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Armatron

Armatron was a robotic arm toy manufactured by Tandy and distributed by Radio Shack in the late 70s. The robotic arm was a bit like the sort of thing you see on a vehicle production line. Except smaller. And a bit less complicated.

There were a couple of levers at the back of the Armatron that let you control the arm so that you could get the arm to move around and pick up small objects. You could spend hours using Armatron to pick up your Rubik's Cube with the Armatron despite the fact that it was sat right in front of you and would have been easier to do it yourself. Armatron had six different degrees of movement including a twist of the jaw and rotation of the hand.

Later on the Armatron Mobile was released. This was basically the same thing but came with a remote control and could move around to pick things up instead of just picking up the things within its reach. Much more useful. This also included an "energy level" indicator, that was a countdown time and a number of different boxes and spheres that could be picked up by the Armatron Mobile. Mobile Armatron measured around 15-foot long, 9-inches wide and 15-inches high.

If only someone had figured out a way of combining Armatron and Big Trak...


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Armatron Last post by remember
29 May 2008

Do You Remember Armatron?

Do You Remember Armatron?

  • Anonymous user
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    My freind found one of these in a dumpster!! and thought id like it so he gave it to me and it still works great
  • Anonymous user
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    I had big plans for this when I was a kid, and was disapointed to discover it couldn't lift anything except the plastic bits and bobs that came with it. :(
  • Anonymous user
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    This is, no doubt, one of the cooler toys. (I wonder why it's not made anymore?) I got a Super armatron recently from E-bay and it's very fun. The Super is the Armatron unit re-issued in 1995 or so, it can be white or lt. blue, and has 2 box styles (kid or lab coat kid) The old Armatron was always light blue, with the lab kid box. And NO, there is no difference between the 2!! You HAVE to open one up (it's pretty easy) to marvel at the gear work. If yours pops/jumps/grinds while moving, a gear may have moved or split. (I fixed 3 gear probs on mine, 2 splits and a mis-alignment) A must-get toy!