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Toys: It's the Mecha-Disney Monster!

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Mecha-Disney MonsterHot on the heels of the news of Disney partnering with luxury fashion clothes designers to create exclusive duds for attenuated versions of Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, Goofy, and other classic Disney characters, comes this news that Disney is also partnering with Japanese toymaker Bandai to smooch said classic Disney characters together into a single “Voltron-style” transforming giant robot – coming in March 2013.

It may sound like a parody, but the Cartoon Brew website has a publicity picture of this “King Robo”. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and Pluto (plus Pluto’s doghouse and Steamboat Willie’s riverboat) into one giant robot! Like they say, we couldn’t make this stuff up. Check it out.

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As a kid I had a similar transformer toy. It had a couple of animal toys that could then transform and join together to form one giant robot. I think it was just three separate robots and some accessories but it was pretty cool.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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If it was five lions, then it was the GoLion giant robot from the GoLion, King of the Beasts (Hyakuj?? Goraion) anime series, produced by Toei Animation, 52 weekly episodes from March 4, 1981 to February 24, 1982; Americanized into Voltron: Defender of the Universe by World Events Productions, September 10, 1984 to November 18, 1985. The American version left out several of the original Japanese episodes, such as Episode #20 where Earth is completely destroyed by the villains, but when it became clear that Voltron was a hit, World Events added the originally completely separate Dairugger-XV anime TV series (Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV; Dairugger-XV, The Armored Fleet – there were fifteen transforming vehicles, five each for ground, sea, and air who combined into the Dairugger-XV giant robot; by pure coincidence there are fifteen players called ruggers on a rugby team) series, and commissioned Toei to make lots of new GoLion episodes, resurrecting the Good Guys who had been killed (recuperating offstage in the American version). Anyhow, the five lion robots who combined into the giant GoLion (which means Five Lions in Japanese) were Black Lion, Red Lion, Blue Lion, Yellow Lion, and Green Lion.

Back in the mid-1980s when the C/FO was proselytizing for anime, we would ask the American Voltron fans, “Wanna see what they aren’t showing you?”, and show them the Japanese GoLion episodes with Good Guys being unmistakably killed, and #20 with the Earth being destroyed.

Anyhow, if your childhood giant robot wasn’t GoLion, I don’t know what it was.

Fred Patten

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I think it was just a random toy transformer robot. It definitely wasn't that though. I'll try google a bit and see if it comes up. It had one which was a tiger with cannons on the back, at least one other quadruped and a bird thing. There might have been more pieces though.

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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Hmm. That matches Tigatron from Transformers, or if we're going less anthropomorphic the Blitz Tiger from Zoids.

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Nope it's not. I couldn't Google it but I was sure I'd seen it recently. (My family hordes stuff) I threw it out years ago but it probably went to my cousin (or stored somewhere) and then came to my younger sister. Apparently she has it now but there lots of broken pieces.

Luckily we still had the cardboard packaging (Yeah, I kept those sorts of things). This part is really lucky cause it was actually in the recycling pile. I took a photo of it here.

Then with the name I was able to Google it to being Draias: Solar Hero Firebird line. If that site's correct then my version was fake. As far as I know my NES is also a fake and both are probably due to embargoes on South Africa during apartheid.

Mystery solved!

"If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind."
~John Stuart Mill~

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I like this subthread; I was thinking of typing up a review of the newest Ninja Turtles action figures, but with my laptop in the shop, I'm basically cutting all but what I consider the "need to write," not "want to write" stories. Posting the monthly column as soon as I catch up here, but I got to thinking, an article about furry toys and collecting them may be fun, sometime down the line.

Maybe when I get my laptop working ...

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Fred (Fred Patten)read storiescontact (login required)

a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics