Piston Robot with box packaging

Made:
1977 in Japan

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Piston Robot with packaging, 1977, Horikawa, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Piston Robot with packaging, 1977, Horikawa, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Piston Robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1977

Piston Robot was a succesful model among the many toy robots made and sold in Japan, the USA and elsewhere in the postwar period. Two of robots’ defining features are that they are ‘embodied’ and ‘situated’ – that is, they are given tangible form, and are very much ‘out there’ in the world, rather than being confined to roboticists’ labs. This toy robot speaks strongly to these themes: it is the classic robotic form so often expected by the wider public (even if their actual forms have actually been rather different), and it shows how that form has been appropriated in a wide range of media, not just in film and on screen, but in other popular media like toys and more ephemeral items. Robots are as much performers and entertainers as they are pieces of formal science or technology per se.

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2015-404
Materials:
cardboard, metal (ferrous) and plastic (unidentified)
type:
toy - recreational artefact
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle

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