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008 LASER ROBOT - DAIYA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate friction robot. Inertia crank action. The robot has a boxy design. The head has a slightly angled face with a red plastic dome on the top. The winder on the back is turned to generate the walking action. Loose grey plastic arms. The robot has a masked or Racoon or face; a prototype is known without this mask. First seen in the 1968 Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog.

The first box has a picture of the robot destroying a city: a feature that harks back to the early robots. The later box is a plainer window box. The earliest version currently dates back to the Daiya catalog for 1967, though the face of the robot has a unique design: a target-like set of circles between the eyes.
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1.9.3 ROBOT - MAKER? - JAPANA white plastic barrel-shaped robot with blue plastic feet. Battery operated. The robot has a boy-like face and carries a walkie talkie. Red heart logo on chest. Japanese market box. 193 Maker?
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ACROBAT ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot with tumbling action. Lighted eyes. Bump and go. The earliest sighting to date is in the "Japan 1981" catalog where it is called the Acrobatic Robot.

There are two Acrobat robots: yellow and chrome. Yellow is described as new in the 1980 Horikawa catalog and chrome is new in the 1981 catalog.
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ACROBOT - TOMY - JAPANVery small plastic windup robots. The long arms produce a tumbling action. Made by Tomy for Parker.
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ACROBOT - TOMY - JAPANRepackaging of a range of small wind up plastic stepover tumbling robots by Tomy. Chrome silver. Blister carded. see Pocketbot
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ACROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op tumbling robot. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as the light in his head blinks. Adjustable arms and legs-put him in the position you want. Acrobat 29cm

There are two color variations: a darker blue version with blue feet and a lighter blue with yellow feet or red feet. Pictured are a dark blue version in a Japanese box and lighter blue in an English box.

An interesting note: the yellow feet are much larger than the red feet, presumably to improve stability. The yellow version also has a slightly different internal structure and looks as though it is a later reworking of the design.

This robot is described as a new item in the Yonezawa 1968 catalog.
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ANSWER GAME ROBOT - ICHIDA - JAPANA static lithographed tinplate robot. This large robot has a green body, yellow arms, gold head and a multicolored base. Battery operated with a flashing light on the top. The robot is a calculating machine, able to do basic addition and subtraction. Some box versions carry the Amico brand of the distribution company.

There are two distinct versions, one with three levers (left) and one with four (right). The box art only shows the three lever version and is probably the original artwork. It appears that the fourth lever, marked A, was added later to resolve problems with lock up of the complex mechanism. It acts as a reset lever.

First sighted on the cover of the Western Auto Christmas Catalog, 1966 - it's only a line drawing, but it's there.
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APOLLO 2000 - HORIKAWA FOR DURHAM - JAPANBlue and red tin battery op Attacking Martian based on Rotate-O-Matic body. Silver fly eyes, guns behind doors in chest. The box does not carry the SH logo.


There are two versions of the Apollo 2000:
The first one was made for Tarheel Industries. It has all tin doors, a green switch and deep doors - ones with a pronounced ridge.

The second version was made for Durham Industries. It has a red switch, and litho metal doors on plastic.

As these robots have no SH logo they probably don’t appear in Horikawa catalogs.

Apollo 2000 has already been dated to 1969 in a Western Auto Christmas catalog. The Super Robot version with red eyes and more litho detailing on the doors has been sighted in 1972.

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APOLLO 2000X WALKING ASTRONAUT - HIRO - JAPANTin and plastic wind up astronaut. Made for Mego. The legs are "solid" with a shuffling walk unlike the flat stepover style of the other Hiro robots. See Cap't Astro, which shares the same body, head, astronaut face and arms, though the spark panel has been replaced by a litho panel.
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ASTO-ROBOT - GAKKEN - JAPANThis is a very unusual robot. Blue plastic battery operated robot with dial details. It has a white head with red features. Red plastic cylinders on the back hold the batteries. The robot has four long arced plastic legs that descend in pairs to allow the robot to move with a shuffling motions. "Blinking light on head and two razer guns". A small yellow dome in the head lights and two recessed guns in the chest fire. The entire design is unique. Gakken produced a few space toys but this is their only robot. (so far!)

A newspaper ad dates this to November 1970.
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ASTRO CAPTAIN - DAIYA - JAPANA rounded white plastic wind up astronaut with thin red plastic arms and oversized red plastic feet. A spark window is set into a blue tin chest plate. The astronaut robot has a very rounded head with face detail behind a clear plastic visor. Wind up action with spark. The box depicts a lean, realistic astronaut, a far cry from the one in the box.
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ASTRO CAPTAIN - DAIYA FOR MEGO - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate wind up astronaut with plastic arms. This boxy robot has a plastic spark panel in the chest and has copious litho details of oxygen tanks and control panels. Tin domed helmet with NASA wording. The tin shoulder caps also appear in yellow with black dots . A version of this wind up robot , the KV70, appears in the Daiya 1969 catalog. On sale in September 1969.
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ASTRO SCOUT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction astronaut. Crank operated robot advances with walking motion. A partner of the Yonezawa X-27 Explorer. Based on a pressurised Grumman space suit (complete with large number 3 on the chest) from 1962. It's the same suit as the Moon Suit accessory pack for Matt Mason. Originals have Y logo Made in Japan printed below the 3 chest panel.

Serial 3192. Frankonia importer.

No firm date yet, but early 1960s.
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ASTROMAN - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic windup astronaut. Advances with walking motion and sparking backpack. It was intended to be a knock off of the spaceman from "2001, A Space Odyssey"; the box art of Nomura's Walking Astroman with Sparks shows a fairly serious looking astronaut and it is in fact a direct copy of a famous still from Kubrik's film. The background has changed but the pose is distinctive.

Nomura decided, however, to base the design on the existing body of a wind up Tetsujin #28 and the result is an inflated comical looking astronaut with an oversized head. The Tetsujin litho has had a total overhall and there's an authentic plastic helmet with an astronaut's face. The rest is, however, the same, right down to the studded collar, cuffs and clenched rubber hands of T #28. The result is that it's fatter and misproportioned in comparison with the box illustration.

The action is unmodified: a switch in the chest starts him walking while a spark mechanism operates. This astronaut has been reproduced and new colors have been introduced.

On the right is the inspiration for the Nomura Astroman, "2001, A Space Odyssey". The artwork is an almost exact copy of the movie still.
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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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ASTRONAUT, BLUE VERSION - DAIYA - JAPANReferred to as the Daiya Astronaut, in preference to the other astronauts by Daiya. Tin battery op. Early 1960s. (Blue version does not have the Cragstan logo). Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises his gun with lighted end and simulated firing sound and repeats the action. This is a particularly bulky tin toy. It was made in two color versions, red and blue. Besides the base color difference, the red version has slightly different litho detailing and carries the Cragstan logo.

The blue version appeared in Higbee's Toys Catalog for 1966, currently the first sighting.

Versions with vinyl child heads were also released.
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ASTRONAUTA - MAKER? - SPAIN(Left) Tin and plastic astronaut with stepover feet. Vinyl heads. Based on the Japanese Mechanical Walking Space Patrol by Tomiyama (right).
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ATOM ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up/inertia crank action skirted robot. Bump and go mystery action. Loose swinging arms. There are two distinct body variations, one with a silver color and one is silver blue. In addition the are two eye colors: red eye and yellow eye. There is possibly also a green eye.
An example has been found with what looks like a possible sound clicker mechanism inside, but no working version has yet been established. The first sighting is in Western Auto Christmas Catalog for 1964.
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ATOMIC ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic wind up robot. Known as the Rotational Robot because of the distinctive turning of the top half of the body. The robot waddles as pins extend from the base. It has loose plastic arms. Two guns are attached to the shoulders. A slot in the chest serves no purpose, but the box art suggests it is a death ray. There is an odd skull-like face beneath the outer head structure. Pin-foot

The Atom Robot first appeared in the Yonezawa catalog for 1968 where it is described as a new item with the item number 819.
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ATOMIC ROBOT MAN - CK? - JAPANOccupied Japan, though the box does not carry the wording. Tin wind up robot with pin feet. The first post-war robot. Two versions exist: a tin arm version (1) and one with cast metal arms (2). There are color variations (3) but these may reflect the vagaries of tinplate lithography rather than intentional releases. The brown color can vary between a rich nut brown and the more familiar grey-brown. Fading of the paint can also lead to supposed variations, often with a greenish hue.

The first sighting is the Miles Kimball catalog for 1949, though the robot possibly predates this by a couple of years. The tin arm version is pictured in the 1949 catalog. A cast arm version was available at the New York Science Fiction Conference in 1950. (4) It was stamped on the back with details of the conference.

One version of the box carries the 1949 date (5). The maker has not been established yet though the CK company is a strong contender. This robot bears a stylistic similarity to the pre-war Lilliput robot. The lozenge shoes, the pin feet and the lithographic detailing have prompted speculation about the connection between them.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe more common small / ordinary sized head on a 9 inch tin and plastic battery operated fly eye robot.

Robot walks forward, stops then fires lit up guns which pop out from chest. Straight legs. Second generation.

Two litho versions are known: the earlier one with a grey surround to the chest and a later gold edged version. The grey was new in 1972 and sold with the English and Japanese boxes.

The gold version was new in the 1977 Horikawa catalog, art no 5037.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a silver astronaut version of the original classic large tin battery operated Attacking Martian. It has the identical action: walking, opening doors, firing guns and flashing lights. The box art is a powerful depiction of the robots attacking.

This robot has a black plastic battery box and the thick tin arms.

The astronaut version in brown was also sold as the Space Patrol: the box is identical except for the wording.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN BIG HEAD- HORIKAWA- JAPANThe "big head" version of the small 9 inch tin and plastic fly eye robot. The body has slightly different litho. The head is appreciably larger with red fly eyes. This head is unusual in that it is plastic with a tin face which is held on with screws. It is no bigger than the 11" Attacking Martian but looks oversized on the smaller Attacking Martian. This is a later version than the ordinary head.

Robot walks forward, stops then fires lit up guns which pop out from chest. Straight legs (they don't narrow at the top).
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ATTACKING MARTIAN GOLD - HORIKAWA - JAPANMade in Japan by Horikawa trademark 'SH', 1966 first version all tin plate in gold. Battery operated walking action, chest doors open and two cannons pop out flashing with gun noise. Robot version of the Horikawa Attacking Martian. First generation. This battery operated robot came in an an iconic red box with graphics showing many Attacking Martians falling from the sky.

Earliest versions have large tin arms and and the white tin battery box and gold metal chest panel. Widely on sale in 1966.

It is assumed that for economy Horikawa later switched to using a black plastic battery box. These version have the thick tin arms.

One version came in a box with a 'Telsalda' importers label on the lid, who are better known for importing plastic toys and general items into the UK from Hong Kong. - 29cm



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ATTACKING MARTIAN LIGHTED EYE MEDALLION VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with fly eyes and firing guns behind opening chest doors. This version has red fly eyes that light uo. This Attacking Martian has distinctive circular decorations (medallions) on the door instead of the green plastic windows. The box art is a later type depicting a giant robot being attacked by jet planes.

This body top was used as the basis (or vice versa) of the Space Commander Tank Robot.

Featured in Aldens Christmas catalog 1971
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ATTACKING MARTIAN LONG ARM MEDALLION VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with fly eyes and firing guns behind opening chest doors. Featuring in the Aldens 1971 catalog where it is called the Mighty Mechanical Walking Robot. The original Attacking Martian has had some changes: long plastic arms and distinctive circular decorations on the door instead of the green plastic windows. The Aldens catalog version shows a robot with the more usual closed tin arms, not the open Busy Cart arms seen here.

This body top was used as the basis (or vice versa?) of the Space Commander Tank Robot.

Are the arms original? Box details?
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ATTACKING MARTIAN WITH LIGHTED EYES VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA standard tin battery operated Attacking Martian robot with lights added to the head to create a glowing red eye effect. The box artwork is the English wording box which has been altered to illustrate the effect. "With Lighted Eyes" wording has been added to all panels. Battery op with walking action, opening doors and shooting guns in the chest.

Three versions shown -
Top: Brown version, English box.
Middle: Silver version, English box.
Bottom: Brown version, Japanese box.

It is not clear if the lighted eye was available in gold. No firm date though it is a later version than the original Attacking Martian.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN, JAPANESE BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated fly eyes robot with guns behind chest doors. Japanese box with unique artwork. First generation. First generation.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN, MEDALLION VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with fly eyes and firing guns behind opening chest doors. This version featured in the Aldens 1971 catalog where it is called the Mighty Mechanical Walking Robot. The original Attacking Martian has distinctive circular decorations (medallions) on the door instead of the green plastic windows. The box art is the firtst type descending robots on a red background.

This body top was used as the basis (or vice versa) of the Space Commander Tank Robot.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN, SILVER - HORIKAWA - JAPANRobot version of the Horikawa Attacking Martian. First generation. This battery operated robot came in an an iconic red box with graphics showing many Attacking Martians falling from the sky. Widely on sale in 1966.

Earliest versions have large tin arms and and the white tin battery box and silver metal chest panel. Some have a red metal chest panel.

It is assumed that for economy Horikawa later switched to using a black plastic battery box. These version have the thick tin arms.

Known combinations of the silver version@
Large tin hands, tin battery box, silver chest panel.
Large tin hands, tin battery box, red chest panel,
Thick tin hands, plastic battery box, silver chest panel
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ATTACKING MARTIAN, THREE COLOURS - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe 3 colour versions of the 1966 1st type non-rotating battery operated Attacking Martian robot - Brown silver gold in order of rarity - gold being the hardest to find - Made in Japan - mostly tin plate metal with green plastic inserts in chest doors. Earliest have white painted metal battery compartment later changed to plastic. Earlier ones also have a translucent green pointed switch. An easy way to spot the difference between early and later is the tapering of the arm/hand on later ones. You can see the distinct taper on the gold version.

Widely on sale in 1966.
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ATTACKING ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery operated robot with three chrome plastic smoking guns set into a tin chest plate that move in and out.

The first sighting of the Attacking Robot is in the 1984 Horikawa catalog, and in the Alps catalog for the same year. Alps are evidently the importer. The robot is very close in design to the Space Fighter. Photo box marks a change from artwork to the cheaper photo box.
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BATMAN - BANDAI - JAPANThis is a rarely seen tin battery operated version of Batman character robot. The silver and blue toy is smaller than the Nomura copy and the vinyl head has a more childlike appearance. In the chest is a lighted Batman logo and there's a blue vinyl cape.

Walks, lighting logo in chest. The box has a DC Comics cartoon style graphic of Batman. Released for the Japanese market c1966.
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BATMAN - NOMURA - JAPANThe Nomura Batman is definitely not a rare robot, but it appeals to a wide range of collectors: robot, Batman, battery ops, tin toys etc and this accounts for its value.

Light and dark blue tin and vinyl battery operated superhero. Lighted vinyl head. Circa 1966. Advances with walking motion and swinging arms as his head lights. He has a blue cloth cape fastened to his chest with a small yellow bat shaped clip. The cape has a Batman logo screen printed in the center. Some boxes sold in UK, carry a Fairylight distributor's sticker.

There are currenty three known variations: the standard blue with a closed mouth, the standard blue with a wide grin and the red body version. There is no substance to claims about rare back to front feet versions: they are all the same.

Featured in the Nomura 1968 catalog.

Image courtesy Bat-Blog
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BATMAN ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANA very rare Batman toy from Bandai. This is a rather odd depiction of Batman, far removed from the 1966 Adam West look: the structure is vinyl on a metal framework. The lean looking body is grey with blue trunks, gloves, and feet. Batman has a broad utility belt and a logo on his chest. The blue cloth cape has Japanese characters. Wind up walking action with moving arms.
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BATMAN ROBOT - TADA - JAPANWhen Tada decided to make a Batman toy they had a suitable pressing available. The result is this light blue tin wind up robot. The distinctive feature of the toy is the length of the legs and the wide stance: this gives the toy a waddling walk. There's a vinyl head and a cloth cape. Made for the Japanese market. The artwork is close to the 1960s comic style. Marked Tada. c1966
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BATTERY OPERATED HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tin battery operated remote control robot series 5023. 10" 25cm Walks with lighted chest and head. Six visible turning plastic gears. Plastic hands. A wire antenna with a loop slides through the backpack.

The legs and hands are the same as used on the Planet Robot. KO logo and Made in Japan on backpack, the same as the black versions High-wheel Robot.

The remote control battery holder is a rather flimsy blue plastic which often loses the small molded catches that keep it closed.

This 6 gear, battery operated remote control, blue color variation of this robot was produced by Yoshiya and released in 1965 (it features in a 1965 Yoshiya Catalog). The same gear configuration was used for one of the wind up versions.

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BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT aka TARGET ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANIt's actually just ROBOT on the box, so it has acquired the nickname Target Robot. It was the last member of the gang of five to be manufactured and sold in 1965. It has the Masudaya catalog number #3357

The planned but unproduced Shooting Giant Robot was the prototype for Target Robot in 1963/64.
It was featured in the Masudaya catalog dated 1963-1964 and the catalog # is 3357, the same number as Target Robot. (Joe K.)

The old fashioned grey plastic pistol is an authenticated gun for this robot. Frequently a more modern looking tin automatic gun is shown: it might be later variation or a makeshift.

Gang of Five tin battery op skirted robot. This robot has a two motors.
CHRONOLOGY:
1958 - Radicon Robot - #???? - FAO Schwarz Catalog
1960 - Non-Stop (Lavender) Robot - #3058 - FAO Schwarz Catalog
1961/62 - Giant Machine Man - #3058 - Catalog Documentation pending
1963 - Giant Sonic (Train) Robot - #3223 - L.A. Times Ad
1963/64 - Shooting Giant Robot - #3357 - Masudaya Catalog
1965 - (Target) Robot - # 3357 - Marshall Fields Christmas Catalog
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BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT, ZOOMER - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as his eyes light. TN Coiled spring antenna on the head.

Not strictly a Zoomer: the box is a one-off promoting this unique color scheme. But in all other respects it's a typical Zoomer. This version also appeared in a "regular" Zoomer box.

Version 4: Blue face and body, red hands and feet Rare box variation depicts this color combination (apart from the ears).
Zoomer Family 20cm FT#28
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BIG MACHINE No 24 - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic friction robot, red body, blue legs. Squat design with head incorporated in body. Horns. Gripping hands. Japanese market release. Date? c1980s
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BILLY BLASTOFF - ELDON/TOMY - JAPANA small, squat white plastic astronaut with a large domed helmet. Billy has a backpack that holds the batteries that power him. Designed as part of the Billy Blastoff equipment range, the robot can combine interact with other pieces.
Japanese and English box versions. The trim details on the body can vary.

Produced by Tomy for Eldon.
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BILLY BLASTOFF'S ROBBIE ROBOT - ELDON/TOMY - JAPANA small blue plastic battery operated robot with grey arms and legs. Backpack holds batteries. Provides power for vehicles. Rotating oval plastic antenna. (The antenna is the one used on early toys such as the M-27) Accessories include a TV ray gun and walkie talkie. 1969 Made by Tomy for Eldon
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BLINK-A-GEAR ROBOT - TAIYO - JAPANWalks with moving gears and flashing lights. Plasic arms, feet and legs. This is a reworking of the 1967 Wheel-A-Gear robot: the rubber pulley has been replaced with meshing plastic gears and the metal antenna has been removed. In addition the relatively complex moving eye feature has been removed, so the eyes are fixed. There is a light in the head that illuminates the eyes and the top dome.

There is a similarity between the Taiyo robots and the Yoshiya High Wheels. Though Yoshiya and Taiyo were separate companies they probably shared projects. The Blink-A-Gear appears in an undated Yoshiya catalog. 28cm

A version of the box with the KO logo is known.

The Blink-A-Gear appears in the 1969 Gamble-Aldens Christmas catalog for 1969.

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BUSY CART ROBOT - SUZUGEN FOR HORIKAWA - JAPANA brightly lithographed tin and plastic battery operated. Yellow body with black arms and legs.

This imaginative robot advances with walking motion as he raises, shakes and dumps his cart wheelbarrow. It is stylistically a natural companion to the Fork Lift Robot. The basic frame is that of the large battery op Horikawa robots, though the yellow box shaped chest is structurally simpler with considerable litho detailing.

A prototype appeared in a catalog in 1972 and went on sale the same year. The prototype was based on a New Fighting Robot (1971). The model that went into production was significantly different, possibly because a different manufacturer, Suzugen, was used. There are a number of variations of this robot:

Three cart versions: a prototype tin one, a production tin one and the more usual plastic one pictured here.

Three hat versions:
1 Arguably the earliest - a ribbed hat.
2 A plain hat, narrow brim with black stripes and Japanese writing on it (the name of Japanese construction company)
3 A plain hat with a wider brim
A red hat versions exist, though this is probably transplanted from the Fork Lift Robot.

Two leg variations: a plain leg and a leg with considerable knee litho detail

Two feet variations:
The usual short foot shown here, and a longer foot that probably was designed for the Fork Lift Robot

There are other minor variations. This can add up to quite a range of versions.
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BUSY CART ROBOT, PROTOTYPE - HORIKAWA - JAPANFeatured in the 1972 Horikawa catalog. This robot is based on the body of a New Fighting Robot (1971). The model that went into production was significantly different, possibly because a different manufacturer, Suzugen, was used. Horikawa subcontracted production to a number of companies.
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BUSY CART ROBOT, TIN CART VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis version of the Busy Cart has a tin cart, possibly the first versions. The hat is the ribbed one. The diameter of the cart handle is slightly smaller than that of the plastic cart.

The dating of the Busy Cart remains unclear.
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BUZZER ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANSilver tin battery operated robot. Advances with bump n' go action and lighted eyes and dome light. Based on the head of a Directional Robot and the body of the Yonezawa skirted robots. The chest plate has the lightning bolts of the Cragstan Robot with the wording Modern Robot.
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CANDY CONTAINER ROBOT - JAPANStatic plastic candy boxes. Red and blue versions known.
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CAPTAIN THE ROBOT - MTU - KOREATin and plastic wind up. Korean MTU Company. Walks slowly with spark in chest. Copy of earlier Japanese "Robot Captain". Stepover feet.
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CATERPILLAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANA very unusual later Yonezawa robot. This blue plastic battery operated robot has an odd, angular body with plastic panels, red arms and a large rotating chrome plastic antenna on its head. The drive mechanism comprises two sets of caterpillar tracks that are hinged together. This combination presumably gave the robot better obstacle climbing capabilities.
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CHANGE MAN ROBOT - MARUMIYA/METAL HOUSE - JAPANLarge lithographed tinplate remote control battery operated robot. It advances with walking motion. The plastic molded dinosaur head opens to reveal a vinyl boy's head. Lights and noise. No box was produced, though examples are "Change Man" written on the top.

Of mixed vintage, this large lithographed tinplate robot has an unusual history: it appears that it was a planned release that only reached an early stage in the process. Parts were manufactured but were not assembled. The parts remained at the Metal House factory for many years. In the 1980s a number were made up. Over the years more have appeared using original old parts mixed with new components.

Similarities have been pointed out between this robot and the Daiya Cragstan Astronaut: in particular the legs look to be identical - notice the slight flare where the leg enters the foot. A red - purple headed prototype of this robot (which is little more than a test run) is known.

The Metal House company still have (at 2012) access to unused components from the original run and are releasing the remaining "sleeper" robots in as yet undetermined numbers.
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CHIEF ROBOTMAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated robot. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head turns, eyes light and antennas spin. KO skirt.

This robot appeared in two color versions: grey and light blue. In addition the arms are usually tin, but plastic arm versions exist. The fact that it had a long production run may account for the variations, particularly the introduction of the plastic arms. The metallic blue version of the Chief Robot Man can't automatically be called a Radical Robot, though sellers like the added rarity of the name.

The first sighting of the robot is in Alden's; Lazarus and Newberry’s catalog for 1962. This confirms that it is the first of the Yoshiya family of skirted robots. It has been reproduced. The fins on the bellybutton of an original run from top to bottom. On the repro version they run from side to side.
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CHIEF SMOKY - MR CHIEF - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head lights and his hat smokes. KO skirt

Based on the Chief Robot Man pressing, though the belly button is a lithographed circle instead of a plastic part. The arms are metal. The robot first appears specifically with the Mr Chief nameplate version in the 1963 Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalog. The Chief Smoky chest plate version on sale in November 1964.

The name confusion arises because the box calls him Chief Smoky and the art work depicts the robot with that name on his chest plate. The actual robot can have either Chief Smoky or Mr Chief wording. To make things more confusing, the box gives him the extra title of Advanced Robotman.

"Puffing steamlike smoke. Lited see thru action. "


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CHILD GUIDANCE ROBOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic windup stepover robot. Transparent body with visible gear motor. Yellow head and legs, red arms. The nose is a bolt. Educational. The plastic ratchet spanner acts as a key. First sighted in the Sears Christmas Book 1969.

This is one of seven toys in the take-apart range.

Instruction leaflet: http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/11721-robot-no-8260-by-child-guidance-1969/

A version was sold in Spain as the Robot Mecanico by Lemssa. See-thru
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CHIME TROOPER - AOSHIN - JAPANASC tin skirt windup astronaut. Advances as he plays a musical sound. The "tune" is similar to the first few notes of the "Twilight Zone" theme, but the last note destroys the illusion - it's just a coincidence. Skirt.

During operation the astronaut moves forward while emitting a the music box "melody" - it's certainly not a chime, just descending notes. A descending pin makes it turns abruptly and it continues on, arms swinging.

The body pressing is the same as the one used for Tremendous Mike. It is probable that this robot makes use of the Tremendous Mike pressing. The soud box takes advantage of the spark window. There are no known variations of this robot. There is as yet no firm date for the Chime Trooper.
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COLONEL HAP HAZARD - MARX - JAPANTin and vinyl battery op. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as his lighted blade spins. The date of manufacture, 1968, is marked on the back. Made in Japan for the US Marx company.

A prototype of the astronaut is known which carries a date 42-11-7. This is the Japanese emperor's date and means 7th November 1967 (1925 + 42). This is the same date as the silver Thunder Robot sample.

Given the date. Hap Hazard must have been created from the molds for the earlier grey/silver version Hi Bounce Moon Scout, dated to 1967. It is a considerably simpler toy with no remote control and no opening chest door. Judging by the number in circulation, proved very successful. Like the Hi-Bouncer this robot has a rotating antenna with working lights and the separate boots.

A newspaper ad dates this to December 1968 but it was widely on sale in December 1969.
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COMIC ROBOT - ALPS - JAPANSmall grey plastic wind up robot with fixed feet. Comic Robot
Manufacturer: Alps, Japan
Height: 17cm 6.25" (to top of spring antenna)
Timeline date: 1970 (1970 Alps Catalog)
Power source: wind up
Actions: Robot moves in random fashion with swinging arms and shaking body.

Additional info.: The eyes are lenticular and change color as the robot shakes back and forth. The box calls this feature "Magic Color Eyes". The chest plate is red and white lithographed tin and says MADE IN JAPAN at the bottom. MADE IN JAPAN is also embossed on the bottom of the base plate feet. There is a small wire antenna attached to the head.
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COMPUROBOT III - TOMY - JAPANCR 300 Compurobot 3. Tomy were prompt to incorporate new electronic developments in their robot and this is an early computerised robot. This is a white plastic egg-shaped robot with a clear plastic dome covering the top and acting like a head. Small red plastic arms and chest trim. This battery opersted robot contains and early 4 bit processor. Self-applied decals. 1980s. Function uncertain.
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COMPUTER ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANPlastic transparent battery op robot. 24cm FT#31 Robot moves with swinging arms and flashing light in the domed head. The movement is controled by inserting one of three supplied cams into the dome; these enable the robot to move in a programmed pattern. The distinctive dome shape was probably influenced by the robot from Lost in Space.

Japanese and English box versions. No 4473 See-thru
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COSMIC FIGHTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot. Walks, stops, head splits to reveal astronaut inside with gun, gun lights and fires while body spins 3 times, head shuts then actions resume. Height: 11.5" Power source: 2 "D" cell batteries Additional info.: stamped into the tin battery cover: HORIKAWA TOY and MADE IN JAPAN.
Black and grey versions.

This robot appears in the 1985 Horikawa catalog so is probably a 1983 or 1984 toy.
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COSMIC ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSo far only an entry in the 1979 Horikawa catalog, this probably was not produced. This unusual light blue plastic battery operated robot has Sharpshooter style feet with an orange domed squat body. Panel with three windows in the chest. 8.5"
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COSMOS ? ROBOT JAPANESE BOX - MASUDAYA - JAPANA brightly colored plastic battery operated robot with doors in chest and shooting guns. Missiles in head. Pastel blue plastic body with yellow hands, feet and chest trim. The robot has a distinctive face that consists entirely of a red plastic visor.

The Masudaya logo is printed in the later stylerather than the traditional TM logo. Decal details. Rotates. 1980s. See also the Masudaya TV Robot. Produced in China for Masudaya (Kamco?) Unsure of the name.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT BOY FACE - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction crank action skirted astronaut. Currently dated to 1962. This is a friction inertia crank operated robot. The astronaut advances with shuffling motion as he makes a clicking noise. This toy has a fixed mouth. The blue Space Man variation has a moving mouth. Based on the Yonezawa skirted robot body.

Two versions of the astronaut are known: the one shown here has the boyish face (as used for the Yonezawa Space Man). The other has an older man's face.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT X-70 - DAIYA - JAPANTin battery op. Red version. Advances with walking motion as the antenna spins. He stops and raises his gun with flashing light and firing sound then the action repeats.

This looks to have been the first of this group of astronauts, appearing in the Sears catalog for 1961, two years earlier than the blue or green Space Conqueror.
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