Japanese Spaceman & Robot Toys, ca. 1960
Appraised Value: $7,000 - $11,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (3:04)
Toys & Games
Noel Barrett Antiques & Auctions Ltd.
GUEST: I found these toys at an aunt's house. It's been quite some time. I put it away in storage for about 30 years.
APPRAISER: 30 years.
GUEST: Absolutely, 30 years. Not really thinking it being important until I watched you.
APPRAISER: Oh, that's great, and then you waited until I showed up in Anaheim.
GUEST: Well, I've been watching ROADSHOW for quite some time and I know you're the expert on toys, the best in the world, I think.
APPRAISER: I thank you very much. Well, I love these toys and it looks like we have a real space extravaganza here.
GUEST: Yeah, I hope so.
APPRAISER: Well, let me tell you a little bit about space toys. They started coming in popularity in the late '50s, early '60s. The best ones were made in Japan. Now, of course, all these toys were made in Japan. These were made by a company called "TN" and this was made by a company called "Showa." Two basic categories: space astronauts and space robots. And you have two of each. That's pretty nice. So you found these in your aunt's house. And other people were there first, right?
GUEST: Basically, they took what they wanted as important.
APPRAISER: And left you this junk.
GUEST: Well, this was under a bunch of junk and I uncovered it, kind of, you know.
APPRAISER: Well, you got some really nice things here, and of course, I'm sure if you watch the ROADSHOW you know that we love them in the boxes.
GUEST: Okay, mm-hmm.
APPRAISER: And we love them in the boxes when the boxes are really crisp and clean, and we love them when they haven't been played with. So, we got a lot of love here. What you have here is this Spaceman. They're very desirable and very collectible, especially when they're in this kind of condition. And then the other major category are the robots. This robot, we call him Robby the Robot because he was based on the character in Forbidden Planet. But he's never called that on the box. Maybe they'd have to pay a licensing fee. But he's definitely the classic Robby. By the way, one thing that makes these very valuable is, these little rubber hands are easily broken and lost. That's very important that they're there. This one, as you know, has a problem. It's missing its face-plate here. The switch on there, right. Now, because these are so valuable, there are people who make the replacement parts, so that would be available. So, generally speaking, when you find these in the box, they've been selling at auction for $2,000 to $3,000 a piece.
APPRAISER: Each one of these.
APPRAISER: But few of them that have sold for that are in these kinds of conditions. So, I think that's a very conservative estimate for the values of these at auction. This one would probably be $1,000 to $2,000 because somebody could repair that. So you have some...
GUEST: I have dinner.
APPRAISER: You have dinner. I think you can have a few dinners.
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