Vintage Alps Television Spaceman TV Robot Toy 1959
I am offering a vintage Alps Television Spaceman battery operated robot toy. C.1959. Made in Japan. This toy is made of tin with plastic hands and legs. No missing parts and is in great condition! Some light scuffs at a few spots. The battery compartment was clean. I tested this toy with two fresh size D batteries. When I pressed the antenna down, the mouth and television in the chest lit up, and the robot started to slowly walk across the table!! Measures a full 15" inches tall with antenna, full working condition!
I found the following write up about this model in the book Vintage Toys: Robots and Space Toys: "It's unclear which Japanese manufacturer was first to integrate the decade's biggest phenomenon, television, with the robot toy, but Alps definitely had an early lock on coolness with Television Spaceman. The boxy battery-op from around 1959 defines the TV space toy genre: during operation, it slowly walks and swings its arms, the gears in its 'eyes' turning, while the illuminated TV screen rolls a space-themed 'program.' Standing nearly 15 inches to its antenna top, this impressive toy isn't uncommon in today's collector market, making it a popular choice among new enthusiasts looking to upgrade the sophistication of their collections. Often found without its antenna, Alps' Television Spaceman should be inspected for functioning illumination within the TV set - without it, repairs will soon follow. Many color variations are known, as well as plastic feet on later versions. Television Spaceman by Alps has it all: terrific packaging, great action, and iconic classic-period industrial design."
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