R.A.T.S.

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R.A.T.S., an acronym for either Robot Anti-Terror Squad or Robot Anti Transformation Squad, was a short-lived robot and vehicle toy-line created by Tomy and released in Europe, Japan and the United States in 1985.

R.A.T.S.

The toy line consisted primarily of recolored robots from Starriors, which was also created by Tomy. The primary gimmick of each toy was some example of wind-up automation, such as a rotating weapon or tool, or an electronic automation, such as firing discs or locomotion. The line was more numerous in Europe, where is was sold in several countires in multi-language packaging as the Robot Anti-Terror Squad. The only backstory for the toys was that which was provided on the packaging itself (in English, French and Italian):

From the depths of space came the enemy battle squadron...hostile hordes of alien robots. Earth was the prize they fought for and Earth was their battleground. But they were not prepared for Earth's last line of defense... An army created to crush and destroy any invader. They're the ultimate weapon — the last line of defense of Planet Earth. They're fierce. They're mean. They'll take on anybody ...anything! They're R.A.T.S.! The Robot Anti-Terror Squad.

In Japan and the US the acronym was changed to Robot Anti Transformation Squad. In the US the packaging added a call out to the toys being compatible with other toy lines.

They came... Strange new forces from outer space, robots capable of changing their appearance. Chaos reigned as they fought for the prize possession: Earth! But these robots were not prepared for the meanest and baddest of what man had to offer. R.A.T.S. The Robot Anti Transformation Squad!
Designed for play with most action figures including: Tribots, Masters of the Universe, The Transformers and GoBots.

European toys

R.A.T.S. Starshooter box back

R.A.T.S. toys were manufactured primarily in Thailand and Singapore, though at least some were later produced in France. While only one wave of toys was publicized via the back of each toy's box or card, at least two releases exist that were not depicted in the initial wave, both of which were recolored Starriors toys. Due to the later manufacturer's reference numbers on their packaging, they may have been part of an unpublicized second (or supplementary) wave.

Toy Name Starriors equivalent Reference Number Notes
BLADE Slice 5316 Singapore
COMBAT COMMAND CENTRE none unknown unknown
DEVASTATOR Twin Blade unknown
FIRE-EATER none 5314 Thailand
FLASHFIST Flashfist 5316 Singapore
GRAPPLOR none 5305 Singapore, same mold as the US Grapplor, but some color differences
PROTECTRON Ripsaw unknown
SPIT-FIRE & SPY-BIRD Deadeye & Cricket 5319 Singapore
"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 1 Gouge 5320 France
"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 2 Hotshot 5320 France
"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 3 Bolar unknown unknown
STARSHOOTER none 5306 Thailand
STRIKER none unknown unknown
T-BIRD Windstorm 5315 Thailand
TWIN-HORN Twinhorn 5314 Thailand

Japanese toys

R.A.T.S. released a total of 7 toys in Japan split into two factions: the Darksiders and Delfighters. Six toys were vehicles with pilots and the last was a large humanoid robot named Mauses.

Toy Name Starriors equivalent Reference Number Notes
Graigan & Darksider G-1 Sawtooth Vehicle shares a mold with Fire-Eater
Twinhorn & Darksider G-2 Twinhorn and Gouge
Badotha & Darksider G-3 Windstrom and Slaughter Steelgrave
? & Darksider G-4 Bolar Vehicle shares a mold with Striker
Grappler & Delfighter S-1 Ripsaw
Cannossa & Delfighter S-2 Clawgut
Mauses Shares a mold with Badfoot

United States toys

R.A.T.S. released a total of 3 toys in the United States with the Starriors line releasing many of the other molds in the US market. In the US they were branded as a line intended to play with other toy popular lines.

Toy Name Starriors equivalent Reference Number Notes
BADFOOT none unknown Shares a mold with Mauses
GRAPPLOR none 5305 Singapore, same mold as the European Grapplor, but some color differences
SPITFIRE none unknown unknown

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