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clockwork toy robot - Swivel Robot

Swivel Robot

  • Object:

    clockwork toy robot

  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1970-1979 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (manufacturers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection-moulded polystyrene, printed card

  • Museum number:

    B.165:1 to 2-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Clockwork toy robot with box. The toy is made from grey-green polystyrene, with silver plastic details. Its head and torso are all-in-one, its arms are minimally-poseable and project forwards. The toy is wound using an integrated key, when activated the robot walks forwards and its head spins. On top of the head are silver plastic 'ears' and antennae.

With the toy is its original colour-printed card box.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (manufactured)


1970-1979 (manufactured)


Unknown (manufacturers)

Materials and Techniques

Injection-moulded polystyrene, printed card

Marks and inscriptions

Printed on the box: 'Wind-Up Mechanical Swivel Robot'

Printed on the box: 'Watch Robot's Body Revolving As He Walks.'

Printed on the box: 'NO. 1178 Made in Hong Kong'


Height: 12.5 cm robot

Object history note

Part of the Edward Castle collection.

Descriptive line

Robot, 'Swivel Robot', No.1178; plastic, Hong Kong, 1970s


Polystyrene; Paper


Injection moulding; Printing

Subjects depicted



Mechanical toys; Plastic

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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