Children of the 1950s might have delighted in the battery-powered robots lining their toy shelves, but the real gems are the boxes they came in, depicting alien scenes of our multicolored, sparking, smoking, and missile-launching robot future.

Life Magazine has even more box art from 1950s science fiction toys, with plenty of ray guns, spacemen, and rocket ships. The boxes, largely designed in Japan and Korea, take varied views of our spacefaring future, sometimes focusing on the idyllic wonder of space travel (and how our robot companions will help) and other times on the crime and war that could come with an interplanetary frontier. But whether they were meant for peace or war, the robots got to look wonderful and weird.

[Life Magazine via Tokyomango]