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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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ACTION TV ROBOT - MAKER?Plastic battery operated robot with TV screen in head. This is another release of the Horikawa Lambda-I robot, very similar to the Super TV Robot.

Bump and go action with sounds and pictures on the TV screen. Maker? Window box.
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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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ASTRONAUT - MGH - KOREAThis is a Korean robot largely based on the Horikawa New Silver Astronaut. Gold plastic battery operated robot with black legs, red hexagonal waist, and chrome silver arms. Three green plastic hinged chest guns. Rotates. The face has large red plastic panel. The feet have a pronounced wedge shape. Walks, body rotates, eyes flash. Date? The box depicts a chrome variation.
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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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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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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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DINO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBy any standards this is a classic robot. At first sight this is a large, boxy tin and plastic black-brown battery operated robot with a little litho detailing. As soon as it is switched on, however, it undergoes an impressive transformation as the head spits in two to reveal a lighted, roaring dinosaur head. The heads snap shut, and the robot walks on. The transformation had been attempted before but never with such success or with such an unlikely subject. It is a design that has been much copied but never bettered. 11" 28cm This appears in the 1972 Horikawa catalog where it is described as new.

This has been reproduced in the original colors and in green. Reproductions have a serial number stamped into the plastic head shells. In addition the plastic heads have a distinctive molding line running around the eyes and mouth. Reproductions do not have this.
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ENGINE ROBOT - EARLY VERSIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANBrown tinplate battery operated robot. 9 inches. Walks, gears spin, light flashes in yellow plastic head dome and celluloid eyes, visible engine. A light flashes in the head and illuminates both the yellow plastic dome and plastic eyes. The opening in the chest revealing part of the motor is the "Electronic room".

There are two versions: red-yellow gears and red-green gears.

The red-yellow (left) has one large and one small each in red and yellow laid out in a distinctive diagonal arrangement. This corresponds with the arrangement shown on the box and it is therefore believed that this is the earliest version. This version is, however, still featured in the Horikawa catalog for 1969, so it did not disappear.

Horikawa later switched to (or added) the red and green (right) arrangement of gears but the box art remained the same throughout the long run of this robot. The red-green first appears in the Aldens Christmas Catalog for 1964.

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ENGINE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANName on box: Engine Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname:
Manufacturer: Horikawa, Japan
Height: 8.5"
Catalog number: #5043
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Robot walks forward with lighted pistons moving up and down in chest. They tend to make a "clacking" (clicking?) sound when moving.

Additional info.: "MADE IN JAPAN" is embossed on the bottom of the battery cover. Engine Robot is one of five robots made by Horikawa that has similar body parts originally used in the production of Sky Robot. This accounts for unusual features such as the wheel position in the feet.

*Engine Robot has been sighted as early as 1979 in a Horikawa Toy '79 catalog and as late as 1984 in an '84 Horikawa Toys Catalogue. Flared legs. Sharpshooter - Sky Robot body style. Also shown is the Japanese market version of the box.

Sky Robot body style.
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ENGINE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall nine inch brown tin and plastic battery operated gear robot "with electronic room". Tinplate body, brown plastic legs, red plastic arms and head. The main innovation here is the use of a small red Attacking Martian head with fly eyes. The ears are white though they are shown as chrome on the box. A light in the head illuminates the translucent head and ears. The robot retains the red-green gear arrangement from the earlier version. Structurally it is very close to the later version of Mr Zerox and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings.

This robot first appears in the Horikawa catalog for 1970 where it is described as a new item.
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ENGINE ROBOT WITH ELECTRONIC ROOM, PLASTIC LEG VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBrown tin and plastic battery op robot. 9 inches. Walks, gears spin, light flashes in yellow plastic head dome and celluloid eyes, visible engine. The opening in the chest revealing part of the motor is the "Electronic room". Four gears behind clear plastic chest: two small green on top, two large red below. The box art shows the earlier red and yellow gear combination.

This is a later version of the Gear Robot with Visible Gears Mechanism but it has plastic legs and feet instead of the earlier metal. This marks a transition between tin and plastic as the material of choice for toys. The metal version first appeared in Aldens Christmas Catalog for 1964.
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EXCAVATOR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery operated robot. The robot walks and the two chrome silver drills rotate.

Version 1 (top row) the earlier version, has a switch on the back that starts a cycle of walking followed by drilling. This usually has two red gears with a yellow gear below. The box art shows a robot with a slightly raised head.

Version 2 (bottom row) New Excavator Robot (1979) has a four position swich on the front below the chest that offers Off..Walking..Drlling...Walking and Drilling. This usually has two yellow gears on top with a red gear below. Gear colors can vary. The black version with three yellow gears is probably a factory sample test.

The 1979 Horikawa catalog shows Versions 1 and 2 available:
Art No. 5035 - B/O Excavator Robot 10"
Art No. 5041 - B/O New Excavator Switch Action Robot 10"

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FIGHTING ROBOT, FIRST VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with a single gun hinged in the chest and poking through a clear plastic chest panel. The chest plate benind the screen has elaborate litho detailing. Rotating gears inside a clear cone shaped dome on the head. The robot advances with rotating gears while the chest gun swivels from side to side and shoots with flashing light.

Widely advertised from October 1965 on.

There are two versions of this robot, apart from the astronaut version. The usual version (pictured) has a clear head dome with revolving gears and two vertical shoulder antennas (rod and ball). The other version is a robot version of the Fighting Space Man with loop/hoop antennas and a yellow head dome. This second version has been seen in a 1968 Gertz Christmas Catalog.

In the earliest catalogs the Fighting Robot is called the "Artillery Robot", probably a working title.
29cm

Notice the three different catch configurations for the battery door: this was a long-lived robot and clearly modifications were made to the design.

Variations seen:
Green switch with large tin hands
Red switch with large tin hands
Red switch thick tin hands, the battery box is white tin but there seem to be some changes on the battery door
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FIGHTING ROBOT, LATER STYLE - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic and tin battery operated robot with guns in chest. Plastic body with a tinplate chest panel containing two guns. The robot advances, stops and the guns shoot. The robot retains the name of the earlier robot but has a radically new design. 11.5"

This later era robot is the same toy as the Horikawa Space Fighter Robot but without the smoke action. Plastic battery operated with tin chest plate and three plastic guns. Two minor variations of the lower chest plate litho are known. SH Japan. Art 1040 new in SH catalog 1971 and still in the Horikawa catalog for 1985.

Versions seen (left to right):
No nose chest Panel 1. This no nose version appears at least from 1977 to 1985 in the SH catalogs
Nose, Panel 1,
Nose, Panel 2
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FIGHTING ROBOT, SECOND VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA later, and less common version of the Fighting Robot with a yellow dome and distinctive hoop or loop antennas on the shoulders.

Two variations of this loop antenna version are known. The earliest is in the 1967 Stern Brothers Christmas catalog. (top) The robot has the on-off switch at the bottom of the chest plate.

A second variation (middle) robot is in the Gertz Catalog for 1968; it lacks the on/off switch at the bottom of the chest plate.

Minor variations in the ear size have been noted. See the bottom image where the ears are conical.
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FIGHTING SPACE MAN - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated astronaut with clear chest panel and a single gun. Based on the second version of the Fighting Robot body. Distinctive shoulder hoops/loops and a yellow head dome. The yellow dome version of the Fighting Spaceman appeared in 1967. It was reissued the following year in this astronaut version. A version with conical ears is known, though the box depicts the cylindrical ears.

It is featured in Eaton's Canada's Christmas Catalogue for 1968 and still in the SH catalog for 1969.

Three versions known:
Tin thick hands red switch
Tin thick hands no switch in front,
Plastic thick hands no switch in front
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FIRE ROBOT PROTOTYPE - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a tantalising picture of a robot that Horikawa planned to produce. The battery operated robot has a huge fire ladder that extends from its chest. Sadly this is a picture of a prototype or mock up for the catalog and never went into production.

This appeared in the Horikawa 1971 catalog.
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FORK LIFT ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot. Advances with walking motion as he raises and lowers his forklift. 30 cms. The robot lifts a cardboard crate. The arms are extra long and articulated. The red hat is unique to this robot. The robot requires extra stability to offset the weight of the lift so Horikawa have used extra long feet. (These find their way on to some Busy Cart versions.) 30cm

English and Japanese box versions. Date?
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GALAXY ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe first of a new wave of robots with a futuristic humanoid shape. These robots are characterised by their rounded lines, large feet and human features. Available in red/white blue and in chromed metal plastic. Comes with a separate gun and shield. Decal stickers for the robot and the shield.

This robot appears in the 1985 and 1986 SH catalog where it is shown in red and black. Original Horikawa versions have "Japan" marked on the battery door and have the SH logo on box. This was most probably made by Marumiya.
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GEAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall nine inch multicolored tin and plastic wind up gear robot "with electronic room". Blue tinplate body, green plastic legs, red plastic arms and head. In common with other Horikawa robots of the time it small red Attacking Martian head with fly eyes. The ears are chrome

The chest has been considerably reworked: a new, brightly lithographed chest plate with a green and white gear arrangement. The electronic room hole in the chest is still present. Structurally it is very close to the later version of the Engine and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings.

Japanese and English box versions.

There are a number of minor variations that exist: ear color, leg size, the height of the robot etc. As with all of these robots it is difficult to be sure of all permutations.

This robot first appears in the Horikawa catalog for 1970.
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GEAR ROBOT WITH AUTOMATIC SPEED CONTROL - HORIKAWA - JAPANSilver tin battery operated robot with speed control knob on the head. 11 inches tall. Lithographed chest panel with a clear plastic cover. Five plastic gears rotate in the chest in a domino patter: usually three green and two pink. Moving shoulder rod antennas with red knobs on the end. The robot has a prominent red plastic speed control on the head; it has three positions, slow, fast and off. The chest retains the notch for the plastic rocker switch of the Machine Robot, a related design. It is covered with a metal blanking plate. 11" 28cm.

Two chest litho variations are known, though the difference are not obvious. The earlier one (right) has lights set into the chest that are not emphasised. The later version (left) has substantial litographed rings around them.

First sighted 1964 in Marshall Field Christmas catalog. Newspaper adverts show this on sale in November 1964.
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GEAR ROBOT WITH VISIBLE GEARS - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall 9 inch brown tinplate wind up robot with two gears in clear plastic chest. This boxy robot has a brightly lithographed tinplate chest panel with circuit board detailing. Two gears (originally one red and one green - later pink and yellow) rotate under a clear plastic chest panel. The square head has chromed tin eyes and mouth. A conical clear red plastic dome covers the spark mechanism. A switch or "stopper" is positioned on the back. This is mentioned at the bottom right of the box. The box depicts the red-green gear combination and may be one of earliest Horikawa robots. The pink-yellow version was released in 1964 using the original box.

Featured in Kauf's catalog for 1964.

The subject of these early nine inch Horikawa robots is complex with many variations and combinations identified.
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GEAR ROBOT, HAT VERSION- HORIKAWA - JAPANVISIBLE GEAR MECHANISM Small tin wind up robot four gears in clear plastic chest. The box is similar to the non-hat version with just the removal of the red dome and the inclusion of the hat. Notice also that this has the "stopper" switch on the back to pause the mechanism. The hat is the same that features on the tin version of Mr Zerox. The red eyes versions seem to be associated with the stopper. The box refers to an Electronic Room, but this refers to the small chest opening.
smgear 9 inch 4 gear Gearhead
Circa 1964
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GEAR ROBOT, MOVING GEAR AND SPARKING RED W/U - HORIKAWA - JAPANRed plastic wind up robot. This robot has 4 gears in chest: usually 2 large yellow above 2 smaller yellow. Truncated pyramid head. Small fly eyes, with red pupils. This is reworking of the Gear/Engine Robot design but in a completely plastic shell. English and Japanese box versions. This toy was possibly made by Suzugen for Horikawa.
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GEAR ROBOT, STOPPER AND NO STOPPER VERSIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANVISIBLE GEAR MECHANISM Small grey tin wind up robot with visible gear mechanism. This is a development of the small boxy robot design with a greater gear complexity in the chest. Circa 1964.

There are two Versions:
Stopper Version (top): this version has a "stopper" switch on the back. The stopper seems to be associated with the red eye version. It is probable that this is earlier than the no-stopper version based on the tendency for later runs of toys to be simpler than early runs.

No Stopper Version (bottom left)
The Japanese box version (bottom right) has plastic legs, an indication that it is a later version with no stopper.

The robot retains the clear red dome of the earlier two gear sparking version, but the spark action is now confined to the chest.
9" 22cm 4 gear

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GIANT ROBOT - MEGO - HONG KONGThis large silver grey plastic battery operated robot bears a marked resemblance to the Horikawa Super Space Giant Robot, though the head is distinct.

Large 17 inch silver grey plastic battery operated robot. Clear plastic dome with yellow inner structure. The prominent ears are an extension of the head. Doors in chest, shooting guns. Walks forward with doors opening and machine guns firing, rotates three times then walks in the opposite direction. Hong Kong 1970

A variation of the Mego Gigantor Robot with a new head. Possibly a reworking of Gigantor or a simultaneous release.
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GIGANTOR - MEGO - HONG KONGThis large silver grey plastic battery operated robot bears a marked resemblance to the Horikawa Super Space Giant Robot, and appears in early catalogs with this name. The production models were actually named "Gigantor". Actions: Robot walks forward, chest doors open as lighted guns tilt out making a clicking sound. Robot rotates two and a half times. Guns retract causing doors to close. Robot then walks in the opposite direction. Cycle repeats.

Made in the British Colony of Hong Kong. Tha actual maker is not known but the Importer/Distributor was Mego Corp., New York, N.Y. 10010

Height: 16" to the top of the antennas, not the 17" advertised on the box.
Box number: NO. 9005
Date: 1970 (MCMLXX as stated on box)
Power scource: 3 "D" cell batteries

Additional info.: Embossed below the battery cover: "MADE IN HONG KONG".
Misc. comments: The hands are white in color, not yellowed as in the photo above. Also, the antennas are chrome plated, not black as they appear to be in the photo. The box art depicts a gold colored robot, quite unlike the silver robot inside the box.

Appears in Ward's 1970 catalog. On sale in November 1971
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GOLDEN GEAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANGold painted tin battery operated robot with four gears behind clear chest. Yellow lighting dome and red plastic eyes. A variation of the Gear Robot with Visible Gears Mechanism. This robot has a metal visor (hard to see from straight on).
9 inch 4 gear 23cm

Appears in the Cullum and Boren catalog for 1965. A museum example has been identified with a 1964 production date. The first sale was a year later
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GOLDEN ROTO-ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin body rotates continually 360 degrees while lighted guns shoot with firing noise while walking forward. Very delicate toy as tin appears unusually thin as compared to most other robots, tops of legs where walking mechanisms attach are easily broken. Fly eye.

This is more than a simple color variation of the regular Roto Robot. The litho detailing on the front is significantly different. There are no known litho variations: the bow tie is invariably the striped version with a red line around it.

The box art is virtually identical to the 1969 Roto Robot with just the addition of the word Golden. The Golden Roto Robot first appeared in the Simpsons Sears Christmas 1970 Wish Book. It is reasonable to conclude that the golden version followed the ordinary version. 22cm
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GREAT MARS KING, SWIVEL-O-MATIC ASTRONAUT, JAPANESE ROBOT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery operated robot with an Attacking Martian head. Rotates. Red and silver fly eye versions are known. This is the "covered gun" or "gun lip" variation of the Swivel-o-matic: a metal flap on the chest covers the top of the gun plate and hinges back when the guns fire. The dials at the robot's waist have clear plastic covers. Japanese box. 1967 The robot's name is "Kasei Daio" which translates as Great Mars King.

Notice that the silver version on the left has large hands. The black, red fly-eye version has the earlier small hands.

There is no record of this robot in an English box.
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HELI ROBOT - RM / MIURA - JAPANPlastic wind up robot with tin chest and rotating propeller. Two Japanese box versions:
Left: Brown version. Miura logo. The propeller detaches for storage. Japanes box version. Helicopter Robot. The pressing was also used for the Poem TV Robots. (M in3 circles logo). Aftermarket silver chrome versions exist.

Right: Red version. RM Maruyama logo

The robot is based on the SH Razer Spaceman / Super Space Attacker design.

Three colors are known: brown, red and blue. Horikawa related.
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KING TV ROBOT - KOREAPlastic battery operated robot. Silver grey plastic head, body and arms, metallic blue plastic legs. TV screen in chest with a lighted space scene. Talks. Eyes light. This robot has a later style Horikawa robot head. "With Walking and Talking. "

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LAMBDA-III ROTATING SEARCH-LIGHT AND RADAR - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery operated robot with red and white accents. There is an elaborately lithographed panel in the front. A clear dome contains a spinning searchlight with red and green lights. On the top is a rotating chrome plastic dish antenna, the same as used on the Razer Spaceman.

Walking action with a space noise and flashing lights. Described as a new item in the 1985 Horikawa catalog.

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LAMBDA-X SUPER MACHINE - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a squat, boxy plastic battery operated robot. White fronted body with a blue back, yellow arms, red legs. The robot has chrome eyes and ears. Decal decorations have been used on the chest doors and on the waist.

Lambda style with the chunky wedge shaped feet. Advances, doors open to reveal a seated astronaut firing a battery of guns. The astronaut is the one introduced in the earlier Lambda II version of the robot.

Believed to be later than the other Lambdas. There is a bar code on the box and ST code, Bar code T4977590 19862 1 (49 is Japan, 77590 is the maker Horikawa or Marumiya, 19862 is the item code - the maker can freely decide the item code)

Anyway I don’t see bar codes on the other horikawa boxes, Masudaiya maria doll date 1985 on the box has a bar code too



This is possibly the last of the robots made by Horikawa.
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LIGHTNING ROBOT AS-502 - MAKER? - TAIWANPlastic battery operated robot. Square body with colored plastic dome. Pilot sits in a chest cockpit. Availablle in black, grey/silver, white/goldish metalic. The pilot is the same as that used in the Horikawa Lambda robots. Track decals on the sides. The feet shuffle and arms move Lambda style. Its operator, the tri-color lense, and the dome all flash, while the dome spins.
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MACHINE ROBOT - AKA TURN SIGNAL ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANLarge brown tin battery operated robot with eight visible gears. Robot walks, arms swing, gears turn and direction indicator lights in the chest flash. The white head dome also lights. Shoulder antennas. Gear robot head. The nickname derives from the direction indicator lights set behind metal arrow pointers in the chest.

The first appearance is in the 1963-4 Schwarz Encyclopedia of Toys where it is described as a Frankonia Gear Robot. Certainly on sale in December 1963.

Some catalogs show a version with a bubble dome instead of the usual cone shape: no robot has been found with this detail. 29cm. A number of gear combination have been identified, three of which are pictured.

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MACHINE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic wind up robot. Fly eyes. Five gears in chest. The broader body, the legs that don't taper at the top and the lack of a mouth point to a new style of Horikawa robot.
Height: 6.75"
Actions: Robot walks forward as gears in chest turn. Arms move up and down as a result of coming in contact with the rotating red plastic wind up key handle.
Additional info.: Embossed on the back of the robot's torso is the Horikawa logo (S.H in a diamond) with the words TRADE MARK on either side of it. Beneath it: MADE IN JAPAN

This robot is pictured in the Horikawa 1972 catalog as a NEW item. It is shown in black plastic however.

Also shown is the silver chrome version with red fly eyes with a Japanese market box. The robot appears to have at some stage been sold in a simple plastic bag with header card.
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MARS EXPLORER, RED VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA red lithographed tin battery operated tin robot on wheels. The head has lithographed versions of blue fly eyes printed onto the flaps that cover the face. The chest panel is marked MARS EXPLORER. This is effectively a combination of robot and astronaut.

Robot moves forward, stops; chest door drops down and guns fire. Face panels open to reveal astronaut face.

There is also a silver grey litho version of this robot. The box for the red version is the one that depicts the silver version of the robot.

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MARS EXPLORER, SILVER/GREY VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA silver lithographed tin battery operated tin robot on wheels. The body has a rather abstract pattern of shaded rectangles. The head has lithographed versions of the red fly eyes printed onto the flaps that cover the face. This is effectively a combination of robot and astronaut.

Robot moves forward, stops; chest door drops down and guns fire. Face panels open to reveal astronaut face.

English and Japanese versions of the box are shown.

There is also a red litho version of this robot.
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MARS KING - HORIKAWA - JAPANDark grey lithographed tin robot. The distinctive feature of this robot is the fact that it has working rubber tracks giving a tank-like movement. In addition there is a clear TV screen in chest with a lighted space scene. The robot moves forward with siren noise while the television screen light. The space scene is of a Thunderbird TB1 from the Gerry Anderson series.


There are two versions of this toy: a robot head and astronaut head.

The astronaut version is that of the of the astronaut from an Attacking Martian and the box art includes the face detail. The robot version has a fly eye head. The box art for each version reflects the different head, though the rest of the artwork, including the name, remains the same.

The shoulder usually has factory touch ups to cover distortions of the metal formed during pressing. The treads frequently perish. The originals were joined together with metal connectors.

The robot version appears in the Spiegel catalog for 1968 and the astronaut version is featured in the 1968 Galoob catalog. This suggests they are contemporary. Treads. Caterpillar.

On sale in December 1968. The Radar Scope Space Scout astronaut and robot 1st version (1969) use the same heads as the Mars King.
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MIGHTY 8 ROBOT aka KALEIDOSCOPE ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANBlack tin battery operated robot with Magic Color. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as the color wheel in his chest turns. kaleidoscope. MT

The robot is rare but the display is not rocket-science. There is a mask with cut out slots, large and smaller "Sparks". Behind that there is a wheel of translucent plastic with coloured "Sparks" and darkened sections. This wheel has the same pattern as the mask. the wheel turnS 'round with a light behind it: Sometimes the wheel is in phase with the mask then you have bright, single colours. Some times it is out of phase and you have some spluttering of various colours.

The Mighty Robot appears in the 1963-1964 Masudaya catalog.

Masudaya may have been influenced by the Horikawa style of robot. This design may reflect the interests of the factory commissioned to make the robot.
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MISSILE ROBOT - FIRST VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlack tin and plastic battery operated robot. Black chestplate with white and red dials. Rotates. The major innovation here is the addition of the two sets of missiles on either side of the head, replacing the ears. New in 1979 SH catalog art 5044

Japanese and English box versions. The robot faces towards the left. Distinctive chrome toecaps on the feet.

A later version of this robot was produced with a red plastic visor face.
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MISSILE ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANA prototype robot from the Metal House archive. The body is from a Dino Robot and the head is the Attacking Martian fly eye.
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MISSILE ROBOT - MGH - KOREAThis is a Korean robot largely based on the Horikawa New Silver Astronaut. Gold plastic battery operated robot with, red hexagonal waist, and chrome silver arms. Three green plastic hinged chest guns. Rotates. The face has large red plastic panel. The feet have a pronounced wedge shape. Missile launching ears. Walks, body rotates, eyes flash. No #3458

Date?
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MISSILE ROBOT, LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANBlack plastic battery operated robot with a red and yellow tinplate chest panel. Walks with sound, stops and then rotates with gun firing and flashing lighted eyes. The head has a large red lighted plastic visor. Missiles on either side of the head, replacing the ears. This robot is featured as a new item, No 5063, in the 1981 Horikawa catalog.

English and Japanese box versions. The robot faces towards the right
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MONSTER ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot made in the 1980s. Stop and Go with opening top to reveal a lighted dinosaur head very similar to the head of Dino Robot. 9" 23cm. Available in a green and blue body versions with yellow arms and grey legs. Decal with "123" on the chest. This is the original version of this very successful robot design, much copied by other manufacturers.

The blue version has the logo SH on the box. Some green versions have SH on a side panel, though others have an Alps logo. The green version is described as new in the 1985 SH catalog. All SH robots are stamped "Japan" on the battery door.
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MR HUSTLER - ROBOT HEAD VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a Mr Hustler robot with the addition of an Attacking Martian head with red fly eyes. Examples of this robot head version are known.

It would appear that Horikawa did not create a special box for this robot version but decided to use the astronaut box. To date no known box exists for the robot version. Mr Hustler in the usual astronaut version appears as a new item in the 1971 Horikawa catalog.
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MR HUSTLER - ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA black tin and plastic battery operated astronaut. The chest has a number of orange or abler plastic panels set in. Mr Hustler robot walks forward at slow pace with spinning lights in chest then stops. The unique feature is the fact that the sides of the robot including the arms partially detach from the body. These shoulders begin to flex in and out slowly then increase in speed. The robot then shakes for a moment then repeats the actions. Great light show and spacey sounds.

The Japanese Emperor date found on a factory sample dates this robot to 1970 but it first appears in the 1971 Horikawa Toy Catalog. #1035. It is marked "NEW" in this Horikawa catalog.
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MR PATROL - ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANA large black tinplate astronaut robot "With siren". The brightly lithographed chest plate has a clear red plastic panel above. The chest is designed like a meter with gauges on either side. The robot walks with lights and siren sound. The dome does not light. Red plastic feet. The robot advances, stops, raises his arms and makes a siren noise. The astronaut face is contained in the boxy head structur with chrome ears and a cylindrical yellow plastic dome.

At the fast end of the motor, the top, there is a sort of fanblade made of white nylon. This is surrounded by a cage with slots with the appropriate distance. This forms the siren. An intermittent gear arrangement makes a lid move over the top of the siren so changing its pitch.

There is a robot version of this toy. The astronaut version first appears in the 1968 Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog.
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