Osaka based VStone announced a new "TV Animation" version of their popular Tetsujin 28 (known as Gigantor outside of Japan) robot on Thursday. Their original version, released last year in conjunction with the Tetsujin 28 movie sold out completely less than a week after they started accepting orders. The latest version, which incorporates more of the look, feel, and movement of the TV animation series robot, is a limited edition of 100 units, and they expect it to sell out just as quickly.
The new Tetsujin 28 robots will be delivered to customers in the middle of June this year, assuming they are lucky enough to get their orders in quickly. VStone's stated price for the robot is 351,750 yen (just over USD $3,000), but from past experience the robots will probably go for quite a bit more in the after-sales collectors market.
Changes in the design to more closely match the original anime robot were the result of strong requests from collectors and Tetsujin fans. There have also been some technical and performance improvements including a new walking algorithm.
Limited edition - only 100 units
Design changes included changes to the head, arms and other slight modifications..
VStone has also prepared an 'upgrade' kit to bring last years version up to the current design, and is taking orders for June delivery at a list price of 99,750 yen. The robot stands 380 mm high and weighs about 2.5 kg - roughly the same size as a Robo-One class robot, but with some unique enhancements like the fluid knee movement design. The robot is rated to operate for approxiamately 30 minutes before it needs to be recharged.
The underlying mechanisms are hidden
very well, and are detectable in only
a few small places.
This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Tetsujin's birth, so VStone's timing is perfect, as usual.
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