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Robby the Robot

Polar Lights 1/12 Robby the Robot Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review October 2013 Manufacturer Polar Lights
Subject Robby the Robot Scale 1/12
Kit Number 0893 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nice kit Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Experienced MSRP (USD) $41.99

First Look

Robby the Robot
Robby the Robot
Robby the Robot

In 1956, a ground-breaking new movie was released - Forbidden Planet. Unlike science fiction movies that preceeded it, Forbidden Planet was filmed in color and was set on a distant planet. The movie featured famous actors as well as some that would do well in the future. The special effects and sound track were also new and would inspire other science fiction films that would follow in the decades to come. The spacecraft that carried its Earth crew to the planet of Altair IV was the C-57D, a space cruiser that could travel in deep space at high speed and still take off and land on its own.

Polar Lights has reissued their Robby the Robot kit with some revisions in its 'Movie Poster' edition. This time the robot has its arms repositioned to carry a new figure of an unconscious Altaira. Among the features of this kit:

  • Simple construction
  • Nice relay details under the clear dome
  • New Altaira figure
  • Display stand

This kit is a relatively easy build, but some skills will be required to remove the seams and get both figures into paint. The effort will be worth it to replicate this iconic figure that made such a huge impact on science fiction on the small and large screen alike!

For a look at this kit built-up, look here.

My sincere thanks to Round 2 Models for this review sample!