Battery operated (requires 2 or 3 D-cell batteries – see History*)
Mystery Action (Bump-N-Go)
Light up head dome
Hysterical laughing sounds whilst…
Shoulders move up and down
Mouth doors opens to reveal creepy smile
Vent in the front for the speaker sounds
Free swinging arms
I believe the earliest version of The Laughing Robot went on sale late 1969. The toy was manufactured by Yonezawa but branded and sold by two different companies. The Waco branded ‘The Laughing Robot’ and the F.J. Strauss Co. Inc. branded (Straco) ‘The Hysterical Robot – Happy Harry’. Later versions of The Hysterical Harry came with an additional battery compartment in the rear shoulder area (likely for the speaker) to improve the toy’s electronic reliability.
I haven’t found any close variants of this design, it’s a unique one in the toy robot world!
Halloween Story Time with Charlie Brown & Snoopy (Part 2)
A Halloween animated special featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Narrated by the All Hallows’ Eve pumpkin, this short video tells the tale of four friends who go camping in the woods. Can you work out who is behind the scary climax? Check out Part 1 first!
The Laughing Robot – Time Lapse Drawing in Photoshop
Time lapse drawing using Adobe Photoshop. This digital painting is of my Waco Laughing Robot, a rare, vintage toy made in Japan from 1969. At the end of the video you’ll see the finished printed artwork alongside the Laughing Robot toy itself. Enjoy!
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