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Astro Boy

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Walking, moving arms
Billiken Robby the Robot
Billiken Tetsujin 28

In the realm of fictional robots, few figures evoke as much nostalgia and admiration as Tetsuwan Atom, also known as Astro Boy. This 1993 Billiken tin toy rendition stands approximately 9 inches tall, meticulously capturing the essence of Osamu Tezuka’s iconic creation.


Billiken’s foray into tin robot production during the 1990s saw a plethora of beloved characters from popular films, TV shows, and manga brought to life, with Astro Boy shining as one of the highlights. As arguably Japan’s most famous robot, Astro Boy’s legacy spans over six decades, resonating with generations of enthusiasts worldwide.


Astro Boy’s origin story adds layers of depth to his enduring appeal. Conceived by a grieving scientist as a replacement for his deceased son, Astro Boy possesses an array of superpowers, from eyes that illuminate like searchlights to limbs armed with rockets. This particular iteration, originating from Billiken’s first Astro Boy releases, serves as a testament to the character’s enduring popularity and the craftsmanship of Japanese tin toy manufacturers.


Throughout the years, Astro Boy has seen numerous iterations in tin, each paying homage to Tezuka’s visionary creation. Billiken’s 1993 rendition stands as a timeless testament to his enduring legacy.