Meet ALAN: an animatronic robotic kit that serves as a platform to learn robotics. It has a 1:1 human scale robot head and shoulders, measuring 16″ tall. The robot supports 5-axis motion. The kit is designed using off-the-shelf components but does have modular components, so you can upgrade it. You can also paint and add your own hardware to your robot.
The above video gives you a better idea how ALAN performs. The robot has object recognition, color tracking, web search, and other advanced features. It can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. It will debut on Kickstarter soon.