I know... the last time I posted on this subject, FAO Schwarz was filing its second bankruptcy... This week, almost a year later, they've got a grand reopening. From the New York Times:
The store, shuttered since January - when the remnants of the failing company were purchased for $41 million by D. E. Shaw Laminar Portfolios - is scheduled to reopen on Thanksgiving at 10 a.m., a day ahead of the usual kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
Redesigned by Rockwell Partners, the store will offer 65,000 square feet of catnip for children and all but the most Scrooge-like of grownups. Tons of plush - an F. A. O. hallmark - is to be expected. But the look of the store will be totally new. Like a child mindful of the countdown to Christmas, F. A. O. Schwarz has cleaned up its act.
Here's a tip: Go to one of the many Dollar Stores (Family Dollar, Dollar General, etc), and get your batteries there... They're not alkaline, they're just standard batteries (usually Panasonic)... They're a lot lighter-weight, they come in all sizes (D cells down to AAA), and they only cost a dollar-a-pair...come to think of it, the D & C cells are a buck-a-pair, the AA and AAA are 4 for a dollar. Sure, they don't last very long compared to Alkalines, but they'll run your robot long enough to make a video of it...
What are the dimensions on this fellow? Can't really tell anything about its size from the photos... Based on the belt-drive, I assume that it's rather small. The drive/steering sure looks familiar, influenced by the Remco LIS design...
These "Quality" products have gotten a bum rap for a long time, in my opinion... Let's not forget that, aside from marketing toy water bottles, they also made significant contributions to our technology and way of life!
Hey, looks like my collection, too... Strange that it says "new for 1979," but the Mr. & Ms. Starroids date back to 1977... Here's one that holds a special place in my collection... Possibly the ugliest of the radio robots...
Uh HUH... The infamous T28 twins rear their heads again... Several months ago, they were being sold simultaneously by sellers in Japan and Singapore, wasn't it? Exact same pictures, backgrounds and everything... and THIS time the seller wants to pass a Chief Robotman off as a Mystery Moon Man, also.
Hey, I'd be pleading with Ebay, too, PLEASE don't cancel my auctions before I get to screw somebody!
Weee, I won this item today, to go in my growing collection of functional radio robots... Radio Shack special, but I'm not sure of its vintage... Judging from the limited reception (AM only), Im guessing that it's mid-to-late 70s... Won't know for sure until it arrives. Any other guesses?