Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Combining Robots... Part 3!

I've written about Combiners from the Transformers series before, along with other combining robots, so feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't read them already. In 2015, Hasbro launched a new line of toys, comics, and merchandise focused solely on the Combiner Wars.

A new 8 episode animated series is available for fans of the original G1 Transformers, targeting an older audience looking for more complex storylines and less human interaction. Machinima released four weekly episodes leading up to the series' launch. The first one was released on June 28th and can seen below:

Following the Optimus Prime episode, they released Victorion, Starscream, and Windblade. The first two episodes of Combiner Wars are currently available at go90. In celebration of the new series, it seemed fitting to talk about combining robot toys. While I'm far from covering all of the seemingly limitless combining robots franchises, there are some that have never appeared in a TV show or movie. Here are some combining robots that have only appeared in toy form!

Chogokin Chogattai SF Robot Fujiko F Fujio Character Robot

I have to admit, I really don't know anything about Doraemon or the rest of these characters. I can recognize Doraemon in the middle but I had to do a little research to find out the rest of the cast is made up of Dorami (Doraemon’s sister), Perman, Korosuke (from Kiteretsu Daihyakka), Chinpui, and Gonsuke (from 21emon). Released for the 80th anniversary of the artist Hiroshi Fujimoto's birthday, this toy takes a bunch of the characters he created and combines them into one awesome robot!

So apparently, Fujiko Fujio was the name of a manga artist duo made up of Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. They used this pen name from 1951-1987, when their creative differences led to them releasing individual works under the new names Fujiko F. Fujio (Fujimoto) and Fujiko Fujio A (Abiko). I don't know much about these characters but that doesn't make this thing any less awesome. Check out this video to see how they put it together:

King Robo Mickey

Before Kingdom Hearts, I never would've guessed Mickey and the gang could hold their own in a fight. As it turns out, they can kick some major butt! Who knew? I guess Bandai's Tamashii Nations division did because they gave Mickey and friends their own awesome combining robot.

I love how they even included a mini-steamboat in homage to the Steamboat Willie cartoon, which is considered to be the debut of Mickey and Minnie. I never though I'd be an adult and still talking about how awesome Mickey and friends are!

Thomas the Tank Engine Bootlegs

Next, we're gonna travel into bootleg territory to find this unofficial Thomas the Tank Engine combiner. If you've ever Googled bootleg versions of toys, you'll often find some hilarious stuff like Robert Cop (knock off of RoboCop) or packages that contain a random car, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Shrek and a Power Ranger as if these guys regularly hang out together.

Being an unofficial and unlicensed product, I've seen a few variations of these in varying degrees of poor quality.

Unfortunately for whoever came up with this concept, it seems as though Super Sentai (the show Power Rangers is adapted from) beat them to the punch with Ressha Sentai ToQger, the 38th season featuring a train motif. Although they'll never be as ballsy as..., nevermind.

Toy Story

This very well could have been a Bandai Tamashii post because the latest addition to their line of combining robots is the Toy Story crew!

Woody, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm combine to make a giant sheriff robot! I like to think they're just piloting robot versions of themselves cause it'd be horrible to imagine a handful of mangled toys being forced together to make a new Frankenstein-esque toy. Maybe in an alternate reality, Sid from the first movie actually got his hands on the entire Toy Story crew and "modified" them. In any case, they combine to form Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star:

I noticed how many of the faces are tucked away, probably to avoid giving children nightmares. You have to admit that's pretty awesome though, the giant star in the middle kinda reminds me of Power Rangers' Super Zeo Megazord.

There's even a sweet promotional video explaining how all this came about

At the time that I originally started this post, I was wondering why Buzz Lightyear wasn't included. Piloting mechs seemed like it would totally be his style! Looks like I got my answer recently when they announced Buzz will have his own combiner with 2 of the aliens and a rocket ship!

Together they form Buzz the Space Ranger Robo!

I love how Buzz wears the mech like a giant suit of armor. Almost reminds me of Ripley inside that Power Loader from Aliens.

Fans of Power Rangers (or Super Sentai) are familiar with the concept of a 6th Ranger and how he always has his own Megazord. This is reminiscent of that since Buzz forms his own combiner but can also combine with Woody Robo Sheriff Star to make...

Super Combination Gan Great King!

I've really enjoyed all the toys I've written about so far but this has to be the coolest. They've each done a fantastic job of adapting children's cartoon characters into awesome fighting robots but making two individual combining robots combine into an even bigger robot?! Shut up and take my money! They even dropped another super sweet promotional video supervised by Pixar

Included with the initial product release will be a Chogokin Toy Story picture book. Woody Robo Sheriff Star is coming out Nov 2016 in Japan and Buzz the Space Ranger Robo will release Jan 2017 in Japan.