Kempō Robo

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Kempō Robo (ケンポーロボ) is a Machine Robo from Cronos and later Electronic Planet B-1. He is one of the Martial Arts Robo.

Fiction[edit | edit source]


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

Voice actor: Shūichi Ikeda

Kempō Robo was with Leina Stol and Fire Robo outside Emerald City when they notice a temple revealed by forest fires. The trio set off to investigate, unaware that Garudi had spotted the same thing; his shuttle crashes, weakening the temple and sending the trio of Machine Robo falling underground. All survived the fall, and Kempō Robo found the Dragon Helmet and an altar that is a representation of Water, related to a legend of the creator's reappearance on Cronos and indicating it is one of the four elements of the Hyribead. The group made their way to the surface only to find themselves emerging in the same cave Garudi was using as a shelter. He was fascinated by the helmet and attacked Kempō Robo but any wounds he causes the Machine Robo magically healed. Garudi managed to knock the helmet off Kempō Robo and take it for himself before Rom Stol found the trio and battled Garudi. Diondra then attacked the temple with missiles; Pro Truck Racer helped them escape. Enraged at the destruction of the altar, Kempō Robo rushed back into the forest but was soon crippled by the missile's effects - Rom changed to Baikanfu and was able to dissipate the after-effects of the warhead. Kempō Robo found the helmet unharmed, and was able to return it to the Battle Base. The Four Treasures of the Mysterious Ruins


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

Voice actor: Nobuyuki Furuta

After the Machine Robo crossed a dimensional gate Kempō Robo lost the memories of his experience on Cronos and instead became part of the Algo Army on Electronic Planet B-1, where he was the commander of the Red Knights and one of the key leaders in the battle against the Gurendos. He was part of the Algo Army team send to investigate the landing of the Good Luck on B-1. Burning Electronic Planet After three of the ship's crew - Akira Amachi, Luke Stewart and Mia White - were rescued he drove them back to the safety of the Grand Whale in Tough Trailer. Jet Riser! Scramble! Kempō Robo would then largely stay on the Grand Whale, coordinating RIM's various strategies. He became suspicious that there was a leak inside Crystal City after the Gurendos kept anticipating the Algo Army's tactics Crystal Eavesdropping Strategy He made a rare foray into the field as part of a large multi-team task force led by R. JeTan against a large army gathered by Gakurandar and Kariagen, piloting a Power Riser. Quickly, Gattai Saurer! On RIM's orders Kempō Robo, along with other members of the Red Knights and Blue Dragons, attempted to evacuate from the Grand Whale in Big Shuttle Robo when Yasand attacked Crystal City with electromagnetic missiles. However, when one burst overhead he was forced to bail out, watching helplessly as the weapon's fallout knocked out the White Thunder member. Instead he fought Gurendos troops in the streets, and Akira would arrive with a solution to the electromagnetic effects soon afterwards.Let's Do It! Kempō Robo was later on the bridge of the Grand Whale as RIM launched it to attack the Gurendos base.Goodbye - Battle Forever

Toys[edit | edit source]


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

Martial Arts Robo[edit | edit source]

  • Kempō Robo (1986)
    • ID number: MRC-5
    • Accessories: none
Kempō Robo was the 5th figure in Bandai's Martial Arts Robo series, consisting of a folding drill tank and separate inner robot. The inner robot is styled after a shorinji Kempō uniform. It's reversed, it's a Buddhist symbol. The figure possesses superlative articulation for the period, with a turning head and waist, plus four moving joints on each limb, enabling it to effectively mimic many of the moves of Kempō. It's decidedly more animated than the character's cartoon counterpart, anyway. Kempō Robo's drill tank shell can be folded and mounted on the robot as a backpack if so desired.
  • The figure was never released outside of Japan.

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Machine Robo: Battle Hackers[edit | edit source]

  • Power Riser (1987)
    • ID number: BH-01
    • Accessories:
Kempō Robo was reissued the following year as part of Bandai's Machine Robo: Battle Hackers toyline in 1987, packed in with the Power Riser set but omitting the drill tank shell.
  • Like the other Riser Suits, Power Riser was not released outside of Japan.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

A painted version of the kit, as featured on the model's box.

Machine Robo: Battle Hackers[edit | edit source]

  • Power Riser (1987)
    • ID number: 4
A small plastic version of Kempō Robo was included in the Power Riser model kit issued by Bandai as part of their Machine Robo: Battle Hackers line of models. The Power Riser could accommodate Kempō Robo. Unlike earlier kits for the line, the Battle Hackers models were cast in three colours - in the Power Riser's case black, white and red. However painting would still be needed to make the model accurate to the included leaflet. Like the rest of the range, the model retailed at ¥150.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • Like the other Martial Arts Robo figures, Kempō Robo was initially conceived as a conventionally-transforming figure before the decision was made to totally rework the toys into poseable figures with shells. This version even seems to have got as far as a physical prototype before the change was made. At this stage his alternate mode was a futuristic jet or spacecraft not unlike the alternate mode of Jet Robo.
  • Kempō Robo was not seen to transform in any of his animated appearances.