Sunday, August 2, 2009

Space Toys Online: The Robot Hut

Collector John Rigg has done what most of us can only dream about: He built The Robot Hut, a special building to house his thousands of toy robots. And while it isn't open to the public -- this isn't a museum, it's one man's passion -- Rigg has posted photos and video of most of his collection online at the Robot Hut web site ( so that everyone can take a gander. (Once you get to the site, click the link "Robot Collections From Around the World" to find the link to John's collection.)

John Rigg also happens to be a certifiable genius, a man who likes to not only collect space toys, but also build his own toy robots and life size replicas of robots from film and television. Many of these amazing projects are on display at the Hut and on the web site.

And all that's just the tip of the iceberg -- you'll find photos of other people's collections, 3D images, old-time radio files, and much more. Trust me when I tell you not to visit the Robot Hut's site while at work. Once you start gawking at all the amazing toys, your day will be pretty much over... 


  1. Dear Doc Atomic: All one can say regarding the amazing Mr. Riggs is "Wow." What an amazing collection. I didn't even scratch the surface of the collection and had to take a breather.

    One can only hope that he has made provisions for this world class exhibit upon his demise (not to be morbid, it would just be a shame for this monumental work to be cast to the four winds over time).

    Doc, you have a fascinating blog! -- Mykal

  2. I've had the opportunity to visit the Robot Hut twice over the years, and both times I'm pretty sure my eyes were permanently open. Seriously -- I don't think I blinked once.

    The toys are amazing, and I was really blown away by the life-size robots and props that John's built over the years. When he turned them on and they began moving and buzzing and blinking, it felt like I'd stepped onto the set of some classic science fiction films. Great stuff!


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