- Astro Boy
- approx 1 inch tall
Astro Boy: known in Japan by its original name Mighty Atom (鉄腕アトム, Tetsuwan-Atomu, 'Iron-Armed Atom'), is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka 1952.
Astro Boy is a science fiction series set in a futuristic world where robots co-exist with humans. Its focus is on the adventures of the titular "Astro Boy": a powerful android created by the head of the Ministry of Science, Doctor Tenma (Dr. Boynton). Dr. Tenma created Astro to replace his son Tobio, who was killed in a car accident. Dr. Tenma built and adopted Astro in Tobio's memory and treated Astro as lovingly as if he was the real Tobio. However, Dr. Tenma soon realized that the little android could not fill the void of his lost son, especially given that Astro could not grow older or express human aesthetics.
Astro then is shown fighting crime, evil, and injustice using his seven powers: 100K horsepower strength, jet flight, high intensity lights in his eyes, adjustable hearing, instant language translation, a retractable machine gun in his hips, and a high IQ capable of determining if a person is good or evil. Most of his enemies are robot-hating humans, robots gone berserk, or alien invaders. Almost every story includes a battle involving Astro and other robots.