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008 LASER ROBOT - DAIYA - JAPANRed lithographed tinplate friction robot. Inertia crank action. The robot has a boxy design. The head has a slightly angled face with a red plastic dome on the top. The winder on the back is turned to generate the walking action. Loose grey plastic arms. The robot has a masked or Racoon or face; a prototype is known without this mask. First seen in the 1968 Lewis Galoob Toy Catalog.

The first box has a picture of the robot destroying a city: a feature that harks back to the early robots. The later box is a plainer window box. The earliest version currently dates back to the Daiya catalog for 1967, though the face of the robot has a unique design: a target-like set of circles between the eyes.
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1.9.3 ROBOT - MAKER? - JAPANA white plastic barrel shaped robot with blue plastic feet. Battery operated. The robot has a boy-like face and carreie a walkie talkie. Red heart logo on chest. Japanese market box. 193 Maker?
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2-XL ROBOT - MEGO - USAPlastic battery op electronic robot game. Designed as an educational toy, hence "To Excel". Talking. Static games toy robot comes with a series of audio tapes.

Originally marketed in the 1980s by the Mego Toy Corporation. Later upgraded and re-introduced by Tiger Electronics in the 1990s.
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ACROBAT ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANChrome silver plastic battery op robot with tumbling action. Lighted eyes. Bump and go. The earliest sighting to date is in the "Japan 1981" catalog wher it is called the Acrobatic Robot.
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ACROBOT - TOMY - JAPANVery small plastic windup robots. The long arms produce a tumbling action. Made by Tomy for Parker.
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ACROBOT - TOMY - JAPANRepackaging of a range of small wind up plastic stepover tumbling robots by Tomy. Chrome silver. Blister carded. see Pocketbot
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ACROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op tumbling robot. Advances with walking motion and moving arms as the light in his head blinks. Adjustable arms and legs-put him in the position you want. Acrobat

There are two color variations: a darker blue version with blue feet and a lighter blue with yellow feet or red feet. Pictured are a dark blue version in a Japanese box and lighter blue in an English box.

An interesting note: the yellow feet are much larger than the red feet, presumably to improve stability. The yellow version also has a slightly different internal structure and looks as though it is a later reworking of the design.

Appears in the Yonezawa catalog for 1968. 29cm FT#25
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ACTION ROBOT - SOMA - HONG KONGIt's the huge ears missiles that give this robot its distinctive look. White plastic battery operated pedestal robot (no feet, just wheels). Shoots missiles from those head mounted launchers. There's a large stippled chest plate that has a colored light effect. Rotates. Bump and go.

Based on the Yonezawa Space Explorer design. See also the Warrior designs.
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ACTION ROBOT INVADER - HONG KONGPlastic battery op robot with rotating action, opening doors in chest and shooting guns. Black plastic with yellow hands, feet and chest detailing. This reworking of the Kamco Cosmos Robot has had a pair of missile firing ears added - the same design as seen on the Horikawa Missile Robot. 1980s
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ALADDINIO - ESTRELA - BRAZILPlastic robot with long arms. Comes in a red window box. Push along toy, the large red plastic wheels at the feet makes the antenna turn and the eyes move in an hypnotizing wavy motion. Decal detail on chest. Box?

The robot has the same basic body as Percival and Ar-Tur both by Estrela so this is probably by the same company.
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ANSWER GAME ROBOT, 3 lever - ICHIDA - JAPANThis version only has three levers. This corresponds with the original box artwork and is probably the earlier version. It appears that a fourth lever, marked A, was added later to resolve problems with lock up - it acts as a reset lever.

First sighted on the cover of the Western Auto Christmas Catalog, 1966 - it's only a line drawing, but it's there.
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ANSWER GAME ROBOT, 4 lever - ICHIDA - JAPANThe box art shows three levers. The robot depicted here has a fourth lever. The robot is often marked AMICO, the name of the distributor.
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ANSWERMAN DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGRed plastic robot with green feet and blue arms. The robot has a clear plastic head containing three colored balls. Shoots a red spinner from its head. Pulling a lever on the side turns a roller on the chest that gives a yes or no answer.

One of the Topper Ding-A-Ling series that can be motorised with the addition of a battery operated backpack. Sold in boxed clear plastic packaging.
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APOLLO 2000 - HORIKAWA FOR DURHAM - JAPANBlue and red tin battery op Attacking Martian based on Rotate-O-Matic body. Silver fly eyes, guns behind doors in chest. The box does not carry the Horikawa logo - it was made for distribution by Durham Industries. This robt has the "deep doors" - ones with a pronounced ridge.

Apollo 2000 has already been dated to 1969 in a Western Auto Christmas catalog. The Super Robot version with red eyes and more litho detailing on the doors has been sighted in 1972.

Later versions of this robot have increasing plastic content in components such as the doors.
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APOLLO 2000X WALKING ASTRONAUT - HIRO - JAPANTin and plastic wind up astronaut. Made for Mego. The legs are "solid" with a shuffling walk unlike the flat stepover style of the other Hiro robots. See Cap't Astro, which shares the same body, head, astronaut face and arms, though the spark panel has been replaced by a litho panel.
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APOLLO SPACEMAN - MORTOYS - HONG KONGThis is one of the popular robots with transparent bodies revealing visible gear mechanisms. In this case it is a plastic battery operated astronaut with orange legs, white arms and a boy's face inside a white space helmet. Walking action with turning gears and flashing lights. There are several variations of this popular design.

The visible gears consist of one large ring gear with smaller gears inside. See thru. Walks, gears turn, the head lights. Made for Mego. Date?
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APOLLO SPACEMAN VARIATIONS - MORTOYS, TAT, MEGO - HONG KONGThe range or Mortoy Robby style Apollo Space Man battery op plastic astronauts. Clear plastic with visible gears. Transparent.

There appear to be two basic styles, the difference being the pattern of fine lines emborred lines on the chest of one type, and the plain chest of the other pressing.

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AR-TUR - ESTRELA - BRAZILVery large 60cm gold plastic battery operated remote voiced controled robot.

Two versions of this huge cylindrical robot were produced: the first made a loud noise when switched on. The second version had a button on the head to turn off the sound. It's possible that the sound had proved to be too annoying. Takes four batteries.

Based on the same body pressing as Percival O Genial Robot. Date?
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ASTO-ROBOT - GAKKEN - JAPANThis is a very unusual robot. Blue plastic battery operated robot with dial details. It has a white head with red features. Red plastic cylinders on the back hold the batteries. The robot has four long arced plastic legs that descend in pairs to allow the robot to move with a shuffling motions. "Blinking light on head and two razer guns". A small yellow dome in the head lights and two recessed guns in the chest fire. The entire design is unique. Gakken produced a few space toys but this is their only robot. (so far!)
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ASTRO CAPTAIN - DAIYA - JAPANA rounded white plastic wind up astronaut with thin red plastic arms and oversized red plastic feet. A spark window is set into a blue tin chest plate. The astronaut robot has a very rounded gead with face detail behind a clear plastic visor. Wind up action with spark. The box depicts a lean, realistic astronaut, a far cry from the one in the box.
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ASTRO CAPTAIN - DAIYA FOR MEGO - JAPANBlue lithographed tinplate wind up astronaut with plastic arms. This boxy robot has a plastic spark panel in the chest and has copious litho details of oxygen tanks and control panels. Tin domed helmet with NASA wording. The tin shoulder caps also appear in yellow with black dots . A version of this wind up robot , the KV70, appears in the Daiya 1969 catalog.
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ASTRO RADAR ROBOT - MAKER? - HONG KONGSmall plastic friction drive pedestal robot with large antenna. This red plastic robot with yellow arms has a very static appearance. There's a chrome plastic chest panel and large silver rotating antenna. The selling point of this robot is its slow, long running friction motor. Window box. Hong Kong
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ASTRO SCOUT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin friction astronaut. Crank operated robot advances with walking motion. A partner of the Yonezawa X-27 Explorer. Based on a pressurised Grumman space suit (complete with large number 3 on the chest) from 1962. It's the same suit as the Moon Suit accessory pack for Matt Mason. Originals have Y logo Made in Japan printed below the 3 chest panel.

Serial 3192. Frankonia importer.

No firm date yet, but early 1960s.
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ASTROID ROBOT - DURHAM INDUSTRIES - HONG KONGPlastic wind up Zeroid clone. One of the Sidewinder series. Rotating head and movable arms. Carded.

This is a simplified version of the original Zeroid line.
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ASTROID WALKING ROBOT - ASTROIDS SERIES - TARHEELSmall green and yellow plastic wind up robot. V shape molded into the chest. Protruding eyes. Large chrome plastic rotating antenna. Part of the Astroids range. Tarheel is the importer. Sold in a plastic display box.
The design is based on the KY Radar Robot
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ASTROMAN - DUX - W GERMANYAn early classic plastic battery operated remote control robot. 1959. Advances with walking motion with a light in the chest. Functions include bending over, opening and closing arms. West Germany.

The transparent green plastic components are attached to the metal chassis. The head is made of a luminous plastic. The plastic antenna is notoriously fragile. Components, particularly the clear plastic dome, are inclined to distort.

The German patent for this toy was issued in 1959. The original design was for a kit robot, designed so children could take it apart. The motor was a normal wind-up, the body, arms and legs were made in plastic.

At the 1960 Toy Fair in N├╝rnberg the robot appeared and was a flop: too expensive and too complex. The designer, Herr. Knoch made only 200 pieces. Later he made the now familiar design in plastic and this was a bestseller.

Anecdotally the robot was received as a present in 1960 but the first firm dating is in a Dux catalog for 1962.

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ASTROMAN - NOMURA - JAPANTin and plastic windup astronaut. Advances with walking motion and sparking backpack. It was intended to be a knock off of the spaceman from "2001, A Space Odyssey"; the box art of Nomura's Walking Astroman with Sparks shows a fairly serious looking astronaut and it is in fact a direct copy of a famous still from Kubrik's film. The background has changed but the pose is distinctive.

Nomura decided, however, to base the design on the existing body of a wind up Tetsujin #28 and the result is an inflated comical looking astronaut with an oversized head. The Tetsujin litho has had a total overhall and there's an authentic plastic helmet with an astronaut's face. The rest is, however, the same, right down to the studded collar, cuffs and clenched rubber hands of T #28. The result is that it's fatter and misproportioned in comparison with the box illustration.

The action is unmodified: a switch in the chest starts him walking while a spark mechanism operates. This astronaut has been reproduced and new colors have been introduced.

On the right is the inspiration for the Nomura Astroman, "2001, A Space Odyssey". The artwork is an almost exact copy of the movie still.
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ASTRON ROBOT - SOMA - HONG KONGThe name is the most unusual feature of this robot but it is a reissue of a standard Horikawa based rotating astronaut. Black plastic battery operated astronaut. Opening chest doors and shooting guns. Rotates. Note the creases at the knee instead of the usual molded ball joint. Cheap rotate-o-matic design. Attacking Martian style.
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ASTRONAUT - FRICTION TETSUJIN STYLE - HONG KONGA delightful plastic astronaut from Hong Kong. The figure is based on a Tetsujin T28 style astronaut. He lies flat with wheels in his chest, arms extended with old fashioned pistols in each hand. On his back is a chrome jet pack and there's a Jetson style antenna on his head. Friction action. The astronaut comes dismantled in a small colorful box. Seen in red and blue versions.
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ASTRONAUT ROBOT - LUCKY STAR - TAIWANThe distinguishing feature of this robot is its garish pink and blue color scheme. This is a plastic and tin battery operated Attacking Martian robot, though the box calls it an astronaut. Rotates, shooting guns behind opening doors in chest. Decal detailing. Dated 1992 on box.
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ASTRONAUT WITH RAZER - NOGUCHI - JAPANThere's a dramatic mismatch between the slender astronaut 2001 Space Odyssey style astronaut on the box and the jolly fat astronaut inside. If you look closely you'll see the "Astronout" misspelling on box. Tin wind up astronaut with spark panel and paddle feet. No antenna. "Lego" style Noguchi spark window set into the chest. Inflated Michelin Man look. Based on 'W' or Tobor style.
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ASTRONAUT, BLUE VERSION - DAIYA - JAPANReferred to as the Daiya Astronaut, in preference to the other astronauts by Daiya. Tin battery op. Early 1960s. (Blue version does not have the Cragstan logo). Advances with walking motion. He stops, raises his gun with lighted end and simulated firing sound and repeats the action. This is a particularly bulky tin toy. It was made in two color versions, red and blue. Besides the base color difference, the red version has slightly different litho detailing and carries the Cragstan logo.

The blue version appeared in Higbee's Toys Catalog for 1966, currently the first sighting.

Versions with vinyl child heads were also released.
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ASTRONAUTA - MAKER? - SPAIN(Left) Tin and plastic astronaut with stepover feet. Vinyl heads. Based on the Japanese Mechanical Walking Space Patrol by Tomiyama (right).
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ATLAS EL ROBOT DEL ESPACIO HOPPING ROBOT- V2 - ARGENTINAA reissue of the Yone Mighty Robot Carrying Apollo. It's name translates as "Space Robot". The small lithographed tin and plastic hopping robot is pulling along a vinyl rocket with more paper decals than the original. The maker's logo is V2. Argentina.
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ATOM ROBOT - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up/inertia crank action skirted robot. Bump and go mystery action. Loose swinging arms. There are two distinct body variations, one with a silver color and one is silver blue. In addition the are two eye colors: red eye and yellow eye. There is possibly also a green eye.
An example has been found with what looks like a possible sound clicker mechanism inside, but no working version has yet been established. The first sighting is in Western Auto Christmas Catalog for 1964.
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ATOMIC ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANTin and plastic wind up robot. Known as the Rotational Robot because of the distinctive turning of the top half of the body. The robot waddles as pins extend from the base. It has loose plastic arms. Two guns are attached to the shoulders. A slot in the chest serves no purpose, but the box art suggests it is a death ray. There is an odd skull-like face beneath the outer head structure. Pin-foot

The Atom Robot first appeared in the Yonezawa catalog for 1968 where it is described as a new item with the item number 819.
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ATOMIC ROBOT MAN - CK? - JAPANOccupied Japan, though the box does not carry the wording. Tin wind up robot with pin feet. The first post-war robot. Two versions exist: a tin arm version (1) and one with cast metal arms (2). There are color variations (3) but these may reflect the vagaries of tinplate lithography rather than intentional releases. The brown color can vary between a rich nut brown and the more familiar grey-brown. Fading of the paint can also lead to supposed variations, often with a greenish hue.

The first sighting is the Miles Kimball catalog for 1949. The tin arm version is pictured in the 1949 catalog. A cast arm version was available at the New York Science Fiction Conference in 1950. (4) It was stamped on the back with details of the conference.

One version of the box carries the 1949 date (5). The maker has not been established yet though the CK company is a strong contender. This robot bears a stylistic similarity to the pre-war Lilliput robot. The lozenge shoes, the pin feet and the lithographic detailing have prompted speculation about the connection between them.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe more common small / ordinary sized head on a 9 inch tin and plastic battery op fly eye robot. Distinctive gold litho on the fromt chest panel. Robot walks forward, stops then fires lit up guns which pop out from chest. Straight legs. Second generation.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe three color variations: brown, silver and gold. Gold is the least common. Brown is the most common. First generation. Red box with descending Martians.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN ASTRONAUT VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a silver astronaut version of the original classic large tin battery operated Attacking Martian. It has the identical action: walking, opening doors, firing guns and flashing lights. The box art is a powerful depiction of the robots attacking.

The astronaut version in brown was also sold as the Space Patrol: the box is identical except for the wording.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN BIG HEAD- HORIKAWA- JAPANThe "big head" version of the small 9 inch tin and plastic fly eye robot. The body has slightly different litho. The head is appreciably larger with red fly eyes. This head is unusual in that it is plastic with a tin face which is held on with screws. It is no bigger than the 11" Attacking martian but looks oversized on the smaller Attacking Martian. Robot walks forward, stops then fires lit up guns which pop out from chest. Straight legs (they don't narrow at the top).
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ATTACKING MARTIAN GOLD , TELSALDA BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANMade in Japan by Horikawa trademark 'SH', 1960's first version all tin plate in gold. Battery operated walking action, chest doors open and two cannons pop out flashing with gun noise. This particular one came in a box with a 'Telsalda' importers label on the lid, who are better known for importing plastic toys and general items into the UK from Hong Kong. - 29cm FT#24
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ATTACKING MARTIAN LIGHTED EYE MEDALLION VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op with fly eyes and firing guns behind opening chest doors. This version has red fly eyes that light uo. This Attacking Martian has distinctive circular decorations (medallions) on the door instead of the green plastic windows. The box art is a later type depicting a giant robot being attacked by jet planes.

This body top was used as the basis (or vice versa) of the Space Commander Tank Robot.
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ATTACKING MARTIAN LONG ARM MEDALLION VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin battery op with fly eyes and firing guns behind opening chest doors. Featuring in the Aldens 1971 catalog where it is called the Mighty Mechanical Walking Robot. The original Attacking Martian has had some changes: long plastic arms and distinctive circular decorations on the door instead of the green plastic windows. The Aldens catalog version shows a robot with the more usual closed tin arms, not the open Busy Cart arms seen here.

This body top was used as the basis (or vice versa?) of the Space Commander Tank Robot.

Are the arms original? Box details?
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