Robotic Bow-Shooting Boy
Robots have been around longer than most of us think. Tanaka Hisashige, of the Edo period in Japan (1603-1867) originally created this Bow-Shooting Boy as part of a series of Karakuri mechanical dolls. They were made for rich feudal lords and merchants. Even today they are mounted on floats during festivals in the country. The lad loads the arrow, pulls the bow, and shoots. Now you can build your own Gakken model. The toy is 150 x 160 x 250 mm and weighs 970g and can be your best friend for ¥9,800 (~$91.00.)
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Posted by Sheila Franklin at August 1, 2008 9:10 PM