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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.
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
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.
COSMOS ROBOT, ENGLISH BOX - KAMCO/MASUDAYA - CHINABlack and yellow plastic battery op robot. Chest opens and guns shoot. Rotates. Large red lighted visor in the head. China. Also produced by Leader.

See the Action Robot Invader.

A blue-grey version was produced in China for Masudaya.
ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROL ROBOT, VERSION A - MASUDAYA FOR LINEMAR - JAPANElectric Remote Control Battery Operated Robot. A blue lithograhed robot with a cylindrical head on an ovtagonal body. The feet are fixed into a base plate. Cylindrical arms with red claw hands. Battery operated action: the robot can walk forward or backwards as arms swing and eyes light up. The square remote control unit with the bright litho cover is a major feature of this robot. Two slight variations of the remote control are known: one with a card inserts showing battery orientation; one with the batteries lithoed onto the tin lining.

Maked Robot (on chest), R-35 on back. Height: 7.5"
Remote control box: 3" x 4" x 1.5"
Timeline date: 1955. Advertised in newspapers in November 1955.
Power source: 2 "D" cell batteries

The photo above depicts the lighter blue color version with the lithographed tin remote control box which came in the larger size box (5" x 9.5" x 3.25"). Pin feet

VERSION A - Linemar logo on large box. Square tin remote control.

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ELECTRIC REMOTE CONTROL ROBOT, VERSION B - MASUDAYA - JAPANR-35. This rarer variation has a red plastic remote control. In addition the box is squarer and carries the Masudaya MT logo.

There is some debate about the existence of a detachable remote control. Photos exist of a version with a two pin adapter that fits into the robot body. It is considered that this is probably a post-production adaptation by a collector.

VERSION B: Masudaya smaller box. Plastic battery operated remote. Slightly darker blue litho.
GIANT MACHINE MAN - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1963. Rarest member of the Gang of Five, Machine Man advances with bump and go action as his eyes, ears and mouth light. Skirt.

The low numbers of this robot are, it is suggested, the result of its production circumstances. It is argued that it was created to use up spares from earlier runs of the Gang. Machine Man was a color variation (with new lithographed stampings) based on the Lavender Robot. It did not appear to go through one of the major importers at the time.

There are two minor variations: red eyes and green eyes.

In addition to the 1962 release there are unconfirmed reports of a reissue in the early 70s which uses more modern internal components. A (again unconfirmed) vertical box variation may exist.

1958 - Radicon Robot - F.A.O. Schwarz Catalog
1960 - Non-Stop (Lavender) Robot - F.A.O. Schwarz Catalog
1962 - Machine Man - Bob S.'s recollection of childhood ownership
1962 - Giant Sonic (Train) Robot - Masudaya Trade Ad
1963-64 - Shooting Giant Robot - Masudaya Catalog
1965 - (Target) Robot - Marshall Fields Christmas Catalog
(Joe K.)
38cm FT#8
GIANT SONIC ROBOT aka TRAIN ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANLarge tin battery op robot with skirt. Gang of Five. Masudaya built the mechanism of the standard train into a gang of five frame. This member of the "Gang of 5" advances with bump n' go action as his arms swing, eyes, ears and mouth lights flash and he makes a train like whistle. MT skirt. On sale in November 1962 and featured in the 1963 Masudaya catalog.
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.
NON STOP ROBOT aka LAVENDER ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANNon Stop Robot, more usually known as the Lavender Robot: the body has, as the nickname suggests, a basic lavender colouring with copious inset panels carrying abstract machinery detailing. Bump and go mystery action. Gang of Five.

Slight variations are known. There is a "high switch" and, less frequently a "low switch" version. This refers to the location of the on-off switch. High is just below the chest panel. Low is well below the circle. See below.

It is also believed that there is a version with grey litho insert panels rather than the usual lavender color. Some argue that this is the result of fading, but the concensus is that it is a variation.
RADICON ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op. member of the Gang of Five, this wireless remote control robot advances with moving arms, flashing eyes and a lighted chest panel as both antenna turn. Clicking the remote controls the direction and stop functions. 1957

The first and most unusual of the group is the radio controlled Radicon Robot. The robot is a huge 38cms, dwarfing most other robots. The paintwork is a plain hammered grey finish. This is easily the first radio controlled robot. The electronics are, by modern standards primitive. A transmitter generates a high voltage pulse which triggers a light, a spark and a turning action in the robot; it is not a steerable robot. The electronics are unreliable, hard to repair and capable of giving a generous shock if handled improperly. An article on the robot appeared in Popular Mechanics in 1958. The massive ear antenna serves a real function as an antenna. It's worth noting that the arm construction is more complex than the rest of the group: there's an elbow panel holding together the upper and lower arm as opposed to the more simple two piece pressing of the later robots.

RADICON ROBOT, PROTOTYPE - MASUDAYA - JAPANPhoto of a prototype litho'ed version of the Radicon. Never produced. On the right is a wiring diagram dated 1957.
ROBOT LILLIPUT - CK C.KURAMOCHI & C) - JAPANTin windup robot. Advances with shuffling motion via spikes under his feet that alternately move. (Pin feet) Free swinging arms have claw hands. The lower part of each arm is a separate unit shoved in to the upper arm. This fragile connection means that the lower arm is frequently missing. Lilliput is believed to be the first mass produced robot. The box carries the two logos KT and CK. KT is the manufacturer and CK probably the distributor.

There are two distinct versions of the robot: the difference is that the (presumably first) has a dial that is mounted in a hole in the chest with small tabs; the (later) version has a clockface stamped into the metal with titho clockface. It is assumed that the simpler version is the later; the manufacturer had presumably found a way of stamping the clock depression that would not damage the litho dial.

The design is very similar to the Atomic Robot Man (which has been firmly dated to at least 1949 and self-evidently later than 1945). The Lilliput, however, is a pre-war robot and as such is the first. The Japanese tin toy industry was well-eastablished in the 1930s. Production stopped in 1938 when toy factories switched to war production. The industry did not restart until 1946.

CK (Kuramochi Shoten) was the largest supplier of made in Japan toys prior to WWII. Two of their main employees fearing the companies demise after WWII left to form Normura and Alps. KT (possibly Kuramochi Toys) is a trade mark that is invariably seen on pre WWII toys, usually in conjuction with another trademark such as Masudaya. The manufacturer Komatsudo Seisakusho has also been mentioned, but the information needs clarifying.

In the Nurnberg museum is a Lilliput bearing a trade sample import label dated 2/7/1937. The Liliput had come out the Schuco Toy Company archive. Shuco had ordered this Robot in 1937 for " Benchmarking " When Schuco closed their doors in the 1970s some items from their archive found their way
SPACE COMMANDO, BLUE VERSION - SONSCO/MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control astronaut based on R-35 pressing. Pin-foot. Pedestal. red light in helmet. Square tin litho remote control with forward and backward movement. Versions are known with the square litho remote battery box and with a generic red cylindrical tin battery holder. On sale in December 1957.

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SPACE COMMANDO, GREEN VERSION - MASUDAYA - JAPANTin battery op remote control astronaut based on R-35 pressing. Pin-foot Pedestal. Light in helmet. Square tin litho remote control with forward and backward movement. 1958
SPACE MAN - MASUDAYA - JAPANRed lithographed tin battery operated astronaut based on the R-35. Astronaut head under a white helmet with a light at the front. A lithographed pouch hangs at his waist.

The robot waddles with the same pin feet mechanism as the R-35 robot. MT. This is the version without a remote control.

On sale in December 1957.
TV ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANLater plastic battery operated robot with TV screen in chest. Four missiles in the head. Light blue plastic body. Masudaya logo is the new style name rather than the TM. Decal details. 1980s. Television See also the Saturn Robot. Produced in China for Masudaya (Kamco?)

WOODEN ROBOT, R-35 BASED - ASK - JAPANA balsa wood kit of a robot clearly based on the Masudaya/Linemar Electric Remote Control Robot. Little is known about the manufacturer or date.

See also the Robby style wooden kit by ASK.
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