A lot of transforming robots turn into things that are impractical and/or just weird.
Part 1 is here.
# 20 – Dairugger XV or Vehicle Voltron
Most combining robots are made out of either three or five components, though two, four, and six are not unheard of. But more than six is pretty rare. Dairugger XV, better known to English speakers as the second Voltron, is made out of a whopping 15 vehicles, which seems a little excessive. 15 pilots and their vehicles have to be in one place to form the super robot? You’d think they might have a lot more trouble getting together than smaller teams. Though technically I guess they’d still have a complete robot without that plane on the chest.
Did I say 15 vehicles? Actually only about half of them really look like vehicles; the rest are things like “fist on wheels” or “box on treads”.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 20-16
Since there have been so many transforming robots, there have been some along the way that are, well, weird. Quite a few have turned into things that it seems pretty impractical for a robot to turn into, and that’s what most of this list is going to be.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 25-21
Magic shapeshifting is cool too, but there’s something about a mechanical transformation with parts moving that’s so much more appealing to me, so what I’ve always really liked have been robots, mecha, and other machines that change into other forms.
I like transforming mecha enough to make them prominent in my own writing. In Project Quintessence, the mecha called Variable Guardians transform between humanoid and animal forms, because I also love animal mecha and animal motifs in general.
So where did the idea of transforming robots really come from? Well, it actually developed gradually over time; transformation itself transformed.
Continue reading Transforming Mecha and the History of Change
I was just going to edit my previous post to add this, but since I’m having trouble with embedding video there, I’ll just make it a separate post.
I’m not entirely sure I was right there, because there’s a simpler, classic attack that I have a real liking for too. It’s used by a few human-sized robots but most associated with mecha; the good old Rocket Punch.
Because sometimes you just really have to punch someone who’s more than an arm’s length away.
A lot of super robots have their own version of this, and even if they don’t, they might have had a toy that did. (Even the Jumbo Godzilla had it for some reason.)