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MECHANIZED ROBOT - early version black - NomuraTin 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 FOR MEGOTin windup. Advances with wheels turning as his arms and legs move and bell rings. Face variations. Red version shown. No firm date.
MEGO MAN - SY FOR MEGOTin windup. Circa 1956. Advances with wheels turning as his arms and legs move and bell rings. Face variations. Red version shown.

MESSAGE ROBOT - TOYBOXHeight: 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.
MIGHTY 8 ROBOT - MASUDAYATin 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
MIGHTY ROBOT (ATHLETE ROBOT) - BOX VERSION 1 - YONEZAWA 1967Tin and plastic windup. Circa 1965. Advances with walking motion as he flexes his arms. The nickname 'Athlete Robot' is used to distinguish it fro 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 Television 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 transparent 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.

Dirk has pointed out that 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.
MIGHTY ROBOT (ATHLETE ROBOT) - TWO KEY VERSIONS - YONEZAWA 1967The 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.
MIGHTY ROBOT - ChinaRecent tin wind up robot.
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 CARRYING APOLLO - YONEYA - JAPANAn improvement of the simple Yoneya 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.
MIGHTY ROBOT WITH SPARKING - DAITOTin wind up robot with long plastic arms. Spark window in chest. This is the only known robot by Daito.
MIKE ROBOT - TOMYPlastic 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.

MILD ROBOTBot 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?.
MINI ROBO TANK - NOMURASmall 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.
MINI ROBOTSmall wind up stepover plastic robot. Chrome green with simulated paper decal TV screen.
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)
MINI ROBOT - MAXELL - JAPANA tiny wind up stepover robot made for Maxell. It is a silver blue little bug shape with long rotating arms.
MINI ROBOT - YONEZAWABlue plastic battery op robot. Preesing a button on the head starts it moving with space sound. Two box versions shown.
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.
Mini Walking Robot - TPS JapanSmall silver chrome wind up robot with stepover feet. Several box versions. Sold in trade boxes.
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.
MINIATURE SPACE BOY - HONG KONGSmall comical white plastic wind up stepover astronaut robot.Waddling action. Pete style. Marked "British Colony of Hong Kong" 1960s
MINIATURE VENUS STYLE ROBOTS - GROUP 2- HONG KONGStatic miniature plastic robots based on the Venus Robot design. Several color versions.
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?
MISSILE ROBOT - ALPSTin 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 - HORIKAWABlack 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.
MISSILE ROBOT - HORIKAWAPrototype from Metal House archive. Attacking Martian
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.
MISSILE ROBOT - LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPAN 1981Black 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.

MISTER BRAIN - REMCO 1969Plastic battery op robot. "The Tru-Smoke robot with a memory". Programmed with one of the disks inserted into the back to control movement. Blows smoke from head.

Instruction Sheet:
MISTER ROBOT - NGS - CRAGSTAN JAPANMulticolored plastic battery op robot. Red body, blue legs and head, yellow concertina arms, "Trik" "square/turn walking action, flashing lights and free swinging arms. The action is started by lifting the chrome silver plastic dish antenna. The robot is over 11 inches tall. The box carries the NGS logo, a company that seems to have subcontracted toy production.

This robot is the forerunner of similar Cragstan robots produced in Hong Kong: the Ranger Robot and Magnor Robot. It is, however, significantly different in detail.
MISTER SCREWBALL JR - FRANKONIA - HONG KONGThis is a novel multicolored wind up plastic robot. It is a play on the expression "Screwball", literally a yellow ball shaped robot into which bolts can be screwed. The mechanism and function is also the same, you turn the screw on top of the big bolt and Mr. Screwball starts to wobble forward, more a short shaking action than walking.

The quality of this toy is a bit worse than the Nuts N Bolts Robots version, which is far better designed and produced. The bolts do not really fit well in the holes and are easiliy destroyed if you do not act with care. This might be a reason why so few of this toy have survived.

1967 is written in Roman numerals on the box. , so this toy is actually the predecessor/forerunner of the Nuts N Bolts Robots, which was made in 1969.

mr screw ball junior
MO BOT - BANDAIPlastic battery op robot. One of the Love Bo Gi Bot series.
MODERN ROBOT - YONEZAWATin battery op skirted robot.
MODERN ROBOT - YONEZAWATin battery op skirted robot with bump and go action. Basically identical to the sliver Cragstan Robot complete with the lightning bolt on the chest plate. The only difference is the name. The box art is also identical except for the name and removal of the Cragstan logo. Date yet to be confirmed.
MONSTER ROBOT - 369 ANTENNA VERSION - MIKE TOY - TAIWANBlack plastic battery op robot 80s. 319 on chest. Stop and Go with opening top to reveal animal (tiger?) head. Available in other colors and head shapes. Based on a Horikawa design. Similar to Empire Robot Monster
MONSTER ROBOT - GREEN VERSION - TAIWANGreen plastic battery op robot 80s Taiwan 5080 Stop and Go with opening top to reveal dinosaur. 9 Inch GE 1298A is covered with a 5080 sticker. Available in other colors and head shapes. Based on a Horikawa design.
MONSTER ROBOT- BLUE VERSION - TAIWANBlue plastic battery op change monster robot. Maker? 123 on the chest. This is a Horikawa design though it is often manufactured in Hong Kong and more recently in Taiwan. The green version has been dated to 1984. Other colour versions exist along with box variations and changes of the chest digits eg 369.
MOOD LAMP LIGHTING ROBOT FX-850This is a blue plastic lamp based on the body molds from the Yonezawa piston/missle robots
MOON ASTRONAUT - DAYATin windup astronaut. Advances with walking motion as he raises and lowers his space gun. Gun makes a firing sound. 22cm No date yet.
MOON CREATURES - MARXTin friction alien creatures, insect or bug like. Antennas. The one on the left has litho resembling Hap Hazard.
MOON DOCTOR, DOCTOR MOON - DAIYAAn odd tin wind up character with glasses. Paddle foot.

Two versions exist: one has a lithographed engine panel on the front and is marked X-25 on the back. It comes in a box depicting Dr Moon on a spaceship.

The other version has a plainer chest panel depicting a safe door with the wording Doctor Moon. The box for this version shows Dr Moon as a crazy surgeon.
MOON EXPLORER - ALPS BANDAITin plastic battery op robot. Advances with walking motion, moving arms and flashing head lights as his chest clock turns, color wheels spin and pistons move.

It is one of a group of Alps robots based on the same molds: Rocket Man (1963) Moon Explorer (1966) and Missile Robot (?). It bears a strong resemblance to the Alps Television Spaceman but the scale of the components is appreciably larger. The metal antenna, however, is the same. This robot has only been confirmed with the metal antenna - just like the box illustration.

The first sighting of the Moon Explorer is in Alden's Catalog for 1966.

Unlike its Television Spaceman cousin, there do not appear to be any significant variations of this robot, suggesting that it had a relatively short production run.

The Bandai reference is taken from the box: it appears that this robot was made by Bandai for Alps, but this connection hasn't been fully researched.
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