S.H. Horikawa Gear Robot

S.H. Horikawa Gear Robot Wind Up Trapezoidal Head Horikawa Gear Robot Blue and Red (version 2)


Name/s: Gear Robot
Brand: S.H. Horikawa
Origin: Japan
First sighting: 1972
Class: Gear Robots, Sparking Robots
Height: 21cm approx.
Weight: 289g
Materials: Plastic
Power: Wind up (clockwork)

Primary Functions

  • Walking
  • Rotating Gears
  • Sparking Action

Other Features

  • Built-in folding wind up key


This particular Gear Robot with the trapezoidal head design, is a rework of an earlier design brought out in 1970 with an ‘Attacking Martian’ head design. I’ve seen several different versions: all red, blue/red, chrome/red and even gold chrome/red. The gold version is likely one of the later designs and has right-angled missile-like arms, the same as those used on the Horikawa Sky Robot.

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Horikawa Gear Robot – Rare Original Sparking Toy Robot

Here is a super rare HORIKAWA GEAR ROBOT. This vintage Japanese toy robot made in the early 1970s measures a little over 8 inches tall has a clear plastic chest panel with 4 rotating gears and original sparking feature. The compact body is made of brightly coloured plastic and has a fixed key / windup mechanism. This particular model is in perfect working order and displays awesomely. However… it isn’t perfect. The body clips have got damaged over the years and consequently the two halves of the main body don’t hold together properly, hence me keeping a tight grip on them as I crank the windup key in the video. A previous owner has attempted to glue the two parts together – which was only successful in melting the plastic a little around the join – not good. 🙁 Despite this, I still love this robot for its awesome looks, retro design and vivid colours. When you wind it up as much as you dare it really does give you a great sparking display. You can even see the burn marks on the inside of its clear chest cover. AWESOME!

FIRE BREATHING ROBOT! Walking Sparking Horikawa Gear Robot

This rare 1970s Horikawa Gear Robot toy breathes fire! Wind-up robot walking action with huge sparks!

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