Friday, August 03, 2007
I suppose most kids my age would remember Herbie as their Volkswagon role model, but for me it was Robocon. He had a live action kids show with a few other mechanical looking friends (that I only vaguely recall). This small collection of photos show him standing up, but by sitting down he could get in a car-like configuration with the front wheels at the end of his outstretched legs. If I remember correctly, when he was in that that position, he looked like a Beetle riding a street bike that was...also a part of him. Confusing? Well, such is the memory of a 5 year old child thirty years later. The scan above is from a 3" round trading card that I recovered from storage not long ago. Incidentally, I have no idea what he's doing to that poor kid. I can't remember too much from the show, but I do remember having a pair of Robocon shoes, more than likely a shirt, and a die cast metal toy that has since gone missing.
Just to prove that Robocon had appeal for other kids besides me:
Funny thing, a memory. What I took to be Robocon on a Harley is actually more like Robocon on a golf stroller/wheel chair:
Still, I wonder if there was a variant to this. I was scrounging online for more photos and came across this one from a 1974 movie - what on earth could he have done?: