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action figure - Peace-Phantom Thunder Tom

Peace-Phantom Thunder Tom

  • Object:

    action figure

  • Place of origin:

    Taiwan (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1978 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Taiwan Universal (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    PVC, painted; polystyrene; printed paper and card

  • Museum number:

    B.160:1 to 13-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Toy robot action figure, with accessories and original packaging. The robot is made from soft and hard PVC, with polystyrene parts, it vaguely resembles a Japanese warrior. The PVC head and 'breastplate' are separately moulded to the torso, and are attached to it with steel screws. Details have been highlighted on the arms, legs and head with silver, yellow and red paint. There are two 'saucers', one red, one yellow, which can be fired from a clockwork spigot on the robot's chest. The mechanism is wound with a large integral key on the robot's back, and activated using a small, round button just below it. Small red missiles (of which there are six) can be fired from spring-loaded launchers in the robot's knees. Two small, red plastic axes can be fitted into sockets at either side of the robot's waist.

With the robot is its original box, made from colour-printed card with a transparent plastic window on the front.

Place of Origin

Taiwan (manufactured)

Date

1978 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Taiwan Universal (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

PVC, painted; polystyrene; printed paper and card

Marks and inscriptions

'PEACE PHANTOM OF WORLD FREEDOM. ALL HAVE MYSTERIOUS MOVING PARTS. EACH IS ACCOMPANIED WITH EXCITING ACCESSORIES. NO BATTERIES NEEDED.'
Printed on box

'FIRES SAUCER FROM CHEST. SHOOTS ROCKETS FROM LEGS'
Printed on box

'ITEM NO. UT-3070'
Printed on box

Dimensions

Height: 30.5 cm robot

Object history note

Part of the Edward Castle collection.

Descriptive line

Toy robot with accessories and box; 'Peace Phantom', 'Thunder Tom'; plastic, Taiwan, Taiwan Universal Trade, 1978

Production Note

The design and marketing of Peace Phantoms (see also B.161-2016) was heavily influenced by Shogun Warriors, a series of Japanese toy robots licenced in the late-1970s by Mattel.

Materials

PVC; Polystyrene; Paper

Techniques

Injection moulding; Printing; Painting

Subjects depicted

Robots

Categories

Dolls & Toys; Plastic

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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