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ROBOT CHARLY, WHITE VERSION - RE-EL 45 - ITALYWhite plastic battery operated remote control pedestal robot. Multicolored kaleidoscope wheel in the chest. Moves, flashing lights and talking function. RE-EL is an Italian company, though it sold most of its robots in France. Dated to later than 1983.

See also the Logo Robot version.
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ROBOT CLOCK RADIOPlastic robot alarm clock with radio
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ROBOT COMMANDER GALACTIQUE - FUNNY TOY - MACAO?Plastic battery op remote control robot. Three plastic guns in chest and missiles on either side of the head. One button controls walking, the other fires the guns.

See also the three gun version Space Commander Robot by Playwell. Macao?
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ROBOT COMMANDO - IDEAL - USALarge plastic battery operated robot with multiple actions. A hand control unit allows the robot to move forward and to steer. The arms rotate and fire plastic balls. The head opens to reveal a rocket that can be fired. The voice action is simply a contact strip inside the hand control unit: when you shout into the handset it makes a tenuous contact that allows the robot to perform the selected action. Produced by Marvin Glass and the subject of a major tv advertising campaign. First sighted in the Montgomery Ward catalog for 1961 and popular for several years. Two minor box versions are known, one saying "mike action" the other "voice action".
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ROBOT COMMANDO KIT - JAPAN
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ROBOT CONSTRUCTION KIT - MLADOST - BULGARIAMetal robot erector style kit. Battery operated, electric motor included. Bulgarian Soviet 1986.

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ROBOT DISPENSER - WRIGLEY'S GUMStatic chrome silver plastic gum dispenser robot. Carded
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ROBOT ESPLORATORE - HONG KONGWhite plastic battery op Attacking Martian style astronaut. Rotates, shooting guns. Made for distribution in Italy.
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ROBOT EXPLORADOR DO ESPACA - MIMA - BRAZILBrazilian version of the Yonezawa Space Explorer plastic battery op pedestal robot with two pairs of red plastic guns mounted above the chest panel. The body is the design used on the Galaxy Warrior and Dynamic Warrior. Based on an original Yonezawa design.
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ROBOT GIROPLAST - ARGENTINASmall silver celluloid and tin wind up robot with painted details.. "Giroplast" shaking motion moves him forward. Date? Also in white.
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ROBOT GX-7 - SOLPA - GREECEPlastic battery operated robot mounted on an elongated vehicle like base. Clear plastic dome with an orange plastic center. Slender flexible arms with plastic claws. Two-dish antenna. Rear fins. Bump and go "Tricky" action. 7 & 1/2" long and 9 & 1/2" tall (to the top of the antenna). It runs on two "C" batteries installed towards the bottom rear of the base and held in place by a "U" shaped metal bracket. The red tanks are purely decorative. Avaialble in a wide range of colors and slight variations.

This is an identical copy of the Yonezawa original. Only the manufacturer's logo is different.

See also the Tomy Space Robot Magic Dial version.
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ROBOT KING - YONE - JAPANPlastic wind up stepover robot with large rotating antenna, Radar Robot Style. "Walking Action Revolving Radar. No 2277 Window box.
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ROBOT LILLIPUT - CK KT - JAPANThe label attached to the Nurnberg Lilliput. The toy was imported by Schuco for evaluation. The date is 2/7/37. This is regarded as the best proof of the robot's pre-war origin. (Volker)
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ROBOT LILLIPUT - KT CK - JAPANTin windup robot. Advances with shuffling motion via spikes under his feet that alternately move. (Pin feet) Free swinging arms have claw hands. The lower part of each arm is a separate unit shoved in to the upper arm. This fragile connection means that the lower arm is frequently missing. Lilliput is believed to be the first mass produced robot. The box carries the two logos KT and CK. Speculatively KT is the manufacturer and CK the distributor. There are two distinct versions of the robot: the difference is that the (presumably first) has a dial that is mounted in a hole in the chest with small tabs; the (later) version has a clockface stamped into the metal with titho clockface. It is assumed that the simpler version is the later; the manufacturer had presumably found a way of stamping the clock depression that would not damage the litho dial.

The design is very similar to the Atomic Robot Man (which has been firmly dated to at least 1949 and self-evidently later than 1945). The Lilliput, however, is a pre-war robot and as such is the first. The Japanese tin toy industry was well-eastablished in the 1930s. Production stopped in 1938 when toy factories switched to war production. The industry did not restart until 1946.

CK (Kuramochi Shoten) was the largest supplier of made in Japan toys prior to WWII. Two of their main employees fearing the companies demise after WWII left to form Normura and Alps. KT (possibly Kuramochi Toys) is a trade mark that is invariably seen on pre WWII toys, usually in conjuction with another trademark such as Masudaya. The manufacturer Komatsudo Seisakusho has also been mentioned, but the information needs clarifying.

In the Nurnberg museum is a Lilliput bearing a trade sample import label dated 2/7/1937. The Liliput had come out the Schuco Toy Company archive. Shuco had ordered this Robot in 1937 for " Benchmarking " When Schuco closed their doors in the 1970s some items from their archive found their way
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ROBOT LILLIPUT, VERSIONS 1 AND 2 - CK KT - JAPANThe left hand robot, Version 2 and possibly later, has a litho dial embossed into the body. The right, Version 1 and possibly the earlier, has a hole cut into the body with a tabbed dial plate behind. Version 2 represents a simpler, cheaper production technique, hence the view that it is later.
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ROBOT MASCHINE - DickieVersion of Kinsman Robot Machine. Plastic track toy.
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ROBOT MECANICO - LEMSSA - SPAINPlastic windup stepover robot. Transparent body with visible gears. Educational. The plastic ratchet spanner acts as a key. Based on the Japanese original. Spain

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ROBOT MG 1 - ROMANIAAn unusual thin plastic battery operated robot. The relatively tall thin robot has a head that is an extension of the body. The robot has long plastic arms, a circular plastic window in the chest and a small window in the back. Maker? Date?

There are several color variations.

Stepover robot. MG1 Eastern Europe
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ROBOT PEPE MONOCANAL - RICO - SPAINLarge plastic radio controlled robot. Chest and face panel are tin litho while the yellow and orange parts are plastic. Advances forward via remote control with alternating blinking lights on the chest and head. Spain
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ROBOT REVOLVING AND WALKING - MTU - KOREASmall tin and plastic wind up. Upper body and antennae spin as he walks. Also in a non-chrome antenna version from Japan. Spinning Robot. See also the Swivel Robot.
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ROBOT RO-1 CYCLOPS - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive arched feet and the single lighted eye in the head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box. Eastern Europe
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ROBOT RO-2 BUCKET HEAD - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive arched feet and the conical head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box.

Eastern Europe
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ROBOT RO-3 BIG EARS - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive triangular feet and the large side extensions on the head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box.

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ROBOT SERIE GLI INVINCIBILI - HK STAR - HONG KONGItalian version of the Robot Serie Space Superman No 106C. Plastic Shogun style battery op rotate-o-matic style robot. Bright orange. Opening doors and shooting guns in chest. Rotates. Flimsy build. One of the 106A, 106B 106C 106D series. Made for Italy.
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ROBOT SERIE SPACE SUPERMAN NO 106a - HK STAR - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated robot. Japanese superhero head on rotating body, doors open, shooting guns in chest. Red plastic body and head, blue arms and legs. One of a series of four similar robots, 106A 106B 106D and 106D See the Italian version: ROBOT SERIE GLI INVINCIBILI
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ROBOT SHEPARD - JYESA - SPAINPlastic battery op robot, transparent with gears. Same design as Mr Planet robot by Yonezawa. The legs are similar to Mortoys robots. Box shows a battery cover but Robot Shepard probably didn't come with a cover. shepherd gear 23cm

Minor head variation shown - the red cap.

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ROBOT SHOOTING GAME - MAKER? - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot based on the Yonezawa MyRobo body. Gold plastic with infra red (?) gun and TV screen in chest. The protrusion on the top of the head houses a sensor activated by the gun. When turned "ON", the robot walks forward with swinging arms, continuously lighted eyes and a rapid "clicking" sound. When the Laser Gun lightbeam hits the lens at the top of the head, the robot reverses direction and the eyes go out. The screen in the chest lights up and flashes. After taking six steps backwards and "beeping" six times, it starts walking forward again.

See Space Monster.
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ROBOT SORTING BANK - WOLVERINE - USAStatic clear plastic coin sorting robot. Many variations of this toy exist. Coin sorter. See the Hucha version. c1960s United States
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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER - RED & BLACK VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in black claws. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN Date? (On sale in 1959)

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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER - RED VERSION - YOSHIYARed painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in black claws. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN
On sale from 1959.
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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER, BLACK VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlack painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in red claws hands. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN Date?

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ROBOT ST-1, RED VERSION - STRENCO - W GERMANYA confirmed color variation. The red ST1 version was only produced for a toy fair in Nürnberg in 1955. At least five examples exist.
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ROBOT ST1 PROTOTYPE - STRENCO - JAPANNever produced. A battery or crank driven (or even pneumatic) version of the ST-1. The truck carries a static tinplate rocket. Believed to have been 1957 Toy Fair
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ROBOT ST1 WITH CART - STRENCO - WEST GERMANYA silver painted wind up tinplate robot. Coiled spring antenna on the head. Backpack with a wire antenna and an on-off switch. The arms have ball-shaped hands designed to fit into a cart. The feet have simple flaps that perform as ratchets, ensuring the robot moves forward. Sometimes called the Kohler Robot.

The robot first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Show in 1954. The first toy on Strenco's list in spring 1955 was this robot - therefore the name ST 1 (Strenco number 1). The ST 1 with the cart appeared one year later (1956) with the number 1 + 1. The same cart ( with driver before) was an old toy from Hörndlein 1954. A prototype ST 1 - with a mechanical remote control - came up in 1956 too, but was never produced.

The robot was on sale in the US in December 1955.

Strenco's box is a relatively fragile with a limited palette of colours. The cart comes in a separate box with no significant artwork.

An accessory designed to complement the Strenco ST-1 is the push-along truck.

Three box variations. Left to right: first, the version without a switch; second, version with a switch and with the extra logo on the box; third, version with a switch but no logo on the box. Notice the distinct difference in the color of the boxes.
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ROBOT UFO - DURHAM INDUSTRIES - HONG KONGBlue plastic battery operated robot. Distinctive cylindrical body with a decal decoration applied. The vinyl head has a Japanese Shogun style head. This is a reworking of the Robot 2500. Plastic battery operated robot walks with 'heart' flashing on chest and one lighting eye. Natural walking motion with arms and legs moving together. 25cm. Durham are the US importers.
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ROBOT WITH ANTENNA - RUSSIACream white colored plastic battery op robot. Spring antennas. Abstract box artwork. Octagonal head.
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ROBOT WITH BALL - RUSSIAStatic plastic wind up robot with tilting ball action. The thin cylindrical light blue robot has cream arms, feet and head. The head has a square plastic visor and a small red antenna. A ball rests in a long tube pivoting at the robot's chest. In action the tube rocks slowly, sening the ball side to side. Action? Box? Details?
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ROBOT WITH SPARK COLOR VARIATIONS - SY/YONEYA - JAPANPaddle foot tin wind up color variations. Yoneya
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ROBOT WITH SPARK, LIGHT BLUE - SY/YONEYA - JAPANLight blue version of the silver tin wind up paddle foot Robot with Spark. Spark window. Yoneya. This version came in the standard box which coincidentally shows a light blue robot.
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ROBOT WITH SPARK, PINK VERSION - SY/YONEYA - JAPANTin wind up paddle foot robot with spark window. Yoneya (trade mark SY). Sparks appear in red gel in centre of chest. Seen mostly in silver, also available in pink as shown, blue, red and green. sparky.
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ROBOT WITH SPARK, RED VERSION - SY/YONEYA - JAPANRed version of the tin paddle foot wind up robot from Yoneya (SY). Also shown is the box with red artwork. Spark panel in chest. The red box is believed to have been used with a range of robot colors.
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ROBOT, ASTROIDS SERIES - TARHEEL - HONG KONGPlastic wind up pedestal robot with tubes (shooting rocket guns) in the chest. Available in a range of colors and national flags. Also sold in a clear plastic box by Tarheel, the American importer, as one of the Astroids range.
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ROBOT, DOMED EASEL BACK ROBOT - LINEMAR - JAPANTinplate lithographed battery operated remote control robot. Advances with stepping motion. One of the "easel back" range with the supporting wire structure that allows the robot to raise each foot off the ground. Fragile clear goldfish bowl dome. The maker is probably Yonezawa; Linemar is the distributor. The remote holds a single D cell. Some domed versions have a round metal disc on top of the dome, but others do not.

Rivet detailing. Rectangular chest panel with lithographed machinery detailing. Distinctive knee pad detailing on the legs. Green single cell remote control box with one button. On sale September 1958.

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ROBOT, ZEROID CLONE - AHI -Azrak Hamway - A plastic battery operated robot with remote control. This is essentially a cheap Zeroid knock-off.
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ROBOT-ACTION DALEK - MARX - ENGLANDThe Robot-Action Dalek is a reworking of the 1960s friction model. The friction mechanism has been replaced with a battery powered bump and go action with flashing light. The box artwork has been replaced by an uninspiring photographic image. Dated 1974. Red and yellow versions known. 6" 16cm Made in Great Britain (Swansea?)

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ROBOTAN ON TRICYCLE - GLICO - JAPANA small comical plastic robot on a pink tricycle. As the blue wind up robot pedals a bird shakes an a wire and a bell rings. Robotan was a 1966 anime character and this was a free gift from the sponsors, Glico candy. Propeller on the robot's head.
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ROBOTANK Z R1, VERSION C - NOMURA - JAPANR-1 non talker. Tin battery op robot that moves with bump and go "mystery action", his arms rapidly move back and forth, pumping the levers. He stops, and the guns pop out, illuminate, and fire. He then resumes. A light spins around within the dome on top of his head. On sale in October 1971
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ROBOTANK Z R1, VERSION D - NOMURA - JAPANSee main entry for 4 versions. R-1 with talking mechanism.
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ROBOTANK Z, VERSION A - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op tank with bump ang go action. Tinplate eyes. Non talker.

Appears in the Nomura catalog for 1971.
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ROBOTEL - VIITORUL ORADEA - ROMANIAPlastic battery operated robot. This unusual robot is made of white plastic with blue and red arms and legs and a red chest panel. The body is relatively long with small legs emerging from the bottom. Concertina plastic arms and legs. Walking action with rotating red plastic antenna.

Other color combinations are known. Circa 1971

Eastern Europe
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ROBOTER 700 - AUGUST KNOCH o.H.G - WEST GERMANYPlastic wind up robot. The only action is walking, and it is fairly crude. Made by August Knoch in Coburg, near the old frontier to East Germany. The company closed after a fire in the early 90s. Reputedly in the 1959 the company produced about 100 pieces to advertise them at the main toy fairs like Nurnberg. They didn't go into full production with this robot. The antenna has a unique shape and is as fragile as the one from Dux Astroman. Box marked DBGM
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ROBOTER EMIL - GOEBEL - W GERMANYPlastic wind up / static robot. Made in West Germany, by the company Goebel, 1968. Marked on backside with W.Goebel 40052 and the Goebel trademark and W.Germany. This is the same company that makes Hummel figurines. Square body and rectangular head with distinctive screws. Blue tubular ribbed arms and legs. Clock decal in chest. Based on a German TV series: Roboter Emil und Tante Bodzenka (Robot Emil and Aunt Bodzenka) Box?

Two versions of this robot are known:
A 12cm static version (no mechanism) known in blue, red and yellow
A larger 17cm wind up version with pin feet waddling action (pinfoot) also in blue, red and yellow versions.
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ROBOTINA - JEFE - SPAINThis is the female counterpart of Jefe's Robotino. Extremely large (23 inch) plastic battery operated remote control. The light blue dome shaped robot combines head and body in one piece. There's a sort of face consisting of a grille and a pair of eyes. It stands on substantial red legs. The robot has various accessories to drive home its female character: apron, cap etc. The ears are particularly unusual cross shaped designs.

Jugetes Espaciales written on the remote. The remote control has 4 buttons, 2 green and 2 red. The green button makes one set of wheels move and the eyes light. The red buttons make the wheels move backwards. The hands can be opened and closed by a lever. Spain. There is as yet no firm date for this robot.
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ROBOTINO - JEFE - SPAINExtremely large (23 inch) plastic battery operated remote control. The red dome shaped robot combines head and body in one piece. There's a sort of face consisting of a grille and a pair of eyes. It stands on substantial white.

Jugetes Espaciales written on the remote. The remote control has 4 buttons, 2 green and 2 red. The green button makes one set of wheels move and the eyes light. The red buttons make the wheels move backwards. The hands can be opened and closed by a lever. Spain There is as yet no firm date for this robot.

There is a female counterpart: Robotina.
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ROBOTRON EXPLO - BANDAI - JAPAN
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ROBOTRON ROCKY - BANDAI FOR TOPPER - JAPANOne of three Robotron Robots. Rocky is a red plastic robot with blue legs. The robot has virtually no head. In the chest are three spring loaded plastic missiles. Battery operated walking action with shooting rockets. Cylindrical plastic box version shown. On sale in November 1970.
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ROBOTRON SPACE CANDYThe tiny plastic robots are filled with 'space' shaped candy. A full display box of Robotron Space Candy.
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ROBY ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind-up robot.. Advances with walking motion as his head sparks. 7.75"H. Circa 1960s. Robby. Same body used for Conehead (Space Robot) and Robby Robot. Roby is an unashamed Forbidden Planet Robby look-alike. There's the complex metal head, very reminiscent of Robby the Robot, the clear panel in the dome and the detailed lithoed detailing that tries to suggest the complexity of the original. The forward pointing arms end in simple flat dangling metal arms. No firm date but Conehead is late 1960s.
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Rock Em Sock Em Robots - Marx -USAClassic early edition robot boxing game.
Robots are moved about using controller, left and right buttons operate the arm punches.
Opponents try to knock each other's block off with a sharp blow under chin in just the right position.
Head pops up with a "ZZZRRRR" sound and can be pressed back on again.
Note sharp post tops, later versions have 'button-top' flat top posts and name stickers and/or head ratchet sound were omitted. United States
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Rock Em Sock Em Robots Marx Later Issue with box - MARX - USAClassic boxing game later issue with 'button top' safety posts...knock the other opponent's block off!
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ROCKET MAN - ALPS - JAPANHead detail
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ROCKET MAN IN SPACE ARMOR - ALPS - JAPANTin and plastic battery op remote control robot astronaut. Yellow plastic antenna on this example is correct; grey and white have been seen but these may be later additions. The metal antenna is not used - in keeping with the box art. The robot advances with walking motion, moving arms and lighted head as his color wheels spin and pistons move in his chest. Press the second remote button and he individually fires his rockets. Flip up his helmet to see the tin astronaut head. Made by Alps for distribution by Rosko.

It is the first 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 TV Spaceman but the scale of the components is appreciably larger.

The Rocket Man is currently dated to 1963 when it appears in a number of catalogs, including Aldens Christmas Catalog where it is described as a Mars Explorer. (Rocket Man's head is attached to the body by a hinge which fits into slots molded into the head pressing. These holes can be seen on the later Moon Explorer where they have no function.)
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ROCKY - POPULI - BRAZILPlastic static? robot. "O robo que lanca misseis." (The robot that fires missiles). Made by Populi B.M. Indostrial Plastic Catanduva, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lost in Space, YM3, style plastic robot. Date?
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ROCKY DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGGreen plastic robot with red feet and yellow head. His arms are spring loaded rockets. The green lever on the head shoots the rockets. Two slight variations are shown.

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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ROCKY ROBOTRON - TOPPER - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot. One of the Robotron series. Walks. Fires three missiles automatically. See also the Ding-A-Ling version of this robot.
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ROMAN ROBOT - ROMAN - SPAINA cylindrical shaped plastic battery operated robot. Long red arms, short pedestal legs containing wheels. The robot has a domed head with a silver chrome interior. Red plastic lighted eyes. Holds a separate red gun. Black and white body versions shown. Paper decal decoration on the chest. Bump and go action with flashing lights and musical sound. 8" 20cm. 1980s.
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ROSKO ASTRONAUT, BLUE VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin/vinyl battery operated astronaut robot. Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises the lighted walkie- talkie and makes a beeping sound as his dome light flashes. Robby TN

The Rosko Astronaut appears in the 1962 catalog for the 1st Japan International Toy Fair

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ROSKO ASTRONAUT, RED VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin/vinyl battery operated astronaut robot. Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises the lighted walkie- talkie and makes a beeping sound as his dome light flashes. Robby TN. Rosko is the distributor.

Two versions exist, red and blue. It's not yet clear which color appeared first or whether they are contemporary. They seem to turn up in equal numbers.

The Rosko Astronaut appears in the 1962 catalog for the 1st Japan International Toy Fair and in the US market in 1963, (in the early catalogs it appears as "Space Man") the Rosko Astronaut is a reworking of the later D-Cell Mechanized Robot (Robby) pressing. The body, legs and dome are retained. New vinyl arms are added along with a new face and a lighting walkie talkie. Air cylinders and a pair of thin spring antennas complete the transformation.
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ROTATE-O-MATIC SUPER ASTRONAUT, ROBOT SILVER FLY EYE - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with shooting guns behind doors in the chest.

VARIATIONS:
Brown with tin litho door : tin head, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery box, green switch

Silver tin head, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery box, green switch

Gold plastic head, plastic arm, tin gold door, tin feet, plastic battery box, red switch

Gold plastic head plastic arms, tin feet, plastic battery box, red switch, silver battery door with red stripe or yellow stripes
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ROTATE-O-MATIC SUPER ASTRONAUT, ASTRONAUT HEAD - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated Attacking Martian. Opening chest doors and shooting guns. Astronaut face behind clear visor.

VARIATIONS:
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Brown with litho door panel on plastic door 2 versions:
1 tin head, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery
2 plastic head, plastic arms, plastic feet, plastic battery box

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Brown with tin litho door 2 versions:
1 tin head, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery box, green switch, seen on sh catalogs 1969 to 1972
2 plastic head, plastic arms, plastic feet, plastic battery box red switch

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Silver version made for AMICO, tin head, tin arms thick hand, tin feet, plastic battery box, green switch
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ROTATING LUNAR SPACEMAN - MEGO - JAPANBlack plastic battery operated robot with astronaut head. Cheaply constructed rotate-o-matic style with opening doors, rotating body, noise and light. Dated 1970 on the box.
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ROTATING ROBOT JAPANESE BOX - YONE - JAPANRed plastic body with tin upper. Small tin and plastic windup robot - rotates. V design on chest. Chromed silver antennas. Stepover feet. See also the Yone Walking Explorer Robot and Philip the Robot.
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ROTATOR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSilver tin battery op Swivel-O-Matic astronaut with abstract hypnotic concentric circles behind the visor. Rotates. "He strides through space and stops all of a sudden and then his upper body swivels while swivelling two guns pop out of his chest shooting and blinking with realistic sound. He then stops swivelling and guns retract. Continues walking again." The only known color is silver. The box art, except for the name and eye detail is identical to the other astronauts in the series. It is all tin whereas others have more plastic parts. The hypnotic eyes perhaps owe much to Op Art and the late 1960s psychedelic culture. "Crazy Eyes"
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ROTATOR ROBOT - MAKER?Later 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 and was also released as the Galaxy Robot.
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ROTO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic 9 inch battery op robot. The head opens to gain access to the batteries. Robot advances, rotates, guns fire. Fly eyes. This robot is based on the small Engine Robot. Slight variations exist: the one on the left lacks the dotted red line around the guns. The one on the right has a striped bow tie instead of the more common ROTO ROBOT logo. Brown and grey plastic versions exist. The incomplete mixing of plastic at the molding phase may account for other shades. Incidentally the "scribble" on the box art is sometimes mistaken for a disfigurement: it's meant to be there.

First seen in the 1969 Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog

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ROTO-ROBOT FIRST VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe Roto-Robot is one of Horikawa new range of smaller robots incorporating plastic components. This is a nine inch battery operated tinplate and plastic robot. The dark grey robot has a lithographed tin chest panel holding two orange plastic guns. It has a domed, rather featureless face. The arms and legs are plastic. Uniquely the head and body top hinge to allow access to the battery compartment. The robot advances with shooting guns and flashing lights while the whole upper body rotates through 360 degrees. Horikawa later released this as the Golden Roto-Robot.

There are some variations of this robot:

1 Grey and black shaded bowtie. The box depicts this version.

2 Red bowtie with ROTO ROBOT wording. This version has been seen in a 1968 Italian toy catalog.

3 Versions with and without the red dashes around the guns. One of these versions is a different build.

The robot appears in the 1968 Horikawa catalog making it one of the first to employ this new plastic-tin combination seen in the new Mr Zerox, Engine Robot etc
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ROTO-ROBOT LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThese robots have little in common with the innovative and imaginative original Roto-Robot. In fact this is just a revival of the name first used on the earlier line of robots.

Horikawa released two versions of the Roto-Robot, one in the usual black-brown color, and a "metal printed" or lithographed version in red, blue and yellow. Each version had its dedicated box. 10 1/2" (26cm). Date? There is a Japanese box version of the plain robot.

There's nothing distinctive or innovative in this robot: the emphasis is on economy. The tin and plastic battery operated robot has the Rotate-O-Matic action with flashing lights and guns behind opening chest doors. The arms are vinyl. The plastic head has a large chrome eye panel and ears. Rotates.

Note that the brown version (the 1st one with Japan box) appears as new in 1977 SH catalog art 5028, 11"

No date is yet known for the red feet yellow door version art 5069 in a Japanese catalog but probably 80’s


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ROTOR ROBOT - MORTOYS - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated robot, multicolored plastic. "The Walking Giant". 14 inches tall. Hypnotic spiral eyes and spinning barber pole legs make this a distinctive robot. Semicircular discs in the feet give this robot a waddling action. Window box.

This is the Hong Kong version of the original Cragstan version. The Cragstan version has a stylised C logo molded into the chest while the Mortoys version has a paper decal in the chest. There are three color versions of this robot: blue, orange and brown.

Appears in a newspaper ad dated 1970 and the box has a 1970 date.
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ROTOR ROBOT THE WALKING GIANT - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot, multicolored plastic. "The Walking Giant". 14 inches tall. Hypnotic spiral eyes and spinning barber pole legs make this a distinctive robot. Semicircular discs in the feet give this robot a waddling action. Window box. Appears in a newspaper ad dated 1970 and the box has a 1970 date.

The original Cragstan version has a stylised C logo molded into the chest. The Ledy version is marked Ledy on the chest.

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ROULETTE ROBOT - JAPANCylindrical plastic robot with friction action and roulette wheel under a clear dome. Two versions, one slightly taller than the other. Sold in trade packs. 1980s.
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