The Battle Tribe are the most populous transforming group on Cronos, possibly due to their massive range - the term covers Machine Robo who transform into everything from scooters to battleships. As such they're encountered in most walks of life - usually putting their vehicle modes to good use - and later on make up the backbone of Rom's army in the climactic stages of the battle against the Gyandlar.


A student of Kirai Stol, Rod Drill transforms into a drill tank. He tends to rely on his muscle as opposed to his occasionally-glimpsed martial arts skills. Rod is the clown of the troop, regularly agitating for more sleep or food and tending to fall in love a little easily, but he remains a brave, kind and loyal friend of Rom's and never waivers from their quest. Especially if it gives him the opportunity to burrow underground in his drill tank mode.

His offensive capabilities are further boosted when he is given a rotating missile launcher. Rod provides solid support throughout the battles with the Gyandlar and leaves Cronos with Blue Jet, Pro Truck Racer and others to explore the dimensional gateway.

Two Drill Robo figures were issued in the Revenge of Cronos toyline - the standard Drill Robo (a reissue of the original Drill Robo, released in America as Screw Head) and a non-transforming Chara poseable figure - this was later reissued with a BB pellet-firing backpack styled after the weapon used in the anime as a Chara DX toy.

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A friend of the Stol family, Triple Jim transformed into either a sportscar or a helicopter. Despite minimal fighting skills he was charged with protection of Leina Stol, a role he took very seriously even though he wasn't particularly good at it - tending to end up in trouble as much as she did. Despite this he was popular with Rom, Drill and Jet.

Eventually he became concerned with his poor skills and took steps to become more of a warrior, proving his courage and worth on several occasions. As the conflict escalated he became a useful trooper despite his lack of training or impressive weaponry and formed a bond with Minmei, though he never forgot his duty to protect Leina.

Triple Jim's figure was exclusive to the Revenge of Cronos line.

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Tough Trailer transforms into a truck, occasionally with a large box trailer. He first appeared in a low-key role, helping Rom's group transport refugees to Yamilan. He would prove his mettle by helping prevent the city's computer from activating a self-destruct sequence. He then had a run of bad luck - including managing to lose the Wolf Sword and getting possessed by the Demon Sword and generally fell behind his brother Pro Truck Racer in the pecking order.

Nevertheless he remained a worthy trooper in Rom's army, later re-equipping with the same weaponry as his brother. At one point he became tethered to the Gyandlar lieutenant Diondra and seemed to develop feelings of some sort for her; he was the only Machine Robo to try and talk her out of her stupor when Gadess betrayed her. At the end of the series he leaves Cronos with his brother and certain other Machine Robo.

The Tough Trailer toy was a retool of Titan Boy, the cab section of Flash Titan from Bandai's Flashman line. As well as the cab being altered it was given a new trailer than could convert into a battle platform, Optimus Prime-style. In the cartoon his trailer appears infrequently - if it's not needed for plot purposes it's not seen, and it's only ever used as a transport container.

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Pro Truck Racer transforms into a racing truck cab. He first arrives after the fall of Yamilan, looking for his brother Tough Trailer before joining up with Rom's army. His strength and firepower are a vital part of Rom's army and get them out of numerous scrapes. Initially he is a little arrogant and something of a loner, preferring to blast his way out of trouble rather than asking for help, though he soon learns to work better with others.

He plays an important role in most of the climactic fights leading up to the defeat of the Gyandlar invaders and is something of a weapons expert, preparing special heavy weapons packs for Rom, Drill and Jet. Along with his brother he leaves Cronos at the end of the series.

His size fluctuates considerably across the anime - sometimes he's twice as big as his brother, sometimes he's roughly the same height. The Pro Truck Racer figure was based on the same basic toy as Tough Trailer but was much more heavily retooled, including a new spoiler, head cast and chromed non-firing weaponry. Instead of a trailer it included a large pellet-firing gun (similar to those included with the Chara DX figures) which could be attached in either mode.

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A battle system used by the Machine Robo, Land Commander 5 was the most powerful unit defending Yamilan. Initially the Land Commander 5 team's hard-headed attitude restricted its' abilities but after that was overcome it became a vital resource for battling the Gyandlar, second only to Baikanfu in terms of power, attending the final showdown with Gadess.

It was formed of five units - a central Command Jet and four individual Power Suits that boosted the occupant's abilities even before combination. The initial line-up of the team was Bike Robo, Ambulance Robo, Police Robo, Jeep Robo and Shuttle Robo; Rod Drill briefly substituted for Police Robo when he was injured. Bike Robo and Jeep Robo were later switched to posts on the Battle Base, with Fire Robo and Missile Robo taking their place.

A curiosity of the animation was that most of the time the suit appeared empty even when the suiting up and combination was shown in its' entirety. The character was based on the Land Commander 5 set (slated for American release as the Renegade Power Suit Nemesis, but Gobots was cancelled before it came out), which was reissued to tie in with the anime.

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Bike Robo was initially a member of the Land Commander 5 team at Yamilan. Like his team-mates he was initially arrogant and dismissive of Rom and his friends but as a former student of Kirai's himself Bike Robo soon softened his stance and struck up a friendship with Leina.

After the fall of Yamilan he moved across from Land Commander 5 to be one of Rom's war council, distinguishing himself in further escapades (including collecting the explosives to destroy the Gyandlar's weather machine weapon) despite incurring some injuries and also passing on his training to new recruits. He chooses to leave Cronos at the end of the series with Rod Drill, Blue Jet and others.

Another Bike Robo with a different colour scheme was seen briefly in the underground city of Andoglonas. The character was based on the original Bike Robo toy (issued in the West as Cy-Kill), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Leader of Yamilan, Kendô Robo was initially seen largely performing administrative duties but when called into action proved himself to be a skilled and formidable fighter, performing various missions including a risky journey to a vital ammunition dump during the siege. After Gadess levelled the city he remained at important member of the Machine Robo forces, overseeing Rom's war council onboard the Battle Base and taking part in the final battle with the Gyandlar.

Kendô Robo was the only one of the Martial Arts Robo shown to 'transform' in the anime. The character was based on the Kendô Robo toy (never issued in the West), released alongside the show.

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Fire Robo was first seen after the fall of Yamilan, becoming fast friends with Leina and aiding her with finding the Dragon Helmet. After this he was promoted to the Land Commander 5 team in place of Bike Robo, mixing his duties with the unit with firefighting. As part of Land Commander 5 he was heavily involved in the final battle with the Gyandlar both in and out of the Power Suit.

Several other Fire Robo were seen undoing the damage caused by Marus. The character was based on the original Fire Robo toy (issued in America as Pumper), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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A teacher at Yamilan, Harley Robo helped fetch the Metal Laster when Leina and some of his students were infected with a rust virus by the Gyandlar. Later he was unwittingly possessed by Grujios, who tried to use his body to steal the Phoenix Armour and the Dragon Emblem. When his body was returned to him he was at least able to stop Rockgiran from destroying the Battle Base. When Grujios tried the same trick with Wrestler Robo's body Harley Robo was immediately suspicious and confronted the Gyandlar, only to get stabbed. He survived his injuries in time to celebrate Cronos' freedom.

The character was based on the original Harley Robo toy (issued in the West as Night Ranger), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Along with Kendô Robo and Jûdô Robo, Karate Robo was one of the leaders of the Machine Robo based at Yamilan. As such he initially took little part in combat with the Gyandlar, but when he did he showed his skills, despite being injured by aerial mines at one point. He later took part in the successful assault on the Gyandlar mothership.

His vehicle 'shell' - a jet - was never seen in the anime (had it been shown I'd probably put him in the Jet Tribe category - the Martial Arts Robo had their own C-series designations instead of B- or J-); as it is this seems more sensible. The character was based on the Karate Robo toy (never issued in the West), which wasn't reissued to tie in with the show but was only released a few months before the anime premiered and thus was probably still on general sale at the time.

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Jûdô Robo was one of the leaders of Yamilan working below Kendô Robo with Karate Robo. At first he was only seen observing the battle and making strategic decisions with them but when called into battle with the Gyandlar he was a capable fighter. After the fall of Yamilan he continued as part of Rom's army, eventually storming the Gyandlar mothership in a Power Riser suit.

His vehicle 'shell' - a dune buggy - was never seen in the anime. The character was based on the Jûdô Robo toy (never issued in the West), which wasn't reissued to tie in with the show but was only released shortly before the show aired and was probably still on sale at the time.

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Wrestler Robo designed the Power Riser suits, training Rom and Leina in their use. He joined them in the assault on the Gyandlar mothership but was injured by Garudi and subsequently possessed by Grujios. His body was used to steal the Phoenix Armour and the Wolf Sword and presumably returned to him when Grujios left his body. He recovered enough to join in the celebrations when Cronos was saved.

His vehicle 'shell' - a sportscar - was never seen in the anime. The character was based on the Wrestler Robo toy (never issued in the West), which wasn't reissued to tie in with the show but was probably still in stores from its' earlier release in 1986. The figure - without its' shell - was later reissued along with the all-new Power Riser toy (which could hold any Martial Arts Robo or Chara figure) packaged as part of the Battle Hackers line.

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Along with Leina and Fire Robo, Kenpô Robo discovered the underground hiding place of the Dragon Helmet. He later battled Garudi when the Gyandlar attempted to steal the device and even braved the fallout of their weapons when the artefact was threatened. He survived his injuries.

His vehicle 'shell' - a drill tank - was never seen in the anime. The character was based on the Kenpô Robo toy (never issued in the West), released alongside the show.

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A childhood friend of Rod Drill, Combat Buggy is first seen in Gallowlands, where his father Bison is in the employee of the Gyandlar. He joins forces with Rod, Rom and Jet to overthrown them. He later returns the favour by helping Rod penetrate the Demon Fortress and aid Rom in battle with Grujios. Combat Buggy also helps transport refugees to Yamilan and is involved in many of the later battles with the Gyandlar.

It seems fair to assume the rarely-speaking Combat Buggy in the later stages of the anime is the same guy seen earlier on. The character was based on the original Combat Buggy toy (never issued in the West), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Trim Sponsor, a Tanktranser, was an old friend of Blue Jet and Rod Drill. His girlfriend Lumei was killed by a bomb manufactured from the Hyribead by the King of Libidou, so he stole the rest of the Hyribead and hid out in the desert. There he was attacked by the Gyandlar and saved by Rom. Rom and his friends were then tricked into tackling Trim by the king. During the battle Trim died as a belated result of his poisoning from the bomb, but the travellers found the truth from a duplicate of Lumei he had made and defeated the king.

The character was based on the original Tanktranser toy (released in Europe as Tank and Transport), which was reissued to tie in with the anime.

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Helitanser helped the defence of Yamilan, notably by joining Triple Jim and Kenpô Robo on a dangerous mission to collect vital ammunition for the defenders. He later came under suspicion of treachery when he started making odd movements and was openly accused of being a spy by Battle Gyror. While he was working with Diondra it turned out he was attempting to trap her and find the location of the Lion Shield. Furthermore it turned out his accuser Battle Gyror was being controlled by Grujios. Despite his best efforts Helitanser was unable to prevent the Lion Shield falling into the hands of the Gyandlar but went on to perform well in the final battle for Cronos.

Despite having a helicopter component, Helitanser was assigned to the Battle Tribe for the toyline (most likely to keep the Double Machine Robo split evenly between the groups) and therefore is listed here. A Helitanser - possibly the same one - made a brief cameo at Gallowlands. The character was based on the original Helitanser toy (released in Europe as Helicopter and Transport), which was reissued to tie in with the anime.

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Missile Robo fulfilled several high-ranking roles across the series, including being Vilion's second in command at Yearn and the same role at Bamela. Later he joined Rod Drill, Vilion and Combat Buggy when they helped Rom battle Grujios at the Demonic Castle. Missile Robo later joined Rom's army at Yamilan, fighting regularly against the Gyandlar and eventually joining the Land Commander 5 team.

Only one Missile Robo is seen at any particular time, though if it is the same guy he got about a bit. The character was based on the original Missile Robo toy (issued in the West as Blaster), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Multiple Ambulance Robo are seen across the series, most often performing medical duties. Notable exceptions include one example which takes up with Bug Newman's band of outlaws and another which forms part of the Land Commander 5 team. In short, despite medical training Ambulance Robo isn't afraid to pitch in and fight and is a big presence in the battles in and around Yamilan.

One of Ashi's eccentricities was using a bright green Ambulance Robo which stayed in numerous episodes, often alongside the standard white version. On more than one occasion multiple Ambulance Robo were shown in a single scene. The character was based on the original Ambulance Robo toy (issued in the West as Rest-Q), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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First seen at Gurian, Police Robo was later based at Yamilan as part of the Land Commander 5 team. Like his fellow team members he was initially dismissive of Rom's group of travellers until he learnt to work with others - especially after being injured and ably deputised for by Rod Drill. He later provided solid support in the battle against the Gyandlar.

A Police Robo with a simplified colour scheme (possibly intentional) was seen in Andoglonas; it seems unlikely this was the same example. The character was based on the original Police Robo toy (issued in the West as Hans Cuff), which wasn't reissued - nevertheless he cobbles together a few speaking parts.

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Jeep Robo was part of the Land Commander 5 team, providing solid help in defending Yamilan once he and his companions had overcome their aloof behaviour. Later he switched to security chief onboard the Battle Base and provided vital help battling the Gyandlar.

Multiple Jeep Robo are briefly seen guarding the Battle Base in one episode but there's no reason not to think the Land Commander 5 one and the one later given multiple speaking roles are the same guy. The character was based on the original Jeep Robo toy (issued in the West as Geeper-Creeper), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Bulldozer Robo were often seen doing construction work, notably in the mines at Gallowland - though one did take part in the race at Momo. Another - named Reni - was chief of the city of Gurian, saved from Gyandlar possession by his daughter Sara with the aid of Rom and his friends. After this Bulldozer Robo took part in the final battles with the Gyandlar.

While the multiple Bulldozer Robo seen in earlier episodes almost certainly aren't Reni, it's possible if not certain that the one seen towards the end of the series is meant to be him. The character was based on the original Bulldozer Robo toy (issued in the West as Dozer), which wasn't reissued. With a full speaking role in one episode, Bulldozer Robo had one of the most substantial roles for a character that wasn't in stores at the time.

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Buggy Robo is seen in several different settings as the series goes on. Bug Newman had one in his gang which he used as his personal transport. Other appearances included leading the race at Momo until he was injured by Jali, as a citizen of Gurian, and as one of the defenders of Yamilan. The most crucial appearance was helping Battle Flex 32 get Rom and Leina to the Gyandlar mothership during the final battle, though Buggy Robo was destroyed by the Devil Satan 6 in the process.

If you can accept that he might have left Bug's gang and turned over a new leaf there's nothing to suggest there's only a single Buggy Robo. The character was based on the original Buggy Robo toy (issued in the West as BuggyMan), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Skyline Robo were among the Machine Robo army at Yamilan, though they never seemed to have much luck. One was chased around by Tough Trailer with the Demon Sword. One was killed when Rom's team was betrayed by Battle Gyror (possessed by Grujios). Another was destroyed by the Devil Satan 6 after transporting Battle Flex 32 and the Power Riser suits into battle. Nevertheless at least one survived to see off the explorers leaving Cronos at the end of the series.

In an animation quirk Skyline Robo are occasionally shown with black panels on the outside of their forearms. The character was based on the original Skyline Robo toy (issued in America as Tailpipe), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Battle Robo is seen numerous times across the series - helping Combat Buggy drive the Gyandlar out of Gallowlands, as a member of Bug Newman's gang, defending the hospital in Korora, racing in Momo, a possessed citizen in Gurian and among the combatants defending Yamilan.

A Battle Robo is seen destroyed during the final battle with the Gyandlar but another is later seen celebrating, indicating it is a generic type - they rarely get dialogue or even much more than appearances in crowd scenes. The character was based on the original Battle Robo toy (issued in the West as Tank), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Supercar Robo was another seen in wildly different circumstances. One was a member of Bug Newman's gang and was killed by the criminal, possibly by accident. Another was a respected scientist, but most were unremarkable trooper types. One was also killed by the Gyandlar weather machine while attempting to fix the Battle Base.

Another generic type, seeing as the first one we seen is turned into slag by Bug. It's possible the scientist and the one later seen aboard the Battle Base are the same character, though it seems less likely some of the trooper Supercar Robo are. The character was based on the original Supercar Robo toy (issued in the West as Turbo), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Porsche Robo is seen in a variety of roles as a warrior, first in Gurian and then in Yamilan - in the latter being in charge of a doomed security team trying to protect the city's master computer from Garudi.

Two Porsche Robo seem to die in the series - the one defending the computer and another taken out by the Varigale-X, suggesting it's a common body type. The character was based on the original Porsche Robo toy (issued in the West as Crasher), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Steam Robo was first seen in the race at Momo (not needing rails for travel), where he posted an early retirement after enthusiastically trying to race the tide on the course's river crossing. He later joined the defence of Yamilan - including shoulder-charging Zarios into the river - and took instruction from Bike Robo in combat.

There's little to support or contradict that there was just one Steam Robo. The character was based on the original Steam Robo toy (issued in the West as Loco), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Trailer Robo is initially seen working at the quarry in Gallowlands, later joining Combat Buggy and Rom in driving off the town's Gyandlar oppressors. Later on he is part of the controlled population of Gurian before joining in with the defence of Yamilan and participating in the final battles with the Gyandlar.

As with Steam Robo there's little to support or contradict that there was just one Trailer Robo. The character was based on the original Trailer Robo toy (issued in the West as Road Ranger), which wasn't reissued - hence his roles mainly being of the scene-filling variety.

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Offroad Robo turned up in various parts of Cronos, including at Death Valley, Gallowlands and Yamilan.

Offroad Robo's vehicle mode was depicted as a normal pickup rather than a Bigfoot-type vehicle. The character was based on the original Offroad Robo toy (issued in America as Small Foot), which wasn't reissued with the anime - thus only appearing in scattered cameos in the series.

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Big Truck Robo helped Rom and the citizens of Yamilan out by transporting men and materials to and from various cities. On one such trip he's injured but recovers thanks to the efforts of Ambulance Robo and Leina.

The character was based on the original Big Truck toy (issued in America as Staks), which was reissued to tie in with the anime.

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F-1 Jack lived near Yamilan with his friend Hot Rod Joe. The pair were known as the Wheelmen, smugglers most of the Machine Robo didn't trust. Their speed made them necessary allies for Rom when he needed explosives transported to the Battle Base. On their journey Jack feigned a puncture in order to meet with the Gyandlar, who had blackmailed the pair. Rom helped him defeat them and the Battle Base was stayed. He later helped in the final battle against the Gyandlar.

The character was based on the F-1 Jack toy (never released in the West).

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Partner in crime of F-1 Jack, Hot Rod Joe was also recruited for the explosive courier role. While Jack dropped back he and Bike Robo were left carrying the explosives. He was attacked by Garudi after Rom persuaded Jack not to go through with their deal with the Gyandlar but - with the help of Bike Robo, Rom and Pro Truck Racer - was able to make it to the Battle Base with the vital weapon intact.

The character was based on the Hot Rod Joe toy (never released in the West).

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Sidelancer was part of the convoy which set out to collect the Metal Laster from Azenbrush when Leina and several Yamilan schoolchildren were given a rust disease by the Gyandlar. Despite run-ins with Gyandlar Rocks and a misunderstanding with Cross Rock and Magna Rock the group were able to complete their mission. Later Sidelancer was involved in search efforts after Leina, Drill, Tough Trailer and Pro Truck Racer were separated from the other Machine Robo by an earthquake.

Sidelancer's intermediate modes - a motorcycle and a small walker robot - weren't shown in the anime, just his motorcycle-and-sidecar and robot forms. The character was based on the Sidelancer toy (never released in the West).

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First seen as one of the oppressed miners at Gallowlands, Mixer Robo later took part in the subsequent uprising against Casmodon and the Gyandlar and then later construction work on the Battle Base.

The character was based on the original Mixer Robo toy (issued in America as Block Head), which wasn't reissued - leading to him only getting a few cameo roles in the series.

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New Shinkansen Robo is first seen as a citizen of Bamela and later took part in the race at Momo, running fairly well until (harmlessly) crashing into a pool of water. After that he helped in the defence of Yamilan but was seemingly destroyed by Garudi while defending the city's master computer.

The character was based on the original New Shinkansen Robo toy (never issued in the West), which was reissued for the tie-in line - nevertheless he only appeared briefly in the anime.

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The Submarine Robo were subjects of the Priestess of Mu, seemingly to make up the island's entire population. She forces them to find the Wolf Emblem for her Gyandlar masters but after Rom defeats the alien captain Shenuwen they rise up and overthrow her.

The character was based on the original Submarine Robo toy (issued in the West as Dive-Dive), which wasn't reissued for the tie-in line.

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A Limousine Robo worked as a hearse at the graveyard in Andoglonas. Another took part in the race at Momo but was swept into the river early in the race.

The character was based on the original Limousine Robo toy (released in the West as Tux), which wasn't reissued for the tie-in line. The initial hearse version seen was probably based on the figure's prototype.

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By far the largest Machine Robo, Battleship Robo helped Rom and his friends return to the mainland from the island of Mu. Later he aided with search and rescue efforts during the race at Momo and took part in the final battle with the Gyandlar.

The character was based on the original Battleship Robo toy (released in the West as Man-O-War), which was reissued for the cartoon's toyline. Despite this he made only brief appearances, being one of the rare characters presented in realistic scale.

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Scooter Robo was seen in Andoglonas where he and a Bike Robo were reprimanded for speeding by a Police Robo.

The character was based on the original Scooter Robo toy (released in the West as Scooter), which wasn't reissued - meaning he only appeared in a single-scene throwaway cameo.

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Highway Robo appeared as a citizen of Gallowlands, first driving Rom's party to prison then participating in the uprising against the Gyandlar.

The character was based on the original Highway Robo toy (never released in the West), which wasn't reissued - hence the scant screen time.

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A resident of Andoglonas.

The character was based on the original Crane Robo toy (released in America as Crain Brain), which wasn't reissued - hence getting only a brief cameo in the series.

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City Robo took part in the race at Momo but was swept out to sea by a wave early in the race.

The character was based on an unreleased Machine Robo figure. Despite never being issued City Robo had already appeared in the pre-Cronos animated Battle Armor 5 commercial in different colours - presumably his character model was then passed onto Ashi along with the rest and just thrown into a crowd scene.

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Countach Robo participated in the defence of Yamilan and the later battle with the Gyandlar.

An orange Countach Robo was also seen as a spectator at the race in Momo. The character was based on the original Countach Robo toy (released in the West as Spoiler), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon - despite this, he only appears very briefly in a couple of crowd scenes.

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Battle Armor 5 turned up at Elie while Rom and Leina celebrated the defeat of Grujios.

Based on the original Battle Armour 5 (released in the West as Battle Suit, Courageous and Grungy), which was reissued to tie in with the cartoon - however, the suit is firmly sidelined in favour of Land Commander 5. In its' one cameo it appears to be empty - but then this isn't a surprise as it happened to Land Commander 5 half the time anyway.

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Dump Robo worked in the mines at Gallowlands and was later involved in the race at Momo.

Only ever seen in vehicle mode in the series. The character was based on the original Dump Robo toy (released in America as Dumper), which wasn't reissued.

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F-1 Robo was driven in the race at Momo by Jali, eventually finishing 2nd behind Rod Drill.

Only seen in vehicle mode. The character was based on the original F-1 Robo toy (released in the West as Slicks), which wasn't reissued to tie in with the cartoon.

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Doubledecker Bus Robo participated in the race at Momo, but retired almost immediately after a Jali-induced collision with Bike Robo and Bulldozer Robo.

Only seen very briefly in vehicle mode. The character was based on the original Doubledecker Bus Robo toy (not released in America or Europe), which wasn't reissued to tie in with the cartoon - hence the very brief appearance.

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