October 21, 2015

RoboCop takes a bubble bath

photos by Styrous® 

RoboCop is a 1987 American cyberpunk action film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. The film stars Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, and Ronny Cox.     

RoboCop was released in American theaters on July 17, 1987. The film was a commercial success and grossed over $8 million in its opening weekend and $53,424,681 during its North American domestic run, making it the 16th most successful movie that year.       

The film generated a franchise that included merchandise (the RoboCop bubble bath was one of them), two sequels, a television series, a remake, two animated TV series, a television mini-series, video games, and a number of comic book adaptations/crossovers. The film was produced for $13 million.   

1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle
front views (8.5 Fl. oz.)

RoboCop design

Rob Bottin created the RoboCop suit. He had just finished doing the special effects for John Carpenter's The Thing. A budget of up to one million dollars was allotted to the completion of the suit, making it the most expensive item on the set. A total of six suits were made: three intact and three showing damage.       

1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle
back view (8.5 Fl. oz.)


S. D. Nemeth was also in the film, Lobster Man from Mars, a spoof of B-movie sci-fi films from the 1950s. It had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989.


1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle
base view (8.5 Fl. oz.)

Film Score

The soundtrack score for the movie was composed by Basil Poledouris, who used both synthesized and orchestral music as a mirror to the man-versus-machine theme of the movie. The soundtrack initially was released by Varèse Sarabande, and has been reissued and remastered several times since.       

The song Show Me Your Spine by P.T.P. was played during the nightclub scene. P.T.P was a short-lived side project consisting of members of the band Ministry and Skinny Puppy. However, this song was not available in any official form and could only be heard in the film. It was eventually released in 2004 on a compilation album called Side Trax by Ministry.

Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group, formed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre.    

Ministry is an American industrial metal band founded by lead singer Al Jourgensen in 1981. Originally a new wave synthpop outfit, Ministry changed its style to industrial metal in the mid-1980s.  

1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle

RoboCop was written by Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner. Neumeier stated that he first got the idea of RoboCop when he walked with a friend past a poster for Blade Runner. He asked his friend what the film was about and his friend replied, "It's about a cop hunting robots". For him, this sparked the idea about a robot cop. Allegedly, while the two were attempting to pitch the screenplay to Hollywood executives, they were accidentally stranded at an airplane terminal with a high-ranking movie executive for several hours. Here, they were able to speak to him about the project, and thus began the series of events which eventually gave rise to RoboCop the movie.

1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle
base view (8.5 Fl. oz.)

 Oh, that's right. The RoboCop Bubble Bath was produced in Gardena, California, in 1990 and distributed by Cosway Company, Inc.  From RetroThing (see link below for more info):

"But bubbles and bubble bath? An allegorical fantasy about the triumph of human spirit against encroaching technology in a world that had lost its soul... immortalized by bubbles. The bubble bath is just that. Pry off Robo's head and wash behind your ears. "RoboCop The Series Bubble Buddies" includes scented bubbles (long since evaporated), a bubble wand built into the cap of the bottle, and a "removable pocket pal". That's right. You can pull Robo off (complete with his flamethrower arm) the top of the bottle and stuff it in your pocket. Fun. He's your pal."  
As I've never opened by bottle of bubble bath, I didn't know about the wand nor the "removable Pocket pal." Thanks for this info, Retro.    

1990 RoboCop Bubble Bath in Specialty Bottle
base view detail (8.5 Fl. oz.)

Links to RoboCop topics on the Net:     
Sony Pictures RoboCop Official website    
More info on RoboCop on RetroThing      
RoboCop trailer on YouTube         
Ministry ~ Show Me Your Spine on YouTube              
The RoboCop bubble bath is for sale on eBay                         

 Styrous® ~ Wednesday, October 21, 2015


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