Japanese tin robot
Japanese tin robot

Immediately after the Second World War, Japanese toy makers began to manufacture battery powered tin plate toys. American and European toy makers had used batteries to operate lights, buzzers and horns but it was the Japanese who replaced clockwork and friction mechanism with electric motors to power toy vehicles and automata. These toys were made for export and were usually sold under the international distributors’ brands, such as Ideal, Max and Hubby. The heyday of Japanese tin toys lasted from 1945 to about 1965.
 

 

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