Some Assembly Required22 Jul, 2010 By: John Latchem
R2-D2 & C-3PO
“Star Wars,” Fox
As an astromech droid, R2 is adept at fixing things. Protocol droid C-3PO is fluent in more than 6 million forms of communication. Together, this unlikely duo bore witness to galactic upheaval and the fall and rise of the Skywalker family.
Robby the Robot
Forbidden Planet, Warner
Built on Altair IV by Dr. Morbius and based on designs by the ancient Krell race, Robby is programmed not to harm humans.
“Star Trek: The Next Generation,” Paramount
An android created by Dr. Noonien Soong, Data became a distinguished Starfleet officer aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise. Emotions chip is optional.
“Lost in Space,” Fox
Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot helped the Robinson family survive the dangers of space.
Bending Unit 22, also known as Bender Bending Rodriguez (he was built in Mexico), is ideal for construction tasks but has suicidal tendencies due to his use of alcohol as fuel. Made of 40% dolemite.
Optimus Prime & Bumblebee
The Transformers, Paramount/DreamWorks
These robots in disguise, known as Autobots, have vowed to protect Earth from the evil Decepticons. They hide in plain sight by
transforming into ordinary vehicles.
The Terminator, et. al
Cyberdyne Systems’ ruthless infiltration unit will stop at nothing to fulfil its mission on behalf of Skynet, but if reprogrammed can become a powerful protector.
“Battlestar Galactica,” Universal
This race of robots has vowed to wipe out humanity, but if properly programmed can be useful as both soldiers and servants.
Short Circuit, Image
Created by the U.S. military for use during the Cold War, the Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport (SAINT) No. 5 became self aware after a power surge.
The Black Hole, Disney
VINCENT stands for “Vital Information Necessary CENTralized” and is a handy repair robot with hovering capabilities.
“Small Wonder,” Shout! Factory
Created in the mid-1980s by United Robotronics engineer Ted Lawson, the Voice Input Child Identicant (V.I.C.I.) can perform myriad household tasks and is lifelike enough to pass for a real daughter.
Metropolis, Kino Lorber
The Maschinenmensch (“Machine-Human”) is an automaton of German origin that can be given the apperence of any person.