I recently recived these cool film stills from a reader with a query about one of the fab Japanese toys. With the reader's permission here is the correspondence between us:
I found your blog while trying to track down a Japanese toy robot I had from the 1960s. Your blog entry on the Minirobot (which I have not seen in years--I had the same color!!) made me think you are the guy to ask. I am trying to find the robot shown in these pictures:
Apart from the photo in the dept. store catalog, the remainder are stills from the 1969 film "All Monsters Attack" (aka Godzilla's Revenge). The robot appears to be part of a series, because the red top was used to control the direction of the thing, and clearly they made a Flying Saucer that worked the same way with the same red controller top.
Any info or clues you may have on what this robot is called or who made it would be GREATLY appreciated. I'd like to find one of these again, but it's hard when you don't know what you're looking for!
ps--how in the heck did you find that Minirobot on ebay? Now you've got me going, I've got to get one again :)
Thanks ever so much for your interesting question, which was fun looking into. As soon as I saw those cool stills from the film I thought - Tomy. It's the Space Robo from the magic Dial Seies by Tomy of Japan. See the link here http://danefield.com/data/displayimage-search-0-3961.html#top_display_media . There's also a Greek version by Solpa http://danefield.com/data/displayimage-search-0-2913.html#top_display_media
Here it is along with some of the other toys in the Bachman 1969 catalogue you mention
Many of the toys in the stills will be by Tomy. You can have some fun browsing for Tomy in the Alphadrome database http://danefield.com/data/index.php
Do you mind if I post your question and the film stills on my blog? It will be of great interest to readers.
Thanks for the add'l info and images. The folks at Alphadrome jumped on my post there too, and came up with same answer. Of course, I immediately went to ebay and found an auction for one IN THE BOX that had ended recently (naturally!) So now I'm on the lookout again. I don't have a problem with you posting the question, but rather than link to the Flickr account, I've attached a comp of all the stills, uncropped, without all my scribblings. Please use that instead.
Thanks again for getting back to me so quickly!