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Victor the Robot

Postby grabber » Thu Jul 08, 2010 4:49 pm

Thread split from Oliver Whales CHAD WOT? allwin - site admin.

Hi
I've got a Victor Robot as well.
Mine's mostly in parts.

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby gameswat » Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:43 pm

Ahh, VICTOR - Crazy fellow indeed! I first met him in 2005, in a very sorry state, almost ready to topple over. I had to wrap his upper torso in rope thanks to an infestation of woodworm. Then when I visited him again in 2007 he'd hunched a little further. By this time I felt very sorry for Victor and decided I'd better save him from an uncertain future!! Mostly complete but needing all the upper ply replacing and a full resto.

Not sure if that's a tear of sadness at a life long since passed - or a tear of joy at the thought of a bright new beginning!?
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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby grabber » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:40 am

I never had the top part - just the base that says 'Victor' and the question mark on the sides.
It's great to see the machine complete.
Any idea who made him?
I'll try and post a picture, but mine is almost laid to rust.

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby gameswat » Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:27 am

Pity you don't have the rest....... lots of goofy moving gizmos and flashing lights in his chest to amaze and astound the public! Would've been damn impressive in the mid 30s! The maker is Adelphi Manufacturing Co Ltd, 1935. There's a Registered Design # 805636 on the front card, which dates 1936, and underneath it says Patent Pending. I tried to search the number with no luck, though maybe I'm not looking in the right place? Adelphi also made full size Gipsy fortune tellers in tin and oak cases. See page 140 of Darren Hesketh's book. I'm sure the male Sheik version shown is also by them as I've seen the mech and it's identical to both the Gipsy and Victor.
I'm actually missing a few pieces from my base! The rhd door from the base including question mark. And mine was converted to single chute operation, but I was really lucky to find the Ladies coin chute plate turned upside down as a blank off to that slot. So I'm missing the rhd "Mens" plate and the second coin entry.
Cheers.

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby grabber » Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:19 pm

I'll have a look to see what I have.
The machine has a front and back door with big question marks on the sides.

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby operator bell » Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:22 pm

It looks a lot like Marvin the Paranoid Android. I wonder if they could be related.

"Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and all they let me do is flash lights and move gizmos to amuse children. Oh, I'm so depressed."

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby pennymachines » Mon Jul 12, 2010 9:55 am

Looks armless enough to me. !!BOOO!!

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby grabber » Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:23 pm

Will Victor the Robot ever be for sale? I would like to bring him home to England!

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby gameswat » Wed Jul 14, 2010 1:36 pm

Victor needs a lot of attention before he'll be ready to socialise in impolite company once again. I own about 100 machines awaiting or currently under restoration, so he's a little way off having the time spent on him that he needs. And I do this 24/7! But when he's done I think he'll be pretty damn amazing. I mean, how often do you see life size robots dating from the 1930s? I particularly go for the weirdest and most unique machines I can find. Once he's finished he'll come to live in the house and enjoy the high life once again! Who knows after that? I guess we'll have to spend a penny and ask him. I'll put you at the top of the list though Grabber.

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Re: Victor the Robot

Postby grabber » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:00 pm

Many thanks for your reply.
Let me know if he wants to come home to England.
Regards, The Grabber.


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