Robocop. Part man, part machine, part cultural icon of the 1980s. For a ultra violent R rated flick, Robocop made a cultural impact that was so big that it’s hard to even contemplate now in retrospect. There’s just something about a cyborg cop that captured the public zeitgeist at the time.
I’ve already written a bit about the Robocop toys, so this time I figured we could focus a bit more on another bizarre aspect of Robocop’s pop cultural presece: The times when Robocop crossed over into “real life” and in other bizarre places.
Robocop Meets Wrestling
When Robocop crossed into the world of the now defunct and second rate WCW wrestling, he didn’t just make an appearance. No, he was treated as if he really existed and turning wrestling into even more of a cartoonish experience than it already was. Sure there were colorful characters with over the top performances, but it’s another thing entirely to have a fictional character from a sci-fi movie show up and everyone acts like he’s a real person.
Robocop Meets Richard Nixon
How many cyborg police men met the real President of the United States? If you guessed one, you’d be correct. For years nobody really knew the story behind this photograph, until Mental Floss wrote about it. Basically it was some charity function where someone dressed up in a horrible Robocop costume for some reason.
Robocop Meets the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Robocop shows up very briefly on this float, possibly because Marvel had a Robocop comic book in the 1980s.
This float had it all, Marvel Heroes, Robocop, and the theme from Back to the Future. And wow, Emma Frost. Hotchie Motchie. This float does leave me with a lot of questions. Like, why is Hulk a bad guy? And how can Captain America wrestle him?
Robocop Meets Pee Wee Herman
Yeah, it totally makes sense that Pee Wee Herman would have a confrontation with ED-209 at the Academy Awards and that Robocop would have to save him.
Robocop Meets KFC
Super shiny Robocop is ape shit for KFC chicken in Japan. I guess you can only eat so much baby food.
Robocop Meets Noodles
Boy, Japan sure did love Robocop.
Robocop Meets World of Wheels
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of this, but back when I was a kid we went to the “World of Wheels” in Green Bay a few times. “World of Wheels” is a traveling car show that may be in your area. Among the boring cars there would be cool stuff like Adam West in his actual Batman costume signing autographs (before he found a bit more dignity). One year they had Robocop. I remember there was a stage and Robocop was introduced by the announcer by saying, “Part Man, Part Machine, Part Duct Tape, he’s Robocop!” And a dude walked like Robocop and posed for a little bit. I remember the costume being pretty good, but clearly not from the movie.
If anyone has a picture of Robocop from his World of Wheels appearances, I’d be most grateful if you could share it.