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ACROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op tumbling robot. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as the light in his head blinks. Adjustable arms and legs-put him in the position you want. Acrobat 29cm

There are two color variations: a darker blue version with blue feet and a lighter blue with yellow feet or red feet. Pictured are a dark blue version in a Japanese box and lighter blue in an English box.

An interesting note: the yellow feet are much larger than the red feet, presumably to improve stability. The yellow version also has a slightly different internal structure and looks as though it is a later reworking of the design.

This robot is described as a new item in the Yonezawa 1968 catalog.
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ACTION ROBOT - SOMA - HONG KONGIt's the huge ears missiles that give this robot its distinctive look. White plastic battery operated pedestal robot (no feet, just wheels). Shoots missiles from those head mounted launchers. There's a large stippled chest plate that has a colored light effect. Rotates. Bump and go.

Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design. See also the Warrior designs.
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ASTRO SCOUT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction astronaut. Crank operated robot advances with walking motion. A partner of the Yonezawa X-27 Explorer. Based on a pressurised Grumman space suit (complete with large number 3 on the chest) from 1962. It's the same suit as the Moon Suit accessory pack for Matt Mason. Originals have Y logo Made in Japan printed below the 3 chest panel.

Serial 3192. Frankonia importer.

No firm date yet, but early 1960s.
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ATOMIC ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic wind up robot. Known as the Rotational Robot because of the distinctive turning of the top half of the body. The robot waddles as pins extend from the base. It has loose plastic arms. Two guns are attached to the shoulders. A slot in the chest serves no purpose, but the box art suggests it is a death ray. There is an odd skull-like face beneath the outer head structure. Pin-foot

The Atom Robot first appeared in the Yonezawa catalog for 1968 where it is described as a new item with the item number 819.
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BIG MACHINE No 24 - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic friction robot, red body, blue legs. Squat design with head incorporated in body. Horns. Gripping hands. Japanese market release. Date? c1980s
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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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CATERPILLAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANA very unusual later Yonezawa robot. This blue plastic battery operated robot has an odd, angular body with plastic panels, red arms and a large rotating chrome plastic antenna on its head. The drive mechanism comprises two sets of caterpillar tracks that are hinged together. This combination presumably gave the robot better obstacle climbing capabilities.
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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 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.

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DER UNBEZWINGLICHE (INVINCIBLE) - AC - HONG KONGLater German-market copy of the Yonezawa Talking Robot. Blue plastic battery operated robot with buttons in the chest and four missiles in the head. Walks, lighted eyes and four button talking action. This robot has the circular hole in the mouth. 30cm
German talking.
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DIAMOND PLANET PROTOTYPE - YONEZAWA - JAPANThis is the prototype of a battery operated Diamond Planet Robot in plain metallic blue color. It has a brown tag on the bottom that reads: "37-11-7" as the manufacturing date. This is the Japanese Emperor dating system that equates to 7 November 1962.

It is not clear if this toy was designed before or after the windup version. The body shape, head and ears are the same as on the wind up Diamond Planet but the window and battery box are different.

It has always been speculated that the shape of the Diamond Planet was designed to accommodate batteries, and this seems to confirm this.
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DIAMOND PLANET ROBOT BLUE VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue version. (The box depicts a silver grey version, but no confirmed example is known.

Tin wind up. Advances as arms raise and lower, chest meter sweeps back and forth, sparks shoot from behind the red gel near the base and a space sound is emitted. Featured in the 1963 Yonezawa catalog.

There are two color versions of this robot: red with blue arms, and blue with red arms. A prototype all blue version is known. Other colors such as silver have been reported but remain unconfirmed originals. Blue is more common than red.
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DIAMOND PLANET ROBOT RED VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind up. Advances as arms raise and lower, chest meter sweeps back and forth, sparks shoot from behind the red gel near the base and a space sound is emitted. Featured in the 1962 and the 1963 Yonezawa catalogs.

There are two color versions of this robot: red with blue arms, and blue with red arms. A prototype all blue version is known. Other colors such as silver have been reported but remain unconfirmed originals. Blue is more common than red.

This is a real eccentric. This is reputedly a designer robot, the work of Tanaka. However it bears a striking resemblance to the Robot Commando, the large American plastic robot. It seems certain that the Diamond Planet is later than Robot Commando and that it is directly influenced by it. Key evidence is the shape of the hands which mimic the cup design of the ball-throwing plastic robot.
Yonezawa have a unique piece here.Despite its size it's clockwork. (Though there is a panel on the back clearly indicating a possible battery placement.) Secondly the shape is utterly unlike anything else: the ears are complex shell-like structures. They are the shoulder sockets of the Yonezawa Moon Robot. the eyeballs shake about in
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DYNAMIC WARRIOR - HONG KONGPlastic battery op pedestal robot with an intricate multicolored head design. Bump and go action. Rotates. Plastic mesh type chest. Two pairs of orange plastic guns are mounted above the chest panel. Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design. Another robot called Dynamic Warrior shares the same head.
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FLYING MINI ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated stepover robot. Transparent chest panel. 7cm

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GALAXY WARRIOR - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated pedestal robot. Bump and go action. Rotates. Stormtrooper head. Made in Hong Kong. Two pairs of orange plastic guns above the chest panel. The body is the same as the Dynamic Warrior, though the head has changed. Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design.
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GEAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with visible gears in the chest. Three gear arragement. A similar design to the Mechanic Robot. 1970s.

A Metal House design in the style of SH robots.
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HAPPY HARRY THE HYSTERICAL ROBOT - YONEZAWA WACO - JAPANA version of the Waco brand Laughing Robot made for F J Strauss trading as Straco. Made in Japan. All plastic battery operated bump and go action. Head goes up and down mouth opens to reveal lit teeth and makes hysterical laughing sound. A Japanese box version exists that establishes Yonezawa as the manufacturer,

There are two known versions. One has a separate door in the back which holds a battery for the talking mechanism. The other version has no such door and uses the batter power from the base. Presumably the separate batter version provided a more reliable talking action.

On sale in December 1969.

Featured in the 1971 Milway Catalog and the F.J. Strauss catalog for the same year. It also features in the 1971 Haji catalog.


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HERO ROBOT - SJM - TAIWANName on box: Hero Robot
Manufacturer: S.J.M., Taiwan
Height: 10"
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Moves in bump and go fashion, stops, the pedestal base remains stationary as the rest of the robot rotates three times and the chest guns lightup and move in and out with a "clacking" sound. This stops and the robot continues to bump and go.
The photo above depicts the S.J.M. version. Hero Robot was originally produced by Yonezawa in 1980 as sighted in a 1980 Yonezawa Toy Catalog. Pedestal
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HERO ROBOT- YONEZAWA - JAPANRed plastic battery op pedestal robot. Actions: Moves in bump and go fashion, stops, the pedestal base remains stationary as the rest of the robot rotates three times and the chest guns lightup and move in and out with a "clacking" sound. This stops and the robot continues to bump and go. English and Japanese box versions.

Additional info. The area directly surrounding the chest guns and the "V" shaped area below are lithographed tin. The area above the guns is a label sticker. Hero Robot was originally produced by Yonezawa in 1980 as sighted in a 1980 Yonezawa Toy Catalog. Later produced in Taiwan by SJM.
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JUPITER ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin battery up remote control robot. Advances with walking motion as his arms swing , the color wheel under the dome lights and turns and one foot clicks as he moves.

Jupiter Robot is a reworking of a number of stock Yonezawa parets: basically it is a Mr Mercury body and Mr Robot head. The only unique features are some tin litho panels and the rather plain box.

Unlike Mr Mercury, which has two motors, Jupiter Robot has only one motor and a simple link to the crank that drive the legs. Though it uses the same pressing for the mechanism, 75% of the gear train is absent. There is no bending or lifting action. This was possibly a "left-overs clearance" model, so there might be several versions. The simplification would have permitted a lower retail price.

Versions with and without the Mr Mercury skirt (the panel that lifts to permit bending) are known.

The Jupiter Robot has the same remote as the Mr. Mercury with one button and three unused holes. The control wire is a green zip cord not the thick black cable on a Mr Mercury.

The robot is first seen in the Yonezawa catalog for 1962 and again in 1963.
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KIKE ROBOT HABLADLOR - CLIM - SPAINRobot Parleur. Plastic battery operated bump and go pedestal talking robot based on the Yonezawa Laughing Robot design.

One of the Serie Galactic. Spanish. Two versions shown, one with winged ears.
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KIKO ROBOT PANTALLA ESPACIAL (TV SCREEN ROBOT) - CLIM - SPAINBlue plastic battery operated robot with a round head and red face screen. White arms. TV screen in the chest shows a space scene. Battery operated bump and go pedestal robot based on the Yonezawa Laughing Robot design. 20cm Box marked Barval.
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KROME DOME ROBOT - YONEZAWA FOR MEGO - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. Advances with bump and go action as his body grows, his arms stretch, eyes light and mouth opens and closes.

Krome Dome appears in the 1968 Yonezawa catalog. It has been suggested that Krome Dome went under the name Martin the Martian in Europe. The version pictured in the Broutin book is probably a prototype/saleman's sample.
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LAUGHING ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANName on box: Laughing Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname: light blue color variation
Manufacturer: Yonezawa, Japan
Importer: Height: 9.5"
Catalog/Box number: "Item No.36021" printed on box
Patent number: "Pat.P USA 78-927562 UK 78-31065" printed on box
Timeline date: C1984
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: When switch at rear is turned on, robot moves in bump-and-go (mystery action) fashion. When button on head is depressed, robot will either laugh or make siren sounds. If the head button is depressed while it is moving, the robot stops and "talks". It then continues to bump-and-go.
Additional info: Embossed on the base of the robot is the Yonezawa logo and "MADE IN JAPAN". Also comes in a black color variation and a chrome color variation. Both of these perform in exactly the same way as this light blue color variation. There is a blue chrome color variation whose name on its Japanese language box translates into New Patrol Robot. Instead of laughing, it speaks in Japanese.

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

A black version appeared in the Alps catalog for 1984.
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LOOKY ROBOT - LINCOLN INTERNATIONAL - HONG KONGSee through take apart robot. Clear plastic wind up robot with visible gears in the chest and in the dome shaped head. Fixed legs, moving arms. 19cm Several color versions are known. Transparent. Also known as Crystal Robot.

This is a copy of the Yonezawa Planet Robot, though the plastic is of a cheaper quality.

See-thru. On sale in August 1971.
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LUNAR ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANAn unusual wind up robot. The Lunar Robot, bears a strong resemblance to the Thunder Robot in that, like its predecessor, it has the body and head combined. Brown and maroon plastic body with matching tinplate legs, red plastic arms, feet and ears. There is a tinplate panel in the chest with lithoed dials. The robot walks forward, sparks fly under the red plastic dome on top. Height 17cms.

There is an orange version with blue arms variation.

Also shown (bottom right) is a prototype remote control battery operated version with a red rounded plastic dome.
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MARTIN THE MARTIAN - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op. Advances with bump and go action as his body grows, his arms stretch, eyes light and mouth opens and closes.

Also made for Mego in a box with the name Krome Dome. This version, Martin the Martian, would appear to be Yonezawa's own. The robot is the same, the box is different. 1968
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MECHANIC ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANBrown/black tinplate battery operated robot. Walks forward while bright light swirls around inside chest lighting up clear lights around edge. Gears spin continuously while in motion. Every few steps he stops and rotates 360 degrees with all actions in motion, after a few spins body resets and continues along his way.

Unique action: Light show reflects off of chin section adding extra fun. This is one of the Yonezawa robots that were made by Metal House and look like typical SH robots.

English and Japanese box versions.
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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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MECHANICAL ROBOT (WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) - LINEMAR - JAPANTinplate lithographed wind up easel back Circa 1956. Advances with stepping motion. Rectangular chest design with red circle containing two lightning flashes. Coiled spring antenna on the head.

This is virtually identical to the Yonezawa version except that the robot has a Linemar logo on the back and comes in a front door (One piece) box also with a Linemar logo.

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MECHANICAL ROBOT (WIND UP EASEL BACK ROBOT) - YONEZAWA - JAPANTinplate lithographed wind up easel back . Advances with stepping motion. Rectangular chest design with red circle containing two lightning flashes. Yonezawa link. Coiled spring antenna on the head. On sale November 1956.

This is virtually identical to the Linemar version except that the robot has a Yonezawa logo on the back and comes in a two-part box also with a Yonezawa logo.


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MIGHTY ROBOT aka ATHLETE ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic wind up. Circa 1965. Advances with walking motion as he flexes his arms. The nickname 'Athlete Robot' is used to distinguish it from other Mighty Robots and its a very apt choice considering its action. This is one of the larger wind up robots, with a big, strong motor to drive it. Its principal feature is the movement of the arms: they rise and flex in a typical bodybuilder manner. Other robot have arms which lie at right angles to the body (Yonezawa Space Explorer, Alps TV Spaceman) but none have this articulated forearm. Yonezawa Item No 811.

The substantial tin body has considerable litho dial detailing. There is a very large grey plastic head with clear red plastic eyes, nose and mouth.

The box art is a plain picture of the toy on an equally plain two-tone background. There is a rarer box variation. (Image?)

There are two distinct versions of the Mighty Robot. One has a key on the back and the other has the key mounted on the side. The possible reason for the change was that the key at the back was inclined to pierce the box bottom. A box carrying the number 4044 has robot with a key on the back, and a box with 5055 has a robot with a key on the side. Boxes and robot easily get swapped so this is not a firmly establihed rule. There are many exceptions.

This robot appeared in the Yonezawa catalog for 1967.
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MINI ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op robot. Preesing a button on the head starts it moving with space sound. Two box versions shown.
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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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MOOD LAMP LIGHTING ROBOT FX-850 - MAKER? - JAPANThis is a blue plastic lamp based on the body molds from the Yonezawa piston/missle robots
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MOON ROBOT aka RIBBON HEAD ROBBY- YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind up Robby. Advances with walking motion as the multicolor ribbons inside his head turn. Paint can show variations. keywind tinplate, he walks forward as colored ribbons in his helmet rotate, sparks are emitted through red gel mouthpiece. Height 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm.)

There are colour variations of this robot ranging from dark green to near-black. Variation seems to be a characteristic of the paint. In addition there are two types of leg: one with the usual joining tabs, the other (above) with a pressed or crimped seam. The pressed seam version has been seen with a paper "Made in Japan" label instead of the more usual 'Y' logo stamped on the body between the legs. The dome is clear plastic with a distinct pink tinge, a unique feature.

Appears in the Bridgeport Telegram Oct 4 1960. The robot was still available in the Yonezawa catalog for 1963.

The three ribbons in the head are combinations of blue/yellow and red/yellow. Green/yellow is also known. The hands are hard rubber balls with a slot and are prone to cracking.
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MR ATOMIC - YONEZAWA - JAPANA lithographed tin battery operated robot. Mr Atomic is a distinctive robot. It is a essentially a cone-shaped robot with arms and feet. Head, legs and a face are totally lacking. A large clear dome covers a futuristic bank of twelve lights that look like an early computer display. Two clear plastic ears protrude from the head. Most robots have human shape but Mr Atomic is one of the most radical departures from this tradition; it's as close to a pure robot as the great robot manufacturers ever got.

Bump and go action with either a clicking noise (silver version with white feet) or a whistling sound (blue version with yellow feet). The feet tap up and down and there's a light show behind that screen. The box art is a plain but attractive depiction of the robot.

Mr Atomic featured in the 1962 Sears Christmas catalog, with a price tag of $6.79. Apparently it did not sell well and was soon withdrawn.

The bottom row shows two pictures the 9-light prototype.
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MR ATOMIC PROTOTYPE - YONEZAWA - JAPANFeatured in a 1962 catalog and again in the Yonezawa 1963 catalog is this picture of a prospective Mr Atomic with some unusual features. The litho detailing is quite unique and there are only nine lights under the dome, as opposed to the sixteen of the production run. There are known examples of the nine light version, but an example with this lithography is not known.

The illustration suggests that a production model was not to hand when the catalog was printed (or that it changed prior to production). These "artist's impressions" are not uncommon and are often based on photos of factory prototypes.
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MR MERCURY, THREE VERSIONS - YONEZAWA - JAPANEarly 1960s Made by Yonezawa Japan sold by Marx or LineMar Toys Battery op by remote control , walks , bends over closes arms , picks things up and takes them away All 3 versions shown , first on left with illuminated chest panel and Mr Mercury name, non operating lamp on head , last gold version on right. 32cm FT#40
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MR MERCURY, VERSION 1 - MARX/LINEMAR - JAPANA Yonezawa robot made for Marx. Battery op remote control with lifting action. It is not clear whether the idea of a robot with lifting arm originated here or with the Dux Astroman patented in 1959. This was, however, an innovative and successful robot that ran for at least five years.

The first version appears only for the 1961 season. It featured in the 1961 Sears Catalog. Its distinctive features are its grey body, white plastic tubular lower arms, the illuminated chest panel and the light in the head. The plastic arms and head light later disappear. The box art depicts the blue body and the white arms. It carries the wording "WITH LIGHT" that identifies it as the rarer first version.

The head is distinctive, consisting of a control room with tiny plastic occupants. It was reused in the Talking Robot and Jupiter Robot. The design of the much rarer Jupiter Robot draws heavily on Mr Mercury components.
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MR MERCURY, VERSION 2 - MARX/LINEMAR - JAPANBattery op remote control robot. Walking action. Lifts objects. The original design for 1961 was altered slightly: the plastic lower arms have been replaced with more substantial and simpler metal ones and the light has been removed from the head. On some versions (not the one pictured here) the complex lighted chest logo has been replaced with a simpler litho logo. The color scheme is still the original grey body with blue arms.

The box art is the same as Version 1 with just the removal of the reference to a light. It still depicts the original plastic tubular arms. One can surmise that the changed arms are a simplification or a response to design problems with he original. The removal of the light might be either another simplification or a power saving measure. Reference to the Yonezawa manufacturer has been removed. This second, transitional version generated a number of variations as old parts were used up.

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MR PLANET - YONEZAWA - JAPANMulticolored plastic battery operated robot with a clear plastic chest and a clear dome head. See-thru

The chest has a large planetary gear containing three interlocking gears. The featureless head also contains interlocking plastic gears. Tapering legs. The quality of the plastic is appreciably better than that of later copies.

There is no battery cover for this robot: the batteries clip securely into the uncovered holder. The box has a perforated display panel which can be removed to better display the robot. Walking action withe swinging arms, rotating gears and a flashing light in the head.

The Yonezawa design is used elsewhere. The same legs and feet can be seen on several Mortoy plastic robots from Mort Alexander Ltd. Mr Planet is the original inspiration for the Spanish Robot Shepard from Jyesa & the various Looky aka Crystal Robots. The first sighting of Mr Planet is in the 1969-1970 M.W. Kasch Company (toy distributor) catalog, published in 1969. The box number 821 is consistent with this date.
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MR ROBOT, WHITE - YONEZAWA - JAPANWhite painted tin battery operated skirted robot with clear plastic domed head. Advances with bump and go mystery action as the head lights and interior spins. Though this is a white version it was sold in the box depicting the red version. It is identical to the red Mr Robot apart from the body paint color. skirt. The white version has been dated to November 1961.

Note that some white robots have a yellow battery box while others have the grey battery box common for the red Mr Robot.

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MYROBO - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot. Myrobo paper decal in the chest. Monster Robot style. Japanese window box. Simple walking action with flashing eyes and clicking sound. Uniquely a knob on back adjusts height. 7.5" Batteries and switch are located in the head. Embossed on the back is the Yonezawa logo and MADE IN JAPAN.

Several color combinations known. English and Japanese box versions.

The first sighting is in the 1976 Asahi catalog.




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NEW PISTON ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot with four visible orange pistons in the chest. Metal litho backplate. The head consists of a lighted red visor. New piston robot. Window box and body variation. Walks with lighted moving pistons in chest. Space sound. One of Yonezawa's last robots. Mr Piston decal below the chest. Dated to 1985

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.

Two color versions:
1. White body with blue arms and legs.
2 Brown
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PISTON ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlack plastic battery operated robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a blue version in a green Japanese market box. See also the Yonezawa Piston Robot with Missiles that shares the same body shape. 1981 molded into the back.

The influence of Metal House/SH is evident in the styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE BOX - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op piston robot. Yellow arms. Red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. Made by Metalhouse in Japan. Takes two c-cell batteries. Same mold as the Yonezawa Talking Missile robot. Possibly appeared in a late 70's FAO Schwarz catalog.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE PICTURE BOX VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANA second Japanese box version of this blu plastic battery op robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a in a green Japanese market box and in an English market version of this box.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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Radirobo - Yonezawa - JapanPlastic battery operated pedestal robot. Radio control with a space gun shaped transmitter. Wavehunter 29. Yellow body, blue base, low profile domed head. Articulated arms with metal rod connectors.
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ROBBY ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin windup. Advances with walking motion and spark (not working). Boy's face is inside the diving bell helmet. One of the trio of Yonezawa classics which include Roby Robot and Conehead. All are based on the same body, leg and arm pressing, the differences being confined to the heads. It is a simple wind-up mechanism with the switch in the lithoed front panel. The arms are feeble flat claws dangling from two dome structures. There's no doubting that the style is that of Robby from the 'Forbidden Planet'. The legs display the typical segmented styling so common in robots.

On sale in September 1965.
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ROBOT (REMOTE CONTROL EASEL BACK ROBOT) - YONEZAWA - JAPANLithographed battery operated remote control tinplate Easel back robot. Circa 1958. Advances with stepping motion. Light blue version with a distinctive yellow and black edged circle in the chest panel. There is some rivet detailing but appreciably less extensive than on other versions. 6" tall. The remote holds a single C cell. There is a small coiled spring antenna on the head.

The lighted eyes version was on sale in March 1957.

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ROBOT - aka DIRECTIONAL ROBOT, BLUE VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANMetallic blue tin battery operated robot. Advances with bump n' go action and lighted eyes and dome light. skirt

The blue version: close-together tabs on the skirt, shoulder pressing details, black base. This version is featured in the F A O Schwarz Christmas Catalog for 1957, and features in newspaper ads in October 1957.
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ROBOT - BESFORD ETC - HONG KONGPlastic battery op pedestal robot with two guns in chest. Bump and go, flashing guns, sound. BF logo and other sellers' logos. 1980s Hong Kong. Red, black and white versions with box variations. Various decal variations exist, as shown.

Based on a Yonezawa Hero Robot design.
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Robot - JV - Hong KongA 6 inches tall all plastic battery operated pedestal robot. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Box says Made in Hong Kong, item NO 101. A decal on base of robot has JV import Laredo. A reworking of the Yonezawa Radirobo.
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ROBOT AKA DIRECTIONAL ROBOT - VERSIONS COMPARED - YONEZAWA1957 tin battery skirted robot with light up beacon on head. When robot bumps into object head turns in new direction robot turns around and goes off away from object. Blue version on the right and on left the rarer version with green color body. The green also different as follows: the tabs in lower part of the skirt are spaced further apart, the raised embossed pattern feature next to each shoulder has been deleted. The underside is painted same color as body (green) rather than black.

Both versions have the same action - battery powered by two D cells. The bulb under the plastic dome can easily be replaced by lifting beacon mounting plate which gives access to bulb. Japan tin plate skirt.
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ROBOT aka DIRECTIONAL ROBOT, GREEN VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANPale silver green tin battery operated skirted robot. Advances with bump n' go action and lighted eyes and red dome light. The dark blue box was designed for this green color version.

A distinguishing feature of the green version is the position of the two tabs on the lower part of the skirt: on blue version they are they are close together, on the green they are much further apart. The base plate - just visible - is green (rather than black and this version also lacks the stamped detail on each shoulder.

Circa 1957
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ROBOT EXPLORADOR DO ESPACA - MIMA - BRAZILBrazilian version of the Yonezawa Space Explorer plastic battery op pedestal robot with two pairs of red plastic guns mounted above the chest panel. The body is the design used on the Galaxy Warrior and Dynamic Warrior. Based on an original Yonezawa design.
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ROBOT GX-7 - SOLPA - GREECEPlastic battery operated robot mounted on an elongated vehicle like base. Clear plastic dome with an orange plastic center. Slender flexible arms with plastic claws. Two-dish antenna. Rear fins. Bump and go "Tricky" action. 7 & 1/2" long and 9 & 1/2" tall (to the top of the antenna). It runs on two "C" batteries installed towards the bottom rear of the base and held in place by a "U" shaped metal bracket. The red tanks are purely decorative. Avaialble in a wide range of colors and slight variations.

This is an identical copy of the Yonezawa original. Only the manufacturer's logo is different.

See also the Tomy Space Robot Magic Dial version.
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ROBOT SHEPARD - JYESA - SPAINPlastic battery op robot, transparent with gears. Same design as Mr Planet robot by Yonezawa. The legs are similar to Mortoys robots. Box shows a battery cover but Robot Shepard probably didn't come with a cover. shepherd gear 23cm

Minor head variation shown - the red cap.

It's possible that the unusual name relates to Alan Shepard, the early astronaut.

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ROBOT SHOOTING GAME - MAKER? - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot based on the Yonezawa MyRobo body. Gold plastic with infra red (?) gun and TV screen in chest. The protrusion on the top of the head houses a sensor activated by the gun. When turned "ON", the robot walks forward with swinging arms, continuously lighted eyes and a rapid "clicking" sound. When the Laser Gun lightbeam hits the lens at the top of the head, the robot reverses direction and the eyes go out. The screen in the chest lights up and flashes. After taking six steps backwards and "beeping" six times, it starts walking forward again.

See Space Monster.
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ROBOT, DOMED EASEL BACK ROBOT - LINEMAR - JAPANTinplate lithographed battery operated remote control robot. Advances with stepping motion. One of the "easel back" range with the supporting wire structure that allows the robot to raise each foot off the ground. Fragile clear goldfish bowl dome. The maker is probably Yonezawa; Linemar is the distributor. The remote holds a single D cell. Some domed versions have a round metal disc on top of the dome, but others do not.

Rivet detailing. Rectangular chest panel with lithographed machinery detailing. Distinctive knee pad detailing on the legs. Green single cell remote control box with one button. On sale September 1958.

Image Morphy's Auction

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ROBY ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin wind-up robot.. Advances with walking motion as his head sparks. 7.75"H. Circa 1960s. Robby. Same body used for Conehead (Space Robot) and Robby Robot. Roby is an unashamed Forbidden Planet Robby look-alike. There's the complex metal head, very reminiscent of Robby the Robot, the clear panel in the dome and the detailed lithoed detailing that tries to suggest the complexity of the original. The forward pointing arms end in simple flat dangling metal arms. No firm date but Conehead is late 1960s.
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SINGING ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with four different colored buttons in the chest. Pressing the buttons produces a horrible speeded up version of "Twinkle, twinkle, little star". Shoots missiles from the top of the head. Tin lithographed panel with dial detailing in the chest.

This robot appeared in the 1978 Yonezawa Toys Catalog. Dark brown-black and blue versions are known. English and Japanese box versions.

Also sold as Talking Robot with a different set of sounds.
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