Drag Sam

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Drag Sam (ドラッグサム) is a Machine Robo. He is one of the Wheelmen and thus among the fastest Machine Robo thanks to his V8 engine, which has an output of 2600 horsepower and can push him to speeds of 1072kmph. In car mode he can use a Vacuum Shock Attack and in robot mode he is equipped with a Hand Cutter.

Fiction[edit | edit source]

Machine Robo: Battle Hackers cartoon[edit | edit source]

Voice actor: Show Hayami

Drag Sam was part of the Wheelmen, a subteam of the Algo Army's Silver Wolves team. He was part of the team scrambled to the arrival of the Good Luck on Electronic Planet B-1; he was one of those providing covering fire for team-mate Buggy Wolf. Jet Riser! Scramble! Along with Pro Truck Racer, the Wheelmen backed up Mach Blaster's attempt to fight back to the ship in order to rescue Patricia Longfellow and Zen Ogawa. Heavy Wind, Mach Blaster! Patricia and Zen both squeezed into Buggy Wolf when the Wheelmen came under attack from a large force of Gurendos led Gakurandar and Kariagen, who drove them into a trap set by Sorikondar and Suji. Drag Sam was driven by Mia White. The group were saved by R. JeTan and the Battle Hackers. Strongest Warrior - R.JeTan! The Wheelmen later helped save Akira from Devil Satan 6 after he impulsively set out alone in the Jet Riser and uncovered a plan to destroy the important bridge to Crystal City. Jet Riser - Full Fire! The Wheelmen later switched from the Silver Wolves to the Battle Hackers. Return to the Good Luck After the Battle Hackers were ambushed by the Gurendos in space above B-1 he was part of the team that stormed their ship. Crystalium Recovery Operation He later joined Luke Stewart, Mia and Mach Blaster on a fact-finding mission to space onboard Big Shuttle Robo. Drag Sam attempted to cheer Mia up after she became emotional as it became clear a return to Earth for the humans would be incredibly difficult. R. JeTan! Run! Drag Sam then worked with the Battle Hackers as they infiltrated and destroyed a huge mobile Gurendos base; however, Mach Blaster was captured after sacrificing himself to buy the rest of the team time to escape. Captive Mach Blaster He later joined the Battle Hackers' raid on the Gurendos' Blood Country headquarters, infiltrating the tunnels below and helping rescue Mach Blaster. Goodbye - Battle Forever

Toys[edit | edit source]


Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos[edit | edit source]

Wheelmen[edit | edit source]

  • Drag Sam (1987)
    • ID number: MRBH-4
    • Accessories: Hand Cutter/spoiler
Drag Sam was the 4th figure in Bandai's Wheelmen series issued in the Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos toyline, converting from dragster to robot. The toy features a friction motor in vehicle mode, rubber tyres and a large proportion of diecast, with the engine detailing emphasised. While he has a similar alternate mode and conversion to Hot Rod Joe, Drag Sam is an entirely different mould. The dragster's front spoiler can be removed and used as a front spoiler-type weapon in robot mode, while there is articulation in the figure's shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles. He came with a sticker sheet of racing car decals; these were identical across the releases and could be applied wherever the buyer wanted, to fit in with the custom car vibe. Initially the sheets included real racing sponsors, including Elf, Shell, Texaco, Marlboro, Lucky Strike and Bridgestone; at some point this was replaced by a sheet instead featuring bowdlerised versions of the same names, presumably in reaction to some sort of legal issue. The legal issue does not seem to be that a children's toy featured cigarette branding.
  • The figure was never released outside of Japan.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Drag Sam's name is Romanised as "Drug Sam" on the toy's box. While the Wheelmen would likely be fine with drug-running this is sadly incorrect.