Collecting the Rondo Awards 2015 Best Toy Category – Part 9
Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy Vinyl Figure
It seems I’ve been exploring the intersection of iconic monsters and horrible movies in recent posts. In last week’s Classic Movie Poster post, I profiled 1958’s Attack of the 50 Foot Woman – a bad movie with an iconic and timeless poster.
As we continue to review 2014 Rondo Awards nominees for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, today’s featured collectible certainly fits the bill for iconic monster/bad movie as we take a look at Sputnik Supplies original creation Ro-Boy.
Ro-Boy is a unique blend of the classic Big Boy restaurant mascot
Sputnik Supplies is the brainchild of artist Paul Schiola who explains the inspiration behind his creations as:
“My love for vinyl toys and sculpting led me in a direction where I could meld the two and produce a truly collectible toy…make small runs of cool, unique and truly collectible vinyl-like toys; each one is an individual work of art and is always handmade by me here in the U.S.A.”
Ro-Man Extension XJ-2 is the titular monster and/or alien from The Robot Monster, a film with such a low budget that they used a gorilla suit because they didn’t have the budget for a full robot suit.
It’s worth noting that the lack of budget and resulting gorilla/robot mash-up is the singular reason this film remains in the popular culture–it certainly isn’t the movie itself!
- Height: 7″
- Handmade in USA
- Sculptor: Paul Schiola
- MSRP: $85
Where to Buy Sputnik Supplies Ro-Boy
The only place that I could find this collectible figure was direct from the artist:
Paul offers these limited edition figures @ $85 which includes shipping.
I love this figure. Of all the nominees in the Rondo Awards category for Best Toy/Model/Collectible, it the only original creation.
While I love licensed merchandise, and am awed by the incredible life-like detail of many models, maquettes and even action figures of today, there is something magical about the discovery of a toy that isn’t from a movie, comic or TV show.
As a kid, it always felt like discovering something uniquely mine. Obviously, a mass-produced plastic toy wasn’t uniquely mine, but the feeling was pure and joyful just the same. I think it is one of the original draws I felt to monsters and genre movies in general– the fantastic and original creations of the artists and filmmakers were magical to me and, I suspect, most other monster kids.
I really appreciate that, while inspired by a rather infamous movie monster/alien, Ro-Boy is a creation of the artist’s imagination–and a hand-painted, handmade one at that.
The price point is steep, as it is for most of the nominees in this category. But, given that this is really a work of pop culture art and is clearly NOT a toy, I’m okay with $85. I imagine that price will only go up once Sputnik Supply sells the original inventory and it winds up on the secondary market.
The Robot Monster
Speaking of the movie that inspired Ro-Boy, I watched it last night on Amazon Prime as I was drafting this article. Honestly, I can’t say for sure if I had ever seen this film in its entirety.
My thoughts? This movie is so bad it’s good! It’s not going on my list of favorite films anytime soon, and I love 1950s B-movie SciFi camp. If you haven’t seen it, it really is good fun and worth a little over an hour of your time.
or you can watch it for free onYouTube:
So what do you think of Ro-Boy? Any Sputnik Supplies aficionados out there? And The Robot Monster? Share your opinions about this movie and the collectible toy it inspired below!