I have an original silver mechanized robot that no longer works. The motor belt was replaced several years ago along with a repair to one of the battery compartments, so that it worked okay for awhile. Also, someone may have repainted the lower quarter of an inch or so above the feet (I'm not sure if it was, just that it looks retouched). Definitely an original as it has the smooth round knobs on the battery doors that I believe only original silver mechanized robots have. Also, one of the battery doors does not snap shut. Anyway, is this worth restoring to working condition?
Recently, I put fresh alkaline batteries in one of my repro Mechanized Robots to check how badly those nylon gears were slipping. I let this one run a bit longer than usual and noticed it appeared to be running faster and faster
(meaning the little shuffle it would do trying to walk and the speed of the pistons moving up and down and rings turning). Just when I decided it was running way too fast and went to turn it off, the motor jammed and it stopped. Anyone ever experience this? Were the batteries too strong even for the Osaka repro?
That was my thought too when I saw it. Also, I believe some of the BATMAN 1966
Asian movie posters (there was a movie version of the TV show released in 1966) showed Batman with a red instead of the correct bluish-grey suit. I wonder what other minuscule variations of classic robots never made it out of Asia?
Over on BAT-BLOG.com, a toy collector's collection from Thailand ("Bat-Cat") was featured a few times and the items of particular interest were his Nomura Batman Robots, two of which are variations I have never seen before:
Yes, a RED Nomura Batman Robot, as well as one with a big
smile. The Thailand collector believes the red Nomura Batman
may be the only one in existence. So, is it a prototype? A custom? Anyone know? I sure don't!
Check the link below:
I am not particularly pro-USPS either. I've had items lost/damaged when shipped via Parcel Post
and media mail. But I have never had a problem with Priority Mail. Always received quickly and
in good shape. Of course, if a seller packs poorly, then you risk damage/lost with any
In my humble 26 years of collecting, I have found the Post Office's Priority Mail to be the fastest,
safest way to ship. I have never lost anything with Priority Mail. UPS, on the other hand, has
LOST or misdelivered at least a dozen packages that I can recall over the years. Sometimes the
seller gives me no choice and UPS is the only way. But whenever possible, Priority Mail is the
way to go. And by the way, I am not now nor have I ever been a Post Office employee.
John Rigg made a run of smaller, metal versions of the "Forgotten Planet Robot" a few years ago similiar to his Trendmasters 10" plastic version. Below is the metal wired Forgotten Planet Robot next to Robot Island's "1-i". Amazing resemblance, don't you think?
Who knew they had plastic gears at the time? We (at least I did) thought OTTI Mechanized Robot was to
be more reliable than the original. After all, they did away with the rubber belt and used a metal
rod instead. So they had to be better. Ha Ha.
The group of Mechanized Robots that failed on me date from 1992. The last time I checked the whole group
was in 2008 and they all worked fine. The recheck was just the past week and, as I said, none of them
walked. For at least the first 16 years they were able to walk, and at some point after that they
became crippled. I have a second nicked plated Mechanized Robot from the same run that was not able to walk
when I tested it last year in 2009. Just tested a black one made in 2001 that works fine. So I guess
if you have one newer than 16 years, you'll be okay for a while. I guess there must be other factors,
like having them lieing down in the box, probably altering the stress on it's gears, or perhaps
variations in humidity and temperature. But in the End, they are crippled-bots.
Thank you very much John. You always go above and beyond to find an answer. The repair is labor intensive and a doubt OTTI will repair robots made 17-18 or more years ago. It amazes me that these robots are cared for very carefully by collectors and they still disintegrate sitting on the shelf.