Boilerplate was invented in 1893 by Archibald Balthazar Campion. Here Boilerplate is shown charging up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. All this is from the amazing book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, available on Amazon for $16.47. The tall tale has Boilerplate helping Roosevelt, Pancho Villa and even exploring the South Pole.
Boilerplate is a fictional robot of the Victorian era and early 20th century, created in 2000 by Portland, Oregon artist Paul Guinan. Originally intended for comics, the character became known via a faux-historical website created by Guinan, and has since appeared in other media.
If for some reason you happen to have an extra $10,000 lying around, you can actually buy Boilerplate in a 12″ high model. This version has articulated arms, electric eyes, wind up mechanism and a shoulder plate that is movable to reveal a “brain”.
Click through for a video trailer of this mechanical marvel in all his glorious action.
Update – 7/29/10 J.J Abrams and his company Bad Robot will produce Boilerplate the movie.