The two samples also have sligthly different colored red Antenna. One is dark red the other one more Orange-red. Both are Original (as far as I know). Variation 2 has OFF and ON written next to the Switch. Var.1: no writing next to switch
First time I was able to compare two samples of the blue SH Horikawa Space Station - and found Main differences in each of the 5 rooms - obviously to reduce production costs and effort. Engine Room Var.1: two Persons; Var.2: one person Communication Room Var.1: 3 chairs; Var.2: 2 chairs Recreation room Var.1: 5 chairs - 2 person Var.2: 3 chairs - one person Dining room: Var.1: 8 chairs - 3 persons Var.2: 6 chairs - 2 persons Controllers room Var.1: red and green lamp - table on right side Var.2: red lamp only - table on left side
Just to add my opinion why I think this is Original : the gears are not similar to any other existing transparent red gears from Horikawa Toys. So someone would have to make those gears and put it in this toy . But the toy is not in the best condition and the price was not expensive - so it would not have made sense to just modify this toy wIth so much effort. Also it does look perfectly mounted like the other original gears and the gears have the same clear marks from production.
However - I have no proof so one can never be 100% sure - everything is possible to create nowadays and can fool even a long time collector like me.
First time I came across this all red gear Variation of Horikawa Wind-up Gear Robot. I am not 100% sure if this is a legit Variation but looks good to me. Anybody has seen this version before or has it in the collection?
WIth a little (big) help from my Dutch friend Marco I was able to add this nice Gumball machine to my collection. this one has been repainted but displays well. I always admired this piece in El Xristos and Klaus collection and did not expect to finally get one.
Yes - Love the Graphics ! Unfortunately the Box is still in Japan and not mine - but happy to have the toy - also found in Japan. At least now the picture is available for us to see how it looks. thanks Brian -this Update made it possible for me to upload this picture from my Smartphone ! More to come later on ...