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Bow Shooting Boy by Gakken

(c. 2006) (Submit Review) (Submit Update)

Effect: The Bow Shooting Boy is a modern replica of a classic Japanese robot toy from the Edo Period (1603 – 1867) that was made for rich merchants of the time. Now you can have one for yourself to put together on your own.

Once assembled, the Bow Shooting Boy can pull an arrow from the fan, place it in the bow, and fire at the target! All of this is done from a wind-up toy without electrical components. Perfect for those who love models, robots, Japanese culture, or all three.

Bow Shooting Boy features:

  • Size: 150x160x250mm (6×6.3×10”)
  • Weight: 970g. (2 lbs.)
  • Includes: Kit pieces, clothing, bow and arrow, assembly driver, presenttion box
  • Manual: Japanese and English (downloadable)
  • Assembly time: 4-6 hours

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Approx. Price: $150.00 (2006) ***

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1 review for Bow Shooting Boy by Gakken

  1. Ian Coldiron

    A piece of history

    Yes, it works. NO batteries or computers. It’s full of springs, strings, gears, and other magical stuff.
    It’s a bit fiddly to keep adjusted, but that’s a part of the fun. Consider introducing it as a piece of history – it antedates video games and computers. Try showing it with the doll unclothed, and the screens removed, so that your audience can see the internal workings. When you start it up, deliberately adjust it a bit (even if it’s running smoothly)… then let the audience join in the fun of watching him actually hit the target with a real arrow.
    My audience actually asked "How does it know where the target is?".

    A note: This is available as a kit, or as an almost-assembled version. The price difference is small, and the kit is NOT easy. Get the almost-assembled version, and you’ll only need a half-hour or so to finalize it. Also, get the storage/display box – it’s very nice woodwork, and makes the presentation more special.

    4 stars, since not everyone will have a routine for what is essentially a replica of an antique toy from medieval Japan.

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