Ark Robot 5
Review by kidchuckle
I happened to run into a dollar store that specialized in Japanese imports, and the “Ark Robot” caught my eye. The series is called Number Android (how very imaginative. Thanks to @maeoka on instagram, for the translation).The package is on Card back with a bubble.
The package art is ok, but the contents in package had an interesting design. But what really caught my eye is that it was a combiner and it transformed. You can see a preview on the front and back card of the combined form.
The Ark Robot has a limited articulation. Shoulders can swivel back, due to transformation. But they don’t stay in place very well. Arms can swing up to the side and that’s about it.
The waist can turn 360 degrees, and the back has some modest details.
Screws are well placed for the wheel hubs.
And now for the transformation. The diagram is really easy to understand.
Here’s the final Transformation into the Number 5. Probably not the best alt mode, but I love the quirkiness of it.
I’ve placed a quarter next to the toy for scale (yeap, that's a moose on the coin).
Ark Robot 5 is my first entry in this series. It’s fun for it’s size and price point, and it has a lot more detail then I would expect for a cheap toy.
I tried to find out more about the company (Pony Co. Ltd.) who produced this series, and found It’s actually a company from china, but marketed for Japan. They seem to specialize in ride-on toy animals that are for younger children, so this series seems to be really odd for them to work on. There’s no information on their site about the Number Android series.
It’s an oddity, and I wouldn’t recommend this for everyone. I am just a sucker for combiners.
Here’s a preview of the rest in the series.
|Posted 7 November, 2015 - 09:51 by kidchuckle|
Comments6 comments posted
Really great find, love the look of these and cant wait for the rest in review.
But you did get ripped off, that quarter is only about 20cents US with the dollar the way it is.
It would've been great to see reviews of all 5, counting down to New Year's or something. LOL
Oh no! I love these kinds of robots! And now they combine, oh man...I'm gona have to track these down.
I'm not sure if there is an 'official' or original number robot, but I saw a ton of transforming number toys in china. A lot of them came in sets, like 1-4, 5-9, and Im pretty sure they go up to the double digits and lots of different types. The single digits I remember were a lot different than this one so I think there may be countless number transformers.
Court - LOL yes us Canadians are used to getting suckered punched. But the few times our dollar was up I must have went on a import spending craze
NekroDave - Yeah I'm working on it. I screwed up my photos. I have to retake them. Bad setup. I'm hoping to get the second review submitted the following week.
Are you working on any reviews in the future? (miss reading your stuff).
Siningy Oh really? If you were able to get your hands on it I would love to see it.
I love weird oddities. it's so sad when I think about toys today. Back in the 80's-90's the toy isle had so many weird oddities that stores would gamble having on their shelves. Where today if you're not in the BIG BOY Manufacturer you won't be seen in most stores.
I seem to rarely have time to write anymore but when I do, I'm mostly just working on the Shogun stuff still. I've also got a bunch of those giant Star Wars figures from Jakks Pacific I've got pictures of but haven't started full reviews on. I should since they would be super easy to cover. Beyond that, who knows? I've got a bunch of stuff but no time. LOL