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.


Astro boy YONEZAWA ROBBY ROBOT TIN TOY NOMURA billiken shokai From Japan
$258.05
Sale Ends Sunday Jan-22-2017 6:18:34 PST


Vintage Nomura Tin Robot 1950s Zoomer Sparky Radar Japan
$199.99
Sale Ends Sunday Jan-22-2017 18:59:19 PST


VINTAGE 115 MOON TRAVELER APOLLO Z SPACE TIN TOY IN BOX 1969 NOMURA WORKS
$245.00
Sale Ends Sunday Jan-22-2017 19:35:12 PST


1957 NOMURA JAPAN MECHANIZED ROBBY ROBOT TIN BATTERY OP TOY BOX EXCELLENT
$1,500.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-23-2017 8:04:00 PST


Piston Cylinders for Nomura Piston Robot
$35.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-23-2017 16:13:33 PST


Rubber Hands for Nomura Piston Action Robot
$35.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-23-2017 16:13:33 PST


Nomura Japan TN B O Tinplate Robby Space Patrol circa 1957 aka Robby sled
$1,225.00 (12 Bids)
Sale Ends Tuesday Jan-24-2017 10:05:59 PST


Reproduction wheels Zoomer Robot by Nomura
$40.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Jan-24-2017 14:57:31 PST


Vintage Nomura Tin Robot 1950s Zoomer Sparky Radar Japan Space Age Retro
$100.00
Sale Ends Wednesday Jan-25-2017 8:51:58 PST


1950s Vintage Nomura Mechanized Robby Robot Forbidden Planet Paint Restoration
$520.00
Sale Ends Wednesday Jan-25-2017 22:50:07 PST


NOMURA TIn OLD Toy Vintage Car 1960s Rare Friction Subaru Made in Japan With Box
$3,198.00
Sale Ends Thursday Jan-26-2017 7:43:45 PST


Robot Tin Astronaut Robot red version Rare B op Nomura JapanCirca 1950s
$100.89 (6 Bids)
Sale Ends Thursday Jan-26-2017 9:05:47 PST


ORIGINAL TN NOMURA JAPAN RATCHET ROBOT TIN LITHOGRAPHED SPARKING WIND UP TOY 8
$20.50 (2 Bids)
Sale Ends Saturday Jan-28-2017 15:32:09 PST


ACCURATE REPLICA BOX for NOMURA MOON PATROL SPACE DIVISION NO3 VEHICLE MOON CAR
$175.00
Sale Ends Monday Jan-30-2017 10:37:18 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.