Robot Anti-Terror Squad
R.A.T.S., an acronym for Robot Anti-Terror Squad, was a short-lived robot and vehicle Toy-line created by Tomy and released in Europe in the early 1980s.
The toy line consisted primarily of recolored robots and vehicles from Robot Anti Transformation Squad, a Japanese toy line, and Starriors, an American toy line, and the Japanese Starriors toy line... all 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 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.
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||Robot Anti Transformation Squad name||Starriors equivalent||Reference Number||Country of Manufacture|
|COMBAT COMMAND CENTRE||none||none||unknown||unknown|
|SPIT-FIRE & SPY-BIRD||none||Deadeye & Cricket||5319||Singapore|
|"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 1||none||Gouge||5320||France|
|"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 2||none||Hotshot||5320||France|
|"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 3||none||Bolar||unknown||unknown|