Box, X - 70 Robot Toy

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Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This box contained a space robot toy, a tin toy manufactured in Japan for export to Western markets. In the 1950s and 1960s, its maker, Nomura, specialized in producing robot-themed metal toys, including several versions of an unlicensed "Robby" robot based on the popular robot character from the film "Forbidden Planet" (MGM, 1956). In post-WWII Japan, producing these metal toys began as a way to tap into an international market for "penny toys" or cheap playthings, but developed by the late 1950s into a industry manufacturing creatively-designed, complex toys with moving parts and lights that competed successfully with Western toymakers. The artist's depiction of the toy inside dramatizes the toy, showing a metal-clawed robot standing on an outer space landscape with Saturn hanging above.

The Gewirz family donated this toy to the Museum in 2006.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20070084001

Credit Line

Gift of the Carl and Nancy Gewirz Fund Inc..

Manufacturer

Country of Origin

Japan

Materials

Cardboard, steel staples

Dimensions

3-D: 15.9 x 10.8 x 33cm (6 1/4 x 4 1/4 x 13 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Type

MEMORABILIA-Popular Culture