Plastic Pals turned two years old this month (the 19th, to be exact) so it’s a perfect time to stop and reflect on it. To start off, let me thank you for visiting Plastic Pals. I really do appreciate you coming, whether you’re a regular reader, or are brand new to it. Nothing makes me happier than to see the “view” count going up on a post, or reading the (depressingly rare) comments and feedback. I recently changed over to the Disqus comment system, which allows you to log in using all the popular social media identifiers, so don’t be shy.
There really aren’t that many dedicated robot blogs out there, but I pride myself on creating the best one about humanoids. I hope you’ll agree that after two years – and nearly four hundred and fifty robots entered into the database that we’re well on our way to becoming the definitive website about them.
There are still several dozen older robots that I plan to cover (including some favorites) and I’ll continue to do my best to bring you fresh ones as they appear. Can you believe that the “robots” folder on my computer is over 55 gigabytes in size? That’s a lot of robot documents, photos, and videos.
Head on past the break for full contest details!
What’s Up For Grabs
You’re in the right place because we’re holding a contest that will be giving away a very cool – and very rare – model replica of Hitachi’s EMIEW-2 (Excellent Mobility and Interactive Existence as Work-mate). The EMIEW-2 is one of my favorite humanoid designs (somewhere in the top ten), which is saying a lot when you consider all the robots out there. Not only is it super cute, but it sports the most unusual leg-wheel hybrid system for getting around.
The figure itself is quite large at 20cm (8″) tall, dwarfing the toy replicas of Honda’s ASIMO, and features fully articulated limbs and an alarm clock feature. It was produced by Mi2 STUDIO, based in Taiwan, which specializes in OEM/ODM and vinyl figures (they have a blog, too).
The thing is, you won’t find this figure anywhere else. You couldn’t actually buy it. It was a promotional item given away if you bought a Hitachi vacuum cleaner in Taiwan for a limited time! We couldn’t believe our luck to find one!
How to Enter
You can enter the contest by leaving a comment below (be sure to include your contact information if you don’t sign in via social media). You can up your chances by tweeting a link to our site on Twitter, or leaving a link on Facebook – just leave a separate comment pointing to your tweet or Facebook wall post. You can leave up to three comments that way, but don’t leave more than one regular comment because you’ll be disqualified! The contest ends on Thursday, August 4th, at 11:59pm Central Standard Time (comments left afterward will not be counted). Next Friday, we’ll be using random.org to generate the winner. Good luck!