ALPHADROME ROBOT AND SPACE TOY DATABASE

Toy Robots and Space Toys
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SPACE CONTROL GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is a copy of the Pyro gun but it does not have the small fin on the top. (It's possible that this catalog photo is not an accurate representation of the gun)

5" (12.5cm) hard plastic clicker gun with distinctive futuristic styling. Available in a range of colors. The wording SPACE CONTROL is molded into the side along with stars and Saturn. The handle has a backward sweep, there is plenty of rib detailing but according to the photo there is no tiny fin above the trigger.

This gun appears in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.
Jul 21, 2013
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WASSERSPRITZPISTOLE SPACE WATER PISTOL - GEOBRA - W GERMANYA transparent plastic space water pistol. This gun is based on the Rex Mars Planet Patrol by Marx. It also has features seen on the Mars water gun by Mak's, H.K. The gun has a classic shape with with rings on the barrel, fins on the muzzle and lines on the body. A small telescopic sight is mounted at the back.

Picture? Box? This gun features in the Geobra 1957 catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
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SIREN GUN - RELIABLE - CANADAThis is the same gun as the Man O Mars Screech Gun by Ideal. It is not clear if this is one of Reliable's own creations or a resale of the Ideal model. A version with a Reliable logo has not been identified.

A futuristic style hard plastic space gun. There's a distinctive cylindrical structure on the top which holds the friction driven siren mechanism 7" Produced in several colors. Sold in trade boxes.

First sighting in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog.
Jul 21, 2013
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ATOMIC WATER GUN (BICYCLE WATER PISTOL) - RELIABLE PLASTICS CO - CANADAA hard plastic brass tipped space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. The gun has a ball lever extending down in front of the trigger. This would fit into a clamp and allow the gun to be fixed to a bicycle's handlebars. There is an R in a circle molded into the side. There are several color versions.

First sighting is currently in the 1954 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. The gun is an adaptation of the Atomic Water Pistol that came out the year before. Sold in a polythene bag with a header card.
Jul 21, 2013
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ATOMIC WATER PISTOL - RELIABLE - CANADAA hard plastic space water gun, a cross between a pistol and a more classic shape with rings on the muzzle and ribs on the side. 8" 16cm . This gun has a small enclosed trigger. There is an R in a circle molded into the side and black detailing of parts. There are several color versions. Box? Packaging?

First sighting is currently in the 1953 Reliable Plastic Toy catalog. Sold in trade boxes.

Jul 20, 2013
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DINO ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBy any standards this is a classic robot. At first sight this is a large, boxy tin and plastic black-brown battery operated robot with a little litho detailing. As soon as it is switched on, however, it undergoes an impressive transformation as the head spits in two to reveal a lighted, roaring dinosaur head. The heads snap shut, and the robot walks on. The transformation had been attempted before but never with such success or with such an unlikely subject. It is a design that has been much copied but never bettered. 11" 28cm No firm date yet, but around 1970.

This has been reproduced in the original colors and in green. Reproductions have a serial number stamped into the plastic head shells. In addition the plastic heads have a distinctive molding line running around the eyes and mouth. Reproductions do not have this.
Jul 20, 2013
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ROBOT RO-2 BUCKET HEAD - MLADOST - BULGARIAOne of three versions of the plastic battery operated stepover robot from Bulgaria. The robot is made of a variety of colors of plastic. The three robots have several parts in common. 7" (17cm) Bulgarian, Soviet, Made by Mladost. 1980s

This robot has distinctive arched feet and the conical head.

The three robots have no specific names and are usually referred to as Cyclops, Bucket Head and Big Ears. They were sold in a generic picture box or window box.

Eastern Europe
Jul 20, 2013
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ULTRA ACE SPACE GUN - TOMY - JAPANThis is a variation of the Siren Stan for the Japanese market. Blue and white plastic flashlight raygun with siren. Window box with Ultraman graphics. The Tomy trademark is molded into the side of the gun. There's also a cord or lanyard attached to the handle. There is a light at the top front of the gun. Tomy also released the Ziro-Zip version of this gun.Jul 19, 2013
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MAGIC RAY GUN - MAKER? - HONG KONGAnother version of the Magic Gun but without the red light in the sight, and with a siren. This gun has a dial set into the bottom of the handle. The box has a Morse Code guide. Probably made by W in a Circle logo company.

Black plastic battery operated flashlight space gun. Red plastic lens housing and a large red plastic rocket shaped sight. White knob on side. Comes in a shaped box.

Space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. Without fins.

The first sighting so far is in the 1969 M.W. Kasch Distributor Catalog
Jul 18, 2013
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GOLDEN PLASTIC SPACE GUN - GOLDEN PLASTIC - ITALYA hard plastic space gun based on the BSM Space Outlaw design. Shoots darts. 13" 17cm Marked Golden Plastic Milano Date? These guns came on cards with colorful space graphics.
Jul 18, 2013
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PILOTO DEL ESPACIO REVOLVER SUPER SONICO - SH - ARGENTINAThis is an Argentinian release of the English Space Pilot 3-Colour Super-Sonic Gun by Merit. The big difference is the silver grey color of the plastic. The box is also a straight copy with just a translation of the wording. Grey plastic space gun with flared red plastic lens assembly. Battery operated flashlight with three color lens. The gun has a distinctive red rocket shaped telescopic sight. There are also plastic rocket shaped attachments on either side. Plastic prongs at the back of the barrel. The box attributes many spurious functions to various moldings on the toy. SH Logo.

Argentine space gun based on the Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Super Sonic Ray.
Jul 18, 2013
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ROBOTINA - JEFE - SPAINThis is the female counterpart of Jefe's Robotino. Extremely large (23 inch) plastic battery operated remote control. The light blue dome shaped robot combines head and body in one piece. There's a sort of face consisting of a grille and a pair of eyes. It stands on substantial red legs. The robot has various accessories to drive home its female character: apron, cap etc. The ears are particularly unusual cross shaped designs.

Jugetes Espaciales written on the remote. The remote control has 4 buttons, 2 green and 2 red. The green button makes one set of wheels move and the eyes light. The red buttons make the wheels move backwards. The hands can be opened and closed by a lever. Spain. There is as yet no firm date for this robot.
Jul 15, 2013
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ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE JUNIOR - MAKER? - FRANCEThis is a French copy of the Stevens Jet Junior Space Cap Gun. Silver metal cap firing gun, 6" 15cm long. The left grip swings away to reveal the cap chamber.

The box title makes ambitious claims about the electronic. It is the same box as the one for the other version of this gun.
Jul 10, 2013
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SENSACIONAL PISTOLA LANZA BOLAS - MAKER? - SPAINA yellow plastic space gun. The name translates as Sensational Ball Shooting Gun. The gun has a magazine on the top that accepts a number of the plastic balls and a hinged red end cap holds them in place. The balls drop into a flared muzzle and a spring loaded mechanism allows them to be fired. The box has particularly attractive vintage space graphics of rockets and flying saucers flying over a space landscape.Maker? Date? Jul 10, 2013
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LE PISTOLET COSMIC - JADALI - FRANCESpace graphics just don't come better than on this French Cosmic Gun. Black plastic raygun with a large bulbous red plastic lens housing on the end of the barrel. This contains red and green filters to alter the color of the beam. Red telescopic sight. Two sets of jagged fins are molded into the barrel. Rayon Sideral "Cosmic" is molded into the side. A belt clip hole is molded into the handle.

There is a version with a yellow lens molding.

Battery operated flashlight action. Based on the Buck Rogers Sonic Ray Gun. Norton-Honer Buck Rogers Sonic Ray. The closest gun to this one is the Lone Star Sonic Beam Gun: it employs the same double set of fins on the barrel, giving a sawtooth appearance.
Jul 10, 2013
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MASTER FLYING LA SUPERPERFORADORA DEL ESPACIO - GEYPER - SPAINA delightful and unique combination of flying saucer and space gun. The gun comprises a circular plastic flying saucer with a central dome. Inside are two astronauts and antennas. The saucer has a plastic handle attached to the base so that it can be held in the hand. The saucer has two large engines which accept spring loaded spinners. Seen in grey and light blue versions. The box has Dan Dare inspired artwork which adds to its charm. Geyper's advertising dates this to 1954-6. Superperforadora translates loosely as "Super Punch".Jul 10, 2013
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ATOMIC INTERPLANETAIRE - FRANCELe Pistolet Atomic. L'Atomic Interplanétaire. Le pistolet électronique moderne a ailerons. This is an 8" 20cm diecast cap firing space gun with rings on the barrel, side fin and a basic telescopic sight. It is a copy of the Stevens Space Police Neutron Blaster cap gun, but this one is in gold and it lacks the sight on the barrel tip. The casting is rather crude. The ailerons are fins. The box is the same as used for the Junior version. It claims that the gun is electronic but this is clearly not the case.

Silver die-cast metal cap firing gun. 8 ins long.
Jul 10, 2013
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SATELLITE GUN - US PLASTICS CO - USAThis is an ambitious variation of the traditional flying spinner gun. The yellow and red plastic space gun has a double action. In the first instance a very large plastic spinner is attached to the top of the gun and a pull on a string sends it into the air. Then a standard spring loaded spinner attached to the front of the gun can aimed at the target. U.S. Plastic Co., Pasadena, CA.

Currently the earliest sighting is in the Weyland Store Toy Fair catalog for 1959.
Jul 08, 2013
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UNIVERSE TELEVIBOAT ME777 - CHINAThis is a substantial and ambitious Chinese rocket ship. The 13" 33cm tin lithographed rocket, the one that forms the basis of the Rocket Racer 7, has a large tail fin with a lighted rocket engine at the top. There are additional red lights fitted to the ends of the side wings. A large tin astronaut with a blue vinyl head is fixed on top and he holds a TV camera. Television Boat. Bump and go battery operated action with noise and flashing lights. The rocket stops, the astronaut operates the camera, then the action repeats. ME-777? Judging by the number that survive this was a popular toy.Jul 08, 2013
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EAGLE FRICTION TOY (LUNAR LANDER) - ASAHI - JAPANThis Apollo lunar lander module is a combination of vinyl and tin. The base is lithographed blue and red tin with simple wires for legs; they are tipped with red plastic feet. A US flag is printed on the side.The upper module is blue vinyl with a couple of red plastic engines and a small red dish antenna. Paper NASA decals. c1969. 9" 22cm tall. Friction action.Jul 08, 2013
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PISTOLA OVNI ESPACIAL (UFO SPACE GUN) - JYESA - SPAINLarge green and white plastic space gun with a chrome silver front cover. Battery powered with siren. Based on the Lincoln Siren Stan design but with the telescopic sight removed. Jyesa have been rather careless in that they have reused the box art for the lighted version despite the fact that there is no light. The artwork shows a red light on the top but this is not present on the actual gun: there's a hole but no wiring. You can see that a light would prevent the toy from fitting into its display tray.

This gun was also sold with the red light feature as the Pistola Spacial Luminosa.

This is the same gun as the Lincoln Siren Stan, though the sight has been removed.
Jul 08, 2013
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FLASH RAY GUN - MAKER? - USAThis is a simple pistol shaped aluminum flashlight gun but in the 1950 Miles Kimball catalog it is described as a ray gun emitting "Death rays to Buck Rogers fans", in the words of the advertisement. 5.5" 14cm Battery operated flashlight action. very basic tubular barrel with the same screw cap fittings on the light retainer at he front and battery compartment at the rear. Maker? Box?

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Jul 06, 2013
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ATOMIC ROCKET WITH PROP - MASUDAYA - JAPANA white, red and blue lithographed tin friction rocket. The three wheeled rocket has the classic three rear fins design. The fins extend beyond the end of the body. There is minimal detailing, notably a blue lightning flash on the tail.

The distinctive feature of the rocket is the spinner launch action. See Satellite Launcher Rocket.

This rocket shares the same box as the Atomic Rocket with Prop X201.
Jul 02, 2013
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RIDE-A-ROCKET ROCKET RIDE #260 - CHEIN - USAA reworking of Chein's Space Ride #265 with the emphasis on a carnival clown theme rather than space. 9" light blue lithographed tin lever action space carousel ride with four rockets. This carousel has a round base, a round central cylindrical column and a domed canopy, all covered in fairground images. Four vintage fairground style rockets with different litho detailing, each hangs from a metal rod. Litho rider detail. The toy uses a simple spring activated lever. The musical component is a simple plin-plonk noise.Jun 26, 2013
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ROBOT UFO - DURHAM INDUSTRIES - HONG KONGBlue plastic battery operated robot. Distinctive cylindrical body with a decal decoration applied. The vinyl head has a Japanese Shogun style head. This is a reworking of the Robot 2500. Plastic battery operated robot walks with 'heart' flashing on chest and one lighting eye. Natural walking motion with arms and legs moving together. 25cm. Durham are the US importers.
Jun 25, 2013
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STAR TREK JET DISK TRACER-SCOPE - RAYLINE PLASTICS - USAGold plastic space rifle with white handle. The machine pistol design has a short telescopic sight with sighting ring on the barrel. Shoots a number of small plastic disks. Blister card mounted, Star Trek graphics. Date?Jun 23, 2013
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SATELLITE ORBITING EARTH - GNK - WEST GERMANYA tin and plastic toy depicting a rocket orbiting the Earth. The base of the toy is a white plastic cone containing a clockwork motor. A globe of the Earth is attached and rotates on a spindle. A rocket on a wire in turn orbits the Earth. The rocket has an image of a dog, a clear reference to Leica, set inside. The box has space graphics but has no wording other than the initials GNK. Wind up. Height 11cmJun 22, 2013
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NIKE SAM-A7 SPACE ROCKET - MASUYA - JAPANWhite plane style in friction rocket with red and yellow detailing This cockpit with litho pilot. Three fins. In the nose is a striker pin which, on impact, releases an arm that enables the rocket to stand up. Marked NIKE SAM-A7 US Army. Masuya Jupiter-Nike rocket.Jun 21, 2013
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MECHANICAL ROCKET U-2 - PRIFTIS - GREECEMetallic blue and red lithographed friction powered tinplate Space Rocket. The rocket has a red plastic canopy with pilot inside. At the back is a cylindrical yellow plastic structure with three fins. Runs on wide plastic wheels. Friction action with noise and spark. Pi Logo. There are several litho versions of this rocket including the lower one with the elaborate exhaust litho. The maker Ananiades has also been suggested.

Jun 18, 2013
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KING SPACE GUN - JAPANEarly small black painted tinplate space gun. Angular pistol shape with a rocket molded into the side with the word KING. 1950s. Water pistol. Probably sold in trade counter boxes. Maker?Jun 17, 2013
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SPARKLING SPACE RANGER L-5776 - SI - JAPANMetallic blue red and yellow lithographed tin friction rocket. 7 inches. Circa 1950's. Three red tail fins, one marked L-5776. The space rocket has a lithographed canopy and pilot. A variation exists marked X-36 on tail fin. Long tailfins extend well behind the exhaust. Friction action with spark and noise. The significance of the serial number and reason for the variation is not known. SI in a Diamond logo.

Probably shipped in the same box as the X-36 which carries no markings on the artwork.
Jun 16, 2013
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MISTER SCREWBALL JR - FRANKONIA - HONG KONGThis is a novel multicolored wind up plastic robot. It is a play on the expression "Screwball", literally a yellow ball shaped robot into which bolts can be screwed. The mechanism and function is also the same, you turn the screw on top of the big bolt and Mr. Screwball starts to wobble forward, more a short shaking action than walking.

The quality of this toy is a bit worse than the Nuts N Bolts Robots version, which is far better designed and produced. The bolts do not really fit well in the holes and are easiliy destroyed if you do not act with care. This might be a reason why so few of this toy have survived.

1967 is written in Roman numerals on the box. , so this toy is actually the predecessor/forerunner of the Nuts N Bolts Robots, which was made in 1969.

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Jun 13, 2013
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ATOMICO SPACE GUN - SPAINPlastic space gun with simple clicker action. This is based on the Pyro Space Control Gun though the muzzle is much larger than the Pyro. Marked ATOMICO on one side but with no maker's mark. Available in a wide range of colors, some with hand painted detailing. Maker? Box? The same gun was also produced in Argentina. 5" (13cm)
Jun 11, 2013
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SPACE GUN WITH TELESCOPIC SIGHT - MAKER? - USAThis hard plastic clicker space gun is clearly influenced by the Pyro Space Control Gun but significantly different; the breech is cylindrical, there's a large telescopic sight on the top and the molded details include a rocket. Details? Maker? 5in 14cm. Seen in a range of colors. Box? Packaging?

There is a Hong Kong version of the gun marked 555 on the handle. It has a different trigger design.
Jun 11, 2013
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FLYING AIR FORCE JEEP - DAITA - JAPANMetallic blue lithographed tinplate hovercraft style space jeep. 7" 18cm The jeep has two fans set into the body. A detachable plastic spinner fits over the front fan and flies off when the toy is pushed. On the box art the spinner is shown as a torus space station. Two tin astronaut pilots sit in the middle behind a clear plastic windshield. Marked AIR.FORCE on the sides. See the Daita X-3 version of this jeep. Friction action. Date?Jun 10, 2013
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RADAR TANK - MASUDAYA - JAPANThis is not the most impressive of Masudaya's space tanks. The base is the familiar metallic blue lithographed tin with track detailing. There's litho track and oxygen tank detailing. Apart from that there's not too much to inspire. There's a orange plastic lighted dome at the front and a large plastic dish antenna is mounted on top. The main appeal lies in the non-fall action which allows the tank to move precariously around a table top.

Battery operated non fall action with rotating antenna and flashing light. Date? nonfall
Jun 10, 2013
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LUNAR MODULE COMMAND SHIP - JUNIOR TOY - JAPANA plastic blastic battery operated lunar lander. The lander has a cream colored base with an orange plastic module on top. Tin litho panels are set into the sides. A red plastic "'engine' joins the two components. Two plastic dish antennas on top. Bump and go action with noise and flashing lights. The module raises and rotates with flashing light. The subject suggests a 1969 date. Jun 10, 2013
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SPACE PATROL CAR - BANDAI - JAPANFuturistic silver battery operated space car. The 12 inch open top sports car has two white plastic astronaut drivers, each behind a small plastic windscreen. The back of the car has a red plastic engine cover. A rotating red plastic antenna is positioned in the center of the hood. Two small machine guns are fitted to the front headlamp positions. Bump and go action with noise, rotating antenna and flashing visible engine.

This toy is featured in the 1968 Bandai catalog.
Jun 09, 2013
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SUPER SONIC SPACE ROCKET BATTERY OPERATED VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANBlue lithographed battery operated tinplate space rocket with two large rocket engines with tailfins mounted on either side of a central fuselage. The litho shows copious star detailing. There is a large red plastic engine at the back of the body and smaller green plastic covers on the engines. A pilot head is mounted inside a central tin canopy with clear windscreen. Marked S-301 on the fins. Battery operated bump and go action with rotating rear engine and flashing lights. S S SPACE ROCKET SUPER SONIC SPACE ROCKET S301 See also the friction operated version of this rocket with the abbreviated name. Date?Jun 07, 2013
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PLANET EXPLORER X-80 - RTC RAJA TOY COMPANY - INDIA This is a copy of the Masudaya X-80 original. Silver and blue lithographed tin battery operated flying saucer. Blue triangular shapes surround the central white plastic dome. Large litho detailing of astronauts space walking on the top. Bump and go mystery action with noise and lighted color dome. Marked X-80 Planet Explorer. The box is predominantly blue rather than the green of the original, and there are a few details that differ. Date? AsiaJun 07, 2013
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TINA FLYING SAUCER X-7 - TINA - INDIALithographed tinplate battery operated flying saucer with a distinctive ribbed plastic dome. Bump and go action with flashing lights. Bump and go action with sound and flashing ring of colored lights, and color effect under the dome. This is a copy of the Masudaya original. Marked Tina Flying Saucer. AsiaJun 07, 2013
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ZAP GUN - MEGO - HONG KONGClear plastic gun with red plastic barrel. Visible motor. Friction sparking action. A Mego release of the KO Yoshiya Junior Jet Ray Gun. Three gear version.Jun 06, 2013
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LA LUNE EXPLORATEUR - HONG KONGFrench market box variation of the plastic battery op version of the original Horikawa astronaut. Cheap and flimsy construction. Hong Kong Jun 06, 2013
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MECHANIC ROBOT ENGLISH BOX - YONEZAWA - JAPANBrown/black tinplate battery operated robot. Walks forward while bright light swirls around inside chest lighting up clear lights around edge. Gears spin continuously while in motion. Every few steps he stops and rotates 360 degrees with all actions in motion, after a few spins body resets and continues along his way.

Unique action: Light show reflects off of chin section adding extra fun. This is one of the Yonezawa robots that were made by Metal House and look like typical Horikawa robots.
Jun 05, 2013
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SPACE GUN - HSIN? ZEE INTERNATIONAL - HONG KONGA plastic space cap firing gun with the retro styling reminiscent of the Lone Star diecast gun. Egg shaped back, sleek barrel with rings and a characteristic copper tip. Imported by Zee International and the gun is maked Space Gun. . See Hsin gunsJun 01, 2013
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