Just what every working woman needed back in 1984; an RB5X robot for hire!
Happened across another rather nice homage to Hajime Sorayama. The degradation of the background gives the illustration a slightly more contemporary feel. Kinda like looking at an old photograph.
Before the AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) there was the Walker.
Concept sketch by Joe Johnston
Lots of vintage robots in here. I’m impressed he even included K.I.T.T.
Denning Mobile Robotics released the Sentry 1 robot in 1983. It could follow a pre-programmed floor plan, returning to its alcove for recharging after several hours. At 4.5 feet in height, it traveled 3 miles per hour detecting heat, smoke, and motion while avoiding obstacles. It would report anything “unusual” via radio.
Another GORGEOUS robot painting by Robert Burden. 11 feet tall so I’m guessing Optimus Prime comes in over 6 feet!
Yoshiyuki Takani is probably responsible for most of my favorite Robotech artwork. I guess I would describe his style as “organic mecha”. I’m not sure what series the Bandai illustration comes from but it is RAD.
Meet “Appleby” from the Atlanta Robotics Special Interest Group, 1983. He is the love child of Star Wars' Darth Vader and The Black Hole's Maximilian.
Photograph by Roger Ressmeyer
Time-lapse photography never gets old.
This might be my favorite Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars illustration. I enjoy the Metropolis influence evident in this early C-3PO concept. R2 looks so much more utilitarian than personal.
Two really beautiful diagrams of Heathkit HERO-1 robot components.
I believe this was the VERY FIRST autonomous robot. Called Shakey from the Stanford Research Institute, 1970.
Transformers and Quintesson spaceships. Both Star Trek and Robotech influences are strong but some of the designs are completely unique to the Transformers.
Movie and show character concepts. I REALLY enjoy how you can see the inner workings of Galvatron, Cyclonus, and Scourge. This really gives them a Dead Universe feel. The Primus concept should have been realized as a toy in the 1980s.
Autobot City (aka: Fortress Maximus). Again, these design concepts are AMAZING.