The original Thunder Robots were made by Asakusa in Japan in 1967. They are increasingly rare to find now and when they do come up for sale reach eye-watering figures. Original Asakusa Thunder Robots had more of a dark brown colour than the warm dark grey of later reproductions. Several companies have made reproductions over the years including Schylling, Tin Tom Toys (TTT) and more recently Ha Ha Toy. Other colour variations I’ve seen include blue, red and silver.
Asakusa, 1967, Silver (prototype in a Tokyo museum)
Asakusa, 1967, Brown
Tin Tom Toys, 2002, Brown
Tin Tom Toys, 2000s?, Silver
Schylling (ME 200), 2000s, Brown
Schylling, 2000s, Metallic Blue
Schylling, 2000s, Metallic Red
Schylling, 2000s, Chrome
Classic Tin Toy Company, 2000s, Gold plated Chrome (named ‘Thunder XX7 Ultimate Warrior’)
Ha Ha Toy, 2000s, Brownish Grey
Ha Ha Toy, 2000s, Silver, Blue hands/feet
Some variations have curved rotor blades instead of straight ones. Mainly ones labelled ME 200, an early Shylling variation I believe.
Thunder Robot – Classic Tin Toy Robot from Ha Ha Toys
Thunder Robot is a classic tin plate toy robot originally made by Asakusa in the 1950s (1957 to be exact). Mine is a modern, but faithful, Chinese reproduction from Ha Ha Toys. The ‘Thunder Robot’ is a favourite amongst toy robot collectors, and rightly so, it looks awesome! This reproduction tin toy is in a brown / grey finish with green eyes and red hands and feet. Unfortunately he is in need of major repair! His hands don’t light up nor does he make a machine gun ra-ta-ta sound properly. 🙁
But that didn’t stop me making an awesome video of it!!
Maybe one day soon I’ll be brave and open him up to try and fix him. If I do, you can be sure I’ll share the journey on my channel. Any advise from experienced robot repairers welcome. 🙂
The Legend of the Thunder Robot
Have you heard of the Legend of the THUNDER ROBOT?
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