Time to take a break from the infighting among the superheroes, and time to get practical.  This week it’s a battle between Model B-9, Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot – you know, that robot from Lost in Space, and the 7 foot, 2 inch tall mechanical behemoth from the MGM 1956 classis Forbidden Planet – Robby the Robot.

Robot Wars!

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Mark I.
    August 5, 2008 at 9:40 am — Reply

    Robby FTW.

    My girlfriend will often watch Suzy Orman while I’m on the internet and I overheard a call-in viewer on the “Can I Afford It?” segment asking if Suzy thought he could afford a life-size Robby the Robot. I think it was like $7000.00. She said “no.” My girlfriend didn’t understand why I thought that was too bad for the guy.

    Ah well.

  2. Scott
    August 5, 2008 at 9:52 am — Reply

    You know. There was an episode of Lost in Space where the two actually did throw down. If memory serves, Robby had outclassed B-9 and was expected to mop up the floor but with the guile and aid of Will Robinson, B-9 prevailed. Does anyone else have a better memory of that episode?

  3. August 5, 2008 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Scott: I remember the episode as well, and since it is/was lost in space, I’m sure B-9 won… even though we all know that wouldn’t be the case in the real world. Robby takes out the creator of Fish-Heads, and B-9 breaks down crying like a little girl…

  4. August 5, 2008 at 10:05 am — Reply

    What, no Optimus Prime?

  5. Lifeisaglitch
    August 5, 2008 at 12:13 pm — Reply

    Robby! Robby! Robby!

  6. Roy
    August 5, 2008 at 3:33 pm — Reply


  7. DrStrangeCubicle
    August 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm — Reply

    “What, no Optimus Prime?”

    R2-D2 scoffs at your faith in a talking robot.

  8. ykw
    August 5, 2008 at 9:37 pm — Reply

    If B-9 had never been anything more than a prop on the set of LiS, just being the link between TV’s Zorro, Timmy’s mom, Space Academy and the co-ruler of Lumania would be enough to come out on top.

    Plus Robby loses all cred for being in a low-rent Shakespeare rip-off.

  9. unbottledup
    August 7, 2008 at 12:23 pm — Reply

    Robby the Robot is the cool icon that was trashed to construct “the Robot” from Lost in Space. The Robot has no personality, other than being a flat, redesign of the family dog. Robby was in the Twilight Zone, Wonder Woman, and the Banana Splits that computes to awesome. To paraphrase Sam Jackson,”Personality goes a long way.” (please add mother-fuckers and exclamation points as needed).

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