Pop Up Shop #1: Robot Lovin'
Here at Quirks, we scour the world for curiosities that put
a smile on our face. To our surprise, we find that we end up with some products
that fit into a certain theme. This month, we realized our collection holds an
assortment of robots (someone on our team apparently has a robot obsession).
Although our robots are definitely less technologically advanced, we still adore the wooden cubebots that we can reshape into a muscleman! Plus this robot who stands guard over our fridge door, daring us to open it (perfect for diet season!).
In the spirit of celebrating robots (yes, that’s how random we are), here are the top 5 favorite robots that we wish were real.
1. V.I.C.I. from Small Wonder
If you’re a child of the 80’s, you remember V.I.C.I. from this science fiction sitcom (and if you’re a boy, you might have had a little crush on her). An acronym for "Voice Input Child Identicant", pronounced Vicki), the show revolved around an android in the form of a 10-year-old girl, built by Ted Lawson. V.I.C.I.'s features include superhuman strength and speed, an AC outlet under her right arm, a serial port under her left arm, and an access panel in her back. Despite this, the Lawson family tries to pass the robot off as their daughter.
Who wouldn’t want a cool sister who can fend off annoying stalkers (remember Harriet, the nosy neighbor’s daughter?), punch bullies, and help you complete homework at superhuman speed?
2. Wall-E from Wall-E
Pixar’s most ambitious film to date stars a robot in a near-silent first half and instead of being bored, we are glued to the screens. How can this chunk of metal bring up so much sentiment in us?
In 2805, trash compactor Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth-Class (WALL-E) was left on Earth to clean the planet. Even though Wall-E and his partner Eve communicate largely though body language and robotic sounds, they exhibit more emotion that some humans we know.
3. Rosie from the Jetsons
We admit, as kids (and yes, even as adults), this is the number one reason why we would love to have robots exist – to do household chores! Rosie is a middle-aged outdated robot from the animated series The Jetsons produced by Hanna-Barbera. Aside from a housekeeper, she also does occasional parenting and dispenses wisdom with a Jersey accent.
Let’s all just try to forget that Futurama episode where she was sent to the Hal Institute for Criminally Insane Robots (after murdering Elroy and Astro). That totally messed up The Jetsons for me.
4. The Terminator from Terminator 2: Judgement Day
We still think that Terminator 2 is the best in the whole franchise. The final scene where the Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, sacrifices himself by drowning in a pool of liquid metal gets us every freakin’ time (yes, every time!). The plot involved the Terminator, a cybernetic organism—living tissue over a powerful, metal endoskeleton— being reprogrammed and sent back in time to protect John Connor while he is still a child. We would love to have a bulky bodyguard to protect us while cracking “Hasta la Vista baby!” or better yet “Chill out dickwad”.
5. Bumblebee from The Transformers
How can we complete a robot list without The Transformers? Our personal favourite is not the all-knowing leader Optimus Prime but its more easygoing sidekick Bumblebee. In most incarnations, it is a small yellow Autobot that transforms into a compact car (in our heads, it’ll always be a Volkswagen Beetle). In him, we have an adventurous wisecracking friend, and a sweet ride.
Just be sure to note that we are referring to the animated series and definitely not the film versions .
Which robot makes your list? Let us know (so we won't feel like we're the biggest geeks)!
Additional info from: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Check out our complete robot collection at: http://www.quirksph.com/collections/robot-lovin