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ASTROMAN - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic windup astronaut. Advances with walking motion and sparking backpack. It was intended to be a knock off of the spaceman from "2001, A Space Odyssey"; the box art of Nomura's Walking Astroman with Sparks shows a fairly serious looking astronaut and it is in fact a direct copy of a famous still from Kubrik's film. The background has changed but the pose is distinctive.

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

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

On the right is the inspiration for the Nomura Astroman, "2001, A Space Odyssey". The artwork is an almost exact copy of the movie still.
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BATMAN - BANDAI - JAPANThis is a rarely seen tin battery operated version of Batman character robot. The silver and blue toy is smaller than the Nomura copy and the vinyl head has a more childlike appearance. In the chest is a lighted Batman logo and there's a blue vinyl cape.

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

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

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

Featured in the Nomura 1968 catalog.

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BATTERY OPERATED ROBOT, ZOOMER - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as his eyes light. TN Coiled spring antenna on the head.

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

Version 4: Blue face and body, red hands and feet Rare box variation depicts this color combination (apart from the ears).
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DEEP-SEA ROBOT - AHI - JAPANA.N. is something of a mystery company. Their toys were usually imported by AHI Toytime, (Azrak Hamway International) whose logo features prominently on the boxes, and this leads to some confusion. There is clearly a connection with the early Nomura astronaut design, while the accepted maker is 'Naito Shoten'. There's no confusing the fact that they created a superb group of early wind-up astronauts. These are the Inter Planet Space Captain, the Interplanetary Explorer, the Deep Sea Robot, the Spaceman, and the Polar Explorer. The Deap Sea Robot was on sale in August 1957.

The Deep Sea Robot is silver in colour with red detailing and a big blue helmet from which a pair of eyes stare out. The oxygen cylinders are not fully formed, as in most astronauts, but are half pressing instead. There's a design on his leg that is similar to a pattern on the older Nomura Radar Robot. The action is simple, he walks forward and his arms swing.
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EARTH MAN - NOMURA - JAPANFawn yellow lithographed tinplate battery operated remote control astronaut robot. The astronaut has a globe helmet with a clear plastic carries a gangster style Tommy Gun. Advances with walking motion as he raises his gun. The gun emits a firing sound and the barrel illuminates. Backpack with antenna. Green two cell battery holder. TN Earthman.

First sighting: 1958 Simpsons Sears Catalogue De Noel.

Early Nomura astronaut design.
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INTER PLANET SPACE CAPTAIN - AN - JAPANLithographed tin wind up astronaut with gun. This early astronaut is one of a series based on the same pressing. The astronaut has a cream body, black legs and a blue helmet that fully encloses the head. There is a lithographed basic face in the small visor panel. On the back is a dimpled tinplate backpack or oxygen pack. The astronaut carries a rifle in his right hand. Walking action with moving arm.

AHI is the importer - Azrak Hamway International. The accepted manufacturer is Naito Shoten.

The leg pressing are identical to those used in early Nomura robots.

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INTERPLANETARY EXPLORER - AN NAITO SHOTEN - JAPANLithographed tin wind up astronaut. This is one of a series based on the same pressing. Green body with an orange helmet completely covering the head. A stylized pair of blue eyes are printed in a panel. The astronaut has a rifle in his right hand. There is a dimpled red back pack or oxygen pack on the back.

Advances with walking motion as arms swing. See the Deep Sea Robot for details. Naito Shoten connection. The leg pressing are identical to those used in early Nomura robots.

Two box versions:
1. AN logo only
2. AN logo and AHI logo
3. AN logo with additional importer Toytime No 3622 - also marked HTC on the side.

Newspaper advertisement dates this to November 1957
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MECHANIZED ROBOT, EARLY BLACK VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Robby. Advances with walking motion as the dome lights, pistons move up and down and antenna turn. This is the early version with pin style pulls on the battery box doors. TN

Currently dated to 1957.


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MINI ROBO TANK - NOMURA - JAPANSmall tin and plastic wind up robot tank hybrid. Bump and go action. Blue tin body with red plastic head. Two red plastic lighted guns in the chest. Loose yellow plastic arms attach to levers. Simulated litho tracks. Battery operated bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. The hands and levers move. Robotank

Mini Robo Tank appears in the Nomura catalog for 1969.
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MUSICAL DRUMMER ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control robot. Advances with walking motion, lighted eyes and flashing chest panel as he plays his drum. Circa 1956. The tin remote control is shaped like a robot head.
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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (PUG ROBBY EARLY VERSION) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op remote control. Circa 1957. Advances with walking motion as his head lights, pistons move and antenna turns. This is the early version with the straight antenna. TN

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Piston Action Robot (PUG ROBBY) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op remote control robot. Circa 1957. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is gold with blue legs and a red chest panel.

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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (PUG ROBBY) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is silver with maroon legs. TN
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On sale in December 1957.
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PISTON ACTION ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Robby with remote control. Gold body, blue legs.
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RADAR ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin remote control battery op robot. Zoomer body with a large dish antenna. Lighting eyes and radar dish. Remote control unit in the shape of a robot head. Ratchet/spanner in hand. There are two box versions. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

First released in 1956 and distributed by Wagner. It appeared in a number of catalogs that year A typical entry reads:
"A. RADAR ROBOT. He walks with bright lights shining from his eyes. He's sturdily built of enameled metal. 7 3/4" tall. Uses flashlight battery. Wt. 14 oz. 31A-$2.98"

Two distinct body colors are known: a light grey and a darker grey. Two remote control boxes exist: a "small face" and "big face". That would account for a possible four combinations of body color and battery box.
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RADAR ROBOT TOPOLINO - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot with gears and screen. The robot walks forward while the gears rotate, a clicking sound is made and a lightning effect flickers in the chest.

When the Radar Robot first appeared in collectors' circles the box wasn't present so it acquired the nickname "Topolino" the Italian for Mickey Mouse because of its big ears.

This robot is a natural partner the Space Robot X-70 (Tulip Robot). The body, arms and legs are from the same molds and the box art looks to by from the same artist.

This robot feartures in the 1971 Nomura catalog, though there are many differences from the production model. Its relative the Space Robot (Tulip Head) appeared in the 1970 Galoob Toy Catalog. This robot must have had a short run, judging by the low number of examples that exist.
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RADAR ROBOT, 4 VERSIONS - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op robot. The Radar Robot is a Zoomer with lightbulb eyes (instead of the reg gel eyes of Zoomer). The box carries the detail of the new feature "Brilliant Lite in Each Eye'. Coiled spring antenna on the head. Widely advertised from late 1956.

There are five documented Radar Robot Versions (bulbs):
1 Silver face and body, black feet
2 Silver face and legs, blue body, black feet
3 Red face, charcoal body, red hands and legs, black feet
4 Maroon face, charcoal body, maroon hands andl egs, black feet
5 Maroon face and body, black hands and feet

From left to right are Versions 5, 3, 4 and 2
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RATCHET ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin wind up robot. The Ratchet Robot uses the same body pressing as Zoomer the Robot. It's still unclear which version appeared first or whether they were contemporary. It is evident, however, that the original design must have been based on a battery op version. Thee single cell fit is very exact. The clocwork version is secondary. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

Like Zoomer, this robot is based on the ST-1 design. The first sighting of the Ratchet Robot is in the 1956 Miles Kimball catalog, the same year as the release of Zoomer. This supports the idea of simultaneous release. On the inside leg is the copyright mark of the distributor George C. Wagner.

The box for the Ratchet Robot depicts him carrying a Tommy Gun, though the toy carries a ratchet. The distinctive feature of the Ratchet Robot is the spark hole in his chest. The card for the box is appreciable thinner and more fragile than the Zoomer box. The eyes usually have red gel behind them. The robot appears prdominantly in one color, the light metallic blue. One known variation exists: a brown version once owned by Henk Gosses.

Minor variations exist: one version w
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RATCHET ROBOT, BROWN VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin wind up robot. Brown version. Gel eyes, no gel in chest. Henk Gosses collection. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

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RATCHET ROBOT, BURGUNDY - NOMURA - JAPANThe original tin battery op Ratchet Robot in a rare color. Xris
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ROBOTANK Z R1, VERSION C - NOMURA - JAPANR-1 non talker. Tin battery op robot that moves with bump and go "mystery action", his arms rapidly move back and forth, pumping the levers. He stops, and the guns pop out, illuminate, and fire. He then resumes. A light spins around within the dome on top of his head. On sale in October 1971
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ROBOTANK Z R1, VERSION D - NOMURA - JAPANSee main entry for 4 versions. R-1 with talking mechanism.
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ROBOTANK Z, VERSION A - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op tank with bump ang go action. Tinplate eyes. Non talker.

Appears in the Nomura catalog for 1971.
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ROSKO ASTRONAUT, BLUE VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin/vinyl battery operated astronaut robot. Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises the lighted walkie- talkie and makes a beeping sound as his dome light flashes. Robby TN

The Rosko Astronaut appears in the 1962 catalog for the 1st Japan International Toy Fair

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ROSKO ASTRONAUT, RED VERSION - NOMURA - JAPANTin/vinyl battery operated astronaut robot. Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises the lighted walkie- talkie and makes a beeping sound as his dome light flashes. Robby TN. Rosko is the distributor.

Two versions exist, red and blue. It's not yet clear which color appeared first or whether they are contemporary. They seem to turn up in equal numbers.

The Rosko Astronaut appears in the 1962 catalog for the 1st Japan International Toy Fair and in the US market in 1963, (in the early catalogs it appears as "Space Man") the Rosko Astronaut is a reworking of the later D-Cell Mechanized Robot (Robby) pressing. The body, legs and dome are retained. New vinyl arms are added along with a new face and a lighting walkie talkie. Air cylinders and a pair of thin spring antennas complete the transformation.
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SILVER MECHANIZED ROBOT - Nomura - JAPANTin battery op Robby. Circa 1956. Advances with walking motion as the dome lights, pistons move up and down and antenna turn. TN

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SOUTH POLE EXPOLORER B-17 - AN NAITO SHOTEN - JAPANLithographed tin wind up astronaut robot on skis. AHI importer. Marked TET on back. B-17 is printed on the left shoulder. The tan colored robot has a green helmet covering all of the head. A lithographed face is printed in a visor panel. A Leica camera is printed on the chest with the wording "South Pole Explorer B-17" written above. Fur effect litho on the face and legs. Box?

Walking action with moving arms. skiing ski-ing

Naito Shoten connection. The leg pressings are identical to those used in early Nomura robots.
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SPACE COMMANDO - NOMURA - JAPANTin windup astronaut. Advances with walking motion as his left arm swings. Clear plastic dome. The rifle has a distinctive hinged construction.

This simple astronaut design was used as the basis for a long line of other robots. The legs and feet and the arms and rifle can readily be seen on such items as the Naito Shoten (AN, AHI) spacemen, the Linemar Porthole Robot and other Nomura battery op astronauts. It emphasises the complex relationships between the manufacturers.

On sale in December 1955.The Porthole Robot has been dated to 1957 and this is very similar in shape and litho detailing. This robot appeared in one of the early episodes of the "Twilight Zone"; in "One For The Angels" it is being sold along side the Mechanized Robot.

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SPACE MAN - NOMURA - JAPANLithographed tin battery operated remote control astronaut.Light blue body with a red helmet. The astronaut has a rifle in one hand and a flashlight in the other. The remote control is square with a rocket graphic. The robot was advertised in November 1958.

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SPACE MAN - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated astronaut robot. Silver body, red limbs and a white helmet. Advances with walking motion as his helmet lights and his arms swing. He carries a space gun and a lighted torch. Square remote control battery box marked "Battery Box". spaceman. Pictured in a newspaper ad for September 1957, though the accompanying description was incorrect.
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SPACE MAN - NOMURA FOR SONSCO - JAPANSPACEMAN - Tin battery up astronaut robot. Advances with walking motion as his helmet lights and arms swing. He carries a space gun and a lighted torch. Imported by Sonsco, a short lived US importer. No date yet.
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SPACE ROBOT X-70 TULIP HEAD - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. Advances with walking motion as his neck and head light and he makes a clanking noise. He stops, the head panels open and the TV camera revolves as the light flashes and he makes a clicking noise.

This robot appears to have been adapted to make the short-lived Radar Robot (Topolino). The body, arms and legs form the basis of Topolino, though the colors are quite different.

Japanese and English box versions exist. At least two litho variations are known, one (more common) with more litho detailing on the head, and a second version with less detailing and some plain panels. The Nomura catalog for 1971 shows a radically different lithographed version which has not been seen in the wild.

The Space Robot appeared in a Nomura catalog for 1970 and in a Galoob catalog for the same year.
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SPACE TROOPER - HAJI - JAPANEarly in windup astronaut with gun. Walking motion. Fixed key. There are versions with green gloves and maroon gloves. Variations in the feet color exist, though fading of the paint may account for some. The astronaut carries a fixed rifle.

This is a unique robot in several respects. The manufacturer, Haji, is not known for space toys and this is very much a one-off creation. It's a similar age to the Nomura Space Commando but this robot has no descendants. The body shape is wonderfully old-fashioned and the litho detailing is high quality and brightly colored. The face has oriental features and the hard-to-find box art has a comic-like simplicity.

The Space Trooper is first seen in The Emporium's Big Christmas Toy and Gift Catalog for 1956. It is probably the maroon glove version. Widely advertised from September 1956.

Whilst not a rare robot, the box is very hard to find. This has led to speculation that the toy may have been sold loose.
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SPACEMAN aka PORTHOLE ROBOT - LINEMAR - JAPANRed lithographed tin battery operated remote control astronaut. The astronaut looks very much like a deep-sea diver with the white domed head that encloses most of the head, except for a small visor. The dome has a light mounted on the top. There is a tin rifle in the right hand There is some delightful litho detailing of a pistol holster and a wrench on the front of the robot.

This astronaut is clearly based on the early Nomura astronaut body, with the long thin legs and distinctive feet. Power is provided from a blue tin battery remote control unit with a single button.

Featured in the Aldens & Spiegel catalog for 1957
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SPACEMAN ROBOT - AN NAITO SHOTEN - JAPANBlue lithographed tin wind up astronaut with gun. This is one of several versions based on the Naito Shoten pressing. AN - one of a group of early tinplate astronaut robots. Tin lithographed wind up astronaut robot. Marked TET (possibly the distributor) on the side. Carries a rifle in his right hand. The gun has Space Patrol printed on the stock. B-17 is printed on the left shoulder.

The metallic blue robot has a Leica camera printed on the chest along with a rope, wrench and flashlight. Coiled spring antenna on the white dome head. Backpack with dimples. The camera and B-17 link this directly to the B-17 South Pole Skiing Robot.

Naito Shoten connection. The leg pressings are identical to those used in early Nomura robots.
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Tetsujin T-28 No 2 - Nomura - JAPANGrey-blue tin battery op Tetsujin 28 c 1962. 33 cms. Vinyl head. Batteries in the legs. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as his eyes light. He stops, makes a screeching sound and repeats the actions.

The mold and mechanism are the same as the Mechanized Robby and the Rosko Astronaut. New box with artwork by the original creator of the manga used on all later versions except N°5
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TETSUJIN T-28 NO. 3 - Nomura - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate walking Tetsujin robot. The rocket backpack is made of clear red plastic. Wind up action. Walks with sparks in the rocket backpack. 24cm 1964
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TETSUJIN T28 NO 4 - NOMURA - JAPANMetallic light blue lithographed tinplate walking Tetsujin robot. Black tinplate rocket backpack. Battery operated single cell remote control. 20cm. 1965
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WALK-N-TURN ROBOT - TN - HONG KONGSmall boxy plastic wind up plastic stepover robot. Turning action as the long arms touch the ground. Various colors with a chrome face plate and chest plate. Distinctive U shape on the chest. 7cm

Sold in trade boxes of eight and individually on a blister card. Some examples carry the TN (Nomura?) logo on the back of the head, though this is a Hong Kong robot
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ZOOMER THE ROBOT, VERSION 3 - NOMURA - JAPANVersion 3: Blue face and body, black feet Coiled spring antenna on the head.
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ZOOMER THE ROBOT, VERSION 5 - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated robot. Advances with walking motion as his head lights. TN Coiled spring antenna on the head. On sale in November 1955.

Tin battery op robot with ratchet/spanner. Zoomer usually has red gel eyes that light internally. (The Radar Robot is basically a Zoomer with lightbulb eyes - though there may be exceptions to the rule)

The following Zoomer (Gel Eyes) color variations are known: (I.D. in no particular order)
Version 1: Silver face and body, black feet
Version 2: Silver face and legs, blue body, black feet, silver battery covering
Version 3: Blue face and body, black feet
Version 4: Blue face and body, red hands and feet
Version 5: Red face, charcoal body, red hands and legs, black feet
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