Schyling Mini Tin Robots Wind-Ups from 2015.
Four shown of an
assortment of designs and colors. These brightly
lithographed robots measure just over two
inches, and walk when wound.
Above: Arriving fresh from the robot factory.
right: They converge on a
Hexbug platform through a Geomag transport
portal, in the small
In the lunar landscape of
the Space Fortress.
robots from 2010 were available in six colors and
two styles. Left:
Dark pink round robot with Secret Saturdays
Cryptopedia. Middle: Dark
pink, light blue, light pink, and green robots wait
at Robotix space
train station. Right: They're equally at home at
Below: A never-fall Toysmith "Freaked Out Alien"
saucer invades the
station. Middle: Two saucers collide with the space
train. Robots ride
the lower level Geomag space track, as two Tomy
wind-ups pass on the
left: These tiny robots led
the pack of Tomy's famous white knob wind-ups, which
came in a few
variations. usually they were found in displays of
wind-ups, and have been perennially popular for
decades. Middle: Later
they were individually carded as "Rascal Robots".
Right: Two robots
discover a mysterious Geomag pyramid, the glow of
their metallic, electroplated plastic bodies and
Masudaya's metal wind-up space car has a captive
key, and depicts
"Smoking Spaceman" robot on the roof. Masudaya's
plastic wind-up Robby
comes to the rescue of the crashed space car.
Above right: an
interstellar light show bathes Masudaya's Robby
and B-9 wind-ups. Each
feature color matched winding knobs: black for
Robby, and silver for
Below left: wind-ups then and now. A recent tin
repro of one of the
first tin robots, Robot Liliput, in a green
variant poses with Futurama
star, Bender, from Rocket
USA. Both have large, removeable keys. Below
right: an invasion force
of green and red tin and plastic ZV200 robots,
from Playgo, distributed
by Russ. They're wound by a small built-in lever
on the side, and have
a pre-worn, "distressed" look.