“Short Circuit 2” | Screen-used Toy Prop

“Short Circuit 2” | Screen-used Toy Prop


Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at a prop from the very 1980s movie “Short Circuit 2”. ♪ 1980s pop music ♪ A small army of these Number
Five toy props were made for the film: five were motorized and
remote-controlled, many were static versions, and some were sneakily printed cutouts. Nearly all the parts on the prop are made from cast resin, including the rear tires. The treads are ribbed plastic liner cut to size and glued into a loop. Just one of copy of this prop had individual angled cuts on the treads to mimic the full-sized Johnny Five. Maybe they ran out of time to do the rest. Taking the screws off the base lid reveals a cavity for the battery pack and RC controller. The motorized props ran on five AA batteries shoved into this compartment. The radio signal was picked up by a wrapped antenna held between two bobbins inside the boom, and wires carried the power out through
these two notches and into the motors to drive the treads. Another wire carried power up through the torso, out his back, and into the head to run a small servo, allowing the little guy to turn his head. Around the film’s release, there were actually considerations of selling this thing as a real toy. And an advertisement in a trade magazine shows a thick tube supporting its neck and some changes to the treads. The proposed feature of his spring-loaded hands being able to “carry things around for you” is maybe a bit lofty for fingers that a 10-year-old is definitely going to break. In fact, the props were pretty fragile. When Johnny Five hang glides over the
City of Toronto – I mean New York, a heavily modified version of the toy prop was used as the motion control miniature seen here. This static prop was kept by one of the
cast when the film wrapped and was in pretty good condition considering its age. However one forearm and both wrists were broken, the eyelids were missing, and the upper half of the neck was gone. We took the opportunity to disassemble the entire thing “No disassemble Number Five!” (Sorry, Number Five.) to measure every detail of the prop for a fan builders group called Input-Inc, enabling them to complete an accurate
CAD model that preserves all the asymmetry and imperfections of the
handmade original. From that, perfectly fitting replacement eyelids and neck parts were 3D printed. We also took a mold of the one good forearm to cast a replacement for the broken one, repaired his wrists, and did some subtle, sympathetic paint touch-ups so that Number Five could once again search for more input.

46 thoughts on ““Short Circuit 2” | Screen-used Toy Prop

  • Thank you so much for creating this awesome Video with the background infos, i really enjoyed it =D
    i hope, sometime in the future, there will be a perfect replica of the movie used probs – i'm not a big fan of the replicas out there at the moment. they are pretty nice, but the treads are to thin and so on…
    it would be a dream for me to own a J5 Replica of the movie used props, maybe sometime there will be a chance to buy one =)

    Thanks again for this great video, i hope we will see more in the future =D
    Greetings from Switzerland

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  • Awesome video, I bought that magazine to have proof of that potential toy, I wish it were actually released. I still wonder what happened to the proto!

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  • First of all, awesome video. I love the detail that went into it and the project. What was the font used to create the SC2 yellow typeface? I know the white title logo is called Cut-In, but cannot find the correct typeface for SC2.

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  • Johnny 5 was part of my happy childhood when I was 7. We were poor then, but my mom was able to save some money so we can watch the movie together. She even bought some snacks we could eat at the theater. It broke my heart when they destroyed J5 and I was so psyched when he was chasing the bad guys and the song "I Need A Hero" was playing.

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  • Man, I wish someone would take this prop and replicate it exactly for those of us fans to be able have our own mini J5. And I'm not even talking about that Robot V that's out there. Which is not screen accurate. But one like this prop.

  • id do ANYTHING to purchase one if any still exist out their, this was my fav movie as a kid, the first and second, are thoes CAD files avalible for anyone? id love to get my hands on em, owning a repro of that prop would be AMAZING

  • Do you own it? If you do how much was it? And do you have the modified one? If you have theme where did you get theme?

  • Omg why haven’t you guys taken molds of all the parts and start selling these as kits? I’d buy one in a heartbeat

  • I have been following you guys for a very long time now, but havent seen anything published in terms if your teams effort in regards to available files or drawings. Is there anyone I could reach out to in regards to making a J5 Toy? I thought it would be easy enough to just post your guys findings and even 3d models that you talk about in the video itself. Please post them, Short Circuit fans are drooling for them.

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