Starscream’s Toast looks at the revived Machine Robo line starting with Eagle Robo, best known as Leader-1 from the Gobots.
When I interviewed Spencer from Action Toys about their revival of the Machine Robo brand and their concept for it I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the figures but due to unforeseen circumstances it took a little longer to pick them up than I expected and even longer to review them.
Eagle Robo here is probably best known as the Gobot Leader-1 thanks to Bandai’s rebranding of the Machine Robo/Robo Machine line for the Western markets. The figure is instantly recognisable with its MC Hammer glasses style of eyes with grid mouth and is probably one of the most recognisable form changing robots outside the Transformers brand thanks to his being the leader of the heroic Gobots.
Eagle Robo gets his name from his alt-mode which is a McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle jet fighter as each of the Machine Robo figures were generally named around what they turned into. This led to imaginative names like Bike Robo, Fire Robo, Ambulance Robo, Doubledecker Bus Robo and er, Dump Robo.
Straight out of the box you can see that this is a very detailed update of the original Eagle figure and a lot of love and attention have been put into it but when you start to pose it then it truly comes to life.
Eagle comes with a quad barrelled blaster which is frankly badass and gives the figure more character. The original Machine Robo/Gobots didn’t come with any weapons at all but Action Toys have remedied that in style and there’s an even bigger treat in store.
Knowing that fans of form changing robots don’t like excess parts,when Eagle Robo is transformed into his jet mode the weapon comes apart to form missile pods and the sides of the jet.
The left hand side panel as we look at it has deliberately not been pushed all the way in to show how the gun attaches. In this picture you can see the attention to detail here as the bottom of the jet is completely covered over so there’s no robot mode parts exposed.
Eagle Robo’s jet mode is incredibly impressive thanks to a distinct lack of obvious joins and it has a realistic look as no compromises have been made. The inclusion of a base which becomes a flight stand is a lovely touch too.
While the original Machine Robo figures were all the same size, Action Toys have added variation to the heights of the figures to give them a scale similar to the Machine Robo Revenge of Chronos cartoon and so Robo Eagle dwarfs the other figures in the line! While Spencer said that the figures are only to scale within their own line they do scale nicely with the Soul of Chogokin Baikanfu figure which is sadly nearly impossible to photograph against a white background.
Ah sweet nostalgia thanks to the vehicle forms of Eagle Robo, Battle Robo and Drill Robo. The line is very impressive as the figures are faithful to the original toys and even their transformations are similar, but you can tell that the designer of the figures truly loves this franchise from all the small touches and ensuring that the robot parts are not visible in vehicle mode on any of the figures. There is only one criticism here which is that some of Eagle Robo’s parts are very hard plastic like you’d find with some Transformers third party releases meaning your fingers may be a little sore after transforming him. With the popularity of third party figures most collectors barely notice that feeling anymore and honestly if that’s the only criticism that can be made of a toy then you know it’s a winner!
If you have any love of Machine Robo, Robo Machine, Gobots or transforming robots in general then Eagle Robo is a must have! At the time of writing this article you can get Eagle Robo in Kapow’s sale for only £29.99 instead of the RRP of £39.99 which is an absolute steal.
More pictures below of Eagle Robo’s transformation.