Rod Drill

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Rod Drill
Machine Robo character
Machine Robo Drill Robo in box
First appearance

Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode 1, "Rising Storm! The Fighting Style of Justice!", July 3, 1986
Created by

Voiced by

Koichi Hashimoto (Japanese), Jacques Ferriere (French)
Japanese name

Release number

MR-17, MRB-1, MRG-02
Aliases Drill Robo (toy), Jet, Lu and Rock (English subtitles), Vrille (French dub)
Species Machine Robo
Occupation Racer, warrior


Battle Base personnel, Battle Clan, Land Commander 5, Silver Wolves
Alternate mode

Drill tank

Rod Drill is a fictional character from the Machine Robo series. He is a heroic Machine Robo introduced in 1983 as Drill Robo, but was renamed Rod Drill in 1986 for Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos.

Machine Robo

A young warrior of the Battle Clan, Rod Drill transforms into a drill tank and stands 6 feet 4 inches tall. He was born in mining town of Dakota. Rod is 15 years old at the start of the Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos animated series. He trained under Master Kirai Stol along side his friends Blue Jet and Rom Stol. He uses a bare fist form of Tenku Chushin Ken martial arts. He has a bright, happy-go-lucky personality and adores Rom's sister Reina Stol. He can be cranky if woken up early, and is secretly afraid of snakes and spiders. Because of his mechanoid nature Rod Drill does not need to breath oxygen and is resistant to cold, but is vulnerable to intense magnetic fields. His weapons include Ionoid Super Drill, a pair of tonfas and his Blazer Cannon.

Rod once piloted the MR P3 Powersuit from the Land Commander 5 team. This suit triples his strength and allows him to fly at Mach 16.8. He can also use this suit to combine into Land Commander 5.

The design of the Machine Robo Rescue character Drill Robo was based on Rod Drill.


Animated series

Rod Drill in Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode 1, "Rising Storm! The Fighting Style of Justice!"

Rod Drill was one of the main characters in the animated series Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos. He first appeared in episode 1, "Rising Storm! The Fighting Style of Justice!". He aided his friends and fellow martial arts students Rom Stol and Blue Jet in rescuing Reina and Triple Jim from Devil Satan 6.[1]

In episode 2, "Wolf Sword! Call Forth the Thunder of Courage!" Drill and friends attended the funeral of Kirai, where Rom took on a quest to follow the Wolf Sword's directions to find the next threat to Cronos. This quest would lead the companions to Sado fortress with the Wolf Crest which attacked by Grujios and the Devil Satan 6. Rom and friends were captured by the Gandora when the people of the fortress betrayed them, but once it was clear the Gandora were still a threat, the people of the fortress helped free the companions. Rom used Vikung-Fu to defeat Devil Satan 6 once again.

In episode 3 "Steal the Metal Laster!", Rom Stol and his friends were traveling when Rod Drill fell into an acid swamp, which caused him to rust. The group traveled to the nearby village of Vira in an attempt to get water to clean Rod. The village was attacked by the Devil Satan 6, who were looking for the Metal Laster for Gades, which was rumored to cure rust and aging. Rom battled the 6, but they got away with a jug which they thought contained the Metal Laster. Luckily the jug contained acid from the swamp. Rod was cured of his rust by the real Metal Laster, and they made a friends with the people of the village, particularly Min, the daughter of the village chief. [2]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 4, "Devil Trap - The Enslaved Village".[3]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 5, "Hot Fight at Absolute Zero!".[4]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 6, "The Rock People and Mizuchi the Mysterious Dragon".[5]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 7, "Sofia, Warrior Woman of the Leo Clan".[6]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 8, "The Demon Sea of the Lost Civilization of Mu".[7]

Rod Drill, Blade Dragon and Blue Jet in Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode 9, "Dash Out, Tank Trancer!"

Rod Drill appeared in episode 9, "Dash Out, Tank Trancer!".[8]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 11, "Pledging Love On the Great River". After saving the beautiful Melodia from a trap Rod helped free her village from the Gandora. Rod was crushed when she professed her love for Combat Buggy after the Gandora were defeated.[9]

In episode 19, "Race to the Death!" Rod Drill won the annual race of Momo, narrowly defeating Jali and Rom.[10]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 25, "Scramble! Land Commander 5". When Patrol Car Robo of the Land Commander 5 team was injured, Rod took his place as the pilot of the P3 suit to help repel a Gandora attack on Yamilan City. Note: Despite Rod taking the place of Patrol Car Robo on the team, the stock combining footage still depicts Patrol Car Robo in the P3 Powersuit.

Rod Drill appeared in episode 27, "The Magic Mountain Knight Maskrock". In the episode Rod Drill was part of a Yamilan City volunteer group lead by Rom Stol that went to retrieve the cure for Gandora rust poison gas which had effected Reina and some school children. Triple Jim gave Rod Drill a lift when they flew off for their mission.

In episode 28, "Tough Trailer - 10 Seconds to Detonation" Rod Drill was present in Yamalin City during a Gandora attack that lead to the city's core computer starting a self-destruct countdown. Rod stopped the countdown at the last moment with the help of Tough Trailer.[11]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 33, "The Lost Ruin - Four Secrets!".[12]

Rod Drill appeared in episode 34, "Vikung-Fu Disappears In Space", where he was among those who helped repulse a Gandora attack on the Battle Base construction site.

Rod Drill appeared in episode 35, "The Secret of the Jewel People". In the episode Rubyman was trapped in Devil's Cave and sent Magnarock for help. Magnarock returned with Reina, Pro Truck Racer, Rod Drill, Rom Stol and Triple Jim, who freed him. Outside the cave they were confronted by Gandora forces lead by Diondora. She promised not to harm the other if Rubyman went with her. Although Rubyman agreed to go for the sake of the others, Blue Jet arrived with reinforcements and helped them overcome the Gandora.[13]

Magnarock, Rod Drill and Supercar Robo attended the ceremony announcing the new Land Commander 5 team in episode 37, "Critical Moment - Land Commander 5", attacking Yamalin City.[14]

In episode 38, "Raise Your Gun Helitranser", Rod Drill was part of a team lead by Rom Stol which attempted to ambush Devil Satan 6 members Gillhead and Barabat in the city streets, but it ended up being a trap set by Ashura. Rom Stol lead a team which included Rod Drill that opposed a Gandora group lead by Diondora that searched for an artifact near the Dragon Waterfall.[15]

Triple Jim, Rod Drill, Big Trailer Robo, Blue Jet and Pro Truck Racer in Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos episode 41, "Power Riser - Break Through the Enemy"

In episode 41, "Power Riser - Break Through the Enemy" when Rom attempted to leave in his Power Riser suit to take on the Gandora he was joined by many of his allies, including Bike Robo, Blue Jet, Wrestler Robo, Reina, Rod Drill and Triple Jim.

In episode 42, "Vikung-Fu - Cry of Anger", Battle Gyror, Blue Jet, Classic Robo, Combat Buggy, Countach Robo, Fire Robo, Mixer Robo, Porsche Robo, Pro Truck Racer, Rod Drill and Trailer Robo were attacking the downed Gandora mothership during a giant hail storm when they are attacked by missiles.

Rod Drill fought in the final attack on the Gandora in episode 44, "Cronos' Last Battle". He left planet Cronos at the end of the series with Bike Robo, Blue Jet and others.

Note: Voice actor Jacques Ferriere also voiced Doctor Braxis and Scooter in the French dub of Challenge of the GoBots and voiced Grimlock, Skywarp, Starscream and Thundercracker in the French dub of The Transformers.

Machine Robo: Battle Hackers

Rod Drill appears as a supporting character in Machine Robo: Battle Hackers. He is leader of the Silver Wolves.

Jeep Robo, Missile Tank Robo and Rod Drill appeared in episode 4, "The Strongest Warrior - R Jetan".[16]

Jeep Robo and Rod Drill appeared in episode 5, "Crystal Eavesdropping Strategy".[17]


Rod Drill appeared in the Playstation Portable game Super Robot Wars Impact.[18]


  • Bandai Machine Robo MR-17 Drill Robo (1983)
A new mold by Bandai. Turns from robot to drill tank.
This toy was released in as GoBots Screw Head.
  • Bandai Machine Robo: Revenge of Cronos MRB-1 Rod Drill (1986)
A release of Drill Robo in new packaging with a new name for the Revenge of Cronos line.
  • Action Toys Machine Robo Gokin Series MRG-02 Rod Drill (2016)
A new mold by Action Toys. Turns from robot to drill tank. Comes with two tonfa weapons, large drill and stand.



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