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Special Armored Battalion Dorvack (特装機兵ドルバック Tokusō Kihei Dorubākku?, Cantonese: 特装機兵) is an anime series aired from 1983 to 1984 in Japan and Hong Kong. There were 36 episodes. Other loosely translated names are "Dorvack", "Dolbuk", "Special Powered Armor Troop Dorvack", "Special Machine Army Dorvack", "Machine Corps Dorvack", "Armored Trooper Dorvack", "Tokusou Kihei Dorvack", "Comando Dolbuck" (Brazil).

Story

The year is 1999. The Idelians, whose colony-ship has been wandering space for tens of thousands of years, are nearing exhaustion. Their sole hope is to settle on the nearest habitable planet, Earth. Soon after their arrival in orbit, they launch an invasion, landing a large attack force in the Alps.

The Earth Defense Forces valiantly fight against the enemy's powered armors, but with little success. Only one unit is able to inflict significant damage, the Special Armored Battalion Dorvack. Under the command of Colonel Takagi, Masato Mugen, Pierre Bonaparte and Louise Oberon fight to defeat the invaders. They are equipped with special variable mecha that are able to convert from rugged all-terrain vehicles to humanoid forms.

Concept

The show was essentially a showcase for the toyline released by Takatoku. The mecha designs were created by Katsumi Itabashi and Nobuyoshi Haraba, while the models were made by the model company Gunze Sangyo. The plot was kept simple, but filled with high levels of animation and action.

Staff

Planning, Production: Ashi Productions, Yomiuri

Director: Masami Annou

Original creator: Takeshi Shudo

Character Design: Osamu Kamijoo

Mechanic design: Katsumi Itabashi, Nobuyoshi Habara

Brazilian Distribution: Everest Video do Brasil

Characters

Name Japanese Name Voiced by
Masato Mugen 無限真人 Tōru Furuya
Louise Oberon ルイ・オベロン Hiromi Tsuru
Pierre Bonaparte ピエール・ボナパルト Sukekiyo Kameyama
Stanley Hilton スタンレー・ヒルトン Hirotaka Suzuoki
Col. Yōichi Takagi 高城洋一 Kiyoshi Kobayashi
Bob Floyd ボブ・フロイド Yutaka Shimaka
Jackie Frank ジャッキー・フランク Asami Mukaidono
Peter ピーター Masako Katsuki
Henry ヘンリー Yūsaku Yara
Idel イデル Show Hayami
Amov アモフ Osamu Saka
Aroma アロマ Keiko Toda
Zelar ゼラー Eiji Kanie

Technology

Vehicle Vehicle Name Pilot Description
Jeep VV-54 AR Mugen Calibur Masato Mugen
Tank VT-61 LC Bonaparte Tulcas Pierre Bonaparte twin-barreled tank featuring a gerwalk-like humanoid mode.
Helicopter VH-64 MR Oberon Gazzette Louise Oberon
Bio-Suit PA-36HD Powered Armor Nove Any human One of many models

Merchandise

The series featured some solid mechanical designs, but the slow-moving storyline failed to move fans. The line of 1/24, 1/72 and 1/100 scale toys and models sat on Japanese toy store shelves. Toymaker Takatoku, already suffering from the poor performances of the merchandise lines from the previous Orguss and Sasuraiger series, went under as a result.

American toy company Hasbro acquired the molds for two of the deluxe toys, the Mugen Calibur and the Oberon Gazette. They were re-released in North America as part of the Transformers line, under the name "Roadbuster" and "Whirl", respectively.[1] While both featured heavily in British-written stories for Marvel UK's Transformers comics (even though, ironically, their toys were never released in the UK) neither character, both Autobots, appeared in the American animated series or in U.S. Marvel stories. Due to their fame in the English stories, Dreamwave made use of them in their Transformers comics, produced some 16–17 years later.

The American firm Select also repackaged several color variations of the Variable Machine Collection toys under the name "Convertors."

External links

References

  1. 1985 Transformers Scan. "Autobot Deluxe Vehicles, in Upper Left corner." Transformers Scan. Retrieved on 2006-11-15.

ko:특장기병 돌백 it:Tokusō kihei Dorvack zh:超時空騎兵