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).
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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|
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. 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."
- 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