Designer Brings iMac G3 to Life With Cute iBot G3 Toy

Hong Kong-based designer Philip Lee turns Apple's Macs into figurines, and his latest project, the iBot G3, brings the iMac G3 to life in the form of an adorable robot.


The iBot G3, available in either Bondi Blue or Tangerine, takes the classic iMac G3 design and anthropomorphizes it with a little face, arms, and legs.


Apple's iMac G3 is one of its most iconic products, and the iBot G3 has been recreated faithfully with the teardrop-shaped enclosure made from translucent plastic and incredible detail like the CRT tube, ethernet ports, and ventilation fan, created through injection molding techniques.


These little bots are figurines and are not functional, but each one ships with a matching keyboard and mouse. The arms, which are attached to the iBot G3 via magnets, can be removed if you want an iBot that looks more like a classic Mac.


There is no Apple branding or Apple logos on the iBot G3, as Cult of Mac points out, which prevents Lee from running into legal troubles. The design of the iBot G3 is being finalized, but work on the toy is nearing completion.


The iBot G3 comes in Bondi Blue or Tangerine and it is priced at $39. Orders placed now are set to ship out in December 2018.


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1 week ago
Same ports as the MacBook Pro
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1 week ago
Good gravy that thing is adorable.
Rating: 4 Votes
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1 week ago
Too… cute! CAn't tHink of anything… n–negative to say!

Alright, gotta calm down. Surely a decade of MacRumors comments reading has prepared me for this.

Here goes…

DUMB. BLUE. LOOKS.
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1 week ago

Apple for sure is filing a C&D

they didn't when he released the original classicbot:
https://classicbot.com/store/Classicbot-Classic-p90868388

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Should have chosen the Rev.B with that slot loader to give it a proper ‘mouth’.

At $39 plus shipping, he might sell a couple dozen.

he's sold a hell of a lot more than a couple dozen of his first release, the classbot
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1 week ago
What is that?! A computer for ants?!
I don’t wanna hear your excuses! The computer has to be at least three times bigger than this!
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1 week ago

Why play with the toy when you can have the real thing!

I wish I still had my iMac G3s. :( I had Bondi Blue and Lime.
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1 week ago
I'd like a half globe monitor on a stick version from the G4 model.
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1 week ago
Bot implies it does something.
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1 week ago

Cute, though the naming scheme is off. The blue one is referred to as ‘Bondi Blue’. However, where’s the IR port of the Rev A and B models? To my eyes, this is actually a Rev C/D ‘Blueberry’ model. Rev C/D did away with the IR port and Bondi Blue was no longer available as a colour option. It’s also with this revision (C/D) that Tangerine was first made available.


Yes. Thank you. At least someone here knows their history.

That’s Blueberry, not Bondi. And Bondi wasn’t contemporaneous with Tangerine anyways, as you note. Blueberry and Bondi are totally different colors. Might as well be night and day. #robotmacsculpturefail
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4 days ago at 12:28 am

It doesn’t have a slot loading drive though, but a tray like the original iMac G3.

The iMac was tray-loading all the way through the Rev D model. There were two revisions of the Bondi Blue iMac (233MHz) (Rev A/B) and then two revisions of the first batch of multicoloured iMacs (Rev C/D, 266MHz and 333MHz). All of these were tray-loading. It was only after this that the slot-loading iMacs were released.

The original ‘Bondi’ iMac was released in 1998. The last of the tray-loading iMacs (Rev D) was released in 1999. For reference, here’s a photo of my ‘Blueberry’ 333Mhz Rev D iMac from ‘99.

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