Who are all of the "Retro Machines" depicted on this shirt design, and what properties are they from?

Retro Machines

  • 8
    @T.J.Crowder i'm more concerned with the fact that they're not all machines in the first place.
    – phantom42
    Feb 5, 2016 at 13:32
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    I'm kinda surprised at the fact they call BB8 a "retro" machine, despite being from a movie that came out only a few months ago. Feb 5, 2016 at 14:41
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    @ThomasJacobs I assume that "retro" refers to the art style, rather than the machines themselves, since not all of them are actually retro as you said. C-3PO is old, but that particular version (with the red arm) is also from The Force Awakens. Feb 5, 2016 at 14:47
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    Samus isn't a machine, she is a person. Iron man too, come to think of it.
    – nexus_2006
    Feb 5, 2016 at 16:26
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    "By your command" @ZanLynx Feb 6, 2016 at 8:11

2 Answers 2


First Row

  1. C-3PO (Star Wars)
  2. R2-D2 (Star Wars)
  3. Iron Man
  4. Optimus Prime (Transformers)

Second Row

  1. Data (Star Trek)
  2. Marvin the Paranoid Android (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
  3. Bender (Futurama)
  4. Sentinel (X-Men)

Third Row

  1. EVA-01 (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  2. Gipsy Danger (Pacific Rim)
  3. RX-78-2 (Gundam)
  4. Cyberman (Dr. Who)

Fourth Row

  1. T-800 (Terminator; as confirmed by the artist)
  2. BB-8 (Star Wars)
  3. Samus Aran (Metroid)
  4. Megatron (Transformers)
  • @phantom42 do you think you could accept this cw answer?
    – SQB
    Mar 17, 2022 at 8:51

C3P0 (Star Wars) - R2D2 (Star Wars)- Iron Man (Marvel) - Optimus Prime (Transformers)

Data (Star Trek) - Marvin (Hitchikers Guide) - Bender (Futurama) - Probably a Sentinel (X-men)

EVA 001 (Evangelion) - Gipsy Danger (Pacific Rim) - RX782 Gundam - Cyberman (Doctor Who)

Probably a Terminator - BB-8 (Star Wars) - Samus (Metroid) - Megatron (Transformers)

  • The 'Terminator' on the first spot in the fourth row might also be Brad Bird's Iron Giant. Feb 5, 2016 at 15:38
  • Iron giant is a popular guess but the head doesn't match very well and IG doesn't have the little dial thing on the right side
    – phantom42
    Feb 5, 2016 at 16:21
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    From the artist, rasabi: The bottom was intended to be a T-800 Terminator.
    – JPhi1618
    Feb 5, 2016 at 18:48
  • Might be worth mentioning that several of these are characters in suits (e.g. Iron Man). Even Gypsy Danger technically has people inside it. Feb 5, 2016 at 19:28

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