This is the mech that Ertiada uses at the beginning of the story.
Height: 5.1 meters
Energy source: steam engine augmented by aether
Propulsion: running only
Equipment: special coating prevents aether leakage
Weapons: crossbow on left arm, armor-piercing spike on right arm, heavy sword, mana cannon on left shoulder
Another Flash! Friday entry.
Isaac reluctantly got up from his typewriter to see what the noise was about. “Hello, Gentle Non-Reader.”
The monkey climbed up his body and tugged at his sideburns.
“You like those? You’ve got nice ones yourself.”
Isaac sat back down and resumed typing.
“The Gods Themselves.”
“Ook ook eek?!”
“No, it’s not about you. And they say I have ego.”
Someone knocked on the door. Isaac answered it, wondering how he was supposed to get any writing done with so many distractions. It was the man staying next door. “What’s all this noise about?”
“It’s this animal, Mr….”
“Nagai. Do you have a pet monkey?”
“It followed me in from the balcony. Can you help me get it back out? I’ve got deadlines to meet.”
“As do I. And I’m already behind because I was stuck in traffic. If only my car could…”
“Never mind.” Mr. Nagai looked at the monkey, then Isaac, and said “Nice sideburns.”
This is the top 5, and some of these are just plain weird.
Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4.
#5 – Steering wheel bot
In the 2007 Transformers movie, there’s a point where Sam drops the Allspark and several nearby machines come to life. The only one we get a really good look at is the Mountain Dew machine, who actually looks cooler than some of the main Transformers in the movie, and turned out to be popular enough that he got a name (Dispensor) and a couple of toys, though neither actually transforms into a vending machine. There’s also an Xbox 360 (still in the box, so we really don’t see much) and this one:
No part of the car other than the steering wheel is moving, so it seems that there’s just this mechanical creature that turns to the steering wheel of an otherwise non-living car, which would be pretty bad for both the robot and the driver even if it didn’t look like it was about to attack her.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformation: 5-1
This song is really by Iceman, but in the anime Gravitation, it’s performed by the Nittle Grasper.
What I know about Gravitation can be summed up in three sentences:
- It’s a shounen ai/BL series.
- It’s also about a band.
- As you would hope from (2), it has great music.
“Shining Collection” is one of the most hectic songs I’ve ever heard, but I mean that in a good way.
Continue reading Awesome Music Thursday: Shining Collection
Up to now this list has mostly included robots that aren’t too obscure with a couple of exceptions, but that’s about to change.
Parts 1, 2, and 3.
#10 – Apollo Robo
Machine Robo was a Japanese toyline started by Popy and continued by Bandai. Many of the toys from this line were brought to the rest of the world as Tonka’s GoBots, but there were some notable exceptions. Only one of the four in this picture was released as a GoBot. (Surprisingly, it’s the Japanese WWII plane, not the British car.)
The white stack of cylinders is Apollo Robo. He turns into a Saturn V Rocket.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 10-6
There have been a lot of transforming robots over the years, and sometimes you really have to question the logic of what they turn into.
Part 1 and Part 2.
# 15 – Megatron
“Wasn’t Megatron already on the list?” Yeah, well, Transformers can be named after famous Transformers just like humans can be named after famous humans. This is the Megatron that was in Beast Wars and Beast Machines. Now, for most of Beast Wars he was a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and then toward the end he was a fire-breathing dragon, so you wouldn’t think he’d be on this list. But in Beast Machines, he decides he wants to get rid of his beast mode, and spends some time as this:
Just a giant head. No, there’s no giant body that he attaches to. Technically this might be his robot mode rather than his alternate mode since on the show he only changes between this and some kind of spaceship, but there is a toy that changes from this head (on legs) to a humanoid robot.
Continue reading Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 15-11
My story “The Greatest Treasure” was this week’s Flash! Friday winner. And yes, winning feels great. To be honest, it came as a little bit of a surprise too.
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