Billy Bob (Animatronic)

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Billy Bob (Animatronic) 

Release

Manufacturer: Creative Engineering

Info

The Billy Bob Animatronic was one of the main Rock-afire Explosion animatronics produced by Creative Engineering Inc. The animatronic would first be developed in April of 1980, before debuting at the Jacksonville, FL (9820 Atlantic Blvd) on August 14th of that year.

History

Billy Bob animatronics would continue to be produced up until 1983. The January batch would be the last used inside Showbiz Pizza restaurants, and would be kept and stored for future openings, while Creative Engineering would continue to produce bots until June. Now with a surplus of bots, these would need to be sold to other family entertainment centers.


Throughout 1989 to 1992, the Rock-afire Explosion would become Munch's Make-Believe Band, or more commonly known as the 3-Stage, through Concept Unification. This was a process to rebrand the Rock-afire Characters as their Chuck E. Cheese counterparts due to the expiration of the Rock-afire license for Showbiz Pizza, now Showbiz Pizza Time, Inc. Billy Bob would be the only character not used during this process, and was ordered to be destroyed for parts.

Design

The bot is a brown bear in yellow and red overalls, holding a guitar whittled out of a log. He has two ears, beige skin, and black claws. A bird nicknamed "Birthday Bird" sits on the end of his guitar.

Mechanical Structure

Movements

The bot features twenty movements in total. Those being his head, his ears, his eyelids, his eyes, his mouth, his strum hand, his right arm, his foot tap, and a body lean.