Johnny 5 is alive! Dad-of-two forks out £20,000 to build 200kg recreation of the walking, talking, dancing droid from the Short Circuit films
- Ryan Howard, 34. spent six years and over £20,000 to recreate the iconic bot
The robot star of Eighties movie Short Circuit captured the hearts of fans by announcing, after being struck by lightning: ‘Number 5 is alive.’
Now he’s come to life again as a replica built by Open University engineering student Ryan Howard, 34.
The film fanatic spent more than £20,000 and six years recreating the walking, talking, dancing robot – which renames itself from Number 5 to Johnny in the movie – in his garage.
The father-of-two claims his 31-stone (200kg) creation – made mainly from aluminium and standing 6ft tall – is ‘99 per cent true’ to the original.
It can be programmed to talk, sing, dance or do ‘pretty much anything’, said Mr Howard, of Annesley, Nottinghamshire.
Ryan Howard, 34, (pictured, right) spent more than £20,000 and six years recreating the walking, talking, dancing robot
Ryan claims it can be programmed to talk, sing, dance or do ‘pretty much anything’
The dad-of-two says the robot, made mainly from aluminium and standing 6ft tall, is ‘99 per cent true’ to the original
He now shows off his robot at conventions with wife Stacey and their children.
The Open University engineering student said: ‘The reactions are crazy. We’ve had people crying and tearing up as they walk by him.
‘He lives with us and is part of the family now. I even talk to him. The kids love it and my wife’s done very well to put up with me, to be honest
‘When I was building him and he was standing in front of me for the first time and I was like ‘oh my God, it’s Johnny 5’.
‘It brought the inner child out in me.’
Mr Howard was inspired to build Johnny 5 as a life-long fan of the sci-fi comedy
Mr Howard spent up to 12 hours a day in his garage during lockdown on the project
‘When I finished him and was able to drive him around, it was like seeing my childhood come to life,’ Ryan said
Mr Howard was inspired to build Johnny 5 as a life-long fan of the sci-fi comedy, which sees a military robot gain human-like intelligence after being struck by lightning.
He added: ‘I was always a massive fan of the movie as a child. I had it on VHS which I think I watched until the tape no longer worked.
‘It became a bit of obsession. I wanted to build the original Johnny 5 from the film and have him fully-functioning.
‘The pandemic hit and that gave me time to escape to my garage and really get stuck it into it.’
Mr Howard spent up to 12 hours a day in his garage during lockdown on the project, working on the robot with his two children while wife Stacey was a respiratory nurse.
He added: ‘I would just lose myself in there because what else could you do? It helped me escape the madness of the world’
He added: ‘I would just lose myself in there because what else could you do? It helped me escape the madness of the world.
‘When I finished him and was able to drive him around, it was like seeing my childhood come to life.’
Ryan, teaching assistant wife Stacey, 39, and sons Ewan, ten, and Ben, seven, now take him to events in a modified people carrier.
Ryan added: ‘We’ve done weddings, conventions, charity events, festivals and school talks to encourage children into engineering and other STEM subjects.’
Mr Howard even met with Tim Blaney, who voiced the original robot in the 1986 film and provided tips on how to do the voice.
The family will be taking Johnny 5 to Texas, USA, in three weeks time.
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