Sunday, January 1, 2017

Acrobunch - Pentabot robot

Acrobunch robot ST, Poplar (Clover), 1982, Japan
What do you get when you mix archeology with a giant robot ? Well... this. Called "L'Empire des Cinq" in France, it was quite a nice cartoon in the line of the popular Indiana Jones movies (remember, this was the 80'ies !). The plot ? the search for the lost city of Atlantis.

But they are not the only one trying to find it. So what best than a giant robot whose limbs can transform into motorcycles and race cars to combat the evil !

The whole cartoon was heavily sponsored by Poplar itself, in the wake of what the competion (=read BANDAI) was doing in Japan at the same time... What better advertisement than to make a cartoon of the stuff you have for sale ? Read mote about it here.

This is the smaller (ST) version of this robot - a larger DX version exists also.

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