Taiyo – Wheel a Gear Robot.
I have NO idea why this robot is so damned hard to find. I would say that wheel a gear and blink a gear robots were both produced and sold in the same quantities but for some reason its always the blink a gear you see around, never the wheel a gear.
I think, but not sure, that wheel a gear was the first version. The mechanism is more complex and the rubber band was not the best way to drive the wheels inside the body. I think the wheel a gear was replaced quickly by the blink a gear, less action and less problems with the gears.
Wheel a gear robot is special in many ways. Its a hybrid between tin and plastic parts. legs and arms are plastic, body is tin… because of the fragile legs not that many survived time complete and working The legs have a weak point at the connection inside the body and legs are mostly broken there.
This example is in excellent condition. The robot is complete and all original. The plastic legs and arms are perfect, no cracks or breaks. the robot is in working condition but as always.. the wheels do not turn properly because of the rubber band that needs replacement. I will leave this to the new owner to decide. The body cover has a crack as shown in the pictures. Overall the robot only shows some minor wear but survived the years very well.
clean battery compartment and original antenna.
In action this robot walks forward and his eyes “look” up and down. Inside his body there is red and green light and the wheels spin rapidly.
the robot comes with its original box in fantastic excellent + condition. Take a look at the artwork.. its one of the best artworks for robot boxes made in the sixties…and there even is a death star pictured already.. wonder where star wars got the inspiration…………
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