Big Loo in Excellent+ Condition (Museum Quality) ____________________ Read more
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Offered here is a talking Big Loo in Excellent+ condition. He is supplied with many original accessories and the balance are exact reproductions. All accessories that came with the 1963 Big Loo are present in one of those two forms. Although some photos show a box, it has already been sold. This sale is for the Robot only. At the bottom of this page are many detailed photos. Price is $1,400. Shipping is an additional $75.00 to the lower 48 States. No Hawaii, Alaska or International shipping at this price.
THE ROLLING BASE AREA
His rolling base still has the original 4 wheels and they are all in great shape. This is the one area that many times is damaged or has been repaired. The wheels roll freely and the underside has no cracks whatsoever, a rarity in Big Loo Robots. It’s obvious that he was never ridden as many children attempted to do. On the topside, the gold detailing and pedestal trim are exceptional with no paint loss. Big Loo’s gold sections were the only areas painted at the factory. The maroon legs and green torso/head get their color from the paint being mixed directly into the injected plastic. The non-gold areas of the rolling base shine in their awesome maroon color and look almost brand new.
On top of the rolling platform you can see the original compass which is in absolute mint condition. Not only is the glass without chips or cracks but the needle has no rust whatsoever. In his equipment bay, the green Space Rocket Launcher is a reproduction. However, the spring and yellow Rocket itself are original to the Robot. The Rocket’s fins exhibit no major nicks or cracks. The Rocket’s black soft nose is still supple and without cracks. Together, they present beautifully.
Moving up from the rolling platform, we find Big Loo’s maroon legs without dings or scratches. They exhibit the same shinny luster that gives them that minty look. The gold detailing at his accordion joints are perfect and without paint fade. At his mid-section, the control panels looks great and without paint loss. The water squirter port contains a perfect reproduction of the red Water Ray. Although the Water Ray looks exact, it is non-functional because it was recasted ib solid resin. It does however, have a second part to simulate the green tip and looks very realistic. The gun barrel arm shoots the red Space Sphere balls with plenty of power and all 4 red balls are original and in mint condition. These are the 1963, slightly punky feeling, proper grain, real Space Balls. Big Loo’s swinging arm works great and the grasping claw is fully functional. The control rod that operates the claw is without rust. He can easily hold the supplied reproduction Moon Grenade which together, makes a great display.
At Big Loo’s chest plate, the two dart holders are fully functional but the darts themselves are perfect reproductions. They have light blue tips which are solid resin. As a side note, the reproduction darts actually look better that the surviving versions as the 1963 rubber tips are now so old and brittle, that they almost always appear as deformed because the rubber shrinks and hardens over time. The gold detailing at the chest is superb.
Turning to the rear of the robot, the original code sticker is in excellent condition, his bell still loudly rings and the hidden clicker is still present and functional. The Robot easily bends at the waist and the internal spring will easily pop him back to the erect position. The dual dart release levers are intact and in perfect condition. They are fully functional.
As a side note, those owners who elect to demonstrate the launching of the yellow Space Rocket and/or his twin Darts are taking a dangerous risk. Because Big Loo’s plastic is now well over 50 years old, it can be extremely brittle. Those two action areas can be easy to crack or even snap a part. When I load the two Darts for display, I always slowly compress the internal springs until the click into place, but I never release the Darts using the rear levers without holding counter pressure on the front of the dart and gently lifting the rear release lever up. This prevents the release lever from snapping off. And with the yellow Space Rocket, I do the same thing with slowly compressing the spring for display but I never launch it on it’s own and risk breaking the green shaft. But if he is your Robot – it’s totally up to you!
Big Loo’s head is in magnificent condition and the light green area around the mouth and eyes look fantastic. There is one very small blemish between his eyebrows. His famous smile/grin is still white and without missing plastic. His red eye light bulbs have been freshly installed and light brightly. They use the exact same vintage bulb from the 1960s era and they blink without issue. The twin battery compartments are rust free and show no sign of past battery leaks. His head still turns both directions and the side ear areas contain no broken vents. A reproduction Whistle fits correctly into the head’s top slot. The Whistle is non-operational is it is solid resin. Big Loo’s top gold crown is beautiful and without paint loss. As mentioned in the auction title, this is a talking Robot which is rare these days and is one of the most sought after features. All 10 phrase can be clearly heard when cranking at the correct speed. The voice hand crank is a reproduction and we have provided several close-ups of this feature. We commonly find the voice crank broken off in the vast majority of Robots. We believe that youngsters would get to fast cranking their Robots and impact the knob against the battery door knob directly above, breaking the handle.
OVERVIEW OF THE ORIGINAL BOX
We have graded this box as C+ due to one missing top flap and a small area of another panel being detached, but fits back into place perfectly. It can be easily repaired/restored in the manner you wish. There are also 3 sets of marks on various panels made by the original shipper. This box might grade higher but we wanted to be conservative. The photo gallery will give you an excellent feel for its current condition. In terms of the Big Loo collector hobby, a Robot in excellent condition along with it’s original box is considered the holy grail of Robot finds. Auctions for a Robot and Original Box are becoming quite rare.
All colors on all panels are still bright and non-faded. The box does contain numerous very small pin holes. You can’t see these from a couple of feet away, but we collectors examine the box from inches. They are sometimes very hard to see in the photos. The box also contains a number of very small dings but two of which are of note and are described in in detail below. Let’s take a complete and detailed tour of the Big Loo original shipping box.
THE “AS SEEN ON TV” PANEL
This particular original box has one extremely nice graphical panel with no shipping comments. It would obviously be the side you would choose for your Robot display. This side has the words: “As Seen On TV” at the top and giant words: “BIG LOO”. It is one of two duplicate panels made by Marx. One 4″ tear which does not penetrate the box runs through the words: “Seen TV” at the top. On that same panel we see one tiny sticker above the word Robot. It may have been applied by the store at which it was first sold. It says “G.E.X” and is quite thin and tiny, please see the close-up gallery photo. There are 5 small pin holes throughout the panel. A 19″ long minor crease shows on the bottom right edge sustained during shipping.
THE OPPOSITE SIDE “AS SEEN ON TV” PANEL
Opposite of that side is the second “As Seen ON TV” panel which also has hand written shipper’s marks: “Handle with Care” at the extreme top. This side contains the box’s other puncher/ding and is located at the base of the Robots face in the black area. When the ding is pushed back in, it is hard to see. This area can be easily reinforced from the back to effect a repair. Then it would be mostly invisible. One 5″ long dent/puncher runs through the middle of the words: “BI” in the area that says “BIG LOO”. Chipping has occurred along the left edge. The close up photo of this area is next to the G.E.X sticker close-up photo. A large pin hole is located on the red shaft of the red rocket.
THE “SILHOUETTE WITH FEATURES” PANEL
The third panel depicts the green Robot silhouette and lists all of his features. It also contains a second set of shipper’s marks written near the top: “Handle with Care”. This panel has some chipping along the box edges and a few pin holes. The lower portion has material loss along the black lines of the silhouette in the area labeled: “You And Big Loo”. One very small ding above the words: “Gun Hand shoots”. Even with these deflects, the panels presents nicely and is the second most interesting panel in graphical terms. Please check the photo gallery.
EXAMINING THE “YOUR FRIEND FROM THE MOON” PANEL
Opposite of the silhouette panel is the most famous graphic of all, depicting Big Loo slightly bending and the large vertical green arm holding a red rocket. This panel is a definite contender for choosing it as the display side in your collection. It has no shipper’s marks but does have two condition issues that need to be addressed. Starting at the top right is major material loss at the very top of the arm graphic as well as a 17″ long vertical split. It extends the length of the green arm. At times, it can almost look invisible. A detailed picture showing the split in place and looking almost undamaged, and one with my finger pushing on the inside to reveal the split, can be seen. This can be easily repaired as well. Also, a small 5″ long by 2.5″ deep piece of detached cardboard at the upper top left has detached. It fits back into place and thus can be easily repaired. There is chipping along the right edge of this panel and the top box corner is splitting there as well which measures 9″. Please check the photo gallery.
EXAMINING THE BOTTOM AND TOP
The bottom of the box is in good condition with the 4 original brass staples still present. The original shipping label from the Marx factory is also intact and legible. The name of the former owner is written on the opposite flap which also has paint loss behind the name. This panel has chipping and various small pin holes as well. The top of the box containing the repeating black and yellow bars is missing one flap. The remaining flap contains the shipper’s marks: “Handle”. It also has one 5″ tear. The two inner panels used to reinforce the 2 outer panel containing the graphics have chipping and both packing flaps have a 7″ tear along their seams. All part of the unpacking process by a 9 year old. These details can be seen in the box gallery photos.
We ship using a custom constructed container which holds Big Loo in the middle of the box via foam inserts. This is to insure that no damage can occur despite any rough handling.
|Dimensions||39 x 15 x 14 in|