Full Power, Wheelmen!
|"Full Power, Wheelmen!" |
("PAWAA zenkai HOIIRUMAN")
|Production company||Ashi Productions|
|Airdate||2 April, 1987|
|Written by||Nobuaki Kishima|
|Directed by||Masanobu Utsuki|
Rom needs the Wheelmen but who are they really working for?
Official release coming!
This Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos section
An electrical storm knocks out the security systems and communications onboard the Battle Base. After Supercar Robo is killed trying to repair the damage Kendō Robo deduces that the storms are intentionally hitting key points and are not natural. They trace it to a Gyandlar weather machine and plan to get volatile explosives - consisting of Alpha and Beta compounds - from Cleo City to destroy it; the problem is that the explosives only have a three-hour lifespan which leaves little margin for safety. Pro Truck Racer suggests sending the Wheelmen as they're both fast and experts on explosives. The others object as the Wheelmen are amoral smugglers but Rom rules that they have no other choice, so sets off with Bike Robo and Pro Truck Racer set off to ask them. The trio soon find the Wheelmen F-One Jack and Hot Rod Joe, who agree to help after a little persuasion from Bike Robo, who calls in a favour they owe him from when he fetched Metal Luster to save them after they were caught in acid rain. However, Garudi sees the party leave and follows them, while Diondra attacks the Battle Base. Blue Jet and Land Commander 5 lead the defence until they are badly damaged by the Gyandlar lightning machine. Rom's group arrives in Cleo City and collects the explosives, packing one compound in Pro Truck Racer and the other in F-One Jack.
F-1 Jack has to stop to change a wheel so passes his part of the device over to Hot Rod Joe, and urges the rest to carry on. Once the convoy is out of sight he speaks to Bloody Rock, Amazon Rock and Sand Rock, revealing that he and Joe had intended to sell Rom out but they have changed their mind due to the presence of Bike Robo. They attack but Rom and Pro Truck Racer have also stayed behind, suspicious of Jack's behaviour, and save him. F-One Jack explains that the Gyandlar threatened to kill the Wheelmen if they didn't co-operate, so Rom forgives him. They defeat the Rocks and set off to catch back up with Bike Robo and Joe, now carrying both components and under attack from Garudi. The pair split up so Bike Robo can draw off Garudi's heat-seeking missiles, leaving Joe continuing alone until Rom, Jack and Pro Truck Racer arrive in time to stop Garudi from destroying him. They all arrive with just five minutes to spare and find the Battle Base heavily damaged. Baikanfu distracts the Gyandlar forces so Pro Truck Racer can fire the explosives; the lightning machine is destroyed and the Gyandlar retreat. Rom welcomes Jack and Joe to the Machine Robo force as everyone celebrates their victory.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- This is the first appearance of Hot Rod Joe, F-One Jack and Sand Rock.
Continuity and plotting errors
- If the Wheelmen are the only guys fast enough to collect the explosives why do they travel in convoy with Pro Truck Racer and Bike Robo, who will just slow them down?
Home video releases
- Laser Disc
1992 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Box (Toshiba EMI)
2001 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos DVD-Box 2 (Pioneer)
2022 — Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos (Discotek Media, USA)