Schyling Mini Tin Robots Wind-Ups from 2015. Four shown of an
assortment of designs and colors. These brightly colored, tin
lithographed robots measure just over two inches, and walk when wound.
Above: Arriving fresh from the robot factory.
Above right: They converge on a
Hexbug platform through a Geomag transport portal, in the small
Right: 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 Dexter's Lab
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
Below 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 Tomy animal
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 which highlights
their metallic, electroplated plastic bodies and translucent domes.
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.