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Mighty Orbots G by Shin-Ian Mighty Orbots G by Shin-Ian
This is it, the last piece to the Mighty Orbots redesign! I hope you all enjoy it. I tried very hard to keep the individual orbots in mind when doing the combined form, and to make the combination feasible physically.

Comments and criticism greatly appreciated. Thanks!!
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
I'm assuming those are their 'orbot' modes to the side there, since the show has their designs being different between their mundane and on-duty activity.
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Grebo-Guru Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
NICE!!! I love it. Weren't there six Orbots though? Oh wait, no, Ono was just LittleGirlBot.

I'd love to see a few sketches showing the transformation/combination patterns.
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Thanks! And yes, there are six Orbots, but Ohno doesn't actually have a battle mode that becomes part of the gestalt; she sits in the Beam Car with Rob when it converts to the control module, and issues the "ignition key" from her midsection that activates the combined Mighty Orbots.

It's interesting to me that they didn't just outright copy Godmars in full and have Rob be the sixth unit. Instead they went for a Mazinger Z-like pilder unit to control the robot.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
In a way it could be said she's almost the CPU of Mighty Orbot (explaining her small size, etc). Of course I just made that up on the spot. Tee-hee!
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice!
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
It's that opening video man, watching that would get anyone inspired.
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would, but your version looks like a departure from God Mars and the characters look more better. If they wanted to revive Mighty Orbots, they should look at your designs.
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thereal9thdoctor Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT!!!!! AWESOME redesign!!!
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Why thank you! =D It was a labor of love.
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:iconthereal9thdoctor:
thereal9thdoctor Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're quite welcome. I loved that show as a kid. If you want, maybe check out my gallery! lots of stuff!!
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DyingMan75 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So incredible!
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Hey, thanks! It was a blast to do. :D
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:icondyingman75:
DyingMan75 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No,problem,the truth is I relly like it,that's all.
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lolth2112 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Mhhh... I never seen original Orbots cartoon 'cos here in Italy it never arrived. However I've seen something on youtube but I didn't like 'em very much. So I'm really impressed by your work 'cos you gave to those characters a very modern and appearance and a so well balanced new-look. Their design isn't too complicated, clear and simply to memorize without sacrificing the pleasure of details. You are a gifted artist, no dubt about it. So, I'll stay tuned to see other creation by you. Who's next?
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:icongaogolgar:
Gaogolgar Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
Is the storyline of Mighty Orobts G the same as the cartoon, or a sequel?
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
It's best described as a re-imagining. It's the same characters and basic plot, but elaborated on to explore some story themes and ideas that I thought fit into the general idea of Mighty Orbots.

For instance, I wasn't satisfied with how the show basically just pulls Umbra out of nowhere. Where did this horrible entity come from? I'm a big fan of the Japanese director Yasuhiro Imagawa (he directed G Gundam, Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still and Shin Mazinger! Z-Hen among other things), and I've always appreciated how he builds up the relationship between the heroes and the villains, so I've been trying to do that.

I'll have to post some of the story elements for critique. It helps put this stuff in context. But no, to your original question, it's not really a sequel. It's a retelling of the original story with some new elements.
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:icongaogolgar:
Gaogolgar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
So, more along the lines of a remake?
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Yeah, that's about right.
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Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NIIIIIICCCCCEEEE!!!! That turned out SO GOOD!!!! Love it!!
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Thanks man, glad you enjoyed it. :D
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Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do! It turned out Great! Wouldn't mind you taking a crack at some robot characters I've got. :) I'm thinking of redesigning them myself in a DieselPunk/Deco style.
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
I'd be happy to give it a shot! Are they in your gallery now? And by DieselPunk/Deco, are you talking more like 80s-style dystopian machine-head type stuff?
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Medallion2012 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I sure don't have it on here, because it's a failed ink drawing I did over 10 years ago. I goofed up part of it and didn't ink it right so I just stopped. It might be a file somewhere on my HD but I'll have to look. DieselPunk/Art Deco is more 20's/30's/40's styling. www.dieselpunks.org is a good starting point. I'll see if I can find it or get it scanned in this coming week.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent drawing here - crisp, simple, honest and from a by gone era of novelty and special teams working together to beat a foe.

Good work!
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Thanks man, I appreciate the input. I think the older shows don't get nearly enough credit for how far they took their 'simplistic' designs. When you don't have a PC to help animate and color, and are working within a budget, you need to have good, elegant designs to animate well on screen. I try hard to emulate that kind of style. Even then though, I see shows like Dangaioh, and it's just freaking amazing for 80s style animation.

Gurren Lagann was great throwback design, with generally simple designs executed beautifully. Godannar was another recent show that stayed 'simple' yet pushed the envelope at the same time.
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well its down to the dedication of its creators. The effort of those involved to try and overcome their limitations - alas, now with CGI the limitations no longer exist but in the process we have appaling imaginations brought to life and the net result is horrenious.

Be honest - I just stumbled on this by pure chance - and it reminded me of the Power rangers (real title Dinosaur Task Force Juranger!!!!!!!!!) and Dancougar.
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
I'm a big Sentai fan, as I grew up in Asia, so we got the good stuff before American censors had to butcher it. The mechs are definitely my favorite part of the franchise. :D

CGI is a mixed bag for me in Anime. Sometimes it works really well (Karas has beautiful CGI and awesome choreography), while other times it's just blah. So yes, the cost of production has come down and thus we get MORE stuff, but less GREAT stuff, because there are more economic drivers than purely artistic ones factoring into production decisions. I love seeing mech animated traditionally though, which is why I enjoyed the heck out of something like SRW: The Inspector. Dancougar is pretty boss too, though I have to admit, the mech proportions never appealed much to me. I'd hate to be the pilot of a mech component, and have my claim to fame simply be "I PILOT THE LEFT SHOE!!!"
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"I'm a big Sentai fan, as I grew up in Asia, so we got the good stuff before American censors had to butcher it."

Yes like they did with Machine Robo which became cartoon attrocity the GoBots (WTFH?) and Gatchaman that transmuted to Battle of the Planets.

LOL left shoe - could be worse - could be the part that turns into the crotch!

Sorry for the lateness of the reply!

Ever seen Macross Frontier? Superb!
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Macross Frontier has been on my list of things to see. I was kind of let down by Macross Zero's plot (dogfights were amazing though), so I think I was a little tentative about Frontier. I'll have to give it a shot, if only to see what the deal is with all the Ranka vs Sheryl nonsense I keep hearing about.

And for the record, Crotch > Left Shoe, hands down. You get much better bragging rights ("See THAT? That's ME. I'M the BALLS of this team!"). Feet in general would just suck; you'd get kicked around a lot, and be the first to know if the robot steps in something nasty.

Machine Robo was more a toyline than a cartoon when GoBots came out though; Rom Stol hadn't been invented till the later 80s, so it's not like the American producers were like, "Hey, that awesome dude who does poses a lot and murders things with swords? Yeah, we don't need him. Give us an evil motorcycle instead!" Still, it's clearly the poor cousin of the Transformers by American robot standards....AND the bastards sued the Mighty Orbots team and got the show pulled off the air. >:( So yeah, I have issues with the GoBots.

Now Battle of the Planets, THAT was a decent import! If it's good enough for Alex Ross (who, btw, does the sickest Gatchaman art EVER), it's good enough for me!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seen clips of Macross Frontier, especially the first fight, and the finale - and trust me when I say, its a finale superb. There are way too many finales that feel like deflated souffles, but Macross Frontier's is not a disappointment, no loose strings, no bullshit - perfect perfect perfect. Especially the slaying of the enemy.

I understand, well better than being the arse of the team I suppose...

Now that is a shock! Sue the Orbots? F*** me! Now that is extra reason why those people who did that attrocity will be the first to die in the revolution!!

Oh yes - Saw clipets of the original - more edgy, more mortal and stragely VERY VERY mature even thought provoking! Shame it all got tarmacked with Seven Zark Seven!! WTF were they thinking.......
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eyetypher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SUPAA ROBOTTO! :XD:
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
The best KIND of ROBOTTO! :D
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Looks awesome man! Kinda looks like Power Rangers and Transformers Mechas mixed 2gether just a bit though. But nicely done man! }: )
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:iconshin-ian:
Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Hahaha thanks! It's a super robot, so it's definitely got some Power Rangers/Sentai action going on. But that just makes it crazy fun to draw.
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
HAHA! Yea, I c. ^_^
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edwardrigaud Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this was my favorite cartoon back in the 80s way ahead of its time :)
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I know, right? I'm still blown away by this show visually. Same with the Galaxy Rangers. Production values were just craaaazy back then I guess.
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edwardrigaud Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And must've to be time consuming these were hand drawn cells non of the fancy computer programs we use today. I started an art piece with these character after this conversation i feel like going back and finishing it :)
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Please do! I would love to see it!
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
So this was a cartoon series? Or was it an Anime series though because the way the robots look. Also is there a newer version like maybe like 1993 or maybe 1995 a year made version of the show series or not? Or was it only made in the 1980's?
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edwardrigaud Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it was a series back in the 80s they used to show them Saturday mornings on ABC (channel 7 here in New York) this may shine some light into the Orbots [link] if they made a new version, I never saw it. But it was a nice series for an 80s cartoon.
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
Well, wouldn't it be an Anime version style or only cartoon style though? Or it could be an Anime mixed with cartoon style also. So pretty much it would be like cartoon Animeish style u know. }: )
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
=edwardrigaud is right. Might Orbots was a joint collaboration of TMS Entertainment and Intermedia Entertainment in association with MGM/UA Television. It was directed by veteran anime director Osamu Dezaki and features character designs by Akio Sugino (Thanks Wikipedia!!).

It was only 13 episodes, but the animation quality was superb, very much a child of 80s anime styling. The use of high-detail mechanics, stark rendering using heavy blacks, and those crazy rainbow-color effects all led to a very visually striking show that still holds up to today's animation standards. The direction is really superb, and while the voice acting has suffered a little in retrospect, it is still a fun show to SEE.

You might be curious to know that the robot was very closely patterned after Rokushin Gattai God Mars, another super robot from the era. This was because MGM intended to bring a variant Godmars toy to the states as part of their marketing strategy, kind of like what Hasbro did with the Transformer toys. Not many were produced, so they're very rare. In terms of the actual show, Mighty Orbots is very different from Godmars besides the robot similarities.

They both have catchy intro themes though. ;P
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Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Yea, I kinda thought it was kiddish. Usually some but not a lot but some Japanese Anime shows and movies during like the 70's and 80's and barely 90's were kiddish.
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
They were (and still are!) designed to sell toys, so colorful designs matter. Even the original Gundam was white, blue, yellow and red! Hardly 'military' coloration! Char flew a bright red Zaku II! The designs might have been kiddy, but a lot of these shows had very dark elements, and could do very mature story lines. Daimos touched on racial prejudice. Voltes V had slavery and ethnic domination as a key theme. EVERYONE DIES, slowly, in Zambot III. These are all 'kiddy' shows.
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lolth2112 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
A good analysis about '70es anime-show.
Zambot III was really "adult" and the theme of "human bombs" (despite those showed in the anime were involontary victims of the enemies)unfortunately is so actual. The idea of an enemy that use terroristic acts as a weapon is so terrible.
Gundam is Gundam.
Doing a kiddy shows doesn't mean necessary doing an idiot show.
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:iconaxonn5:
Axonn5 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
HAHA! Yea I c.
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Giantess-Cassie Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
What about the Orbots commander and Oh-No? They did handle the controls after they united. Also curious if your going to do redesigns of the villans of the series.
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Shin-Ian Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011
I want to do some of the villains. Umbra in particular got a massive redesign in the story concept I was throwing together, and I had created a few new villain/hero ideas to go along with the main plot. You should expect to see a few of them crop up over time.
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