Hard as it is to believe, there are many, many individuals who have more knowledge than I about robots and space toys. The beauty of these links, is that many of these sites provide even more links to a whole universe of robot and space toys.
Here are just some of the links you might be interested in if you are going to pursue your doctorate in Robotology and Space Toyness. Or, it might give you 15 minutes to kill if your favorite porn site is down.
Sure, this site has a pretty darn good selection of robots, both reproduction and vintage. But, the real appeal, in my opinion, are the varying banner illustrations which pop up on the top of different pages, some depicting robots relaxing on the beach or cavorting in the waves off of, what I can only assume to be, Robot Island. If Corona Beer decided to do ads in another galaxy, this is what they would look like.
Best Robot and Space Toy Site Ever! This site has it all: forums, a huge database, a timeline and many, many links. Much of the info I have gleaned about my own collection, I have discovered from this invaluable and deep resource. It makes me scream with unrestrained nerdalicious delight.x
Although not dedicated just to robots and space toys, these guys provide a very valuable service: making repro parts for original robots and space toys. If you do enough looking, you know that finding a perfect original is hard to come by. Usually, there is an antannae missing, a light cracked or a dome that is foggy that detracts from the toy. Tah Dah! These guys make and sell these little parts that are usually damaged or missing (but it ain't gonna be cheap).x
Nice robot and space toy retail site. You can get an idea of how much some of the originals are going for, if you can find one without SOLD written on it — which isn't easy. I kind of wish they would show how much those robots had actually sold for, so people like me can scoff at the high prices others pay (while secretly weeping tears of hot, globular jealousy.)x
This is the website for Metal House, Tokyo. When you think of the kings of Japanese robots and space toys, these guys get the crown. They manufactured many of the classic, original Golden Age toys and are still plugging away today. They are now the go-to guys for quality limited-edition repros. But, the actual guilty pleasure of this site is not so much checking out the cool new toys they might have rolling off the line, it’s the Japanese to English translations.
Ozzies Robots is kind of like the Cybertoyz site, only (in my humble opinion) a bit better. Although it is a retail site, Ozzie’s tends to also explore the overall robot and space toy landscape as well. This site covers the gamut of original toys, reproductions, auctions, and art. Plus, you get some creepy sci-fi music on the home page. What else do you need?x
A decidedly strange site. You should check it out just for the history section conclusion, which is ephemeraly metaphysical in a semi-confusing and disturbing way (kind of like that sentence.) Also, they have a page link which contains many of the old toy company logos, which might just help you identify the manufacture of any mystery space toy you might have lying around (most all of them have the logo of the manufacturer stamped somewhere on the body.) The top banner will mesmerize you… or compel you to kill your neighbors. Visit at your own risk.x
Robotnut (aka Darryl), also has a very deep site that includes his own robot history and gallery, plus about a gazillion links to the collections of others. It is a very organized site that scours the seedy underbelly of robot and space toy collecting to bring you the information you crave.
This site kind of throws the kitchen sink at you, with a non-nonsense (read BORING) interface that links you to many different toys and collectibles. Don’t let the lackluster home page fool you, which is the digital equivalent of watching paint dry. Try to get past that, because this site goes pretty deep if you give it a chance. A prettty good source for reproduction robots and space toys of all sizes, shapes and prices.
Remember Dennis Hopper's turn as the insane photographer in Apocalpyse Now, and his rant about Colonel Kurtz? That's what I feel like doing when I get on this site. I want to wave my arms and shout, spittle flecking off my twisted mouth, screaming, "So many robots, man! Don't you see? Nobody can even begin to comprehend the cosmic-catalog-mind-god of this place! So many robots! SO MANY ROBOTS!" and then I run into the street, holding my head and get hit by a metro bus. Even if you aren't into 80's and 90's robots, you have to admire the sheer wonderland audacity of this tome. Mr. Kurtz, he dead, but this site is alive and well.
Okay, so anybody can have such a large collection of robots that he or she has to devote a very huge HUT to it. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's IMPRESSIVE. But what you really have to check out is John Rigg's "Project Book," where he catalogs all of the projects he's BUILT ... from a full scale replica of The Time Machine, to a Tesla Coil, to a full scale Robbie Jeep, to a Robot Band, to an Alphadrome Database game based on the old Magic Robot Game, to a myriad of conversion robots, to... I mean, it starts to make me wonder what on earth I'm doing with my life while I'm, gobbling peanut brittle and watching Fringe. Anyway, I've added this place to my bucket list. And if I don't get there before I die, I'm sure John can figure out a way to put my brain in a robotic body so I can live there forever.
If you've got the fever for twisted robot art (and who doesn't?), the only prescription is more Eric Joyner. Eric does exaclty what I do, except for one engimatic ingredient that he throws into the mix that I don't have ... what would that be? Hmmm... oh, yeah, talent. You need to check out his ironic prints, which run the gamut from robots sunning themselves to robot and donut visual non-sequiters. Oh and his site turned me on to this really cool band called The Bots.x