Updated: July 10, 2004
MYSTERY ISLAND ORIGINAL ROBOT CHEST PANEL
By Larry Lee Moniz:
After the cancellation of "Lost In Space", The "hero"
Robot costume was relegated to storage. In 1977, an
Australian based television production company rented
the Robot from 20th Century Fox, and heavily modified
the costume. The Robot had much of his details removed
and replaced with new parts.
On August 10th 1977, CBS ran a Saturday morning kids
show called "The Skatebirds". This show was trying
very hard to be an updated version of "The Banana
Splits". It featured live action and cartoon segments.
One of these serial style segments was a live action
show called "Mystery Island".
Our hero the Robot (now painted white and missing his
treads, bubble and with new detailing) was a Robot
character called P.O.P.S. (voiced by Frank Welker).
P.O.P.S was pursued by the evil Dr. Strange (yeah,
that was his name!) and he wanted to use the Robot for
world domination. The Doctor, in order to try and
capture P.O.P.S, forced a plane down carrying the
Robot, and his two friends Sue and Sandy Corwin.
They were of course, now stranded on Mystery Island.
Every segment dealt with our evil villain trying to
get the Robot. The last episode of the "Skatebirds"
featuring "Mystery Island" aired on January 28th, 1978
thus our pal the Robot, was once again back in
Several years later, the Robot was rescued and
eventually restored to it's former glory, and the
"Mystery Island" modifications were removed.
This particular piece, is the main control panel that
was retro-fitted onto the original Lost In Space
Robot's chest area and is a genuine prop from the
"Mystery Island" modification. Here it is complete
with it's original vintage 1970's circuitry! It is
very rare indeed.