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Mechanical toy robot - Robbie Robot

Robbie Robot

  • Object:

    Mechanical toy robot

  • Place of origin:

    Hong Kong (manufactured)

  • Date:

    1962 (manufactured)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Injection-moulded polystyrene, metal; printed card

  • Museum number:

    B.196:1 to 2-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Battery-powered toy robot with original box. The robot is made from coloured polystyrene: it has a dark blue head with transparent red eyes and mouth, and other yellow details; a red torso; yellow arms, legs and backpack; blue feet with yellow screw end covers. Two C-type batteries can be fitted into the backpack, the sliding on/off switch for the internal motor is located below. When activated, the robot moves forwards, its arms swing, its eyes and mouth blink and it makes a clicking sound. There are two wheels on the underside of each foot. At the top of the robot's chest is a small moulded rhombus, into which a sticker bearing the manufacturer's name should fit. The sticker is missing.

With the robot is its original box, made from colour printed card, showing an artist's image of the toy standing on a lunar surface.

Place of Origin

Hong Kong (manufactured)

Date

1962 (manufactured)

Materials and Techniques

Injection-moulded polystyrene, metal; printed card

Marks and inscriptions

'MADE IN HONG KONG / NO. T-25'
Moulded onto underside of robot

Dimensions

Height: 23.5 cm robot

Object history note

Part of the Edward Castle collection.

Descriptive line

Battery operated robot with box, 'Robbie Robot'; Plastic, Hong Kong, MorToys, about 1962

Materials

Polystyrene; Metal; Paper

Techniques

Injection-moulding; Printing

Subjects depicted

Robots

Categories

Mechanical toys; Plastic

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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