Thanks for all the info/robot names and pics Dirk! Those are some beautiful looking 'bots, I love that box art too. I started out as a SW collector and got interested in these through the knock-off attackers with the Stormtrooper heads, but I had no idea there was so much out there. Great stuff!
I really appreciate all the great info, Larry7. At the moment I'm quite interested in these three types, and now I can describe them better than just, "You know, the one with the doors that open up and etc., etc." Thanks again!
I must apologize for the newbie questions. Any info or links to info would be much appreciated.
I'd like to know the generic names of three different robot types.
The first is the type that has the two swinging doors on its torso. As the robot walks, the doors swing open, guns flick out of the chest and they "fire." Is the generic name for this type simply "space man" or "martian attacker" or something else? Can anyone tell me what was the first robot to have this design or what robots famously had this design?
The next is the type that has a large screen on its torso. Is the generic term for this "television robot" or "video robot" or something else? Again, what were the early robots/famous robots to have this design?
I'd also like to know the generic name, if one exists, for any robot that doesn't have legs but simply moves around on its body. When I say it doesn't have legs, I'm not saying it's necessarily short, but that it almost appears to be wearing a long skirt or dress instead of walking on two legs.
I've tried using Excel in the past for my SW collection, but as I don't use it at work nor for anything else, I'm fairly clumsy and slow at getting it to look right. The other problem has been getting up a working list of information when you're constantly buying and selling. My "best" effort is now horribly outdated. Getting one up and running and then keeping it up to date is the thing.
I like the idea of fact sheets, so maybe I'll stencil out a form using Word which I'm more familiar with. I have to sit down and translate a lot of the Japanese on my boxes so maybe some old-fashioned pen and paper wouldn't hurt either. :P
Hi neuston, from one newbie to another! I really like Hong Kong, and not just for the great toys! My focus in collecting is also Asia so I hope we'll be able to help each other out sometime. See you around, -John
Yeah, they're suction cups alright. Designed to stick to windows, dashboards, and other flat surfaces... minutes of fun! I have some more of these guys in very basic colors with a quick spray in another color for highlighting. I've also seen them as keyrings and recently as little hard plastic figures with standees. They seem to have done the rounds for sure.
I've attached a close up, but again, auction pics :(
I went to one a long time ago... was OK. As my interests were different then I couldn't really "appreciate" it as I might now. I should put a few more on my "to do" list.
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone! It's great to have stumbled upon such a supportive collecting community.
As to my collection, I'm posting a pic below of my most recent robot/space-toy related purchases. Up until now I've been a vintage SW collector, and you'll soon see how I entered robot/space-toy collecting! Apologies for the poor pics; most of these are from eBay auctions as I haven't had time to photograph them (and in fact are still waiting for some to arrive!).
In the top left is a Sears Pre-school Robot Space Lab. This was a compulsive BIN a little over a week ago. I just got it yesterday and it's great, but sadly it was missing a few pieces, including 3 out of 4 arm pieces :( Still, I could not find a single reference to this piece on the web, and for now I'm happy with what I got :)
Next to that are some Star Patrol toys, probably late 70s early 80s and modeled after you-know-who. There are actually a fair few characters in the series, but none are knocked off as blatently as these guys. Next to that in the top right is a knock-off saber, late 70s. Quite common I believe. In the middle on the left is a great little watch I got last week, mainly bought for the artwork.
Smack band in the middle are some moon men! I love these guys and have been collecting them for about a year. They seem come in all kinds of different reincarnations, which I'm trying to slowly pick up. At the bottom are some usual suspects :)
Not everyone's cup of tea, I know, but I can't get enough of this stuff. I also have a bunch of sci-fi model kits that I got here in Japan but haven't had the time to photograph.
Just wanted to introduce myself and say hi. I'm John, originally from Oz but now living in Osaka, Japan. Am a newbie in this field, but now that I've caught the bug I hope to learn a lot from you guys. Yoroshiku!
My main interest is in the influence popular sci-fi franchises of the 70s and 80s had on the already popular robot and sci-fi toys leading up to then. Hence my nickname :) I'm very slowly trying to put together a website and hope to have it up sometime in 2007.
I still have a lot to learn and am still floundering a bit with the terminology so apologies if I ask any silly questions/questions that have been asked 100 times before. I have a lot of reading to do!