If you grew up in the 80's and like transforming robots then chances are pretty good that you remember the Go-Bots brand. To many in that era they were the "poor man's Transformers". While Go-Bots may have not fared as well against the Transformers brand juggernaut in the U.S., the toys called Machine Robo in their native land of Japan had much better success.
In the mid 2000's Bandai attempted to bring back the Machine Robo name with a fresh new look and design called Machine Robo Rescue. The premise of the toys and the CGI/cel television show was the robots worked alongside humans (children) for the common good. There were 3 individual themes/teams represented including fire, police and construction. Each team had a leader robot if you will along with 4 identical drone like robots. Each team had the power to combine and form a larger combiner or gestalt robot. Occasionally their adventures lead them to do battle with an evil segment of robots called the Disasters.
The toys were sold in sets of 5. Red Wings, Blue Sirens and Yellow Gears were the first sets sold. Each team later branched out and had a another group of toys. Today's review of the 7th set released falls under the Yellow Gears themed set.
Each of the MR Rescue sets came packaged very similar to each other. The leader robot was positioned in the center with each drone around him. The drones are numbered 2 through 4 respectively. You can see the Yellow Gears logo in the top center of the packaging.
The drones are very simplistic and in my opinion look very odd in vehicle form. I say this because this set is based on the Blue Sirens #3 Police Robo set where the drones transform into motorcycles. The drones in this set look like motorcycles minus the wheels. It's a small complaint, but I felt should be brought up. Each drone is identical with the only exception being each one is numbered 2, 3 or 4. Each submarine drone has free rolling wheels on the bottom as well. The only articulation is in the arms and they can only rotate in a 360 degree motion.
I personally love the Machine Robo Rescue line of toys. It's rather small as only a handful of sets were released. There are larger transport toys for each theme that are very cool and are worth seeking out. I own 2 of the 3 and I aim to post a review in the near future. With these toys being marketed for Japan and in some Asian regions finding them in the U.S. (or anywhere outside the West) can be difficult. I just recently purchased Submarine Robo as I drug my feet buying a lot of these toys when the likes of BigBadToyStore had them readily in stock so I ended up importing this toy via a proxy service company and spending way too much. I'm glad I was able to add this toy to my growing MRR collection, but unless you can find them for under $30.00 a set (excluding the transports) you may be better off saving your money. They are fun toys and if you own other sets in the series there are a lot of combinations awaiting your discovery.