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Rosko Astronaut

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Walking, beeping sounds, lights
Nomura Robby the Robot

The Nomura/Rosko robot spaceman toy emerged in the 1950s and 1960s, capitalizing on both American space exploration enthusiasm and Japanese fascination with robots. Manufactured by Nomura, renowned for its robot-themed metal toys, Rosko mirrored the design of Nomura’s popular “Robby” robot from the movie “Forbidden Planet.” Its body shape and tin stamping were directly adapted from Robby’s design, creating a seamless transition from one iconic toy to another.


Powered by two D -cell batteries housed in its legs, Rosko featured a mechanical walking action, swaying arms, and a lighted transmitter. Emitting morse code sounds and flashing lights, it simulated interstellar communication, enhancing its allure. Collectors could choose between a blue-suited astronaut with dark hair or a red-clad astronaut with blond hair. While originally a product of the mid-20th century, Rosko’s enduring charm led to its reproduction by the Osaka Tin Toy Institute in the 1990s, ensuring its legacy endures for future generations.

Comparison of Rosko Astronaut and Nomura Robby

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