ROBOTER 700 - AUGUST KNOCH
Posted 24 June 2005 - 04:46 PM
This toy was made by a US company that made millions of toys
in the 50's. As their name states, Metalware made mostly metal
toys, maybe this departure to plastic occured near the end of
their existance. This was why there were so few Wyandotte robot
dogs. BTW, there's currently a metalware catalog up for sale on
eBay, but there's apparently no date on it...
Posted 05 May 2007 - 11:31 AM
A robot collector found that Robot in the box on a fleamarket in Germany about 3 years ago (I have seen the piece myself, incredible). He was very interested about the history of that Robot and was lucky to find a connection to an old German toy manufacturer in a city named Coburg near the old frontier to east germany, famous for old toy companies. He even found the place of the old factory and made his way to the son of the factory owner.
The company just had been closed after a fire in the early 90s ! I do not know the name of the company but they mainly made small cheap puppets. The son told him, that as far as he knew in the early 60s (1960-61) the idea was born to make a robot to make some more money. (Maybe the have seen DUX Astroman before) They produced about 100 pieces to advertise them on main toy fairs like Nurnberg toy fair in Germany. The feedback to the robot or the order during that fair must have been so bad that they never went in production with this robot. The company just ended their business in the mid 90s after that fire and believe it or not, threw away many samples of the Robot box recently.
The Robot is so rare that even in Germany most collectors and dealers do not know of his existence. The Robot itself is about 25 cm high (10 inches) it’s a wind up and fully made of plastic.Simply fantastic. There is no other function than walking (with rough full leg movement). The Antenna has a unique shape and is as fragile as the one from DUX Astroman.
That's the story behind ROBOTER 700.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:39 PM
Edited by Sparkrobot, 30 June 2008 - 08:45 PM.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time,like tears in rain.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 08:57 PM
The image I found lurking on my computer.
Edited by MetalRobotHead, 30 June 2008 - 08:58 PM.
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:29 PM
congratulations D i read lots of of time you wanted it really really and was looking a long time!
who were the other bidders? any belgians maybe?? first I thought it would go there...
Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:33 PM
Keeper of the Waterloo's Robot Mansion