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5 Forgotten 80’s Robots


In the 1980s, the use of robots in movies was a clear sign of the future ahead. Without the use of mechanical bots in those movies, we'd never have classics like I, Robot. Of course, you had your classic robots of the day like R2-D2 or C-3P0, but what about the others? We had to go through a lot of malfunctioning HAL 3000's to get to the good ones. Here's a list of 5 Forgotten 80's Robots.


The Robots from Batteries Not Included



A group of tenants in an apartment building are being forced to move out so that the building can be demolished. The tenants don't want to move, so developers hire a local gang to 'persuade' them to leave. Lucky for us, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town and save the day. When the alien robots befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers. Lesson learned: all gang problems can be solved by alien robots.



K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider



A lone crime fighter named Michael Knight battles the forces of evil with the help of an indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar named K.I.T.T. With the aid of Williams Daniels soothing voice, K.I.T.T the car is ready to battle crime, kick butt, and take names. Let's enjoy this very long 1980's TV intro.



Paulie’s Robot from Rocky IV



Paulie's Robot, which through the years that has developed a cult following of its own, was created by the International Robotics Inc. in New York City. It was a gift to Paulie from Rocky's son. The robot is identified as “SICO” and is/was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and toured with James Brown in the 1980s.



Johnny 5 from Short Circuit



Number 5, (aka Johnny 5) is one of a group of experimental military robots that was suppose to be used during the cold war. Suddenly, he underwent a transformation after being struck by lightning. Lucky for humans, he developed self-awareness, consciousness, and a fear of the reprogramming that awaits him back at the factory. With the help of a young woman, Number 5 tries to evade capture and convince his creator that he has truly become alive. For some crazy reason Ally Sheedy starred in this movie. Even after her success from Breakfast Club and St. Elmos Fire. He helped kids of the 80's understand life and death.



Vicki from Small Wonder



Father Ted Lawson creates a robot daughter named Vicki. The family (Ted, Joan and Jamie) keep Vicki's identity secret, and pretend that she is their daughter. Some how this show managed to last for 4 seasons, and remained in syndication through the decade. Once Vicki grew up, she became a born again robot Christian. I'm not kidding, the actress who played Vicki, Tiffany Brissette, became a born again Christian. Take that Kirk Cameron!


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