Let's find out more about everyone's favorite robot!!
Curated by Jason Forrest
Total Runtime: 0:11:58
Robby the Robot is a fictional robot
and science fiction
icon who first appeared in the 1956 film Forbidden Planet
. He made a number of subsequent appearances in science fiction movies
and television programs, usually without specific reference to the original film character.
Fate of the original "Robby" suit
In 1971 the original 1956 Robby the Robot suit was sold to Jim Brucker and put on display at his Movie World / Cars of the Stars Museum, near Disneyland in Buena Park, California, where it was often vandalized by visitors. Robot historian Fred Barton was commissioned with restoring Robby to his original 1956 state while the robot was still on display at the museum. Barton used original duplicate replacement parts made for the Forbidden Planet suit by MGM's prop department. It was, however, in a desperate condition once again several years later. The museum closed its doors in 1980, and Robby, along with his vehicle, original MGM spare parts, and shipping containers were sold to William Malone. Malone noted that Robby had once again fallen into a state of disrepair. Having built the first ever replica of Robby in 1973, Malone was able to carefully restore the robot prop to its original condition using additional spare parts which the original builders had stocked in Robby's stage cases some 25 years earlier.
The original Robby the Robot suit continues to reside today in Malone's collection. Malone is the world's foremost collector of original Forbidden Planet materials.
Fred Barton built a second Robby replica which appeared at the 1974 Star Trek Convention in Los Angeles. Barton continues to produce Robby props and other 1:1 robot replicas. His recreations are currently on display at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
in Seattle, Washington, and at the Metreon
entertainment complex in San Francisco; other Robby replicas are on display in various venues. Full-sized, remote-controlled Barton robot props are available from Hammacher Schlemmer
or ordered directly on-line from Fred Barton Productions; the company manufacturers various film and TV robots under license, aimed at the growing science fiction collectors' market. Robby has also become one of the most popular tin robots