I don't really remember him having a human face, but I can't see where it was any other one. I picture his arms as red and swinging up and down a bit. I know I found another photo of us in our room with some toys, but I don't remember the robot being visible in the photo. I recall even making my own Supercar (kid's 'folk art' version, I guess) out of shirt cardboard and other stuff. I can see myself in the same bedroom playing with them both. That was my first time ever seeing that word, CRAGSTAN and it stuck in my brain. I always assumed it was battery-op, but based on the evidence, I guess not. Thanks for the help!
I am 59 and remember I had a red Cragstan robot when I was a kid in Houston. We lived there from 1959-1962. I have looked online for something to jog my memory, but nothing seems to be exactly it. I THINK it was battery-op, but cannot swear it was. I know it was mostly red and his arms would swing and he could knock thru little obstacle walls I'd make for him. So, if he was bump-and-go, seems like he would not be so likely to knock thru stuff. Maybe he was a red Cragstan Astronaut. The Mr. Robot with the plastic see-thru head does not ring a bell.
I vividly recall it having CRAGSTAN on its chest and being RED. I have always remembered it as a 'Cragstan Robot.' I guess it could have had the wind-up key, but seems like it was battery-op. Does my timeline fit better with some Cragstan red robot? I guess that red Astronaut looks closer to what I remember.
My son got me an almost complete MR. MACHINE for a bargain price. It would be helpful to have the instructions on how to take it apart (so I can clean it, etc. better.) I see someone online sells a reprint for $12 or so, but my inherent thriftiness kind of makes me balk at that unless I have no other choice. Any help is greatly appreciated and thanks. I have two of the later 'can't take them apart' reissues (one in the box) and had another one that I traded to my local buddy. I always wanted an original one. My son doesn't collect much (which is probably a good thing), but he does keep an eye out for things for me and likes the thrill of the hunt.
I just wish he was a bit thriftier (as he offered $50 more on a Big Loo he found the same way---decent shape/incomplete) than what I told him to offer. He was so excited that I kept telling myself NOT to bring it up anymore...and I never thought I'd get a Big Loo. I'm glad he's more 'normal' since I probably collect too much stuff (and could stand to be less cheap).