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#1 gernot

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 02:13 PM

During my last trip to Japan I got this cute little Robot.
It is made of plastic and obviously a simple Model Kit.

On the back it has a copyright sign and "NTV" marking.
NTV stands for Japanese TV programm Nippon Televison Network Corporation.

I am not sure but I think there has been a TV series including this Japanese robot character in the 70s but could also be dated in the early 80s.

The grey front part can be opened.

I have several versions of this robot as you can see in one picture, one Die Cast version and another one as Vinyl version.
I might have some more versions but I have to dig deep in some boxes for it later on.

The Die Cast robot features some paper numbers in the chest, so I guess this character was calculating during that show. I forgot how he was named ("Calculating Robot" ?).

I like the shape with some of the typical Robot features.

Anybody has more information or versions of this one ?

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Edited by gernot, 03 June 2012 - 02:24 PM.

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#2 Joe K.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 05:02 PM

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Character's name is Curricula Machine. The die-cast piece was made by Bullmark.
Here's the box:

http://toyboxdx.com/...machine_box.jpg

And, another vinyl version to look for:

http://www.inspire.co.jp/TARO_NTV.jpg
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Edited by Joe K., 03 June 2012 - 05:17 PM.

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#3 steve

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:30 AM

Unique find - love it!!
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#4 Electric Robot and Son

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

I really like the one on the right. The coloring gives it a steampunk look.
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Posted 05 June 2012 - 02:09 AM

WOW I love all of them !
just very cool pieces , , ,

#6 ANZinSpace

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 05:36 AM

Apparently the robot is called the Curricular Machine.

Here are a couple of sites with other examples and packaging - site 1 - site 2 - site 3

On another site it talks about

Kinoshita planned and directed animation as well as designed the characters and lightings for several TV programs such as "Curricula Machine" (NTV/ '74-'76/ educational program),


So it would seem to be early to mid-seventies for these robots.

I must admit I find myself getting interested in pre-school toys and games with a space or robot theme. I have several wooden puzzles with a space theme that are for young kids. Might be an interesting thing to collect.

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Posted 05 June 2012 - 09:32 PM

Excellent looking set of Robots.
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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:07 AM

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Character's name is Curricula Machine. The die-cast piece was made by Bullmark.
Here's the box:

http://toyboxdx.com/...machine_box.jpg

And, another vinyl version to look for:

http://www.inspire.co.jp/TARO_NTV.jpg
.


Oh MY ! A third vinyl version ? I already have problems finding out who made another one of these... see my blog

Edited by geoffreypeeters, 06 June 2012 - 12:11 AM.