A Big Monument..
Posted 02 November 2008 - 06:19 PM
I couldnīt find those bots in the Database. So itīs time to build a monument for them
They are marked with "Tomy 1977 Taiwan" and called "Star Robot"
These two cute bots I bought in 1978. It was my beginning of robot collecting,
only to stop a few years later unlike Gernot. And began again collecting three years ago.
I remember well where I made that bargain. In the toyshop at my former hometown.
Than I visited my mother two weeks ago, I also visited the still existing toyshop.
Found a blue version called "Rascal Robot". Marked "Tomy" and "Made in China"
Really a strange thing. I felt like 30 years ago. T-H-I-R-T-Y ! Y-E-A-R-S!!!
Some small differences between the old and new version. Notice the white knobs.
Also the new bot has 3 small screws. One in the middle of the heads back. Two near the legs.
Tomy made complete new forms of the bot. Caution: some bots are bad walkers.
The question is: Are they copies, retros or what?
What a topsyturvydom
Es kracht und zischt, der Roboter macht nischt. Er kam vom Mars, und das warīs!
Posted 02 November 2008 - 06:52 PM
I don't think they're reproductions or anything like that. They never really seemed to go out of production, so I think they're just part of a loooooong line of Tomy robots. They'll probably be made right up until the day the world ends.
Nice photos, Klaus!
Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:29 PM
The second pic shows the foot stampings of the Japan version, Taiwan, and USA. I like to think that the USA version was actually made in the states.
The third pic shows the second generation Chinese versions. The first came glued togeter but the newer Chinese bots were assembled with screws so all you need to do is pop off the dome and then you can make the front row robots which allows you to make the total chrome and gold robots with the clear dome (see pic 4).
The newest one is not really made by Tomy, it can be found in party and gift shops in the bins of wind-up animals and vehicles. This blue robot is marked licensed by Tomy (pic 5).
Two of my favorites are the white plastic and gray plastic versions. These came out during the 80's along with dingbot, omnibot etc. These are in the top left corner of my family shot, the gray one is carded (pic 6).
There are other versions out there and I think I have had some from Singapore at some time, and oh yeah, there is a black bodied one with orange accents that I don't have yet.
Edited by plasticaugie, 02 November 2008 - 11:53 PM.
Posted 03 November 2008 - 06:59 PM
Posted 03 November 2008 - 07:27 PM
The grey one I have that is carded is marked pocket bots. Let's see the robothut's collection of these little guys.
Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:49 PM
The small tiny robots getting more and more attention here on the board.
All or most of the the "big" robots are known, cataloged and priced.
The world of small robots is still a wide open field where you still can find new items or versions or variations you have never before recognized.
Sometimes is the little things in life, that counts (too).
More, more please !
Edited by gernot, 03 November 2008 - 11:50 PM.
Posted 04 November 2008 - 02:03 AM