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Mechaworx: Medabots Toy Review

Article Number

RV0022

Author

Gerry

Toy Line

Medabots

Manufacturer

Hasbro

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I went shopping up in New Hampshire last week with my girlfriend and I needed to kill some time while she was getting a haircut, so I went around the corner to the Toys R Us. I'm really into Japanese Robots but with money being tight, I'm not purchasing all that much these days. I went into TRU to see if I could find a good American substitute.

Not much to report here save the new Transformers Armada Unicron which I found in Walmart about a week ago and the typical Zoids I see every week and some Gundam figures. I decided to head on over to the clearance isle and was happy to find Medabots here. I puchased I guess you could consider them the delux figures for $2.97 each.

I figured what they hey? When I owned Robozone we shipped these in from Japan and they sold out rather quickly. They were very popular over here before Medabots hit in full force through Hasbro. Over in Japan Medabots are known as "Mederot". Unfortunately when the Medabots cartoon hit the airwaves, they really didn't last very long. In Japan there were around 20 different versions of these delux figures but I'm sorry to report when released over in the States, Hasbro only produced these 4 which are part of this review.

Medabots Premise

The Medabots are little robots that are controlled and instructed by humans and do battle with each other. The term for doing battle is "Robattle". Each robot consists of an endoskeleton called a "Tinpet" and four body parts, "head", "left arm", "right arm" and "legs". Each Medabot also contains a "Medal" that controls how intelligent it is.

The Medabots "Robattle" and which ever robot wins, they not only earn a victory but the victor get's the option of taking any of the loser's body parts. Sounds a little like Pokemon to me :)

Toys R Us released tons of little PVC figures but to my knowledge, these 4 delux figures in this review are the only true delux figures that have been released. As I stated above, a lot more of these delux figures were released in Japan.

The Packaging

Again, I gotta give Hasbro some points for this packaging. It's colorful both front and back and it is re-useable, if you be careful not to destroy the top flap.

I have decided to do an in-depth assembly of just one of the Medabots instead of boring you with a play by play of the assembly of all 4 of these guys. I've decided to assemble the main character in depth. The main character of the show is known as "Metabee" so I chose him. Apparently he comes to life after his owner "Ikki" finds a rare medal in a river bed. He inserts it into the junk out robot Metabee and he springs to life and has many battle skills.

Anyway, I digress. When opening the box, you get a bundled up series of sprues which contains all the armor and a "Tinpet" the hands of the Tinpet are huge and are only used when you are playing with just the "Tinpet". The "Tinpet" is made of plastic and has metal sections in the legs and arms. The metal contains holes into which, the armor once assembled is inserted. Also included are a sticker sheet and detailed instructions on how to assemble the armor and how to attach it to your Tinpet.

The Tinpet has many points of articulation and can do a number of different poses. I am also happy to report that given there is so much metal in your Tinpet, it will give your Medabot much substantial weight once it is assembled making it feel like a solid toy

If you can look at pictures and have about an hour, then you should have no problem in assembling your Medabot. It's pretty straight forward and basically all the Medabots are assembled in the same manner. Once you get all the extraneous pieces assembled, ie; head, arms and pieces that attach to the armor itself. Then you basically start attaching pieces to your Tinpet.

You basically start attaching the armor pieces -- to make your Medabot -- to the Tinpet from the feet on up. In staying true to the cartoon there is even a little metal disc shaped like a hexagon which gets inserted into your Medabot's back. Later you can apply a small Hexagon-shaped sticker on the Medal (in the cartoon, this is what gives the Medabot it's intelligence and power).

Once Metabee is assembled, like the other Medabots, a lot of the figure's poseability goes out the window due to the fact that the armor limits the toy's mobility, but I was able to successfully get Metabee into a few poses. I did however experience a frustrating problem with the arms falling off not only on Metabee but the other Medabots as well.

Unfortunately, Metabee does not have any gimmicks or features once assembled. However, the next Medabot that I assembled did. Rokusho has a claw that opens and closes by sliding a lever on the forearm. Sumilidon has a claw weapon (Not unlike Xmen's Wolverine) that slide's in and out of the forearm and a weapon on the other forearm that slide's in and out.

Arcbeetle I spent the most time on. As you can see from the pictures, the Medabots are quite plain without the stickers. I took the time to add stickers to Arcbeetle and I must say that the stickers really liven the toy up.

Another nice feature of these Medabots is that the limbs once the armor is attached are interchangeable. Simpy pull out an arm or a leg at the shoulder or hip and you can switch off limbs with no problem. You can even switch their heads.

You can pretend that you Robattled and won thus gaining any of the loser's body parts that you so desire.

Assembly Time:

It took approximately one hour to assemble each Medabot, not including applying stickers. Applying the stickers to Arcbeetle alone took approximately 3 hours. I suspect it will take the same amount of time for the remaining three Medabots that I have.

Conclusions:

Despite the fact that I had a problem with armor pieces and limbs falling off from time to time, I'll have to give these toys a 9 out of a possible 10. The plastic is of good quality and these toys have some substantial weight to them. I feel that these little Medabots are indeed worthy of my Robot Collection and have earned a place on one of my shelves (That's once I get all the stickers applied to the remaining Medabots).

Gerry

   

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