Robotic salvation mechanism to change function

So the search for good old-fashioned army men, the kind that are
about 2" high and extremely fun to pelt with dirt clods or blow up with
firecrackers*, led Fisher, Rhys and me to Big Lots.

To those of you not privileged to live near a Big Lots: it’s kind of
like a dollar store, only more expensive. Lots of closeouts on random
items (I got a great big tube of Dove lotion for $1.50!), much clutter
in the aisles, many things of uncertain foreign derivation. It merits one, maybe two trips a year, just ’cause crapwatching is kind of fun and you can always load up on cheap wrapping paper if there’s nothing else worthwhile.

So as the boys rummaged through a motley collection of cheap plastic toys, I leaned casually upon a shelf. My elbow nudged something: a large yellow box containing a large yellow robot. "Excuse me," I almost said to him upon meeting his polyethylene gaze. Then the name emblazoned on the package caught my eye:


How could I pass up such a tempting prospect? I could not resist. I had to pick up the box and check out what else it had to say about the "Salvation In One Superduty Gadder." And the rest of the copy did not disappoint.

Salvation1_1This robot is composed of five sub-robots of sorts. It’s "the five superduty gadder robot transmutation in one!" And, as the box proudly proclaims, it has "yellow gears." (Note that no actual gears are visible anywhere on this robot.)



Because this is a highly technologically advanced toy, we have "Specifications" listed along the side. Please be sure and note the measurements given for "Lengthily" and "Ponderancy." We have two separate rankings: one for the "Superduty subula robot," which appears to make up the critter’s torso, and the mystifyingly-named "Shoving glebe robot," four of which comprise its limbs. "Superduty subula" measures 12.2 meters in height (Pretend-World height, I’m thinking) and "43.0 Ton" in Ponderancy (I’m amazed I could pick it up to get it off the shelf!).

But wait, there’s more! When these parts are unified, they can perform a "Stunt: Subula expression go into the offensive finger-flash." Fisher, who got in lots of trouble about two weeks ago for performing an "offensive finger-flash" of his own, was vastly entertained by the notion of a robo-flipoff.

Also, there’s a schematic showing how this robot rates in five measures of performance. Tellingly, "craftsmanship" is given the lowest ranking. "Tutelage," though, seems to be the Superduty Gadder’s strong point.

If you’re like me, the first (well, maybe second, or fourteenth) thing
that pops into your head upon perusing this section of copy is "What the heck is a glebe, shoving or otherwise?" After trying and failing to figure out what the writers might
have meant, I turned to my faithful American Heritage dictionary, where
I learned this:

glebe n. 1. A plot of land belonging or yielding profit to an English parish church or an ecclesiastical office. 2. Archaic. The soil or earth; land.

Should you be able to decipher how "glebe" relates in any way to "yellow plastic Transformer-ripoff robot," or how a glebe could ever be said to "shove," please let me know; I’ll give you due props.

(I looked up "gadder," too. Not Appearing In This Dictionary.)

Salvation5Onward! We now turn to the all-important Mechanism Model, which describes how the Subula unites with the Shoving Glebes in an unholy congress to produce the "Hyper In One" two-foot-tall stalking machine of death.

Here, we learn that "The five mechanism to begin with change to robot, re change to the model ." Also, the possibility of using this toy as a bioterrorism delivery mechanism is addressed: "The pox is on the lines of conceive arrive."

Since the designers had a few square inches of box space still to fill, they cleverly worked in a marketing campaign urging us to invest in the Superduty Gadder’s (not-available-at-Big Lots) robo-cousins.


We are exhorted to "Please gather up the salvation in one series ." and promised that doing so will lead to great rewards: "This is the X in one !!" Superduty Gadder and his relatives are apparently part of the "Machine Robo Rescue" series, which "Ceremoniously come on the scene." In addition to Superduty Gadder (who, confusingly, is described here as "Superduty police robot"), there are two other models available: "Superduty subula robot" (wait… I thought Superduty Gadder was a subula? I’m so confused) and my personal favorite, "Superduty spurt robot." Because there’s nothing worse than entrusting your spurt needs to a robot who, being rated for less than super duty, is unable to live up to your expectations.

Speaking of living up to expectations: apparently if Superduty Subula robot and Superduty Spurt robot combine, they form an "Outs Streng Thening Pattern!" Yes, these two, when "pooled, It can prosecute salvation ploy on the air ." (Salvation ploys everywhere are quaking in fear.) But this is nothing compared to the collective might of Superduty Subula robot and Superduty Police robot: they "Set Store By Flexibility" and "can super-speed steam on the course." (Which course? Probably sold as part of the "X in one.")

So that’s it for the Superduty Gadder Robot Transmutation in One. Except this: I brought it home (I had to! Best $5.99 I ever spent!) and, a few days later, let the boys take it out of the box to play with. After a few minutes, Fisher came back in and asked if he could have the box. "It’s way more fun then the rest of the robot."


* Don’t worry, Mom, we don’t actually have any firecrackers.


About Molly Newman

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7 Responses to Robotic salvation mechanism to change function

  1. Herm says:

    Glebe is also a road in Arlington, VA.
    And I’d like to think that I “ceremoniously come on the scene” every time I enter a room. Unless I trip.

  2. Lori V. says:

    Being as intrigued as you, I ran for my OED (Vol. VI–“Follow” to “Hasweed”)… apparently, a “gadder” is “an instrument for splitting rock” and it was first used in Scientific American in 1887. Again, I am stumped as to how a gadder (as is the glebe’s case) relate in any way to “yellow Transformer rip-off toy.” But now I have 2 cool new words in my vocabulary! 😉

  3. summer says:

    Lol!!! My brother just purchased one of those for my nephew, so I recently looked up the word “gadder” about 2 weeks ago.
    Have fun with Monsiuer Robot.

  4. Magpie Ima says:

    Oh dear…I am *weeping* with laughter. No one appreciates bad translation as much as an ESL teacher 🙂

  5. OK, it’s embarrassing to admit to this knowledge, but a “gad” is a term used for some reason in many different Japanese animes; a “gad” is a robot, usually one used militarily. I have no idea where they got that word from, but I’m betting it’s from the Japanese, not the English.

  6. Will says:

    How interesting… as I have Superduty Spurt and the other subula.(who really is named Superduty Police) I was at an arcade and i won them there. I only have the Police Robot’s box though. If you want them, email is

  7. my only theories have everyone reeling. says:

    very interesting as i have a family member who has had the exact same experience. coincidence. same but different like me.
    it is nearly impossible to fit the robots back in the box again. they never seem to fit. i once bought one of those grocery store “yellow hummers” and drove the robots around until my family member went bananas.i had to stop because i kept getting into trouble and lost privileges. pick that cotton!

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