We have a winner! Congratulations to G.L. Mann, who (over the course of two e-mails) correctly identified at least 15 of the classic robots in the background of "Jaxxon's 11" Scene 5!
J11 artist David Stroup will be producing an original "Jaxxon" art piece for Mann; it will no doubt be nifty, but it most certainly will NOT have 26 classic robots from the annals of science fiction and fact hidden in the background, as Scene 5 did.
We'd like to thank everyone who entered over the past few days; many of you identified as many as 14 robots correctly in your entries -- which was nothing short of astonishing. (J11 scriptwriter and Iron Geek Mike Russell didn't get that many.)
Mr. Stroup has generously written up a list of all 26 robots he hid in the background of Scene 5. It's posted below.
Page 25, Panel 1: Here's two no one got...
(1) Between the two voice balloons: the head of Briareos from "Appleseed" (OK, he was actually a cyborg).
(2) Far right: Gypsy from MST3K.
Panel 4, same page:
(3) Hanging on the wall at the right: The head of the Iron Giant.
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Page 26 -- panel 1: Here's the big one.
(4) Far left, just behind "Hm, Well, that one's too big..." is the leg of Optimus Prime (that huge thing taking up the left side of the panel). No one got it.
(5) Just barely visible behind Optimus Prime's leg: That's the Zero Unit from "Earth 2." I didn't expect anyone to get this one, really he's just background.
(6) Clank from "Ratchet and Clank" (PS2 game). One person got him.
(7) Johnny 5 from "Short Circuit."
(8) Scaring Jax: Twiki from "Buck Rogers."
(9) Robbie the Robot, "Forbidden Planet."
(10) Here's an iffy one: Just behind Han - it's just based on an old Japanese robot toy, which in retrospect *may* have been based on Gigantor (same winner -- but could mean he got it in a clean sweep of 15 and didn't need the two supplemental entries he sent).
(11) Muffet, the robot Daggit from "Battlestar Galactica."
(12) Boilerplate -- star of his own web site ("WAAAY too old"). Google him.
(13) Dewey, A 'bot from "Silent Running."
(14) A Honda Asimo unit. (Technically not from science fiction, but still.)
(16) Gort, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."
(17) Hanging from the ceiling, far right, above Gort: Maximillian, from "The Black Hole," and
(18) Baaarely visible: Nomad from the classic "Trek" episode "The Changeling" (prototype for V'Ger in the cinema bloatware first "Trek" movie).
Same page, Panel 2: Left to right now --
(19) Bender, "Futurama."
(20) Another Honda robot.
(21) B9, the robot from "Lost in Space."
(22) Robot Bastard! Another internet star -- no one got this, and I was disappointed (Google "Robot Bastard" to see more).
(23) Kikaida -- a classic Japanese robot live-action superhero from my mis-spent youth (anyone who grew up in Hawaii in the 1970s would remember him...).
Page 27 -- Panel 4:
(24) A basket full of those horrible little flying saucer guys from "*batteries not included."
(25) Hanging from the ceiling, Bob and...
(26) Vincent from "The Black Hole."
Thanks to everyone for entering, we'll be holding another contest and answering more of your letters very soon!
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