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Machine Robo (マシンロボ) is a Japanese transforming robot toyline first released in 1982 by Popy, a division of Bandai, then later by Bandai proper. The franchise was marketed as Robo Machine in Europe, and Machine Men (or Robot Machine Men) in Australia. A large portion of these toys were exported to North America as part of Tonka's GoBots and Rock Lords series, beginning in 1984.
About Machine Robo
The initial assortment of Machine Robos consisted of small toy robots which transformed into vehicles, aircraft, etc., comparable in size to Matchbox cars. These early MR toys have become known as the "600 series" (being priced at ¥600 each), and were developed through ideas submitted by children, similar to the children's submissions in the Kinnikuman anime series. Larger-scale deluxe ("DX") toys were soon released, along with other non-transforming vehicles & figures.
Catalogs packaged with the toys contained stories depicting the Machine Robos as beings from the Romulus system. Romulus was collapsing in on itself, and those beings who reached Earth became Machine Robo, while some became trapped in the Casmozone and mutated into monstrous Devil Invaders. This premise would later be abandoned in favor of a new storyline originating with the first MR anime Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos.
The "600" Era (1982–1985)
- 600 Series (マシンロボ 600)
- Devil Invaders
Vehicles & Bases
- Jet Garry
- Battle Base
- Combat Buggy
- Power Suits
- Battle Armor 5 (Courageous / Grungy)
- Jet fighter and four powered suits combine into huge robot.
- Land Commander 5 (Nemesis)
- Tank and four powered suits combine into huge robot.
- Machine Puzzler
|Fairlady 300ZX||Zig Zag|
- Double Machine Robo
- Martial Arts Robo （格闘技ロボ）
Revenge of Cronos (1986–1987)
see Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
Both in Japan and in the West, Machine Robo's main competition was The Transformers, whose animated series debuted in Japan in 1985. To match this, the first Machine Robo anime, Revenge of Cronos' debuted a year later in 1986.
- Chara Collection
Large, non-transforming versions of main characters with swords. DX versions come with firing BB guns.
- Triple Jim
- Blue Jet
- Rod Drill
- Snapfit model kits
|Blue Jet with Leina Stōl||Jet Robo|
|Rod Drill with Rom Stōl||Drill Robo|
|Triple Jim with Leina Stōl||Supercar Robo|
|Kenryu with Rom Stōl||n/a|
|Combat Racer||Porsche Robo|
|Mecha Fighter||Blackbird Robo|
- Soul of Chogokin (2007)
- GX-39 Baikanfu
Battle Hackers (1987–1988)
see Machine Robo: Battle Hackers
CG Robo (1993)
In CG Robo (シージーロボ), the "CG" is short for "Change & Glow", pointing to the fact that this line of 14 figures not only transformed, but also had working lights and sounds. CG-01 to CG-05 were released in Europe with minor changes as part of the Robo Machines toyline.
|CG #||Name||Vehicle Type|
|01||Patrol Car CG||Police Car|
|02||Fire CG||Fire Truck|
|04||Carrier CG||Tank truck|
|06||Spy CG||Sports Car|
|07||Armor CG||Armored Car|
|08||Nozomi CG||300 Series Shinkansen|
|09||Dump CG||Dump Truck|
|12||Tsubasa CG||400 Series Shinkansen|
|14||Shuttle CG||Space Shuttle|
Machine Robo Rescue (2003)
The first Machine Robo anime was Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos, which aired in Japan from 1986 to 1987. There were some further straight-to-video adventures released from 1988 to 1990 that featured some characters from this anime. The second series was Machine Robo: Battle Hackers, which aired in 1987. The latest animated series was Machine Robo Rescue in 2003.
- Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos
- Machine Robo: Battle Hackers
- Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend
- Lightning Trap - Leina & Laika
- Machine Robo Rescue
- Official Machine Robo Mugenbine Web Site
- The Rock Lords collector archives—collector's guide to the Rock Lords line, a sub-line of the GoBots
- Official Machine Robo Rescue Web Site