It’s almost embarrassing to admit now, but when RoboCop 2 came out, I was eight years old. And even though I’d watched the original film and didn’t have a problem with anything, the Enforcement Droids were one of my first introductions to the whole “robots are going to fucking destroy us” mindset that has depleted only about 0.0001% since then. It didn’t help that this sequel was in the first class of film sequels whose only improvement over the original was to add more violence. Fairly Large Freakin’ Robots stomping and shooting things all over the streets. This is what third-graders need to be dreaming about.
Now that I’m an adult, however, it’s an incredibly simple-looking machine, and if I felt like dropping two years’ worth of mortgage payments in one lump, I’d put my bid up on eBay, where Hollywood P.A.R.T.S. has a full-sized ED-209 model up for sale. If you’re up for having a 10-foot tall, silver behemoth somewhere in your own home, be ready to part with around $25,000, which probably isn’t that much for the memorabilia being sold, but I don’t speak in numbers that high.
It’s been in storage for years, and it isn’t clear if it was an actual prop for the movie or if it was used for promotional purposes. It it has legs built with pneumatic cylinders and wiring for hydraulics for the legs and body rotation, but nothing has been tested. However, the description on eBay reads: “Good Condition. Legs and guns have been repaired and restored.” So if the NRA wants someone to love…
Are you a philanthropist who knows someone who needs the most elaborate coat rack ever? Are you looking for a piñata that can fight back? Do you want to frighten a child into thinking he will see robotic martial law before graduating high school? Look no further than Hollywood P.A.R.T.S.!