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Pixar's 'Wall-E' brought to life with impeccable, life-sized robot replica

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It's a dream come true for millions of children and Pixar fans: Michael McMaster and his resourceful friends have built a life-sized, moving, and talking replica of Wall-E. As part of YouTube's Geek Week, Tested visited McMaster's workshop for an up close look at the mesmerizing robot, which was meticulously pieced together over the course of several years. Using a Yahoo Group to keep in touch, McMaster and his builders club pals had already assembled an equally impressive R2-D2 robot. So after hearing about Wall-E's impending release in 2007, making a real-life version of Pixar's new character seemed like the natural choice.Nailing the exact scale of a CG character proved challenging, with McMaster's team turning to known objects like VCR tapes and a Rubix cube to work out the size of Wall-E's "hands" and working on from there. "Blu-ray was our friend," he said of the hi-def format, which provided detailed screen grabs that helped the group replicate every inch of the lovable character. Stay tuned.

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05 Aug
TransBotica @TransBotica
Pixar's 'Wall-E' brought to life with impeccable, life-sized robot replica - The Verge http://t.co/fo9YQ6ho6L
05 Aug
robots_forever @robots_forever
Pixar's 'Wall-E' brought to life with impeccable, life-sized robot replica - The Verge: Pixar's 'Wall-E' broug... http://t.co/d7Gj7eWuHX