Three Zero is back with their second ROBO-DOU offering, and it’s another Patlabor release!
Patlabor is a Japanese anime from the 80’s which has carried on in various forms since. It hasn’t exploded in popularity like other lines but has a core following and continues to reinvent and expand it’s universe. The main draw are giant mechs with police markings, controlled by the Tokyo police and used to enforce the peace in a time where Labors (mechs) are common.
ThreeZero’s ROBO-DOU is their line of approximately 9 inch scale robots. For those familiar with the Transformers DLX scale robots – these take that DNA and apply it to other properties.
This is their second ROBO-DOU release, and it’s a slight remod of the first release (see our full gallery and review here). Patlabor has multiple Police mechs, each with slight variations. The first release was the main one, and this one is UNIT 2 and UNIT 3 in one set. You get the core robot, and then can swap the head, shoulders, and license plates to make it work for either 2 or 3. The human drivers for each – Isao Ohta and Shinobu Nagamo – are also included.
Patlabor as a brand was also about to ramp up promotion for the line with a new website, fan club, store and events around Japan. They also have a new project in the works – Patlabor EZY. A lot of that has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 issues globally. You can check in and keep up with things on their website – https://Patlabor.tokyo, along with Twitter and Instagram.
We’ve run the new ThreeZero set for some pics to show what it can do. Read on to check out shots and additional thoughts for the ROBO-DOU Patlabor Ingram Unit 2 and 3 Compatible Set after the break, courtesy of ThreeZero!