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Robot Puzzle
Robot puzzle detail

Robot With Star Fortress

Above Left: Puzzle robot from Professor Puzzle, a puzzle and game company in the U.K.. This robot is adapted from their popular Puzzleman, which has a natural finish and comes boxed as a cube. "Can you turn the robot into a cube?" is the challenge posed on the robot box, which is attractively decorated with art reminiscent of Rocket USA. The robot is considered difficulty level one. It's copyrighted 2016.
Above middle: Unboxed, the robot can be posed. The Puzzle Planet series also includes an Alien, Astronaut, and Emperor, all of which are made of painted wood pieces.
Above right: The robot sits on a Star Fortress playset, with the Heart Nebula in Cassiopeia in the background. This robot is part of the Intergalactic Fun and Games series at,  which also includes Planetary Pinball, Robot Rampage, and Crash Landing.

Schylling game
Schylling space game

Space Mission game

Above left: Schylling Space Race pinball game. The game measures just over 9.5" X 6", and includes six steel balls. The retro art background depicts various robot and space toys. It's copyrighted 2000.
Above middle: A Schylling space-themed pinball game with graphics geared to the movie Zathura. The box notes that "Zathura" is copyrighted 2005 Columbia Pictures Industries Inc., and that the game is intended for ages 3 +.
Above right: A "Mission to the Star" pinball game from a dollar store. The construction is similar to the Schylling games except that the balls are orange plastic, and lack the weight needed to launch well. The beautiful graphics, however, rival those of the Shyliing games.

Schylling pinball game rear view
Mission pinball elevation

Above left:  Both Schylling pinball games have metal backs in the vibrant red-orange which is almost a Schylling tradmark. Close examination, however, reveals slight differences. In the Space Race pinball (left), the metal back wraps around the clear plastic front. In the Zathura pinball (right), the plastic front snaps over the metal back.
Above right: The back of the Mission pinball is cardboard, but has two holes into which two included pegs can be inserted to elevate the pinball game. The Schylling games have the same holes for the pegs molded in the clear plastic, but the metal backs cover where the pegs would go. The similarities of design suggest that the Schylling games may be highly upgraded versions of the Mission game.

Space dart game

Above: This magnetic Space Target game was distributed by Rocket USA. The cardboard back has a sticker about games to play. It came with three "thwack" safety space darts, which store in a slot in the back. I replaced these with three plastic magnet tipped darts from a magnetic dart board from the dollar store, as I think they fly better (the red one's flights broke off). The metal target is beautifull decorated with retro space art and measures 8.5" X 6.5". There is a hole in the back for hanging. The target is copyrighted 1999 by Derivative Arts Corporation.

Transogram game

Robot and space-themed games have long been popular, and often feature beutiful graphics like this Steve Scott Space Scout game from Transogram in 1952. Transogram later made many board games based on cartoons, including The Jetsons.

Robot boxing game

Above: By far the most popular robot game of all time is Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. It appeared in 1965 feom Marx Toys, and was later rereleased by Mattell. Marx Toys ads called the match between the Red Rocker and the Blue Bomber "The Battle of the Century". One of the many later box designs is shown above. According to toy historian Tim Walsh, author of "The Playmakers" AKA "Timeless Toys", it was a collaborative invention of Burt Meyer, Harry Disko, and Judd Reed at Marvin Glass Associates (MGA) the toy and game design firm headed by the murcurial Marvin Glass, at which were created many of the best-known games and toys of the time, including Mouse Trap, Lite-Brite, Mystery Date, Mr. Machine, and Operation. 

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