In 2006, LEGO
noticed that the construction of Humongous Mecha
and anime-based models was becoming a very common trend in the LEGO fan community, and so the LEGO Exo-Force theme
was born. A take on the Real Robot Genre
with a heavy dose of animesque
set and character design, it follows the conflict on Sentai Mountain between the last known humans left alive and the army of rebel robots which caused that to be the case to begin with.
Tropes present in LEGO Exo-Force:
- Aborted Arc: The jungle arc, which only got one comic, and the books were cancelled before it got there. Just as well, Meca One doesn't appear at all and there's not any major plot-relevant enemy mechs.
- The Ace: Hayato...or at least he tries to be one.
- After the End: Sort of - Sentai Mountain is said to be the last remaining outpost of mankind.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Meca One's realisation that he's too far above mankind to serve them, and his subsequent robot rebellion.
- Animal Mecha: A sizable portion of the jungle-themed 2008 range.
- Anime Hair: The line's most distinguishing feature among the fandom. Almost every minifigure hair piece is ridiculously large and spiky - no other minifigure hairpiece ever is this enormous. It actually is a massive contrast with the artwork, which is much more reasonable in how it depicts the characters' hair.
- The hair pieces were so ridiculous that one set used Takeshi's do as a head of lettuce. Yeah.
- Animesque: Oh, yes. The accompanying artwork looks pretty normalish, but the minifigures exaggerate the animesque look to a spectacular degree. Also, there's random kanji slapped pretty much everywhere.
- Attack Drone: Each of the machines in the jungle arc also house a small detachable robot somewhere on them.
- Color-Coded Characters: It started off this way: Takeshi had red mechs, Hikaru had blue, Ryo had orange, and Hayato had white. The first two kept loosely to this rule for the Golden City arc, but soon this was basically abandoned.
- Devastators are color coded by their specialty.
- Combining Mecha: Deconstructed, in a way. The mecha (in-story and out) are combined by literally breaking them apart and mixing the pieces, usually after having been annihilated in battle.
- Cool Tank: Ryo's Mobile Defense Tank, an anti Sonic Phantom weapon. Also present is the Hybrid Rescue Tank, which Keiken co-pilots.
- Meca One answers with the Mobile Devastator, a really freaking huge rolling fortress practically bathed in artillery. One has to wonder how those tiny bridges don't collapse under it.
- Five-Man Band:
- Gatling Good: More than a few of the mechs feature gatling cannons of some kind. Meca One LOVES this trope: both the Striking Venom and Mobile Devastator are equipped with a HUGE pair of gatling cannons. Takeshi's also a fan of this, seeing as his first two mechs were both armed with 6-barreled gatling guns.
- Humongous Mecha: Granted, hardly any of them qualify as truly humongous- the average ones stand approximately 7-8 meters tall, and even the largest combination models are no more than 9.
- Mecha Expansion Pack: The Aero Booster is basically a tiny mecha attached to a GIGANTIC jetpack. The Combat Crawler X2 is a variation: the tiny Iron Condor II attaches to the front of the fairly large crawler mostly just for additional artillery.
- Mini-Mecha: The smallest sets in the line were designed to be this.
- Mook: The Iron Drones, which usually pilot tiny equally mook-like machines, or are just sent out on foot.
- Elite Mook: The Devastators, which get the bigger and more powerful machines.
- The Power of the Sun: The Supernova.
- Real Robot Genre: All the mechas are manufactured by their owner faction, and don't have anything in the way of super powers.
- The Something Force
- Transforming Mecha: One can see the alternate models this way, though they're never seen in the comics.
- Spider Tank: The Striking Venom, Meca One's original personal mecha. Also present are the Combat Crawler X2, Shadow Crawler, and Arachnoid Stalker.