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MR RIVETHEAD - MULTIPLE TOYMAKERS - USAPlastic static Popapart robot. The robot is made of a series of plastic components of different colors. The base is primed by pressing a spring lever. When the trigger is pressed the robot pops apart. Window box. USA. On sale in December 1964.
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MR ROBOT - ATC - JAPANTin and plastic windup. Advances with wheels turning as his arms and legs move and the bell rings. Asahi. Removable key. Small directional wheel at the back.

No firm date yet. AKA the Bell Robot. Bow tie. Similar to the SY Mego Man. It is featured in a Japanese Toy Fair catalogue for 1962. The influence of Ideal's Mr Machine is evident in the design and the name.

Two versions are known: the yellow eye one shown and a red eye version.

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MR ROBOT JR. - BANDAI - JAPANSmall (4.5" ins) battery op tin and clear plastic robot. White plastic head with red features. Red arms, bare metal legs. 8cm. Advances with walking motion and swinging arms. Visible motor. Window box: two box versions shown. Mister Robot junior. Transparent body. See-thru

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MR ROBOT THE MECHANICAL BRAIN - ALPS - JAPANAn early silver painted tinplate robot that combines a wind up mechanism with a battery operated light function. A battery fits inside the head and the lid is held closed by a coiled spring antenna. The hands are lightbulbs, one red and one green, that flash as the robot walks. A backpack holds a long wire antenna. The backpack also houses the triangular on-off switch. Contacts at the top of the legs complete the circuits for the flashing lights. The robot has a chest band that includes a space for a spark window. The production version has this window blanked out, but the color version has an open window.

The robot has a strong resemblance to the Strenco ST-1 robot, with a cylindrical hear and short arms emerging from the body and it is believed that this robot is based on the 1954 Strenco design.

The red and yellow color variation shown below may be a prototype. It is suggested that the box art shows the intended coloring of the robot, but only a silver version was ever released.

The first sighting of this robot is currently in a 1956-7 Western Smallware catalog
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MR ROBOT, RED VERSION - YONEZAWA/NGS - JAPANRed painted tin battery operated skirted robot.Clear plastic domed head containing springs and a rotating light. Chest panel with Mr Robot wording. Advances with mystery bump and go action as the head lights and interior spins. "Revolving Color Dome Lights". Some versions have a fixed (always on) light in the dome and some flash on and off. The white version has been dated to November 1961.

There are two versions shown, one with Cragstan on the chest plate and one without. The Cragstan version comes in a box that carries the Cragstan importer logo and also has an NGS manufacturer's logo.
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MR ROBOT, WHITE - YONEZAWA - JAPANWhite painted tin battery operated skirted robot with clear plastic domed head. Advances with bump and go mystery action as the head lights and interior spins. Though this is a white version it was sold in the box depicting the red version. It is identical to the red Mr Robot apart from the body paint color. skirt. The white version has been dated to November 1961.

Note that some white robots have a yellow battery box while others have the grey battery box common for the red Mr Robot.

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MR SIGNAL - TPS - JAPANThis is a bizarre box like robot on wheels. The head and neck consist of a traffic signal. The body has a clear plastic screen containing a number of visible rotating plastic gears. The arms are plastic road signs. The legs resemble those on the Ideal Mr Machine. Battery operated with moving arms and legs, spinning gears and flashing lights.

It is not clear if this strange robot ever went into production. It is pictured in a 1970 TPS Tokyo Playthings catalog.
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MR SMASH - MARX - HONG KONGName on box: Mr Smash
Name on toy:
Nickname:
Manufacturer: Marx Toys, Hong Kong
Importer/Distributer: Louis Marx & Co. Limited. Swansea, Gt. Britain
Height: 5.25" (to top of head), 7.5" (to top of antennas)
Box number: "Ref. No. 5468"
Timeline date:
Power source: Wind up (Clockwork)
Actions: Rolls forward with repeated turns to the left while right arm moves up & down, mouth opens & closes, making a sound.
Additional info.: Label on chest reads: "For mash get Smash". Embossed on the bottom rear is the Marx Toys logo encircled by the words "MADE IN HONG KONG". Plastic wind up key permanently attached. Box further describes toy as: "Clockwork Walking Smash Martian". Also states: "Smash is a registered trade name of Cadbury Ltd.". The sides of the box show two scenes of the commercial for the potato powder (instant mashed potatoes). Plastic wind up Martian from Cadbury's Smash instant potato powder advert. He's holding a spud.
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MR ZEROX - LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThis is a complete reworking of Horikawa's original Mr Zerox. The new version is a small nine inch brown tin and plastic battery operated gear robot. Tinplate body, brown plastic legs, arms and head. The robot has a small version of Attacking Martian head with fly eyes and chrome metal ears. The robot has a lithographed tin chestplate with two clear plastic lighting guns. In action the robot walks forward, the chest plate rattles and the guns fire. Structurally it is very close to the later version of the Engine Robot and the later version Gear Robot: Attacking Martian head, tapered plastic legs and arm pressings. First sighting: Horikawa Catalog 1970 where it is described as a new item.

There are two versions: one has a narrow space between the legs; the other version has a distinctly wider gap. This may have been because of a change in the motor assembly or because of stability problems; it is not yet clear whether the legs were put closer together or further apart. The 1969 Horikawa catalog shows a Radar Robot Space Scout, a similar design, with what looks like narrow legs.
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MR ZEROX TELSALDA BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANA small (nine inch) brown tinplate battery operated robot with guns behind a small hinged chest plate. This is a Telsalda box version. Telsalda was a distibutor and this may have been for sale in the UK. This is a reworking of the Horikawa 9 inch Gear Robot/Engine Robot body. The chest opens to reveal firing guns. The tin hat and the goggles are new and found their way onto some of the Gear Robots. The Telsalda version prominently displays a host of patent numbers. Mr Zerox dates to 1966 but this version is undated. It will be close to 1966.

This box also carries the SH logo on the side.
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MR ZEROX, EARLY VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe first version of Mr Zerox is a small (nine inch) brown tinplate battery operated robot with guns behind a small hinged chest plate. The robot has a strange look created by the tin cap, and the bizarre goggles or sunglasses. The robot advances while the green chest panel flickers, the robot stops, the chest plate drops down and the guns fire. The feet can be either red or gold.

The box version show here is the earlier of two known versions, the other being the Telsalda box. It lists the five actions of the toy.

A factory sample is known which carries an Emperor date that equates to 8th September 1965.
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MR. FLASH VARIATIONS - HK STAR - HONG KONG1. Super Walking Robot - red body, black limbs. HK within a five pointed star.

2 Walking Robot - Gray body and head with red arms and dome. HK within a five pointed star.

3. Moon Explorer - Red body blue limbs but lacking the Mr. Flash/Cragstan markings on the battery cover.

4. NGS Cragstan Mr Flash. Original design, red body blue limbs.

Circa 1967.
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MR. ROBOTTLE - AVON COSMETICS - USAMR. ROBOTTLE ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
When empty, clean thoroughly. Peel backs off labels and press "face" onto cap and "tummy" onto dry bottle. Gather all the parts - just ease gently out of plastic frames. Slip arms and legs onto body and gently tighten nuts. You can arrange arms and legs in all sorts of out-of-this-world positions!
AVON PRODUCTS, INC.
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10020
PRINTED IN U.S.A.

Not shown in the photo above is the white plastic wrench that comes with the piece. When assembled Mr. Robottle is 8" tall. Embossed on the back of Mr. Robottle:
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MR. SANDMAN THE ROBOT - WOLVERINE -USATin/wood beach bucket. Lithographed tin and wood take apart robot sand toy. The small picture shows the version with wire ears. The larger pictures are of a no ear version.

Sold in a clear plastic bag. United States. A Wolverine trade ad dates this to 1956.
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MUSICAL DRUMMER ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control robot. Advances with walking motion, lighted eyes and flashing chest panel as he plays his drum. Circa 1956. The tin remote control is shaped like a robot head.
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MUSICAL ROBOT - HC - HONG KONGWhite and red plastic battery operated pedestal robot. Flashing light in head. Simulated tracks. A panel in the chest drops to reveal a space scene. Bump and go action. Plays music.

This is the same manufacturer as that of the other Musical Robot. HC in cog logo.
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MUSICAL ROBOT - HC - HONG KONGPlastic battery operated robot with walking action, flashing lights and music. Red body and head with white limbs. The paper chest decal is of a cassette tape recorder. The box has a photo of a less common black body version with red arms and legs. Decal dials on head. Musical Robot decal wording. Separate antennas insert into head. Walks forward, stops, plays nondescript electronic music as the eyes flash, then resumes walking.

HC in cog logo. 12" 30cm
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MUSICAL STAR ROBOTSonic control - movement controlled by a clicker. Plastic battery op robot, plays music, flashing lights.
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MYROBO - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot. Myrobo paper decal in the chest. Monster Robot style. Japanese window box. Simple walking action with flashing eyes and clicking sound. Uniquely a knob on back adjusts height. 7.5" Batteries and switch are located in the head. Embossed on the back is the Yonezawa logo and MADE IN JAPAN.

Several color combinations known. English and Japanese box versions.

The first sighting is in the 1976 Asahi catalog.




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MYROBO OR MONSTER ROBOY COLOUR VARIATION - MAKER? HONG KONG?See also the monster robot variations. Plastic wind up robot. The protrusion above the head suggests that this is the Hong Kong version adapted to house a light sensor. Details? Box?
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MYSTERY ACTION ROBOT - BANDAI FOR SEARS - JAPANTin (heavy gauge metal) and plastic battery operated robot with paddle feet. Blue metakl top, blue plastic lower half. (Only the upper section is made of tin. The lower half, including the battery case is plastic.) The chest has a large red plastic window. A version with a clear plastic spark window is known.

Battery operated walking and lighting action. It does the twist as it rolls along. Robot runs on two AA batteries.

Also sold by Bandai as the Naughty Robot. Widely on sale Nov 1970.
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MYSTERY MOON MAN - YOSHIYA - JAPANWhite tin battery operated skirted robot with bump and go action. Flashing lights and turning head. The robot has a distinctive blue plastic chest panel with red buttons. The same pressing as the Chief Robotman.

The box depicts a non-specific version of the robot, a vaguely silver robot with no obvious color to the chest plate. Certainly robots other than the white version have found their way into Mystery Moon Man boxes but it is difficult to establish their authenticity.

On sale in November 1962.
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NAME? 3 - GAKKEN - JAPANPlastic battery operated stepover robot with detachable reusable components. The robot comprises a variety or white, red, blue and yellow plastic components.
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NANDO - OPSET - ITALYA bare galvanised metal pneumatic tin robot. Italian. A surprisingly small robot (13cm) with a relatively simple construction. The pneumatic bulb allows the robot to walk and the head to turn. The face is a simple stamped design of eyes, nose and mouth with detailing provided by a decal. It has hoops for ears, a grill effect on the chest and a retractable antenna. "il Robot a Telecomandato" ("the remote control robot")

The box has the wording "A. Ste. 58" which possibly indicates a date of 1958.

Head variations have been identified: a full decal (eyes, nose, mouth) and a simpler decal, eyes only. A red metal head version (the side panels of the head) has also been found.
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NATIONAL BOY WALKING SPACEMAN - MAKER? - JAPANSmall plastic windup stepover spaceman. Grey plastic. N on the chest. Offered as a premium. National Automatic Iron.
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NAUGHTY ROBOT - BANDAI - JAPANTin (heavy gauge metal) and plastic battery operated robot with paddle feet. Red window box version. Red plastic spark window. It does the twist as it rolls along and has bump and go go action. Only the upper section is made of tin. The lower half, including the battery case is plastic. Robot runs on two AA batteries.

Bandai also produced this robot for Sears: it was sold as the Mystery Action Robot A versions with a clear plastic window exist.
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NEW ASTRONAUT, LATER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic battery op, three hinged chest guns. This version has a face with a red plastic visor. The hands have distinct fingers or spikes rather than the usual open circle. Rotates. Virtually all of the external metal has now been replaced by plastic. There is nothing to justify the name "astronaut", either on the robot or the box art. This is a reworking of the earlier style of New Astronaut with a new head design. Also in blue.

There is a Japanese box version.

Featured as item 5062 in the 1981 Horikawa Catalog.
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NEW ASTRONAUT, VERSION 1 - HORIKAWA - JAPANThe first version of this style of robot. Plastic battery operated robot, three hinged chest guns. Silver plastic eyes. Rotates. The face has large eyes. The erars are made up of a complicated series of cylinders. The feet have a pronounced wedge shape.

Virtually all of the external metal has now been replaced by plastic. There is nothing to justify the name "astronaut", either on the robot or the box art. There is a later version with red plastic eyes/ visor.

Art 5023 new in 1977 SH catalog and still there in 1980 (the version 2 replaced it in 1981)

English and Japanese box versions.
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NEW FIGHTING ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated robot with guns in chest. Misidentified as the Thunder Robot in Kitahara. The dome on New Fighting Robot does not light up. The chest panel is one large piece with the plastic guns at the top and just litho on the rest of the panel. Unlike other Horikawas where the chest plate pushes out once, the guns on the chest panel on New Fighting Robot move fully in and out during the shooting cycle. The effect makes the whole robot shake, resembling recoil from the guns.

Art 1040, described as new in the 1971 Horikawa catalog.
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NEW GEAR ROBOT, MOVING GEAR AND SPARKING - HORIKAWA - JAPANPlastic wind up robot. "See thru gear action. Electronic Room with sparking". This robot has 4 gears in chest: usually 2 large yellow above 2 smaller red, though this arrangement can vary. Truncated pyramid head. Small fly eyes, sometimes with red pupils. This is reworking of the Gear/Engine Robot design but in a completely plastic shell. English and Japanese box versions depicting a space landscape.

This toy was possibly made by Suzugen for Horikawa. 21cm.

Versions:
The blue robot with no red eye is new in the 1972 catalog and is still available in the 1977 catalog.
The silver chrome version is new in the 1977 SH catalog and still there in 1980.
There is a box version with "Einco Made in Japan" on the front.
The red version is new in the 1981 catalog,
The gold chrome version with the Sky Robot type arm is in the 1985 catalog as the New Gear Robot, Article No 5074 - it could be earlier.

Variations (below) include various gear size and color arrangements and the presence of a red eye on some examples.

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NEW PISTON ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANPlastic battery operated robot with four visible orange pistons in the chest. Metal litho backplate. The head consists of a lighted red visor. New piston robot. Window box and body variation. Walks with lighted moving pistons in chest. Space sound. One of Yonezawa's last robots. Mr Piston decal below the chest. Dated to 1985

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.

Two color versions:
1. White body with blue arms and legs.
2 Brown
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NEW SILVER ASTRONAUT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBasically a chrome silver version of the New Astronaut. Chrome silver plastic battery operated robot. Green hinged plastic guns in chest. Red visor in face. Rotates with noise and firing guns. English and Japanese box versions.
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NEW SKY ROBOT, ENGLISH BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANName on box: New Sky Robot
Name on toy: none
Height: 8.75" in robot mode, 9" in "sky" mode
Catalog number: #5047 (as found in the Horikawa Toy '79 catalog) Produced from 1979 through 1984.

Actions: Robot walks forward with flashing face as chest wheels spin. Robot can convert into a "sky/flying" mode by tilting the head up and rotating the arms into a wing-like position. Robot can then be placed on its chest and it rolls along on the chest wheels and toe wheels. Poseable articulated arms. "MADE IN JAPAN" is embossed on the battery cover.

English and Japanese box versions.

TheNew Sky Robot was preceeded by Sky Robot, a similar design with different body and arm colors. Sky Robot has a yellow body with blue arms. The chest wheels are less elaborate, too.

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NEW SPACE EXPLORER - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated robot with TV screen in chest. This robot has a distinctive chrome silver plate which completely dominates face. The only features on this face are they. Rounded corner television screen. Stubby ear antennas with balls. Walking action with noise and space scene. Japan SH.

English and Japanese box versions.

The Japanese box has a title that translates as "Super Robot" and the box art depicts a space scene that contains a dinosaur.

The Japanese domestic version came with a plastic dinosaur.
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NEW SPACE EXPLORER, BROWN VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated astronaut robot. Chest plate drops to reveal a television screen. 11 ½ inch, stop and go, swing open door, realistic noise, the flight of Apollo on tv screen.

New in the 1971 Horikawa Catalog, Art 1029. The silver version appears in the Amico Inc. 1972 Catalog
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NEW SPACE EXPLORER, SILVER VERSION - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op astronaut robot. Chest plate drops to reveal TV screen. The first sighting of the brown version is 1971. The silver version appears in the Amico Inc. 1972 Catalog
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NON STOP ROBOT aka LAVENDER ROBOT - MASUDAYA - JAPANNon Stop Robot, more usually known as the Lavender Robot: the body has, as the nickname suggests, a basic lavender colouring with copious inset panels carrying abstract machinery detailing. Bump and go mystery action. Gang of Five.

Slight variations are known. There is a "high switch" and, less frequently a "low switch" version. This refers to the location of the on-off switch. High is just below the chest panel. Low is well below the circle. See below.

It is also believed that there is a version with grey litho insert panels rather than the usual lavender color. Some argue that this is the result of fading, but the concensus is that it is a variation.
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NUTS'N BOLTS ROBOT - FRANKONIA - HONG KONGA squat, square plastic wind up robot with wrench and screwdriver. This odd robot is designed as a construction toy. A number of plastic bolts and screws can be inserted and tightened with a plastic wrench. When complete the wrench acts as a key to fit over the winding bolt in the center of the chest. Wind up walking action.

A number of versions exist. Usually the robot is silver plastic but a clear red plastic version is known. Dated 1969 on the box.

See the earlier Mister Screwball Jr version of this robot.

Nuts and bolts, nuts n bolts, nuts and bolts
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OUTER SPACE ROBOT - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. White with chrome head with translucent blue visor. (round the back of the head here) Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.

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OUTER SPACE ROBOT, GREY VERSION - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op Lost in Space robot. YM3. "Stop and go action with blinking lights." AHI
Plastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. Grey body with green plastic dome. Decal chest detail. Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.

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OUTER SPACE ROBOT, WHITE VERSION - AHI - HONG KONGPlastic battery op Lost in Space robot. YM3. "Stop and go action with blinking lights." AHI
Plastic battery op version of the Lost in Space YM3 robot. White with blue dome. Reuse of molds possibly once the license had expired.

10 inches tall and was manufactured in Hong Kong by Azrak-Hamway International circa 1977. It walks with a side-to-side, stop and go movement. It also has blinking head light and chest plate, with sound effects.
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PENCIL SHARPENER ROBOTA small static robot on a pencil sharpener. Based on the SY Walking Space Man.
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PERCIVAL IL GENIO ROBOT - ESTRELA - BRAZILPercival the Genius Robot. Very large 70 cm plastic battery op 1980 made by Estrela Toys. Answers Yes or No questions through the use of blinking lights. Plays memory sequence games based on the electronic Simon format. Uses the same body pressing as Ar-Tur.
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PHILIP THE ROBOT - YONE - JAPANSmall tin and plastic windup robot, Brown body tin upper. Rotates. V design on chest. Chromed silver antennas. Stepover feet. See also the Yone Walking Explorer Robot. Like the former this robot was probably sold loose in trade boxes of a dozen. 1976
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PINOCCHIO ATOMICO - OSKAR - ITALYItalian Pinocchio Spaziale in space suit. Silver plastic articulated poseable puppet with goldfish bowl space helmet and backpack. 13.5 ins tall. Based on a book of the same name published by Dan Voivod in 1962.

Two versions are known, an early (larger?) version with lighted eyes operated by a button in the chest and a later version with no light.
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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (PUG ROBBY EARLY VERSION) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op remote control. Circa 1957. Advances with walking motion as his head lights, pistons move and antenna turns. This is the early version with the straight antenna. TN

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Piston Action Robot (PUG ROBBY) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op remote control robot. Dated to 1957. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is gold with blue legs and a red chest panel.

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PISTON ACTION ROBOT (PUG ROBBY) - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery operated remote control. Advances with walking motion as his head lights and the three pistons inside of his head move up and down. This version is silver with maroon legs. TN
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On sale in December 1957.
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PISTON ACTION ROBOT - NOMURA - JAPANTin battery op Robby with remote control. Gold body, blue legs.
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PISTON ROBOT - FIVE VERSIONSFive leg variations of the Piston Robot. This was a very successful robot that went through a wide range of slight changes over a long period. The main change here is from metal to plastic. Litho variations are more subtle.
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PISTON ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANBattery op tin and plastic robot. Pistons in the head. The tin litho chest plate and the usual configuration of the pistons in the head make this a striking robot. There is no dating information but the style (the chunky feet and the soft plastic arms) suggests late 1970s.

A version exists with orange tinted legs and feet.
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PISTON ROBOT - SJM - TAIWANName on box: Piston Robot
Name on toy: none
Nickname:
Manufacturer: S.J.M., Taiwan
Height: 11"
Timeline date:
Power source: 2 "C" cell batteries
Actions: Robot walks forward as lighted pistons in chest move up and down.
Additional info.: "MADE IN TAIWAN" embossed on the soles of both feet.
Misc. comments: To the best of my knowledge, only this Taiwanese variation came with tin legs. All the other variations have plastic legs. Similar variations were made by SH in Japan. The photo above depicts the S.J.M./Taiwan version.

The red feet are a quick indication that this is the SJM Taiwan version.

This robot had a long and successful run. This has led to a large number of minor variations.
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PISTON ROBOT - VARIATIONS SJM & HORIKAWABattery op tin and plastic robot with visible piston engine in chest.

1. SJM (Taiwan), 11" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, black metal legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
2. SJM (Taiwan), 11" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, black plastic legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
3. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "circular" ears.
4. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly gold litho/covered rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "finned" ears.
5. Horikawa (Japan), 10.5" tall, mostly brown litho/exposed rear pistons, brown plastic legs & feet, "circular" ears.
phase pistol - Your post would indicate a sixth variation:
6. Horikawa (Japan), 11" tall, mostly brown litho/exposed rear pistons, black metal legs, red metal feet, "circular" ears.
To the best of my knowledge, all the boxes are the same: same size, same artwork, same color scheme. It depicts variation #5 as described above which makes it really difficult to put them in chronological order. The "extra-tall" box size would mean the red feet version (either metal or plastic legs) came first, but the artwork shows the one-piece, shorter, plastic leg variation. Puzzling, wouldn't you say, F.J.W.? The only difference on the boxes is the logo in the lower left hand corner: either S.H or S.J.M."

Version 5 is new in 1977 SH catalog (piston in front and seen also from behind art 5030 10 ½ inch same picture in 1980 catalog) clearly it’s the first one.

In 1981 the SH catalog picture changes and show version 3 always 5030 reference

The finned ears change also appears on the New Astronaut version 2 and New Silver Astronaut , so it’s probably later in the 80’s. So the correct production order is 5, 3 and 4

The SJM Taiwan Piston 1 and 2 are probably after 1985 or end of 80’s
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PISTON ROBOT - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlack plastic battery operated robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a blue version in a green Japanese market box. See also the Yonezawa Piston Robot with Missiles that shares the same body shape. 1981 molded into the back.

The influence of Metal House/SH is evident in the styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT COLOR VARIATIONS - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery op robot with visible pistons engine in chest. Red, light blue, yellow and black versions shown. It is not clear whether the color variations are original or later factory creations.
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PISTON ROBOT, ENGLISH BOX - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated robot with visible pistons engine in chest. The angular black plastic feet (as opposed to red feet) are a quick indication that this is by Horikawa.

A very popular robot that appears in a wide range of minor variations. The Piston Robot is in the FAO Schwarz catalog for 1977 but has been seen in newspaper ads dating from November 1976. English and Japanese box versions.

The robot has appeared recently in bright colors such as red, blue and yellow. These have been described as test pieces but their provenance remains unclear.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE BOX - YONEZAWA - JAPANBlue plastic battery op piston robot. Yellow arms. Red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. Made by Metalhouse in Japan. Takes two c-cell batteries. Same mold as the Yonezawa Talking Missile robot. Possibly appeared in a late 70's FAO Schwarz catalog.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PISTON ROBOT, JAPANESE PICTURE BOX VERSION - YONEZAWA - JAPANA second Japanese box version of this blu plastic battery op robot with pistons in chest. Large red plastic visor face. Visible engine pistons in chest. This was also released in a in a green Japanese market box and in an English market version of this box.

The influence of Metal House is evident in the SH styling of this robot.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL - YOSHIYA - JAPANRemote Control early small ear all tin battery operated 1956 version with 'Christmas wire' on light blue remote. Walks briskly with lighted head and mouth area through red gels. Spinner in head creates flashing effect in face as he walks.
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PLANET ROBOT REMOTE CONTROL, RUBBER HANDS - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin battery operated Robby with soft rubber hand small ear version c.1962 with soft green wired metallic blue remote. When remote control button is pressed the toy walks forward at a brisk pace while head and mouth area light through red gel as spinner inside head creates a flashing effect. Vertical scanner spins as he walks.

The tin battery op version with rubber hands has a firm Japanese museum production date of 1962.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, RUBBER HANDS TIN HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin wind up Robby. Walks with sparks in chest and face. Small ear version, pic courtesy of Space Boys Toys. KO Yoshiya. This version is listed in the Yoshiya catalog for 1965, earliest confirmation from Eaton's Christmas Catalogue of 1960.
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PLANET ROBOT WU, SMALL EAR VARIATION YOSHIYA - JAPANWalks with sparks in mouth and chest, early soft rubber hand version, small ears. Date of 1960 comfirmed by Eaton's Christmas Catalogue.
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PLANET ROBOT WU,TIN HANDS, OLIVE VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin windup. Advances with walking motion and spark. Olive colour (grey-black). The tin hand Planet appears in Eaton's catalog for 1960. KO Robby
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PLANET ROBOT, BLUE WIND UP VERSION - YOSHIYA - JAPANMetallic blue tin wind up version of the Planet Robot. This version has the pressing from the metal head black wind up version but has the metallic blue paintwork of the battery op version. Rubber hands.
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PLANET ROBOT, PLASTIC HANDS & HEAD - YOSHIYA - JAPANTin robot walks forward when wound. Sparks appear in red mouth gel area and green face area. Most recent version.

This red plastic hand / plastic head version of the robot continued to appear in large quantities throughout the 80s and 90s, leading to speculation that it was still in production. Warehouse finds or clandestine production: it has not yet been clarified. The ST on the box is a safety declaration requirement introduced in the early 1970s.
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PLASTIC KIT ROBOT - Name? - DOTUSHA - JAPAN
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POLICEMAN DING-A-LING - TOPPER - HONG KONGLight blue plastic robot with red feet and ble arms. Has a policeman's hat and a decal with POLICE 7 on his chest.

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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PROGRAMMABLE SPACE ROBOT - RADIO SHACKPlastic battery op robot with three guns in chest. White plastic pedestal style, though the paint scheme creates the appearance of separate legs. Programmable. Moves in six directions. 60-2389 serial no.
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PUK 02 BIONICO / ROBOTOM - PUKY - ARGENTINAPlastic battery op remote control four gear robot. Based on the SH plastic gear robot. Blue body, white arms and legs. Visible gears behind a clear plastic bevelled chest plate. Light in the chest. Distinctive cylindrical red plastic remote battery holder. Argentina. Two variations shown, one with a silver antenna and yellow plastic ears (as shown on the box), the other with a red plastic antenna and unusual split red ears. PUKO2

There is a box variation of this robot with the name ROBOTOM. The robot is the same but the box is much larger.
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PUKY ROBOT - ArgentinaSmall plastic wind up stepover character robot. Sold in bag with header card. Argentina.
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PUSH ROBOT - GROUP 1
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PUSH ROBOT - GROUP 2Plastic variations
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QONTO - JAPANPlastic battery op robot with bump and go action, flashing eyes and space sound.
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RACING ROBOTS - REMCO - USAThese robots are part of a series of toys that could be assembled using a "powerful electric motor" and one 'C' cell battery. Made in the U.S.A. with a Japanese motor, as it was identified as such on the box. The nose is the 'on/off' switch. The rubber band on the front wheel stretches directly to the motor shaft. Rear wheel steering.

Two known colors are in combinations of blue and yellow. The box depicts a red version but this does not appear to have been a production piece. Approx 5" tall. Box dated 1967. United States
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RADAR HUNTER ROBOT - BUSY BEE - HONG KONGThe Radar Robot style is characterised by a plastic wind up stepover robot with a very large antenna. Various makers such as Busy bee and a maker with the logo of a letter R encircled by two fish. Konik.

There are two basic body designs: one with a face plate and three chrome silver guns in the chest and one with simpler chrome face design and chest plate. Various large antennas. Various color combinations.

Window box.
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RADAR ROBOT - CHINAPlastic chrome silver stepover wind up robot with large antenna. radar robot style. See also the KY version. Window box. 1996
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RADAR ROBOT - ENGLISH AND JAPANESE BOX VERSIONS - KY - JAPANSmall plastic windup stepover robot. Large silver antenna. V shaped insert on chest. Protruding eyes. Yoshino

Yoshino is connected with the Asahi company and some versions of the box carry the later A style Asahi logo. This robot appears in the 1976 Asahi catalog. Astroids shape
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RADAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANSmall plastic windup stepover robot with large rotating antenna. The squat stepover design with the oversize spinning antenna is used for a wide range of robots. 1970s. English and Japanese box versions shown plus the silver chrome version in its photo box.

Three color versions are known:
Blue with red limbs circa 1976 Cat 5021
Red with yellow limbs 1977 Cat 5021/s
Chrome silver version with photo box circa 1985

The blue and red versions with picture box were still available in the 1980 catalog

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RADAR ROBOT - HORIKAWA - JAPANTin and plastic battery operated with TV screen and large yellow shoulder antenna.
• Stop N Go
• Rotating Antenna
• Radar Catches the "Scene of Moon" on the Big Screen
• Realistic Noise

The arms do not move, they are screwed onto the chrome shoulder disks. Makes "space sound". The TV picture moves vertically.

Seen in 1972 catalog. The catalogs show a silver explorer with the yellow antenna specific to the Radar Robot

television

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RADAR ROBOT - KY YOKOTA - JAPANSmall 3 1/4 inch Japanese wind-up metal and plastic robot with rotating radar with Japanese box. Turning arm alters direction.
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