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New toy for Japan's big boys 日本大男孩有新玩具了

A model poses with the new 1.5m-tall Gundam robot.一名模特兒與一點五公尺高的新鋼彈勇士合影。 (照片:法新社)

PHOTO: AFP

Adults who never grew out of their love for Gundam robots will soon see their dreams become as large as life as a toymaker introduces human-size versions of the Japanese anime hero.

The 1.5m-tall version of Gundam — whose adventures in far-away worlds have been a long-standing hit on Japanese and US television — has red laser lights on its head and its eyes are flashing lights.

Weighing 35kg, the robot strikes poses, makes robotic noises and fires away with its “Vulcan” machine gun.

The metallic-bodied man-machine has been collected for years in its miniature version.

While children may be enthralled by the life-size Gundam, with a price tag of 350,000 yen (NT$100,000), the target audience is 20- to 40-year-old men, toymaker Bandai said.

“They can use the robot as part of interior decoration — decorating their living rooms, for example — or else simply to enlarge their collections,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

“Since Gundam is so popular among men in this age range, I am sure they will be very happy with a Gundam this big,” she added.

Bandai aims to sell 1,500 models of this “Hyper Hybrid” Gundam starting on Dec. 16 in specialty stores or online.(AFP)

隨著年齡成長,對鋼彈機器人熱愛未減的成年人,很快就會看到自己的美夢成真。一家玩具商推出了這位日本動畫英雄真人大小的模型。

鋼彈勇士在遙遠世界的冒險在日本與美國電視造成的轟動歷久不衰,一點五公尺高的鋼彈頭上可以發射紅雷射光,眼睛是兩道閃光。

三十五公斤的鋼彈機器人能擺出各種姿勢,發出機器人聲響,用「火神」機槍射擊。

人們收集這個金屬機器人的迷你模型已行之有年。

玩具商萬代公司表示,孩童可能會為真人大小的鋼彈著迷,鋼彈標價三十五萬日圓(約新台幣十萬元),鎖定二十到四十歲的男性族群。

萬代公司的女性發言人說︰「他們可以把機器人當成室內裝飾的一部分,例如用來裝飾客廳,或是純粹用來擴充收藏。」

她附帶說︰「由於鋼彈深受這個年齡層的男性歡迎,我確信他們看到這麼大的鋼彈勇士問市一定非常開心。」

萬代公司預計十二月十六日開始在專賣店或網路上販售這款「超大尺寸」鋼彈,目標賣出一千五百個模型。 (法新社/翻譯︰賴美君)

Today's Words 今天單字

1. long-standing adj.

長期的 (chang2 qi2 de5) ,耐久的 (nai4 jiu3 de5)

例: Diana and Lance have a long-standing agreement to never fight about religion or politics.

(黛安娜與藍斯達成長期協議,絕對不為宗教或政治吵架。)

2. metallic adj.

金屬的 (jin1 shu3 de5)

例: Plastic trashcans don't clank the way metallic ones do.

(塑膠垃圾桶不會像金屬製的垃圾桶發出噹啷聲響。)

3. enthrall v.t.

使……著迷 (shi3...zhao2 mi2)

例: Margaret was entralled by the brilliant meteor shower.

(瑪格麗特著迷於璀璨的流星雨。)

4. interior adj.

室內的 (shi4 nei4 de5)

例:Interior design is a good career for people who like decorating.

(對於喜歡裝潢的人而言,室內設計是項好工作。)


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