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By tps12 (Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:16:31 AM EST) Star Wars, Attack of the Clones, Iron Horse, Wat Tambor, steampunk (all tags)
Element 4


DOES NOT COMPUTE

According to Official Sources, this guy is called Wat Tambor. What Tever. He is awesome. I am no science fiction nerd, so any kind of steampunk stuff appeals to me on a pure novelty level. The character is also classic Star Wars in that it's a really cool concept and he's a neat looking droid, but you only see him in like two shots, and the first time around probably don't even notice that he's got a synthesizer strapped to his chest.

IIRC, there was a similar old-school robot character in Watchmen (he hung out at the superhero bar...am I thinking of the right book?). I loved him too.

Wat Tambor is also the foreman [sic] of the Techno Union. He's a union boss! A working class hero!

Oh wait, according to Official Sources, he's not even a robot, just a dude in a suit. Whatever, he is sweet.

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Steam Powered Barfly by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #1 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:22:31 AM EST
Are you sure you're not thinking of "Iron Horse" the steam powered train/robot that appears in a superhero bar in Astro City?

that's the one by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #3 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:37:30 AM EST
I knew some comix nerd would do my research for me.

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I Might Not Know My R2D2 . . . by Christopher Robin was Murdered (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:52:08 AM EST
From my 401K; but when it comes to comic book geeking, I'm your man.

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Are you sitting down? by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 2) #2 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:29:30 AM EST
C3PO is also just a dude in a suit. And Santa Claus.

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no way by tps12 (4.00 / 3) #4 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:37:47 AM EST
Santa is a real robot.

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What he means is by debacle (2.00 / 0) #16 Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 11:21:00 AM EST
C-3P0 is Santa Claus.

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What's with the background in that scene? by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #5 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:42:52 AM EST
Isn't that from Ultima Underworld?

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Seems to be a capitalist not a trade unionist by R Mutt (4.00 / 2) #6 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 04:49:20 AM EST
Looked him up since even the remotest pro-union sentiment would be unusual for George Lucas.

He's described as an "industrialist" and the Techno Union seems to be a group of corporations.

Tambor oversaw a number of advanced technology plants scattered throughout the galaxy, and many major corporations, including Baktoid Armor Workshop, Haor Chall Engineering, Republic Sienar Systems, and Kuat Systems Engineering were signatory members of the Techno Union.


boo by tps12 (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:02:00 AM EST
Ah well, so everything in this diary was 100% wrong. It happens.

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How'd you like to be the guy by jayhawk88 (4.00 / 3) #9 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:12:18 AM EST
On Lucas' staff coming up with the backstory for all this shit?

Flunky 1: "OK, so now we got this guy...he's a robot it looks like..."
Flunky 2: "Wait, if he's a robot why is he at this Trade Federation meeting. Looks like he's a representative."
F1: "OK, so he's a guy in a robot suit...what the hell is up with the speaker on his chest and the steam pipes?"
F2: "Ummm....can't breathe our atmosphere?"
F1: "Dude we've already used that like 20 times."
F2: "OK....Evolved to become totally reliant on technology, even for life support?"
F1: "It'll have to do, Jesus look at the time. I promised my wife I'd be home before 9 tonight."
F2: "Well let's just think of a name for him and we'll flesh the rest out in the morning."
F1: ".....Wat Tambor."
F2: "WTF is Wat Tambor?"
F1: "Who cares. His name is Wat Tambor, OK? Can we please just move on? We've still got to come up with names for all those damn bug creatures on the Gladiator planet."

I just realized by spacejack (4.00 / 1) #10 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 05:31:08 AM EST
you also skipped another awesome element - when the brainy youngling shows up Yoda and figures out the real reason Kamino couldn't be found in the archives: someone had deleted it.

Techno union by 606 (4.00 / 1) #11 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 06:34:30 AM EST
Seems like it would be hard to DJ while wearing those gloves, but at least he's always got his PA system on him.

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Best. Awesome Elements. Diary. Ever. by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #12 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 06:51:48 AM EST

I agree with everything you said about that dude. The only way he could be cooler is if he was wearing some portion of a bear costume.


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i don't really see where you're going with that by tps12 (4.00 / 1) #13 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 07:19:02 AM EST
Bear costume?

But I shall overlook this in gratitude that someone has finally responded to one of these with something other than "WHAT ABOUT YODA!!!!"

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Just a personal preference thing by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #14 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 08:18:27 AM EST

I'm fond of people in turn of the century versions of what the future would look like, and of people in bear costumes. Or bears. Mainly because they look like people in bear costumes.

Yoda gets enough press, as is. I applaud your bringing the spotlight to more subtle and obscure moments of awesomeness.


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Bears by lb008d (2.00 / 0) #15 Fri Jun 03, 2005 at 12:03:30 PM EST
I'm sure you're talking about this kind of bear, right?



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What about a monocle? by debacle (2.00 / 0) #17 Sun Jun 05, 2005 at 11:21:59 AM EST
No Text.

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