, an acronym
for Robot Anti-Terror Squad
(also sometimes known as Battle R.A.T.S.
), was a short-lived robot
and vehicle toy-line
created by Tomy
and released in Europe
in the early 1980s. The toyline consisted primarily of recolored robots and vehicles from Starriors
, an American toyline also created by Tomy, but also featured additional vehicles not seen in the Starriors line. The primary gimmick of each toy was some example of wind-up
automation, such as a rotating weapon or tool, or an electronic
automation, such as firing discs or locomotion
The only backstory for the toys was that which was provided on the packaging itself (in English
<blockquote>From the depths of space came the enemy battle squadron...hostile hordes of alien robots.Earth was the prize they fought for and Earth was their battleground.But they were not prepared for Earth's last line of defence...An army created to crush and destroy any invader.They're the ultimate weapon — the last line of defence of Planet Earth.They're fierce. They're mean. They'll take on anybody ...anything! They're R.A.T.S.! The Robot Anti-Terror Squad.
R.A.T.S. toys were manufactured primarily in Thailand
, though some were later produced in France
. While only one wave of toys was publicized via the back of each toy's box or card, at least two releases exist that were not depicted in the initial wave, both of which were recolored Starriors toys. Due to... Read More