Machine Robo: Mugenbine (マシンロボ: ムゲンバイン Mashin Robo: Mugenbain ) is a Machine Robo line which focuses on mainly endless combinations.
The name of this line is derived from the Japanese word for 'infinite', 'Mugen', and the English 'combine'; both words together construct the theme for the series. Rather than the traditional shape changing method of previous Machine Robos, Mugenbine uses numerous interlocking pegs and sockets to attach and remove components and relocate them in order to form different modes. While all figures have at least two official alternate modes and most have official combinations with one to three other figures, the concept of the line is to allow you to assemble your own animal and machine creations and build your own robots of various size and numbers of sets, an activity encouraged by Bandai to the point where figures with no official combiner modes come with larger head parts to help create your own.
The majority of the series consists of figures called Mugenroids, basic block-proportioned figures that can contort and fold into various shapes, most notably a perfect cube, to form the core of its various modes. While they generally look identical aside from color scheme, each Mugenroid has a different head sculpt. Most sets come with six to ten components called "bine parts" that attach via the many pegs and holes on the Mugenroid, as well as on each other, to create other forms. At first, each figure featured an animal and vehicle mode only, but later sets expanded to include larger robot modes as well, and some even later sets did away with the vehicle mode. As the toyline expanded, new cores were created. Most notable is the Turboroid, which can't bend as many ways as its predecessor, but already has wheels attached to help form vehicle modes and included completely unique heads that could rotate. Others used no core figure at all, instead coming with a Mugen Engine that allows spinning gimmicks. Later figures use new core bots called Buildroids that are formed from parts themselves and feature small pilot figures called Roiders.
Mugen Gattai SeriesEdit
The basic series of toys are referred to as "Mugen Gattai" (Mugen Combination) figures. The initial release of these figures came alphabetically, as well as having most Mugenroids feature a matching letter on the side of their head. This initial series is often called the "Letter" or "Alphabet" series for these reasons. The toyline is known for running themes for its figures. The toys Teiouryu, Uzumakidori, Wanrikiguma, and Yuutenma were called Ridebines, as their vehicle modes don't require the Mugenroid to form its core, rather the parts formed a vehicle for the Mugenroid to ride on. The figures Quest Knight, Save Gunman, and Razor Ninja were referred to in commercials as the Three Musketeers and are designed after historical warrior types, a knight, a cowboy, and a ninja respectively. The various dinosaur figures, likewise, were considered their own subgroup. The series also introduced deluxe figures, figures much larger than usual Mugenbine sets. These included Victory Leon, an upgrade of Air Leon, and Zord Elephant, who came with an upscaled Mugenroid.
|Air Leon||Lion||Jet||No||Mugen General 3, Mugen General 5, Mugen General 7|
|Build Giraffe||Giraffe||Crane||No||Mugen General 3, Mugen General 5, Mugen General 7|
|Carry Eagle||Eagle||Pickup Truck||No||Mugen General 3, Mugen General 5, Mugen General 7|
|Dig Kong||Gorilla||Excavator||No||Mugen Kaiser 4, Mugen General 5, Mugen General 7|
|Evo Rhinoce||Rhinoceros||Tunnel Driller||No||Mugen Kaiser 4, Mugen General 5, Mugen General 7|
|Fang Tiger1||Tiger||Jet||No||Mugen Kaiser 4, Mugen General 7|
|Galaxy Rex||Tyrannosaurus||Shuttle w/ Rockets||No||Mugen Dino Double2|
|Heat Tricera||Triceratops||Locomotive||No||Mugen Dino Double|
|Iron Beetle||Rhino Beetle||VTOL||No||Mugen Sector|
|Junk Stag||Stag Beetle||Bulldozer||No||Mugen Sector|
|Kaiser Condor1||Condor||Dump Truck||No||Mugen Kaiser 4|
|Launcher Saurus||Tyrannosaurus||Space Shuttle||No||w/ Mugen Fire and Mugen Police|
|Mach Ptera||Pteradactyl||Race Car||No||None|
|Quest Knight3||Dragon||Fire Truck w/ Gateway||Yes||Mugen Jyushi 3|
|Razor Ninja3||Swordfish||Car w/ Stoplight||Yes||Mugen Jyushi 3|
|Save Gunman3||Bull||Truck w/ Gas Pump||Yes||Mugen Jyushi 3|
|Teiouryu||Dragon||Motorcycle||Yes||Mugen Ride General 3|
|Uzumakidori||Eagle||Jetski||Yes||Mugen Ride General 3|
|Victory Leon||Lion||Truck and Base||Yes||None|
|Wanrikiguma||Bear||Go-Kart||Yes||Mugen Ride General 3|
|Zord Elephant||Elephant||Flatbed Truck||Yes||Mugen General 75|
1 These units were reengineered from Air Leon and Carry Eagle respectively.
2 These units also combine in animal mode as Mugen Brachio Double.
3 These units are Turboroids and thus do not feature their assigned letter on their head sculpts.
4 Yuutenma Mugenbines into extra parts for all three of Teiouryu's modes
5 Mugen General 7's figures can also combine into a super animal mode.
Some of the more popular figures were released a second time in new color schemes and usually with new weapon parts. Figures that officially combine were repacked like this as well.
|Air Leon||Air Leon||Repainted into black and gold.|
|Air Leon||Air Leon||Repainted into white and red. Packed with Build Giraffe and Carry Eagle repaints1|
|Build Giraffe||Build Giraffe||Repainted into red and white. Packed with Air Leon and Carry Eagle repaints1|
|Carry Eagle||Carry Eagle||Repainted into red and white. Packed with Build Giraffe and Air Leon repaints1|
|Assault Leon||Air Leon||Repainted in blue and black. Two new gun bine parts included.|
|Energy Rhinoce||Evo Rhinoce||Repainted in dark grey and black. Two new cannon bine parts included.|
|Great Rex||Galaxy Rex||Repainted in red and white. Two new sword bine parts included.|
|Lead Saurus||Launcher Saurus||Repainted in blue and black. Two new gun bine parts included. 2|
|Inter Beetle||Iron Beetle||Repainted in maroon and gold. Packed with Jab Stag.3|
|Jab Stag||Junk Stag||Repainted in black and silver with a new head part. Packed with Inter Beetle.3|
|Quest Knight||Quest Knight||Repainted in white and blue. Packed with Razor Ninja and Save Gunman repaints.4|
|Razor Ninja||Razor Ninja||Repainted in black. Packed with Quest Knight and Save Gunman repaints.4|
|Save Gunman||Save Gunman||Repainted in red. Packed with Quest Knight and Razor Ninja repaints.4|
1 This set was also packed with Proto Roid, a translucent green Mugenroid.
2 The additional parts allowed Lead Saurus an official robot mode.
3 This pack included five insect-based bine parts to form weapons and upgrades in the toy's various modes
4 This pack included three weapon parts that combined into a lion called Armed Leon
The Mugen Gattai series continued as more variations of Mugenbine were released, though the figures became simpler, and did away with the themes of letters and machine modes. These generally included official combinations with the larger Mugen Engine figures released at the time.
|Impact Dile||Crocodile||Arch Tiger|
|Wing Bat||Bat||Arch Tiger|
|Gear Tortoise||Turtle||Guard Kong|
|Spit Cobra1||Snake||Saga Falcon|
1 Spit Cobra is the only Mugenbine figure to include spring-launched missiles.
Another set was released that included three previous Mugenroids recolored in translucent plastic. Spark Roid, Quick Roid, and Rush Roid came with only a few bine parts that acted as weaponry, or provided torso and head attachments to combine into Roid General 3.
Part of the Mugen Gattai series, these deluxe sized sets were released with Turboroids and along with animal, machine, and robot modes, also formed bases for the smaller Turoboid machines to use. Their bine parts also combine to form larger, big machine modes that the smaller machines can ride in. They're known for their large box components that form the bulk of their modes. Part of their design is to allow fans who want to build gigantic robots from their sets to accomplish them easier, as such all base figures come with an extra head for this purpose.
|Mugen Police1||Police Car||Locomotive||Tyrannosaurus||Police Station|
|Mugen Fire1||Fire Truck||Semi Truck||Brachiosaurus||Fire House|
|Mugen Builder1||Dump Truck||Airship||Mammoth||Excavator|
|Mugen Hercules2||Bullet Train||Horse & Carridge||Rhino Beetle||Station|
1 Mugen Police, Mugen Fire, and Muge Builder combine into Mugen Commander
2 Mugen Hercules came with a Mugenroid as well as a Turboroid.
Mugen Engine RobosEdit
Some figures released did away with the core robot completely. Instead, the toy's various forms were built around a Mugen Engine, also called a Tornado Engine. These engines use a series of gears and wheels to allow parts connected to it to spin when triggered, allowing some combinations with other Mugenbine toys as spinning weapons. While all figures have robot modes, some do not have machine modes.
|Arch Tiger||White Tiger||Super Police Car||Impact Dile and Wing Bat|
|Guard Kong||Gorilla||None||Gear Tortoise and Arch Tiger|
|Turbo Animal Force||Elephant and two Lions||VTOL Helicopter||None|
|Saga Falcon1||Falcon||None||Arch Tiger|
1 Saga Falcon included a lion-based robot named Sig Sphinx which combined with it for its robot mode.
Build Gattai SeriesEdit
Returning to the concept of a core robot, the Build Gattai are the newest form of normal Mugenbine figures. Rather than a one piece Mugenroid or Turboroid, a new figure called a Buildroid is used. These are made up of bine parts themselves and feature a cockpit for a mini figure, called a Roider, to sit inside. Buildroids are a good bit bigger than Mugenroids, meaning these sets usually had a lot more bine parts, and also return to the formula of including machine, animal, and robot modes.
|Powerful Tyranno||Tyrannosaurus||Power Shovel||Speed Eagle|
|Speed Eagle||Eagle||Indy Car||Powerful Tyranno|
|Heavy Mammoth||Mammoth||Airship/Bulldozer||Powerful Tyranno & Speed Eagle|
|Chase Dober||Doberman1||Riot Truck||Attack Condor (Police Body Double)|
|Attack Condor||Condor||Helicopter & Motorcycle||Chase Dober (Police Body Double)|
|Tri Wolf||Wolf||Fire Truck||Powerful Tyranno, Speed Eagle, Heavy Mammoth|
|Dark Flame Dragon2||Dragon||Aerial Gunship||None|
1 The Doberman form is accomplished without using the Buildroid, who is police themed.
2 Dark Flame Dragon includes two Roider pilots and includes 16 official modes including its main animal, machine, and robot modes.
Candy Toy SeriesEdit
While no recent Gattai series toys have been released, Mugenbine survives as a series of candy toys. These are released similar to how baseball cards are sold in America, at convenience stores on the checkout counter and at specialty shops, and packed with them is a piece of candy, similar to large Smarties (Ce De Candy). They tend to be much more simple, with little paint, relying heavily on stickers for its detailing, and with parts that usually come still attached to their plastic trees like model kits.
This series reused popular original Mugenbine figures, though heavily simplified, Air Leon's lion head no longer tucked away in jet mode for example. A new combined robot mode for the three was also devised.
|Galaxy Rex||Tyrannosaurus||Shuttle w/ Rockets|
|Carry Eagle||Eagle||Pickup Truck|
Series 2: 4 Holy Beasts
Beginning with this series, candy toys became whole new sculpts and were released in groups of five, with one piece being a simplified Mugenroid, lacking ratcheted joints and movable pegs. The remaining four are beast based and form weapon modes for larger Mugenbine figures. For this initial set, the animals are based on the four saint beasts of Japanese lore. The five figures combine into Mugen Emperor
|Mugen Byakko||Tiger||Clawed Lance||Mugen Emperor|
|Mugen Suzaku||Phoenix||Shield||Mugen Emperor|
|Mugen Seiryu||Serpent Dragon||Twin Lance||Mugen Emperor|
|Mugen Genbu||Turtle||War Hammer||Mugen Emperor|
Because of the popularity of this set, it was released again, this time beside dark repaints of themselves. These figures used a new theme on names, replacing Mugen with Death while retaining their previous names, and likewise, combined into Death Emperor, only the second official villain in the Mugenbine franchise after Xenonbine.
Series 3: 4 Dragons
The second new series followed the same theme as the first, this time the Mugenroid was released along with four different dragons, each with a different theme and weapon mode. Combined, they became Mugen Ryuuou (Dragon King), who was notably larger and better articulated than its predecessor.
|Mugen Enryuu||Fire Dragon||Lance||Mugen Ryuuou|
|Mugen Suiryuu||Water Dragon||Spin Blade||Mugen Ryuuou|
|Mugen Chiryuu||Land Dragon||Shuriken||Mugen Ryuuou|
|Mugen Rairyuu||Thunder Dragon||Bow||Mugen Ryuuou|
Series 4: Golden & Silver Gods
Created by repainting all the figures from the Four Holy Beast and Four Dragons sets, these sets were boxed together, typically coming one of each per box. Rather than retaining the original combinations with new colors, the designers rearranged the figures and designed completely new robot modes, along with sculpting new heads for the robot modes. This series also included a small storyline featuring their battle with Dark Flame Dragon as well as their similarities.
|Mugenroid Kin-Ou||Beast Mugenroid||Kinoujin|
|Mugen Ganryuu||Mugen Chiryu||Kinoujin|
|Mugen Kagutora||Mugen Byakko||Kinoujin|
|Mugen Houou||Mugen Suzaku||Kinoujin|
|Mugen Kaenryuu||Mugen Enryu||Kinoujin|
|Mugenroid Gin-Ou||Dragon Mugenroid||Ginouja|
|Mugen Reiki||Mugen Genbu||Ginouja|
|Mugen Chidori||Mugen Rairyu||Ginouja|
|Mugen Kouryuu||Mugen Seiryu||Ginouja|
|Mugen Mizuchi||Mugen Suiryu||Ginouja|
Series 5: 5 God Beasts
This series of figures removes the Mugenroid from the design and replaces it with a Buildroid complete with Roider figure. The theme of the set is Egyptian mythology, featuring designs based on many Egyptian gods, and combine into Mugen Pharaoh. According to Tokyo Toy Show 2009, the set is reissued and set to be released again in November.
|Mugen Anubis||Anubis, God of Death||Mugen Pharaoh|
|Mugen Sphinx||Sphinx, Guardian Beast||Mugen Pharaoh|
|Mugen Ra||Ra, God of the Sun||Mugen Pharaoh|
|Mugen Scorpion||Serket, Goddess of Magic||Mugen Pharaoh|
|Mugen Sobek||Sobek, Guardian of the Gods||Mugen Pharaoh|
Series 6: Holy Beasts of the Sword
Released in June, the set focuses on mythical and horned animals, most of which from European legend. It also retains the Buildroid construction as its core robot is more complex than a Mugenroid. They combine into a robot called Mugen Arthur, a reference to King Arthur.
|Mugen Knight||Knight||Mugen Arthur|
|Mugen Lio||Lion||Mugen Arthur|
|Mugen Phoenix||Phoenix||Mugen Arthur|
|Mugen Unicorn||Unicorn||Mugen Arthur|
|Mugen Leviathan||Dragon||Mugen Arthur|
Series 7: Holy Beasts of the Sea
The next series of candy toys featured a new theme of sea beasts. The new set is composed of a brand new mold based on sea animals, which combine to form Mugen Pirates. Mugen Leviathan from the previous set can also be added on to create Mugen Kaioh.
|Mugen Captain||Pirate||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
|Mugen Stingray||Stingray||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
|Mugen Whale||Whale||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
|Mugen Scissors||Crab||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
|Mugen Kraken||Giant Squid||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
|Mugen Shark||Hammerhead Shark||Mugen Pirate/Mugen Kaioh (/w Mugen Leviathan Added)|
Series 8 & 9: Fighting God Beasts
The next two series of candy toys were released the same month. The sets featured an Indian theme. Each set could be combined to form a larger robot and all twelve figures could be combined to form Mugen Enou (Fire Emperor).
|Mugen Hanumad||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Mugen Ganeshan||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Mugen Baion||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Mugen Umbra||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Mugen Zebu||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Mugen Garuda||Mugen Ashura/Mugen Enou|
|Monkeybine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
|Elephanbine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
|Leobine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
|Cobrabine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
|Wingbine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
|Hornbine||Mugen Ryufire/Mugen Enou|
Series 10 and 11: Phantom Saint Beast
The Tenth and Eleventh series of the Mugenbine Candy Toys features an all European Mystic theme. Series 10 was released in June 15, 2009 while 11 was released in July 2009 and featured twelve Beasts, with the first six combining to form Mugen Guardian, while the others combine into Mugen Ryustorm. Both sets can also combine to form Mugen Shinou.
|Mugen Elf||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Mugen Goblin||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Mugen Stag||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Mugen Hornet||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Mugen Spider||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Mugen Mantis||Mugen Guardian/Mugen Shinou|
|Littlebine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
|Dwarfbine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
|Stagbine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
|Beebine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
|Capturebine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
|Mantisbine||Mugen Ryustorm/Mugen Shinou|
Series 12: G Mugenbine Series: G Gentoshi
The Twelfth of the Mugenbine Candy Toys features a direct sequel to the Phantom Saint Beast line. Released in August 2009, the series was sold in Gashaphon Eggs and it features five figures which combine into either Mugen G-Phantom or Mugen Blade, which can be used by Mugen Shinou. This also marks the start of the new Mugenbine lineup named "G Mugenbine Series".
|Mugen G Elf||Mugen G-Phantom/Mugen Blade|
|Mugen G Stag||Mugen G-Phantom/Mugen Blade|
|Mugen G Bee||Mugen G-Phantom/Mugen Blade|
|Mugen G Spider||Mugen G-Phantom/Mugen Blade|
|Mugen G Mantis||Mugen G-Phantom/Mugen Blade|
Series 13 and 14: Fierce God Beast
The Thirteenth of the Mugenbine Candy Toys series was announced at the Tokyo Toy Show 2009 and was released in September 2009. The series features an African Safari Theme and it's composed of seven units (Counting RyuuDash), which can combine into Mugen Safari. The set can also combine with the Garyuuki set, which is planned to be released later in October 2009. The second set is composed of six units which can combine into Mugen Ryuuborn, which has both Dragon and Fighter modes. Both sets can combine further to form Mugen Juuoh.
|Mugen Valvaro and RyuuDash||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Mugen Grand||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Mugen Giraffe||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Mugen Kong||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Mugen Zebra||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Mugen Rhino||Mugen Safari/Mugen Juuoh|
|Muburibine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
|Lionbine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
|Gorillabine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
|Reachbine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
|Kishikubine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
|Tuskbine||Mugen Ryuuborn/Mugen Juuoh|
Series 15: Chomajuu
The Fifteenth line of the Mugenbine Candy Toys is stated to be released in January 2010 and it will have a Evil Magic theme unlike the first 14 Mugenbine Candy Toy releases. It has 6 units that combines into Mugen Satan and it was counted as the third official villain in the Mugenbine franchise after both Xenonbine and Death Emperor.
|Mugen Devil||Mugen Satan|
|Mugen Heracles||Mugen Satan|
|Mugen Griffon||Mugen Satan|
|Mugen Vulture||Mugen Satan|
|Mugen Gazelle||Mugen Satan|
|Mugen Killer Whale||Mugen Satan|
Gakuen Gattai Moebine SeriesEdit
Inspired by Mugenbine, the Gakuen Gattai Moebine (学炎合体 モエバイン) is a new series of Mugenbine Candy Toys released in 2009. It features cute anime-style Bine Girls (which inspired on Busou Shinki) accompanied with their Bine Mates, which can Bine Cross with their respective girls to give them powerful weapons.
Ninjutsu Club edition
The First Lineup of the Moebine collection. The Ninjutsu Club edition consists of Takane Endou & Homura Hawk, Kyouko Kamitsuki & Fuuma Viper, Tamami Kamaguchi & Raiden Toad, Uruha Oogami & Kouga Wolf, and Sarii Sarutobi & Shinobi Ape. Each Bine Girl is incredibly poseable with thirty points of articulation to play with, and all five of their Bine Mates can Super Bine Cross to form the Mitsurugi Kaizer robot. The Bine Mates can also be combined in another way to form Homura Kaizer. Also the Bine Mates has compatibility with the previous Mugenbine Toys.
|Girl Name||Bine Mate||Combiner|
|Takane Endou||Homura Hawk||Mitsurugi Kaizer/Homura Kaizer|
|Kyouko Kamitsuki||Fuuma Viper||Mitsurugi Kaizer/Homura Kaizer|
|Tamami Kamaguchi||Raiden Toad||Mitsurugi Kaizer/Homura Kaizer|
|Uruha Oogami||Kouga Wolf||Mitsurugi Kaizer/Homura Kaizer|
|Sarii Sarutobi||Shinobi Ape||Mitsurugi Kaizer/Homura Kaizer|
Little backstory is given for the Mugenbine toyline aside besides commercials and the back of toy packaging.
According to fiction from the commercials, the story takes place in Mugenpolis, where the first Mugenbine, Air Leon, was developed, soon followed by Build Giraffe and Carry Eagle, designed to counter emergencies in the city. The only villain seen is Xenonbine, an evil Mugenbine capable of more combinations than any of the others at the time. The commercials also explained the characters Great Rex, Heat Tricera, and Zord Elephant were created by Mugenbine's North American branch. After Victory Leon is created to serve as a gateway to the city, the commercials begin referring to it as Mugen City, and introduced the Mugen Bases. Arch Tiger's commercial also implies an unseen, ominous enemy as its appearance causes the sky to turn purple. There is also a side story featuring the Ridebine characters who are searching for legendary weapons, a theme supported by the manga included with these figures where they battle a machine monster powered by these weapons, as well as their inclusion with numerous Teiouryu figures as "prize parts", the weapon parts from Assault Leon, Energy Rhinoce, and Great Rex molded in gold plastic.
At some point, the storyline on the packages tell that the Mugenroids are taken over and turn against the city. As a result, the Buildroids are created, with human pilots that could not be controlled. They're left as the only protectors of Mugen City in the face of the new threat. The storyline is presumed to be ongoing as the most recent toy releases also includes a pilot figure.
Air Leon is a special guest unit in the Two-Part Special of Machine Robo Rescue.
- PLEX's Official Mugenbine Website
- Bandai's Official Mugenbine Candy Toys Website
- Zinc Panic's Mugenbine page