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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.
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 - 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.

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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.
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.
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 - 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.

MISTER BRAIN - REMCO - USAPlastic 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. 1969

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 robot has a clear rectangular panel in the chest.

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 HK: 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 - BANDAI - JAPANPlastic battery op robot. One of the Love Bo Gi Bot series.
MODERN ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin 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-850 - MAKER? - JAPANThis is a blue plastic lamp based on the body molds from the Yonezawa piston/missle robots
MOON ASTRONAUT - DAIYA - JAPANTin 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 - DAIYA - JAPANAn 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 BANDAI - JAPANTin 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 TV 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.
MOON EXPLORER - AMICO? - HONG KONGPlastic battery op version of the original Horikawa astronaut. Cheap and flimsy construction. Rotates. Hong Kong. White and black plastic versions;, the picture box shows a black version. Also released in a French language box as La Lune Explorateur.
MOON EXPLORER - CRAGSTAN / SALCO - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic battery operated robot. Walks, swinging arms, flashing lights.

The Moon Explorer has the distinctive large silver chest emblem with the red circle in the centre - unlike the "wings and doors" of the Mr Astronaut and Zero of Space.

There are two versions of the robot:
Left: Stylized C logo on the helmet and below the chest plate. This is a Cragstan logo and probably marks the earlier verion

Middle and right: HK logo on the helmet and below the chest plate.

Salco Cragstan group
MOON EXPLORER - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". Also sold in a box variation as the Cragstan Astronaut. KO
MOON EXPLORER WALKING ROBOT - HONG KONGA multicolored plastic battery op robot. Walking action with swinging arms and flashing lights in the head dome. The robot has a red body with blue arms and legs. Window box. This is one of several variations of the Mr. Flash robot.
MOON EXPLORER X-15 ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks with the wording X-15 on them. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". The ray counter is presumably the antenna. See also the X-2 variation.
MOON EXPLORER X-2 ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks with the wording X-2 on them. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". The ray counter is presumably the antenna. See also the X-15 variation.
MOON MAN 001 - OK TOYS - HONG KONGPlastic battery op astronaut with overcoat and dome. Yellow version and the rarer chrome silver versions shown. By any standards a strange looking astronaut. He resembles a fat old man. Stepover action. Hong Kong 1960s

MOON MEN - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic robot toys. Unusual design Push down the top and they move along. "Mystery Mechanical Marvel"
Set of four:

Blister carded.
MOON ROBOT aka RIBBON HEAD ROBBY- YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind up Robby. Circa 1957. Advances with walking motion as the multicolor ribbons inside his head turn. Paint can show variations. keywind tinplate, he walks forward as colored ribbons in his helmet rotate, sparks are emitted through red gel mouthpiece. Height 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm.)

There are colour variations of this robot ranging from dark green to near-black. Variation seems to be a characteristic of the paint. In addition there are two types of leg: one with the usual joining tabs, the other (above) with a pressed or crimped seam. The pressed seam version has been seen with a paper "Made in Japan" label instead of the more usual 'Y' logo stamped on the body between the legs. The dome is clear plastic with a distinct pink tinge, a unique feature.

The robot was still available in the Yonezawa catalog for 1963.

The three ribbons in the head are combinations of blue/yellow and red/yellow. Green/yellow is also known. The hands are hard rubber balls with a slot and are prone to cracking.
MOON STROLLERS - HONG KONGTrade box of small round tin and plastic wind up robot creatures with large plastic antennas. Arms rotate and alter direction. With rotating radar.
MORGAN THE TALKING ROBOT TR2 - ALADDIN - HONG KONGPlastic battery op pedestal talking robot. Hong Kong. Despite the English box this is a Spanish speaking robot. Is there an English speaking version?
Mystery Bump and Go Action. Talking & Space Sounds. Flashing Eyes. Movable Head and Arms Gripping Hands
Battery Operated - 2 "C" Size Batteries
25cm tall
MR ASTRONAUT - CRAGSTAN SALCO - HONG KONGPlastic battery op astronaut. Cragstan C logo on head. There is a distinctive wing emblem on the chest and a pair of doors below. Hong Kong 1960s. This box version has SALCO wording at the top. There is also a version with Cragstan wording. This robot is very similar to Zero of Space: the distinguishing feature is the silver "C" logo in the wing emblem.

Salco Cragstan group.
MR ATOM - ADVANCE DOLL AND TOY CO - USAOne of the large plastic battery op robots of the 1950s. Walks with lights and sound. USA Released 1956.

He has two settings. In the on mode he walks and moves this arms back and forth. There is a full power mode. He adds lighted eyes and dome. There is also a buzzer sound.

In the off mode you can push a switch and the eyes and dome light up along with the buzzer.

There is a metal bolt on the front chest plate and another in the same location on the back. The nut on the front and back are threaded on to a rod that keeps the front and back halves together. Just like on the "ears" there should also be a couple of O rings on the arm supports to keep them together . A lot of times these are missing from rubber rot over the years.
MR ATOM 967 - SCHUCO - W GERMANYA delightful eccentric wind up toy from Schuco. The tin wind up figure with moon-like head juggles satellites and rockets. Felt clothing. 1950s
MR ATOMIC - YONEZAWA - JAPANA lithographed tin battery operated robot. Mr Atomic is a distinctive robot. It is a essentially a cone-shaped robot with arms and feet. Head, legs and a face are totally lacking. A large clear dome covers a futuristic bank of twelve lights that look like Hollywood's idea of a computer. Two clear plastic ears protrude from the head. Most robots have human shape but Mr Atomic is one of the most radical departures from this tradition; it's as close to a pure robot as the great robot manufacturers ever got.

Bump and go action with either a clicking noise (silver version with white feet) or a whistling sound (blue version with yellow feet). The feet tap up and down and there's a light show behind that screen. The box art is a plain but attractive depiction of the robot.

Mr Atomic featured in the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog, with a price tag of $6.79. Apparently it did not sell well and was soon withdrawn.

The bottom row shows two pictures the 9-light prototype.
MR ATOMIC PROTOTYPE - YONEZAWA - JAPANFeatured in a 1962 catalog and again in the Yonezawa 1933 catalog is this picture of a prospective Mr Atomic with some unusual features. The litho detailing is quite unique and there are only nine lights under the dome, as opposed to the sixteen of the production run. There are known examples of the nine light version, but an example of the litho is unknown.

The illustration suggests that a production model was not to hand when the catalog was printed (or that it changed prior to production). These "artist's impressions" are not uncommon and are often based on photos of factory prototypes.
MR GALAXY - JUNIOR TOYS - JAPANPlastic and tin battery operated robot. Rising and falling action. Tin chest plate with a red plastic suggestion of guns. Green plastic eyes. One of a series of robots based on this design. Marked Junior Toys of Japan.
Junior Mr Galaxy

This robot is featred as a new item in the 1976 Asahi catalog.
MR HUSTLER - ROBOT HEAD VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a Mr Hustler robot with the addition of an Attacking Martian head with red fly eyes. Examples of this robot head version are known.

It would appear that Horikawa did not create a special box for this robot version but decided to use the astronaut box. To date no known box exists for the robot version. Mr Hustler in the usual astronaut version appears as a new item in the 1971 Horikawa catalog.
MR HUSTLER - ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA black tin and plastic battery operated astronaut. The chest has a number of orange or abler plastic panels set in. Mr Hustler robot walks forward at slow pace with spinning lights in chest then stops. The unique feature is the fact that the sides of the robot including the arms partially detach from the body. These shoulders begin to flex in and out slowly then increase in speed. The robot then shakes for a moment then repeats the actions. Great light show and spacey sounds.

The Japanese Emperor date found on a factory sample dates this robot to 1970 but it first appears in the 1971 Horikawa Toy Catalog. #1035. It is marked "NEW" in this Horikawa catalog.
MR JIG THE WALKING ROBOT - HONG KONGTwo small plastic wind up stepover robots. 17cm Large rotating antenna. Radar Robot style. Sold in a cost saving box with both robots pictured.

MR LEM - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic battery op astronaut. Multicolored. Marked on the back: (copyright 'C') 1970 Cragstan ind. inc., N.Y. N.Y. 10010 made in Hong Kong. Walks with swinging arms. Hong Kong. LEM means Lunar Exploration Man. One of the Salco Cragstan group.
MR MACHINE FIRST VERSION - IDEAL - USAA large 45cm 18" clear plastic robot with an eccentric design. Visible motor. The robot was designed to be dismantled and reassembled. Wind up action. When the toy was wound up it would roll forward swinging its arms and repeatedly ringing a bell mounted on its front. Every few steps it would emit a mechanical "Ah!". Came with a wrench and extra nuts.

The first version was released in 1961. It was later released in a simplified version.

Inventor Marvin Glass
MR MACHINE LATER VERSION - IDEAL - USAA large 45cm 18" clear plastic robot with an eccentric design. Visible motor. This is a substantial reworking of the original Mr Machine: the robot can no longer be dismantled. Gone also is the bell, to be replaced by a whistling action: mr Machine actually whistles "This Old Man".

Released in 1978 and at various times in the 1980s.
MR MAQUINA - LILY - MEXICOMexican version of Ideal's Mr Machine. Plastic wind up robot construction toy. El robot mas marcial y marciano.
MR MERCURY - JUNIOR TOYS - JAPANMetallic red plastic battery op robot, Galaxy style. Has a tin chest plate and tin bottoms of feet. Walks, flashing blue eyes, machine sound. There has been a simplification of the chest with the removal of the guns and their lighting action.
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