New Asimo Action Figures Are Heads Better than Old Asimos Action Figures

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It's easy to lump Asimo into a stagnant pile of clips demonstrating a short robot waving, dancing and rolling down stairs since 2004. But as these 1/8 scale dolls action figures show, he's improved.

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Honda has designed the latest Asimo to be thinner, taller, and carry a smaller backpack than Asimo of yore. And he gets a neck that can tilt. The result is a robot (or in this case, robotic action figure) that looks considerably less like an astronaut and more like a human...even if he's still no robot model.

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The 6-inch action figure is available for about $20 in Japan. Tempting, but I'll stick with my anatomically modded Barbies for now.

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Illustration for article titled New Asimo Action Figures Are Heads Better than Old Asimos Action Figures
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[Robot Watch via BotJunie]

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DISCUSSION

Taller and thinner. Haha, evolution in robots that mirrors human evolution as well. Wait, we may be getting taller, but at least in the ol' US, we are also getting fatter.

Eventually, should Asimo really want to fit in, he is going to be a porcine 6' 3" even slower moving robot that has to buy two seats on the plane, just so his big can won't spill over into the isle.