Ranger Robot with box packaging

Made:
1979 in Japan
Ranger Robot with box packaging (robot; toy - recreational artefact; box - container) Ranger Robot with box packaging (robot; toy - recreational artefact; box - container) Ranger Robot with box packaging (robot; toy - recreational artefact; box - container)

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Ranger Robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1979.

This rare toy robot was battery-powered, allowing it to walk while its gun 'fired, and it made shooting sounds. 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:
2015-405
Materials:
plastic (unidentified), metal (ferrous), cardboard and ink
type:
robot, toy - recreational artefact and box - container
credit:
Purchased from Timea Vincze

Parts

Box packaging for Ranger Robot

Box packaging for Ranger Robot

Box packaging for Ranger Robot, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1977

Measurements:
overall: 120 mm x 157 mm x 272 mm,
Object Number:
2015-405/2
type:
box - container
Image ©
The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum