Nomura - Robby Space Patrol.

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Nomura - 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.

Ok so far for the story behind this legend.... The condition of this Robby Space Patrol, which was made by Nomura in Japan and made out of tinplate, is excellent. The toy is in played with condition and shows some overall wear and some minor corrosionspots. The batterycompartment is clean. The inside of the batterycover shows some light wear at one side on the inside, hardly to see in the pictures.  One of the shields show a small crack, common for these toys as i have never seen a robby space patrol with perfect dishes... these fragile plastic dishes, always seems to have a crack somewhere... Robby got his original hands and dome, dome is perfect and free of cracks.

Of course... Robby Space Patrol works fine and strong with all the actions and light. The toy works like it left the factory yesterday !

Scarce spacetoy that was reproduced by Mikes Toyhouse in the late nineties... but... nothing beats the original one... 


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