I stumbled on this Fighting Cock-bot at a junk shop in San Francisco that was having an everything-must-go sale. The box is dated 1986 and indicates the robo-chicken was manufactured by the Chi Land Plastic Manufacturing, Co in Taiwan.
Aside from stumbling on a .gov that lists the manufacturer, I haven't had much luck tracking any more of these down online. (Feel free to Google "fighting cock" and let me know if you find one.)
Battery-operated, the 12-inch toy is supposed to fire little plastic discs ("bullets") that you store in little plastic "eggs." To be honest, I don't really care what the thing does.
The packaging is what sold me on it [sic for everything below...]:
• Head with colorful lamp
• Chest with colorful lamp
• Attached with 2 eggs.
There are 12 bullets in each egg.
• Walkable feet for advancing
• Wings can wave and shoot the bullet.
• The cock can turn it body for 360°
• Never let a child swallow the bullet
You really can't make this stuff up.
Enter To Win:
Get creative. PhotoShop the art (here's a larger version). Create an original painting, drawing, watercolor of or inspired by the Fighting Chicken. Write a song. Shoot a video of yourself singing said song. Create a claymation music video for said song.
Post a link to your stuff in the comments below or email me: steven AT boingboing DOT net ; The winner will be chosen based on the merit, effort, and originality of his/her creation. Go nuts.
...And remember: never, ever swallow the bullet. Unless, of course, you are an adult.