Atomic Robot Man (1990s)

 

The Atomic Robot Man is usually considered the second toy robot, the first being the Lilliput robot. 

This is a rather nice 1990s reproduction. The original was produced in Japan, probably in the late 1940s, but the manufacturer is not known.  Note the artwork on the box: the cloud of an atomic bomb, and the desolate street along which the robot marches.

Unlike this reproduction, the original Atomic Robot Man was a tan color (see left side of box). The body was tin but the arms were sometimes made of lead.  The original and this reproduction are approximately five inches tall. 

 

When wound up, the robot staggers forward in a jerky motion with his arms swinging back and forth. Amusing to us perhaps, but horrifying to any surviving citizens of the town pictured on the box who dare to look out their windows.

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