The last month has been an utter train wreck, and most of my time has been spent feeling sick as a dog with an ongoing sinus infection and bronchitis (luckily this time it didn't develop into pneumonia) while simultaneously dealing with my father's deteriorating health, which we now know is the result of Stage II Parkinson's Disease, and only going to get worse as time goes on.
In the midst of all this, I ambitiously decided to surprise the group with another "joke" figure for April Fools day, similar to the Taran Wood Beast last year. Considering how much of a disaster that turned out to be, you'd think I'd have learned my lesson, but this year, I picked an easier target that was almost entirely simple geometric shapes. But then, my health got worse, my dad needed more help, and I didn't even come close to meeting my goal.
The Celestial Toymaker's Robot is a fairly simple design, aside for the strangely misshapen arms, which I finished last night.
There are relatively few source images for this story available, and what there was told an odd tale, because the robots look entirely different at multiple points throughout the story.
This Shawcraft Models photo provides one of the clearest shots of the two robot costumes, but the version on the left contains several design elements (thicker arms, thicker ear muffs, and two red knobs on the front) that don't appear in any surviving photos or telesnaps. I can only assume it was changed at a later date to more closely match the other Robot, or may have been used in some scenes that no longer survive. The one design element that does remain constant is that one of the robots has three Yellow-Blue-Red lights painted on it's chest directly below the mouth, and the other has Red-Blue-Yellow. (not that this is especially easy to distinguish in black and white) We never see more than two on screen at any one time, so it is likely that there were only two props built, unless a third one (possibly this one on the left) was assembled for sequences where the robot was called upon to move. (I can't find any references to this in the script, but there are a couple of stills that may show the robot shuffling down the corridor.)
Assuming there were only two robot props built, the front panel must have been swappable, as throughout most of the serial the yellow and black painted dials are replaced with a CRT monitor displaying the Doctor's ongoing progress in the Trilogic game. I believe only one of these monitors was actually functional (the other was probably a false screen and not illuminated) and indeed, during the few scenes where the monitor is visibly lit up and displaying a live camera output, you can clearly see cables snaking out the back and presumably around the corner to whatever camera was recording it.
At any rate, I plan on making two alternate version of the chest, One with the regular painted dials, and another that will use the technique I developed for the 8th Doctor Console Room monitor that will hopefully allow me to replicate a backlit CRH using a LED Brick filtered through a gobo behind a transparent screen (which will require a resin printer or printing the part solid, pressing it into clay to make an inverse mold, and then pouring in UV resin.)
There's also this strange hybrid version only featured at the beginning of Episode 4, but I don't think anybody really cares to have three
different alternates for this forgettable robot.