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Top 25 Impractical Robot Transformations: 20-16

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

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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”.

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Transforming Mecha and the History of Change

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.

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30 Day Anime Challenge Day 1: Very First Anime

“Very first anime you watched”

I have very vague memories of…whichever dub of Gatchaman was on TV in the early 80s (I think it was G-Force), but I’m not sure that should count.

The first anime I watched after being old enough to care what I watched was probably Voltron. The first few Lion Force episodes, to be specific.

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