Before I gear up for the main theme of toy robots on record covers I thought I'd zoom in on this cover first, 'The Planets' by Holst. Besides the burlesque Flash Gordon garb along with the Star Wars positioning, the toy interest lies in the ray guns. They look so familiar. Anyone know what they are?
OK, let's get to the robots. Here's Robby grooving on the cover of K-Tel's 'Music Machine' - as advertised on TV! Wonder if Robby got any royalties? Do you think its a toy or kit Robby? Billiken?
Next up we have this classic and oft-used image of two space toys in one from the inner sleeve of the Pretender's first album of the same name from 1980. I have seen this on an old American magazine cover too I'm sure.
picture credit: REBRN
The helmet is the beautiful vintage American Banner Plastics 'Space Helmet with radar Goggles' from the 1950's. Anyone recognise the skirt robot with remote control?
Another classic toy bot, this time its Marx's Big Loo's head on the CD cover and sleeve of Los Lobos' 'Colossal Head'.
Picture credit: AIGA. You can read the designer's notes on the AIGA archive
Last but not least is the album 'Explorers of the Dreamworld' by my old musical and artistic friend Tim Rafferty as part of his electronic music band Headshock. The cover features his and our fave toy robots, the Zeroids! Yay! Can you think of any more robot record covers readers?