March 18, 2009

TU-24 AEGIS - Mini-Rep of the CIS


We don't know much about Morgan190, but we do know we like what we see. He has created some of the most ingenious Lego bots around, like this TU-24 AEGIS. The combat/defense droid is part of the CIS trade federation and is armed with dual laser cannons. Both head and figure are hand-painted and the torso features a decal. Head over to Flickr to see more of his work.

Via Morgan190 Flicker Page

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March 4, 2009

Throw a Wall-E Bash!


Ever since we cheered for Wall-E's Oscar, we keep running into him in the oddest places. You can actually throw an entire party for the lovable bot with a cake topper, cups, plates, table cover and napkins. That's a party for 8 for less than $30.00. Don't forget the party favors!

Via Wall-E Party Favors

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February 23, 2009

Wall-E Wins!

We were so excited that Wall-E won last night's Oscar for Best Animated Film. It was also nominated for Original Score, Original Song "Down to Earth" by Peter Gabriel, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Original Screenplay. We really dig the little bot and as Director Andrew Stanton commented after winning the award, "It's a noble aspiration in times like these."

We think so, too. If you haven't seen it, now is the time. And if you have, it might be worth a re-viewing. There are some incredible bonus extras such as the short "Burn-E," deleted scenes and the excellent feature in which Sound Designer Ben Burtt describes how he created the sounds of Wall-E and pals.

Via Academy Award Home Page at Wall-E

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January 30, 2009

Japan Amazon Sells "Cardbo"


We know Japan loves their bots, but we think this is more of a "we can get you to buy anything" kind of thing. The country's Amazon is actually selling these 13cm tall bots based on their "Cardbo" manga character. They are charging ¥2,200 (~$20.00) for the battery run bot and are limiting orders to 2 per person. We couldn't figure out if they were made of plastic or simply leftover packing boxes, but for that price, we could build you guys something nice out of an empty toilet paper roll and a couple of cardboard mini-boxes.

Via <3Yen

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January 27, 2009

R2-D2 Gets Escape Pod

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Word has it that our bud, Jim Quinlan, is working on an escape pod for his R2-D2 to take to the upcoming MegaCon. He tells us that his R2 is fully functional and an exact replica of the one in Star Wars. Controlled by RC, he moves, lights up and even talks. If you would like to catch up with the trials and trevails of one of our fave builders, check out the link to his blogspot below.

Via Florida Robot

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January 15, 2009

Hot Deal: VHS Bad Robot Movies


If you are still using your old reliable VCR while those around you are purchasing Blu-ray, this is the time to load up on some really bad B Robot Movies. We found 1993's Robot Wars for a mere $6.44, 1998's Robo Warriors at an amazing price starting at $.50, Robot Jox from 1990 for as little as $.90 and the animated Robots for only $3.00. Check out the link for more under $10.00.

Via Bad VHS Robot Movies

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January 1, 2009

The R2-D2 Chorus Line

Perhaps the only thing geekier than a chorus line of R2-D2s are the clothing choices of their handlers. Thanks to Orudo Vansan and team. This was done a couple of years ago but still worth a viewing.

Via R2-D2

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December 25, 2008

"Defective" and the 3 Laws of Robotics

We came across this kewl video called "Defective." Made by Rani Naamani, two robots vie for the same hand, literally. This reminds us of the Three Laws of Robotics as created by Isaac Asimov in his book "I, Robot" and the film of the same name. For those who are unaware that bots have rules, this is our holiday gift to you.

1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Have a great day and check out aniBoom for more amazing animation.

Via aniBoom

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December 22, 2008

Last Minute Savings on Robotics


It's getting down to the wire and we found a couple more good deals for last minute shoppers. Most of these are about 1/2 price and have free shipping! For example, the WowWee Tribot is only $49.99 (from $99.99,) the Star Wars Interactive R2D2 Astromech Droid Robot is $97.20 (was $169.99,) and Tomy's I-SOBOT Robot is a mere $94.95 (formerly $179.99.) Better hurry, we expect the prices will go back up after the holidays.

Via Cheap Robots

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December 12, 2008

Must Have Robot: A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000


It seems we just can't watch an animated movie or TV show lately that doesn't include robots. Take a peek at Treasure Planet and hear one of our now fave lines, when the cyborg B.E.N. loses part of his brain and asks, "Was I ever dancing with an android named Lupé?" If South Park is more to your taste, Cartman becomes A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000 in Episode 116 of Season 8. We dug the cardboard performance so much that we have made him our Must Have robot this week.

Via A.W.E.S.O.M.-O 4000

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