Toy, X-70 Robot


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 metal X-70 robot is 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 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. This X-70 toy reflects the Japanese fad for robots.

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of the Carl and Nancy Gewirz Fund Inc..


Country of Origin



Steel, brass, plastic, paint, natural rubber


3-D: 14 x 10.2 x 31.1cm (5 1/2 x 4 x 12 1/4 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


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