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Atomic Box

Unknown, 1960s
6 inches tall

Made in Argentina, this simple plastic robot features hand-painted details, making it feel more like a piece of folk art than a mass produced toy. From a design point of view, it clearly draws on elements of S.N.K.'s Sparkling Mike/Flashy Jim/Robbie the Roving Robot family of toys.

The simple wind up mechanism causes the robot's body to jiggle over its tin feet, giving the toy a weird, jerky sort of forward motion.