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  • Osaka Rosko Astronaut reproduction robot...
    by ★ Owner on May 13, 2018 at 8:31 AM
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    This is an early 1990s reproduction of the early 1960s Rosko Toys Astronaut. Made in Japan by O.T.T.I. Osaka Tin Toy Institute, battery powered by 2 x D cells installed in the legs, walking along with arms moving, stops and arms raised so astronaut can send messages with his radio, morse code type beeps and flashing lights. Very nice and faithful reproduction of the original. This one is a first issue repro from the early 1990s, OTTI reissued it in 2010 and can be identified as a reissue by its identity card. Available in red and blue. The original is very rare to find, the early reproduction is also becoming scarce.

  • Marx Yonezawa Mr. Mercury Robot
    by ★ Owner on May 4, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    Circa 1964, made in Japan probably by Yonezawa for Marx a trading and importer based in the USA. Last in the series of three, the first Mr. Mercury was blue/silver with plastic arms and non lighting miner's type lamp in helmet, second was blue/silver with metal arms and lamp deleted, then this one later. Battery operated by 2 x D cells in remote control with walking action, bending, arms move up and down and in and out to pick things up. Rare to find one still fully working due to fragile diecast cams, also which hasn't been opened for repairs. Mine as shown, fortunately has not been opened and after a bit of persuasion after years of slumber was coaxed back into life, also has original box and insert and the usually missing and intact instruction leaflet how to operate Mr. Mercury.

  • Bandai Mr. Robot Jr. See Thru Junior
    by ★ Owner on February 19, 2018 at 11:33 AM
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    Bandai Mr. Robot Jr. Junior See Thru - Circa 1968. Great little robot approximately 4.5 inches 11.4 cms tall. Made in Japan by Bandai, battery operated by 2 x AA cells, walks along with moving arms. Very nice quality with visible gears and mechanism in the chest area. Rare to find.

  • Roboter 700 robot by Brian Hays of Alpha...
    by ★ Owner on January 27, 2018 at 9:30 AM
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    This is a very nice 3D printed copy of the legendary Roboter 700. Made in Germany circa 1950s as a salesman sample but never went into production. Only a handful of the originals are known to exist. This example made by Brian Hayes who is the owner of Alphadrome, a website dedicated to toy robot collectors. Brian's Roboter was made in very limited numbers early 2018 and mostly only available to members of Alphadrome. Battery operated, the original was clockwork, walks with swinging arms and alternately flashing eyes.

  • Alphabot Robot by John Rigg 2009 modifie...
    by ★ Owner on January 21, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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    This was made by master robot builder John Rigg for Alphadrome members during 2009 before John got into 3D plastic printing. When I received mine I thought it would look more complete if it had a flashing beacon on the top of its head. SO almost 9 years later after thinking about it during that time decided I should do something about it, here we are in 2018, a suitable donor beacon came from a Space Walk Man robot, a bulb holder from a battery op toy dog, new 3.5 volt screw in bulb and after some drilling, grinding and soldering managed to get this working beacon going. Thank you to John for making and offering it in the first place and advice where to connect the wires.

  • Alps X-1 Planet Explorer Space Tank - Ja...
    by ★ Owner on August 18, 2017 at 7:40 AM
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  • Horikawa Radar Robot with Television Scr...
    by ★ Owner on March 16, 2017 at 1:16 PM
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    1970s, made by Horikawa of Japan, Radar Robot with television screen showing Moon and space scenes. Mainly tin plate with plastic arms and head. There are two other version of this particular robot astronaut, silver version with red spaghetti antenna named Space Explorer, and and the usual Horikawa brown/black colour known I believe as Space Explorer. Other variations have flip down covers across the TV screen. Can be difficult to find boxed and complete with antenna, personally I like the blue one, although the silver version is nice

  • Nando il Telecomando robot by John Rigg ...
    by ★ Owner on November 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM
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    Radio remote control Nando 3D printed by John Rigg. November 2016.

  • Flashy Jim R7 robot by Sankei
    by ★ Owner on June 29, 2016 at 8:29 AM
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    Approximately 60 years old as of 2016 the date of this video and thumbnail image. Made in Japan circa 1956 by Sankei SNK, remote control powered by 2 x UM-2 C cells, simple walking action by blades which alternately project out of the feet and which have small metal wheels at the bottom which produces the rather wobbly gait, also has lighted eyes and mouth. There are two wind up clockwork versions, Sparkling Mike and Robbie the Roving Robot which are similar in appearance and use the same body with different litho printing which produce sparks. In terms of rarity Sparking Mike is the less rare, followed by Flashing Jim, then Robbie the Roving Robot being the rarest, all are rare to find. There is a reproduction of Sparkling Mike which is a good copy and initially can be tricky to see the difference, one thing to check is the small dome on top of the head where the antenna fits, the original is blue, the reproduction is black.

  • Mr Servo Robot by John Rigg
    by ★ Owner on June 23, 2016 at 6:58 AM
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    Firstly,  Mr Servo is actually red, but YouTube has made it orange some unknown reason. Made 2016 by John, Mr Servo is currently the latest and has multiple actions, light up LED eyes, walking, arms moving, head turning, bending over and is based loosely on the 1960s Mr Mercury by Yonezawa/LineMar, note the inner chest graphics very similar to Mr Mercury.

  • Alpha Strider Robot by John Rigg
    by ★ Owner on June 23, 2016 at 6:57 AM
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    Made 2016 by John Rigg, Alpha Strider has rotating gears, light up eyes and mouth and a clever walking action where it goes into a sort of long striding action. Designed and constructed by John using a 3D printer.

  • The Drunk Cragstan Great Astronaut Robot...
    by ★ Owner on May 12, 2016 at 4:25 AM
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    The Cragstan Great Astronaut Robot made by Alps is well known for being unstable while walking and even standing up straight, mine here looks like it has had one too many drinks. Made by Alps and very similar in action to the TV Television Spaceman

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