Ultimate Christmas Stocking Stuffer: Robby the Robot

Robby the Robot Lifesize Replica
Robby the Robot Lifesize Replica

While this gift may be a bit big for a Christmas stocking, the life-size Robby the Robot replica could certainly work as a stand-in for your tree.   Standing over 7 feet tall, this is a special edition, fully animatronic remote-controlled version of Robby, the robot from the 1956 film Forbidden Planet.  Exclusive to Hammacher Schlemmer, putting this little baby “under the tree” will set you back $50,000.  True, you could buy a new car for much less than that, but really, who would want a car when they could put a talking robot in their game room?

From the product description:

Robby the Robot ReplicaStanding seven feet tall, Robby is created from the same blueprints, molds, and templates used to create the original costume. Robby is made by renowned artist Fred Barton, the man commissioned to restore the original robot after its sale to a Southern California prop museum in 1970. Every mechanism is handmade of the finest materials, and this version is remote-controlled. The robot is pre-programmed to deliver his famous lines from the original movie, and the remote control allows you to adjust the robot’s volume, track selection, and start and stop functions. Robby can also be prompted to move his computer relay assembly, rotate his servo-controlled head, spin his planetary gyro stabilizers, and rotate his scanners while his various lights flash.

The integral audio system produces CD-quality sound projected from a directional speaker system in the head and synchronized with the neon tube lights (the sound system can be connected to a home theater system), and you can project your own voice through Robby’s sound system with the wireless microphone (included). Robby’s electronic brain incorporates advanced microprocessor-controlled technology, and the body is constructed of rugged Fiberglas which will not warp over time like thermoformed plastic. All metals in the robot are machine-grade brass, titanium, and aluminum to ensure lasting durability and quality. Robby is signed by the artist and by designer Robert Kinoshita, and officially licensed by Turner Entertainment. Certificate of authenticity included.

Available from Hammacher Schlemmer.  Retail price $49,999.95

If you really want Robby without the hefty price tag, smaller versions are available. And for 2009, Hallmark also has one you can hang from your tree.