One of the great perks of living in Hollywood is that we are surrounded by film history and there are often fun opportunities to see some artifacts from the past. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a great exhibit up right now that features animatronic and stop-motion characters. The highlights for me were a nice selection of Harryhausen's puppets and also the "Kane" robot from Robocop 2. If you live in the Los Angeles area I highly recommend you check out this free exhibit before it leaves on September 10th.
Go to the "It's Alive!"
website for more info.