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FLOWER ROBOT - KING KONG OF MARS

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EDITORS NOTE: This thread relates to a long misunderstood robot known for years as the Flower Robot. One eventually appeared on Ebay

KING KONG OF MARS - AKA FLOWER ROBOT - SHEN CHEN, HONG KONG

For many years an unidentified robot in Boogaert's reference book attributed to Horikawa and called the Flower Robot because of the strange psychedelic litho. Now identified as the King Kong of Mars made by the Shen Chen Toy Factory of Hong Kong. There is a Three Fir Tree logo on the Chinese box.

The style is a clear copy of the later Horikawa Attacking Martian style, but the head, chest and fly eye details are different. Two versions are known: one with a green head and on with a red head. One box is known. Recent examples of this robot have surfaced in Australia in 2009.

See also the Engine Robot which shares many features.

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There was a $13,200 bid retraction. Jovigirl tweaked her bid, too. Last minute jitters? It should be interesting to see how this one pans out.

Here's one-- if this robot was offered to you, what would be the MOST you would pay for it?

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I might be going against popular opinion on this one, but I don't actually like it. So I would only pay whatever I thought I could get away with to enable me to resell with a useful profit. So there. ;)

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$200. max. :D

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:) I'd consider it in line with other one off prototypes that can be seen in museums , such as the SH rocket in chest or some of the Alps Rocketman prototypes of recent discovery. Several thousand would be tops for me, I recognize it's place in robot toy history by being in the book, but to me it's just not a great robot. -L7

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As a general rule I buy only what I like. What is appealing to me. If I saw this robot at a garage sale and I had no idea about it's value or history I would pass on it for $5. Seriously. I'm sorry I just think this is one effing ugly robot.

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...this robot reminds me of the childs story, "The Emperor's New Clothes"!!!! :lol:

I think for the $$ I'd rather have a full-size B9 or Robby!!

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Rarity doesn't equal desire to me - I'll say butt ugly, one notch below Rotobadgers effing ugly. 25.00 top

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I love these fly eye Horikawa's but this one doesn't rock my boat, although the chest panel is interesting.

A change of mind as Jovigirl is back again on the Flower Robot! Butt ugly or not it looks like its down to her or Clowntrigger, unless they are sniped by an outsider!

Mr.Zerox

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Now I understand why Garage robots are dangerous ! Look what damage a 35 years old garage robot can do to one (un)lucky guy's wallet. Not to mention the damage to the morale of the un(lucky) second & third bidder !

Imagine that Japanese fella who picked up that tin piece to fold it years ago. Could have been a tea box, a coffee box, a medicine box. Now how seriously could anyone bid 13000+ on a Nescafe or a Laxative Robot ???

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:) It is not so much that this robot is formed from flowery tin, but it is some different kind of robot. With that front piece design that hasn't been seen before or after and the brighter colored plastic parts also that haven't been used on any other robot, maybe even the high pitched whine that is described in the auction is perhaps different from any other contemporaneous robot. No, it is not just a hand painted or simple odd litho pressing garage bot, it is a prototype proper, and perhaps an advanced one in the prototype process, because of the strange plastic parts being molded, not just hand made. -L7

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2070 hits on the auction, thats a lot of lookers -

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I am not allhenksbest, at best I am allhenksworst..

In defence of the flower robot,which I actually once touched (triple wow!):

It is a prototype of a very, very popular robot. The greatest attraction is thar they

thought of something even better. Yhe fact that they were too stingy to use new tin

is almost by the by.

Think of a VW-beetle from 1936 with 4 doors, would that not go through the roof?

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Wait - you once touched the flower robot!!! and I really know you - amazing!!!! LOL

Anyway very very good analogy Henk!!!

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You aren't allhenksbest? I'm so disappointed! And I was rooting for you to win.

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Aaaaaand CLOWNTRIGGER wins it at $13,400!

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