Hey Electric - that's a great idea - but you're suggesting this to the most clumsy and ham-fisted man on the planet. So I'll probably leave it as is. The original gunner does look hokey. That probably explains why they're usually missing.
Hello All. I got this Sky Patrol off ebay for US 159. The gunner went to the loo, mistook an alien for a toilet, sat on it's face, and got sent to the other side of the universe. So now I have a Sky Patrol in need of a new gunner. Is the "gunner" available from other toys or is it specifically made for this particular toy? Thank you for the info.
Congrats on the gold Scott. I was also eyeing that one but the starting bid is higher than what the blue one went for. I think the gold is in a much better condition. I've been wanting one of these since the stone age. I figure with these kinds of auctions the heavy hitters will go for the top end robots leaving the more common ones to us. So I got it for US$ 410. Their invoice arrived today. Surprisingly "low" shipping. Only US$ 48 to Taiwan. Live auctions usually charge US$ 75.
Thanks for the information Blech. The ones I see is something similar to the truck (Rostspinne). I have a Horikawa that has those on one side of a leg and foot, although not as bad as that in the picture. I do not see the rust (yet), just the lines. It's only noticeable when looked at from a certain angle. Quite unfortunate actually since it's perfectly good except for the 1 side of the leg and foot. Unlike Phil I'd rather leave it alone than attempt a repair as I'm apt to make things worse.
Do you think it will deteriorate further without treatment, even if the robot is displayed in a glass cabinet and not handled? Any idea how to stop the process of deterioration?
Hello all! I have a question about paint crazing or "spidering" - I'm not even sure that is the correct technical term. This is something that you commonly see on old tin toys wherein irregular lines run over the surface of the metal or paint, somewhat line fine veins or spider webbing on the surface. What exactly is happening to the metal / paint? Will it deteriorate over time if no treatment is applied? Is it the beginnings of rust? Is it better to leave it alone or attempt a fix?
Thank you Blechroboter and Joe K. So that's what it was. I was only familiar with the other versions of the Karate robot and not this one but the arms kind of make me suspect that it is somewhat related to the Karate robot. I managed to get the motor going but the green "teeth" attached to the motor is broken. I guess that should be an easy fix. Thanks again!
Hello everyone! ^_^ I picked this green guy up from Japan and I was wondering if any of you can help me identify this thing.
He's all plastic. No markings except "Made in Japan" at the back. The arms look like the same style as the karate robot. So I'm guessing late 70's - 80's. He's around 200 mm tall. Takes 2 UM-2 batteries inserted at the bottom of each foot. He's actually heavier than he looks, somewhat around the weight of a rotate-o-matic. Tested him but doesn't work so I don't really know what he does.
Vintage robots, spaceships, space tanks, and... Transformers - especially the Cybertron and Binaltech line. It's always fun to see how robots have evolved and perceived by different generations. In 20 years these high-tech transformer robots will look "vintage"!
I also collect dust and cobwebs, although not intentionally. Wife says she'll be happy if I start collecting money.
It is not an honest mistake. The seller is deliberately trying to mislead. He mentioned there is a battery installed - which is an obvious lie (even deescribed it as being low on power), unless he's trying to install it into the keyhole. And at this point he hasn't corrected his listing yet. And this seller has a 100% feedback. I wonder if he / she / it is a member of alphadrome?
Maybe it would be an idea to have a permanent thread listing ebay scammers. Some sort of wall of shame. Problem is alphadrome may get sued for that.