In the 1930s the cinema introduced children to space and the adventures of for example Buck Rogers. Interest in the unknown has continued throughout this century, and both fact and fiction have always influenced the toy market.

In 1959 Corgi introduced 'Rocket Age Models' influenced by the Cold War. Early examples of robots were probably based on Robby the Robot from the 1956 film The Forbidden Planet.

Battery powered

Using battery power, space robots have been made to speak and have flashing eyes and lasers. Thunderbirds, Dr. Who and Star Wars have inspired a range of collectible figures and accessories that are sought after by children and adults alike.


Space value and price guide

What's your 'Space' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Talking Robot Box Yonezawa 1960s Japan 09/2019 £687.70
Tin Toy Robot Conqueror W Orig Box Man 10/2019 £666.01
Rare Bandai Japan 1960 S Tin B O Bus In 08/2019 £637.84
X5 Patrol 8 20 3 Cm Japanese Tin 08/2019 £555.66
Masudaya Capsule 6 Tin Battery Operated 07/2019 £469.99

See all sold items for more prices.


Do you want to know more about collectible tin toys, and want to learn about value and identification? Take a look at these books on old toys on Amazon.

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1 comment

Howardharris - April 9, 2013
hi i'm looking to buy a remote for my 2ft lost in space robot an instruction thank you !