by: Andy Brazier [ ]
The Robot featured in the T.V series "Lost In Space" which aired between September 15, 1965, and March 6, 1968.
The Robot is a Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot, which had no given name. Although a machine endowed with superhuman strength and futuristic weaponry, he often displayed human characteristics such as laughter, sadness, and mockery as well as singing and playing the guitar. The Robot was performed by Bob May in a prop costume built by Bob Stewart. The voice was dubbed by Dick Tufeld, who was also the series' narrator. The Robot was designed by Robert Kinoshita, whose other cybernetic claim to fame is as the designer of Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot. Robby appears in Lost In Space episode "War of the Robots", and the first episode of season three; "Condemned of Space".
The Robot was originally released in The Chariot kit, but has now been released as a kit on its own. There is a couple of parts on the clear sprue which are from the Chariot kit, but are not used on the Robot.
The kit comes in a top end opening box, with the instructions printed on the reverse of the box.
The three sprues of silver injected plastic and two clear sprues have a total of 24 parts.
The detail is rather crude and basic, but there is no flash present, and pin marks are on the inside of the Robot body.
The "tracks" of the Robot are solid pieces of plastic, which although do have the corrugated look of tracks, but they just don't really look that good. My initial thought was to hollow them out, then realized I would have to do that eight times. The easiest way would be to remove them completely and replace them with thin strips of tank tracks from the spares box.
The main body has the control panel, which is a series of raised dials and knobs and is rather "clunky".
The manipulator arms are fairly good, but the extendable arms are very short, and will do little more then stick out from the Robots body.
The head is made up of mostly the clear parts, which are quite good and are very translucent.
The kit as already stated, has the build instructions on the reverse of the box, and consists of an exploded drawing of the parts and a little text for the build.
There is no paint guide other then the drawn image on the box front.