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Robot Racer from ESSO / EXXONMOBIOL
 
Robot Racer friction motor or pull-back windup series of robot toys that can be change into vehicles
They were released in the UK, Europe, Canada and possibly the US (if you have details please get in contact)
Figures were given away free with required fuel purchase at participating petrol stations as a promotional gimmick
 
Notes:
The figure models were copied from the Japanese toy line Change Robo / Magic Robo by Maruka
 
While unconfirmed, it's likely that they were released under valid license as both the cardbacks and figures state that
they were made in Japan as per the original Maruka figures and not reproduced unofficially elsewhere
 
Change Robo and Robot Racer packaging both bear model numbers, however matching numbers between the lines
appears to be coincidence rather than planned
 
Robot Racer figures #1 Liftor, #3 Dromo, #5 Commander Van and #8 Pro-Ton are essentially the same model with
differing carry tray sections
 
Of all the examples seen, only the first two figures in the series have holes punched to hang the cards for display
 
Region Codes Used: UK United Kingdom / EU Europe / CA Canada
 
ROBOT RACER in model order
 
 
 

LIFTOR
Robot Racer #1 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Robot Mode: Front on Liftor is visually the same as Dromo, Comander Can and Pro-Ton bar the
stickers.


Alt Mode: Based on a Toyota Hilux Ute with a small crane on the tray

The flywheel powered friction motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
When the motor is running fast enough, flint sparks will fly from a hole near the motor.
This is most apparent in robot mode

 
 
liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 left liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 back liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 right liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 comparison
liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 alt liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 alt left liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 alt back liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 cardback carded liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 cardback backing card liftor robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute crane #1 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 
 

MIGHTY-MAN
Robot Racer #2 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Mazda RX7

The spring powered, pull-back windup motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
Mighty-Man does not have the sparking feature some Robot Racers offer

 
 
mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 left mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 back mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 right no compare image available at this time
mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 alt mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 alt left mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 alt back mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 cardback carded mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 cardback backing card mighty-man robot racer esso 1985 / racers Mazda RX-7 #2 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 
 

DROMO
Robot Racer #3 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Toyota Hilux Ute with a small cement mixer on the tray

The flywheel powered friction motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
When the motor is running fast enough, flint sparks will fly from a hole near the motor.
This is most apparent in robot mode

 
 
dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 left dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 back dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 right figure image not available at this time
dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 alt dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 alt left dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 alt back dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 cardback carded dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 cardback backing card dromo robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute cement mixer #3 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 
 

SURF-FINDER
Robot Racer #4 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Volkswagen Type 1 / Beetle

The spring powered, pull-back windup motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
Surf-Finder does not have the sparking feature some Robot Racers offer

 
 
surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 left surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 back surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 right no compare image available at this time
surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 alt surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 alt left surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 alt back surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 cardback carded surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 cardback backing card surf-finder robot racer esso 1985 / racers volkswagen bettle #4 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 
 

COMMANDER-VAN
Robot Racer #5 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Toyota Hilux Ute with a covered missile payload in the tray
Red main vehicle body with a yellow tray box

The flywheel powered friction motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
When the motor is running fast enough, flint sparks will fly from a hole near the motor.
This is most apparent in robot mode

 
 
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WAGON MASTER
Robot Racer #6 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Honda City Turbo

The spring powered, pull-back windup motor drives the figure in alt mode only.
Wagon Master does not have the sparking feature some Robot Racers offer

 
 
wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 left wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 back wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 right no compare image available at this time
wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 alt wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 alt left wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 alt back wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 cardback carded wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 cardback backing card wagon master robot racer esso 1985 / racers honda city turbo #6 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 
 

EXCELLOR
Robot Racer #7 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Nissan 300ZX [red with silver windows]

The spring powered, pull-back windup motor drives the figure in alt mode only.
Excellor does not have the sparking feature some Robot Racers offer

 
 
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PRO-TON
Robot Racer #8 UK / EU / CA ESSO 1985

Alt Mode: Based on a Toyota Hilux Ute with a more standard pickup / utillity tray

The flywheel powered friction motor drives the figure in both robot and alt modes.
When the motor is running fast enough, flint sparks will fly from a hole near the motor.
This is most apparent in robot mode

 
 
pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 left pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 back pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 right pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 comparison
pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 alt pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 alt left pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 alt back pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 alt right robot toys backing card image not available at this time
pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 cardback carded pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 cardback backing card pro-ton robot racer esso 1985 / racers Toyota Hilux Ute Pickup Ute Utillity #8 cardback backing card back robot toys backing card image not available at this time robot toys backing card image not available at this time
 
 

 

 

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