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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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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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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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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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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT, CHILD FACE - DAIYA - JAPANRed and blue version of the Cragstan Astronaut tin battery op. Vinyl child's head under a clear dome. Baby face. Produced later than the adult face versions.

Image courtesy Smith House Auction.
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CRAGSTAN ASTRONAUT, RED VERSION - DAIYA - JAPANReferred to as the Daiya Astronaut, in preference to the other astronauts by Daiya. Tin battery op. Early 1960s. Red version. 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 blue version has slightly different litho detailing and does not carry 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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CRAGSTAN GREAT ASTRONAUT - ALPS - JAPANTin battery op 1962. Advances with walking motion, moving arms, and a rotating color wheel as a space scene plays on the chest screen. Removable antenna acts as the on-off switch. TV. Based on the very popular Television Spaceman. The space scene in the chest is the same. The dome is appreciably larger than the Television Spaceman and the battery door has been replaced by a highly litho'd alternative. Only produced in an all-tin version. The first sighting of this robot was in 1962, a year after the Television Spaceman. Oddly the picture is of a Great Astronaut but a Television Spaceman is described.

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CRAGSTAN GREAT ASTRONAUT, PROTOTYPE - ALPS - JAPANDon't spand too long hunting for this, it existed once as a protopype, was photographed for a catalog and has not been seen again

A 1962 advert showing a prototype Great Astronaut. The color is unique, as is the head detail. The description is of the 1961 Television Spaceman. Catalogs were produced months before the arrival of merchandise and the pictures are often speculative or prototype based.
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CRAGSTAN MR FLASH - NGS - JAPANName on box: Cragstan Mister Flash (on lids and front of box), Cragstan Mr. Flash (on sides of box)
Name on toy: Mr. Flash Cragstan (embossed on battery cover)
Nickname: Mr. Flash
Manufacturer: NGS, British Crown Colony Hong Kong
Importer/Distributer: Cragstan
Height: 8.25"
Box number: 1933-4
Timeline date: 1967. On sale in December 1967.
Power source: 2 "AA" (penlite) batteries
Actions: Walks forward with swinging arms and light flashing in head. The box states "whirring sound" which, to me, sounds like the gears meshing inside.
Additional info.: Embossed on the back of the head: "MADE IN HONGKONG". The photo above depicts the window box version of the box. The battery cover is embossed "Mr Flash"

There are also Mr. Flash look-alikes, however these were not Cragstan pieces. They are:
Moon Explorer - Identical colors but lacking the Mr. Flash/Cragstan markings on the battery cover.
Walking Robot - Gray torso and head with red arms and dome.
Super Walking Robot - Black arms and legs.
Both boxes for Walking Robot and Super Walking Robot bear a logo consisting of the letters HK within a five pointed star.
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CRAGSTAN ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANSilver grey body, tin battery operated robot. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the head lights and interior spins. "Revolving Color Dome Lights" Probably the first of this range of Yonezawa skirts; it is currently the version with the earliest confirmed sighting. The Cragstan distributor features prominently on the toy and the box.

The lightning strike on the chest plate is the same as that on the Modern Robot. The wording on the chest plate is Cragstan Robot.

Note that the robot has same yellow battery box with red and white batteries drawing as the Directional Robot.


Widely on sale in 1961; it is usually described as the "Mystery Robot", but identifiable because of the lightning bolts on the chest. The robot was still available in the Yonezawa catalog for 1963.

Image Smith House Auctions
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GIROROBOT - LEDY - MEXICOMexico copy of the Cragstan and Mortoys Rotor Robot.

Plastic battery op robot, multicolored plastic. "The Walking Giant". 14 inches tall. Hypnotic spiral eyes and spinning barber pole legs make this a distinctive robot. Semicircular discs in the feet give this robot a waddling action. Window box.

The original Cragstan version has a stylised C logo molded into the chest. The Ledy version is marked Ledy on the chest.

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K ROBO TITAN - Variants - CragstanTitan and Super Spaceman. Battery op remote control astronaut with tumbling action.
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KITCHEN ROBOT - CRAGSTANPlastic wind up robot, tin feet. Coffee can, funnel, fork, spoon etc. Shaking robot motion similar to the plastic Mr Robot.

Featured in the 1970 Daishin catalog.
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MAGNOR, MAGNETIC HELMET ROBOT - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic battery op robot. 9 inches tall. This is a color variation of the Ranger Robot. It is related to the NGS Mr Robot, but is appreciably smaller.

Name on box: Magnor
Manufacturer: ???, Hong Kong
Importer/Distributor: Cragstan, U.S.A.
Height: 9" (to top of "magnetic helmet")
Box number: #2601-2
Timeline date: First sighted in the 1969 Cragstan catalog. On sale in December 1969. 1970 (1970 Western Auto Christmas Catalog)
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: The "magnetic helmet" serves as the ON/OFF switch. With the helmet atop the robot's head, Magnor rolls forward in a waddling fashion with flashing eyes and a clicking sound. He turns to the left at regular intervals producing the "square/turn walking action" listed on the box. Removing the magnetic helmet makes him stop.
Additional info.: MADE IN HONG KONG is embossed on the bottom of the base (in two places!) along with the Cragstan logo. Embossed on the front of the magnetic helmet is some kind of a symbol, perhaps a logo. Using the same molds, but different colors, Cragstan also produced Ranger Robot. The third companion piece is the larger sized Mister Robot. Joe K.
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MECHANICAL COMMANDER ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind up skirted robot. Until the discovery of a box this was known as the Orange Robot or the R Robot (the R on his belt). It is a rare variation of the Yonezawa skirted robot pressing. The ears look similar to those on the Alps TV Spaceman and the eyes look like those used for the Mighty (Athlete) Robot. The blue Cragstan (Y) Spaceman and red Cragstan Astronaut have exactly the same body pressing. c1967 Item No 807
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MISTER ROBOT - NGS/CRAGSTAN - JAPANMulticolored plastic battery op robot. Red body, blue legs and head, yellow concertina arms, "Trik" "square/turn walking action, flashing lights and free swinging arms. The robot has a clear rectangular panel in the chest.

The action is started by lifting the chrome silver plastic dish antenna. The robot is over 11 inches tall. The box carries the NGS logo, a company that seems to have subcontracted toy production.

This robot is the forerunner of similar Cragstan robots produced in HK: the Ranger Robot and Magnor Robot. It is, however, significantly different in detail.
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MODERN ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery operated skirted robot with bump and go action: "Automatic Maneuvering Actions". Basically identical to the sliver Cragstan Robot complete with the lightning bolt on the chest plate. The only difference is the name on the chest plate: Modern Robot. . The box art is also identical except for the name and removal of the Cragstan logo. A Modern Robot was advertised the Indiana Gazette in December 1964.

Note that the robot has same yellow battery box with red and white batteries drawing as the Directional Robot.
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MOON EXPLORER - CRAGSTAN / SALCO - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic battery operated robot. Walks, swinging arms, flashing lights.

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

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

Middle and right: HK logo on the helmet and below the chest plate. Newspaper adverisement dates this to November 1969.

Salco Cragstan group
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MOON EXPLORER - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". Also sold in a box variation as the Cragstan Astronaut. KO On sale in November 1962.
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MOON MEN - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic robot toys. Unusual design Push down the top and they move along. "Mystery Mechanical Marvel"
Set of four:
Cobor
Mazor
Furo
Gazo

Blister carded.
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MR ASTRONAUT - CRAGSTAN SALCO - HONG KONGPlastic battery op astronaut. Cragstan C logo on head. There is a distinctive wing emblem on the chest and a pair of doors below. Hong Kong 1960s. This box version has SALCO wording at the top. There is also a version with Cragstan wording. This robot is very similar to Zero of Space: the distinguishing feature is the silver "C" logo in the wing emblem.

Newspaper ad dating December 1969.

Salco Cragstan group.
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MR LEM - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic battery op astronaut. Multicolored. Marked on the back: (copyright 'C') 1970 Cragstan ind. inc., N.Y. N.Y. 10010 made in Hong Kong. Walks with swinging arms. Hong Kong. LEM means Lunar Exploration Man. One of the Salco Cragstan group.
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MR. FLASH VARIATIONS - HK STAR - HONG KONG1. Super Walking Robot - red body, black limbs. HK within a five pointed star.

2 Walking Robot - Gray body and head with red arms and dome. HK within a five pointed star.

3. Moon Explorer - Red body blue limbs but lacking the Mr. Flash/Cragstan markings on the battery cover.

4. NGS Cragstan Mr Flash. Original design, red body blue limbs.

Circa 1967.
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RADICAL ROBOT - YOSHIYA/NGS - JAPANMetallic blue tin battery operated skirted robot with bump and go action. This is basically the metallic blue version of the Chief Robot Man in a different box.

Without the evidence of the box it is be impossible to say whether a particular robot 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 have found their way into Radical boxes, either at the factory or later. The arms are always metal.

Circa 1962.
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RANGER ROBOT - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated 9 inch multicolored robot. This is a blue bodied robot with yellow arms and legs. (It was later produced in orange and green as the Magnor Robot). The battery operated robot waddles forward, has a square-turn action and the lights flash. The "Magic Helmet" hat is a magnet that acts as on-off switch. Ranger carries a 1968 date but the current earliest sighting in a catalog is for 1969.
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RANGER ROBOT - CRAGSTAN - JAPANBox variation. Multicolored plastic battery op robot with "Magic helmet action" (a magetic switch). "Square Turn" walking action, swinging arm. Lights.
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RANGER ROBOT - DAIYA/NGS - JAPANA clear plastic and tin battery operated robot. Clear plastic body on a metal structure. This motor and inner structure are all visible. Walks, arms move, screeching noise and smoke emerges from the mouth. The battery cover is rather delicate and prone to damage: the closing clips fracture and the plastic can craze. Screws have been used in the assembly.

Timeline date: 1965 (Spiegel Catalog 1965)

Two box variations, with and without the Cragstan name and logo. A Cragstan logo and NGS logo can be seen on the left hand box. The right hand box version has the Daiya logo.

The robot often found with yellow ears drooping down (melted into head plastic). Owners need to be aware of the drooping ears problem. The soft yellow plastic of the ears is high in plasticizer. This is a solvent which reacts with the hard clear plastic of the head and effectively melts it. The result is that the ears droop and, over time, will spoil the head. Some collectors remove the ears for storage. A long term solution may be some form of barrier between the components. 27cms

See-thru
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ROTOR ROBOT THE WALKING GIANT - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot, multicolored plastic. "The Walking Giant". 14 inches tall. Hypnotic spiral eyes and spinning barber pole legs make this a distinctive robot. Semicircular discs in the feet give this robot a waddling action. Window box. Appears in a newspaper ad dated 1970 and the box has a 1970 date.

The original Cragstan version has a stylised C logo molded into the chest. The Ledy version is marked Ledy on the chest.

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SEE-THRU ROBOT - SALCO - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot with transparent head and visible gears. Multicolored. See-Thru Robot is marked Salco. It takes two D-cell batteries. Despite its similarity to the other Salco Cragstan group of plastic robots this does not come from the same molds: the limbs are appreciably thinner and there are many other differences. See-thru

This robot first appears in Eaton's Christmas Catalog for 1973.
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SPACE CONQUEROR, 3 VARIATIONS - DAIYA - JAPANThree color variations of the tin battery op astronaut. The blue and green versions have identiacl litho detailing, only the base color varies. The red Cragstan Astronaut has significantly different litho.

The red X-70 dates from 1961, the blue Space Conqueror from 1962. A firm date for the green version is needed, but considering the litho similarities it is likely to be closer to 1962.
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SPACE MAN - YONEZAWATin friction crank action astronaut. Skirt. Rosko logo. Date currently unconfirmed but this is less common than the red crank action Cragstan Astronaut, with which it shares a virtually identical construction. The mouth moves, unlike the fixed mouth of the Cragstan Astronaut. The face is the boy astronaut face.

Two box versions exist, one (shown here) with the Rosco distributor's logo at the bottom left and one without the logo.
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SUPER SPACEMAN - CRAGSTANPlastic battery op remote control acrobat spaceman with tumbling action. See also Titan.
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TALKING ROBOT - YONEZAWA/NGS - JAPANTin friction & battery operated skirted robot. Friction operated robot with free swinging arms. Battery operated voice broadcasts 4 different messages. Based on the Yonezawa skirted robot body shape but this is a significantly different robot. The motor has been removed to make way for a talking mechanism. A simple friction motor and a non-lighting head have been installed. The head has the same control room with tiny pilots as seen on Mr Mercury and the rare Jupiter Robot.

The main variation is the Cragstan logo on the chest: some have it, some don't. Numbers appear roughly equal.

One variation exists with an NGS logo on the box instead of the the Yonezawa logo. It is not yet clear what the NGS - Yonezawa connection is. The robot seems identical.

Differences have been noted in the talking mechanism.

There are at least four box versions
1.NGS/Cragstan box with artwork showing the Cragstan logo on the robot's chest.
2.Yonezawa (non-Cragstan) box with artwork showing the Cragstan logo on the robot's chest.
3.Yonezawa/Cragstan box with artwork showing the Cragstan logo on the robot's chest.
4.Yonezawa logo, Japanese box art.

The Talking Robot first appeared in the 1965 Spiegel catalog.
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TITAN THE TUMBLER - CRAGSTAN - JAPANPlastic battery op remote control acrobat style robot with Titan logo on chest. Blue angular "insect" look plastic. Forward and backward tumbling motion. Black remote battery holder. Window box. First sighted in the 1969 Cragstan catalog. See Super Spaceman variation.
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WALKING ROBOT - HK STAR - HONG KONGA Mr. Flash look-alike called Walking Robot. This was not a Cragstan product but rather the "HK in a star" logo depicted on the rear of its box.

Circa 1967.
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WIND UP MR ROBOT (NO ANTENNA) - CRAGSTAN - JAPANThe blister carded version of the small plastic wind up robot. Red body, blue arms ans silver chrome trim. Carded version. This The robot "walks" in a shuffling or vibrating motion, it doesn't wobble. See also the Aoki robot and the Robot with Free Swinging Arms. This version has no antennas though they are depicted on the card.
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WIND UP WALKING ACTION ROBOT - CRAGSTAN - JAPANPlastic wind up robot. Red body, blue arms, chrome silver trim. Moves with shaking or vibrating action. English box version also sold with blue arms as the Cragstan Mr Robot and with red arms as the Aoki Robot. Cragstan are the importer: it's likely that Aoki is the maker. The robot has two antennas.
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ZERO OF SPACE - CRAGSTAN - HONG KONGMulticolored plastic battery op robot astronaut. Color variations. One of the Salco Cragstan group. There are at least two versions: the one on the right has a clear shield and a deeper red color , while the left one has a tinted face shield and a pinker shade to the body. This robot is very similar to Mr Astronaut: the distinguishing feature is the red circle in the wing emblem.

First sighting currently in the 1971 F J Strauss Catalog.
 
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