Tobor - Eight-foot-tall space robot on the
live-action children's sci-fi adventure CAPTAIN VIDEO AND HIS VIDEO
Tobor the Robot captures Atar
Tobor (played by 7' 6" Dave Ballard) was a prototype robot designed to be a tireless worker and
indestructible soldier. It bore the inscription "I-TOBOR" (a
reversed image of ROBOT-I) on its chest plate.
Tobor's body featured a cylindrical manlike form, rockets mounted on
its back; an antenna sprouting skywards from each shoulder; a
triangular flap of metal on its chest containing a lens which shot a
death ray; and activation by voice commands via a pocket-sized
device attuned to the vocal frequency of its controller.
Tobor was originally designed as a force for good in the universe,
until Atar, a villainous female reset the robot's voice circuits to
obey only her commands. Now in control of the powerful robot, Atar
set out to conquer the solar system.
Tobor was finally rendered harmless when Captain Video, matching
Atar's vocal frequency, sent conflicting commands to Tobor and
disrupted its circuitry.
Months later (due to popular demand) Tobor was reactivated but this
time under the guidance of Captain Video's voice. A video monitor
was built into his metallic naval for closed circuit communication.
In a later episode, an evil scientist stole Tobor's blueprints and
created a duplicate Tobor. A colossal battle of good vs. evil ensued
with Tobor fighting his evil twin.
Tobor the robot was prominently featured in serial episodes: "I,
Tobor" (1953); "The Return of Tobor the Robot (1954); and "Dr.
Pauli's Planet" (1955).
TRIVIA NOTE: The name "Tobor"
appeared in the sci-fi movie Tobor the Great (1954) about a
telepathic experimental robot with human emotions.
In the animated 1965 Japanese syndicated sci-fi series
8TH Man, a
crime fighting android ("Tobor, the Eighth Man, the mightiest robot
of them all") programmed by Professor Genius with the memory of
police officer, Peter Brady who was killed by the villain Saucer
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