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What's going on! / Year 10?
« on: July 17, 2020, 11:30:08 PM »
Dang... Year 10 slipped by, and I didn't even notice.  Gosh!

What's going on! / Year 9.... (if you can believe it)
« on: April 03, 2019, 08:45:48 PM »
Welcome to Year 9!  Thank you to everyone for keeping the board alive with your comments, discoveries, and friendship!

Buy / Sell / Trade / KTMA Cambot Sled
« on: February 13, 2019, 09:07:28 AM »
Someone's selling a KTMA Cambot sled over on Facebook...

Buy / Sell / Trade / FS: Century Infant Love Seat
« on: July 21, 2018, 12:09:17 PM »
Century Infant Love Seat - Ready for your Gypsy project!

$350 (includes shipping to anywhere in the lower 48)

Crow T. Robot / Lime Gold Metal Flake... Season 12... Please read...
« on: April 19, 2018, 03:29:50 PM »
Are you sitting on a stash of Lime Gold Metal Flake (especially the older formulation)? Interested in helping out with Season 12 of MST3K?

Bob Bukowski needs your assistance. PM me for details.

Since the site has basically ran without issue for 8+ years, I figured it was time to shake things up.  I'm moving the hosting to a new package GoDaddy offers that should help me save around $100 per year.  There should be no difference in terms of site operation, but there may be a TINY bit of downtime in the next 10-15 days as they migrate everything over.

Thanks for sticking with me!


Other MST3K Related Bots / "Breakaway Bots"
« on: September 27, 2017, 03:03:27 PM »
Today, there was a video update that went out showing some behind the scene pictures and video from the 200th episode of the show:

Something interesting they included was a video of the testing of the "Breakaway Bots" that Crow and Servo go nuts on as part of the new robot assymbly line sketch in 'Time Travelers.'  I meant to comment on this previously, but the toy that appears to be used as the base of the body for the breakaway bots is the Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin' Megazord.

Here's a couple pictures of the toy, and screenshots of the BTS footage:

Here's a banana for scale:

Shots from the BTS video:


Episode screenshots (about 47:30 in):



"Quosey" (sp)

Crow T. Robot / Season 11 closeups...
« on: August 05, 2017, 10:02:42 AM »
What's that?  Looking for closeups of the new Season 11 bit and bobs for Crow?  Here you go!

(NOTE: You may need a fun, FREE, forum account to see the photos)


Bob said that for the arm and leg length, he tried to keep the "golden ratio" where everything is sort of based on human proportions.

I didn't have a ruler with me, but the lengths of the limbs should be easy to calculate if you know the size of the joints.

To create the hands, Bob said that he used standard hands as a base, and used a resin that once cured, will expand when exposed to a solvent (like naphtha).  He let the hands "scale" three times before molding and casting the final product.

The hips that are shown here are slightly different than the ones used in Season 11.  What is pictured here represents the original design Bob gave Joel.  I believe Bob said that puppeteer Russ Walko redesigned the hips to be less complicated.  When I went on the set tour, Crow's hips had been narrowed.  The two Wallace bases where used, but they'd been joined with some 1" PVC tees (I could likely draw this up if anyone were interested).

Crow's feet are just hands filled in and scaled up.

Kneecaps are the flaps removed from cutting a bowling pin.  There's a little hinge behind it to make it easier to move around when the knee flexes.

(Thanks Bob... you're the best!)

If you've signed up, and are still waiting on the approval email, check your spam folder... sometimes email providers don't like emails from web forums.  I don't know why... but they sometimes just don't.

If you feel that it's been a while (more than 24 hours) and you've not heard anything, check your spam folder, or just try logging in.  Most likely you've been approved.

Super cool!

What's going on! / 7 years... really?
« on: May 23, 2017, 11:23:12 AM »

Seven years.

Crazy, right?

Gypsy / Season 11: Gypsy's New Eye
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:36:29 AM »

I recently sat down with Greg Tally (Hotelier, dinosaur enthusiast, and executive producer of the MST3K revival) to discuss bot building, the revival, and why MST fandom shouldn't be a "boys only" club.

My interview begins around the 12 minute mark, but it's well worth your time to listen to the entire episode.

Everything else... / What's the deal with Rhino, Shout Factory, and BBI?
« on: February 04, 2016, 12:35:26 PM »
The Rhino / Shout Factory story goes something (supposedly) like this:

Rhino started slooowly releasing episodes of MST3K on DVD in 2000, with a release schedule starting at 2 per year. In the beginning, these were simply reissues of titles previously released on VHS. Many of these early releases were "flipper" discs, with the MST3K episode appearing on one side, and the theatrical release of the movie on the other.

It was around this time that Rhino created the spinoff company Shout Factory to serve as the home for many of their TV and cult movie related products (this is important later). The first box set was released in November of 2002, and beginning in 2003, Rhino hit a stride of releasing 2-3 box sets per year.

In 2004, Rhino sold their music holdings to Warner Brothers, but retained stewardship of video titles that were still in the production pipeline.

In 2006, Mike Nelson announced his new project called "The Film Crew" which would reunite Kevin, Bill, and himself as riffers. He launched a website for the project, and asked for fans to vote for the release order of some upcoming DVDs to be distributed by Rhino.

This is when the Shatner hit the fan.

BBI didn't like the idea of a competing movie riffing venture potentially cannibalizing their sales (because you have to keep in mind that BBI had long said that direct-to-video new episodes of MST3K "wouldn't work). Bob Emmer (the Rhino exec shepherding the project) was upset since he didn't see a conflict, and he already commissioned 4 episodes with agreements in place to potentially produce more. BBI threatened to pull licensing for MST3K, which obviously putting Rhino in a tough spot. Eventually it was decided that the episodes would be released under the Shout Factory brand with some minor reworking; such as some ADR replacement ("Bob Rhino" becoming "Bob Honcho") and Beez McKeever replacing a previously cast voice actress as "Bob Honcho's Secretary." Unfortunately, the delay meant that the project was now dead due to the costs involved rebuilding sets and recollecting the talent which had by then moved on to other commitments... So BBI had "won" in that they had blocked the other show from competing with them.

Rhino and DVD continued to release up until February of 2008 with the last release being "10.2" a one-off disc to replace the Godzilla disc that originally shipping with box set 10 with a disc of 'The Giant Gilla Monster' featuring a special intro staring Joel, Trace, and Frank.

Late 2008 saw MST3K officially move from the Rhino name to Shout Factory with a revamped art style and a standard 3 per year release schedule. The first set released was the 20th Anniversary tin with Crow T. Robot statue.

To date there have been 35 box sets, 11 or so individual releases, a couple of reissues, and a partridge in a pear tree.

More information:!_Factory

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