September 11, 2009

Must Have: Happy Birthday, Doraemon


Google Japan celebrated the birthday of Doraemon last week, the country's robot cat who can bend time and transform matter. The feline is so popular that plans for a movie is in the works dubbed "Doraemon the Movie: Nobita's Great Battle of the Mermaid King."


We admit he is pretty cute and if you would like to partake in the belated festivities (his birthday is listed as Sept. 3, 2012) we suggest a Doraemon DVD marathon with the complete collection boxset (with English subtitles.). It contains 8 DVDs with 72 episodes.

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September 10, 2009

Mini M-O RC Wants to Play


We had forgotten how cute Disney's Microwave Obliterator was until we recently came across him in the form of a plastic RC toy. The Mini M-O goes forward, backwards and side to side. At a size of 3/4 x 1 x 1", his infrared controller doubles as a storage base. Not recommended for kids younger than 3, he needs 3AAA batteries (not included.) His best bud Wall-E also comes in a mini-version at a size of 2 3/8' x 2 3/8 x 2".

Via M-O

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September 4, 2009

Must Have: Robby the Robot Lives on Through Hallmark


Every year, Hallmark comes up with a few keepsakes for the holiday and this year is no exception. The 41/2" battery operated Robby the Robot is aimed at fans and even talks. Due out in October, you can add it to your wish list for $18.50.


In the meantime, we have found the definitive homage to Forbidden Planet with the Ultimate Collector's Edition. Included is a remaster of the original 1956 release, lobby cards and a second disc with "lost footage" (special-effects test footage,) "The Invisible Boy," a 1957 flick that featured Robby and "Watch the Skies: Science Fiction, the 1950s and Us," a 2005 documentary from TMC. You also get a 3" die cast Robby, but alas, it doesn't speak.

Via Hallmark

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July 27, 2009

SD Comic Con - Where Robots Abound


Last week, San Diego held its annual Comic Con with its share of robots, including Astro Boy, a CG animated film, based on the classic manga with a young robot searching for his "identity and destiny." Also making an appearance were Steve Yun, writer, and Tommy Yune, director of Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, a live-action film and the Stitch Experiment 626 project, creatures based on Stitch of "Lilo and Stitch."

Stay tuned as we will soon be interviewing one of the Stitch Experiment Project's creators.

Via Comic Con

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July 8, 2009

Android, the Movie

We recently rescreened the 1982 PG rated movie "Android" with Klaus Kinsky, Brie Howard and Don Keith Opper (who also co-wrote it.) It may seem slightly dated but the animated sequence with the MAX 404's mini androids has made it a cult classic and must see viewing for any generation of bot lovers.

Via "Android"

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July 6, 2009

G1 Optimus Prime Protects and Plays Music


This G1 Optimus Prime is musically inclined. When plugged into your USB, the 3 lb. gadget's helmet folds out to become a pair of speakers. Set to arrive this month for $49.99, get the collectors grade for an additional $2.00 that comes sealed inside its box.

Via Big Bad Toy Store

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July 2, 2009

Wall-E Transformer


The clever Japanese company PCWR managed to turn our beloved Wall-E into a transformer. Perhaps if they had put him in the movie, it might have turned out to be a kinder, less violent film.


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June 25, 2009

Buzz Lightyear Doesn't Quite Hit Infinity

Probably our first exposure to robotics was the procuring of a toy demo for Mr. Gameshow in the 80s. When he got too annoying, I gave him away, but now he appears to be back in the form of Buzz Lightyear, who will be available for the holiday season for about $140.00. It has two modes, puppeteer and voice command, but we expect he will soon become as obnoxious as Mr. Gameshow, for a whole lot more money.

Via Gizmodo

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June 24, 2009

Movie Cyborgs We Love


If you like cyborgs (who doesn't?) and anime, you will love the flick "Appleseed Ex Machina." Produced by John Woo and directed by Shinji Aramaki, it is based on the science fiction manga by Shirow Masamune ("Ghost in the Shell",) so put them both on your must see movie list. Want to complete the series? See the original "Appleseed", not nearly as gruesome or flashy as the other two, but fun nonetheless.

Via Shirow Masamune

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June 19, 2009

Must Have: It's All About Transformers


In honor of the new Transformer movie, which has tons of bots, we declare them our Must Have of the week. The Takara Music Label Headphones turn into Frenzy and Rumble and can be used with the Soundwave MP3 Player that can play music in either mode.


The Convoy iPod Docking Bay with Speakers is licensed by Apple and is compatible with all models but the shuffle. When transformed to a robot, it's a whopping 6" tall. And, although you may not be able to covet the new movie, you can get the the Complete First Season (25th Anniversary Edition) of the animated series.

Via Transformers

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