Megazord based on Transformers?

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by FeelingLuckyPnk, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. FeelingLuckyPnk

    FeelingLuckyPnk Decepticon Punks!

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    It's been a long time since I've watched Power Rangers (I'm talking about the original, Mighty Morphin). I loved it when I was 8, but now when I look back, damn was it f-ing lame...

    Anyway, I came across this picture:
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    Which kinda reminded me of how similar their robots (Megazord) were similar to Transformers. If you look at the picture of Megazord, you'll notice that he's somewhat similar to Optimus Prime, but the way he transforms is more similar to Devastator's transformation in TF1.

    Could it be that the idea of Megazord was indeed influenced by Transformers?

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  2. Nachtsider

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    The 'transforming robots' concept did not begin with Transformers.
     
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    This. Super Sentai (The Japanese show that Power Rangers borrows the footage from) had transforming/combining robots way before Transformers was released.
     
  4. FeelingLuckyPnk

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    Oh...
    I was under the assumption they were the first ones...
     
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    The first Transformers series takes molds from other toylines with transforming robots and combined it into one toyline...
     
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    I always felt like head designs like the one of Optimus for example and other Transformers were more influenced by Samurai or Ninja. The old Transformers often look like robots wearing armor where some parts of the armor happen to look like vehicle parts. That's what I like about the design :) 
     
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    Not really for Movie discussion. Mods kindly move to general discussion.
     
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    Transformers was 5 or so years after Sentai, the original japanese power rangers show(s) introduced Megazord's, so no TF if anything may have been inspired by Power Rangers, kinda.
     
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    Optimus Prime? Hell, when I look at that picture I see Voltron! Look at those legs!
     
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    Sentai started in 1975. Transformers didn't become a brand until 1984. 9 years after Sentai. Our first real taste of it was Voltron, but no one knew what it was, just that it was awesome.

    Saban definitely made Sentai accessible to everyone, but Transformers had no effect on it. The other way around, more likely.
     
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    Getter Robo? Gaiking? Raideen? Gundam? Macross? Go-Lion (Voltron)? Gobots?
     
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    :lol  Far, far from.
     
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    ?? People think of Voltron/GoLion/DaiRugger XV as Sentai?
     
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    Why not? It's not live action, but it totally follows the conventions. Gatchaman/G-force is Sentai too, no?


    There already is a Megazord based on Transformers: Devastator, Defensor, Bruticus, Dinoking, etc. etc.
     
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    The line Devastator is from introduced the concept of robots that turn into vehicles and also combine, but not the idea of combining robots in general.
     
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    Diaclone?

    I'm trying to think of a combining robot where individual members transform and yeah, I can't think of one.

    Combining, yes, transforming, yes, but not together.
     
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    I thought the definition of Sentai referred specifically to live-action Tokusatsu expressions of the squad formula and conventions. I wouldn't consider Gatchaman to be Sentai. I would say Gatchaman helped inspire Sentai.
     
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    The rescue megazord from Power Rangers Turbo is very similar to transformers because each zord can transform into a robot mode and combine to form the megazord.
     
  19. Aernaroth

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    It's a tough call, I mean, you're right in that the term usually applies specifically to that family of shows, but as a definition for a genre, I think that it can extend to a somewhat wider range of shows.

    Wikipedia says the term is applied to things like Voltron or even Magical Girl shows like Sailor Moon (which never occurred to me, but also follows a great many of the tropes and rules of the genre). Ishinomori apparently worked on live action AND animated shows, for example, so I see no reason to divide the genre between those two mediums.

    I think tokusatsu is a more precise defining term for the exclusively live-action examples of the genre, but even that contains outside genres like kaiju. I guess the second you try to nail down entire schools of storytelling, you're going to get some pidgeonholing.
     
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    And that came out what, around the same time as Beast Wars? Though I think one could argue the Zeo Megazord also did the whole "combining transforming robots" thing a few years earlier. Still well after Transformers, but also after a bunch of other combining transformer lines like Machine Robo.
     

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