Back when I did those robot posts (Volume I and Volume II, respectively), My Pal 2 was the one robot on my mind but for the life of me I could not remember his name. I searched tons of toy robots sites hoping a picture or name would point me in the right direction, but I came up empty handed. Not that it would have mattered, because My Pal 2 is an early ’90s too, but still it was a toy robot that I’ve always remembered. By chance, I came across this commercial and now I’m sharing it on the blog.
He looks exactly as how I remembered him and I remember this commercial as well. I can’t remember if I actually asked for a My Pal 2. I’m thinking he came out in 1992 and by that point it was getting to be a little embarrassing to play with so many toys. Especially a very kiddie-oriented robot. Nevertheless, once I got the toy for Christmas, I had fun with him. Despite all of the hype in the commercial of the multitude of tasks he could perform with you and for you, if you did it once, you did it a thousand times. Not a whole lot of replay value here (though the ball throwing was pretty cool and so was tickling). Perhaps if he was designed more like a giant robot action figure, keeping all the other electronic features, I would’ve gotten more use out of him.
By the way, has anyone ever heard of the original My Pal? I’m assuming there was an original. While we’re on the subject, there were a lot of ’80s toy robots that got the “II” or “2” distinction where I never even knew of the supposed originals!
Cool shot man!
Seems like it was only five days ago that I talked about ’80s ‘bots… Let’s do it again.
Alphie II I’ve touched up on before, but he still deserves a mention here. He’s a learning robot! As you probably could tell, he’s not the first version of Alphie, but he’s the coolest version.
Another Masters of the Universe character/toy. Horde Troopers were awesome and the grunts for Hordak and his Evil Horde. If you don’t believe they were awesome, just check the listings on eBay. It’s not uncommon to see one of these going for around $100. I never owned one, I remember playing with one. Hm… I should try to remember what childhood friend that was and ask if he’d be willing to sell! The toys were marketed as part of the “Masters of the Universe” line, but when it came it came to animation, they were stuck on She-Ra: Princess of Power because the planned third season of Masters of the Universe was canceled in favor of starting up that new franchise.
Remember robots? Big and clunky? They had the funny weirdo computer voices and didn’t understand human emotions at all? Often, they were man’s best friend, a veritable slave meant to fetch us a scotch on the rocks or help us with our hall monitor duties. Sometimes, though, they were Public Enemy No. 1 seeking to exterminate human life.
Modern entertainment would rather you believe that cyborgs are “the bee’s knees” or “the cat’s pajamas”, but we don’t really know exactly what those phrases mean. You might as well say cyborgs are “the griffin’s snare drum” for all the sense it makes.
Besides, EVERYONE knows that just like peeing in your pants (Billy Madison reference!), good old fashioned robots are the COOLEST. Now it is time to soldier forward by taking a look back at some of the coolest robots from the coolest decade.
By the way, the post title implies nothing. There will be no hearting robots from other decades! Sorry, Urkelbot. =(
The star of 1986’s Short Circuit and 1988’s Short Circuit 2 (if ever there should’ve been a subtitle of “Electric Boogaloo”…) won America’s heart with his constant quest for “input”. Who’s Johnny? JOHNNY 5!
The killbots are the mall security guards gone EVIL from the movie the 1986 movie Chopping Mall. The movie was originally called Killbots, but performed poorly and was re-released as Chopping Mall, with a misleading movie poster emphasizing horror over the movie’s actual genre blend of sci-fi/thriller/unintentional comedy.
… the Morphodroids are HERE!
With the success of Tonka’s Gobots and Hasbro’s Transformers, it’s no surprise every other toy company tried to get in on the act. Before coming across this ad from one of my comic books, I had never heard Vector Intercontinental’s Morphodroids line, but they don’t look too bad as far as knock-offs go, even if it looks like their faces and all those control panels and whatnot they’ve got going on were probably nothing more than stickers. Even the name “Morphodroids” has a goofy 80s charm to it.
It’s a nice touch with the battery operated “plug-in light cannons” and remote control as well, but unfortunately it’s not very “remote” because it looks like they were attached to the controller by wire. I always hated those type of remote controlled toys, the kind where you had to shadow the toy with a cord no longer than a few feet. That always seemed to suck the fun out of having a remote controlled toy. I wonder if the remote control allowed you to “morph” them or if that was a manual function.