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Slizer / Throwbots
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Years

1999 - 2000

Subtheme of

TECHNIC

Related themes

BIONICLE
RoboRiders


You may be looking for Slizer, a minifigure from Space Police.

Slizer, known as Throwbots in the US and Canada, is a subtheme of TECHNIC that launched winter 1999 and continued into 2000. It featured bots that threw.

Description

The line debuted a new ball-and-cup system of building that allowed the figures to be articulated in ways not possible with LEGO elements that were extant prior. At launch there were eight elementally themed figures, packaged in special carrying cases that could be worn on a belt.

Each Slizer comes with two discs that can be thrown using a special flinger arm. Most of the figures feature also feature adjustable heads via a gear mechanism.

The 2000 wave introduced mutant Slizer, two of which are larger scale figures with dual flinger arms.

Development

ThrowbotsUScatalog2

Build! Shoot discs! Transform! Roll out!

Christian Faber, who would go on to develop story and art for BIONICLE, also had a hand in the formation of Slizer. His 1995 Cybots concept proposed the ball-and-socket building system that the theme adopted. [1] He also created much of the art, for both the packaging and the faceplates of the models themselves. [2]

At one point, selling the models via vending machines was considered. [3]

Story

1999 large UK catalog slizer story info

Slizer pages in a 1999 UK catalog with story information and Slizer bios

In keeping with the separate theme names between the US/Canada and the rest of the world, the theme has two similar, but distinct, presentations of the story.

Slizer

The 1999 general LEGO catalog and the May 1999 issue of LEGO Technic Magazine provide the same account of the Slizer story. Planet Slizer is located 4000 light years from Earth, and is divided into seven elemental zones. A transmission from the planet reads "WE ARE SLIZER. JOIN US." The bots are evenly divided into two opposing teams - Fire Slizer, Sub Slizer, City Slizer and Ice Slizer are good, and can combine to form the Super Slizer. Judge Slizer, Jungle Slizer, Rock Slizer and Energy Slizer are evil, and can combine to form the Mega Slizer.

Each Slizer carries out a mission in his home environment These missions all involve a search for a source of power that will give them an edge in combat.

  • Fire Slizer collects diamonds to stay powered and increase his flamethrower's range.
  • Sub Slizer collects "special pearls" that break water down into oxygen and hydrogen - the latter of which repels mutant goblers.
  • City Slizer collects radioactive fuel that powers himself and overwhelms mutant vehicles.
  • Ice Slizer collects ice crystals that provide him energy and destroy the fur of hostile creatures.
  • Energy Slizer collects neutrons to neutralize proton monsters. How pseudo-scientific!
  • Rock Slizer collects "heavy water," which affords him protection and harms the stone monster.
  • Judge Slizer draws energy from "cosmic background radiation," but collects nothing. Instead, he sets his sights on ruling the entire Planet Slizer from his Slizer Dome.
    Planet slizer

    They called it the Pizza Planet

Comics packed with the sets offer small looks into the story. In one, the Slizer participate in a tournament at the Slizer Dome, throwing discs at the energy ring in the center of the arena. Jungle Slizer is the first to land a shot through the ring's mouth, and shouts victoriously. In another comic, the good Slizers form the Super Slizer and confront their evil enemies, who in turn form the Mega Slizer.

The March/April issue of LEGO World Club Magazine in Germany offers a backstory for the 2000 wave of sets:

There is peace on the Planet Slizer... until the day a meteor thunders through the atmosphere and strikes the surface... half the planet is crushed into microscopic parts!
Many Slizer die in the explosion. From their fragments mutate four new Slizer. They are big, strong, fast and deathly dangerous! And all four are trying to control Planet Slizer. That's why they shoot at everything that moves - including the other Slizer! 

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that's one spicy pizza. because its on fire

There are four mutant Slizer:

  • Blaster Slizer is immensely strong, but dim-witted.
  • Flare Slizer is able to fly and has sharp vision.
  • Spark Slizer is adaptable and intelligent.
  • Millenium Slizer is the cleverest of all, possessing two throwing arms and great speed.

Throwbots

In the US, the line is introduced in the January/February issue of MANIA Magazine. The sets are described as robots constructed by aliens in another galaxy. "Light-years" of self-maintenance have led the Throwbots to adapt individually to their respective home planets.

All of the Throwbots are described as "Guardians of the Galaxy" (no, not those ones). Each lives on their own homeworld and endures its natural hazards. While the descriptions of most of these worlds match what can be seen on the box art and in the Slizer bios, Turbo's world is described as one of rolling hills instead of a techno-city, while Jet's is characterized as a "giant gas world" instead of the Slizer Dome.

Torch, Scuba, Turbo, and Ski combine to form the super Throwbot Robotops, while Jet, Amazon, Electro, and Granite become UltraRex.

In a comic featured on Lunchables boxes, Torch encounters a fire monster too great to be dealt with alone. The LEGO Maniac summons Scuba, Turbo, and Ski, allowing them to form Robotops and fight off the beast. This comic goes back to calling the Throwbots' home environments zones, not worlds, in keeping with the Slizer storyline.

ThrowbotsLunchables

this is the vast majority of the US story

This change remains with the launch of the next wave of sets in 2000. The set boxes prominently display the singular, meteor-crushed planet. The January-February 2000 issue of MANIA Magazine provides a short synopsis of the story:

New Years eve a mysterious meteor hits the Throwbots Planet... The powerful collision creates a giant crater. And out of the crater, climb four fantastic, new Throwbots.
These new Throwbots include Millenia, who can transform between a large form and a small bike-riding form, and Spark, Flare, and Blaster, who combine to form the super Throwbot Dynamo.

Throwbots make their final appearance in MANIA Magazine in the May/June 2000 issue. In a "Battle of the Big Bots," Millenia and Blaster showdown in an arena to determine who is "the most powerful Throwbot in the universe!"

Discs

Gooddiscs

Good discs

The throwing discs used by the Slizer were marketed as collectibles. Six discs existed for each of the 1999 Slizer, labelled from power level 2 to 7. Each power level featured a different part of the Slizer's environment on the disc.

Every set contained its own level 2 disc, and the level 3 disc of another Slizer. The rest could be collected from randomly packed 8508 Supplementary Discs sets.

Evildiscs

Evil discs

  • Level 2 - elemental symbol
  • Level 3 - the Slizer himself, throwing a disc
  • Level 4 - the Slizer's container/transport flying through the environment
  • Level 5 - an action scene with the Slizer
  • Level 6 - the Slizer confronting their zone's monster
  • Level 7 - the power source the Slizer seeks out (see Story above)
  • Level 8 - only Judge Slizer gets a level 8 disc, in place of level 7. It depicts a beam emitting from the Slizer Dome.

The 2000 wave featured seven discs altogether, spread out across the four sets. [4]

  • Level 2 - the meteor approaches Planet Slizer
  • Level 3 - Spark Slizer
  • Level 4 - the meteor strikes the planet's surface
  • Level 5 - Flare Slizer
  • Level 6 - the mutant Slizers are born in the meteor's collision
  • Level 7 - Blaster Slizer
  • Level 8 - Millenium Slizer

List of Sets

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Image Item number Set Number of pieces Minifigures Price Release
1061-1 1061  Single Disc Pack       1999 
8500 Box 8500  Fire/Torch Slizer  31     $5.99  1999 
8501-1 8501  Ice/Ski Slizer  34     $5.99  1999 
8502-1 8502  City/Turbo Slizer  45     $5.99  1999 
8503-1 8503  Sub/Scuba Slizer  39     $5.99  1999 
8504-1 8504  Judge/Jet Slizer  44     $5.99  1999 
8505-1 8505  Jungle/Amazon Slizer  36     $5.99  1999 
8506-1 8506  Rock/Granite Slizer  34     $5.99  1999 
8507-1 8507  Energy/Electro Slizer  37     $5.99  1999 
8508 8508  Supplementary Discs     $1.99  1999 
8520-1 8520  Millennium/Millennia Slizer  135     $19.99  1999 
8521-1 8521  Flare Slizer  44     $5.99  2000 
8522-1-1 8522  Spark Slizer  35     $5.99  2000 
8523-1 8523  Blaster Slizer  89     $14.99  2000 

Combinations

Other Items

Notes

  • Space Police III introduced a character known as Slizer, relation unknown.
  • The Hero Factory webgame Mission: Von Neblua contains a level in which the passcode SLIZER is used.
  • BIONICLE sets adopted the discs used by Slizer. the 2001 promotional McDonald's Tohunga models had disc-flinging arms of their own, while 2004 models introduced disc launchers.

Gallery

Videos

Lego Technic Slizers Intro00:11

Lego Technic Slizers Intro

Teaser Ad

See Also

References

  1. "The beginning. Birth of a ball joint," Faber Files, 4/8/12
  2. "4 faces from the past," Faber Files, 4/17/16
  3. "Exhibit 008-009-010," Turaga Files - Unboxing the Legend, 4/9/15
  4. "Discs of the Mutant Slizers," Sparkytron on Brickshelf

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