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6th Sep '17 1:34:42 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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A variation, sometimes used in combination, is [[MechaExpansionPack the modular parts system]], with which a mecha can re-equip with different tools and weapons for different jobs, like the FAST packs from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' or the weapon systems from ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' . This type of system is in use in real-life militaries, which have such things as up-armoring kits for vehicles and universal hard-points on combat aircraft.

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A variation, sometimes used in combination, is [[MechaExpansionPack the modular parts system]], with which a mecha can re-equip with different tools and weapons for different jobs, like the FAST packs from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' or the weapon systems from ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' .''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}''. This type of system is in use in real-life militaries, which have such things as up-armoring kits for vehicles and universal hard-points on combat aircraft.
15th Jul '17 3:37:44 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Strikers 1945}}'' features bosses that appear to be WorldWarII-era war machines at first...before transforming into mecha that [[AnachronismStew could not have been possible with 1940's-era technology]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Strikers 1945}}'' features bosses that appear to be WorldWarII-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era war machines at first...before transforming into mecha that [[AnachronismStew could not have been possible with 1940's-era technology]].
11th Jun '17 11:50:58 AM nombretomado
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* Beethes, aka Beethoven (yes, that [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]) from ''Anime/{{Classicaloid}}'' creates these from large, mostly mechanical objects with MagicMusic. This goes from RuleOfCool to RuleOfFunny when [[BalefulPolymorph he gets turned into a fish temporarily]] and makes a crab mecha out of an oven and kitchen equipment.

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* Beethes, aka Beethoven (yes, that [[Creator/LudwigVanBeethoven [[Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Beethoven]]) from ''Anime/{{Classicaloid}}'' creates these from large, mostly mechanical objects with MagicMusic. This goes from RuleOfCool to RuleOfFunny when [[BalefulPolymorph he gets turned into a fish temporarily]] and makes a crab mecha out of an oven and kitchen equipment.
23rd May '17 3:08:41 AM SebastianGray
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* In ''Anime/ID0'' the former racer Rick Ayer has a custom [[AMechByAnyOtherName I-Machine]] that is able to transform into a fast and manoeuvrable jet-like vehicle
19th May '17 5:23:29 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/{{Big}}'', a prototype toy transforms from a robot into a skyscraper, and Creator/TomHanks' character suggests that the robot transform into something more fun, like an insect or a [[Main/EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]].
* Downplayed in the ''Franchise/{{StarWars}}'' prequels with the Trade Federation "Vulture Droid." Although primarily used as a fighter, its "wings" can reconfigure into four legs. However, this is only seen in a couple of shots.

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* In ''Film/{{Big}}'', a prototype toy transforms from a robot into a skyscraper, and Creator/TomHanks' character suggests that the robot transform into something more fun, like an insect or a [[Main/EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]].
* Downplayed in the ''Franchise/{{StarWars}}'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels with the Trade Federation "Vulture Droid." Although primarily used as a fighter, its "wings" can reconfigure into four legs. However, this is only seen in a couple of shots.
19th May '17 5:20:27 PM DeepRed
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** While not the UrExample of this trope, ''Macross'' may be responsible for popularizing it, not just because it was brought over to the west as part of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', but also because the success of Takatoku's ''Macross'' toy line led to Takara releasing their ''Diaclone'' line which became the basis for ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''.

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** While not the UrExample of this trope, ''Macross'' may be responsible for popularizing it, not just because it was brought over to the west as part of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'', but also because the success of Takatoku's ''Macross'' toy line led to Takara releasing their ''Diaclone'' line which became the basis for ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''. In fact, the Autobot Jetfire was made from the same mold as the VF-1 Valkyrie from Macross.
26th Apr '17 10:50:50 AM thunderchild120
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* Downplayed in the ''Franchise/{{StarWars}}'' prequels with the Trade Federation "Vulture Droid." Although primarily used as a fighter, its "wings" can reconfigure into four legs. However, this is only seen in a couple of shots.
23rd Apr '17 9:26:52 AM nombretomado
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* Another very early example was Pook (from the slavic (or was it Celtic?) word Pooka, a type of animal spirit) from ''Manga/{{Astroboy}}'', a robot kid who could turn into a variety of animals before his transformation system was destroyed by trying to change into too many things too fast. In the GBA game he also becomes a CombiningMecha, gaining the ability to change into the "heart" of the planet destroying alien robot Garon. Transformers show up a few other times in Astroboy, including Odette, a robot ballet dancer who turns into a swan who was created for a fairytale theme park attraction based on SwanLake.

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* Another very early example was Pook (from the slavic (or was it Celtic?) word Pooka, a type of animal spirit) from ''Manga/{{Astroboy}}'', a robot kid who could turn into a variety of animals before his transformation system was destroyed by trying to change into too many things too fast. In the GBA game he also becomes a CombiningMecha, gaining the ability to change into the "heart" of the planet destroying alien robot Garon. Transformers show up a few other times in Astroboy, including Odette, a robot ballet dancer who turns into a swan who was created for a fairytale theme park attraction based on SwanLake.''Theatre/SwanLake''.
16th Apr '17 4:57:19 PM nombretomado
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* The Interceptor car in the ''SpyHunter'' series, which can become a boat, a motorcycle, and sometimes a jet plane.

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* The Interceptor car in the ''SpyHunter'' ''VideoGame/SpyHunter'' series, which can become a boat, a motorcycle, and sometimes a jet plane.
3rd Apr '17 2:15:46 PM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'': The faux Penfold that Dr. Crumhorn planted with Danger Mouse (episode "Penfold Transformed") turns into a HumongousMecha hell bent on destroying DM with a press of a button.
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