March 18, 2009
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
March 11, 2009
While Battlestar Galactica will come to an end in the next couple of weeks, you can keep a piece of it with a full size Cylon. Standing 7', the fiberglass replica has those evil red eyes and menacing hum in stereo. The droid can be yours for $7,900.00. If that is a bit steep for your budget, how about a mini-version? This droid is 8", has over 20 points of articulation and comes with wrist armor, and changeable hands.
If you prefer your Cylons in human form, #6 is available. In her classic red garb, she may look as tall as the toaster but she stands only 7" tall. Then again, if you fear the evil ones and figure that they have left the show and may invade your personal space, the "How To Spot A Cylon" 24 x 36" Propaganda Poster can bring you some comfort.
Via Sideshow Collectibles
Wu Yulu is a repairman who lives in a small village outside Beijing and loves making robots. It seems that not only are they gaining notoriety, but they are selling as well. The repairman frequently displays his creations to the delight of the neighborhood, but not his wife who has finally given up trying to persuade him to quit. He names them Wu and a number because he says, "They are all my sons, so they must bear my surname." He is shown here with Wu #32.
Via Robot World News
March 4, 2009
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
February 26, 2009
You may think that you are obsessed with robots until you see what Japan is up to with theirs. Earlier this month, 37 Sony AIBOs performed and were conducted by none other than a Rolly. Although the AIBO is no longer sold, maybe the company felt that this was an artistic way of saying out with the old, please buy a our high-priced Rolly. Then again, maybe AIBOs love reunions.
Via Robot Watch (translated)
February 24, 2009
Uncle Milton, most notable for their ant farms and other naturely stuff, recently attended the NY Toy Fair and unveiled their new Solar Robots. Available in two different styles and recommended for ages 6 and up, the Sun Powered Microbots are meant to work outside only. You can get your own headless walker for $11.31.
We also found Unc Miltie's very cool Robot in My Room. At a size of 10.1 x 6.1 x 1" and a weight of 2 pounds, he can be your motion sensor room guard. Pay him and he speaks with over 50 random phrases, responses and sound effects. The plastic bot will also keep track of how much you put into him and can wake you up in the morning. RIMR needs 4 C batteries (not included,) is adoptable for $28.49, and although he is recommended for those over the age of six, we suggest a minimum of 8 to 10.
Via Uncle Milton Robots
February 23, 2009
Keep an eye out for Innovation First's HEXBUG Ant that may soon take over anthills everywhere. The 6cm long robo-insect has six legs, tactile antennae and hooked claws. Unveiled at the NY International Toy Fair 2009, it also has front and rear touch sensors for maneuvering and wheels that allows it to move faster than previous HEXBUGS. Due out in April, you will be able to find the micro robotic creature in one of six different colors at RadioShack with its buddies inchworm, crab and the original HEXBUG.
Via Innovation First
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
February 20, 2009
We all crave humanoid bots as they feature the latest in technology, but we still have to salute their forerunners, Kikkerland wind-up toys, our Must Have this week. The 2" Spinney, like most of the toys, is made of stainless steel with PVC boots and can skitter and dance across your desk top. The insect-like Cranky is 6.3 x 3.2 x 2.5" and has plenty of gears and spokes to amuse. Sparklz is the newest addition to the line with an oversized key and a size of 3 x 3.5". He shoots off sparks! The 2.5" sq. Cozmojetz occasionally likes to walk on his head while the 5" Bonga can climb over obstacles that gets in his way. Finally, we cannot forget the 3" Katita, the hero of the group. It's easy to see why the company has been successful for 17 years.
Via Kikkerland Wind-Up Toys
February 17, 2009
They are a bit cutesy, but Segatoys seem to run that way. This time it is their Japanese anime character Cokechi. She has sensors and will respond to noise, touch or banging on the surface she is, er, standing on. Not only that, she swings her arms, talks to you and sometime falls and asks for help, but we know that is a robotic way of getting attention. Each Cokechi can be adopted for $39.99.
Via Audio Cubes