Popy Robo Pin

on Tuesday, April 04, 2006.

Robo Pin (Robocon) by Popy toys

GA-41 Robo Pin (Robocon) by Popy toys

Robocon toy GA-41 is known officially as Robo Pin. Unofficially it is the Pachinko machine robot with some crazy glasses.

Pachinko is a Japanese mixture between slot machine and pin ball. According to Japan-Guide.com the machine is summed up as such:

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"The player is quite passive while playing pachinko. He or she is only controlling the speed with which many small steel balls are thrown into the pachinko machine.

Most of the balls just fall down the machine and disappear, but a few find their way into special holes. This activates a kind of slot machine. As in the slot machine, you win if the same three pictures appear. This occurs quite rarely in pachinko, but if it happens, you win countless new balls. When just playing for 500 or 1000 Yen, you may likely just lose all your balls within a few minutes.

Pachinko machines can be found in pachinko parlors which are spread over the whole country. Many parlors also offer a corner with slot machines. One can recognize parlors easily because they are bright and colorful. Inside a parlor it is loud and smoky. Women and men are playing pachinko and it is said that there are even a few pachinko professionals.

If you win balls, you can exchange them into goods that are available in the parlor's gift shop. But you can also bypass the law that prohibits gambling in Japan by exchanging the balls first into some special goods and then exchange them for cash at a small window just outside the parlor."

Robo Pin Details:

The toy is quite heavy and of diecast in both the legs, hands, feet, arms, and game case enclosure. It appears that kids love the toy for its whimsical nature. It took me about 10 years to truly appreciate this quirky design and then track down good pictures of it.

Inside Robo Pin you gather the ball from below and raise the lever on its side. Next you push out the ball and see where it lands. The toy actually works.


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