Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad was, like Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
, a sentai
(i.e. "super team") series that was pretty much a toy commercial. Like the MMPR TV series, the SSSS show was created by taking the action sequences from a Japanese series (Gridman
, in this case) and working them into the plot of a new, more Americanized
The main villain was "Kilokhan
", a black-caped, masked figure known as the "Overload Overlord
", along with various other technobabble appellations. Much like Power Rangers' villains, Kilokhan would send out a monster every episode that the SSSS would have to fight. These monsters were more in the vein of Godzilla
rubber suits than MMPR's more cartoonish enemies, though.
I don't remember too much about the show, but my collection of toy robots
includes a couple of SSSS items, and there's a bit of information about the series and characters that I can get off the boxes.
A key concept of the show was Samurization
, which has nothing to do with samurai
, but in fact is just a made-up word used to describe the toys' transformation and combination gimmick, as used in the show. The toy packages used as a slogan a phrase which I find absolutely hilarious; "Samurized for your protection!"
Matthew Lawrence's character, who samurized into Servo
, was named Sam Collins
His band consisted of "Tanker
", and "Amp
", who samurized into Borr
, "The Bionic Bulldozer" (called a bulldozer
despite the fact that it had two big drills on the front), Tracto
, "The Terminal-trampling Tank", and Vitor
, "The Aerial Assault Scout Craft". The three vehicles samurized into the robot Zenon
, which samurized with Servo
to form the robot Synchro
could also samurize with Drago
, a robotic dragon, to form the robot Phormo
. Drago in turn was formed from two jets named Jamb and Torb, which also were samurized from the band members.