The starting point for Japanese monozukuri (manufacturing culture) is, without a doubt, its wide variety of industrial components. Here, these different parts — screws, nuts and the like — have been brought together and transformed into accessories based on an adorable robot motif. High-precision processing techniques refined in the domain of electronic device manufacturing have been put to use in handcrafting these 2-centimeter-tall robots, which exploit the special characteristics of various materials including stainless steel, iron and glass. The parts that these robots are built out of are homogenous and inorganic-looking at first glance; yet a closer look reveals a mosaic of individuality, with each robot having a different expression. With their humorous expression and cheery playfulness, these little works of art are sure to raise a smile from anyone seeing them. With so many different types on offer, just choosing your favorite is an enjoyable task. A close look at the robots may perhaps reveal one of the components that we use in our everyday lives, repurposed here in some unexpected way. Perhaps the out-of-the-box thinking embodied in these toys will provide some inspiration for those who are seeking to change their way of thinking.
Manufacturer: Toyo Electronic Factory Co. in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture
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