Remembering the 70s

A Simpler Time

Remembering the 70s - A Simpler Time

Moon Explorer – Spinning Robot from 1970

My brother and I got to pick out one gift each that we wanted from our Grandmother every Christmas. Sometime around 1970 we decided that we wanted robots for Christmas. This was the robot that my brother had picked out.

Spinning Robot from 1970

Spinning Robot from 1970

The robot took 2 “D” batteries and would walk a bit, spin, and then the doors would open with two lighted guns blazing. Way cool.

I found a picture of our robots. Notice the Robbie the Robot from the Billy Blastoff line in the upper left. I will talk about that in my next post.

Spinning Robot and Robbie Robot from 1969

Spinning Robot and Robbie Robot from 1969

06/06/11: I found another advert for this robot in a Sears 1975 Wishbook.

Moon Explorer Robot 1975

Moon Explorer Robot 1975

Category: 70s, 70s Toys
  • giovanni says:

    hello, thanks for uploading these images. I also I have a robot of these, in fact I have two. as a kid my mom gave me one and I lost it shortly after, now that I have 39 years and care as the most precious. you can imagine how important it is for me to see these images so simple and so meaningful. Thank you.

    February 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm
    • WebDebris says:

      Hello Giovanni and thanks for stopping by! You are very welcome! I really wish I still had the ones from our childhood. I agree with you completely and if I ever get another one it would be handled with extreme care.

      February 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm
  • Ray says:

    As a kid I first saw this robot in a 1975 Aldens christmas catalog. They called it “martian robot”. I was fascinated to no end by it. Saw it again in the 1976, ’77 and ’78 issues as well. In the ’78 issue they called it “moon explorer robot”. They never sold them in the regular local stores. There was one giant toy store about 30 miles from us called “childrens palace”. We went there one time and they didn’t even have them. My older brother was amused by my interest in it because I was always looking at the pictures of it and talking about. One time he said to me: “you won’t shut up about it until you get one will you?”

    Years later after I grew out of it I saw a bunch of them sitting on a shelf in the tiny toy section in a local thrift drug store.

    Thanks for posting these pictures. Brings back memories.

    February 13, 2014 at 11:20 pm
    • WebDebris says:

      Hello Ray and thanks for stopping by. I could kick myself because about 15 years ago I saw one of these in an antique store and it was $100 in working condition and in the box. I even had the money but talked myself out of it. I wish I had bought it.

      January 26, 2015 at 2:12 pm

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