Exo-Force was a theme inspired by stories from Japanese manga and anime such as Mobile Suit Gundam and Robotech. The theme and its sets were based around enormous combat mechs known as battle machines piloted by humans against the mechanized Devastators, Iron Drones and Meca One robots, who themselves possess combat machinery of their own, with the intent of complete dominance of the mountain they live on, Sentai Mountain. What lay at the bottom of the mountain was never revealed. The theme lasted two and a half years, as it was introduced in spring 2006 and later discontinued in the summer of 2008. The working title for the series was Battlepeak. There was a book series based off of the sets.
The story in 2006 is based around the Sentai Fortress, its human inhabitants and the mechanical Devastator robots that are attacking them. At the end of the 2006 story arc, three of the humans, Takeshi, Hikaru, and Ryo are sent to find the legendary Golden City. Subsequently, Sensei Keiken, Ha-Ya-To, and the other humans travel to the city. At the end of the 2007 story arc, human leader Sensei Keiken is captured by the Devastators. The team embarks on a mission to find him, leaving Hitomi in charge of the Golden City. The team rescues Sensei Keiken from the Devastators and Meca One.
Despite the sets being discontinued, the storyline has developed dedicated followers, who continue the plot through fanfiction on the The Exo-Force Wiki and other websites.
Most of the Exo-Force sets consist of large "battle machines"; these are high-powered, heavily-armoured exo-suits designed to mimic human movement, and are mostly piloted by a single human or robot. Most of these vehicles use Technic joints to give the mech stability with a wide range of movement, and normally come equipped with a short-range melee weapon—a sword, shield or similar—in one hand and a long range weapon such as a pistol or laser cannon in the other. 2006 sets used click ball joints exclusively, while 2007 sets introduced ball joints. Aside from the mecha there were larger combat vehicles, bases, and remote installations such as gates and towers. Also, all of the final sets released in 2008 included a miniature brick-built robot that resembled its respective mech.
Power cores: The 2006 sets featured power cores, a light-up brick located somewhere in the mech's chasis and connected to one of the weapons by a special fibre-optic cable. This was used to "power up" (Exo-Force's catch-phrase) the battle machines and the weapons attached to it. All of the 2006 sets included a power core, with the exceptions of a few smaller sets, 7708 Uplink and 7711 Sentry.
Exo-Codes: From 2007 on, the power cores were discontinued and "exo-codes" were included in every set. These codes could be typed into LEGO.com to unlock downloads and additional set information. The 2007 codes were printed directly onto 2x1 flat tiles and incorporated into the set build. The 2008 codes were printed on stickers that could be applied to different brick types in different sets.
- ExoBattle Promotional website for Iron Crusher and Sky Titan (Broken Link)
- The Exo-Force Wiki
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|Pilots:||Sensei Keiken | Hikaru | Takeshi | Ryo | Ha-Ya-To | Hitomi | Tank Gunner | Skeleton|
|Robots:||Meca One | Devastator | Iron Drone|