Yep, that’s me, right after I turned 10 years old during the summer of 1980. I’m posing with a Mr. Pibb robot that showed up at our local supermarket, Carl’s Market.
I couldn’t believe they had this crazy robot rolling around that looked like R2-D2. Every kid that walked by had their picture taken with it. The robot talked in bleeps and played a Mr. Pibb jingle. His head would spin around showing the word SMILE, when it was time for a photograph.
Star Wars and Coca-Cola collectors are familar with the Cobot, which was the same style as this Pibbot.
There was also a small remote control Cobot toy that was produced. You can read more about the Cobot here, here and here.
Funny that I happened to be wearing my Star Wars spoof shirt that day and that I’m holding four packs of Empire Strikes Back cards in my right hand.
I still have that shirt and here’s a scan of it. It's hard to see now, but the two Star characters are throwing food at one another. Get it? The stars are having a war, Star Wars! Har Har Har.
Luckily, those blue shorts are long gone!