This was one of the coolest toys I had as a kid, but it seems like it has very nearly been lost to the sands of time. The Googles seemed to know very little about it, mostly because it does appear that there were quite a few toys after this one that used the same name.
The principle was very simple. You had a fairly powerful robotic arm that could manipulate objects, based on the commands of the two joysticks on the control panel. It shouldn’t have been as much fun as it was, but there was something hypnotic about it.
My parents must have spent a fortune on batteries for the thing; every Christmas, or Thanksgiving, or for any family gathering, I would haul out this toy, and people would gather around to see who could stack objects, or manipulate the various implements, or complete a challenge, in the least amount of time possible.
It was simple, but addictive; and yet, over the years, I’ve mentioned it to quite a number of people, and nobody had ever heard of it. If anyone would have, it surely must be the readers of AtomicToasters. In the days before video games were really mainstream, this was pretty high-tech stuff. Heck, I wouldn’t mind having a larger one now, so I can automate it, and make it a part of my Tony Stark-style laboratory/workshop.