Sci-fi 50: TOBOR I

Aug. 01, 2012 | 11:16 a.m.

TOBOR I, "Captain Video and his Video Rangers" (1949): The first robot to appear in a live-action American television show, TOBOR was a big, blocky fellow with a heavy helmet for a head (with his cranium shaped like a tapered bucket, he looked a knight of yore, and the flat piece of metal that covered his torso resembled a wide, shiny apron). His hands were just basic pincers (shaped like horseshoes) but his squared shoulders were strong. They had to be. He had a lot of future he was lugging to the set. (DuMont Television Network)

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