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NON STOP ROBOT aka LAVENDER ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANNon Stop Robot, more usually known as the Lavender Robot: the body has, as the nickname suggests, a basic lavender colouring with copious inset panels carrying abstract machinery detailing. Bump and go mystery action. Gang of Five.

Slight variations are known. There is a "high switch" and, less frequently a "low switch" version. This refers to the location of the on-off switch. High is just below the chest panel. Low is well below the circle. See below.

It is also believed that there is a version with grey litho insert panels rather than the usual lavender color. Some argue that this is the result of fading, but the concensus is that it is a variation.
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NUTS'N BOLTS ROBOT - FRANKONIA - HONG KONGA squat, square plastic wind up robot with wrench and screwdriver. This odd robot is designed as a construction toy. A number of plastic bolts and screws can be inserted and tightened with a plastic wrench. When complete the wrench acts as a key to fit over the winding bolt in the center of the chest. Wind up walking action.

A number of versions exist. Usually the robot is silver plastic but a clear red plastic version is known. Dated 1969 on the box.

See the earlier Mister Screwball Jr version of this robot.

Nuts and bolts, nuts n bolts, nuts and bolts
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OMEDETABOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic battery op robot. Details?
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OMNIBOT 2000 - TOMY - JAPANLarge complex battery op remote control robot with multiple actions. Radio controlled. Advert
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OUTER SPACE ROBOT - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. White with chrome head with translucent blue visor. (round the back of the head here) Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.

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OUTER SPACE ROBOT, GREY VERSION - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op Lost in Space robot. YM3. "Stop and go action with blinking lights." AHI
Plastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. Grey body with green plastic dome. Decal chest detail. Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.

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OUTER SPACE ROBOT, WHITE VERSION - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op Lost in Space robot. YM3. "Stop and go action with blinking lights." AHI
Plastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. White with blue dome. Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.
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PENCIL SHARPENER ROBOTA small static robot on a pencil sharpener. Based loosely on the SY Walking Space Man.
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PERCIVAL IL GENIO ROBOT - ESTRELA - BRAZILPercival the Genius Robot. Very large 70 cm plastic battery op 1980 made by Estrela Toys. Answers Yes or No questions through the use of blinking lights. Plays memory sequence games based on the electronic Simon format. Uses the same body pressing as Ar-Tur.
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PHILIP THE ROBOT - YONE - JAPANSmall tin and plastic windup robot, Brown body tin upper. Rotates. V design on chest. Chromed silver antennas. Stepover feet. See also the Yone Walking Explorer Robot. Like the former this robot was probably sold loose in trade boxes of a dozen. 1976
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PINOCCHIO ATOMICO - OSKAR - ITALYItalian Pinocchio Spaziale in space suit. Silver plastic articulated poseable puppet with goldfish bowl space helmet and backpack. 13.5 ins tall. This would appear to be based on a book of the same name published by Dan Voivod in 1962.
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Piston Action Robot (A.K.A PUG ROBBY) - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op remote control robot. Circa 1958. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is gold with blue legs and a red chest panel.

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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (A.K.A. PUG ROBBY) - early version - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op remote control. Circa 1958. Advances with walking motion as his head lights, pistons move and antenna turns. This is the early version with the straight antenna. TN

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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (A.K.A. PUG ROBBY) - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op remote control. Circa 1958. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is silver with maroon legs. TN
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PISTON ACTION ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Robby with remote control. Gold body, blue legs.
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PISTON ROBOT - FIVE VERSIONSFive leg variations of the Piston Robot. This was a very successful robot that went through a wide range of slight changes over a long period. The main change here is from metal to plastic. Litho variations are more subtle.
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PISTON ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBattery op tin and plastic robot. Pistons in the head. The tin litho chest plate and the usual configuration of the pistons in the head make this a striking robot. There is no dating information but the style (the chunky feet and the soft plastic arms) suggests late 1970s.

A version exists with orange tinted legs and feet.
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PISTON ROBOT - SJM - TAIWANName on box: Piston Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname:
Manufacturer: S.J.M., Taiwan
Height: 11"
Timeline date:
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Robot walks forward as lighted pistons in chest move up and down.
Additional info.: "MADE IN TAIWAN" embossed on the soles of both feet.
Misc. comments: To the best of my knowledge, only this Taiwanese variation came with tin legs. All the other variations have plastic legs. Similar variations were made by SH in Japan. The photo above depicts the S.J.M./Taiwan version.

The red feet are a quick indication that this is the SJM Taiwan version.

This robot had a long and successful run. This has led to a large number of minor variations.
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PISTON ROBOT - VARIATIONS SJM & HORIKAWABattery op tin and plastic robot with visible piston engine in chest.

1. SJM (Taiwan), 11" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, black metal legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
2. SJM (Taiwan), 11" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, black plastic legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
3. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "circular" ears.
4. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "finned" ears.
5. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly brown litho/exposed rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "circular" ears.
phase pistol - Your post would indicate a sixth variation:
6. Horikawa (Japan), 11" tall, mostly brown litho/exposed rear pistons, black metal legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
To the best of my knowledge, all the boxes are the same: same size, same artwork, same color scheme. It depicts variation #5 as described above which makes it really difficult to put them in chronological order. The "extra-tall" box size would mean the red feet version (either metal or plastic legs) came first, but the artwork shows the one-piece, shorter, plastic leg variation. Puzzling, wouldn't you say, F.J.W.? The only difference on the boxes is the logo in the lower left hand corner: either S.H or S.J.M."

Version 5 is new in 1977 SH catalog (piston in front and seen also from behind art 5030 10 ½ inch same picture in 1980 catalog) clearly it’s the first one.

In 1981 the SH catalog picture changes and show version 3 always 5030 reference

The finned ears change also appears on the New Astronaut version 2 and New Silver Astronaut , so it’s probably later in the 80’s. So the correct production order is 5, 3 and 4

The SJM Taiwan Piston 1 and 2 are probably after 1985 or end of 80’s
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PISTON ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANGrey black plastic battery operated robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a blue version in a green Japanese market box. See also the Yonezawa Piston Robot with Missiles that shares the same body shape.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT, ENGLISH BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot with visible pistons engine in chest. The blackplastic feet (as opposed to red feet) are a quick indication that this is by Horikawa.

A very popular robot that appears in a wide range of minor variations.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot with visible pistons engine in chest. Red, light blue, yellow and black versions shown. It is not clear whether the color variations are original or later factory creations.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE BOX - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op piston robot. Yellow arms. Red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. Made by Metalhouse in Japan. Takes two c-cell batteries. Same mold as the Yonezawa Talking Missile robot. Possibly appeared in a late 70's FAO Schwarz catalog.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE PICTURE BOX VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANA second Japanese box version of this blu plastic battery op robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a in a green Japanese market box and in an English market version of this box.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL - YOSHIYA - JAPANRemote Control early small ear all tin battery op 1956 version with 'Christmas wire' on light blue remote. Walks briskly with lighted head and mouth area through red gels. Spinner in head creates flashing effect in face as he walks. Photo of this piece courtesy of Moktar Guy Antiques.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL, RUBBER HANDS - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated Robby with soft rubber hand small ear version c.1962 with soft green wired metallic blue remote. When remote control button is pressed the toy walks forward at a brisk pace while head and mouth area light through red gel as spinner inside head creates a flashing effect. Vertical scanner spins as he walks.

The tin battery op version with rubber hands has a firm Japanese museum production date of 1962.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, RUBBER HANDS TIN HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up Robby. Walks with sparks in chest and face. Small ear version, pic courtesy of Space Boys Toys. KO Yoshiya. This version is listed in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, earliest confirmation from Eaton's Christmas Catalogue of 1960.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, SMALL EAR VARIATION YOSHIYA - JAPANWalks with sparks in mouth and chest, early soft rubber hand version, small ears. Date of 1960 comfirmed by Eaton's Christmas Catalogue.
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PLANET ROBOT WU,TIN HANDS, OLIVE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin windup. Advances with walking motion and spark. Olive colour (grey-black). The tin hand Planet appears in Eaton's catalog for 1960. KO Robby
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PLANET ROBOT, BLUE WIND UP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANMetallic blue tin wind up version of the Planet Robot. This version has the pressing from the metal head black wind up version but has the metallic blue paintwork of the battery op version. Rubber hands.
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PLANET ROBOT, PLASTIC HANDS & HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin robot walks forward when wound. Sparks appear in red mouth gel area and green face area. Most recent version.

This red plastic hand / plastic head version of the robot continued to appear in large quantities throughout the 80s and 90s, leading to speculation that it was still in production. Warehouse finds or clandestine production: it has not yet been clarified. The ST on the box is a safety declaration requirement introduced in the early 1970s.
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PLASTIC KIT ROBOT - Name? - DOTUSHA - JAPAN
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POLICEMAN DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGLight blue plastic robot with red feet and ble arms. Has a policeman's hat and a decal with POLICE 7 on his chest.

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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PROGRAMMABLE SPACE ROBOT - RADIO SHACKPlastic battery op robot with three guns in chest. White plastic pedestal style, though the paint scheme creates the appearance of separate legs. Programmable. Moves in six directions. 60-2389 serial no.
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PUK 02 BIONICO - PUKY - ARGENTINAPlastic battery op remote control four gear robot. Based on the SH plastic gear robot. Blue body, white arms and legs. Visible gears behind a clear plastic bevelled chest plate. Light in the chest. Distinctive cylindrical red plastic remote battery holder. Argentina. Two variations shown, one with a silver antenna and yellow plastic ears (as shown on the box), the other with a red plastic antenna and unusual split red ears. PUKO2
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PUKY ROBOT - ArgentinaSmall plastic wind up stepover character robot. Sold in bag with header card. Argentina.
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PUSH ROBOT - GROUP 1
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PUSH ROBOT - GROUP 2Plastic variations
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QONTO - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with bump and go action, flashing eyes and space sound.
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R2-D2 - KENNERPlastic battery op radio controlled robot. Star Wars droid.
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RACING ROBOTS - REMCO - USAThese robots are part of a series of toys that could be assembled using a "powerful electric motor" and one 'C' cell battery. Made in the U.S.A. with a Japanese motor, as it was identified as such on the box. The nose is the 'on/off' switch. The rubber band on the front wheel stretches directly to the motor shaft. Rear wheel steering.

Two known colors are in combinations of blue and yellow.. Approx 5" tall. Box dated 1967. United States
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RADAR HUNTER ROBOT - HONG KONGThe Radar Robot style is characterised by a plastic wind up stepover robot with a very large antenna. Orange plastic. Logo of a letter R encircled by two fish. Konik. Window box.
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RADAR ROBOT - CHINAPlastic chrome silver stepover wind up robot with large antenna. radar robot style. See also the KY version. Window box. 1996
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RADAR ROBOT - ENGLISH AND JAPANESE BOX VERSIONS - KY - JAPANSmall plastic windup stepover robot. Large silver antenna. V shaped insert on chest. Protruding eyes. Yoshino

Yoshino is connected with the Asahi company and some versions of the box carry the later A style Asahi logo. This robot appears in the 1976 Asahi catalog. Astroids shape
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RADAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall plastic windup stepover robot with large rotating antenna. The squat stepover design with the oversize spinning antenna is used for a wide range of robots. 1970s. English and Japanese box versions shown plus the plainer silver version box.

Three color versions are known:
Blue with red limbs circa 1976 Cat 5021
Red with yellow limbs 1977 Cat 5021/s
Chrome silver version with the different box circa 1985

The blue and red versions with picture box were still available in the 1980 catalog

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RADAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated with TV screen and large yellow shoulder antenna.
• Stop N Go
• Rotating Antenna
• Radar Catches the "Scene of Moon" on the Big Screen
• Realistic Noise

The arms do not move, they are screwed onto the chrome shoulder disks. Makes "space sound". The TV picture moves vertically.

Seen in 1972 catalog. The catalogs show a silver explorer with the yellow antenna specific to the Radar Robot

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RADAR ROBOT - KY YOKOTA - JAPANSmall 3 1/4 inch Japanese wind-up metal and plastic robot with rotating radar with Japanese box. Turning arm alters direction.
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RADAR ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin remote control battery op robot. Zoomer body with a large dish antenna. Lighting eyes and radar dish. Remote control unit in the shape of a robot head. Ratchet/spanner in hand. There are two box versions. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

First released in 1956 and distributed by Wagner. It appeared in a number of catalogs that year A typical entry reads:
"A. RADAR ROBOT. He walks with bright lights shining from his eyes. He's sturdily built of enameled metal. 7 3/4" tall. Uses flashlight battery. Wt. 14 oz. 31A-$2.98"

Two distinct body colors are known: a light grey and a darker grey. Two remote control boxes exist: a "small face" and "big face". That would account for a possible four combinations of body color and battery box.
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RADAR ROBOT - RUSSIASmall 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
pogot. Astroids shape.
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RADAR ROBOT TOPOLINO - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot with gears and screen. The robot walks forward while the gears rotate, a clicking sound is made and a lightning effect flickers in the chest.

When the Radar Robot first appeared in collectors' circles the box wasn't present so it acquired the nickname "Topolino" the Italian for Mickey Mouse because of its big ears.

This robot is a natural partner the Space Robot X-70 (Tulip Robot). The body, arms and legs are from the same molds and the box art looks to by from the same artist.

This robot feartures in the 1971 Nomura catalog, though there are many differences from the production model. Its relative the Space Robot (Tulip Head) appeared in the 1970 Galoob Toy Catalog. This robot must have had a short run, judging by the low number of examples that exist.
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RADAR ROBOT VARIATIONS - KY - JAPANShowing characteristic wind up plastic stepover robot, chrome silver plastic and large antenna. Variations of robots by KY. Yoshino?
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RADAR ROBOT, 4 VERSIONS - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op robot. The Radar Robot is a Zoomer with lightbulb eyes (instead of the reg gel eyes of Zoomer). The box carries the detail of the new feature "Brilliant Lite in Each Eye'. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

There are five documented Radar Robot Versions (bulbs):
1 Silver face and body, black feet
2 Silver face and legs, blue body, black feet
3 Red face, charcoal body, red hands and legs, black feet
4 Maroon face, charcoal body, maroon hands andl egs, black feet
5 Maroon face and body, black hands and feet

From left to right are Versions 5, 3, 4 and 2
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RADAR SCOPE SPACE SCOUT, ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is the nine inch battery operated astronaut version of the Radar Scope Space Scout. The clear lens found on the Fly-Eyed version is replaced with the “Magic Mirror” which simulates a mirror effect and when lit from behind displays the same space scene as Fly-Eyed version. Tin and plastic battery op robot. 23cm. Note that this uses the same head as the Mars King astronaut.

This is probably later than the robot version because the body is a later style. The current earliest sighting is in Simpsons Sears Christmas 1969 catalog.

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RADAR SCOPE SPACE SCOUT, ROBOT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA small nine inch brown tin and plastic battery operated TV robot. Tinplate body, brown plastic legs, arms and head. The robot has a small version of Attacking Martian head with fly eyes and distinctive white ears. The robot has a lithographed tin chest plate with a TV screen. The robot walks forward, stops as light inside chest flashes illuminating a stationary space scene that is mounted towards the rear of the chest cavity while making a clicking sound. Light goes out, clicking sound stops and robot continues to walk forward again.

The chest screen is a magnifying lens which makes the space scene seem larger and more "other-worldly". The space scene looks very much like the box image. English and Japanese box versions.

There is an astronaut version with the same name. It has "Magic Mirror" instead of the TV screen.

First seen in the 1969 Horikawa catalog where it is described as a new item, and it is still available in 1972. This would appear to be one of the first of Horikawa's new generation of smaller robots. Structurally it is very close to the later version of the Engine Robot and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings

Note that the earlier versions of this robot use the same head as the Mars King robot.

There are at least five variations known:

1 Mars King fly eye tin head, flat body with litho stripes on each side of the screen, tin arms, and tin battery door

2 Mars King fly eye tin head, no stripes and the body is not so flat, it’s embossed on the 2 upper corner, and on the circles with stars visible on the side views

3 New style plastic head and metal ears

4 The most common: plastic head, plastic white ears, plastic battery door

5 The new body style and tin arms : this suggests Horikawa first changed the body then began to cut costs by adding more and more plastic

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RADICAL ROBOT - YOSHIYA/NGS - JAPANTin battery op skirted robot with bump and go action. This is basically a Chief Robot Man in a different box - new year, new box. The one pictured is a light blue version of the Chief Robot Man; it would be impossible to say whether an unboxed one had started life as a Chief Robot Man or a Radical Robot. The box art is appreciably different. The box carries the Cragstan logo and the NGS logo.

The color is usually metallic blue but silver grey versions may have found their way into Radical boxes. The arms are always metal.
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RADICON ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op. member of the Gang of Five, this wireless remote control robot advances with moving arms, flashing eyes and a lighted chest panel as both antenna turn. Clicking the remote controls the direction and stop functions. 1957

The first and most unusual of the group is the radio controlled Radicon Robot. The robot is a huge 38cms, dwarfing most other robots. The paintwork is a plain hammered grey finish. This is easily the first radio controlled robot. The electronics are, by modern standards primitive. A transmitter generates a high voltage pulse which triggers a light, a spark and a turning action in the robot; it is not a steerable robot. The electronics are unreliable, hard to repair and capable of giving a generous shock if handled improperly. An article on the robot appeared in Popular Mechanics in 1958. The massive ear antenna serves a real function as an antenna. It's worth noting that the arm construction is more complex than the rest of the group: there's an elbow panel holding together the upper and lower arm as opposed to the more simple two piece pressing of the later robots.

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RADICON ROBOT, PROTOTYPE - MASUDAYA - JAPANPhoto of a prototype litho'ed version of the Radicon. Never produced. On the right is a wiring diagram dated 1957.
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RADIO ROBOT - RUSSIAPlastic mains powered radio robot.
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Radirobo - Yonezawa - JapanPlastic battery operated pedestal robot. Radio control with a space gun shaped transmitter. Wavehunter 29. Yellow body, blue base, low profile domed head. Articulated arms with metal rod connectors.
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RAIDOR WALKINGROBO TYPE 1 - BANDAI - JAPANPlastic battery operated radio control robot. Various number decals appear on the chest including 28 and 53. Large round feet stabilise the robot as the gyroscopic action allows it to move forward. Plastic cylinder packaging and blister carded. Other packaging versions. Japan 1980s.
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