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Japanese Toy Companies : NOMURA TOYS

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TN Nomura Toys 1940′s – 1992

Formed in Tokyo sometime in the mid 1940′s Nomura Toys produced some excellent tin toys until the early – mid 1970′s when, like many other japanese toy companies, it had to make the move into diecast in order to survive. Nomura continued in one form or another until it was bought in 1992 by the largest toy company in the world at that time - Hasbro. The letters T-N within the diamond logo means that the company is often referred to as TN – Toys Nomura and its range of tinplate toys were to emblazen this logo on its boxes whilst its later diecasts toys simply featured ‘Nomura toy’ on their boxes. It was one of the biggest and most prolific of the post war Japanese tinplate toy makers and produced a wide variety of mechanical and battery (Electromobile) operated toys, military and civilian vehicles, novelty items and space toys. During the 1950′s and 1960′s the tin toy output from Nomura contained some of the most well known characters of all time including the infamous ‘Robby’ robot from the film ‘Forbidden Planet’.

< TN Nomura Sports Car

Nomura battery operated tinplate open topped sports car. Scarce example c1950 comes in powder blue bodywork finish, plated parts including hubs with detailed tinprinted interior. See-through engine compartment to bonnet and fitted with folding windscreen, 21cm.

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TN Nomura Mercedes Benz >

A Nomura battery operated Mercedes Benz, tinplate model in orange colorway finish with black hardtop. Tinprinted detailed interior, plated parts with side detailing and hub caps. Battery compartment and ‘mystery action’ to underside, 27cm.

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< TN Nomura Racing Motorcycle

Battery operated model  with forward and direction changing motion. Red and white bodywork finish, racing number ’16′, detailed tinprinting overall. Rider in tan coveralls with red plastic helmet. Stabilising wheels, 25cm.

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TN Nomura Fire Chief Car >

Nomura c1961 large scale tinplate friction drive Fire Chief’s Car. Model is based on a Buick 4-door sedan in fire department red bodywork finish, detailed tinprinted interior, plated parts including hub caps. and side detailing including Fire Department insignia. Operating / swivelling red roof light, wiper blades and siren, 41cm.

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< TN Nomura Volkswagen Convertible

Battery operated Volkswagen Convertible, tinplate model in light metallic blue bodywork finish. Clear plastic see-through engine cover to rear, plated parts to include hub caps. Detailed interior with plastic seats and hood,steering wheel, windscreen, 25cm.

TN Nomura Datsun H130 >

Another large scale model is this battery operated tinplate Datsun Cedric H130 c1960. 4-Door saloon in red bodywork finish, detailed tinprinted interior, plated parts including hub caps, 39cm.

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< TN Nomura Police Car

Large scale battery operated Police Command Car c1960. Vehicle in black and white bodywork finish with badges to doors and ‘Highway Patrol’ lettering to sides. Detailed tinprinted interior with two uniformed police figures to front, aeriel, plated parts including hub caps. Fitted with siren sound and ‘mystery action’ to underside, 39cm.

TN Nomura Mechanised ‘Robby’ Robot >

Although the wording on the box simply lists this toy as a ‘Mechanised Robot’ it goes without saying that it is based on ‘Robby’ the robot which features in the 1956 movie ‘Forbidden Planet’ and as such is an unlicensed product. Battery operated, batteries are stored within the legs of the robot, c1957. Tinplate and plastic construction, finished in black and red. Spinning antennae, lighted moving piston action in head, light below dome, 28cm.

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  1. george metzger
    December 22nd, 2013 at 17:25 | #1

    I have an old sink and oven T.N tin toy.
    Do you know anyone who may have parts for this or who may restore it?

  2. dave
    December 22nd, 2013 at 20:26 | #2

    Hello there George,
    I have managed to pick up a recent image off the internet of the Nomura kitchen stove which I assume we are talking about.
    The stove was of tinplate manufacture and battery operated. Measured around 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 6″. Features included water recirculating from tap through sink drain and an oven which lit up by means of a small bulb.
    You don’t say what is wrong with your item, chances are its the terminal connections of the battery compartment. Best bet for repairing is an old fashioned retired engineer/electrician and I posted a similar answer some time ago now. I found just such a chap by asking at my local pub ! I would leave it with him, no good trying to rush him along but eventually it would be returned more often than not in fully working order !! Sadly Phil is no longer with us and so far I have yet to find anyone as good.

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    All the best, David.

  3. ray telega
    January 1st, 2014 at 21:47 | #3

    Is a 3 volt motor for a tn mystery action police car obtainable?

  4. dave
    January 2nd, 2014 at 15:23 | #4

    Ray,
    Sorry mate but unable to give you a definitive answer on this, can anyone out there give us a response ?
    David.

  5. January 21st, 2016 at 09:39 | #5

    Hi

    I have a Nomura robot. It’s wind up operated, paintnis a little damaged and one wheel on the foot is m8ssing. Could you tell me anything else about it. Much apprecited.

    Kind regards

    Richard

  6. dave
    January 27th, 2016 at 19:20 | #6

    Hello there Richard,
    I’m afraid I can’t add much detail to your item.

    Hope this is the correct figure ? The mechanical robot from Nomura is itself a hard to come by figure. Similar in many respects to other spacemen robots this company produced although the majority were remote controlled / battery operated with working lights etc. Detailed tinprinted your space commando robot holds a space rifle in his right hand his left being free to move. Should have a clear plastic ‘bubble’ helmet but these are usually missing as its usually the case with his picture card box. Produced around 1955 and as I said the clockwork version is pretty hard to find however I did see one sell a few years back, incomplete missing rifle and helmet, badly ‘playworn’ and without its box but still sold for around the £80 mark.
    Sorry I can’t be of more help, David.

  7. nick
    February 11th, 2016 at 18:46 | #7

    I have a what I think an original Nomura Mechanized “Robby the Robot” from the 1950′s Black in color. Between legs says JAPAN. missing hands, clear dome and top silver ornament. Has alot of wear marks and in pictures some rust. I put batteries in the legs and it lights up and actually moves around not much but it moves. Do you have any idea what it could be worth in American money? Are there people out there that collect this robot? Where do I begin to try and find its value and who would be interested in it. thank you..

  8. dave
    February 16th, 2016 at 17:04 | #8

    Nick, Nomura’s mechanised robot ‘Robby’ was an unlicenced toy based on the robot in the film Forbidden Planet. As you say a 1950′s toy, 11″/28cm tall, tinplate and plastic in construction finished in black and red. Walked in a figure of eight, spinning antennae, lighted moving piston action in head, light below dome, battery casing housed in each leg. As to its worth … no idea ! Over here, in good condition I would guess around the £300 mark but it depends on the day and who wants it. Certainly there are collectors of this iconic robot and no doubt someone would want it even in your poor condition. Your best bet is to take it along to your local auction house, here in the UK most auction houses have free valuations and most have a toy specialist, these guys know their market and will give you an impartial appraisal of its worth. Again most auction houses are connected to the internet so its not so much a lottery these days as to who is sitting in the room.
    Hope that helps, David.

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