Well, in my quest to track down the TOMY Magic Dial Space Robot, I did manage to pick up one of it's brethren, the Flying Saucer (MIB) and it just arrived from overseas in today's mail.
Don't know if this is old store stock or just never played with--I got it out of a little shop in Spain, of all places, and as you can see it still has the metal "hangers" to hold it in place.
Even the cellophane tape on the bottom had never been removed.
The box says it uses D cells, so I bought a couple of those AA-to-D adapters, but, alas, they have to be C--there's no way a "D" would ever fit in the compartment (which is pristine, by the way). I will stay away from alkaline as some have suggested and go for the "Heavy Duty" or less powerful types.
I'm eager to see if it fires up!
Okay, at least I have some great pics of the robot on this box...one step closer! :)
One of the reasons I've always liked this picture (apart from the toy's mod "2001" look), is that my sister took it back in the 80s when she was studying photography and TOMY's Hootbot was new. So it's actually an OLD photo of a NEW toy.
Apparently other folks like it, too--I posted this online once before and it shows up here & there on the web.
Thanks to all those who helped me identify the TOMY Magic Dial Space-Robo robot. For those that may not have seen the link, I've attached the stills from the 1969 Japanese film "Attack of the Monsters" shown in the US as "Godzilla's Revenge."
In the beginning of the film, a scene takes pace in a toymaker's workshop and you can see MANY vintage-era Japanese space toys in their original boxes. I'm sure you guys can identify more than I can! :) I'm kinda curious myself as to the identity of the big bronze robot on screen right in the third image down...and there's a rather interesting multi-colored robot in the second-to-last pic in the box above the Tomy Magic Dial Flying Saucer...
I am new here (you may have read my previous post) and have decided to start tracking down a few of the robots I had in my youth. Some are the more "common" ones from the 1960s: Horikawa Fighting Robot & the Alps TV Robot with Red antenna. I have been out of the game when it comes to robots and have noticed prices on ebay, for the Alps TV Robot for example, starting at $750 and going to $1500 (boxed).
I know on some other collecting forums I've been on, they encourage buying/selling from other forum members and that ebay prices are considered too high. Is that the feeling around here? Do you folks tend to buy & sell here on the forum, or are the ebay prices I quoted within the realm of fair & sane?
I am new here, but found the database & forum while trying to track down this toy. I had it when I was a kid here in the US, but have found very little info on either the name or the maker. I have posted some pics I have on Flickr from and old dept. store catalog and ALSO stills from the 1969 Japanese Godzilla movie, "All Monsters Attack" (aka Godzilla's Revenge). It is part of a scene in a toymaker's home, and you can clearly see the robot, the possible box, and some other vehicles, that look to be part of the same set--mainly the Flying Saucer. Naturally, the boxes are in Japanese, so I don't know what info, if any, might be gleaned from them. There are quite a few recognizable toys in there also :)
See them here:
There is a picture of this same robot in the Perry Mohney private collection here on this site, and both the robot & saucer are here in the database in modified/re-released form as the GX-7 and Selenium Saucer, respectively. A collector in the Netherlands, Marco Van Gimst, emailed me that he had the robot in green by Yonezawa, and seen versions from Greece.
Thanks so much in advance for any help, hints, clues, leads, etc.!