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13 comments posted
That's beautiful!

That's beautiful!

VZMK2's picture
Posted by VZMK2 on 25 September, 2011 - 15:29
This looks... familiar,

This looks... familiar, somehow... Hauntingly so, a reminder of a toy long since gone yet memorable to survive the decades since it was lost. Not those colors, not that toy, but rather the series it is from.

I can't put my finger on it.

EVA_Unit_4A's picture
Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 September, 2011 - 15:30

Did you see the different color scheme on the instructions for the repaint, SHUT-L?

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Posted by The Enthusiast on 25 September, 2011 - 16:11
it stood about 4.5". It had

it stood about 4.5". It had multiple parts that could come apart- torso, head w/ blue cockpit and silver figure inside, arms, legs with knee joints and roller skates- and the torso had a wind-up chrome-plated drill bit w/ poorly-moving On/Off switch.
It was a mixture of dark brown and tan ABS, no paint apps or decals.
The shoulders, neck, and hips were friction peg joints, while knees were factory-assembled friction joints. An additional pair of unused friction pegs sat atop the tan shoulders, and the head, arms and legs were interchangeable between all of the 7 pegs.
ONe arm ended in a claw, while the other ended in a non-functional two-barrel blaster.
It came with a mini comic booklet, but I can't remember if it was on a card or in a box since I got it as a gift in the early 80s. I don't know if it was in Japanese or English because it's been so long since I had it.

I've never tried looking for any info on it, but your review reminded me of it, or rather some of the other toys seen on that box.

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Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 25 September, 2011 - 23:23
Except for the "roller

Except for the "roller skates", I think you just described the Starriors Crank bot...About halfway down this web page:

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Posted by BraveMSW on 26 September, 2011 - 00:29
Yep, that's the one I

Yep, that's the one I had!

Under each foot was a pair of black ABS rolling bars that acted as skates. The cockpit could not be opened.

So was I right- does this Crank being to this same toy line? I know nothing about its origins, or even of it is a bootleg.

EVA_Unit_4A's picture
Posted by EVA_Unit_4A on 26 September, 2011 - 01:39
Well you got your wish for

Well you got your wish for proper transforming Tomy bots since now Tomy owns everything Takara ever did :D

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Posted by VF5SS on 25 September, 2011 - 16:32
Pretty cool. Ugly and

Pretty cool. Ugly and malformed, but still somehow cool.

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Posted by jacksauce on 25 September, 2011 - 21:00
Oh man, you are totally

Oh man, you are totally wrong! This IS terrific! Good god, the fact that it turns into an "animal" is just hilarious! Non-descript animal-robot GO! Also, the ship mode is pretty cool and reminds me of old side-scrolling shooters. This is fantastic! I love it!

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Posted by Alexx on 26 September, 2011 - 12:09
had the MOB-L

I had the MOB-L

I loved it when I was a kid. It fit in with my Starriors/ Wheeled Warrios/ Micronauts pretty well! Oddly enough, I remember that it smelled different than my other plastic toys. Weird!

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Posted by Mecha Zone on 26 September, 2011 - 14:08
Doberman Pinscher?

That's what I think of when I see the animal mode.

The "vehicle" mode looks like something from Orguss.

I find it hilarious that someone actually called a toy robot "nav-el". Like...seriously, guys, nobody giggled? Not even once?

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Posted by RobotBastard on 26 September, 2011 - 19:34

Everyone's positive reactions are softening my perhaps too-harsh "meh" conclusion. In my defense, the exquisite Tri-Fly ( has ruined me for all other kooky triple-changers.

Eva, you are indeed thinking of a Starrior. If I wasn't clear, that's one of them in the first pic. Each features a wind-up action torso with interchangeable limbs. They ain't too bad, all things considered, but less interesting than the ZOIDS. Microfans should pay attention though. As in many other things, the estimable Microbry is responsible for my interest in them. Maybe I'll cover some in the future.

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Posted by The Enthusiast on 26 September, 2011 - 20:35
I don't really care about

I don't really care about these robots,but my one totally illogical toy fetish is 80's Tomy windups. Like Strolling Bowling and such. I only have a handfull but I love em.

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Posted by kidnicky on 28 September, 2011 - 21:54