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.


VERY RARE 60s SPAIN PAYA SPACE ASTRONAUT TOY ROBOT Japan Style Nomura Horikawa
$490.00
Sale Ends Sunday Dec-11-2016 13:08:56 PST


Vintage Delta Bird 7 Nomura 70S Japan Battery Operated Space Ship T S Toys
$12.00
Sale Ends Sunday Dec-11-2016 18:57:20 PST


VINTAGE TETSUJIN 28 MECH WINDUP TIN LITHO ROBOT TN NOMURA OSAKA JAPAN BOXED
$360.00 (41 Bids)
Sale Ends Sunday Dec-11-2016 19:21:01 PST


ORIGINAL RARE MUSICAL DRUMMER ROBOT R57 SPACE TIN LITHO B O NOMURA JAPAN TOY
$707.00 (18 Bids)
Sale Ends Sunday Dec-11-2016 19:55:28 PST


Reproduction Antenna Ears for Mini Robo Tank Nomura TN
$45.00
Sale Ends Sunday Dec-11-2016 23:01:06 PST


Nomura Robot Space Tank R 1 with original Japanese box Made in Japan
$269.00
Sale Ends Monday Dec-12-2016 4:49:25 PST


Vintage Nomura Tin Robot 1950s Zoomer Sparky Radar Japan
$299.99
Sale Ends Monday Dec-12-2016 19:54:25 PST


Near Mint 60s SPAIN PAYA NASA SPACE TOY ROBOT Japan Style Tin Nomura Horikawa
$850.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 2:02:01 PST


HIGH CONDITION 60s SPAIN PAYA SPACE TOY ROBOT Japan Style Tin Nomura Horikawa
$1,190.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 2:02:41 PST


50s Nomura Ratchet Robot Vintage Tin Wind Up Toy Japan Boxed
$479.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 8:51:42 PST


ALL ORIGINAL NOMURA RADAR ROBOT DARK GREY SPACE TIN TOY MADE IN JAPAN 1956
$1,100.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 14:51:59 PST


TOBOR CAPRI W TIN SPARKLING WIND UP MECHANICAL SPACE COSMIC ROBOT NOMURA COPY
$745.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 17:35:55 PST


GIROPLAST Celluloid tin wind up SPACE COSMIC ROBOT AUSTONAUT copy NOMURA JAPAN
$745.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Dec-13-2016 17:36:30 PST


Robot Tin Space Rocket Solar S X7 B op Nomura Japan Circa 1960sBoxed
$113.93
Sale Ends Wednesday Dec-14-2016 5:30:04 PST


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

Vintage Nomura Ishi Zoomer Wind-up Robot Toy with Sparks

Vintage Nomura Blue Spaceman Astronaut Robot with remote control.

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.