Humans have a fascination with things that transform. Today, our laptops can become tablets with a flick of the wrist. At the turn of the 21st century, pants that zipped off into shorts were (for some reason) everywhere. Go back further to the late 1980s and kids were looking just a little bit harder at that Pontiac Trans Am or Volkswagen Beetle driving by, hoping to catch a glimpse of a few robots in disguise.