My grandmother bought one of these for me and I absolute loved that robot. I had told my wife about it and she tried many times to get me one on eBay but she always seemed to get outbid. I also tried a few times on eBay myself and was also outbid. It was just more than I wanted to pay for it.
A couple of years ago I was at my parents for Christmas. My dad and I were going thru two old wooden toy chests that were still in the basement. Lo and behold, I found that robot in one of the chests. I was thrilled beyond belief that I still had it. I thought it was lost all these years. It is now home and on display in my office.
Yes, I will admit it. This post is purely for my own obsession with toy robots from the 70s.
Gigantor, The Mighty Robot. I prefer the old tin robots over these plastic ones, but I like that Gigantor is 17 inches tall.
I will probably always have a passion for tin robots from the 70s (and 60s). I would like to get a few of them for a collection but they are fairly expensive for me at this time. Many are $100 to $300 a piece now.
I finally found the version of Robbie Robot that I had as a child. This is the set my grandmother had given to me during the Christmas of 1969. I don’t know what made this toy so special, but it has always been a fond memory.
Even though the robot quit working, I had that four legged walker for years to come. I remember using it as a vehicle for my Star Wars figures in the late 70s.
Did you have a favorite robot in the 70s?
In continuation from my last post, I too wanted a robot for Christmas. This is the that I picked out. I didn’t have Billie Blastoff, I had Robbie Robot and a couple of his vehicles.
The neat part to Robbie was you could put batteries in his jet pack, and when you seated him in a vehicle, the jet pack would make the vehicle go. I haven’t found the vehicle I had yet, but it was a four legged walker that was green and white. I don’t remember what happened to Robbie which is sad as this would be one of my top 10 favorite toys from the 70s. I had a lot of fun with Robbie and seeing pictures of him reminds me of my Grandmother, who just happens to be one of the coolest grandmothers that ever lived.
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.
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.
06/06/11: I found another advert for this robot in a Sears 1975 Wishbook.