For years robots have fascinated the human race. Be it hi-tech prototypes or mere plastic collectibles and toys, robots in any form have a fan following large enough to rival that of many A-list stars and leaders. A recent auction displayed the hype that surrounds these out-of-this-world beings. In southeastern Pennsylvania last month, Masudaya’s multi-action Target Robot smashed a world auction record for an example of its type when it fetched $52,900 at Dan Morphy’s Feb. 26-27 sale. The Target Robot, is one of Masudaya’s ‘Gang of Five’ robots made in the late 1950s and early 1960s and designed for use with a tin shooting pistol and two rubber-tipped darts.
The robot came complete with original box and an unsealed bag of shooting accessories. The 15-inch robot with a carnival-style target on its chest came from the factory in Japan in a multicolor box that instructs: “Shoot him…He roars, flashes, and goes away…soon comes back to you!” This record setting price just goes to show that collectors will stop at nothing to add unique rare items to their collections.
Overall, the auction was a success grossing $1,070,000 in totality.