Product Idea |

Legoto Roboto

In another galaxy in the far reaches of space…

Robots search for valuable batteries that power themselves and their cities! In their search from planet to planet, they encountered the villainous alien pirates, who seek the batteries to power their feared pirate ships to raid, pillage and conquer! Legoto Roboto, travels far and wide to defeat the band of pirates before they acquire the batteries and cause certain doom for the galaxy! 

This model pays homage to the continued imagination and wonder of technology, space, and toys!! Retrieved from the past for the enjoyment of the future is the one and only Legoto Roboto Tin Toy… batteries included* 

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Model Overview

Reimagined from the original Tin Robots of the 40s and 50s and the golden age of science fiction, this Lego recreation has been altered and designed for maximum daydreaming! Features include moving arms and legs when wound and a removable battery door with included custom supercharged batteries. A simple function opens the robot's doors to reveal two laser cannons to defend from incoming attacks. The model also shares a variety of prints and details that help to enrich the model and bring it to life. 

Model dimensions & piece count
4.5 inches wide
9 inches tall 
3.5 inches deep
Piece count: 1200

Final Thoughts

The beginning…

Windup tin toys amazed me as a kid with their craftsmanship and attention to detail in every toy. What sparked my curiosity was the wonderful kinetics that allowed them to move across the room while other parts of their body moved simultaneously. I would disassemble the toys to understand their mechanics and attempt to recreate their kinetics. My experiences with these toys and the need to find a way to experiment with function and form are what set me on a path to Lego.

My first windup robot toys were from my grandparents, the memory of playing with these toys is what got my imagination going with the thoughts of traveling through time. The idea of having a robot as a companion to travel through space with was always in my dreams, and It's something that I hold dear to my childhood. This project was a great experience of relieving a childhood fantasy and its path that led me to Lego.

The robot itself…

This model brings to life a revolutionary toy of the 40s and 50s, from humble beginnings when Japanese toy makers began making toys from the golden age of science fiction tv and movies. From this entertainment, they created a variety of new designs of robots using their surplus of tin. Using a new technology known as batteries, as well as adding a range of moving components to their robots, it made their toys one of a kind.

When their toys entered stores, they began selling incredibly well, and it led to a robot craze during an era of pushing the boundaries of humankind and the ideal future of traveling amongst the stars. The Japanese toy makers were known for being the best toy manufacturers with their toy's incredible detail and design.

In the 70s and 80s, Japanese and American toy companies started evolving their toy robots into action figures from tv shows. There was a demand for more features and actions with more articulation so kids could have more fun without breaking the toy. Voltron, transformers, and many others begin ruling the market pushing out the tin robots for ease of manufacturing and demand with the use of plastic.

Today the original tin robots are known to be collector's items. The toys of the 40s and 50s are now considered works of art, with their craftsmanship and detail being a staple of their time. The tin robot has become an iconic symbol in pop culture, with its influence more prevalent than ever. Its legacy is forever cemented to remain in toy history and classic robot design.

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