Vintage Masudaya SONIC ROBOT Train Gang of Five Toy Considered to be one of the “holy grails” of robot collecting, this is the ultra-scarce Modern Toys/Masudaya tin Giant Sonic Robot (aka “Train” robot), manufactured in Japan in the late 1950s and very early 1960s. It is believed to be the last member of the so-called “Gang of Five,” a set of skirted battery-op robots that included Sonic, along with Radicon, Target, Non-Stop and Machine Man. These robots command the top spots in the pantheon of robot collecting, and prices as high as $42,500 have been paid for them individually at auction in recent years.

The robot stands an impressive 15 inches high, and is complete and all-original. There are a few light scratches. The battery compartment is clean and corrosion-free. Note the battery door has a very small crease. I had to look twice to notice. The colors are vibrant. All of the lenses are original, as well as the wheels.

Best of all, the robot works! I put in three batteries and every light in the head lit up and the toy easily moved around. Plus the train whistle could easily be heard.

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3 thoughts on “Vintage Masudaya SONIC ROBOT Train Gang of Five Toy

  1. I have a couple of …
    I have a couple of the Sonic Robot but none of the other Gang of Five. I am actively looking for the other four. I currently have a store on ebay with our robots plus I have antique mechanical banks. Thank you for your comments!

  2. Wow do you have any …
    Wow do you have any others of the Gang of Five? I heard of one one time with the box at auction sold for $75,000. There are so many robots out there. When I was a kid, I only had a few plus my Remco Lost In space. If I only ever knew about these Japanese robots back then. Now I have about 100 robot toys plus two full size, One Lost In Space and one Robby the Robot. Victor

  3. Boy that robot is …
    Boy that robot is in beautiful shape. I collect robots, do you collect them too?

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