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. Last month, in southeastern Pennsylvania, 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 the 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 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.