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A full-size, light-up Johnny 5 robot from John Badham's sci-fi comedy Short Circuit. NOVA Laboratory S.A.I.N.T. (Strategic Artificially Intelligent Nuclear Transport) robot Number 5 was struck by lightning and became sentient. After escaping from NOVA, he befriended Stephanie Speck (as played by Ally Sheedy) and adopted the name Johnny 5.
Designed by iconic sci-fi concept artist Syd Mead with influence from sketches by Robotics Supervisor Eric Allard, the Johnny 5 character was realised for the screen through full-size puppets, including remote-control animatronic versions with various movements, and lower-function or static puppets. This Johnny 5 is largely static, with lights in the eyes and servo motors in some of the shoulder and arm components that may have been functional at one time. These lighter-weight static robots were built for use where a heavier piece with additional mechanisms was not necessary, such as action shots of Johnny 5 falling. This Johnny 5 prop retains its original first-film color scheme and detailing, and was not updated for the sequel; it has been intact as a unit since production on the first film. The full-size prop features a blue and grey body made primarily of vacuum-formed plastic and metal with simulated buttons and tech panels on the front and back of the torso. Beneath this outer covering are mechanical and electronic elements, the majority of which are cosmetic though designed to appear practical, including cables and wiring to the mechanisms in his torso and arms, with major connections covered by black rubber bellow-like inserts. His lower body features two plated tread belts in triangular configurations on his left and right sides complemented by two small rear wheels with black rubber tires. Mounted over his left shoulder is a wood and resin laser weapon with a red decal strip on the front to simulate the emitter. The head features orange neck pistons; coloured wires and cables; a blue and grey plasting shell matching the body; black metal flaps that serve as upper and lower eyelids; and eyes with gold-colour rings, blue irises reminiscent of camera apertures, and clear lenses that glow red via a small switch in the base of the back of the head. The head has undergone some restoration, specifically to the eyes and their electronics, allowing them to glow with the aid of a rechargeable internal battery that charges through a labelled connector accessible on the back of the head. Also included are original red eye lenses attached to pieces of yellow foam, additional wiring, and a wall-plug charger. Johnny 5 exhibits some wear from production and age, including scuffing, paint chipping, staining, and some loose components. Dimensions: 147.5 cm x 76.25 cm x 178 cm (58" x 30" x 70")
Contains electronics; see electronics notice in the Buyer's Guide.
Special shipping required; see notice in the Buyer's Guide.
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Estimate: £120,000 - 160,000 US
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SizeItem size: 58" × 30" × 70" (147.32cm × 76.2cm × 177.8cm)
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