August 6, 2008

How Did He Do That?

We find this toy even more clever than the Bow-Shooting Boy. This Chinese automaton was built in 1920 by Phalibois. The 5' tall robotic magician appears to make a doll to appear and reappear. It was auctioned off late last year by Skinner Inc. and, according to "wexrex" sold for about $70,000.00.

Via wexrex

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August 1, 2008

Robotic Bow-Shooting Boy

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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.)

Via Zootoyz

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Must Have Robot: WowWee Alive Cubs

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Our Must Have Robot this week are WowWee's Alive Cubs. Give one of them a pat and he will purr and meow or roar with supposedly realistic sounds. His eyes blink, his mouth moves, and he has sensors to react to your cuddling. Forget about your robotic pet and it will snore for 5 minutes before shutting itself off going into a deep sleep. There are 4 versions, the Lion, Panda, Polar Bear, and White Tiger. Each requires 4 AA batteries (included) and is priced at $59.99.

Via WowWee

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July 31, 2008

50's Movie Hero, Robbie the Robbot

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Want a kewl movie bot without having to assemble it? The Robot Store has Robbie the Black Planet Robot, the 50's tin replica. Wind him up and he walks while his face fills with sparks. Robbie is all of 9" tall with a price of only $14.95. While you are shopping, check out the online store's other pre-assembled creatures and kits, as well as links to other botty stuff.

Via The Robot Store

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July 30, 2008

Flight of the Wall-E Bee

Our bud at RobotsRule is at it again, this time with a new video entitled "Flight of the Wall-E Bee." Created mostly with the iDance Wall-E, look for guest appearances by the U-Command Wall-E, Femisapien, and the WowWee Alive Chimp head.

(Thanks, Robert)

Via Robots Rule

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July 25, 2008

Must Have Robot: Simba Infrared Control Robot

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Danger, Will Robinson! Simba Infrared Control Robot is our Must Have of the week. Using his remote, he will walk in any direction. With flashing lights, he will also speak to you and protect you by firing soft foam green discs from his chest. At a height of 12.5 x 7" and a weight of about 2 1/2 pounds, the bot comes with 24 discs, requires 6 AA batteries (not included,) and is yours for $39.99. We love that although Amazon's recommended age is 6 - 8 years, the manufacturer says that Simba is great for those who are 6 to 99.

Via Simba Toys at Simba Infrared Contro Robot

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July 21, 2008

Spike, the Robotic Ultra Dinosaur

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Spike the Dinosaur walks, stands on his back legs, blinks, growls, snorts and roars by remote control. Push down on his head to open his mouth and feed him a boulder. Press again and he drops it. Standing 27", he needs 3 AA batteries, and comes with a 9.6V NiMH rechargeable battery. Recommended for anyone over the age of 3, you can get your own Spike for $140.00, then go out and scare the neighbors' dog to get him out of your yard.

Via Fisher Price

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July 18, 2008

Must Have Robot: Robo-Robbie

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He walks, he talks, he dances, he shoots foam disks, he says goodbye, he amuses kids when you can't. He is Robo Robbie, all of 12" tall, and our Must Have Robot this week. Running on batteries (not included,) he has a clever auto-turnoff for kids who forget. RR can be yours for $34.99.

Via Robo-Robbie

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July 17, 2008

Bandai Robotic Crabbery

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If you like your robots crabby, take a look at Bandai's robotic crustaceans. While we are not sure if the "Hex Bug Crab" walks sideways from the translation ("while moving the plural feet,") we do know that it has sensors that make it move away from sound and head for darkness when it can. Available in blue or red, the Robotic Crab will set you back ¥2,625 (~$26.00.)

Via Bandai (translated)

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July 15, 2008

USB Robot Dances it Up

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Who doesn't want a Dancing Robot when you are computing? The USB bot moves when you make any kind of noise, i.e. music, typing, and co-workers harassing you. We have had toys similar that just keep going when you plug them in, so you might want to only bring him out of his robotic coma for special occasions, like when you are reading RobotSnob. The DR is available for ¥3,000 ($~30.00) from Rakuten.


Via Tokyo Mango

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