The original Johnny Five sells for the most $ of all items in recent auction.

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Wild huh? I saw it in person a few years ago. It is amazing. It actually was a working radio controlled robot. Very Impressive.

I own the miniature radio controlled Johnny Five used in Short Circuit Part Two. It was owned personally by the man who created Johnny Five. The director used it in the opening credits of the film and in the beginning when Ben is selling Johnny's on the street. Later when the four or five mini Johnny's are dancing to "Heard It Through The Grapevine", it was used there as well. They only made a few radio ones, and the one I have is the only known working radio controlled mini Johnny Five.

They would film the mini Johnny in the department store for the opening. When the batteries would run down, the director would take another with freshly charged batteries and start filming again. As they filmed, the one they just used was charging so it would be ready when the current one ran down.

The fact the creator of Johnny Five chose to save this one means a lot to me. He really took care of it over the years. Now I am the proud owner. It is about 16" high and works. You can see a pic of him here:

http://www.moviepropcollectors.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2
 
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Rik1138

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http://www.moviepropcollectors.com/forum/showthread.php?p=208#post208

The Original Johnny Five from Short Circuit and Short Circuit Part Two sold August 3rd.

Yeah, $120,000 plus fees... Hopefully the new owner will take care of him, he needs some work. (He wasn't currently working at the time of auction, and some of his cosmetic parts are held on with tape...) I took a bunch of pics of him if anyone is interested:

http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_01.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_02.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_03.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_04.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_05.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_06.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_07.jpg
http://props.handheldmuseum.com/AuctionPics/Johnny5_08.jpg

It was neat to see him, sad to not be able to buy him...

Rik
 

Kadajiroth

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Thanks for the pics, he even still has his red toolbox! But, jeez, time wasn't so good to him.

The new owner must be happy to own such an iconic piece.
 

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propsculptor

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So who was the original owner...Eric Allard?

If so, then I know him very well since I worked for him years ago on a Movie project, cool guy!

Wild huh? I saw it in person a few years ago. It is amazing. It actually was a working radio controlled robot. Very Impressive.

I own the miniature radio controlled Johnny Five used in Short Circuit Part Two. It was owned personally by the man who created Johnny Five. The director used it in the opening credits of the film and in the beginning when Ben is selling Johnny's on the street. Later when the four or five mini Johnny's are dancing to "Heard It Through The Grapevine", it was used there as well. They only made a few radio ones, and the one I have is the only known working radio controlled mini Johnny Five.

They would film the mini Johnny in the department store for the opening. When the batteries would run down, the director would take another with freshly charged batteries and start filming again. As they filmed, the one they just used was charging so it would be ready when the current one ran down.

The fact the creator of Johnny Five chose to save this one means a lot to me. He really took care of it over the years. Now I am the proud owner. It is about 16" high and works. You can see a pic of him here:

http://www.moviepropcollectors.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2
 

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Treadwell

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I thought I saw 5 in the gallery of a prop house (name of which I forget) visited in one of the Movie FX DVDs. They had a room full of stuff you'd recognize from TV, film and commercials and IIRC Five was in there. I suppose it wouldn't have had to have been this one, though.
 

Rik1138

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They did a great job on his head... There's a whole group of guys that are determined to make fully functioning replicas of J5. Info here:

http://www.input-inc.com/

I think that head is theirs, and they have a nearly complete (mechanically, at least) lower body... That'll be impressive when it's finished...

There's at least 5 full-sized J5's made for the first movie (you see them all on screen at once), but I don't think they do more than just roll around. I don't recall seeing more than one at time in full, articulate motion.

And then there's the gold one from the end of the second movie... I'm not sure if that's a second completely mobile one or not... Last I heard it was on display at Disney Florida a few years ago, but was removed from display and it's current where-abouts seem to be unknown (to the public, at least).

Rik
 
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