made of hard, thin plastic, Remco's 1982 Robot
Renegades and Robot
Defenders are still a hit among collectors. Probably
because at 5.5
inches tall, they fit about everything. Not only
that, they came out at
a time when inexpensive robots were scarce and hard
to come by. As one
collector noted, Remco was very adept at creating
their own action
figures that fit better known sets. These robot
figures originally cost
a couple bucks, although that likely seemed high
then. Although hard
plastic, the legs move somewhat, as do the arms.
They would be
considered jointed, not articulated. Two years later
Remco would bring
out its ManTech Robot Warriors, which actually
seemed to be cyborgs,
with human heads, or maybe they were humans in
robotic suits. They were
more detailed, with removable helmets and
accessories, as well as more
Above: left. Robot Defender Mazrak is right at home
the ManTech Battle Station, and right: in the
ManTech Terrorizer tank
(shown without stickers).
Bigger is better. That seemed to be the philosophy in
'80s when every action figure had to have a big
plastic fortress or
it. ManTech's box seems to be copied off of Mego's
of Japan's Microman. In the '60's, very cool plastic
toys that did a
were packaged in very plain large cardboard boxes. Big
Loo and Robot
Commando had two or three color printing on the box.
In the '80s, big
plastic toys that didn't do anything were packaged in
colorful boxes. ManTech's 20 X 27 inch box for the
II is a good example. It boasts "over 75 posi-click
receptacles for positioning figures, weapons and
parts". These turn out
to be merely posts and holes
molded into the base. As with most accessory sets, no
with the set.
right. You can set the
ManTech Traxon (good guys) or Terrorizer (bad guys)
vehicle in the
station. Here the bad guys are invading the station.
Nothing lights up
or shoots. That all came back luckily in the '90s,as
shown by Raydon, a
Create-a-Bot who came free in a Jack in the Box kids'
meal, and who
lights up an LED. That said, if you had
ManTech Robot Warriors or the Robot Defenders or
Battlestation would be a pretty good accessory.
The main level
Command Module measures twenty inches across, and can
be rotated, which
makes it great for dioramas, and for five inch
Lynn at Toy Stable (see Robot Links) who gave me a
good deal on it so
could see it on this website.
left to right. Robot
Defenders Zoton, Epaxion, Robot Renegade Zebok.
left. ManTech Traxon
vehicle. Below: right. ManTech Terrorizer vehicle
(enemy). As with the
BattleStation II, the boxes boast "The
Interchangeable System", which
in practice means that parts can be snapped in at
various places. "Make
over 18 different vehicles" the blurbs claim, but
some of the
variations, like the one shown on the bottom panel
of the Terrorizer
box, would scarcely be considered a vehicle. It
without the nose piece. Both the slogan and the
grid design seem taken
from Mego's Micronauts figures and construction
sets, which were called
Remco's slogan applied also to the ManTech
figures, who cleverly used
interchangeable parts from one another, and were
only by the shape of their boots, and uniform
color: the red, yellow,
and blue ManTech being the defenders, and the
black, purple, and green
ManTech being the enemy.
figures roll call
left to right. AquaTech with
box, LaserTech, DoomTech (enemy).
These figures were being sold on eBay.