JAPAN circa 1959
Yonezawa's Space Explorer is the grand-daddy of dozens of robots with the same name....
This lovely tin plate/plastic battery operated toy begins it's operational sequence as a rectangular TV red box, then rises up,his head pops-out with the two green eyes flashing, his torso rises up freeing his legs to do a lumbering shuffle.Then the gold and black checkered screen lowers down revealing a 3-dimensional space scene with a menacing astronaut in the controls....Trully fascinating !
Unfortunately most of the Space Explorers found today don't work, because their heavy bodies have stripped some of their internal gears.
There are 3 variants known : grey/black,red,and a tooling-altered rarer version with a secondary on/off switch on head
A few toys can boast such clever and progressive operational skills,placing Yonezawa's Space Explorer at the top of Japanese toy designing.
Height - closed 18 cm - open 30 cm
MIOB - $1.600