Sunday, May 22, 2016

Machine Robo Returns! A New Battle Robo In My Collection!

For some time now I have been hoping Bandai would develop a sub-series of the ongoing Soul Of Chogokin line featuring new highly detailed collector oriented Machine Robo toys. In the 10 years I have thought about the possibilities nothing has ever come of it except a toy of Rom Stol and the BaiKunFu armor. That toy and character in particular has never did anything for me. So I have to say it was quite a surprise to see a new set of intricate yet fairly faithful looking representations of the Machine Robo anime renditions being promoted at a toy show a year ago. This month the first three toys were released.

There seems to be a lot of confusion and mis-understanding surrounding the new series being produced by Action Toys. In order to keep this review to a minimum I'm going to sidestep the issues of copyright/licensing hows and whys and correlations to the American Gobots line.
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Battle Robo is the fourth toy in the series inspired by the characters from the 1986  Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos anime series. Revenge of Cronos was a series using the Machine Robo toy designs developed by Popy/Plex and Bandai and produced in part with Ashi Production. Ashi Pro. have since changed their name to Production Reed. It's with Reed that Action Toys have worked out a deal to sell toys, so these will all resemble their Cronos based likenesses over any other Machine Robo associated looks.
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Action Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese RobotsAction Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese Robots
It's hard for me to say anything negative about this figure. That's not to say there isn't a few minor tweaks that could be made, but overall it's a very solid piece. It does feature die-cast metal bits, like the original Popy Battle Robo it's all in the upper torso. The transformation is completely original and quite a bit more intricate than the original toy. That's easy to say of course since the Popy Battle Robo may be the easiest Machine Robo to ever change from robot to alternate mode. Everything in this new Battle Robo design fits together tightly. And I mean that, be careful with joints that are frozen. The knees on my figure needed a little finessing to get moving.
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A good deal of the talk about this new line of toys was that it would closely resemble the anime series design models over all else. I'd say it's pretty close to that. In the case of the Bike Robo toy it's extremely close, here with the Battle Robo it's a little more loosely based on the model. You can see the toy has 4 treads where the anime model has the traditional two. The cannons differ, but I suppose they did in the anime at times as well. The toy also features a bit of added detail and highlights to bring it more to life in 3D form as opposed to just trying to replicate a 2D design.
Action Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese RobotsAction Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese Robots
I've mentioned the original 1982 Popy toy a few times already and here is the comparison. I'm using the actual Revenge of Cronos release for the shots here, I figured it was only fitting. The Action Toys Battle Robo is almost double the size of the Popy/Bandai toy. I guess when looking at the two together, the original toy is quite a better match to the Revenge of Cronos design model. It would be a lie to say these don't match up pretty well in design aesthetics, aside from a 34 year gap in toy engineering. Even being created outside the Plex system that worked on all the previous Machine Robo releases, I feel this new Battle Robo and really all the Action Toys Machine Robo figures shown so far are very deserving of the Machine Robo name.
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 If you wanted a more comparable sized original looking Battle Robo to display next to the Action Toys one, there is a vintage knock-off that would work. It's not the easiest thing to find, or good quality at all, but it is out there.
As for the last part of the new Battle Robo toy, and my least favorite bit of the package, the display platform. I don't think this is a necessary inclusion to this toy. That's obliviously just my opinion because there's a large number of positive and hopeful notes about these display stands from other folks. The nice thing about them is that they are modular, and you can pick and choose how to build them. You can also use as much or as little of the bits for your stand design. I guess you could even combine multiple stands to build a larger set-up.
Action Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese RobotsAction Toys Machine Robo Battle Robo Gobots Tank バンダイ ポピー マシンロボ Popy Bandai anime Japanese Robots
I feel this is an addition that would be better suited to the Eagle Robo and upcoming Jet Robo. Anything that requires a flying look would work. My lack of interest in the display stand set aside, I really like the Battle Robo figure. It's very "Transformersy", but with the design team who it is, then that makes perfect sense. With this first purchase from the Action Toys offerings being so good I will definitely go ahead and pick up the Bike Robo when it becomes available. If things continue to proceed with the same quality and consistent designs I will see about buying more.



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