Who’s the Best Retro Robot? You Choose!

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This is retro Halloween costume contest week! Each day I’ll feature five retro images from a particular costume category. You get to Comment on which costume you think epitomizes that category!

Today’s category? Retro robots. Which image do you think best represents this category?


Image #1 – from Neato Coolville

1950's Halloween Robots


Image #2 – from evilpeacock

Dennis Robot Halloween 1954


Image #3 – from justkristin

Robot Children


Image #4 – from metagirl (yep, that’s me in 1981)



Image #5 – from wanderingstan



9 Responses to Who’s the Best Retro Robot? You Choose!

  1. Carole says:

    I like #2

  2. Badwolf says:

    I like #1 because it looks like it could have been from an Ed Wood movie. Plus – you have to “straight-arm” it all night – not real practical for trick-or-treating.

  3. Kris Knives says:

    Image number 5 looks like something you would design for a internet flash video about evil computers.

    As for best retro outfit though. I’d have to say #2 with a strong honorable mention of #1.

  4. The Retroist says:

    #5 is the most terrifying. #4 has logic problems. Why the giant question mark? Why the pantyhose egg? Is that toilet paper with equations on it?

  5. vinvectrex says:

    Nice job Metagirl. I like the green robot because you just don’t see enough colorful robots these days. That said, my favorite is #5 for having the handy keyboard and matching socks.

  6. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I like #3 and #4, cuz smiling robots are The Future.

    But for actual retro points, I’ll go with #1.

    Like Badwolf said, I expect to see Tor Johnson walk into frame.

  7. VicSage says:

    I’m voting for #2 as well. It’s got a very nice Cyberman vibe to it!

  8. Stan James says:

    #5 here, just saying thanks for doing your homework to track down my original site!

    Inspired by this, I’ve
    posted a few more pictures of my costume
    . Funny enough, metagirl, mine is from 1981 too! Must have been a good year for robot costumes.

  9. The Retroist says:

    Stan, love that Jacket in the last photo.

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