Just how many versions of Rover the Space Dog was there? Let’s explore…
Traveling through time we can look at the various iterations this tin toy character has been through. A Most curious robot tin toy as it is mostly known by Rover and has also had the name of Space Dog. now it is commonly referred to as Rover the Space Dog. Features included Googly eyes that showed a sense of humor, sparks, flapping ears and wheels for feet.
The company who originally manufactured this toy was Schylling. And they currently do not produce this same toy today (at least not according to their official website). You can however find the remake model on amazon (wind-up powered) as Rover the Space Dog. The decade was the 1950s The space age/atomic age was a big influence on the world around us and toys were no exception.
Wait Yoshiya Kobe toys made this toy? You might not have realised this toy can be found under two different companies. Where did the confusion come in? Why is this product showing up under different titles, and different companies, and even different genders, being perceived as both male and female between different models?
The most recent models are wind up toys, but some past versions have been remote control operated. According to theoldrobots.com this toy was made first by Yoshiya KO and later in 1999 re-released by Schylling. Though this creates some confusion with me as the answer isn’t necessarily factual, more or less possibly a guess and not a true fact.
It was most likely that Schylling had something to do with the original toy’s production. I’ve reached out to the Schylling company to hopefully find a true answer to the toy’s original manufacturer. Either way there’s still so much to explore concerning these space age tin toy robot dogs.
The Space Dog at the Smithsonian- Air and Space
Found on theoldrobots.com
For instance, one of these tin dogs was generously given to the Smithsonian’s air and space museum, though the toy isn’t directly connected to any genuine air or space history, it is involved in space travel because it was created by the minds who dreamed what the future might hold for space travel. Also, it very much resembles a sort of space drone which they might have considered to fetch samples on a planet for studying. Most all of the toys sport a form of antenna. One that you could push down after winding the key to see it move, or one that actually runs via remote control, though the Magic space dog’s antenna seems to be nothing more than decoration, with a small UFO attached to it, perhaps. The one in the Smithsonian runs via a wired controller.
The Magic Space dog (the female version) seems to be wireless and the only known wireless version to my knowledge. This version is a yellow tin dog with a big blue bow painted on its head. Apparently this separates the toy by gender. It also seems to be the only one made to look female in Rover’s production.
What information I have gathered through this little investigation has not ended here. But for now I will close this article. As I’m awaiting a response to my message to Schylling and also some more factual information I wish you all the greatest week.
Until next time, Keep clanking on fellow Robo Enthusiasts.