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Toy robot left in loft for decades could fetch £10,000 at auction | UK News

A toy robot left in a loft for decades and which was about to be given to a charity shop could fetch up to £10,000 at auction after being identified as a “ground-breaking” Japanese rarity.

Lee Garrett said she and her brother “couldn’t believe our ears” when they were told the Radicon robot toy’s valuation.

Experts said it was “the grandfather of tin plate robots and space toys generally” and the “rare find” was expected to generate a lot of interest “at home and overseas” when it goes under the hammer.

Ms Garrett, of Edinburgh, said the anticipated proceeds from the auction will be “split between” the family.

She was cleaning her mother’s house when she found the robot she and her siblings played with as children more than 50 years ago.

Ms Garrett said: “When we were clearing my mum’s house prior to her move to Edinburgh, we piled up a load of toys and other bits and pieces to give to the charity shop.

“The robot had been in the loft for decades and it was only when my brother said he had seen a similar toy online that we decided to take it out of the charity box and look into it a bit more.

“We were hoping the robot may be worth a few pounds but when we heard what it was, and the valuation, we couldn’t believe our ears.

“We asked mum what she wanted to do with it and she said that it should be sold and the proceeds split between her five children.

“I would like to think that the lucky new owner may get as much fun playing with the robot as we did when we were kids, although I have a feeling it may be kept well out of reach of sticky fingers.”

The robot was produced in 1957 by Japanese toymaker Masudaya.

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Undated family handout photo issued by Wave PR of Lee Garrett from Edinburgh, who owns a rare 1957 Radicon toy robot. Lee got the shock of her life when the toy robot her family planned to give away turned out to be a 1950's Japanese icon, valued at thousands of pounds. Issue date: Monday April 3, 2023.
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Lee Garrett said the toy was taken out of the charity box
Undated handout photo issued by Wave PR of a rare 1957 Radicon toy robot, owned by Lee Garrett from Edinburgh. Lee got the shock of her life when the toy robot her family planned to give away turned out to be a 1950's Japanese icon, valued at thousands of pounds. Issue date: Monday April 3, 2023.

A member of the “Gang of Five” robots that were only available by special purchase in the late 1950s, it was first in the set to be produced, giving it heightened status.

The robot will headline McTear’s Antiques & Interiors auction in Glasgow on 7 April.

McTear’s specialist, James Spiridion, said: “Simply put, the Masudaya Radicon is the grandfather of tin plate robots and space toys generally.

“Very few of these fascinating toys have ever come to auction and to find one complete with box and controller is a rare find indeed.

“First edition toys, particularly ground-breaking pieces like this, are becoming more and more collectable and I am sure there will be a lot of interest from collectors at home and overseas when it goes under the hammer.

“The robot retains both its striking controller – complete with two of the original coloured antennae – and, most importantly, the box, with its fabulous artwork evoking the sense of awe and wonder that sci-fi brought in the 1950s.”

Barbie doll with scoliosis unveiled as toy company aims to highlight the ‘power of representation’ | UK News

A barbie doll maker has made history by introducing its first doll with scoliosis.

The toy company’s line for Barbie’s little sister, Chelsea, will see a new addition that features curvature of the spine and a removable back brace, aimed at normalising the equipment and encouraging children to celebrate inclusion.

The team at Mattel worked closely with Dr Luke Macyszyn, a board-certified neurosurgeon and specialist in children’s complex spinal disorders, who advised the designers throughout the doll’s development.

The 15cm doll wears a pink dress and has a removable green back brace, white shoes, and her brown hair is styled in waves.

Celebrating inclusivity

Lisa McKnight, executive vice president and global head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel, said: “We believe in the power of representation and are committed to creating dolls in a variety of looks so that kids can see themselves in Barbie – and now in a line celebrating Barbie’s little sister, Chelsea”.

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The Chelsea doll has a removable back brace and is a way for kids to be more “reflective” of the world around them.

Barbie doll with scoliosis unveiled. Pic: PA
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Barbie doll with scoliosis unveiled. Pic: PA

In hopes of creating a conversation, McKnight added: “Our Chelsea line provides infinitely more ways to spark storytelling, all while providing kids with a way to develop their empathy and social processing skills through doll play.”

After being criticised in the past for making dolls too thin and overly sexual, the company have now been creating a more diverse range, but some of these have also sparked controversy.

Some of the dolls included: Wheelchair-using dolls, Plus size, Hijab-wearing and sign language dolls.

In 2022, the company also released its first Barbie with hearing aids – supported by Strictly Come Dancing winner, Rose Ayling-Ellis.