Thank you Alphadrome Team for all your valuable and expert feedback on this Yoshiya Metallic Blue Action Planet Robot with rubber hands! I have now verified that this is the early version metallic blue with thick grill and legs, large ear cones, and custom, clinched fist, boxer-type rubber hands. I feel comfortable to say that he is worth at least $1000 due to his rarity and probably much more to a collector who wishes to have this rare robot in his/her collection. I found many very informative and insightful previous threads about the vintage planet robots on Alphadrome from dratomic, Solaar, Steve, MetalRobothead, Robothunter, Morbius, funkrobotik, roboto and others! Very detailed and hard to get information. If interested in the details, just do a search on 'planet robot' on this Alphadrome board. In this current thread, several of you verified this robot's rarity. A Maroon Robby is rarer than Blue is rarer than Green is rarer than Black. There appears to be some disagreement on which came first, metal claw or rubber hands. However, we do agree that the plastic hands version came last. Also, the earlier tin heads vs the later plastic heads.
I may, by request from colleague Keith on this board, post some pictures of my enormous, 9 vintage robot collection. I don’t know if 9 is enough to call it a collection but humor me anyways. I won’t post the pictures for another couple of weeks because I want to include a robot that has not arrived yet. Note, my taste are in robots with aggressive tendencies (ie Alps missile robot purchased from collector extraordinaire Roboz and an Asakusa thunder robot) as well as a variety of Robbys (ie Nomura mechanized robot with knurled battery compartment knobs and Yoshiya metallic blue planet robot wind-up with rubber hands).
Timing wise, I was very lucky to pick up this pristine planet robot from a colleague in Denmark who had just 5 robots left in his collection. Please don’t ask me what 5 he had left as you may choke up. I met him only a month ago on eBay and we hit it off right away. He was particularly sympathetic to me since he was selling his remaining robot collection while I was just starting mine up. Sorry to say this gentleman’s robots are now all sold. I feel very fortunate to secure this one particular pristine, gorgeous robot from him for $950. I love this robby's gorgeous metallic blue color, all tin construction, face grill and rubber hands. IMHO, he is a bargain compared to the Masudaya Machine Man whose recent asking price was $150,000. Ha, ha, and I do know that there are some of you out there who would, for the money, have rather purchased the Machine Man. Yeah, and that is why I think we robot connoisseurs are so cool! There is something about these robots …. uniqueness, rarity, functionality, place in toy history, fond memories … that makes these robots so valuable and meaningful to us.
Before I posted my question on this forum, I researched numerous books and catalogs looking for price information on the Yoshiya Action Planet Metallic Blue Robot with rubber hands. I found relatively little information on this particular Yoshiya robot which is why I posted my original question (this thread). Not much was reported as far as the robot’s rarity in the catalgos or books. However I did find a lot of very valuable info from the Alphadrome thread posters mentioned earlier who posted on the planet robot in years past :). I did find some price points from the catalogs and books, but as you know, the majority of these prices are quite outdated. Also, I was not always able to compare apples with apples since the Planet robot, as many of you experts pointed out in this message thread, came in such a variety of colors (black, green, blue, maroon) and configurations (early thick vs later thin face grill, early thick vs later thin legs, early small ear cones vs later larger ear cones, windup vs b/o, rubber vs metal vs plastic hands, early tin vs later plastic heads).
In any case, I found the following robot references for those interested in the planet robot:
2011 Toys and Prices, Justin Moen – Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Black Wind-up, 1958, wind-up, hand type not specified, ex $100/nm $200/mib $350
1999 Vintage Toys Robots and Space Toys, Bunte, Hallman, Mueller – Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Black with plastic hands, good $300/excellent $600/mint with original box $1100
1999 Future Toys, Emchowicz, Nunneley – Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Metallic Blue with metal claws (desirability score of 6/8) and Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Black with metal claws (desirability score of 4/8). As a point of reference, Silver C-Celled Mechanized Robot (desirability score of 8/8)
1996 Tin Toy Collection of Matt Wyse, Sotheby’s Auction Catalog – Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Black with plastic hands, $300-$500
1993 Roboter-Weltraumspielzeug, Botho Wagner – Yoshiya Action Planet Robot Metallic Blue with rubber hands, 400-800 (not sure of the currency since the book is written in German).
Thanks for all your opinions on whether to keep Robby's hands as is or to replace them. Some of you sound like Dr. Frankenstein muhahaha. Well, I am going to keep them as is (original) for now. If you didn't know better, he kinda looks like he's a boxer with clinched fists. But for those who know how he should look like, he looks like a robby with nubby fingers ... ouch!
Thank you all for your warm welcome :)
Thank you all for the invaluable information about the Yoshiya Planet robots!
Hey Thx1138, I will keep you in mind, know what I mean? :)
I'm glad this thread helped you Astrogonza! :)
Best Regards from your New Comrade,
KBN (Klatuu Barada Nikto)
You can call me KBN from now on if you wish (thanks and credit my new tagline to funkrobotik!) :)