Truly it is a momentous occasion when a beloved television show wrongfully canceled by the notorious morons at FOX is resurrected, as is the case with this week's release of Futurama: Bender's Big Score. This direct-to-video feature-length movie is a vanguard for a revived Futurama TV series, and that's cause for celebration. So, here's the absolute unparalleled best way ever to mark this triumph of fandom—build a life-sized replica Bender that doubles as a home beer microbrewery, and that can talk!
Antipodean ubergeek Simon Jansen designed and built this outstanding wood-and-fiberglass statue to exacting fanboy standards. Unsatisfied with a mere super-accurate Bender lookalike, Jansen installed some of Bender's more well known functional capabilities.
- In the Futurama episode "The Route of All Evil" Bender doubles as a pregnant microbrewery, so Jansen occupied his Bender's internal storage chamber with a home beer brewing barrel, just as nature intended.
- Bender is known for his churlish catchphrases and grating personality, so Jansen insisted that his rig talk, which meant Bender would need a brain. Now, in the episode "Fry and the Slurm Factory" it was revealed that Bender's AI runs off a venerable MOS 6502 processor, the same CPU that ran the Apple II and the Commodore PET. So, Jansen hacked together a speech response system powered by a vintage MOS 6502.
- To trigger Bender's backtalk, Jansen worked up a replica of the self-destruct remote control seen in the episode "War is the H-Word."
The next time you claim to be the world's biggest Futurama fan, check yourself, as Simon Jansen has you beat hands down. Until you've built your own Bender, the best you can claim is a distant second place.
(Found via reddit.)
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