Friday, April 11, 2008

Jewel Covered Astro

Yet another part of the 2003 Astro Boy Birthday celebration took place at the Takashimaya department store in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, where a huge Mighty Atom exhibit took up most of an entire floor. There, amidst large statues of Astro Boy characters, was this tiny little figurine.

Weighing 102.72g and standing 97mm (about 3.5 inches), this jewel covered Astro is made out of 18-carat gold and covered in diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. While small, it's still elaborate. The head and both arms can move, and the hatch in his chest can open to reveal his detailed robotic heart.

How much would something like this cost? Well, it was not available for sale, but its estimated value is 100 Million yen, or about 1 Million US dollars at the time. Crazy! In comparison, this item doesn't seem so outrageous! Of course, this jewel covered Astro is one-of-a-kind. I wonder where it is now?