Hello Everybody and welcome to my 600th post! Yes, believe it or not this is number six hundred – how have I managed to reach this many I’m not sure but it has been fun. And today I’m going to take you on a trip to the city of Detroit in the not so distant future and show you a saber inspired by the peacekeeper known as ROBOCOP! I had an exchange of comments with my friend Resa (find her fantastic blog here: https://graffitiluxandmurals.com/) , who kind of mistook my Boba Fett saber’s title image for the character Robocop which led me to the idea of recreating the cyborg in saber form.
I was a fan of the film Robocop and vaguely remember when it came out way back in 1987 (yes, I’m old….I’m very old!) and was amazed by the cyborg police officer. That officer was the man, Alex Murphy, who served in Detroit and in the line of duty was “murdered” by a crime gang led by a creep named Boddicker. Boddicker however was secretly connected to a mega corporation named Omni Consumer Products (aka OCP) – a company which more or less ran the city and it’s police department. Because it ran the police force OCP tried to cut corners and developed a robotic alternative to human cops in the shape of a droid named ED-209. Unfortunately ED-209 was flawed and an accident during a board meeting demonstration led to a board member being shot dead. Another exec, Bob Morton, saw an opportunity to push his idea for a cheaper human/robot alternative and was given permission to develop his “Robocop” program. He just needed a human. That human was Alex Murphy.
After investigating a crime gang Alex Murphy ends up being trapped in an abandoned warehouse where the gang he was pursuing surround him and in quite a graphic scene, shoot him multiple times with pistols and shotguns and is left for dead. He is rushed to hospital but is pronounced dead…..then his remains are taken and integrated into the cyborg being developed by Morton (with OCP claiming that Murphy was an OCP cop so he “belonged” to the company so they could use his body). The cyborg was successfully assembled, but the integration of man and machine led to fragments of Murphy’s memory and past life slip into “Robocop” and he became aware of his past life and he wanted justice….armed with his high powered pistol he set out to get it. But I thought he might like to own a lightsaber too…so here is “Pacifier”…..
This saber as you can see is heavily based on the cybernetic body armour worn by Robocop. I basically turned the cyborg into a saber. The emitter is essentially his head and helmet, complete with OCP markings on the side and the famous cutout shape that revealed Officer Murphy’s mouth and lower face. The neck section of the hilt represents the rubber neck gaiter which leads to his upper torso. The handgrip features rounded oblong plates shaped to represent the upper arm shells and, mounted on the “chestplate” area are two activation switches. Below the switch section another ribbed section connects to the lower body and two more of the shell plates are used to replicate the thigh armour which famously splits open to reveal the hidden holster for Robocop’s machine pistol. On the base plate of the pommel cap is a 3D modelled “OCP” logo.
But of course we need to see this lawman in action so I figured a few images of him on patrol would be cool so I rendered a few images in some suitably grimy, grungy scenery…here is a Glamour(?) Shot gallery…
The first three images are actually located in a factory in Los Angeles that was used as the location for the Machine Shop/Milling factory seen in the movie “The Terminator” because I couldn’t find any Detroit factory interior images….but I did find an abandoned highway underpass for the last two images…just the sort of place where the criminal underworld would plot and plan their crimes!
Now in the film it turns out that Boddicker is secretly connected to the President of OCP and the Chief Exec had some “safeguards” programmed into Murphy…so when Murphy tried to apprehend the crooks, well…I’ll let you check the movie out (however I will warn that the film probably ISN’T SUITED FOR YOUNG CHILDREN as some of it is very graphic ok!
Well, I’m getting near to the end of this day’s patrol and the end of this 600th post. Thank you all so much for your support of me and my little site over the years. You are all very much appreciated, whether this is your first visit or if you are a veteran visitor….I thank you all. I can’t promise I will be around for another 600 posts but I will do my best. So please call back and see what else I have in store as I venture towards maybe 1000? Till next time…..
“Pacifier” Saber is a For Tyeth Editions design inspired by the character and film “Robocop”. The saber is modelled and rendered in Blender 3D by For Tyeth/FTSabersite and is ©Copyright of For Tyeth/FTSabersite 2016-2022.” Robocop” is an Orion Pictures movie and is Trademark/©Copyright of Orion Pictures Corporation.