlike the more common joined legs. Japan 1960s Imported by Frankonia. See also the blue Wind Up Sparky Robot version.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING GOLDEN ROBOT - AOKI? - JAPANA golden colored version of the Mechanical Walking Silver Robot, chrome plastic wind up robot. Red stepover legs, black arms and a distinctive decal chest panel. Name? Packaging?
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT - SY/YONEYA - JAPANSmall bullet shaped tin wind up with paddle feet. Metallic blue lithography with dials. Large red eyes. The box art clearly depicts this version of the robot but it appears to have been used for others in the range. Robot 7 has been seen in this box. Robot 7 group.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT AKA SHAKING ROBOT - AOKI - JAPANPlastic wind up robot. Red body, red arms, chrome silver trim. Moves with shaking or vibrating action. This is a Japanese box version also sold with blue arms as Mr Robot. and Robot - Free swinging Arms. Notice that the box uses artistic license to depict a robot with separate legs. The robot should have two antennas. The key can be either a metal removable one or a fixed plastic tipped one.
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT BLUE VERSION - SY/YONEYA - JAPANAka POLKADOT ROBOT. Small bullet shaped polkadot windup paddle foot robot. Metallic blue version. The wire key is characteristic of the original versions of this much reproduced style of robot. Robot 7 group. Noguchi connection.

It is probable that this robot was sold in trade boxes. There is no evidence that it is associated with the blue Walking Robot box.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT GREY VERSION - SY - JAPANAka POLKADOT ROBOT. Small bullet shaped polkadot windup paddle foot robot. Metallic grey version. The wire key is characteristic of the original versions of this much reproduced style of robot. Robot 7 group. Noguchi connection.

It is probable that this robot was sold in trade boxes. There is no evidence that it is associated with the blue Walking Robot box.
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Mechanical Walking Robot S-1472 - Maker?Red plastic wind up stepover robot. Variation of the silver robot. Large yellow eyes. Box depicts robot walking on a small moon.
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT WITH SPARK - SY/YONEYA - JAPANVersion with spinning antenna. Tin wind up paddle foot robot. This is the SY (Yoneya) version. The same robot and box also appear with the Noguchi (N) logo. Carries the serial number 7622 as compared with the 8622 of the Noguchi version.
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT, ROBOT 7 VERSION - SY/YONEYA/NOGUCHI - JAPANSmall bullet shaped windup paddle foot robot. Silver version. The wire key is characteristic of the original versions of this much reproduced style of robot. Robot 7 group. The individual boxed version was released by SY.

The robot was also sold in trade boxes of a dozen. The tade box is an enlarged version of the individual box, but it carries the N Noguchi logo.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING SPACE MAN - TOMIYAMA (LINEMAR VERSION) - JAPANTin and plastic wind up stepover robot. Litho panel in the chest instead of the spark panel in the chest. Very similar to, and probably later than the Mechanical walking Sparking Robot. (The opening would most likely have been designed for the spark panel.) Tomy. This box has the Linemar distributor's logo.
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MECHANICAL WALKING SPACE MAN - TOMIYAMA (NON LINEMAR VERSION) - JAPANTin and plastic wind up stepover robot. Litho panel in the chest instead of the spark panel in the chest. Very similar to, and probably later than the Mechanical walking Sparking Robot. (The opening would most likely have been designed for the spark panel.) Tomy. This box does not have the Linemar distributor's logo.

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MECHANICAL WALKING SPACE MAN VERSION 5 - SY/YONEYA - JAPANTin wind up grey robot. (No antenna or head pip.) The arms of this version are all metal; some versions have a yellow plastic hand insert that slots into the arm. Several feet variations exist: gold, red, rounded, square - and different leg construction. Second type (later) box.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING SPACE MAN, VERSION 1 - SY/YONEYA - JAPANTin wind up grey robot. Spinning hoop antenna version. Note that the arms of this version have yellow plastic hand inserts. Several feet variations exist: gold, red, rounded, square - and different leg construction. Nicknamed the Clown Robot. The box art shows a coiled spring antenna on the head though the actual robot lacks this.

Box Art: it's not a depiction of the Spaceman robot, this is a picture of the most common Easelback Robot. Look at the antenna, the hand claws, the feet and the graphics.

The box art shows an antenna that is not on the toy. The art work was altered to remove the antenna, and make the picture much more like the box contents.

This is probably one of the earlier of the versions. This is based on the art work, the folding key, the rounded feet and the leg design (it has two metal struts inside the leg. Later versions economise with one metal strut) Note: originals are marked "Space Man" on the back. Reproductions are marked "Atomic Robot".

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING SPACE MAN, VERSIONS - SYSY/YONEYA - JAPANAKA Clown Robot

These are presented in speculative production order. Timeline evidence is needed to confirm or disprove this.

Version 1
Spinning antenna, separate face parts, separate breastpart, separate plastic yellow hands, round red feet, hinged key, box version No 1 (the most expensive and complicated to make with spinning antenna, separate face parts and separate hands, hinged key and separately moving red shoes, also the box art seems to be more early)

Version 2
Antenna, printed face (with tab in mouth, looks liKe a tongue), tin arms/hands, red round feet, rigid key (?), box version No 1 (as version 1, but simplified arms)

Version 3
Red pip/knob on head, separate face parts, separate breast part, separate plastic yellow hands, round red feet, hinged key, box version No 2 (?) (same as 1 but the spinning antenna mechanism was replaced by a red knob)
followed by

Version 4
Red pip/knob on head, printed face and breastpart, tin arms/hands, round red feet, rigid key, box version No 2 (?) (same as 3 but separate hands are simplified to one tin part, also face and breastpart is now printed on the robot.

Yoneya
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MECHANICAL WALKING SPARKING ROBOT - TOMIYAMA - JAPANTin and plastic wind up stepover robot. Spark panel in the chest. Very similar to the Mechanical Walking Space Man. Tomy.

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MECHANIZED ROBOT, EARLY BLACK VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Robby. Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as the dome lights, pistons move up and down and antenna turn. This is the early version with pin style pulls on the battery box doors. TN


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MEGO MAN - FACE VARIATIONS - SY/YONEYA FOR MEGO - JAPANTin windup. Advances with wheels turning as his arms and legs move and bell rings. Face variations. Red version shown. No firm date.

Yoneya
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MEGO MAN - SY/YONEYA FOR MEGO - JAPANTin windup. Circa 1956. Advances with wheels turning as his arms and legs move and bell rings. Face variations. Red version shown.

Yoneya
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MESSAGE ROBOT - TOYBOX - JAPANHeight: 5.5" (to top of robot's head) 7" (to top of sign) Manufacturer is Toybox, Japan. Decals on both sides of the head say: Message Robokun-1. Actions: Robot walks sideways while waving sign back and forth and opening and closing its mouth. Embossed on the bottom of the left foot: TOYBOX MADE IN JAPAN PAT. P. Wind up plastic robot - Sweeping Robot style.
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MIGHTY 8 ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1955. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as the color wheel in his chest turns. kaleidoscope. MT

The robot is rare but the display is not rocket-science. There is a mask with cut out slots, large and smaller "Sparks". Behind that there is a wheel of translucent plastic with coloured "Sparks"
and darkened sections. This wheel has the same pattern as the mask. the wheel turnS 'round with a light behind it: Sometimes the wheel is in phase with the mask then you have bright, single colours. Some times it is out of phaseand you have some spluttering of various colours. (Henk)


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MIGHTY ACTION ROBOT - ILLCO - HONG KONGBlue plastic battery op robot. Shooting guns, smoke. Galaxy style. This is a Hong Kong issue of the Junior toys Dynamic Fighter. Illco made two of these versions. The first had plastic eyes and was a close a copy of the Dynamic Fighter with clear plastic guns. Later versions show the effect of cost cutting with paper decals for eyes and a generally inferior finish.
The robot on the left has plastic eyes and a tin chest. The robot on the right has paper decals for eyes and a paper decal chest. Hong Kong
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MIGHTY ROBOT - Yoshiya 1965 - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. First catalog sighting 1965. Advances with mystery action as the lights inside his head spin and gears on both sides of his head turn. He also emits a clicking noise. KO skirt. This robot only appears with the plastic arms.

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MIGHTY ROBOT aka ATHLETE ROBOT KEY VERSIONS - YONEZAWA - JAPANThe right hand robot has its key the side. The left hand version has its key on the back. (Dirk) Details? It is not clear which is the earlier one, or why the modification was thought necessary. 1967
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MIGHTY ROBOT aka ATHLETE, BOX VERSION 1 - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic windup. Circa 1965. Advances with walking motion as he flexes his arms. The nickname 'Athlete Robot' is used to distinguish it from other Mighty Robots and its a very apt choice considering its action. This is one of the larger wind up robots, with a big, strong motor to drive it. Its principal feature is the movement of the arms: they rise and flex in a typical bodybuilder manner. Other robot have arms which lie at right angles to the body (Yonezawa Space Explorer, Alps TV Spaceman) but none have this articulated forearm.

The substantial tin body has considerable litho dial detailing. There is a very large grey plastic head with clear red plastic features. The box art is a plain picture of the toy on an equally plain two-tone background. It walks while it flexes its arms. There is a rarer box variation.

This is a fairly late robot, appearing in the Yonezawa catalog for 1967.

There is more than one version of the Mighty Athlete: one has a key on the side and the other has a key on the back. The reason for the change of the wind up motor is not known.
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MIGHTY ROBOT CARRYING APOLLO - YONE - JAPANA variation of the basic Yone Jumping Rocket wind up. The small lithographed tin and plastic hopping robot creature is pulling along a vinyl rocket with paper decals.

Th box has a"carring" typo.
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MIGHTY ROBOT WITH SPARKING - DAITO - JAPANThis bronze lithographed tin robot has the appearance of flattened cyclinder. The litho has rivet detailing with white and pink lines. Wind up with spark action. The robot body, head and legs are all part of one structure: two halves are crimped together. There is a little red plastic spark window in the chest. The long red plastic arms. A fixed plastic key is attached to the side. In action the robot rolls forward while the chest sparks. 5" 13cm Date?

Some sources connect Daito with Yoneya.
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MIKE ROBOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic battery op pedestal robot. Circa 1965. Advances with ticking sound. Speak into the remote microphone and your voice is transmitted through his chest. Mouth moves and eyes and head light. Japanese box version.

Note: The plastic wire can react chemically with the plastic body, leaving "burn" marks. It should be stored so that the wire does not make contact with the robot.

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MILD ROBOT - JAPANBot style plastic battery op robot with bump and go action. Shakes head and hands. Flashing lights in eyes and chest. One of the Mild Robot range. Bow tie. - Bandai Popy?.
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MINI ROBO TANK - NOMURA - JAPANSmall tin and plastic wind up robot tank hybrid. Bump and go action. Blue tin body with red plastic head. Two red plastic lighted guns in the chest. Loose yellow plastic arms attach to levers. Simulated litho tracks. Battery operated bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. The hands and levers move.

Mini Robo Tank appears in the Nomura catalog for 1971.
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MINI ROBOTSmall wind up stepover plastic robot. Chrome green with simulated paper decal TV screen.
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MINI ROBOT - AHI? - HONG KONGThe Mini Robot is a unique design with a comic appearance. This 6.5" (15cm) plastic battery operated robot has a cylindrical silver body with red legs and feet, and chrome silver arms. The head is an unusual green plastic sphere with a glitter effect. Inside the dome are eyes set on a stalk. There's a simple geometric decal in the chest. No maker's mark on the box. Part No T52

Walking action with flashing light in the head and a clicking noise.

A clue to the maker may lie in the fact that the paper decal on the chest is the same one as used on the AHI Space: 1999 Walking Spacemen. (inset)
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MINI ROBOT - MAXELL - JAPANA tiny wind up stepover robot made for Maxell. It is a silver blue little bug shape with long rotating arms.
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MINI ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op robot. Preesing a button on the head starts it moving with space sound. Two box versions shown.
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MINI ROBOT / CLOCKWORK MINIATURE ROBOT - JAPANThis little 3" (7cm) plastic wind up robot seems to have been produced in great quantities. The tiny wind up robot has a single piece head and body with little arms attached. Black stepover feet. Several color variations. TP 293. The Clockwork Miniature Robot version appears to have added painted details.

This robot was also produced in Hong Kong.
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Mini Walking Robot - TPS - JAPANSmall silver chrome wind up robot with stepover feet. Several box versions. Sold in trade boxes.
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MINI-MATE PETE THE SPACEMAN - BANDAI - JAPANSmall red and white plastic battery operated spaceman. Comical or cartoon styling. White helmet with visor. Gun in hand. Uses two AA batteries that are clamped exposed on the back to resemble oxygen cylinders. Sold in a window box and in a blister card version.
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MINIATURE SPACE BOY - HONG KONGSmall comical white plastic wind up stepover astronaut robot.Waddling action. Pete style. Marked "British Colony of Hong Kong" 1960s
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MINIATURE VENUS STYLE ROBOTS - GROUP 2- HONG KONGStatic miniature plastic robots based on the Venus Robot design. Several color versions.
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Miss Melody - Hong KongPlastic battery sonic remote control op. The Musical Girl Robot. Pedestal base. White plastic with pink arms and girlie decal details. Hong Kong 1978?
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MISSILE ROBOT - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. Circa 1965. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as his chest and head lights flash. He stops, the chest door opens and the hidden missiles move out with a firing sound.

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MISSILE ROBOT - FIRST VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlack tin and plastic battery operated robot. Rotates. The major innovation here is the addition of the two sets of missiles on either side of the head, replacing the ears.

Japanese box version also shown. Distinctive chrome toecaps on the feet.

A later version of this robot was produced with a red plastic visor face.
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MISSILE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANA prototype robot from the Metal House archive. The body is from a Dino Robot and the head is the Attacking Martian fly eye.
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MISSILE ROBOT - JAPANSmall static plastic silver chrome robots with missiles in chest. Blister carded. Released on a trade backing card. Japan Date? Translation? Three minor variations shown.
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MISSILE ROBOT, LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlack plastic battery operated robot with a red and yellow tinplate chest panel. Walks with sound, stops and then rotates with gun firing and flashing lighted eyes. The head has a large red lighted plastic visor. Missiles on either side of the head, replacing the ears. This robot is featured as a new item, No 5063, in the 1981 Horikawa catalog. There is a Japanese version of the box.

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