GALACTIC WHIRLWIND SASURAIGER
04/05/83 - 01/31/84
he third, and arguably least popular, entry in the "J9" series of animated
shows (the first two being "Bryger" and "Baxinger"). "Sasuraiger" was a
science-fiction retelling of "Around the World in Eighty Days," featuring a
handsome ne'er-do-well forced to participate in a (what else?)
giant-robot-equipped race across the galaxy. The baroque design of the show
was reinforced by the lead character's vehicle, a spacecraft resembling a
vintage locomotive engine and capable of transforming into the towering
Although Takatoku's Macross, Dorvack, and Orguss toys
featured fully self-contained transformations, the
deluxe Sasuraiger toys required the removal and
replacement of the arms to convert from one form to
another. As such, they were marketed as "kahen meka"
("transforming mecha") instead of "kanzen henkei"
("perfectly transforming") toys.
Sasuraiger seems to have gone through more
than its share of editorial changes throughout the
design process. The earliest advertisements featured
simply the title "Batrain" without any reference to
"Sasuraiger." What's more, the names etched
into the feet of the "enemy" vinyl figures (a common
practice that helped kids identify what they were
playing with) don't match up with the actual names of