I bought this excellent condition 4 gear High Wheel robot yesterday at the Carlisle PA large car/car parts etc. show. It works great but the antenna is not functioning properly for the on/off. A rod is slightly protruding from the left top gear and when I push the rod the robot in movement temporarily stop moving. Is this an easy fix? I don't think the robot has ever been opened. Is the 4 gear or 6 wheel version more desirable? I also might consider selling it.
Picked up one of the ceramic Zoomer robots locally at a big train show today April 21, that comes to York, Pa in April. It has the Ditto imprint , Made in England, no serial number where it says edition number.The dealer was British. Does anyone know after this amount of time if they were remade?
Mike, the stickers worried me all the way home. Fortunately they came off very easily on the box. Don, I wish I could afford more. It takes a great deal of self control. I have consolation in getting about a dozen items in the 5 auctions.
Well, here we are again. Part 5 of the local auction with space toys and robots. I only got one item but it was one I've been wanting for years. Mars Man windup spaceman almost mint in the original box. I finally took my own photos to get a better idea of what was displayed.
The 50,000+ sq foot superstores of today have nothing on on the giants of the past. J.L. Hudson of the 50s built a 2 million+ sq. ft. superstore in Detroit. They were later acquired by Dayton-Hudson, Target, marshall Fields and Macy's. In 1954 they had a rocket float in the NY Macy's Parade. They produced an 8-1/2" x 3-1/2" promo card to be cut out and set up for the event. In 1952 they placed a 3,700 sq ft flag on the store.
The progression of flight concept is fascinating. One common artistic interpretation in Russian and Easter European space art is a dated style that seems more pre WW2 that 1950s. This is especially true of Russian toy design and box art. As an artist I think it may be their politically repressed expression afraid to come out.
Several problems. I don't follow robot prices as much as others and others probably don't follow space toy prices as much as I do. I never get a chance to document what's on the tables because of the poor usually single photo. When I get there I look up some items I'm not sure of price wise if possible. When the space toys come up it's like a chess game. You have to quickly pick and choose what you really want and when to quit bidding. I bid on what I like because I'm going to keep it. I usually bid on probably 8 to 10 items out of the pieces I didn't already have. That robot was one I obviously didn't get. I knew it was worth more but who knows what it would have taken to get it. I wanted some of the saucers more. I don't have carte blanche like some members to spend whatever I want at these auctions.
It hurts to let them go knowing it was a great deal but I can't buy them all. I've gotten some nice toys the past 4 auctions there and I'm generally satisfied. The strange thing is that I kind of expected some members after the first auction I reported to ask to get involved if there are any more. I've gotten very little response to the posts and no requests to let anyone know and possibly be there. I would have been glad to share.