Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lifesize Replica of HAL 900 of 2001: A Space Odyssey

This must be the coolest piece of movie or cultural merchandise.

It is a known fact that I am in love with 2001: A Space Odyssey, a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and movie directed by Stanley Kubrick from 1968.

It is one of the best movies ever made, and is an everlasting story on human advancement and space exploration. Of course it goes deeper than that, but it's not the issue here.

ThinkGeek has sent out emails (and to me of course) to market their newest item; a lifesize (!) replica of the HAL 9000 computer found on the spaceship Discovery. It remains the staple of the series and is one of the most recognized characters worldwide.

It's not cheap ($499) but if you have the cash this is an awesome piece to be put at home as a great collectible and conversation piece.

HAL 9000 Life-Size Replica
  • The most movie-accurate HAL 9000 replica ever created.
  • Based on the blueprints and studio files from the 1967 movie.
  • Machined in 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum. Black components are anodized.
  • Custom-ground glass lens with red LED eye (sticker included to make this lens have the Nikkor wording as seen in some close-ups).
  • Digital sound randomly cycles through 15 phrases from the film.
  • Trigger HAL's speech by talking to him (must talk for over 1200 Ms (1.2 seconds) to trigger voice activation) or by pressing a button on most IR remote controls.
  • Did we mention this is frickin' HAL 9000?
  • Rotate the lens ring to activate.
  • Two minute auto-shutoff (to conserve battery) (or point an IR remote at it and hold button for 4 seconds).
  • Easily mounts to wall (wall mounting hardware not included).
  • Hand-assembled to make sure they are perfect.
  • Batteries: 1 9-volt (included).
  • Weight: approx. 2 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 13.6" x 4.6" x 1.125" (exact to the movie blueprints)
See more info (including a video) [here], and here's a video from the movie fearing HAL:

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