Bandai followed up the Scale Robo range with the Big Machine Robo, which scaled up vehicles from the 600 Series. Or, in the case of the first two releases, the entire damn figure. I've always wondered whether Tonka asked Bandai nicely for bigger versions of the Gobots leaders or whether they were in the pipeline when Tonka nabbed the rights, and the American company chose two figures that were in both ranges as their leaders. Or whether it was just some big crazy coincidence. No idea which, though. There's information for you.

I do know the Japanese version had grey arms, thighs and engine parts - these were retained when the toy was issued in 1985 as the Super Gobot version of Cy-Kill. However in Europe these parts were changed to silver (the figure also received some very weird new box art) - this is the version shown in the pictures.


ALTERNATE MODE

Quite what Bandai were on when they decided to scale this one up I don't know. Cy-Kill's original toy works partially due to a lovely dinky feel - it's acceptable for it be flawed because it's two inches long. When the toy's three times the size, there are a lot less excuses for it being so simplistic. And this thing really has been largely scaled up and not much else - the only difference in motorcycle mode really are the black arms coming from the engine to support the front wheel. This isn't a good move even though the big spoked wheels and grooved tyres look nice. To be fair, Bandai have used the larger toy to add transparent plastic for the headlight and windshield.

Sadly all the details have been scaled up too the overall feel isn't too good. A toy this size shouldn't have the robot mode's hands, legs and face so visible. What this version does have over the original is sturdiness - the brittle chrome being replaced with thicker painted plastic. It doesn't look as good but it won't break as easily. Well, aside from the handlebars, which retain the fragility of the original version.


ROBOT MODE

The transformation is of course very similar to the small version, with the exception of the engine and wheels - all the parts are attached to the main figure and swing around to the back and fold away. In practice however his arms get in the way a little bit - you need to pop them out to release the wheels, then pop one back in again when you rotate the engine around. It's not the end of the world or even difficult, just slightly frustrating. All it would have needed was for the engine to slide down another couple of millimetres.

Cy-Kill's robot mode is nicely proportioned, with the hands a little less bulbous-looking than on the regular version, while the face is nicely cast. However, the original toy's hero status shines through even more here - Cy-Kill just doesn't look particularly evil I'm afraid. Okay, so he doesn't need yellow teeth or any of the other stuff Hanna-Barbera foisted onto him, but a less pleasant face and darker colour scheme would have helped. The figure also loses the neatness of the original - the kibble on the back not only looks absolutely awful (very unusual for Bandai, who usually thought to make their robots look respectable from the back and sides as well as the front) but it robs the toy of any balance too. It's also amazing how much Cy-Kill loses without the iconic wheels on his shoulders. It's a bit shame the wheels at least weren't retained as separate parts - at this size they'd be harder to lose as well. While reviewing the original I bemoaned the lack of engine storage, so it might seem a tad hypocritical that I'm blasting the Super version for having an answer to that - however, it should also be noted that the solution just isn't particularly good. It also has to be said that while the articulation for the small version was passable for something from 1982 that fitted comfortably on the palm of your hand, it's a bit less impressive for a much larger figure made three years later.


SUMMARY

The Super Gobot version of Cy-Kill has several pluses over the original - it's sturdier, made of stronger materials, there are no detachable parts, the finish lasts better and so on. These are all great reasons for choosing the Super Gobot version - for a five-year old. We're all big enough kids now though that the wear issues don't really affect us much, and all the aesthetics (plus the display possibilities of the small version) weigh in favour of the original. There's an inescapable pre-school feel to this figure with its' chunky limbs and cheerful face and taking the size into account it's hard to think of a simpler Gobot. From a nostalgia point of view it does the job, and it is much cheaper than the smaller version (partly through the durability meaning a respectable-condition Super Cy-Kill is easier to find that complete unbroken regular versions), but this is about all it really has going for it.


THE FACTS
[Corrections? Let me know!]

RELEASES:
1985, Machine Robo Big Machine Robo Series - BMR-01:
Big Bike Robo
1985, Gobots Super Gobots Series 2 - 021: Cy-Kill
1985, Robo Machine - Super Gobots: Cy-Kill

PARTS:
None

WEAK POINTS:
Handlebars