On a very personal note and for totally seflish reasons, is there any chance that I could ask you to either post here, or directly email to me, more photos of what is clearly a Fred Barton Robby The Robot.
I've got two Full-sized B-9 that I built myself when I was an active member of the B-9 Robot Builder's Club and I think they're among the best I've ever seen! ver seen! Can yu tell I'm a proud Papa? LOL!) and a full-sized Robby built by John Rigg. And although Rigg'd Robby id trully amazing in its total dedication to detail, it lacks some of the "Hollywood Jazziness" of a Barton Robby. I've owned R2-D2's and C-3PO's built by Fred and his stuff is just amazing. And after over ten years of trying to justify the expense, I think I'm about ready t go order a genuine Fred Barton Robby. So any close up hotos, as well as your comments and thoughts would be so helpfull to me. Thanks again for your help. Please email to:
mechanizedrobot (AT) yahoo (DOT) com
thanks again in advance or all youe help!!!!
I'll try and get some better shots of my Robby. He is indeed a Fred Barton Robby. My B9 is a very, very early Fred Barton built robot, which replaced the Dewey Howard B9 (Dewey's #2 robot) I had before. The Maria is from Volker Strauss.
I was in Hollywood a couple years back at the DeMille Barn for a retrospective featuring Bob Kinoshita. Mr. Kinoshita, as you know, is credited with designing Robby, B9 the C57-D saucer and such. The talk featured Mr. Kinoshita recollecting his role in the design of Robby, with several stars of Forbidden Planet there to give glimpses of what it was like to work on that film. Bob Mays was there to talk about his time inside B9, and another stunt man talked about his time in Robby for one of the Twilight Zone episodes. But the main reason I flew out there was Bill Mallone and the real Robby were going to be there. I basked in all that was Robbyness for an evening, got my picture with Robby, with Mr. Kinoshita, got some cool shots of an original Twilight Zone Robby head, and finally met Fred Barton as well. I have a picture of Fred, Bill and Bob together, kind of a Robby Trinity...
The thing that struck me from just standing there soaking in the original Robby was just how much it looked like the one in my house. Other than my Robby is a lot glossier than a robot meant for studio lights, they look damn close to identical.
I'll post some more images, smaller in size this time so I don't bog down the page. And I'll email you some direct.