Rom Stol

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Rom Stol (ロム・ストール) is the middle son of Kirai Stol, younger brother of Guardi Stol and adoptive older brother of Leina Stol. Under his father he has studied the Sky Space Heart Fist technique, and inherits his Wolf Sword Ken Rō. Like his family Rom is not from Cronos but is able to pass as a member of the Cronos Tribe as he is a 1.86m tall robot. He often travels around in Battleflex. While for major battles he can call on Kenryū and Baikanfu, Rom is no soft touch on his own, being an exceptionally agile swordsman and unarmed fighter. Even more dangerous is his fierce sense of right - Rom will rarely pass up the chance to intervene on the behalf of downtrodden innocents.

As long as the bad guys key up his entry line properly, that is.

You don't deserve to know my name!

—Rom, usually to someone who already knows his name.

Fiction[edit | edit source]

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

Voice actor: Kazuhiko Inoue, Minako Arakawa (young; ep 18)
When you were partying Rom studied the blade.

Rom was taken to Cronos by his father Kirai, who was trying to keep the Hyribead from the Gyandlar. However, their ship was attacked on the way to Cronos and crash-landed, with Guardi lost in space. Rom had very little recall of these events, growing up with no memory of Guardi.

When he became old enough Rom trained under his father along with his good friends Blue Jet and Rod Drill. When the Gyandlar arrived on Cronos to search for the Hyribead his training was almost complete, and Kirai send the trio to fight the invaders. However, Grujios and the Devil Satan 6 were able to get to Kirai and kill him while his students were saving Leina and Triple Jim. His father bequeathed him the Wolf Sword Ken Rō, which allowed him to call upon first Kenryū and then Baikanfu to drive off the Gyandlar. Rising Storm - the Fighting Style of Justice! He decided to search Cronos for Wolf Emblems to unravel the mystery of the Hyribead and defeat the Gyandlar in order to avenge Kirai. Initially he set off alone in Battleflex, but after a chastening experience in Sado Fortresss realised the value of letting Jet, Drill, Leina and Jim tag along. Wolf Sword! Call Forth the Thunder of Courage! Rom then helped get the Metal Laster when Drill fell in a swamp, seeming to get close with Min, daughter of Vira's chief Narum, in the process. However, Rom was too busy with his quest and general pomposity to think about love. Steal the Metal Laster! He was the first of the travellers to notice the odd behaviour of the people of Sunsua, but was captured by the Gyandlar. Thankfully, he was able to telepathically contact Leina, allowing Drill to get him free; the group then drove the Gyandlar out of the settlement. Devil Trap - The Enslaved Village

George Lucas makes him pay for these

Kirai's old enemy Mizuchi joined the Gyandlar, targeting Rom for revenge and burying him under rocks. Drill was able to free him and they were able to destroy Mizuchi. The Rock People and Mizuchi the Mysterious Dragon Soon after he met Sophia of the Leo Clan, who he refused to fight as she was female. When she refused to let the travellers help the Leo Clan. Reluctantly he gave her a kicking, which according to the rules of the Clan meant he could take Sophia as his mate. As he refused to marry her she refused to let Rom and his friends join the Leo Clan in fighting the Gyandlar, though they did anyway. Sophia sacrificed herself to save Rom from Jingi, and he promptly avenged her. Sophia, Warrior Woman of the Leo Clan He was later able to solve the mystery of Mu and save the Submarine Robo from the ambitions of Nasuka. The Demon Sea of the Lost Civilization of Mu When the group came to the Rainbow Sands he saved Trim Sponsor from Gyandlar troopers. After the travellers met with King Girandor they were tricked into hunting Trim down; he ambushed Rom before he died of bantonium poisoning. Rom was able to work out the truth of matters, and Girander was defeated. Dash Out, Tank Trancer! In Iron City he was mistaken for the bandit Bug Newman; when the real thing turned up he was able to infect Rom thanks to use of the illegal Poison Fist technique. Rom came close to death but a vision of Kirai spurred him to recovery, and he saved his friends from Bug. Defeat Bug, the User of Darkness!

*pomposity intensifies*

Drill saved him again when the group were caught up in the battle between Dakota and Konan, though Rom at least picked up on the tensions first and realised fighting their captors would do no good. He then fought Casmodon until the Gyandlar captain knocked him off a cliff; Rom was able to defeat him with Baikanfu. Pledging Love on the Great River When they visited Above Cronos he moved quickly to save Max and Meryl from thugs, and they were taken to Below Cronos, where Rom was able to work out the true nature of the city's perceived hero Black. Legend of the Elmedia Hero When they were attacked by Kina and Koron he was sympathetic to the pair once he realised they were the children of Jingi, and was generally reluctant to finish them off even after Kina led him to a super-hot volcano. He only reluctantly killed them after they merged to form Jingi Mark 2, dropping the pair in a volcano and swearing vengeance on the Gyandlar for using them. Burn and Run, Brother and Sister Warriors! He was greatly unsettled by Preacher, even getting accused of cowardice by Jet. However Rom eventually decided he had to face his fear and tackled the priest, realising he was merely a Gyandlar captain. Phantom Monk Preacher's Challenge


When Grujios kidnapped Leina and imprisoned her in the Sky Castle Rom set off to rescue her along with Triple Jim and Canary, defeating a resurrected Mizuchi thanks to directions from the latter's key. Death in the Demonic Castle in the Sky Grujios' telepathic attacks reawakened some of Rom's memories of his arrival on Cronos all those years before. With help from Pylon and his friends he was able to banish the Gyandlar lieutenant to a black hole. The Demonic Castle - Farewell Grujios He entered the race at Devil's Island, competing in Battleflex; he ran among the leaders and was taken aback by the unethical driving of Vanishing Harry before they were attacked by Black Bass. Rom was able to persuade Harry to turn down a chance to work for the Gyandlar, and they worked together to take down Black Bass and the other Gyandlar - though he only finished third in the race, behind Drill and the reformed Harry. Run Through the Race of Death! Alarmed by the odd behaviour of the residents of Cleo City, Rom sneaked into the city alone - only to come under the influence of Nerve and need rescuing by Sara and Leina. The Heart of a Protecting Angel Later the group tried to save Nepus' city from a volcanic eruption triggered by Garudi but struggled against Magmanian until he called up Baikanfu. Later he oversaw the evacuation of the city's population. Underneath a Burning Sky


They escorted the refugees to Emerald City, kicking Devil Rock and Geiger Rock into the city's river. Later when Kendō Robo and Heli Transer went off to find more ammunition for the defenders Rom was left in command. The city soon became the hub for the Machine Robo army, with Rom one of its' key leaders alongside Kendō Robo. Gather All Machine Robo He anticipated the western wall of the city was a weak point, though he clashed with the Land Commander 5 team about how to best deal with it. Attack, Land Commander 5! Along with Jet he found Cross Rock buried under the frozen lake neighbouring the city and rescued him. Rom tried to keep everyone calm when Cross Rock predicted the city's destruction. He led out a sortie to meet Diondra, taking out her splinter cannon, but the revelation that the Gyandlar had Apollo Robo as a hostage stymied the defence. Rom offered himself as an additional captive while the Machine Robo withdrew; the pair of them were later freed by Leina before thwarting Garudi's attempts to melt the lake. Cross Rock's Great Prophecy He later led a team to Vira to get supplies of Metal Laster after Leina and Emerald City's children were infected by a rust gas missile fired on the city by Diondra. For her part, Diondra had realised by now that Garudi was actually Rom's brother Guardi, though Gadess insisted the information was kept secret. Knight of the Devil's Mountain, Mask Rock Rom once again hallucinated about his arrival on Cronos under the influence of one of Garudi's smokescreens - for the first time remembering that an older sibling was present. 10 Seconds Before the Explosion! Run, Tough Trailer!


Emerald City was heavily damaged shortly afterwards by Gadess and Rom briefly lost the Wolf Sword underground during the aftermath; however, it was found by Tough Trailer and he was able to call Ken Rō back in time to frustrate an attack by Devil Satan 6. Escape from the Underground - Pro Truck Racer Appears! He later tried to save Tough Trailer from the influence of the Demon Sword, but when he disarmed the possessed Machine Robo the weapon immediately return to Tough Trailer's hand. Instead it would take Baikanfu to destroy the weapon. Curse of the Demon Sword Medusa After Gadess devastated a neighbouring city Rom, Jet and Drill realised the Machine Robo needed to plan a long-term strategy to counter the Gyandlar. He was also given a Blazer Cannon by Kendō Robo, which he used to battle Garudi and help secure the Dragon Helmet, one of the four elements of the Hyribead. The Four Treasures of the Mysterious Ruins The Machine Robo decided to use the remains of Emerald City as the fulcrum of their efforts, calling up allies from around the planet and beginning the construction of the Battle Base. However, Rom himself was trapped in space when a returning Grujios faked a distress call from the Death Galaxy, leading to Rom leading a rescue mission with Jet, Pro Truck Racer and Big Shuttle Robo. He was rescued thanks to Leina and Min, with the encounter also leading to Dia Man joining the Machine Robo. Baikanfu Disappears in Space As the Battle Base was completed Rom went on a supply mission with Tough Trailer, during which they saved Magna Rock from the Gyandlar, learning the location of Ruby Man. The resulting rescue led to both Ruby Man and Mask Rock joining the Machine Robo cause. The Secret of the Jewel People He was then able to convince Amber Man of the nobility of the Machine Robo cause, thus adding the Phoenix Armor to their arsenal. Save Amber Man, Blazer Cannon! A combined strategy by Diondra, Grujios and Garudi drew him away from the Battle Base, giving the Gyandlar an opportunity to steal the Dragon Helmet and Phoenix Armor. However, once Rom realised the true purpose of Diondra's attacks on Harley Robo's town he returned and was able to at least save the Dragon Helmet by throwing the Wolf Sword to knock it out of Grujios' hands as he escaped. Close Call, Land Commander 5! Rom then had to identify a spy within the Battle Base, keeping a cool head when everyone else thought it was Heli Transer. Instead he trusted a message Heli Transer had left with Dia Man; eventually the spy was revealed to be Grujios, in a duplicate of Battle Gyror's body. Raise Your Gun, Heli Transer! Rom then accompanied Pro Truck Racer and Bike Robo when they enlisted the help of the Wheelmen to retrieve explosives from Cleo City. He deduced the smugglers were instead working with the Gyandlar and saved F-One Jack from Gyandlar Rocks, before forgiving him. The team then worked together to get the materiel back to the Battle Base. Full Power, Wheelmen! Rom was later pivotal in gaining the allegiance of the Fossil Men, who possessed the Wolf Sword that was part of the Hyribead; however his own sword Ken Rō was captured by the Gyandlar during the search. Secret Valley of the Fossil Men

James Cameron makes him pay for these

Despite being unable to summon Kenryū or Baikanfu without the sword, the Gyandlar's use of Phenomena to damage Cronos' atmosphere meant Rom knew the Machine Robo had to attack the Gyandlar mothership immediately. Wrestler Robo created the Power Riser suit which allowed Rom some degree of physical strength and he initially planned to undertake the assault himself - until Leina and the others found out and insisted on coming along. Rom, Leina and Wrestler Robo were carried close to the ship by Land Giant 32 with help from Skyline Robo and Buggy Robo - with the seeming destruction of their escorts as they reached the target enraging Rom. Wrestler Robo warned him his anger would negatively effect the Power Riser but was injured by Garudi. Rom was able to get himself under control thanks to a vision of Kirai before he and Leina used the suits to trounce Devil Satan 6 and move further into the ship. Power Riser, Break Through the Enemy! He got separated from Leina inside the ship but was able to call Ken Rō back and form Baikanfu to battle Diondra and the Devil Satan 6. As reinforcements arrived Baikanfu led the charge into Gadess' throne room, spurred on by news from Jet that Leina had been injured, bursting in and slicing the Gyandlar commander in half - only to find out that he was fighting a hologram. The real Gadess was elsewhere, and had trapped Rom and his allies in the throne room with Diondra and Garudi. Baikanfu - Cry of Anger!


Baikanfu engaged in a bitter duel with Garudi until Diondra tried to throw Rom off by revealing Garudi was really Guardi Stol. However, Garudi refused to use the opening this gave him to finish his brother and Rom was able to free Guardi from the Gyandlar armour. However, Gadess - who had Leina and all four elements of the Hyribead in his possession - was watching events and began melting the throne room, sending Guardi falling through the floor. Mighty Fortress, Heavenly Sword - Jet Don't Die! Thanks to Jet his team were saved as the Machine Robo began to gain the upper hand in the battle. Rom eschewed Baikanfu and set off to face Gadess, soon joined by Guardi. However, his older brother was sucked into Gadess' Hyribead-filled body - at Guardi's urging he combined the Wolf Sword and the Star Sword and was able to slay the Gyandlar, albeit at the cost of Guardi's life. Rom then took possession of the four elements of the Hyribead and used them to restore Cronos. Kenryū and Baikanfu were returned to statue form, while Rom and Leina realised everything that had happened was part of Kirai's plans. The siblings left the planet on Big Shuttle Robo to discover their origins; they crossed a dimensional gateway and were turned into organic beings. The Final Battle of Cronos


Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend[edit | edit source]

Voice actor: Kazuhiko Inoue, Minako Arakawa (young)

After crossing the barrier, Rom emerged on Electronic Planet B-1 with Jet, Drill and Jim - now also organic beings. They parted way with the Battle Hackers but were immediately attacked by Velt Zaruk. Rom struggled until Leina arrived with the Wolf Sword, and with help from Shuli and Rall they were able to defeat the villain. Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend II The reunited friends travelled to Ursus, which had been devastated by Baltun. Using resurrected versions of Diondra, Grujios and Devil Satan 6 the wizard was able to capture Leina, and Rom was mortally wounded fighting him. As Rom died he told Leina she was not his biological sister, having been found as a child by Kirai, and that Ursus was actually her home planet. While initially devastated, she was inspired by Rom to defeat Baltun, summoning up his armour and using the Wolf Sword to save her homeworld. Leina Stol in Wolf Sword Legend III

Toys[edit | edit source]


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

Rom Stol was released in Bandai's Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos toyline as the smallest unit of the Baikanfu set; it is roughly the same size as the majority of Machine Robo Series figures in robot mode. He can either be used separately, with a Wolf Sword scaled to fit in his fist, or merged together like a set of Matryoshka dolls, with the engineering allowing a certain amount of articulation to be carried through. The toy is an extensive retool of the DX Gardian from Popy's Chogokin series, specifically the Protessor module; while the complex mechanisms are largely unchanged just about every bit of robot has been resculpted. Furthermore the Protessor's ability to open up and reveal a rubber figure was eliminated. Retailing at ¥6000, the set was one of the most expensive figures in the series.
  • The toy was never released outside of Japan.


Chara Collection[edit | edit source]

  • Rom Stol (1986)
    • ID number: MRC
    • Accessories: Wolf Sword
A non-converting figure was made for the Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos line's Chara Collection series, in recognition of the character's role as one of the leads of the series. While it is intended to be close to the character's animation model in the series it has a chromed robotic-style head, and the version included with Baikanfu is probably closer to the cartoon appearance. For a figure of the period the toy has excellent articulation. The figure also came with an enamel badge of the Wolf Emblem. It retailed at ¥1000.
  • The toy was never released outside of Japan.


Chara Collection DX[edit | edit source]

  • Rom Stol (Chara Collection DX, 1986)
    • ID number: MRC
    • Accessories: Blazer Cannon, Badge
The same figure as the Chara Collection version was also available as a Chara Collection DX figure; this substituted the sword for a pellet-firing launcher and backpack system. The set also included a metal badge featuring the Wolf Emblem. It retailed at ¥1480.
  • The toy was never released outside of Japan.


Soul of Chogokin[edit | edit source]

  • Baikanfu (2007)
    • ID number: GX-39
    • Accessories: small Wolf Sword, medium Wolf Sword, large Wolf Sword, Shield of Justice, weapons stand
Rom Stol was included in Bandai's Soul of Chogokin Baikanfu set in November 2007. As per the usual excellence of Soul of Chogokin, the Rom Stol figure is highly accurate to the character's appearance in the anime - being the first to actually evoke his fleshy face - and very well articulated, also having a scaled Wolf Sword of its' own, while also being able to replicate the original's ability to merge with Kenryū and Baikanfu. The set's original RRP was ¥19,800. It costs a lot, lot, lot more on the second-hand market now, though.


ES Gokin[edit | edit source]

  • Baikanfu (2011)
    • ID number: 07
    • Accessories: small Wolf Sword, medium Wolf Sword, large Wolf Sword, Shield of Justice, Star Sword, sword holding fist, closed fist (2), open hand fist (2), spread palm fist (2), Kenryū closed fist (2), Kenryū spread palm fist (2), Rom forearm (2), Leina hair, light insert
Rom Stol was included in Artstorm/Fewture Models' ES Gokin Baikanfu set in 2011. It is a super-deformed version of the character; despite its' proportions and small size the toy still retains the Pile Formation that is the character's trademark, being able to fit inside the included versions of Kenryū and then Baikanfu. The set also includes alternate forearms for Rom and appropriately scaled versions of the Wolf Sword and Star Sword. The set retailed at ¥8,800.

Pose+[edit | edit source]

  • Baikanfu (2020)
    • ID number: P+ 04
    • Accessories:
Rom Stol was included in Artstorm/Fewture Models' Pose+ Baikanfu set. The figure was a a mix of metal and ABS plastic parts, and is around 3" tall. It can be nested inside Kenryū and Baikanfu as per the previous versions. Rom has excellent articulation and a plethora of accessories, including interchangeable hands and both masked and unmasked versions of the head. It is roughly in scale with Action Toys' Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos figures. The set retailed at ¥63,800 (around US$550) though, so don't get too excited.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]


Machine Robo Gum Model Kit[edit | edit source]

  • Baikanfu (Machine Robo Series, 1986)
A plastic model kit of Baikanfu was produced by Bandai in 1986. While this needed some assembly it straddled the line between a model kit and a toy, retaining a simplified version of the Pile Formation with plastic versions of Kenryū and Rom Stol. Some parts used chromed plastic, and while only two colours of plastic were otherwise used at least they were broadly accurate, while a sheet of stickers were included to help things along. Rom himself was an entirely chromed figurine. Good luck painting that... The kit retailed at ¥200, and as the name suggests included gum.

A completed model as pictured in the kit's painting guide.

Snapfit Model Kits[edit | edit source]

  • Roddrill Robo (Machine Robo Series, 1986)
    • ID number: 1
A Snapfit converting plastic model kit of Drill Robo was produced by Bandai in 1986. The kit required no glue and featured large stickers for detail, though paint would be required to make it accurate to the toy or animation model. It included a small figurine of Rom Stol in nothing like the same scale.

  • Kenryū (Machine Robo Series, 1986)
    • ID number: 4
A Snapfit plastic model kit of Kenryū was produced by Bandai in 1986, which included a model of Rom that could be placed inside. The kit required no glue and featured large stickers for detail, though paint would be required to make it accurate to the toy or animation model.

Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos Choco-Corn[edit | edit source]

  • Rom Stol (1986)
    • ID number: 1
A small plastic model kit version of Rom Stol was issued by Bandai in 1986 as part of their Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos line of models, distributed with Morinaga & Company's Choco-Corn candy. The figure was a non-transforming figurine. The model very closely followed the cartoon animation model in terms of detail, though the kit itself was cast in a single colour of plastic and would require extensive painting to look anything like the picture included on the leaflet. Like the rest of the range, the figure retailed at ¥100.
The Choco-Corn figures were never issued outside of Japan.

Musasiya Garage Kits[edit | edit source]

  • Rom Stol (?)
A licenced resin garage kit of Rom Stol was produced by Musasiya in small numbers. The kit was in 1/12 scale (around six inches tall, having made the assumption that the Cronos Tribe members are around 6 feet tall) and requires both assembly and painting. The completed model has no articulation. He was the only male character chosen for the range.


Super Mini Pla[edit | edit source]

Baikanfu was released in Bandai's Super Mini Pla line in March 2020. It is a highly detailed plastic model kit of Baikanfu, Kenryū and Rom Stol, all capable of nestling in the trademark Pile Formation. The model is pre-painted - and very expensive.

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