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IDEAL 1961 Robot Commando "motor works" w/rocket,missle balls, papers and box
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Jul 24, 2012
US $435.00
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East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, United States


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Year: 1961-62 Theme: Robot
Gender: Boys & Girls


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Hi all! I have an IDEAL toy company "Robot Commando". This is a Vintage 1962 (50 years old) 19" tall robot. It is in nice condition with no breaks or missing parts that I can see considering that it's a 50 year old toy. He is a great looking collectable specimen and comes with 1 rocket, 8 missle balls and copys of the instructions sheet and other papers that would have come with the robot when bought new 50 years ago and also his box. The box is in pretty good condition considering age. All 4 sides and the bottom are in nice shape but the top is worn and torn a bit (see pictures). The Robot works meaning the motor runs strong and the gears work inside but I think the problem why he will not fuction ie. shoot rockets etc. Is because the remote is stuck I can't get it to move up and down and I do not want to force it.  The remote physically looks in good condition as does the cable. If you are good at repairing this and if you can get him to run then that would be great. I only got him to turn right. His insides look complete and still functional (gears and such) and the cable that controls the rotating eyes is new.  The underside is clean and no corrosion. So I am selling him as running but not fully functional because of the remotes limitations. Any questions feel free to ask before you buy this.

Click on this link to see the original first commercial on this robot (The robot seen was only the prototype and never saw production). Link:


Christmas 1961 with the Robot Commando Toy

This is the best toy I ever got for Christmas. The Robot Commando. Even the name was cool. Its eyes swirled in their sockets, it roamed the carpet on two wide black wheels, and it shot red plastic balls out its shoulders. Best of all, the top of its head flipped open to shoot, rockets.

If you wanted to point to one thing in my life that sparked a lasting interest in mechanics and engineering, this would be it. When you opened that plastic skull, you had direct access to all the gears, cams, pulleys, rods and wires within. I must have ripped off half the skin on my hands trying to reach in and examine how all that apparatus worked. Remember when! It was 1961 and you came down to the Christmas tree that morning and for the first time saw this amazing Robot! I did and many others my age as well this was the golden age of IDEAL toys great minds came up with amazing toys for 6 years in a row IDEAL toys was the leader in toys and games and the Robot Commando was the master of them all!

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shipping/handling within the lower 48 States. Alaska, Hawaii, Virgin

Islands or Puerto Rico to pay additional surcharge shipping cost because of

longer distances. Shipping via UPS ground includes tracking number and

standard insurance. (Normally I can ship these a bit cheaper as I can keep the box size down to 19"

 but this guy because of the box that comes with him so I have to use a bigger shipping box to keep

 him protected so that brings it up to over 20" which changes the shipping rate sorry I have no

 control over that). shipping box dimensions are 23"x19"x19" weight 11-13 pounds. I could however

 send the item via USPS Parcel post to make it cheaper and I accept local pick ups with a pick up fee

 of only $10.00. Any questions  please email me, thanks! :0) Also see my other auctions and sales!






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