Top Seven WORST Sentai Mecha Designs! [Updated!]
There are a lot of bad mecha out there. Whenever I see a terrible mecha, I can't help but wonder who thought it was a good idea and how it was approved. I felt that the worst mecha needed to be given the proper Top 7 list treatment.
I am going to leave out a few things such as Bases and Carriers. They're kinda low-hanging fruit. Also, apologies for the short blurbs on each one...the mecha kinda speak for themselves on how awful they are.
07. Ohblocker (Ohranger)
This is kind of setting the pace for this list. I don't like a lot of secondary mecha...
Ohblocker is like one of those oversized TV Remotes for the elderly. It takes the theme of detailed mecha like the others in the series and trades it in for a comical mishmash of the Ohranger character symbols. It's just stacked shapes. They tried to save it by giving it two swords.......but no. The helmet is ugly and the body is uglier. No no no.
Atleast it's made up of five humanoid components. That's some solace...
06. Galaxy Robo (Maskman)
This one disappointed me for a lot of reasons. The goofy face. The cartoon hands. The too-bright colors. The bland lines and minimal details...it's a bad mix.
The reason I really, really hate this mecha is that it was the mecha used in the final fight in Maskman. This hideous turd was the last thing we saw rather than the excellent Great Five.
But yeah... This largely unimaginative block of crap really shouldn't have existed.
05. Gogglerobo (Goggle Five)
The blandest of the 80s mecha.
It has a grand total of six colors despite made up of three vehicles. The lazy design goes from "meh" to "BLERG!" when you combine it with that horrible face.
Gogglerobo...the only mecha to have this face: -_-
04. Timerobo Beta (Timeranger)
Timerobo Alpha is pretty damn cool. Timerobo as a concept is actual brilliant with it's three different modes. The weakest link has to be the Beta mode. It's a top-heavy disaster.
Once again...this bad design is ruined by a face. OK, I mean...maybe the face itself isn't that bad, but the hatch hanging down in front of it is pretty stupid. It reminds me of those old-timey longjohns with the trapdoor.
To sum it up, it's all bad here. Stick with Alpha.
03. Jet Garuda (Jetman)
What the hell were they thinking with the Jetman mecha? Jet Icarus was weird looking, Tetra Boy had a funny face too. Jet Garuda was the worst. It's just...all over the place. Claws? Odd lines? A face that looks more like a squirrel rather than a bird? Yes.
It's the definition of unappealing. The details are all over the place with rounded cuff and shoulders with nothing but straight lines beyond that.
The only thing that saves Jet Garuda is Hyper Haken. That's pretty cool, I guess.
02. Daibouken (Boukenger)
A lot of the stuff on this list ended up here for being bland or under designed. Daibouken has way too much going on for absolutely no reason. Wheels here, thrusters there, hooks for shoulders, a helmet that has rockets going through it's ears...
What a mess. I really don't give a crap about Boukenger...but what the hell was going on with their mecha? Wasn't their theme treasure hunting? Why is this all construction equipment? The bigger it got, the worse it got. Terrible, terrible mecha.
Also, you gotta love that area completely devoid of any kind of designs on the thighs.
Ugh. Get this thing out of my memory.
01. Gunbiroh (Go-onger)
This one is kind of a shame. I like the three mecha that make this up, but combined...yeah. What a terrible, terrible mess. It has no theme. It has no purpose. Mental Bleach, please!
In all honesty, it's easy to talk about how lousy the Go-onger clusterfuck combinations are...but this is the real shit. Unappealing and pointless.
The face of a church organ, a gun for the right arm, and fin for the left.
THE BEST EVER. Muteki Shogun (Kakuranger)
So I thought about making a complimentary Top 7 for the best Sentai mecha, but what's the point? Muteki Shogun is the best. I'll even go as far to say that the Top 7 best would be 1. Muteki Shogun 2. Super Muteki Shogun 3. Red Saruda 4. White Kark 5. Yellow Kumaad 6. Blue Rogan 7. Black Gamma
The design is borderline a work of art. It has a full design with lines and elements in all of the right places. There are no flat spots, there are no areas where it's too busy, it breaks down into five equally great looking mecha, and the sword is frickin amazing...enough said. Most of all, however, it is ON POINT. It looks like it belongs to the show probably more than any other mecha out there.
Muteki Shogun is the best of the mecha.
So there you go...the worst Super Sentai mecha.
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UPDATE You wanted it, you got it. The Top 7 BEST Sentai Mecha Designs now has it's own official list.