One of my very favorite characters in science fiction is Robby the Robot. Let's take a look at him across the years. He was originally built for the big budget 1956 science fiction picture Forbidden Planet, and then starred in his own movie, The Invisible Boy, the next year.
Showing Anne Francis the very latest in mobile phones, on the set of Forbidden Planet.
That's my boy! Never pass up a chance for a leg shot!
Here's The Invisible Boy - despite the fact that I can clearly see him...
When Robby guest starred on The Twilight Zone they took out his marvelous whirring and clicking head features and replaced it with what appears to be a large can of soup.
After fans wrote in asking if the Lost in Space robot was Robby - the producers had Robby guest star as an evil robot so the fans could see the differences. I like both of the big metal lugs.
Robby's original suit didn't survive into the 70's. However, superfan Robert Short actually built his own custom made Robby replica suit - and Hollywood promptly put Robby back to work. For his Columbo appearance he was given a wheeled undercarriage - as there was no possibility of building a walking robot in the early 70's - so this gave Robby a little more realism as he and Peter Falk matched wits.
He and Anne Francis renewed their friendship in recent days.
What can I say - Robby has always been a "chick magnet!" It's built in - right next to the electromagnet and electronic adding machine.
Viva Robby the Robot!
That will do it until the next post, and until then you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!