RoboCop has had an interesting journey through pop culture since his creation.
From starring in the Paul Verhoeven movie of the same name in 1987, he has gone from being an R rated cyborg superstar to PG jet packing law enforcement officer of the future. He has had comic books written about his exploits, a children’s cartoon series and numerous pieces of merchandise all bearing his name.
Now with the RoboCop remake here, it seems like the right time to look at some of the stranger and more interesting pieces of RoboCop memorabilia out there for your consumption, as well as a few older, hard to get pieces from the early ’80s.
Jada Toys have created almost the complete package for all fans of the new RoboCop suit. Not only can you buy the RoboCop helmet (for around $9.99 from Entertainment Earth) you can also top off that all black look off with a chest plate section (also $9.99). Over at Hobby Tron you can also buy a RoboCop BB gun for $9.95.
If you do not like the look of the new RoboCop’s attire you could always scour eBay for that retro look. Released in 1988 by Kenner, this set included a great RoboCop helmet replica and a not so faithful reproduction of his pistol.
There is nothing cuter in my eyes than a shrunken cyborg and Pop! Vinyl RoboCop certainly thinks like me! Their RoboCop is certainly cute ($9.99). You can also buy a slightly smaller Robo with Mez-Itz (Mezco) RoboCop collection featuring just as cute 3 inch versions of RoboCop, ED209 and Officer Lewis. They range from around $40.00.
They have done an incredible job of making the figure seem slightly pixelated and mirrors the game version superbly. Priced at $19.99 it comes out this month.
Going back to Jada again, this remote control cop means you can be in charge of where the law enforcement officer patrols as long as you have enough batteries to keep him going. It is priced at $34.99.
Kenner released a whole lot of merchandise relating to the animated series of RoboCop that came out in 1988, and this was one of many toys on the market that came out in 1989. Aside from the fact he has a gatling gun for an arm, this toy also has the added quirk of being glow in the dark. Not really something RoboCop would want to advertise but it was popular enough for Neca to release a version of their own in 2012 for RoboCop’s 25th Anniversary. It retails for around $15.
This 1.43 scale set copies the gas station scene from the first RoboCop movie (or a close approximation of it anyhow). Released around 2010 this set seems only available from places like eBay where it ranges from 20 to 50 dollars.
McFarlane’s toys have always been well known for their articulation and immense amount of detail. This 3D poster from 2007 may miss out on the former but is full of the later. About £70.00, you can get it from Amazon.co.uk, among many other 3D posters available.
Thumbs Up have created this incredible looking mug that you have possibly seen before. Its Robomug, and it can usually be found on Amazon. Alas, at the moment it is not available for purchase, but fingers crossed we will only have to wait a little while longer before we can be sipping out of Robo’s noggin.
Back in 1990, you would have been able to buy this for a dollar. Now you can pay up to $20.00 on Amazon for an empty bubble bath container. Though it looks pretty cheesy it does have a certain charm to it.
How do you make RoboCop less exciting? Turn him into a pretty drab board game. To be fair, this game from 1988 by Spinnaker had a VHS tape included, where it reused the interesting bits from the movie and worked it around the game play. If you are desperate to know what that looks like then below is a link to the video footage. This normally goes for $90 online.
To finish off, let’s take a look at some parodies of RoboCop. There are plenty of knock off toys relating to RoboCop, but this has to be my all time favorite.
This Topps card and T-Shirt from Antarctic Press certainly raise a smile.
With the new films release there will be even more merchandise arriving in stores very soon. Here is hoping it will be as good as this strange group amassed before us.
Images: Jada Toys, Hobby Tron, Topps Trading Cards, Antarctic Press,
Kenner, Mezco, Neca, Motor Max, McFarlane Toys, Spinnaker.