Updated: May 08, 2022
FORBIDDEN PLANET PHOTO GALLERY #02
Robby was the brainchild of, and designed by Robert Kinoshita, and
built in mid-1955 by the MGM prop department, at a reported cost
of $125,000.00 from blueprint plans provided by industrial designer,
Japanese-American engineer Robert Kinoshita, to 'star' in the epic
science fiction classic Forbidden Planet (1956) and its B-movie
followup The Invisible Boy (1957) a year later. Robby the Robot has
become one of the most popular Robot icons in the history of movies
and media, as recognizable as George Lucas' erstwhile comedy team
of R2-D2 and C-3PO who 'co-starred' in his epic sci-fi fantasy
Star Wars (1977).
Today, Robby the Robot is a superstar of science fiction, the perfect
realization of Isaac Asimov's famous "Three Laws of Robotics"
established over 40 years ago in Forbidden Planet (1956).
The Barton brothers completed their full-size replica of Robby in the
spring of 1975, and celebrated by booking him at as many Star Trek and
sci-fi conventions as they could. Robby was a big hit, a major media
star once again, even though the clone made all the personal appearances
while the original MGM Robot stood gathering dust in an Orange County
Robby is now owned by the top Forbidden Planet collector in the world,
film director 'Bill Malone'. Robby's voice was provided by talented actor
and announcer Marvin Miller. Robby stands at a height of 7' 6" tall,
weighs about 300 lbs., and was originally operated by an MGM special
effects technician named 'Glen Robinson' who subsequently worked on
MGM's Logan's Run (1976).