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Joe K.

1957 - Piston Action Robot (Pug Robby) by Nomura

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Joe K.

See:

 

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...932&category=30

 

"Click to enlarge" the lower left hand photo.

Judging by the shades of grey of the "wrists" and chest plate, I'd say this was the silver bodied version.

 

See Morita, page 059 or Sotheby's/Griffith Catalog, page 51, item #131.

 

Also pictured is the third version of Robert the Robot by Ideal.

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Joe K.

Thanks for adding the photo, John.

The other interesting tid-bit of information is the "George G. Wagner Co." listing. This is the same importer that also carried Zoomer The Robot the year before (1956).

And, hey, how about that $2.98 price tag?!?! RETAIL no less!!!

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Joe K.

Here's another 1957 "Pug Robby" sighting from a 1957 Advance Stores Toy Catalog:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...5926886459&rd=1

See this "color" photo, specifically:

http://imagehost.vendio.com/bin/imageserve...ues/Mvc501s.jpg

What caught my eye was the description. It mentions that the control wire is 45 inches long. Can anyone confirm?

And Advance Stores were selling this robot for $2.39. The Williams (wholesale?) Catalog lists it for $2.98. Even back in '57 it paid to "shop around"!!!

Don, can you assist me here? Thanks!

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Fineas J. Whoopie

My pleasure, Joe. I just measured the cord on my Pug Robby and it's actually fifty inches long.

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Fineas J. Whoopie

Here you go. Or here it goes. The picture, I mean. :)

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robothunter

Does anyone remember ever seeing an ad for the rare first versions with the larger D-celled remotes and motorized antenna? I can't recall ever seeing an ad and wonder if these were sold only in Europe like so many other rare variations of robots. Any thoughts? Joe - have you seen an ad?

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Joe K.

One more. This time, from a purported 1958 Lack's Christmas catalog, although the cover is undated:

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/5/9/4/5/7...266944080_o.jpg

This page, specifically:

http://img.auctiva.com/imgdata/8/5/9/4/5/7...266944156_o.jpg

Note that the toy is correctly identified as Piston Action Robot.

Is that Mystery Tractor being driven by a human or robot?

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Blechroboter

One more. This time, from a purported 1958 Lack's Christmas catalog, although the cover is undated:

post-544-1243435935.jpg

This page, specifically:

post-544-1243435955.jpg

Note that the toy is correctly identified as Piston Action Robot.

Is that Mystery Tractor being driven by a human or robot?

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