Review: Robie the Robotic Bank

Robie the Robotic Banker is a battery-powered piggy bank. It’s my daughter’s latest favorite way to dispose of coins, next to her Big Belly horse bank. Whenever there is loose change around the house, she grabs it up to feed Robie or her horse.

With eyes downcast, the forlorn Robie holds his left hand out as if to ask, "Spare a quarter, friend?" He is a remembrance of those bygone days when you really could buy something for a quarter, or at least buy a few minutes of Pac-Man bliss.

Four photos of Robie the Robotic Banker in varying poses.

Made by Radio Shack in the 1980s, Robie has a singular purpose. You place a quarter on his platform hand and press down. Robie’s eyes look up at you, he lifts and slides the coin to his now-open mouth and down it goes. His jubilation is evident as Robie rocks back and forth while chomping his mouth open and closed. He even licks his lips a couple times before returning to a dormant state.

His hand is conveniently tattooed with a dollar sign, but don’t given Robie any silver dollars or you’ll choke him. Standing just 4 inches tall and 6 inches wide, he only eats small change.

Both the coins and battery are accessed through a bottom panel that just slides off. So Robie should be used only under direct supervision (but that kind of goes without saying if you’re letting a toddler handle coins).

This bank was just too damn cute to pass up for 50 cents at a garage sale. Of course, he’ll only cost you about $10 plus shipping on eBay.

I’d love to hear what banks other parents use, especially if they don’t require a AA battery.

Also see: Zeebot, our family’s multiple personality robot friend

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One Response to “Review: Robie the Robotic Bank”

  1. Rachel says:

    My boys have a Robie too. He is adorable! My children also have an array of piggybanks that they have collected from different states over 2 years. If you travel, you should try collecting a fun piggybank every state you go to, if your daughter loves them so much. It can make for fun shopping, choosing a pretty pig from a trinket shop, somewhere in Utah. We had this incident where one of my boys knocked over about half a dozen piggybanks. Unfortunatley, the parents had to pay for them. So far my boys have collected over 10 piggybanks from different states, and they use all of them.

    December 28th, 2007 at 4:08 pm

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