I saw this on TV in mid 90s I think. One or more people travel to another celestial body (might or might not be the/a moon or mars), they find an American football. The football transforms into a robot that is hostile. They later find LOTS of these footballs/disguised robots.

Since there are lots of robotic projects with "football robots" or "hand-egg robots", it is very hard to filter search results using Google etc.

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    I think you mean "hand-egg"
    – Valorum
    Feb 11, 2015 at 9:36
  • @Richard yes, thank you Feb 11, 2015 at 10:11
  • I suggest you undo that change - @Richard was making a joke. Feb 11, 2015 at 10:39
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    @Wikis i know this, as i am german and for me, a "football" is the black&white/spherical thing. i think "hand-egg" is clear to everyone, even though it's actually a joke - right? i will reverse the question title though Feb 11, 2015 at 10:48
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    It could be entirely unrelated, but whenever I do a Google search and come upon tenuous ties, I like to mention them in case it spurs a "Oh hey... I do remember that" moment. :D
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 11, 2015 at 15:38

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Maybe Moontrap (1989)?

On July 20, 1969, during the last phase of the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, a robotic eye emerges from the lunar soil and takes notice of the landing module as it takes off. The eye buries itself again.

Decades later the Space Shuttle Camelot encounters a derelict spaceship in orbit around Earth. Mission commander Colonel Jason Grant (Walter Koenig) leaves the shuttle to investigate. He discovers a reddish-brown pod and a mummified human corpse. Both things are brought back to Earth, where it is found that they originated on the Moon some fourteen thousand years ago. Shortly thereafter, while being unattended, the pod comes to life. It builds itself a cybernetic body with parts from the lab and pieces of the ancient corpse. The cyborg kills a lab technician and exchanges fire with security guards before Grant destroys it with a shotgun blast to the head.

Using the last completed Apollo rocket, Grant and fellow astronaut Ray Tanner (Bruce Campbell) go to the Moon on a search-and-destroy mission. They discover the ruins of an ancient human civilization. Inside, they find a woman in suspended animation who identifies herself in a rudimentary fashion as Mera (Leigh Lombardi). Mera later reveals the name of the killer cyborgs — the Kaalium. They survive the attack of a spider Kaalium and return to the landing module, with Mera wearing her own spacesuit but it turns out that the Kaalium have stolen the module. The Kaalium also shoot down the command module, leaving the astronauts stranded on the Moon. In subsequent attacks by the Kaalium, Tanner is killed, Grant and Mera are taken prisoner, and the Kaalium head to Earth.

Grant frees himself and rescues Mera from certain death at the hands of a cyborg. In the meantime, the Space Shuttle Intrepid is launched to intercept the approaching alien ship. Grant and Mera look for the control room and find the landing module, which has been adapted into the alien machinery. Grant supposes the module was the last piece of equipment that the Kaalium needed to complete their ship. He starts the module's self-destruct sequence and as they are attacked by a Kaalium crew member, discovers that he can use his gun as a rocket to get away. He and Mera exit through a breach in the hull. The ship explodes after they have reached safe distance.

Some time later, Grant and Mera are shown as a couple living on Earth. Mera, having learned to speak English, explains that she was put in stasis to warn others about the Kaalium. Grant tells her that she does not have to worry anymore, that it is over and hugs her. One of the pods survived the explosion and is now in a junkyard preparing to build itself a new body....

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  • Definitely matches that other movie that one guy was looking for I mentioned in the comments above.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Feb 11, 2015 at 17:32
  • yep, that's it! thank you very much! I could have sworn they were footballs, looks a bit different now.. Feb 11, 2015 at 19:01
  • Moontrap was actually a pretty good flick! Nice effects, pretty female lead, and of course... CHEKOV vs. ASH!!!
    – Omegacron
    Oct 16, 2017 at 23:24

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