K-Tel’s Music Machine

While digging around in the local record store, I ran across this gem: K-Tel’s Music Machine.


What caught my attention of course was Robby the Robot. For those of you who don’t know, Robby the Robot made his film debut in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet.


Based on his appearance on a bad K-Tel compilation album, you have to think Robby hit hard times somewhere in the 1970s.

I assumed that K-Tel had used a stock photo of Robby the Robot for the cover of their album, but no — apparently, Robby was actually involved in the marketing of the album. Don’t believe me?

Rod Serling and Robby the Robot Publicity Photo

I am really happy with the Retroist Image Pool, when I go there I am never sure what I will find. Today I found this wonderful photo of Rod Serling with Robby the Robot, that was uploaded by hastingsgraham. Robby looks appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone in 1962 called “Uncle Simon”. It was for that episode that he was given a slightly more human looking face. Which is why he looks different.