Roto Robot and box packaging

Made:
1980-1990 in Japan
Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan.  Hand and Machine Tools

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Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools
Science Museum Group Collection
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Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Roto Robot with packaging, 1970's, Horikawa, Japan. Hand and Machine Tools
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Roto Robot with box packaging, manufactured by Horikawa, Japan, 1970s

This later version of the Roto-Robot had a start-stop motion, chest doors which swung open to reveal two guns, a rotating body and realistic sound effects. It was 'metal printed' as opposed to the 'solid' version of the same name of robots used before, allowing for more colourful detail. The toy robot is one of many, which played a key role in shaping public expectations of the form and behaviour which future robots should adopt.

Details

Category:
Human Robotics
Object Number:
2015-415
type:
toy - recreational artefact
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle