Tobor the Mega Robot Skin

User CreepinAtMyDoor hid a message within the file name of his (or her, not sure) skin image file.  It is named “thebestrobobotthingsincetoothpaste” – and I cannot agree more.  Please take a moment to appreciate Tobor, the Mega Robot – easily one of the best robot skins on Minecraft.

 

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Let me start out by saying that one of the things I love most with this skin is its modesty.  Many robot skins are glowing wildly with stark red eyes or a series of luminous green buttons.  Not so with Tobor; it is simply a metal robot with what seems to be armored plating in some areas.

 

In terms of technical ability, this skin is flawlessly executed.  Something interesting was done with the shading here that I truly appreciate – one side was made darker than the other overall.  While this does imply pre-determined light sources, it also adds some interest to the skin.

 

To that end – even generically shading skins assume a light source to some extent, so why not take liberties with it?

 

Installing the Skin

 

For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net.  Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.

 

For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:

 

  1. Download the skin’s .png file;

  2. Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.

  3. Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.

  4. Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.

  5. Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.

  6. Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.

  7. Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).

  8. Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.

 

Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.

There are quite a few robot skins on Minecraft.  Do you agree that this one is among the elite?  Let me know in the comments below.

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