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2-XL ROBOT - MEGO - USAPlastic battery op electronic robot game. Designed as an educational toy, hence "To Excel". Talking. Static games toy robot comes with a series of audio tapes.

Originally marketed in the 1980s by the Mego Toy Corporation. Later upgraded and re-introduced by Tiger Electronics in the 1990s. United States
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BIG LOU - MARX - USAPlastic battery op. Multiple action robot with the following functions - blows whistle, squirts water, eyes light and flash, voice with phrases, fires darts, rings bell, sends Morse code, fires balls, fires rockets and bends. Includes two darts, two rockets, three balls, whistle and the grenade. United States

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BUCK ROGERS ROBOT - PROTOTYPE - USAStatic tin robot. Details? This largely undocumented robot is potentially one of the earliest on record. It is clearly based on the Buck Rogers robot and may date from the 1930s.. Tinplate. If you have any more information I would love to hear it. United States
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CAPTAIN RADAR SELF WALKING SPACE MAN - BALL MFG - USAHard plastic pull along ramp walker astronaut. Separate clear dome. 6" 15cm. An egg shaped weight is attached by string to the spaceman and pulls him along a tabletop. Bagged with header card. Available in several colors. United States
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EGBERT THE EXPLODING ROBOT - MULTIPLE PRODUCTS - USACarded plastic robot with fall apart action. USA Soft plastic. Red, yellow and grey versions. MPC United States
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ELECTRIC ROBOT AND SON, BLACK/ RED VERSION - MARX - USAThis robot in its black/red version has been documented to 1955. The white bulb eyes original, they're distinctive in that they are white, not clear glass. The white comes off easily. Electric Robot (and son) came with plastic hammer and screwdriver, but no wrench.

Electric Robot and Son has an antenna adjustment knob, knobs for right and left arm movement, morse code bottom with morse code written on the back of the robot's head, forward and reverse switch, left and right movement switch.

It is believed that all 3 color variations were produced in both "Electric Robot" and "Electric Robot & Son" versions. Printed on the back of the head are the words: "Morse Code" and followed by the Morse Code alphabet. This handy reminder was useful after the robot's antenna was raised and the buzzer button activated. Widely on sale in November 1955.

There is very elusive tan colored variation.

The Electric Robot (as opposed to the version with son) has an additional piece of plastic molded inside just above the tool drawer. It serves as a lid to prevent the tools from spilling out of the drawer when closed. The Electric Robot that came with the Son, has no such lid. United States
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ELECTRIC ROBOT AND SON, GREY/MAROON VERSION - MARX - USAGrey-maroon version of the large plastic skirt robot. This robot in its black/red version has been documented to 1955 though this grey/maroon version first appears in Montgomery Wards Christmas Catalog for1957. The white bulb eyes original, they're distinctive in that they are white, not clear glass. The white comes off easily. Electric Robot (and son) came with plastic hammer and screwdriver, but no wrench.

Electric Robot and Son has an antenna adjustment knob, knobs for right and left arm movement, morse code bottom with morse code written on the back of the robot's head, forward and reverse switch, left and right movement switch.

It is believed that all 3 color variations were produced in both "Electric Robot" and "Electric Robot & Son" versions. The "Morse Code Robot" name was probably coined by a seller who no longer had the original box to the toy. Printed on the back of the head are the words: "Morse Code" and followed by the Morse Code alphabet. This handy reminder was useful after the robot's antenna was raised and the buzzer button activated.

There is an elusive tan colored variation.

The Electric Robot (as opposed to the version with son) has an additional piece. United States
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ELECTRONIC MAN COSTUME - FIBRE-BILT - USACardboard Robot costume. Made by Fibre-Bilt Toys USA United States
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FLYING TETSUJIN 28 - ATD ASAKUSA - JAPANMetallic blue in wind up flying Tetsujin T28. Blue vinyl head. T28 Wind up key in belly. Red celluloid propeller in feet. Hook on the back. Wind up action: the toy is suspended from a string and rotates. Asakusa logo on the box. Marked ATD on the feet.

This mould has been used for at least three other anime other toys
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FUNNY ROBOT - HONG KONGMade in Hong Kong, distributed by Regal Greetings & Gifts in Toronto Canada. 13 cm, mystery action, lited eyes, turn over action. Stock #R5715

All plastic, battery powered 2 C cells.
This is a copy of the Japanese SH. "Acrobat Robot" and a Taiwan version with flashing eyes. Robot Amusant
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i-R-4-U BLACK KNIGHT ROBOT RADIO - CAPRICE - USAStatic plastic robot radio with microphone. This is one of a group of radios called Star Command which were advertised in 1979. This model has pulsating lights synchronised to sound.
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JETTO - TRI-PLAY TOYS - USAThe Air-Powered Robot. Balloon attaches to head and provides floating action. USA

Name on packaging: Jetto
Name on toy: none
Manufacturer: Tri-Play Toys Inc., U.S.A.
Height: 3"
Timeline date:
Power source: Air powered (balloon)
Actions: Balloon is attached to the top of robot and inflated by blowing into tube at rear. As the air is expelled out this tube, the robot rolls forward on the four wheels in the base.
Additional info.: Also made in all orange color variation (with blue wheels). Price 19c, later 29c United States
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LAUGHING ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANName on box: Laughing Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname: light blue color variation
Manufacturer: Yonezawa, Japan
Importer: Height: 9.5"
Catalog/Box number: "Item No.36021" printed on box
Patent number: "Pat.P USA 78-927562 UK 78-31065" printed on box
Timeline date: C1984
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: When switch at rear is turned on, robot moves in bump-and-go (mystery action) fashion. When button on head is depressed, robot will either laugh or make siren sounds. If the head button is depressed while it is moving, the robot stops and "talks". It then continues to bump-and-go.
Additional info: Embossed on the base of the robot is the Yonezawa logo and "MADE IN JAPAN". Also comes in a black color variation and a chrome color variation. Both of these perform in exactly the same way as this light blue color variation. There is a blue chrome color variation whose name on its Japanese language box translates into New Patrol Robot. Instead of laughing, it speaks in Japanese.

Misc. Comments: Japanese box version with chrome robot also shown.

A black version appeared in the Alps catalog for 1984.
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LOST IN SPACE - REMCO - USAThis is a very large (14" 35cm) plastic robot based on the 1966 TV series. The barrel body robot has an unusual domed head. The legs are joined together and fixed on a pedestal base. The arms are flexible plastic hoses with claw hands. A paper decal is attached to either side the base.

This is a battery operated robot. It can move forward and backward and a lever controls the direction. There is a flashing light in the chest. The concertina plastic arms have to be controlled manually.

It is a reasonably accurate copy of the YM3 robot that featured in the 1966 TV series. United States

This authorized robot was very successful and was produced for several years. The body, arms, legs and feet are separate components molded in red, black and blue. The number of possible permutations is theoretically high and it is impossible to verify factory authenticity. Date 1966.

The domes are prone to distortion and discoloration, a natural result of ageing. United States
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MAN FROM MARS - IRWIN - USAPlastic wind up astronaut. When wound eccentric wheels in the base allow the astronaut to move forward with a waddling action while the arm lifts up and down. Hard plastic with clear round dome helmet with rubber antenna. Red version and the scarcer yellow version with green tinted helmet shown. Other color variations are known.

At least two molds were used: one has a larger eagle and clearly defined toes; the other has a smaller, more compact eagle and no toes.

The earliest sighting is in the 1952 Blackwell Wielandy catalog. It was widely advertised from November 1953 on. United States
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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
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Instruction Sheet:
http://danefield.com/alpha/forums/topic/11723-mister-brain-by-remco-1970/
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MR AMAZE-A-MATIC - HASBRO - USAA most unusual plastic battery operated robot. The robot has a clear plastic cylindrical body with a large circular black head perched on a slender tapering neck. The body contains odd hoop shaped plastic rods in a variety of colors. Long plastic arms reach down to the ground. A set of tracks allow it to move. The movement is controlled by plastic punch cards. It is possible to program a sequence of manoeuvres including running an obstacle course and retrieving various plastic objects. Dated 1970 on the box.

The same control punch card mechanism was used on Hasbro's Amaze-A-Matic cars.
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MR ATOM - ADVANCE DOLL AND TOY CO - USAOne of the large plastic battery op robots of the 1950s. Walks with lights and sound. USA On sale in November 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.
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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.

Patent: Inventor Marvin Glass United States
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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. United States
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MR RIVETHEAD - MULTIPLE TOYMAKERS - USAPlastic static Popapart robot. The robot is made of a series of plastic components of different colors. The base is primed by pressing a spring lever. When the trigger is pressed the robot pops apart. Window box. USA. On sale in December 1964.
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MR. ROBOTTLE - AVON COSMETICS - USAMR. ROBOTTLE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
When empty, clean thoroughly. Peel backs off labels and press "face" onto cap and "tummy" onto dry bottle. Gather all the parts - just ease gently out of plastic frames. Slip arms and legs onto body and gently tighten nuts. You can arrange arms and legs in all sorts of out-of-this-world positions!
AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10020
PRINTED IN U.S.A.

Not shown in the photo above is the white plastic wrench that comes with the piece. When assembled Mr. Robottle is 8" tall. Embossed on the back of Mr. Robottle:
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MR. SANDMAN THE ROBOT - WOLVERINE -USATin/wood beach bucket. Lithographed tin and wood take apart robot sand toy. The small picture shows the version with wire ears. The larger pictures are of a no ear version.

Sold in a clear plastic bag. United States. A Wolverine trade ad dates this to 1956.
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NAME? 3 - GAKKEN - JAPANPlastic battery operated stepover robot with detachable reusable components. The robot comprises a variety or white, red, blue and yellow plastic components.
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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. The box depicts a red version but this does not appear to have been a production piece. Approx 5" tall. Box dated 1967. United States
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ROBERT THE ROBOT - IDEAL - USAROBERT THE ROBOT VERSIONS:

Robert I - 1954
Robert II - 1955
Robert III - 1956 through 1958

Invented by Sid Noble, Levittown, NY.

Robert the Robot (1st version - 1954) :
Clear plastic eyes and "crown"
Head halves glued and screwed together
"Chromed" plastic sheet inside rear head section to help reflect light out through eyes
Red "belly-button" tool cover & three metal tools: hammer, screwdriver and wrench
Red wooden knob on rear crank handle talking device
No patent information embossed on rear
Control cable connects to base of wheel chassis by means of a cotter pin
Arms swing back and forth when robot rolls forwards or backwards
Talking device held in place with three hex head screws, no glue

Robert the Robot (2nd version - 1955) :
Clear plastic eyes and "crown"
Head halves glued and screwed together
The tools (& the removable tool cover) are eliminated
Black plastic knob on talking device crank handle
"Chromed" plastic sheet in head eliminated
"DES. PAT. No. D-174,588" embossed on rear at shoulder height
Control cable has a small coil spring at tip to aid in maintaining connection to rear of wheel chassis
Arms swing back and forth
Talking device held in place with screws and glue

Robert the Robot (3rd version - 1956)
Grey eyes and "crown"
Head halves glued together, no screws
Arms no longer swing when rolling. Internal connecting rods eliminated.
Shoulders re-designed to permit arms to be pre-positioned
Talking device held in place with screws and glue

All three versions came with a "C" shaped battery bracket and lightbulb holder that fit into the "throat".
Minor variations to the above will be found due to changes implemented during production run assembly, ie:
wooden knobs on 2nd version, no patent info on 2nd version, 1st version head on a 2nd version body, etc.
Each version's box is slightly different to take into account the loss of features to the toy.
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ROBERT THE ROBOT TOOLS - IDEAL - USAThese are the three metal tools (there was also a red, "belly-button" tool cover) that came with the 1954, first version of Ideal's Robert the Robot. They were eliminated from subsequent versions (1955 through 1959). The tools are approximately 2" long, the cover is approximately 1.5" in diameter. The wrench was also cast in a more three dimentional manner, rather than the "flat" style shown in the photo above. The hammer bears the mold mark: "1-2331" at the base of the handle. United States
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ROBERT THE ROBOT, VERSION 3 - IDEAL TOY - USAName on robot: none
Nickname: Variation #3
Manufacturer: Ideal Toy Corporation, Hollis 23, N.Y.
Catalog/Box Number: 4049
Patent Number: D-174,588
Timeline Date: 1956 through 1959
Power source - 1 "D" cell battery to light head (eyes, mouth and antenna). The red knob on the chest is the "on/off" switch.
Actions: Manual remote control crank to move forward or backwards and turn right or left. Talks: When crank on the back is turned, an internal record rotates and says: "I am Robert Robot, mechanical man. Drive me and steer me wherever you can. I am Robert Robot, mechanical man." Spring loaded hands permit objects to be held in them. Arms can be manually adjusted.
Additional info: "Pat. Pend. Talking Device Mfd. By Ted Duncan, Inc." United States
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ROBO DOG - WYANDOTTE - USADesigned by Marvin Glass and patented in 1956. The design of Robo Dog is virtually identical to that of the Yoshiya space dogs, though the material is plastic and the action is different. The black plastic dog has a moving mouth, eyes and tail. It is still unclear who copied who.

The advert reads: "Hi I'm Robo. The robot dog with the magic touch."

Made by All Metal Products (Wyandotte) 25cm plastic battery op. Pressing his tuft of hair makes him advance with wagging tail, rolling eyes and flapping jaws. Makes a barking sound. The advert indicates a grey color exists but currently only the black has been reported. Animal. Date? United States
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ROBOT BULLDOZER "ROBBY" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed yellow tin bulldozer with a black robot holding a flag in his hand. ROBBY is marked on the engine cover and DIESEL on the sides.

Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date this to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
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ROBOT BULLDOZER "US BUILDERS" - MARUSAN - JAPANA lithographed blue tin bulldozer with a red robot holding a flag in his hand. US BUILDERS is marked on the engine cover. Friction powered, the robot raises and lowers the flag in hand when pushed. 7" 17cm

Newspaper ads date the yellow version to August 1958.

There are two versions of this bulldozer both having the same box.
1 Yellow with a black robot. 2 Blue with a red robot
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ROBOT COMMANDO - IDEAL - USALarge plastic battery operated robot with multiple actions. A hand control unit allows the robot to move forward and to steer. The arms rotate and fire plastic balls. The head opens to reveal a rocket that can be fired. The voice action is simply a contact strip inside the hand control unit: when you shout into the handset it makes a tenuous contact that allows the robot to perform the selected action. Produced by Marvin Glass and the subject of a major tv advertising campaign. First sighted in the Montgomery Ward catalog for 1961 and popular for several years. Two minor box versions are known, one saying "mike action" the other "voice action".
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ROBOT SORTING BANK - WOLVERINE - USAStatic clear plastic coin sorting robot. Many variations of this toy exist. Coin sorter. See the Hucha version. c1960s United States
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Rock Em Sock Em Robots - Marx -USAClassic early edition robot boxing game.
Robots are moved about using controller, left and right buttons operate the arm punches.
Opponents try to knock each other's block off with a sharp blow under chin in just the right position.
Head pops up with a "ZZZRRRR" sound and can be pressed back on again.
Note sharp post tops, later versions have 'button-top' flat top posts and name stickers and/or head ratchet sound were omitted. United States
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Rock Em Sock Em Robots Marx Later Issue with box - MARX - USAClassic boxing game later issue with 'button top' safety posts...knock the other opponent's block off!
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RUDY THE ROBOT - REMCO - USALarge 16" 42cm plastic battery operated stepover robot. Reverses direction when an obstacle is encountered. The robot has a wire frame passing through the body: when depressed it alters the direction of movement. Decal face and chest details. United States

Color variations: yellow/orange, black/orange.

Dated to 1968 in a Montgomery Ward Christmas Book.
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SOCK A ROBOT - MULTIPLE TOYMAKERS - USAA throwing game consisting of five robots on a plastic stand. These robots are the same as the Egbert the Exploding (Fall Apart) Robot. The missiles are sponge balls. Window boxed. 1960s
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STAR COMMAND RADIOS - CAPRICE - USAThe 1979 range of Star Command radios:

Sing Along with Microphone:
I-M-4-U
I-R-4-U

AM Radios with lights:
Dark Invader
Star Explorer Space Ship
I-M-1 Starroid Robot
I-R-1-2 Ms Starroid Robot
Robark the Space Dog

AM Radio night light:
Star Explorer II
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STAR COMMAND ROBOT - CAPRICE - USAStarroid I-M-2 plastic battery op radio controlled robot. White plastic, shallow red dome.
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STAR COMMANDO ROBOT RADIO - CAPRICE - USAPlastic AM radio. This is one of a group of radios called Star Command which were advertised in 1979. This model 4000XL has moving arms and a paper decal on the chest. Available in yellow and white versions.
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SUSIE ROBETTE - METALWARE CORP - USAPlastic battery op skirted robot housemaker housewife robot. Complete with vacuum, brush etc. Suzy. The Metalware Corp, Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Similar plastic - rivet design to Robert the Robot.

First sighted in FAO Schwarz Catalog for Christmas 1957

Ad copy reads:

Susie Robette The "Little Lady" Electric Housekeeper
Sensationally New!!
The First Lady Robot!!

No.30 Susie Robette
Sweeps - Dusts - Vacuums!!
Moves forward...Or...in left or right circles!!
11" tall. Tough, high-impact plastic in metallic finish. Apron, bows, etc. in accentuating pastel color. Precision built, quality motor, operates on two 1 1/2 volt flashlight batteries, easily replaceable.
"On" and "Off" switch is Susie's bow in back. Lever 2" below bow directs Susie in straight or left or right circular movement. She can sweep, dust or vacuum as she moves, or she can move without working.
Steel drive rods and all plastic gears. Hair and pony tail of coppered wire. Hands equipped with plastic grips to clutch broom, duster or vacuum.
Packaged in beautiful display box...with broom, duster and vacuum. Batteries not supplied.
Patent filed in 1956 and published in 1959
Pat No. 2881559
Inventor Marvin Glass United States
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THUNDER ROBOT - Asakusa - JAPANTin and plastic battery op Circa 1968. Advances with walking motion as his antenna spins and the window on his head lights. He stops, raises his arms and fires the lighted guns built into his hands. 28cm FT#16

Image Smith House Auctions
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YAKKITY YOB - ELDON - USAA light blue plastic robot with a comical human face. Described as the red-headed robot that can clap, pick up things, squeak and wink. The sound is a clacking noise. This is a manually operated robot. The chest has a molded bow tie with a sad or happy dial set in the middle. 13.5". Widely on sale in late 1961. A patent was filed in 1961 by Marvin Glass, the designer of several of these large popular robots.
 
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