Even cigarette lighters aren’t immune from the Japanese desire to robotise the world, one object at a time. These are real gold versions of the Lightan, robot characters from an Eighties anime series, Golden Warrior Gold Lightan, and are currently on display at The Great Robot Exhibition in the National Museum of Nature and Science, Ueno, Tokyo until January 27th, 2008. The always reliable PingMag has a good exhibition report which is fortunate since the official site is Japanese-only.
Among the antique automata in the exhibition there’s this rather splendid clockwork crab. It would have been nice to know something about this but the only information is a Japanese caption. What was it for? Were many of these made or was it unique, like the Bowes Swan?