This lot is for a circa 1971 Lunar Spaceman Robot Astronaut. This baby was made in Hong Kong and was a plastic knock-off of the elaborate Japanese tin robots of the period . The interesting thing is that this robot did not sell well and has come to us as a rather difficult-to-find and sought-after piece. The action is quite exciting. Flick the switch on the back and the robot lights-up, takes a few steps and stops – then, in a most aggressive manner – the doors of its chest fly open and twin cannons light up and fire away with a tremendous clack-clack clacking sound. Very impressive – and now very rare.
But there is more to the story of this Lunar Spaceman. My parents – Buddy and Brownie – had a chain of lingerie shops. My father, a great lover of toys, sold Lunar Spacemen in his store back in the 1970’s. The store was Elaine’s Underfashion Shop, in the Charlottetown Mall, Charlotte, N.C. Take a look at my blog and you will see a short film I made in their store in 1971 that features Lunar Spacemen! And it this film you can actually see how a Lunar Spaceman operates. Sadly, this is the last robot from my father’s old store stock – and I have saved it all these years for you!
This specimen is near mint with some light scuffing in a near mint box with all interior cardboard elements – the box has a little denting at top and some light staining. You won’t be disappointed in this piece – it’s like buying from a time capsule back to my father’s lingerie store in 1971.
The robot is 12 inches tall – works on (2) D batteries (not included, as they used to say).
Give this plastic wonder a good home and carry on the family tradition!.