Metal House was originally founded under the name Marumiya in 1943. It was a small Japan based family firm specialising in manufacturing tin plate robots and toys. Marumiya largely operated as a subcontractor to other toy companies such as S.H. Horikawa, Nomura and Yonezawa. They produced some of the now most sought-after robots including the Machine Robot, Fighting Robot, and Attacking Martian from S.H. Horikawa.
The firm changed its name to Metal House in 1989 around the same time when Horikawa closed, one of its main sources of business. Metal House continued to make high-quality traditionally-made tin-plate robots and kept developing new designs to appeal to existing and new collectors. In their last few years they partnered with Osaka Tin Toy Institute but closed shop in April 2017 (source). Metal House was one of last surviving Japanese firms still manufacturing battery-operated tin toy robots. It was a sad day when they finally closed for good. :(
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