battle fever robo

40 years and 2000 episodes

One thing I wish they would bring back in the Super Sentai franchise are the giant carrier vehicles that bring the team’s mecha to them for the final battle. In the older shows, they would always have one of these and I always loved their design and how it gave a practical way for the mecha to get to the heroes.

The first one was Battle Shark from 1979′s Battle Fever J.

This giant, flying battleship began underwater before bursting forth to bring Battle Fever Robo to the heroes.  I just love the design and the color scheme on this thing.  That may be just a wee bit because I adore the concept of flying battleships, likely a result of my love for the look of the Space Battleship Yamato from the eponymous anime.

Of course, even before they were mecha delivery systems, we had things like the carriers.  In Himitsu Sentai Goranger we had a vehicle to carry the team into battle and help them in various ways, this was the Variblune:

Which was later replaced by the Varidreen:

When the next Sentai series, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai came around, their vehicle the Sky Ace became even more important to the team.

The J.A.K.Q. team could not transform into their more powerful, costumed forms without the aid of huge, coffin-sized transformation capsules.

It was the Sky Ace that brought these capsules to the team in the field so they could transform and fight whatever vile monster CRIME sent against them.  This is arguably and even more vital function than carrying a mecha, which Sentai did not have yet, until Battle Fever J.

In 1980, we got yet another awesome carrier vehicle, the DenziTiger which transported the might DaiDenzin robot to Denshi Sentai Denziman.

It was also amphibious as well as airborne and had another neat trick, it could unfold into a flat-topped aircraft carrier mode.  The vehicle on top is the machine that transforms into the giant robot.

One of my all-time favorites though came with 1981′s Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan and the Jaguar Vulcan carrier!

This fearsome carrier brought the two machines that combined (a first for Super Sentai) to form Sun Vulcan Robo.  I just love the way it looks like an angry mechanical cat ready to pounce on the enemy.

From there, carriers continues with 1982′s Dai Sentai Goggle-V having Goggle Caeser:

Kagaku Sentai Dynaman had DyJupiter bring their mecha in 1983:

Bio Dragon carried Bio Jets 1 & 2 into combat for 1984′s Choudenshi Bioman. It also had the opening into a flat-topped carrier mode that DenziTiger featured.

Shuttle Base not only brought Change Robo into battle but betrayed 1985′s Dengeki Sentai Changeman’s originally planned origins as a space-themed team.

In 1986, an actual team from space Choushinsei Flashman used the Star Condor to transport the components of their mighty mecha, Flash King.  I am not even going to lie, I LOVE the look of this carrier.  It looks like a supersonic fighter combined with a transport and that’s an aesthetic I can get behind.

Turboranger (no relation to the 1989 Super Sentai team) carried around the parts of Hikari Sentai Maskman’s mecha in 1987.

And finally, in 1988, Choujuu Sentai Liveman had their animal-themed mecha carrier by Machine Buffalo.

Ever since 1988, we haven’t really had any carrier vehicles or flying fortresses for our Super Sentai heroes.  It’s just an aspect of the franchise that faded away with the end of the 1980s.  I find that kind of strange because you would think Bandai in their toy-pushing need would want to create yet one more thing that could be merchandised.  Maybe they just stopped selling in favor of the actual robots, maybe it just became too unwieldy story-wise to have to keep relying on a slow transport to get the mecha to the field of battle.  Any way you cut it, it’s a trend that is now dead and one I kind of miss.  

unkindness-of-ravens  asked:

If you don't mind a second related question, what combining robots broke the traditional mold of how the robots should combine? (red is the main body, everyone else makes up the limbs) For example, I was just thinking that for the GoGoV's Victory Robo, Red makes up only the chest and arms, Blue makes up the lower torso and upper legs, while green made up the head (that's definitely not traditional).

One of the most recent examples I can think of is the awesome Shurikenjin Drago from Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.  This is actually the version of the main mecha of that series I prefer as red swaps the center position with blue to become an arm, turning a rather humanoid mecha into a draconic one.

Of course, if you look at the first few mecha, before the pattern had been established, you get some odd ones.  Battle Fever Robo didn’t combine, transform or do anything other than get launched out of a much larger vehicle.

And then in Denshi Sentai Denziman we had our first transforming mecha but it’s made of one solid vehicle that transforms into the entire robot, no combining there.

Then we get to Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan which breaks all kinds of rules by only having three heroes BUT it does establish the combiner robot, even if it is made up of just two parts. Red does a LOT of the work in this one with the other mecha just forming the legs.

Really though, the earliest examples shouldn’t count that much.  Two of the stranger examples cut red out altogether in favor of using the sixth hero’s mecha to form the main body.

The first of these is Gouryuzin from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.  It uses three of the other Guardian Beasts in addition to Dragon Caesar, leaving out the Tyrannosaurus and Pteranodon.

The year after’s Gosei Sentai Dairanger saw another of these mecha with the Sixth Ranger’s personal mecha, WonTiger combines with all of the others save for Red’s Ryuuseioh to form Kiba Daioh.

The strangest part to me about this one is that Star Houou, Pink’s personal mecha only forms a bladed weapon that attaches to the main body’s arm and can be fired off as a finishing move.

Now, there are assuredly other examples of non-standard mecha configurations but these are the ones that really come to mind off the top of my head.

cooldownnow  asked:

Hey man, wanted to ask what you thought about the way zords have been working nowadays. From around Kakuranger to around GoGoFive the rangers would get an extra set of zords that form another megazord with few attachments but recently it's been more getting extra single zords to boost the power of the main megazord and then a single zord that makes another megazord by itself. What do you think about this shift?

It’s actually what I think is just part of the natural evolution of the use of the giant robots in Super Sentai.  It’s one aspect of the franchise that is constantly being revised in an attempt to keep it fresh and not allow it to grow stale.  It also allows Bandai to sell more plastic toys of course with the additional add on mecha being sold separately. 

However, let’s get back to that main point about it being part of the evolution of how mecha are used in Super Sentai.  When giant robots were first added to the franchise, the first was just one robot already assembled, already in it’s robot form.  That was Battle Fever Robo in Battle Fever J.

The next addition was a transforming giant robot which was what DaiDenzin was in Denshi Sentai Denziman.

After that came the next logical progression, the transforming, combing robot made of more than one piece.  That’s what was added in the next series, Taiyo Sentai Sun Vulcan.

From there, the number of vehicles used for the combination increased from two up to five with the first five vehicle, combining, transforming robot appearing in 1987′s Hikari Sentai Maskman with the Great Five robot.

Just before that series though, we were introduced to our first secondary giant robot in 1986′s Choushinsei Flashman.  Titan Boy was the front section of a tractor trailer truck that transformed into a robot, he could also combine with the trailer section to form the larger robot, Great Titan.

The next big evolution came in 1988 when Choujuu Sentai Liveman added Liveboxer to their roster as a seconday giant robot.  That was the moment when the secondary mecha combined with the original Live Robot to form Super Live Robo!

From that point on it was pretty standard to have a secondary mecha show up later in the series that could be an add on to the main.  By the time we get into the swing of things in the 1990s with 1992′s Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger we have a third robot joining the fun to create Ultimate Daizyujin!

Flash forward to the 2000s and we start with the trend of adding new single pieces to a combination.  It started with 2001′s Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger with the heroes finding new Power Animals on a regular basis but reached it’s full insanity in 2008 and 2009 with the final forms of the mecha from Engine Sentai Go-Onger and Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.

I actually believe it has toned done a bit since those days of what I like to refer to as Cluster-Mechs. Still, the tendency towards increased complexity and added components continues.  However, I do like the way the current mecha do jour combines and how the Kyu Voyagers do not have set places to go and (aside from the central mass ones of course) can be used as either arms or legs.  It reminds me of the Scramble City Combiners from Transformers.

That’s just a quick and simplified look at the evolution of the use of giant robots in Super Sentai but I hope it helps.  As always, thanks for the question!

rangerteen17  asked:

Do you think vehicle mecha are underrated for super Sentai, since I feel it goes more on animals & mystic creatures?

These days, it might seem rare to have the combining vehicles when in the last few series we’ve had cube animals, an assortment of strange things (including a dump truck and a train) and dinosaurs BUT we also had an entire series where every mech was made up of an ever increasing number of trains.

While I do think vehicle mecha have begun to be overshadowed by more exotic things I don’t think they will ever truly go away.  They are too much a part of the fabric and history of Super Sentai.

Let’s go back to the first series, Himistu Sentai Goranger. While they did not have an actual robotic mecha, they had a series of high tech vehicles to help them in their pursuit of justice.

The same was true for the sequel series, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai. It wasn’t until the merchandising success of the giant robot Leopardon from Toei’s 1978 version of Spider-Man that Sentai was given a robot. So, Sentai was born with vehicles and it was something they would return to again and again.

Yes, the very first giant Sentai robot (Battle Fever Robo) was neither a transforming nor combinding robot but it was a start.  Things would change though as more and more, the robots became made up of vehicles of differing kinds. In fact, for the longest time, every mecha was made up of a combination of various vehicles.  They were not just the norm, they were the only game in town.

It wasn’t until 1988 and Choujuu Sentai Liveman that animal robots were first used and even then, they seemed VERY vehicle like in their execution.  Blue Dolphin’s vehicle barely looked like an animal in the least.

The vehicles have never really left us.  I have a feeling (and I may be wrong but given the theme I would bet dollars to donuts I am right) that next year, we will see them again in a more orbital variety.


Here are some old school Super Sentai Robos bros. The first three Robos, they’re kinda like The Three Doctors, Hartnell, Troughton, and Pertwee, that way LOL

  • Battle Fever Robo: The original Giant Robo (巨大ロボ, Kyodai Robo).
  • DaiDenzin: The first Transforming Robo (変形ロボ, Henkei Robo), transforming from the DenziFighter.
  • Sun Vulcan Rono: The first Combining Robo (合体ロボ, Gattai Robo), formed from Cosmo Vulcan and Bull Vulcan.