Boilerplate The Robotic Marvel From 1893

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Boilerplate was invented in 1893 by Archibald Balthazar Campion.  Here Boilerplate is shown charging up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt.  All this is from the amazing book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, available on Amazon for $16.47.  The tall tale has Boilerplate helping Roosevelt, Pancho Villa and even exploring the South Pole.

Wikipedia explains:

Boilerplate is a fictional robot of the Victorian era and early 20th century, created in 2000 by Portland, Oregon artist Paul Guinan. Originally intended for comics, the character became known via a faux-historical website created by Guinan, and has since appeared in other media.

If for some reason you happen to have an extra $10,000 lying around, you can actually buy Boilerplate in a 12″ high model.  This version has articulated arms, electric eyes, wind up mechanism and a shoulder plate that is movable to reveal a “brain”.

Click through for a video trailer of this mechanical marvel in all his glorious action.

Update – 7/29/10 J.J Abrams and his company Bad Robot will produce Boilerplate the movie.


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