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December 14, 2011 5:47 PM   Subscribe

The Old Robots

Tomy

Robisapen

Modulus

Maxx Steele

R.A.D 2.0

Jim The Politician Robot

and so much more like controllers and manuals
posted by Sailormom (22 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hoooly moly. This computes.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:13 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


The early days of Blade Running was a cake job.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:14 PM on December 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


Vincent from The Black Hole was available in a toy version? While I was a kid? WHY DID MY PARENTS HIDE THIS FACT FROM ME ALL THESE YEARS?
posted by mittens at 6:24 PM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I had this and this.

I am the atomic-powered robot! Please give my best wishes to everybody!
posted by brundlefly at 6:25 PM on December 14, 2011


I wanted this.
posted by brundlefly at 6:29 PM on December 14, 2011


Wow! The Omnibot can break dance just like my black friend! Intense!
posted by katillathehun at 6:43 PM on December 14, 2011


You do not even begin to comprehend how much I loved Maxx Steele as a kid. I had damn near every Robo Force thing ever made (somewhere in a box I probably even still have a tattered and worn copy of the Robo Force fan club magazine, which was actually a really interesting collection of scifi stories and speculations in its own right) but I never had the giant robot version of Maxx Steele. I don't think I ever knew anyone that did -- not even that kid I went to kindergarten with whose dad was a high muckety-muck at Hasbro and had more of the most expensive toys than you could imagine. And I gotta say, when the website says:

Now this is a toy robot. Look at all the things he did. He could bring you a can of soda, he could wake you up, he could play computer games, and he also had a flashlight. In 1984 this was the cream of the crop. Standing at over two feet tall with the kind of electronic wizardry that seemed abnormally high-tech for the time period, Ideal's version of Maxx Steele was, for all intents, a dream come true. Ideal only produced 5,000 or so of these robots.

The robot was capable of learning new tricks through expansion packs, he could move around, light up, use his arms to carry around and deliver secret messages, and all the other roboty robot things. His vocabulary extended well past a hundred words and as an added bonus, Maxx had a working claw.


Maybe I just have low standards for the robots in my life, or maybe I'm biased cuz of nostalgia, but more than a quarter of a century later that still sounds really awesome. I totally still want one.
posted by mstokes650 at 6:43 PM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


True or False? 2-XL was awesome.
posted by ShawnString at 6:52 PM on December 14, 2011


RoboSapien is an old robot? Wasn't that the hit toy like five years ago?

Is this just a site to enable eight year olds to talk about how much more awesome things were 'back in the day'?
posted by FatherDagon at 6:53 PM on December 14, 2011


Is this just a site to enable eight year olds to talk about how much more awesome things were 'back in the day'?

Assume the party escort submission position, or you will miss the party.
posted by mhoye at 7:12 PM on December 14, 2011


RoboSapien is an old robot? Wasn't that the hit toy like five years ago?

Silly human. Five years does not compute.
posted by Sailormom at 7:22 PM on December 14, 2011


You want to see an old robot? We had one of these.
posted by ceribus peribus at 7:42 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ah, the Big Trak, what a way to discharge four D batteries.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 8:22 PM on December 14, 2011 [3 favorites]


I had this cute little wind-up pocketbot sucker that I would make march over my textbooks while doing homework. All he did was march like a robot.

Here he is marching.
posted by Skygazer at 8:45 PM on December 14, 2011


Hey 80's robot, how about a montage?
posted by GuyZero at 9:43 PM on December 14, 2011


I had a Mobile Armatron! It brought much enjoyment.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:53 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I won a 2XL in a crossword competition when I was 7. It cost 99 dollars in the shops and was the most expensive thing I'd ever owned. I still have him, but no 8-track tapes or power cord.
posted by Sparx at 10:53 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


TOPO TOPO TOPO TOPO HELLLLLO.

Topo taught me Logo. Logo taught me to think procedurally.
posted by murphy slaw at 11:25 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I still have a Tekno Puppy, along with my RoboQuad(which I SO DID NOT pay that much for) and a RS Media (which I also SO DID NOT PAY NEARLY SO MUCH FOR). My first gen Robosapien went to an older friend who really seemed to eat it up. The Tekno was a gift.
posted by Samizdata at 2:30 AM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


This looks like a Jawa truck sale.
posted by MtDewd at 6:31 AM on December 15, 2011 [2 favorites]


Oh, and, when I was younger, I also had some 2XL tapes and an 8 track player (loved the endless loops of music when I was trying to fall asleep) but no 2XL.

So, I figured out how the storage scheme worked, and ended up with a 2XCHEAPASSSTEREO.
posted by Samizdata at 12:07 PM on December 20, 2011 [1 favorite]


I also remember setting up a VERY positioning sensitive program I wrote in hex for a Heathkit HERO 1, owned by the Science Museum I volunteered at.

After trying to surreptitiously trying to jockey the heavy, awkward beastie around to the right position, it would then roll up to a cute girl, apologize, and rotate around to point (ours had the arm kit) at me and say that I made him do it.

Geekiest pickup line EVER!

And it worked pretty good for a dorky high schooler, too.
posted by Samizdata at 1:37 AM on December 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


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