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Yoshiya Sparky Robot, 1954 with Original Box!

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Yoshiya Sparky Robot, 1954
With Original Box!

Very Rare Yoshiya’s first Sparky from 1954 with extremely scarce ORIGNAL box in extraordinary condition. When I first came upon this gem I assumed it was one of the Chinese reproductions. However, to my amazement that was NOT the case. Both the Robot and Box are Original and are Both in incredibly near-mint condition! Sparky works great. Wind him up and he sparks and moves forward just as he did nearly 60 years ago. The bottom (see image) has the Japan stamp between his legs. The box has just the minimum wear. It has the vintage staples and although with the slightest trace of rust due to age it has no tears or any damage at all with the box or lithograph which has bright colors and without flaws.  Whoever owned this for the past 57 years took extremely good care of it! 

According to The 1999 “Robots & Space Toys” by Bunte there were three of these Yoshiya Sparkys released in 1954 (this one), 1955 and 1959 and were valued with original box from $1800-3000. But as we all know price guides are subjective and that was 12 years ago.

Wind up Sparky is one of Yoshiya’s earliest space toys. This seven inch wind up sports a block head , round hollow eyes behind which sparkling occurs; expressionless mouth; square body with zoom like tapering; and slow deliberate forward-motion walking. Yoshiya’s most original element is the automaton round head antenna. This humble Sparky would lay the groundwork for later versions. 

A truly rare find and with the original box, in this extraordinary condition makes this a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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