Things I miss: Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/25/things-i-miss-rock-em-sock.html


#2

I see them in toy departments of stores like Target all the time. I could probably pick one up at Fred Meyer; I think they had a few movie-tie-in versions as well.


#3

If you haven’t seen one in years, you just might not be looking too hard, methinks.

I gave one of my friends a Sponge Bob version not too long ago…

And a remake of the original version sells on both Amazon & EBay.


#4

Plus a big-budget film adaptation.


#5

That is great. Do they reference the game in the film?


#6

We have “life-sized” ones at work… unfortunately, not playable :frowning:


#7

OK, technically they claimed the movie was an adaptation of a short story from the 50s. But come ON, that was clearly just a lie so they wouldn’t have to pay royalties to Mattel.


#8

After being raised like this it’s no wonder they grow up wanting to Kill All Humans.


#10

What the hell has my life been? I’ve never had any toys like this. No Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots, no Gnip Gnop, no Operation.
Just a hell of a lot of Tonka or puppets.


#11

The basic concept is much older than you would think. These are from San Francisco’s Musee Mecanique – an antique arcade. Note the “knockout” switches located near the mouth.


#12

We need to integrate a digital version into Discourse for 2nd Amendment threads. @codinghorror?


#13

Back in high school my friends and I pranked the school administrators by gathering a large circle of students around a Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots match at lunch, everyone yelling “fight! fight! fight!” One of the vice principals rushed in to break up the skirmish; it was great watching his expression morph from concern to confusion to anger to relief to laughter.


#14

Sadly, the current version sold by Mattel is a smaller cost reduced version of the original MARX toy.


#15

I’d almost be willing to pay for such a feature.

On the site that shall not be named, I suggested having digital rock em sock em robots for sorting out disagreements several times, to no avail, of course…


#16

We used to play Talk to 'em Reason with 'em Robots.

Damn hippie parents.


#17

Also religion threads. And knife sharpening.


#18

Hey, it’s been days since I called you OMike!


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