JAPAN circa 1955
The Hook Robot is a real gem,one of the most desirable robot toys among knowledgeable collectors/dealers.
Made by Waco (Marubishi was an exporter that stuck their trademark over the Waco one).
The Hook robot belongs to the skirted robot family and is friction powered with a really smooth movement,lovely litho'ed tin plate,features a hook on the top of it's boxy head, arms freely moving,head turns back and forth..
Hook Robot came out in 2 versions: lighter blue coloured with the red mouth and blue with silver mouth.
I believe both versions are seen in equal amount.
Original mint box is extremely hard to find and it reads,"Robot",so..keep your eyes open!
Height - 7 1/2 inches / 19.1 cm
MIOB $ 8.400
(Griffiths auction 9-12-00)
(Thank you Steve for the toy pic and the makers info--- Box pic courtesy of Alphadrome).