Japanese robots go large as life

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Buy your own robot....

The 1.5-meter (five-foot) tall version of the Gundam -- whose adventures in far-away worlds have been a longstanding hit on Japanese and US television -- sends red laser rays from its head and flashing lights through its eyes. Weighing 35 kilograms (77 pounds), the robot strikes poses, makes robotic noises and fires away with its "Vulcan" machine gun. The metallic-bodied man-machine has been collected for years in miniature version. While children may be enthralled by the life-size Gundam, at a price tag of 350,000 yen (3,000 dollars) the target audience is 20- to 40-year-old men, toymaker Bandai Co. said. "They can use the robot as part of interior decoration -- decorating their living rooms, for example -- or else simply enlarge their collections," a spokeswoman for the company said. "Since Gundam is so popular among men in this age range, I am sure they will be very happy with a Gundam this big," she added. Bandai Co aims to sell 1,500 models of this "Hyper Hybrid" Gundam starting on December 16 in specialty stores or online.

6 comments:

bardus humanus said...

Can you say transformers re-born!

bardus humanus said...

From http://www.transformersmovie.com:

This just in from comicon:
Peter Cullen is the voice of Optimus Prime


I can see it already:
The voice of screech: Bobcat Goldwaith

Screaming Harry Armadillo said...

I'm not sure about making models this size. It's big enough to give it robotic powers, it carries a gun, but this Gundam isn't big enough for humans to fit inside. Not to Japan, Do Not give this thing an AI! About the best we can hope for is a human brain grafted into it.

Hugh Mann said...

The manufacturer, Bandai says:

[A]t a price tag of 350,000 yen (3,000 dollars) the target audience is 20- to 40-year-old men..."They can use the robot as part of interior decoration...or else simply enlarge their collections...

I added the emphasis to point out that I'm not sure what Bandai's motivations are with this product, other than something subversive. If this were America, the robot were a giant boy, and the potential consumers were Catholic priests, there would be an unholy outcry. My only other question is, does the box include a small disclaimer that says "guns do not really shoot"?

Norm said...

speaking of Transformers

CUYAHOGA FALLS -- A member of Ohio's 5694th National Guard Unit in Mansfield legally changed his name to a Transformers toy Optimus Prime in 2003.

http://wkyc.com/news/news_fullstory.asp?id=3828

Corey said...

I don't think that the robot is the part of that pictures that 20-40 year old men are interested in. Mmmmm....