MTH - Robby Space Patrol

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I am hunting for this toy for years now but was never able to lay my hands on a perfect original example so I decided to go with this MTH version of the Famous Robby Space Patrol. In all those years I found several stories about this toy. Its still unclear to me what the real story is behind this beauty so I decided just to pick a story that I like the most so here we go....

The original Robby Space Patrol issued by the Japanese Toy Company Nomura in 1957. Long the subject of collectors desire, the exceedingly rare Robby Space Patrol, by Nomura, has inspired a culture of legend. Upon release, the story goes, MGM enjoined Nomura from further sales of the toy, as it infringed upon the studio's intellectual property rights from Forbidden Planet, released in 1956 to international acclaim. While there is no doubt Nomura lifted this toy directly from the film, such a theory doesn't explain why Nomura was rejoined on this toy, yet was left free by MGM attorneys to continue knocking off Robby as Mechanized Robot (1950's)
and Piston Action Robby (1950's). And no, the use of the name "Robby" on this toy wasn't the final straw which drew attorney ire.
Best guess: the toy didn't sell enough to continue production. Stunning lithography, mystery action, and authentic down to the tiered pilot on which Robby rides - in a world of superlatives, there is only one greatest: Robby Space Patrol by Nomura.

This reproduction was re-issued by the MTH Company in 1993 and is known as one of the best reproduction toys ever made !!
It was build on the same molds as the original toy was made back in the fifties. The ONLY thing that differs from the original toy
is MTH stamped in the inside of the batterycompartment.
Limited to only 500 ever made ( This is number 106 of 500 ), it is 12" long with bump-n-go action. Including blinking lights and a rotating Robby the Robot.
One of the greatest toys ever made on this classic sci-fi film. No certificate or outer packing box. The condition of this almost
20 years old reproduction :) is mint and the toy has never been played with before. It works like new. It comes with the original MTH
box with inserts and the often missing outside box.

Robby Space Patrol by MTH is almost as hard to find as an original example. You will rarely see them in the open market simply because only a few were ever produced.

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