ALPHADROME ROBOT AND SPACE TOY DATABASE

Toy Robots and Space Toys
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ASTRONAUT WITH RAZER - NOGUCHI - JAPANThere's a dramatic mismatch between the slender astronaut 2001 Space Odyssey style astronaut on the box and the jolly fat astronaut inside. If you look closely you'll see the "Astronout" misspelling on box. Tin wind up astronaut with spark panel and paddle feet. No antenna. "Lego" style Noguchi spark window set into the chest. Inflated Michelin Man look. Based on 'W' or Tobor style.
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MACHINE ROBOT - NOGUCHI - JAPANTin and vinyl paddle foot robot. This robot has a simple vinyl body with loose plastic arms and red metal paddle feet. Two main types are known: one with a spark window in the chest and one with no such panel. A slight box variation showing the spark (or not) accompanies each type.

Color variations: blue, green, grey and chrome silver.
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MECHANICAL MIGHTY ROBOT EARLY VERSION - NOGUCHI - JAPANAn extremely successful robot judging by the number that have survived. This is a metallic green tin wind up robot with paddle feet. Spark window in chest. This is the earlier all-tin version.

Dated to 1968 in a Helen Gallagher-Foster House Christmas catalog
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MECHANICAL MIGHTY ROBOT WITH SPARK - SU - KOREATin and plastic wind up paddle foot robot. This is a metallic blue litho version of the Noguchi original. Apart form the color, the other distinguishing feature is the use of red vinyl for the paddle feet. The feet are easily damaged. Plastic key.
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MECHANICAL ROBOT - PAPADOPOULOS - GREECEThis is a Greek release of the Noguchi Mechanical Sparking Spaceman. Tin wind up sparking paddle foot robot. This version has thin yellow plastic arms rather than the forward pointing tin ones of the original. No antenna. "Lego" spark window. The distinctive lithography includes a mask effect around the eyes. Greek. Pi logo. Date?
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MECHANICAL SPACE CHALLENGER X-300 - ASAKUSA - JAPANAn unusual tin lithographed wind up space boat. The catamaran or hydrofoil boat comprises of a central oval shaped red and silver k tin body resting on a yellow tin platform. On either side are mounted two long red plastic flotation cylinders. A vinyl astronaut sits in the cockpit. X-300 is printed on the sides held in place by metal bands. The wind up toy has four rather simple plastic wheels underneath which double as paddles, so the toy can run on land or on water. Two are driven directly from the motor, the other two are connected by rubber band. The astronaut shown here is not the correct one but is a close fit. His head turns from side to side when the toy runs.

The artist has taken liberties is designing the box; the artwork depicts a much more sophisticated design than the actual toy.

The box has the ATD Asakusa Toys & Dolls logo.

Toy photo Mark Bergin Toys.
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MECHANICAL SPACE MAN - SY/YONEYA - JAPANtin lithographed astronaut robot. Wind up paddle foot with gel covered spark window in the chest. Four arm spinner antenna. Litho oxygen tanks. Two litho versions shown: 1: light blue with white head and brown paddle feet 2: green with orange head and pink paddle feet. Yoneya. Two window box versions shown, slight wording variation. spaceman
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MECHANICAL SPACE MAN With Swivel Antenna - SY/YONEYA - JAPANLight blue tin lithographed astronaut robot with orange head and silver paddle feet. Wind up paddle foot with gel covered spark window in the chest. Four arm spinner antenna. Litho oxygen tanks. Yoneya spaceman
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MECHANICAL WALKING ROBOT - SY/YONEYA - JAPANSmall bullet shaped tin wind up with paddle feet. Metallic blue lithography with dials. Large red eyes. The box art clearly depicts this version of the robot but it appears to have been used for others in the range. Robot 7 has been seen in this box. Robot 7 group.

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

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

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

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

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

Yoneya
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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.
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MYSTERY ACTION ROBOT - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANTin (heavy gauge metal) and plastic battery op robot with paddle feet. Red window box version. Red plastic spark window. It does the twist as it rolls along and has bump and go go action. Only the upper section is made of tin. The lower half, including the battery case is plastic. Robot runs on two AA batteries. Also sold by Bandai as the Naughty Robot. A version with a clear plastic spark windows can be found.
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NAUGHTY ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANTin (heavy gauge metal) and plastic battery op robot with paddle feet. Red window box version. Red plastic spark window. It twists as it rolls along with a bump and go go action. Only the upper section is made of tin. The lower half, including the battery case is plastic. Robot runs on two AA batteries. Also sold by Sears as the Mystery Action Robot (though the spark window is clear plastic rather than red). A version with a clear plastic spark windows can be found.

Featured in the 1970 Sears catalog.
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RANGER ROBOT - EO - JAPANSmall vinyl plastic friction paddle foot robot. Single antenna. The M on the chest has led to the nickname MacDonalds Robot, McDonalds. Sad face. Blue and grey versions shown; a red version also exists. The robot featured in a Japanese TV cartoon.
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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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SPACE CAR, RED ROBBY - YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a red tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a raised circular metal basket structure. The car has springs and small antennas fixed to the top edge, giving the impression of complex mechanism.Battery operated with a stop and go action. A jet of air supports a styrene ball. 9.5" 25cm

There are two versions of this space car:
Early version (top), with a darker blue body and a circular basket that does not have a paddle. Robby's head is fixed in place.

Later version (bottom) which has a lighter blue body and has a long paddle structure inserted in the ball blowing structure. Robby's head moves.

The boxes for both versions are the same: they do not show the paddle addition. Boxes usually have the Yonezawa logo but some have an ACE logo.

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with red Robby driver.

Date? c1955.
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SPACE F.D. ROBOT - SY/YONEYA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate astronaut robot. Holds a yellow plastic hosepipe. Advances with moving paddle feet. Astronaut, Fire Department Robot. Based on the SY Robot with Spark body. This is the version wearing a hat and the box also shows the fireman with a hat. The reason for the removal or addition of the hat is unclear but may be a cost-cutting measure. 18cm Date?

The box pictured here carries a logo at the bottom left indicating that the Fire Department robot was a special edition made for distribution exclusively in Italy. There is a box version without this logo.

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SPACE F.D. ROBOT, NO HAT - SY/YONEYA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate astronaut robot. Holds a yellow plastic hosepipe. Advances with moving paddle feet. Astronaut, Fire Department Robot. Based on the SY Robot with Spark body. This is the version without a hat and the box also shows the fireman bare headed. The reason for the removal or addition of the hat is unclear but may be a cost-cutting measure. 18cm Date?
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SPACE ROBOT CAR, GOLD ROBBY- YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tin space car. This large space car has a gold tin lithographed Robby robot driver sitting at the wheel. Behind him is a cylindrical turret covered with a clear green plastic dome. The gun turret pans from side to side as the gun tips move in and out as a firing sound is emitted with flashing lights. Battery operated with a stop and go action. 9.5" 25cm

This space car uses the same pressing as the Space Car with the red Robby driver. The box carries a FLARE importer's logo.

Date? c1955

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SUPER ROBOT - NOGUCHI - JAPANSquare tin wind up with paddle feet and spark panel. Yellow plastic antenna. "Lego" spark window. Plastic arms are used to wind the robot and alter its direction.
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THE MISSILER - BANDAI - JAPANTransparent gear robot, paddle foot. Plastic kit. Blue arms and legs. Details This is the re-issue of the Imai Captain Patrol. It is missing the shoulder covers.

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TOBOR ROBOT MECANICO - CAPRI - ARGENTINALithographed tin wind up robot with paddle feet and spark panel. Round metal arms, no antenna. Metallic blue with red and yellow detailing. This version retains the forward pointing tin hands of the original and also has the "W" on the chest. No antenna.

This is an Argentinian version of the Noguchi Mechanical Sparking Spaceman. "Lego" spark window. Date?

"Robot Mecanico. Centelleante"

Argentina
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WIND UP WALKING ROBOT - NOGUCHI - JAPANTin wind up 'W' robot with spark panel. Yellow plastic antenna. Paddle feet. Round metal hands. "Lego" spark window. Other box variations exist, and the robot has been much reproduced in other countries. Look for arm variations.
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WIND UP WALKING ROBOT WITH SPARK - NOGUCHI - JAPANTin wind up robot with paddle feet. Spark panel in chest. Has spinning antenna. Box detail. Carries the serial number 8622 as compared with the 7622 of the SY version.
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