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ATOM ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up/inertia crank action skirted robot. Bump and go mystery action. Loose swinging arms. There are two distinct body variations, one with a silver color and one is silver blue. In addition the are two eye colors: red eye and yellow eye. There is possibly also a green eye.
An example has been found with what looks like a possible sound clicker mechanism inside, but no working version has yet been established. The first sighting is in Western Auto Christmas Catalog for 1964.
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BATTERY OPERATED HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tin battery operated remote control robot series 5023. 10" 25cm Walks with lighted chest and head. Six visible turning plastic gears. Plastic hands. A wire antenna with a loop slides through the backpack.

The legs and hands are the same as used on the Planet Robot. KO logo and Made in Japan on backpack, the same as the black versions High-wheel Robot.

The remote control battery holder is a rather flimsy blue plastic which often loses the small molded catches that keep it closed.

This 6 gear, battery operated remote control, blue color variation of this robot was produced by Yoshiya and released in 1965 (it features in a 1965 Yoshiya Catalog). The same gear configuration was used for one of the wind up versions.

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BLINK-A-GEAR ROBOT - TAIYO - JAPANWalks with moving gears and flashing lights. Plasic arms, feet and legs. This is a reworking of the 1967 Wheel-A-Gear robot: the rubber pulley has been replaced with meshing plastic gears and the metal antenna has been removed. In addition the relatively complex moving eye feature has been removed, so the eyes are fixed. There is a light in the head that illuminates the eyes and the top dome.

There is a similarity between the Taiyo robots and the Yoshiya High Wheels. Though Yoshiya and Taiyo were separate companies they probably shared projects. The Blink-A-Gear appears in an undated Yoshiya catalog. 28cm

A version of the box with the KO logo is known.

The Blink-A-Gear appears in the 1969 Gamble-Aldens Christmas catalog for 1969.

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CHIEF ROBOTMAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated robot. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head turns, eyes light and antennas spin. KO skirt.

This robot appeared in two color versions: grey and light blue. In addition the arms are usually tin, but plastic arm versions exist. The fact that it had a long production run may account for the variations, particularly the introduction of the plastic arms. The metallic blue version of the Chief Robot Man can't automatically be called a Radical Robot, though sellers like the added rarity of the name.

The first sighting of the robot is in Alden's; Lazarus and Newberry’s catalog for 1962. This confirms that it is the first of the Yoshiya family of skirted robots. It has been reproduced. The fins on the bellybutton of an original run from top to bottom. On the repro version they run from side to side.
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CHIEF SMOKY - MR CHIEF - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op. Advances with bump and go mystery action as his head lights and his hat smokes. KO skirt

Based on the Chief Robot Man pressing, though the belly button is a lithographed circle instead of a plastic part. The arms are metal. The robot first appears specifically with the Mr Chief nameplate version in the 1963 Simpsons-Sears Christmas catalog. The Chief Smoky chest plate version on sale in November 1964.

The name confusion arises because the box calls him Chief Smoky and the art work depicts the robot with that name on his chest plate. The actual robot can have either Chief Smoky or Mr Chief wording. To make things more confusing, the box gives him the extra title of Advanced Robotman.

"Puffing steamlike smoke. Lited see thru action. "


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GOLD ROBOT - TELSALDA - HONG KONGGold plastic wind up robot based on the Yoshiya Venus robot. Plastic panel on the chest (unlike the paper decal version) copies the Yoshiya lithographed tin panel. Hong Kong 1960s. Also in silver and red versions. The box features Big Ben in London.
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HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT 4 GEAR VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANName on box: High-Wheel Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname: (4 Gear Variation)
Manufacturer: Yoshiya, Japan
Height: 10" (to top of antenna in "OFF" position), 11" (to top of antenna in "ON" position)
Timeline date: 1967 (Eaton's - Canada's Christmas Catalogue 1967)
Power source: Wind up motor
Actions: The antenna serves as the ON/OFF switch. When antenna is raised, robot walks forward with sparks in chest as the four gears turn. Lowering the antenna stops the action.
Additional info.: Lithographed on the lower portion of the "backpack" is the Yoshiya logo (the letters KO within a diamond shape) and MADE IN JAPAN. The tin legs and plastic hands are similar to those used on Planet Robot. The metal wind up key is permanently attached. There is also a 6 gear, wind up, black color variation of this robot produced by Yoshiya and released in 1964 (as sighted in a 1964 Marshall Field & Company Christmas Catalog) and a 6 gear, remote control, battery operated, blue color variation.
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HIGH-WHEEL ROBOT, 6 GEAR VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlack tin wind up robot. Walks with spark in chest. Six visible turning plastic gears. Plastic hands. The legs and hands are the same as used on the Planet Robot.

This 6 gear, wind up, black color variation of this robot was produced by Yoshiya and released in 1964 (as sighted in a 1964 Marshall Field & Company Christmas Catalog). The same gear configuration was used for the battery op version. 23cm. See also the four gear version of this robot.

Widely advertised in late 1964.
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JUPITER ROBOT GOLD BATTERY OP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANAn unusual gold bodied version of the Jupiter Robot: plastic battery op robot red arms and domed head with metal face grill. This, like the wind up version, is similar in design to the Venus Robot. Yoshiya have incorporated their popular Robby style Planet Robot head. Two visible plastic gears in the chest; these gears are the common Yoshiya components. 1965
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JUPITER ROBOT WIND UP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANSeven inch plastic wind up robot with tin chest plate and chrome face grill. Robby style. The head design is similar to that of the Planet Robot with two metal ring antennas. The robot has a similar structure to the earlier Venus Robot, though there are several differences. The body, for example, has actual holes instead of the token holes of the Venus. The chest panel has a more elaborate design. Walking action with spark. On sale in October 1967.

Color versions include:
Red body & legs, black arms (top)
Blue body with red arms & legs (bottom).

It is probable that some variations are the result of owners switching of parts.

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JUPITER ROBOT, BATTERY OP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op robot red arms and domed head with metal face grill. This, like the wind up version, is similar in design to the Venus Robot. Yoshiya have incorporated their popular Robby style Planet Robot head. Two visible plastic gears in the chest; these gears are the common Yoshiya components. Large two cell remote control. Blue version.

There are two color versions: blue (shown) and a gold body. See also the wind up version of this robot.
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MAGIC SPACE DOG - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated version of the KO space robot dog. Mystery bump and go action with orbiting flying saucer. Orange litho. Bow tie litho detail.
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MIGHTY ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated. Metallic blue body. Red plastic arms. Transparent plastic head with many visible plastic gears. Advances with mystery action as the lights inside his head spin and gears on both sides of his head turn. He also emits a clicking noise. KO skirt. This robot only appears with the plastic arms.

First catalog sighting 1965.

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MOON EXPLORER - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". Also sold in a box variation as the Cragstan Astronaut. KO On sale in November 1962.
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MOON EXPLORER X-15 ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks with the wording X-15 on them. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". The ray counter is presumably the antenna. See also the X-2 variation.
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MOON EXPLORER X-2 ASTRONAUT - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue tinplate friction astronaut robot with astronaut head under a clear plastic dome surmounted with a rotating four arm antenna. The robot has twin air tanks with the wording X-2 on them. Crank action with an inertia waddling motion. Box says "Clear Plastic Helmet with Ray Counter". The ray counter is presumably the antenna. See also the X-15 variation.
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MYSTERY MOON MAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANWhite tin battery operated skirted robot with bump and go action. Flashing lights and turning head. The robot has a distinctive blue plastic chest panel with red buttons. The same pressing as the Chief Robotman.

The box depicts a non-specific version of the robot, a vaguely silver robot with no obvious color to the chest plate. Certainly robots other than the white version have found their way into Mystery Moon Man boxes but it is difficult to establish their authenticity.

On sale in November 1962.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL - YOSHIYA - JAPANRemote Control early small ear all tin battery operated 1956 version with 'Christmas wire' on light blue remote. Walks briskly with lighted head and mouth area through red gels. Spinner in head creates flashing effect in face as he walks.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL, RUBBER HANDS - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated Robby with soft rubber hand small ear version c.1962 with soft green wired metallic blue remote. When remote control button is pressed the toy walks forward at a brisk pace while head and mouth area light through red gel as spinner inside head creates a flashing effect. Vertical scanner spins as he walks.

The tin battery op version with rubber hands has a firm Japanese museum production date of 1962.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, RUBBER HANDS TIN HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up Robby. Walks with sparks in chest and face. Small ear version, pic courtesy of Space Boys Toys. KO Yoshiya. This version is listed in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, earliest confirmation from Eaton's Christmas Catalogue of 1960.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, SMALL EAR VARIATION YOSHIYA - JAPANWalks with sparks in mouth and chest, early soft rubber hand version, small ears. Date of 1960 comfirmed by Eaton's Christmas Catalogue.
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PLANET ROBOT WU,TIN HANDS, OLIVE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin windup. Advances with walking motion and spark. Olive colour (grey-black). The tin hand Planet appears in Eaton's catalog for 1960. KO Robby
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PLANET ROBOT, BLUE WIND UP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANMetallic blue tin wind up version of the Planet Robot. This version has the pressing from the metal head black wind up version but has the metallic blue paintwork of the battery op version. Rubber hands.
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PLANET ROBOT, PLASTIC HANDS & HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin robot walks forward when wound. Sparks appear in red mouth gel area and green face area. Most recent version.

This red plastic hand / plastic head version of the robot continued to appear in large quantities throughout the 80s and 90s, leading to speculation that it was still in production. Warehouse finds or clandestine production: it has not yet been clarified. The ST on the box is a safety declaration requirement introduced in the early 1970s.
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RADICAL ROBOT - YOSHIYA/NGS - JAPANMetallic blue tin battery operated skirted robot with bump and go action. This is basically the metallic blue version of the Chief Robot Man in a different box.

Without the evidence of the box it is be impossible to say whether a particular robot started life as a Chief Robot Man or a Radical Robot. The box art is appreciably different. The box carries the Cragstan logo and the NGS logo.

The color is usually metallic blue but silver grey versions have found their way into Radical boxes, either at the factory or later. The arms are always metal.

Circa 1962.
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REMOTE CONTROL SPACE DOG - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery op remote control. Advances with waddling motion as his mouth opens and closes, ears flap, light blinks and antenna spins. KO

On sale in the Miles Kimball catalog for 1958

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ROBO DOG - WYANDOTTE - USADesigned by Marvin Glass and patented in 1956. The design of Robo Dog is virtually identical to that of the Yoshiya space dogs, though the material is plastic and the action is different. The black plastic dog has a moving mouth, eyes and tail. It is still unclear who copied who.

The advert reads: "Hi I'm Robo. The robot dog with the magic touch."

Made by All Metal Products (Wyandotte) 25cm plastic battery op. Pressing his tuft of hair makes him advance with wagging tail, rolling eyes and flapping jaws. Makes a barking sound. The advert indicates a grey color exists but currently only the black has been reported. Animal. United States
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ROBOT - TELSALDA - HONG KONGUnnamed plastic wind up robot based on the Yoshiya Venus robot. Plastic panel on the chest (unlike the paper decal version) copies the Yoshiya tin panel. This version is grey silver. There are also red and brown versions. Hong Kong 1970s The robot has the smooth (non-spike) head of the later Venus Robot.
Wording on box panel:
A "creature" from outer space invades England. Nothing can stop his measured tread,
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ROBOT aka HOOK ROBOT, MARUBISHI FOR WACO - JAPANA small 7.5" 18cm skirt robot. Blue lithographed tin friction robot. The robot advances with head turning from side to side. Complex litho of machinery. The mechanism is fairly straight-forward: friction-driven flywheel drives the toy with a moving head and swinging arms. The earliest confirmed sighting is in a newspaper ad for August 1963.

It is generally known as the Hook Robot because of an odd hook shaped antenna attached to the back of the head.

There are two major variations: light blue and dark blue. In addition the light blue has been seen with a red mouth and with a silver mouth.

Some boxes have a Marubishi logo sticker on top of the Waco importer logo.

It is interesting to note the strong resemblance between the Hook Robot and the Yoshiya skirted robots (Chief Robot Man etc) . Both share a very similar design but the connection between them remains a mystery. It was assumed that the Hook was an earlier robot, but this no longer seems to be the case.
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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER - RED & BLACK VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in black claws. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN Date? (On sale in 1959)

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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER - RED VERSION - YOSHIYARed painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in black claws. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN
On sale from 1959.
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ROBOT SPACE TROOPER, BLACK VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlack painted tin friction Robby with joined legs. Stubby black arms ending in red claws hands. Clear dome with small antennas set into the sides. Crank operated robot travels forward as the spinner inside the dome turns. 6.5" 16cm TN Date?

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions.
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SPACE ADVENTURE - YOSHIYA - JAPANSilver tinplate friction Robby. Black arms with red claw tin hands. Clear plastic dome revealing a spinner beneath. This is a version of the Space Trooper, distinctive because of its silver color. 6.5" 16cm
This is a rere robot that may have been a salesman's sample with a first design box. Certainly the name "Space Adventure" is unique. Crank operated robot travels forward as the antenna inside the dome turns. Wheels in the base allow the robot to move but they are not eccentric and do not give the robot the waddling walk of the regular Space Trooper. Date?
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SPACE ELEPHANT, RED VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed tin windup. Advances with waddling motion as his large white ears flap, tusks and spring trunk move up and down, and a spark appears (working) under the red gel on his back. Small plastic dome eyes with loose plastic bead pupils. KO On sale in October 1960

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SPACE ELEPHANT, SILVER VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up elephant based on the dog body. Silver litho detailing. Stop start lever on the head. Forward wobbling motion with flapping ears and spark in rear window. Flexible spring trunk. The eyes are rolling beads inside cleard plastic domes. Animal. On sale in October 1960.

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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SPACE ROBOT TROOPER - YOSHIYA - JAPANElectric Power Remote Control Space Robot Trooper. Black painted tin battery operated remote control Robby. Stubby arms with red claw hands. The battery remote is a small light blue C-cell two-button version. 6.5" 16cm

Travels forward as the dome lights and the antenna inside the dome spins. TN

Image courtesy Smith House Auctions
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SPARKLING SPACE DOG - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin litho red friction dog. Circa 1959. Advances with waddling motion as his ears flap, mouth opens and closes and a sparking under the red gel on his back. KO Animal. See also the Space Dog box variation. Animal
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SPARKY ROBOT, BLUE LITHO VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up. Circa 1962. Advances with walking motion as his eyes and mouth spark. Blue lithographed version. Second version "detective" box. KO
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SPARKY ROBOT, BLUE LITHO VERSIONS - YOSHIYA - JAPANTwo versions of the tin wind up KO Sparky Robot. On the left is the "wheel" version based on the litho detail on the chest. The version on the right has an R on one arm and 8 on the other. Both were released in the "detective" box.
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SPARKY ROBOT, DETECTIVE BOX VARIATIONS - YOSHIYAKO. First and second detective box variations. The third version is the plain non-detective version of the box.

It is believed that the litho variations of the Sparky robot came in the first and second detective boxes, and the plain Sparky came in the non-detective version. This is not confirmed and, given the prevalence of box swapping, difficult to prove.
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SPARKY ROBOT, GOLD LITHO VERSION- YOSHIYA - JAPANLitho variation
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SPARKY ROBOT, OLIVE LITHO VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up. Circa 1962. Advances with walking motion as his eyes and mouth spark. Olive gold lithographed version. Second version "detective" box. KO

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SPARKY ROBOT, SILVER VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANSparky Robot Key Wound Motor. Tin wind up robot with walking action and sparks. Backpack with long wire antenna. This plain silver version is the most common and is shown with the basic box. Japan 1960s. This robot appears in a wide range of variations

Note: this has been reproduced and the copy version comes in a box similar to this one but with the wording SPACE ROBOT.
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SUPER ROBOT - MST - JAPANPlastic wind up robot based on the Yoshiya Venus robot. Paper decal on chest. Black face/arm and silver face/arm versions shown. Hong Kong. There are a number of color variations of this robot. 15cm An MST paper label can be seen on some boxes. The robot has the spike on the head that can be seen on the first version of the Venus Robot.
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VENUS ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANRed plastic wind up robot with black arms and face. A tinplate panel with motif is set into the chest. Walking action. The arms are loose. There are two versions of this robot: one with a smooth head and one with a small spike. Box marked No 305. It is assumed that the spike version is earlier because toys tended to be simplified over their lifetime.

Featured as a new robot, item #3015 in the 1965 Yoshiya catalog.
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VENUS ROBOT BATTERY OPERATED - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue plastic robot with blue legs and red arms. The blue head has a red face. A small lithographed tinplate panel with motif is set into the chest. Battery operated by a single D cell in remote control. There is a metal baseplate under the body. Walks along with a smooth gliding action. KO. This is an adaption of the smooth headed wind up Venus Robot.

The box art has an interesting connection to the early tin Yoshiya Sparky Robot: the crumbling skyscraper city and the detective at the bottom right.
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WALKING ROBOT - TOMY - JAPANPlastic remote control battery op stepover robot. Blue body with red arms and legs. Silver chrome plastic chest panel. Two antennas on the back. Walks forward while the antennas bounce. Japanese box. This robot has many features in common with the Aoki shaking robot.

Also shown is a remote control version with regular legs, ratchets in the feet and a lighted dome on the top. The legs are those used on the Yoshiya Venus Robot. The status of this robot is still unclear.
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WIND UP MOTOR SPACE DOG - YOSHIYA - JAPANMetallic silver lithographed tinplate wind up robot dog. The dog has a moving mouth, rolling beads for eyes and a spring tail.

Advances with waddling motion as his ears flap, mouth opens and closes and a sparking under the red gel on his back. KO

Notice the torn-effect box art in which the silver space dog is presented as a giant. Animal.

On sale in 1958
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