Thursday, April 14, 2011

Retro Toy Week: The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot!

It's funny: for most creators, getting a creation made into a cartoon would be a pretty big feather in their cap. For Frank Miller and Geof Darrow, it feels like a minor work. But then, they only did two oversized issues of the Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, and the cartoon series ran for one season of 26 episodes.

In a nutshell: the Big Guy is earth's last line of defense, a mighty battle robot that's battled aliens, monsters, and evil robots. What few know, is that the Big Guy isn't actually a robot, he's a suit of armor driven by a pilot, basically a big tank. Rusty, the Boy Robot, is a proper robot, with artificial intelligence and nuclear-powered weapons; but without the experience and training he needs. So, the Big Guy is pulled out of retirement to work with and train Rusty; but can't let on that he's really a human inside...

The show was enjoyable, but I don't think it was a huge success. Still, there would be a line of toys, and this one is Talking Big Guy, with light-up eyes, and the little Rusty to sit on his shoulder. There's not a lot of articulation, but nice lines; and the voice chip and light are strong and clear.

After the break: check the Big Guy's voice chip! With the typical professionalism you expect around here, the focus is a bit dicey and you can probably hear me watching Star Trek in the background...

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