New Bot Day! Welcome to this B2-series “super battle droid” which is a Burger King giveaway associated with 2005’s Revenge of the Sith. Cannon fodder but very scary. BK made him cute tho. Acquired @ Chicago’s Bric-A-Brac Records & Collectibles @bricabracrecords on the same day I visited the excellent @quimbysbookstore! Fun shopping in #Chicago!
New Bot Day! R6-W1CH joins me on vacation in Chicago! She’s a Star Wars astromech droid exclusive from Disney (2021)—she assists a coven of witches, thus the hat! She’s joined by some newly acquired Windy City denizens. Happy Halloween!
New Bot Day! Zambot 3 (ザンボット 3) is from a 1977 anime tv show “Super Machine Zambot 3.” It’s not a giant robot I knew about as a kid. The show is considered a precursor to Gundam-style science fiction stories: it has life and death stakes. Many characters die by the end of the 23-episode series. Here’s to serious robotic drama!
New Bot Day! Cranky—a Kikkerland wind-up robot—was designed by Chico Bicalho – its “hands” can hold paper. Wound up, Cranky dances, drawing attention to the paper. Here he’s in the maelstrom of projects on my drafting table.
I’m so known to my pals as the “robot guy” that when people imagine they see robots in the world they send me photos. And with @procreate I can make that robot visible! See magic everywhere you go! Thanks @leahblooms for the excuse to #robotober! #robotdrawing
New Bot Day! Awika! was designed by Chico Bicalho for Kikkerland and was released in 2004. His walking power comes from a constant force spring that is tightened. He also makes sparks! I believe @chrisgreazel & family also gave me this one.
New Bot Day! Welome “GR-2” aka Torazon who is an antagonist in the Giant Robo manga and tv series (in the USA: Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot). On top of his head? Electric Head Boomerang. Everyone needs one of those. Have a great week!
New Bot Day! “Le Pinch” are wind-up robots by Kikkerland that I’ve had for a number of years, I’m pretty sure it was my pal Chris and his kids Diana & Zac who gave these two to me. If I’m misremembering I’m sorry! They’re cute and charming and can walk on their yellow or green feet. I look forward to when I can see all my friends in person again!
New Bot Day! BMO is a multipurpose robotic game system originating in Cartoon Network’s “Adventure Time” (2010). Adventure Time is a multilayered epic and “Beemo” is a prime mover in the tales of Finn & Jake. Even though I have not delved into the whole show, I had to add charmer BMO! “Be more!”
New Bot Day! ASP-704 was a 1997 digital insertion into”Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.” He’s one of many additions many regard as unnecessary. Star Wars was rich with texture and realistically dirty already in 1977. I’m happy to have lived into an era where vivid Star Wars stories are being told again. Welcome ASP-704! You are superfluous but all Star Wars droids are dear to my heart.
New Bot Day! Sparks is from 2010’s Toy Story 3 and voiced by Jan Rabson, who also appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson! Sparks was initially a goon for Lotso’ Huggin’ Bear but reformed in the end. He’s here with my last and current notebook. Have a great week!
New Bot Day! Elektro is my first bot from the 1930s. “Elektro the Moto-Man” was 7 feet tall and could walk and talk, differentiate colors, and “smoke” cigarettes. He appeared at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York. This is a giveaway pin from the fair, to my knowledge no actual toys were made of this bot. Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company was by then a 50 year old industrial concern. They were there showing off several technologies, among them the new tech of television. Surprisingly, Elektro was not their first promotional robot: that was 1928’s “Herbert Televox.” “Robot as sales and public relations tool” is yet another use of the idea of “robot.” It seems to me we put a face and body on technologies to make them more palatable, more understandable, less threatening.
New Bot Day! Perserverence is a semiautonomous robotic rover! Launched by NASA July 2020; landed February 2021. “Percy” is a scientific explorer, testing the environment of Mars, seeking evidence of former microbial life, collecting rock and soil samples, and testing oxygen production to prep for potential future crewed missions. Go Percy Go!
New Bot Day! Hello Bertie is a customized “World War Robot” bot designed by illustrator/creator Ashley Wood. It’s beautifully customized by Jason Chalker @manlyart ! This was a lovely surprise gift from @hellokellykuhl!
New Bot Day! ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) is a real robot built by Honda in 2000. Honda continued building ASIMO bots (the name inspired by Isaac Asimov) until 2018. My robot collection is fanciful, but robotics is real. Factual and fictional robots inspire me to ponder our past and our possible futures.
New Bot Day! Are droids free? D-O’s story in 2019’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker forces us to ponder. D-O escapes service with a murderous Sith and joins the Rebel Alliance and is happy! It’s a better lot in life, but is the little robot free? What is freedom? Interrogating the ethics of a story is worthwhile.
New Bot Day! Chromedome was built by Shredder to defeat the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. From 1987 tv, he’s a powerful robot ninja and a boss to human ninjas. He was pulverized by the Turtles but his remains were not recovered. Will he return? I don’t know, but I’m gonna enjoy this cafe au lait in the meantime.
New Bot Day! Happy Mini Tin Robot by Schylling was presented to me last week by my nephews and he fits in great with my bot collection. Here he’s hanging out with toy animal molds I scavenged from the sand at the beach!
New Bot Day! SpotBot™ comes from around 1988 and was made by Tomy, Japanese maker of many cool toys. He has a battery, and when turned on spins around and “barks” cutely. A robot to brighten your desk!
New Bot Day! Marvin (the paranoid android) first appeared on radio in 1978 in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and in books, tv, and film. This iteration is from 2005. It’s a solid design, but my favorite is the 1981 television version. Marvin is super-intelligent, with “a brain the size of the planet” but is nevertheless depressed. #h2g2 #marvintheparanoidandroid