I know when i think of robots i first think of Japan. They have been a leader in robot technology for a long time and are big about showcasing the various advancements they make.

It is not often that you would have the chance to play with one of these robots you often see on TV, but with the release of the “Weekly ROBOZAK” magazine from DeAGOSTINI, you can now subscribe to receive parts for the robot so you can build it yourself at home.

Once a week for eighty weeks you receive a new part of the robot that you assemble. At 790 yen per issue and eighty issues, you are left with a whopping 158,000 Yen, or $1,370 in today’s dollar, but depending on the level of robotic nerd you are that might be a steal.


The RZ-1 is a completely programmable, 12-inch tall robot, with full 360-degree action. As the video will show below it is capable of very impressive movements like cart wheels and climbing stairs.

– Size: 310 – 180x90mm
– Weight: 1.3kg
– Torque: 7.4kg/cm
– Charge Time: 1 hour, with 40- 60 minutes of action
– Battery: Nickel Hydrogen

Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.