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8 comments posted
For a toy from '79

Wow! For a toy from 1979 to look that good, it's practically unheard of. I really like it.

evaunit01's picture
Posted by evaunit01 on 3 December, 2011 - 11:49
Spoiler Question

Still a pretty cool design after all these years. The Black Hole was way before my time but I dig these robot designs you used to see in things like Forbidden Planet and Lost in Space.

A quick question for anybody who knows though (minor spoiler). What was going on when Reinhardt asked the Palomino crew to "protect (him) from Maximilian?" It seemed like a great twist and then it was treated like a piece of throwaway dialogue. Still a pretty entertaining movie overall though; felt kind of like a long episode of Dr. Who (at least, the bit of the show I've seen).

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Posted by The Galaxy Ranger on 3 December, 2011 - 12:54
He means that Maximilian had taken over

He means that Maximilian had pretty much taken over the ship and the mission. Think of it like the AI "first officer" in WALL-E. (In fact, WALL-E has a lot of subtle little The Black Hole references in it.)

RobotBastard's picture
Posted by RobotBastard on 4 December, 2011 - 15:28
I always took it as

I always took it as Reinhart's decent into madness, especially in light of the last scene of the film (spoiler) where he is entombed into Maxmillian. There is a lot of duality between Reinhart and Maxemillian in the film.


Showapop's picture
Posted by Showapop on 5 December, 2011 - 14:04
Glad to finally see this

Glad to finally see this awesome piece in your collection. Now find a pair for me!

Anavel's picture
Posted by Anavel on 3 December, 2011 - 14:12
I don't think Maximillian had

I don't think Maximillian had taken over - I think it was a last-ditch attempt to shift the blame of the insanity off of him and onto the robot in order to get the crew of the Palomino to help him. Dr. Reinhart was clearly insane, but in a brilliant way. Reinhart both loved and feared Maximillian, which he created. In the same way that Kate McCrae had ESP with V.I.N.CENT, its possible Reinhart had the same bond with Maximillian, thus extending the megalomaniac tendencies to the robot.

JoshB's picture
Posted by JoshB on 4 December, 2011 - 16:39
Great review, thanks for

Great review, thanks for posting this. I've recently been looking into getting some Black Hole toys, so it's a big help. Who's the third Maximiilian in that last photo?

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Posted by spencer1984 on 4 December, 2011 - 17:48
That's the Medicom Disney

That's the Medicom Disney Kubrick Maximillian. Great piece!

JoshB's picture
Posted by JoshB on 4 December, 2011 - 19:30