Updated: October 03, 2021
ROBBY THE ROBOT DIORAMA #13
For many years Robby the Robot was conspicuous by its absence as a traditional
model kit, and was often called, ‘the classic kit Aurora never made.' This lack
was eventually rectified by a Comet Miniatures 1:8 scale multi-material kit,
followed by the 1999 Polar Lights item in traditional injection styrene.
A kit of Robby carrying Altaira has also been done in a Jimmy Flintstone production
albeit with Altaira's shapely legs in a non-poster attitude, and we featured it here.
POLAR LIGHTS ROBBY THE ROBOT SCALE STATS:
Movie Poster Edition
Components: 57 plus card backer and 4 optional parts, not used here
Assembled height: 205mm (8in) including base
Manufacturer's ref: POL893
The 1956 movie 'Forbidden Planet' was made as a loose re-working of Shakespeare's
‘The Tempest', in which Robby the Robot played the spirit Ariel. The poster scene
which is the basis of this new kit never actually appeared on-screen - Robby did
carry various objects, but not Altaira! No matter - it made a great-looking poster,
and now this Polar Lights kit makes it possible to match poster to model.
The Polar Lights kit is a neat production that echoes a classic piece of science-fiction
imagineering. 1:12 scale makes Robby a perfect size for shelf-top display.