Machine Puzzler

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Machine Puzzler (マシンパズラー) is a Machine Robo from Romulos.

He is armed with a Ionoid Super Charger.

Fiction[edit | edit source]

Machine Robo commercials[edit | edit source]


After the destruction of Romulos, Casmodon begins to search for targets on Earth. However, he is confronted by six cars which turn into robots. They combine into Machine Puzzler. Machine Puzzler commercial

Toys[edit | edit source]

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Machine Robo[edit | edit source]

  • Machine Puzzler (1985)
    • Accessories: Belt 1, Belt 2
Released in July 1985 as part of Machine Robo, Machine Puzzler was a boxed set consisting of six figures that had car and robot modes and could further combine to form a single large robot. The six members have no individual names, being referred to on the box and paperwork as Corvette, Celica XX, Countach LP500S, Porsche 930T, Benz 500SLC and Fairlady 300ZX. Sadly, despite some laudable design features - such as all the combined robot parts being integrated into the smaller figures, requiring no additional parts - Machine Puzzler suffers from several major flaws.
The upper torso relies on Corvette being folded in half and clipped in position via a metal hoop and thus pinching the connectors on Porsche 930T and Countach LPS500 in position. However, Corvette's rubber tyres prevent the fit from ever being uniform, resulting in a varying degree of tightness. This is further amplified by the connectors being diecast and the housings being chromed plastic, which can cause wear easily. Furthermore, due to the forces involved, leaving Machine Puzzler in combined form for a long period of time can deform Corvette's tyres. Just as alarmingly the weight of the top half of the giant - comprising three figures - is entirely held by Celica XX's chrome light bar. While snapping of the light bar is rare any wear to this part - common with loose examples - compromises the strength of the fit, and a damaged light bar makes Machine Puzzler impossible to form. More generally the easily worn areas of the limb parts are carried over to the combined form. The waists of Porsche 930T and Countach LPS500 form Machine Puzzler's elbows and can lose friction. The same problem applies to the use of Benz 500SLC and Fairlady 300ZX's legs as the giant's ankles and feet; while the weight of the figure keeps them in place on a flat service lifting Machine Puzzler up can lead to one, some or all of these pieces sliding out of position. Remarkably the figure's stability is so suspect Bandai saw fit to include a pair of elasticated rubber belts to attach to Machine Puzzler's back, legs and waist in an attempt to give the robot some amount of stability. The set retailed at ¥4800.

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

  • Machine Puzzler (1986)
    • ID number: MRB
    • Accessories: Belt 1, Belt 2
Machine Puzzler was reissued for the Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos toyline in updated packaging. The figure was assigned to the Battle Tribe, and featured no changes from the original Japanese release.

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • While an animation model for Machine Puzzler was prepared for Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos and the toy was reissued for the tie-in line the character did not appear in the show.