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Sparkling Mike

S.N.K., 1956
7.5 inches tall

Sparkling Mike, in the Doctor's opinion, most exemplifies what a toy robot from the 1950s should look like. From the inquisitive stare to the primitive construction to the simple, yet bold coloring, Mike captures the essence of a bygone era's notions of futuristic design. Almost child-like, as if reflecting its target audience. Sparkling Mike has an interesting mode of locomotion -- his legs move back and forth, but at the same time, round pins under his feet extend up and down. This combination of mechanics gives Mike a rather human-like gait with something of a side-to-side hip motion. Very cool.