Cash in the attic: Robot toys

'The Gang of Five' is the name given to five early tinplate robot toys dating from the late Fifties to early Sixties. Made by Masudaya under their Modern Toys brand, they are battery powered and have boxy bodies that led to them becoming known as ’skirted’ robots.

All are very rare and demand outweighs supply many times. They were released at a time when science fiction films and scientific advancements made it look like robots would soon be a reality.

It is one of the rarest and sought-after robot toys in the world

‘Machine Man’ pictured was only rediscovered in 1997, as it never appeared in catalogues. It’s estimated that fewer than 15 examples survive. It is one of the rarest and sought-after robot toys in the world, resulting in the out-of-this-world £35,000 to £45,000 value!

Other gang members include Radicon Robot (the world's first remote-control toy), Non Stop (Lavender) Robot which shoots darts, Target Robot and Sonic Robot which swings its arms and moves forward,  emitting a train-like whistle. Terrifying!

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