“Vstone Robot Center Tokyo Akihabara store” is operated by Vstone Co., Ltd., which develops a variety of robots including manufacturers' promotional robots and its original robots, like “Sota.” Many robots can only be seen here, such as the Vstone products, limited edition “TV Anime-version Tetsujin No. 28,” actual robots that appeared in movies like ”Kikaider REBOOT”, and campaign goods developed through collaborations with other companies like "NISSIN YAKISOBA U.F.O." and "NISSIN Cup Noodle." It is a store that is not only great for buying robots, but also for looking at them.
“Sota,” communication robot, welcomes you at the entrance. In addition to the standard greetings, it can tell you the weather and temperature, and tell you the recommended product. It is expected to be useful in the field of psychological care, for its ability to independently perform simple communications. Sota has its own website (https://sota.vstone.co.jp/sota/).
There is a space for robot demonstrations in the store. Ask the staff to see it.
100 units of “TV Anime-version Tetsujin No.28” were released in 2006. This is a super popular model, for its accurate recreation of the robot and the number of avid fans, which sold out almost immediately after it came on the market. Subsequently, more units were produced, but they also sold out. Therefore, this is a very valuable piece.
“Black Ox” is a rival robot to “Tetsujin No. 28,” released on a limited basis in 2008. It has modified functions of TV Anime-version Tetsujin No. 28, which reflects their rivalry in the original story, and in turn makes the fans squeal.
The robots that appeared in the movie “Kikaider REBOOT” by Shotaro Ishinomori are displayed. They are not for sale, of course.
"Frying U.F.O." which imitated "NISSIN YAKISOBA U.F.O." was created for promotional purposes and as gifts for the consumers. They were made to actually fly.
“Droid,” the mascot for a smartphone OS, “Android.” This is also not for sale. Naturally, it has Android, and can be controlled by Bluetooth.
“Danboard,” a popular character that appears in a comic series, “Yotsubato!,” was made into a robot. It is currently sold at ￥76,000 (excluding tax) for a basic set. Purchase a controller module to manipulate it remotely.
A different kind of robots created in collaboration with Ijima Yuuichi ,a ceramic artist are also displayed. These are all one-of-a-kind, but for sale.
It is fun to use commercially available robots as they are, however, the real charm of robot creation is in customizing them to meet your specific needs. You can take comfort in purchasing from a store operated by the manufacturer. Check the company website for information on its support center, for inquires regarding repairs and technical issues.
A wide selection of parts for customization; from the authentic Vstone robot parts to a variety of electronics parts.
There are multi-purpose kits with electronic components that can accommodate a variety of ideas. We found a kit for a “device to play Tetris” on demo. It was small, but offered a legitimate gaming experience.
The free lecture, programming for "Sota" that is carried out every week, and store-specific events and campaigns are offered. Check out the company website for details (https://www.vstone.co.jp/news/all_news.html）. This is a great place to see, experience, and learn through a variety of robots.
- NAME：Vstone Robot Center Tokyo Akihabara store
- ADDRESS：Uchida Bldg. 4F, 1-9-9, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan
- HOURS OF OPERATION：(MON-FRI)From 11:00AM to 8:00PM, (SAT,SUN,Holiday) From 10:00AM to 7:00PM
- CLOSE：The year-end and New Year holidays.