Nomura Robots

By | November 30, 2016

Like many manufacturers in Japan, the company Nomura transitioned into the tin toy industry in the late 1940's after World War II to help reconstruct the economy of their nation. Nomura is famous for their tin robot toys such as Tetsujin 28 aka Iron Man and Astro Boy. In addition, coming off the success of the movie Forbidden Planet, Robby the Robot became a popular toy robot. These productions of battery operated walking tin robots help establish Nomura as hugely popular for its toys during the 1950s and and 1960s. In the early 1970s, the company adopted diecast metal for the production of their toys after Popy had success with their line of die cast toys. During this time, the company acquired the license to produce the Yamato toyline based on the popular animation series in Japan, Farewell to Yamato, which is related to the animation series called Star Blazers in the United States. Today, many toy collectors find nostalgic Nomura's toyline as an attractive investment for their collection.


1960 BANDAI JAPAN SERIEAPOLO ELECTRONIC ESCAVADOR LUNAR LEDY No Nomura YONEZAWA
$175.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Mar-28-2017 17:10:11 PDT


VERY RARE 60s SPAIN PAYA SPACE ASTRONAUT TOY ROBOT Japan Style Nomura Horikawa
$490.00
Sale Ends Friday Mar-31-2017 3:23:50 PDT


ACCURATE REPLICA BOX for NOMURA MOON PATROL SPACE DIVISION NO3 VEHICLE MOON CAR
$175.00
Sale Ends Friday Mar-31-2017 11:37:18 PDT


NOMURA ROBOTANK Z and R 1 HELMET LAST ONE NO LONGER MAKING THEM
$26.00
Sale Ends Friday Mar-31-2017 16:29:40 PDT


1975 Nomura Die Cast Space Cruiser Yamato Cosmo Tiger Vintage Toy POPY TAKATOKU
$199.00
Sale Ends Saturday Apr-1-2017 2:27:04 PDT


Nomura Robby Space PatrolVery ScarceFully WorkingOriginal
$3,250.00
Sale Ends Saturday Apr-1-2017 9:57:53 PDT


ORIGINAL NOMURA PUG ROBBY PISTON ACTION REMOTE ROBOT NOMURA TN JAPAN
$500.00
Sale Ends Saturday Apr-1-2017 15:56:26 PDT


1957 Mechanized Robot Nomura Japan Robby Tin Battery Operated Toy
$995.00
Sale Ends Saturday Apr-1-2017 18:35:23 PDT


Limited article RADAR Robot TNnomuraReplica
$99.00
Sale Ends Sunday Apr-2-2017 3:04:14 PDT


RARE ROBOTANK Z R1 ROBOT TIN LITHO BATTERY OP SPACE TOY TN NOMURA JAPAN WORKS
$750.00
Sale Ends Sunday Apr-2-2017 18:04:01 PDT


MINT ASTRONAUT ROBOT SPACE SCOUT SHIP MADE IN HONG KONG EXACTLY JAPAN NOMURA
$390.00
Sale Ends Monday Apr-3-2017 17:34:52 PDT


HIGH CONDITION 60s SPAIN PAYA SPACE TOY ROBOT Japan Style Tin Nomura Horikawa
$1,190.00
Sale Ends Monday Apr-3-2017 17:37:46 PDT


1960s Tin Space Toy Tank MS 85 Masudaya O Box Batt Op No NomuraRobot It Works
$949.99
Sale Ends Tuesday Apr-4-2017 16:25:41 PDT


MOON TRAVELER APOLLO Z SPACE SHUTTLE TIN TOY W BOX NOMURA WORKS VINTAGE 1969
$159.96
Sale Ends Thursday Apr-6-2017 7:09:47 PDT


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Check out some videos on some classic Nomura tin toys from the past!

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Nomura robot toy
Yellow version of the Remote Controlled Spaceman toy robot.

50s Nomura batop radar tin robot

Nomura produced the popular tin robot toys such as Astro Boy, Tetsujin 28, Zoomer Robot, and most notably Robby the Robot, whose iconic character originally debuted in the American science fiction movie classic, The Forbidden Planet. These toys were battery operated tin robots that would walk. The popularity of these toys established Nomura as one of the leading producers of walking tin robot toys during the ’50s and ’60s. The manufacturer eventually moved away from manufacturing tin toys to diecast metal toys due to its lower cost.