But during the bubble era, Honda was carrying out its top-secret robotics research. This research offered little chance for profits, but you said, “We’re going to make an Astro Boy,” and you surprised everyone when you unveiled Asimo, your two-legged walking robot.
2004, The Japan Journal, volume 1, page 31:
That prompts the question: are the public really ready to welcome prototype Astro Boys into the family, even supposing they could afford the present astronomical price tags?
2005, Jie Zhang, She Knocked at the Door, Long River Press, →ISBN, page 110:
"You are completely wrapped by plaster!" Mai Qing touched my arm, "Your arm is so hard, and you are like the Astro Boy."
2007, Douglas Coupland, JPod, Random House, →ISBN, illustrated, page 330:
Don't discuss Sony like it's a great big benevolent cartoon character who lives next door to Astro Boy.
2008, Suzanne Brockmann, All Through the Night, A Troubleshooter Christmas, Troubleshooter Series, Random House, →ISBN, issue 12, page 281:
“Slow down, Cassidy,[…] he’ll shoot you down like a dog,” Sam pointed out. “You’re his target, Astro Boy.”