What on Earth are the Space Ninjas?
I've been asked that question a few times across various websites and the simple answer is... I don't know. I made up the name about a week ago (late November 2011) as a catch all, power ranger like, super robot team. My original plan was for a team of robots that combine to form a bigger robot, but the mechanics at this scale are HARD! So I compromised with this Mega Zord inspired micro mecha concept.
I've since been toying with some story ideas for the Space Ninjas, many of which are blatant Power Ranger inspired fan fictions. But to date this is the gist:
2,000 years ago the combined ninja clans of Earth banished a great and powerful evil into the abyss, from which it was prophesied that it one day it would eventually escape. Fast forward to the future, approximately 500 years from now. To prepare for the return of the great evil, the ninjas infiltrated various facets of human culture, arranging for the construction of a colony/training academy to be built in secret on a newly colonised Asteroid beyond Saturn. There they have devised an entire fleet of craft capable of assuming super robot forms. Piloted by ninjas, these robots are like a scalpel cutting away evil from the galaxy, where as the regular military are more like a bazooka.
But the prophecy is about to be fulfilled and the great evil has chosen the BioBeasts of Glorm as his instruments. When they recapture the abyss, he will rise again!
Glorm BioBeasts Super Mode
Glorm Super BioBeast in battle with the Space Ninja Super Robot
Glorm BioBeasts in battle with Space Ninja Fleet.
Yep I made villains for the Space Ninja Fleet, the Glorm. Possibly the least original alien name I've ever created. Idea is that their mecha are actually cybernetic in nature, hence the more insectoid "vehicle" forms.
The strength of the Glorm BioBeasts is that they are swarm craft. Dozens of these could be deployed at once over running planetary defences. A single Super Robot might not have the power to despatch an army - but an ultra-robot might just have the edge....
I was going for a mecha mode that looked less "human" than the Super Robots for the Space Ninjas, I think I managed it. Colours were chosen to look alien.
Because these are intended to be mass assault forces, I deliberately created a robot mode that appears smaller than the Super Robots for the Space ninjas once combined. That way it would seem like an exterminator dealing with vermin, rather than two equallu powerful titans matched toe to toe.
Point to note is that the exact same method is used for the arm and leg attachment (the shoulder and knee joints are the same as the Space Ninja Super Robot, so in theory the grubloids and creeploids could replace the green, yellow, blue and white fighters to form a new super robot. Also the buzzloid would replace the katanas).
however, only part of the design could interact with the Gold fleet (namely the swords and arms) the chest attachment can't attach to the body as it does on the Space Ninja and Stealth Shadow ultra robot modes. However it could be attached to the shoulder or arm maybe. I'll give that a try and see what it looks like (though officially as this is an alien bioBeast and not a super robot the two technologies shouldn't interact..).
More purple and green Glorm evil to come as I have some ideas to Ultra form this bad boy. However, for the same reasons the gold team would have difficulty interacting with this design, anything I add to ramp up its abilities would be unique to the Glorm and probably wouldn't be backwards compatible with the Space Ninja or Stealth Shadow units, but we will see, the linking options at this scale are varied even without partially redesigning - and there is always the option to partly dismantle units as I did with the Gold shuttle...