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The Rare Collectible Robot That Went For Hundreds On Pawn Stars

"Pawn Stars" has been entertaining audiences for a remarkable 18 seasons. The beloved History series follows the wheelings and dealings at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, located on the Las Vegas strip and owned and operated by Rick Harrison and his family. "Pawn Stars" is adored by audiences who are not only interested in seeing the shocking cost of some notable antiques, but also want to enjoy some good old-fashioned reality TV drama.

A huge variety of items are brought into the shop, and vintage toys are often some of the most interesting — and potentially lucrative — discoveries. However, though many guests visit the shop hoping to earn top dollar for their items, they may walk away disappointed when Rick and his team offer a lower-than-expected price for the potential sale. 

Such is the case in one Season 5 trade, which features a guest looking to sell a fascinating Hollywood collectible toy. 

A unique vintage toy

In a Season 5 episode of "Pawn Stars," a seller named Stanley brings to the shop what he says is a Robby the Robot toy. First seen in the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet," the toy went on to appear in many of MGM's classic science-fiction films and television shows, including "The Gremlins," "The Addams Family," and "The Twilight Zone." However, as Corey points out, the toy isn't actually Robby the Robot, but simply called "Mechanized Robot," making it a knock-off of the actual toy.

Johnny — the resident vintage toy expert on "Pawn Stars" – is called in to clear things up. He explains that MGM never licensed out "Robby the Robot," so the Japanese company that made the toy couldn't use the name. The expert also shares that the toy is worth at least $2,200 — much to the joy of Stanley, who requests $1,600, understanding the shop needs to make a profit on the item.

Corey, however, isn't convinced of the toy's value, and offers only $800 for it. After some haggling, though, the sale is ultimately finalized at $1,100. 

While some sellers may have walked away and sought to sell the item directly to a collector for a higher price, pawn shops are often utilized by those looking for fast cash, leaving sellers to settle for whatever offer they're given. The drama of the haggle is part of what makes "Pawn Stars" so fun, though, and fans will no doubt continue to tune in to see who ends up walking away with the best deal.