Vintage 1986 “Robo” the Robot-Shaped Fan

Vintage 1986 “Robo” the Robot-Shaped Fan
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Anyone who grew up in the 1980s will love something that looks like a robot and also has a practical use! That’s why I picked up this radical Robo-the-Fan when I saw it at an estate sale in Michigan! It was still in working condition – with even the eyes lighting up with red lights! I just knew someone else would love it as much as I did!  :^D

• Found At: Estate Sale in Michigan

• Purchased For: $10

• Value: Sold for $75 (July, 2012)

See item listing here.

• A Little History Lesson: In America and Europe, the depiction of robots has always had a threatening undertone. In fact, the word “robot” comes from Czech playwright Karel Capek’s 1920 play, “R.U.R.” or “Rossum’s Universal Robots,” wherein humanoid machines designed to toil in a factory are given emotions and turn violent, destroying humankind. In Japanese culture however, robots are usually beloved companions that pose no threat, even when given human emotions and free will. (Source:

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