Gundam's Haro Plastic Model Shows Inner Workings by Designer Okawara

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Inquisitive robot enthusiasts will finally get a glimpse of what's inside Gundam's Haro mascot thanks to a new figure in Bandai Spirit's Figure-rise Mechanics line. The same line revealed the inside of Doraemon and Dr. Slump's Arale is showing how all those metal bits turn into a cheerful green orb.

Gundam franchise mechanical designer Kunio Okawara designed the robot's internal mechanisms for the figure. This Haro is palm-sized, measuring roughly 80mm (3in) in total height. The parts are color-coded to snap together easily and owners can choose between a transparent armor or the usual solid green. Haro's limbs can pop out for posing, his eyes are adjustable to different expressions, and he works in conjunction with a lighting unit (sold seprately) to make him glow.

The Figure-rise Mechanics Haro costs 1,944 yen (US$17) and pre-orders open on September 28. Bandai will ship orders in December.

Haro was also the subject of a high-end A.I. toy that can recognize people's voices and analyze conversation for meaning and intentions.

Source: Bandai Hobby site,

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