Robot Anti-Terror Squad

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R.A.T.S. Starshooter box back

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
BADFOOT none none unknown unknown
BLADE none Slice 5316 Singapore
COMBAT COMMAND CENTRE none none unknown unknown
DEVASTATOR none Twinblade unknown unknown
FIRE-EATER none none 5314 Thailand
FLASHFIST none Flashfist 5316 Singapore
GRAPPLOR Grappler none 5305 Singapore
PROTECTRON Defighter S-1 Ripsaw unknown unknown
SPITFIRE none none unknown unknown
SPIT-FIRE & SPY-BIRD none Deadeye & Cricket 5319 Singapore
"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 2 none Hotshot 5320 France
"SQUAD REINFORCEMENT PERSONNEL" 3 none Bolar unknown unknown
STARSHOOTER Cannossa none 5306 Thailand
STRIKER none none unknown unknown
T-BIRD Badotha Windstorm 5315 Thailand
TWIN-HORN Twinhorn Twinhorn 5314 Thailand