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RAYDEEN

Classification: Technology (extraterrestrial)

Creator: The Followers of the Light

User/Possessors: Richard Carson, Ilongo Savage, Genji Odashu

First Appearance: Shogun Warriors#1 (February, 1979)

 

 

Powers/Abilities/Functions:  Raydeen possessed immense physical strength. Among its offensive capabilities, it possessed the Screaming Hawk, a hawk-shaped projectile, and the Breaking Blade, a massive blade that was housed in its right forearm. A bow was housed in its left wrist, and could shoot explosive tipped arrows. Missiles could also be fired from its fingertips. For defense it had a large cusson shield made of the same building material. The shield and Blade could be combined to form a sword for close quarters combat. The shield could also be converted into a boomerang. Raydeen's body was covered in heat shields, which could absorb and dispel vast amounts of energy. It was also capable of transforming into a supersonic jet dubbed ‘Firehawk’. Working in tandem with the other two Shogun Warriors, Raydeen was able to perform the Power Triangle Fist, a devastatingly powerful energy blast capable of destroying almost anything. Along with the other two pilots, Richard possessed a key, shaped like an ankh, which allowed communication between himself and the Followers of the Light. The key also allowed Raydeen to be transported to its pilot’s location.

 

 

History:

(Shogun Warriors#1) – After the three pilots were gathered and the situation with Mon-Kurr’s forces explained, the three human pilots were given the finished robot Raydeen to use in the fight against the giant monster Rok-Korr which was rampaging across the globe. Raydeen’s basic capabilities were used to their fullest, but in the end they were forced to retreat. Back at the Followers of the Light sanctuary, Dr. Tambura took the three pilots aside and explained that they would each be piloting their own robot and would no longer share Raydeen. 

(Shogun Warriors#2) – Regrouping at the Followers of the Light’s base, the pilots were introduced to their new robots and given a small demonstration of their individual robot’s skills. When Rok-Korr attacked a railway bridge, all three Shogun Warriors arrived. Undeterred, Rok-Korr’s master, Lord Maur-Kon, divided the beast into the Three Elementals of Evil. 

(Shogun Warriors#3) – Splitting up into teams, each Warrior tackled an Elemental. Raydeen battled the Fire Elemental. When the monster reformed into a massive mud beast, Raydeen joined with the other two Shoguns to form the Power Triangle, a move that reduced the mighty monster to ash. 

(Shogun Warriors#4) – Raydeen was recharged along with its fellows as the pilots learned more about their robots. While resting and training with the Followers of the Light, the pilots were unaware of the Followers of the Dark unleashing a new monster called the Mech-Monster. 

(Shogun Warriors#5) – While Combatra battled the Mech-Monster, Ilongo and Richard piloted their robots to the scene of the battle. While Genji flew off in order to find the monster’s point of origin, Ilongo and Richard stayed behind to battle the monster. 

(Shogun Warriors#6) – The battle with the Mech-Monster was going poorly for the Warriors when Carson devised a plan. Utilizing Dangard Ace’s chest photons, Carson tricked the monster into opening its mouth, allowing him to blast it with Raydeen’s arrows. When the two pilots flew out to Genji and Combatra’s last location, they were shocked to find their fellow Combatra siding with the enemy. Unknown to them, Genji had been taken captive by the Followers of the Dark. Figuring it out, the two managed to subdue the robot after Genji turned one of the follower’s cannons against the head. 

(Shogun Warriors#7) – When Cerberus attacked again, Raydeen was summoned when it appeared near the West Coast. The fighting was intense, but the robot was able to withstand Raydeen’s weapons. 

(Shogun Warriors#8) – Utilizing Raydeen’s weapons systems to their fullest, Richard was able to drive Cerberus away from the beach before any more damage was inflicted. 

(Shogun Warriors#9) – Raydeen was kept in storage at the Sanctuary of Light for repairs and maintenance. 

(Shogun Warriors#12) – Working with the other two Shogun Warriors, Raydeen destroyed a meteor that was on a collision course with Earth. Once it had been eliminated, it was revealed to be a trap from the Followers of the Dark. Investigating a massive ship hiding on the dark side of the Moon, they were attacked by Dr. Demonicus and his forces. Raydeen and Combatra were blasted off into space, while Dangard Ace managed to crash land on the moon. 

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(Shogun Warriors#13) – Using Raydeen’s retro rockets, Richard managed to blast Raydeen back toward Earth upon entering an asteroid field alongside Combatra. Arriving back at Dr. Demonicus' ship, the pair fought their way inside and met up with Dangard Ace. Fighting their way through the ship, all three were surprised by the appearance of the three previous monsters they had fought. 

(Shogun Warriors#14) – The battle between the Warriors and the three monsters was intense, but they managed to defeat all three monsters. When Dr. Demonicus launched another asteroid into the Earth, Raydeen helped to slice the massive space ship in two. Raydeen and Dangard Ace launched one of the ship’s halves toward the gigantic rock, destroying it. Dr. Demonicus was then captured and taken back to Earth. 

(Shogun Warriors#15) – During a training exercise, Richard was captured and a Yakuza imposter was substituted. Using Raydeen to attack Dangard Ace, Ilongo found himself unwilling to attack. When the truth was revealed and Richard regained control, Raydeen was used to wipe up the gangster’s forces. 

(Shogun Warriors#16) – Raydeen was flown back to California. When their keys were stolen, all three pilots fought to regain control of the Warriors. Hurrying back to the Sanctuary of Light, all three pilots were horrified to find it in ruins. When a mysterious alien appeared and attacked, they fought back. Using the full extent of their weapons systems, they were able to kill the monster (see comments). 

(Shogun Warriors#17) – When a young boy accidentally took control of Combatra, Raydeen was used to bring it down. After many misadventures, Raydeen was used to down Combatra without hurting the boy. 

(Shogun Warriors#18) – Summoned to aide Ilongo and Dangard Ace, Raydeen’s weapons proved ineffective against the robot Megatron. 

(Shogun Warriors#19) – Flying with Ilongo and Genji toward Madagascar, the three pilots planned their next move. They decided to take Combatra with them to New York in order to warn the Fantastic Four, leaving Raydeen and Dangard Ace at Ilongo's oceanographic institute. 

(Shogun Warriors#20) – A hologram of Raydeen was studied by the captain and crew of the starship Nightwind.

(Shogun Warriors#20/ Fantastic Four I#226 - BTS) – After arriving, both Raydeen and Combatra were relocated to a hollowed out mountain silo near Richard’s home. 

(Fantastic Four I#226 (fb)) – Once William McLaughlin completed work on the Samurai Destroyer, he sought out the only thing that could pose a threat to his plans. Finding Raydeen and Combatra via the inner-robot electronic links he melted both robots to slag with his weapons.

Comments: Created by Yoshitake Suzuki.  Concept expanded by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, and Dan Green.

   This robot was based on the anime Raideen the Brave (sometimes also spelled Reideen).

   At the end of #14, Dr. Demonicus was turned in and they head home. In #15, they make it clear they are all staying at the Sanctuary and training (yet there is nothing to suggest this issue is a flashback, and the gangsters make it clear that they have heard of them and that they have been active for a while) and #16 begins with the team returning from the events in #14, with no mention of the assault.

Raydeen (originally Reideen) was created by Tohokushinsha Studios. The various Shogun Warriors that appeared as toys only without Marvel appearances likewise all had various creators.
--Madison Carter

Profile by David Lawrence .

CLARIFICATIONS:
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Shogun Warriors#1, cover (main image)
Shogun Warriors#15, cover (head shot)
Shogun Warriors#4, p6, pan1 (breakdown)


Appearances:
Shogun Warriors#1 (February, 1979) –Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#2 (March, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#3 (April, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#4 (May, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#5 (June, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Dan Green (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#6 (July, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#7 (August, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#8 (September, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#9 (October, 1979) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#12 (January, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Jack Abel (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#13 (February, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#14 (March, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#15 (April, 1980) – Steven Grant (writer), Mike Vosburg (pencils), Bruce D. Patterson (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#16 (May, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#17 (June, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#18 (July, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Mike Esposito (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#19 (August, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Rick Parker (inks), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Shogun Warriors#20 (September, 1980) – Doug Moench (writer), Herb Trimpe (pencils), Al Milgrom and Jim Shooter (editors)
Fantastic Four I#226 (January, 1981) – Doug Moench (writer), Bill Sienkiewicz (pencils), Pablo Marcus & Bruce D. Patterson (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)


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Last Updated: 14/12/08

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