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TV Spaceman

Alps, 1960s
14 inches tall

With its rotating copper colored eyes, clear plastic face, and light up television chest, this robot looks like it was designed by a mad scientist on acid. Nonetheless, these strange features are exactly what makes the Television Spaceman so much fun. Lots of lights, lots of color, lots of movement. Push down the antenna on his head and watch him lumber forward as his eyes rotate and the scene within his chest -- depicting an outer space landscape, complete with rockets and spacemen -- scrolls along. This is a later version of the toy, with plastic legs, plastic battery compartment door, and a plastic radar piece. Earlier incarnations have metal instead of plastic, a metal cross for an antenna, and a smaller TV window (which is why I sort of like the later version better; the TV does it for me).