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Statue commemorating the Cylon victory over the terrorists at Atlas Arena


Graystone Industries
Caprica City
Atlas Arena
Virtual World




Robot with artificial intelligence and sentience



Cylon is an acronym for Cybernetic Life-form Node. Graystone Industries designed and produces the combat robots for a Caprican military contract.

The first prototypes lack adequate artificial intelligence for combat, but with the installation of the meta-cognitive processor in a U-87, along with data from Zoe Graystone's sentient avatar, one prototype excels at this function. ("Pilot")

After the successful elimination of the STO terrorist threat at Atlas Arena, Cylons become widely used, especially in low-qualified professions. Cylons are still considered things, but from the Cylon perspective, they are treated as slaves. Most of the Cylons convert to Monotheism - in the extreme form of the STO. ("Apotheosis")

These circumstances lead to the First Cylon War and to the Fall of the Twelve Colonies. (Battlestar Galactica: Miniseries)

Behind the Scenes

  • A practical animatronic Cylon U-87 robot prop was built for this series, at a cost of over one-hundred-thousand dollars. This was used in many of the scenes where the actors physically interacted with the robot while it was standing still or relatively motionless. [1]


  1. "Caprica" (2009-2010), Trivia on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on August 12, 2019, edited.
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