Friday, April 6, 2007

Robby the Robot Lives!

Probably the most iconic fictional character from the Sci-Fi movie genre is Robby the Robot. "Robby" is most remembered for his appearance in the '50's movie Forbidden Planet where he played protector and servant to Dr. Morbius [Walter Pidgeon] and Altaira [Anne Francis].

It's interesting to note that the actor who played "Robby" wore a 7' 2" mechanical suit designed especially for him to wear during the filming of the movie ... Must have been incredibly hot! :-)

Fred Barton Productions, Inc. of Los Angeles, California will be recreating the life-size Robby for lucky collectors ... who have the disposable income. Each "Robby" will be hand-made using the finest materials available and arrive pre-programmed with a selection of lines that he will recite from the movie Forbidden Planet.

These incredible recreations are being made available to US and EU collectors through Sideshow Collectibles. All you need is a "modest" one-time deposit of $7500 US at the time of purchase. However those with limited funds may still be able to swing the purchase by taking advantage of Sideshow's Flex-Pay option ... Too bad I won't be a lucky participant. :-(

Pre-Order Robby Now!

Attention Serious Collectors! ... The Life-Size [7 foot tall] Robby the Robot is now available for pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles.

Robby's features include:

100% fiberglass body retooled from the original robot
Professional Showroom Finish
Break resistant PETG Dome
Hand machined aluminum, brass, and acrylic detail
Rotating Head (non-motorized)
Posed Planetary Gyro Assembly
Posed Sax Valves with Reciprocating Arms
Motorized Rotating Scanners
Heart Box with Posed Piano Keys, Star and Quad Light
Advanced Electronics
Theatre Quality Audio with Neon Synchronization
Signed by the artist - Fred Barton

Technical Specifications:

Digital Audio: The robots audio section is digitally stored on an Apple iPod. When "Robby" talks, the mercury-vapor neon tubes in his mouth flash synchronously with his original voice as featured in Forbidden Planet. "Robby's" voice is driven by a two-way speaker-system mounted in the head. A high-power Alpine amplifier offers superior performance for crystal-clear speech and studio-quality sound.

Mechanisms: The Special Edition was redesigned and engineered to offer the look and enjoyment of owning a Robby, without the added expense of intricate hand-made mechanisms as offered in the CE and DX editions. The SE does of course offer his motorized trademark vertical and horizontal scanners, which rotate as programmed.

Head: 360° movement. You may turn Robby's head to face any direction.

Gyro: Three engraved Lexan discs, interlaced with hand-painted, hardened steel hoops posed in a planetary orbit, mounted on a spun brass-bell housing. Above the gyros is a hand-turned aluminum heat-sink and Acrylic pilot light lamp housing.

Scanners: Robby's trademark vertical and horizontal scanners are direct drive and rotate as programmed.

Rocker Arm Assembly: Six posed and plated computer relays rest atop flashing actuator detail, which activate before and after Robby speaks for a fascinating effect.

Reciprocating Arms: Two ivory colored arms accent the rocker-arm assembly and are posed just right for that definitive "Robby" look.

Torso: Illuminated Heart Box: Aluminum-housed Acrylic Star and Indicator Light. Brass Quad Light. - Lights simulate movement. Fixed position Piano Keys. All lights in the head and body flash as seen in Forbidden Planet.

Robot Body: In every way, the Special Edition of "Robby" is far superior in appearance over the original. In the retooling process, any flaws in the robot's body were removed, without compromising that special look the robot is famous for. "Robby" is now fabricated out of sturdy Fiberglas and weighs nearly 100 pounds. No thermoformed plastic (which will warp over time) was used in the making of the robot body. Robby was produced by an exclusive industrial fabricating house, whose Fiber-glassing standards and finish workmanship are substantially higher than those employed by the typical Hollywood Prop-shop.

--courtesy Sideshow Collectibles

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Monday, April 2, 2007

Obi-Wan vs. Anakin Diorama

The Obi-Wan vs. Anakin Diorama from Sideshow Collectibles is approximately 1:9 scale [13 inches tall, 14 inches front to back and side to side]. The diorama is cast in high quality polystone, hand finished and hand painted. It depicts the final lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin.

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The Final Battle - Anakin Vs. Obi-Wan - Episode III ... Movie Clip

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Darth Maul vs Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn ... Lightsaber Fight Movie Clip

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EU Collectors only ... A second chance to grab the Qui-Gon Jinn 12 inch Star Wars figure from Sideshow Collectibles at a 20% discount.

Features include:
Fully articulated tall male body with 30+ points of articulation
Authentic likeness of Liam Neeson as Qui-Gon Jinn

Detailed costume including:
Jedi Robe

Accessories including:
Detailed belt w/ opening pouches and lightsaber clip
Jedi Food Capsules
Jedi Holoprojector
Jedi Comlink
Jedi Aqua Breather
Episode 1 Lightsaber hilt
Episode 1 Lightsaber hilt w/ ignited blade

Interchangeable hands, including:
Saber grip left
Saber grip right
Force gesture left
Pistol grip right

12-Inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars logo

--courtesy Sideshow Collectibles

**Please note that this figure's quantity is very limited, so if you have an interest, grab one now!
This figure is sold out for US collectors.

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Sunday, April 1, 2007

An American Werewolf in London

AAWIL has to be one of my favorite modern horror movies of all time. It was written and directed by John Landis and released in 1981 after sitting on a back burner for 10 years. This movie is one of the scariest werewolf movies you'll ever see ... but still interjects humorous lines for comic relief.
"I will not be threatened by a walking meat loaf!"

The special effects were really ahead of its time for the 80's. Rick Baker's transformation sequence is excellent and still holds up even today.

I've seen this movie over 20 times and I'm still not tired of it. If you haven't yet taken the time to watch it, get the DVD tonight, turn out the lights and get ready for the ride of your life!

"Have you tried talking to a corpse? It's boring."

» More info at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
» The Internet Movie Database
The AAWIL Official Web site

An American Werewolf in London on DVD

An American Werewolf in London - 1981
Collector's Edition
David Naughton as David Kessler
Griffin Dunne as Jack Goodman
Jenny Agutter as Nurse Alex Price

Director: John Landis

"Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors. Beware the moon."

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» Also available in Combo format [HD DVD & Standard DVD]

An American Werewolf in London DVD Trailer

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AAWIL Mini Bust

From SOTA Toys "Now Playing" Series, the American Werewolf Mini Bust.

Made of high-quality resin and stands 5 inches tall.

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An American Werewolf in London Movie Clips ... Hospital Scene with Jack & the Transformation Sequence

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Nightmare Demon

The Nightmare Demon, from the movie An American Werewolf in London, stands 7 inches tall.

This figure is part of the "Now Playing" Series from SOTA Toys.

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AAWIL Dream Sequence

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AAWIL Poster #1

An American Werewolf in London
Framed 11" x 17" Reproduction Poster

Frame constructed from high-quality anodized black aluminum

Mounting hardware for hanging is included

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AAWIL Poster #2

An American Werewolf in London
Framed 11" x 17" Reproduction Poster

Frame constructed from high-quality anodized black aluminum

Mounting hardware for hanging is included

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