Nomura Robots

By | June 11, 2018

Like many manufacturers in Japan in the late 1940's, the company Nomura made a transition towards the tin toy industry after World War II to help reconstruct the economy of their country. 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.


Nomura Original Japan Tin Toy Battery Operated Radar Robot 9TALL 1960s Vintage
$349.00
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-16-2018 9:09:58 PDT


1950s Nomura Showa Japan Robot Tractor Runs Well Lighted Engine
$43.00
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-16-2018 14:59:11 PDT


Retro Tetsujin 28 NO1 Brown Nomura Toy Reprint Osaka Tinplate Tinplate Toy Robot
$828.00
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-18-2018 1:23:03 PDT


BOXED MINI ROBO TANK VINTAGE SPACE ROBOT TR 2 B O TIN LITHOGRAPH NOMURA JAPAN
$269.99
Sale Ends Saturday Aug-18-2018 18:40:36 PDT


1954 JAPAN NOMURA SILVER ZOOMER ROBOT
$127.50 (9 Bids)
Sale Ends Monday Aug-20-2018 8:00:42 PDT


1950 Nomura Toy Gekko Kamen Moonlight Mask Friction Tin Toy Operated
$3,200.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Aug-21-2018 8:14:09 PDT


Very Rare TN Nomura Japan Tin Battery Space Zoomer Robot
$750.00
Sale Ends Tuesday Aug-21-2018 13:52:21 PDT


Rubber Hands for Nomura Piston Action Robot
$35.00
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-23-2018 4:18:00 PDT


ALL ORIGINAL NOMURA SHOWA PISTON ACTION ROBOT ROBBY + BOX 1957
$445.00
Sale Ends Thursday Aug-23-2018 16:47:01 PDT


Mechanized Robot 1950s Nomura Toy Reprint Version Osaka Tinplate
$1,230.00
Sale Ends Friday Aug-24-2018 8:23:52 PDT


Tetsujin 28 No3 Windup Tin Toy Rare Vintage made by Nomura Toy Japan Roboto
$4,999.99
Sale Ends Friday Aug-24-2018 11:08:02 PDT


Space Robot with Tv camera and screen x 70 Tin Battery operated Nomura Japan
$4,980.00
Sale Ends Sunday Aug-26-2018 9:47:58 PDT


Piston Cylinders for Nomura Piston Robot
$35.00
Sale Ends Sunday Aug-26-2018 17:29:49 PDT


Dome for Robotank Z by Nomura
$85.00
Sale Ends Sunday Aug-26-2018 17:29:49 PDT


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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.