The mid-late 80’s Robot Craze

So here I sat browsing my tumbler feed and came across this picture of a robot called Newton. It looked like a trashy R2-D2 and I have no idea what it does. So I tried to find more information on it. While what I found wasn’t very helpful. I became more and more curious about this craze. Having discovered there were dozens of home robots but none had the charm and visual appeal of newton the rest looked like something Mr. Peltzer from Gremlins would have invented. Remembering when I was a kid “Punchy the Robot” was a big thing at a mall my dad managed. He made arrangements with the school to have it come to the school and I was the lucky kid that got to ride into the assembly on it! There’s a pic below of my friend Punchy!

Punchy the Robot!