c.1955 Nomura, Battery Op. "Zoomer the Robot" in Original Box

c.1955 Nomura, Battery Op.

Here is Nomura's iconic "Battery Operated Zoomer the Robot" complete with its original box. It's probably one of the most recognizable of all Japanese tin robot toys. The toy has its original red celluloid film underneath the mouth and eyes and works great! It's in super near mint+ condition, however it does have some touch-up on the underside of the torso.

This metallic blue Zoomer is characterized by a flared rectangular body, a squarish-cube head (with "squeezed-like neck"), black "ear muffs", angled rectangular legs, and long flat black feet. He has chrome plated coiled spring antenna hair, stubby red arms with black claw hands, and carries a black spanner wrench. Under each foot are two in-line rubber rollers; all are original. His embossed back pack is pierced by a 6½" long movable antenna.

The battery compartment (spotless) is on the left and stop/go switch is on the right. The underside between the legs is stamped Japan. 

Insert a single C-cell battery, switch on, and he starts walking with one leg in front of the other. The eyes and mouth light up red. Fantastic toy just to watch it work. And everything does work great!

The original box has a color paste-down print of a blue/gray Zoomer plodding through a destroyed city. His eyes beam a brilliant red ray. He carries a sledge hammer in his right hand and the wrench in the left. The Nomura and Showa trademarks along with "PATENT" were printed along the lower edge. The U.S. importer George Wagner trademark was printed on the upper right corner. 

Size: Approx. 7¾" (not including rear antenna).

Sold: Oct. 2013

Price Sold: $ 887


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