Last time, during my primary school days (in the early 80's), doraemon is known as "xiao ding dang" (小叮噹/小叮当). During those days, "xiao ding dang" is still not so famous yet , but i am one of his fans already, during my childhood time as well as my primary school time... but nowadays no more already lah.. Haven't read doraemon comics or "xiao ding dang" for long time already.. (I still prefer calling doraemon as "xiao ding dang".. since that's what i call him when i was still a small kid ...)
"Xiao Ding Dang" is a round, blue coloured cat-style robot (without the ears) from the future; He has a 4 dimensional pocket filled with lotsa useful futuristic gadgets and devices. He loves dorayaki (snacks with"tao sar" or red bean fillings). I can still recall why this cat-based robot fear of rats, cos his ears was bitten off by the rats one day when he was taking his afternoon nap :P.. that's why he's so phobia & fear of rats... and hates them as well.
I have lotsa Xiao Ding Dang/Doraemon & Xiao Ding Ling(his younger sister) small little rubber toys collection, around 1 to 2 cm in height... I get those as attached free gifts inside the keropok or junk food (20 cents keropok per packet) last time during my childhood days.. ;) Besides the little Xiao Ding Dang, I have lotsa little E.T. toys as well.. These are free gifts from the keropok as well..
Those cute little rubber toys are still around .. cos I keep them in a special little box.. but not together with me now. I keep them in my parents' house in Sarawak. Since they shifted house not long ago, I dunno where are the toys now. In one of the boxes in one of the corner of the new house :).
Last time we don't have much choices in term of cartoon & comics .. "Xiao Ding Dang" 小叮噹 & "Lao Fu Tze" 老夫子 or Master Q are the two popular ones... accompany us during our childhood time as we grow up. Last time can only read from comic books cos Xiao Ding Dang cartoon still not yet available at those days. However, I read the Xiao Ding Dang comic stories not straightly from xiao ding dang comic books, but from the kiddies comic book 兒童樂園 "ér tóng lè yuán" (Children's Paradise) (published in HK) with lotsa comic stories for kids (some are educational), and Xiao Ding Dang is part of the comic stories in that comic book ... This comic book i think is no longer available nowadays.. Cos I never see it in the market already.