Item description for Robots (TASCHEN Icons Series) by Teruhisa Kitahar & Yukio Shimizu...
This ICON title will be of special interest to anyone fascinated by early space travel and technology, those who simply want to wax nostalgic about a bygone era of their youth, and of course to collectors and fans of 50s and 60s tin toys. The roots of today's toys can be seen in these precursors, notably in the early transformer robots. Taken from collector Teruhisa Kitahara's vast collection, which is on display in many museums in Japan, the robots and spaceships featured here are quite rare and give a wonderful overview of this era in the history of toys. A must for any toy lover!
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 2001
ISBN 3822855669 ISBN13 9783822855669
Reviews - What do customers think about Robots (TASCHEN Icons Series)?
A Fun Mostly Robot Collection Jun 16, 2006
An interesting little book great for amusement. Large photo format shows nice detail, as most of the pictures fill a page. Organized simply by decade, not much info is given on each toy save title, maker, and size. Very little of the merchandise packaging is shown. Simply a fun book, but not useful for a serious collector.
A quick nostalgic flash back May 16, 2001
Teruhisa Kitahara has reprised a beautiful little book that puts together a pictorial history of tin robots and space toys. Hardly an extensive representation, although there are some rare and beautifully photographed images shown. The attempt here is to give a reflective taste of some of the best of what was the golden age of space toys. Between the retro red covers you'll find your 1950s Smoking Robot, Thunder Robot with box, your Mr. Robot, and a couple of "The Gang of Five". The 191 pages, mostly with full single page shots of the toys, is enough to give the uninitiated a real appreciation for the talent that went into their creation.
I doubt that collectors will find the book very resourceful. Again there is not much here, or for that matter described in any detail. For those however seeking a handy little companion to add to their reference library you will find the ... price worth it. And for those who are curious or nostalgic for these wondrous toys, it represents a quick treat for the eyes.