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Tin Man Robot from Remco (1969)

Released in 1969 by New Jersey-based Remco, the Tin Man Robot was based on the character of the same name from the Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man was touted for his ability to “walk like a man.” He stood over 21-inches tall and was primarily comprised of molded plastic in a silver/black colour scheme. He was adorned with a series of stickers, including a nameplate and a face with a perpetual smile. A snap-on cap with a funnel tip completed the ensemble.

Four “D” batteries powered Tin Man Robot’s built-in motor, which allowed him to walk forward and backward while also swinging his arms in concert. His “life-like steps” were complemented by “bump and go” movement. This feature was facilitated via metal bumpers protruding from his front and back. If one of the bars contacted an object, Tin Man would reverse his direction to compensate and re-route.

Remco offered the Tin Man Robot for three years before he disappeared from store shelves.

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