from the space age
Robot and Space Toy Links 1
KimonoMyHouseToys is as friendly as their name is witty. Anime, robots and space toy items including Masudaya wind ups. Lots of new, inexpensive stuff direct from Japan that never makes it into the stores. A fun site with great people and great service. Constantly changing sales and close outs make this a good site to bookmark. Click the banner above to link to kimonomyhouse.
The Old Robots site is absolutely fascinating, with information on zillions of robots. You can download instruction manuals free. Click the banner for TheOldRobots.com.
HobbyLinkJapan is a great Japanese source not only for robots and space-themed items, but also models and hobby kits. They carry a large line from many manufacturers, and also have a clearance section that changes often. One of the few Japanese sites in English, Hobby Link includes the yen/ dollar conversion on most items, and will e-mail you for shipping costs. Their great customer service makes it easy to buy direct from Japan. To link, click the banner.
Robot Japan isn't a store per se, it's Ed's great Japanese robot site for all things transforming. In the background section you can read Ed's essay on Japanese robots as works of art. There's also a place to sign the guest book or e-mail Ed. The Robot Japan bulletin board provides a forum to discuss Transformers or the many other great robots. The gallery shows pictures of toys by manufacturers, and there's even a links page to great stores like Just Be distribution in Portland and Outer Limits toys in New Jersey. Click the picture and you're turning Japanese.
Neatstuff is the premiere source for the best-made and most affordable repro robots from Tin Tom Toys and Osaka Tin Toys. Recent repros from TTT include two of the best-loved robots, Thunder Robot and Smoking Spaceman. Osaka Tin Toys has recently created excellent wind-up and battery operated Robby the Robots, among other great creations. Along with vintage collectibles, there are plenty of recent, affordable toys, and with most orders you get free shipping. Bill also sends out a quarterly e-mail letter of new robots and special deals, and you can sign up for free giveaways. Click the picture to see neatstuff.
Planet Zeroid is the source for the cool new animated CGI Zeroid movie, Zeroids: Return to Planet Zero. Zerak, Zobor, Zintar, Zogg, and even Zemo star in this full-length feature based on Ideal's classic robots. Watch animated segments on the site. Click the picture for more than zero.
Playset Magazine is the mag devoted to all those great Marx playsets and other "atomic age" toys. Shown is the great Zeroids issue. I got this and the Planet Zeroid link from John at Wild Toys on the next link page (click on More Links below).