Maker: A.N/AHI/Naito Shoten
JAPAN circa 1955
One of the robot collecting enigmas is Naito Shoten.This Tokyo-based toy company produced a small selection of toys in the mid-1950s designed around a key set of humanoid tooling.
There is a contemporary speculation that Naito Shoten and it's A.N/AHI toy brands were resellers of rare variation Nomura toys.This theory is supported by design similarities and identical component-sharing between toys as Interplanetary Explorer,Deep Sea robot,and Nomura's Earth Man..
Keywind,lithographed tinplate,he walks forward,moves arms back and forth,carrying a space gun in one hand..
A great ,expensive ,highly desirable toy..
Original packaging is colorful,and adds to an already expensive purchase.
Chinese reproductions are widely available..
8 inches /20.3 cm
MIOB $ 4.500
(Griffiths auction 9-12-00)