Mechani-Kong

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Mechani-Kong in King Kong Escapes
Mechani-Kong
Nicknames Robot Kong, Kong of Steel,
King Kong Robot, Mechanic Kong
Subtitle Electronic Monster
(電子怪獣,   Denshī Kaijū?)[1]
Species Mechanical King Kong Duplicate
Height 20 meters[2]
Weight 15,000 metric tons[2]
Forms Mechani-Kong No. 1,
Mechani-Kong No. 2[2]
Controlled by Dr. Who,
Doctor OniyamaKM
Relations Dr. Who (Creator)
Allies Mechagodzilla IIIKM
Enemies King Kong,
GodzillaKM
Created by Takeshi Kimura
Portrayed Hiroshi Sekita
First Appearance Latest Appearance
The King Kong Show King Kong Escapes
Roar(s)
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Mechani-Kong (メカニコング,   Mekanikongu?), also known as Robot Kong (ロボットコング,   Robottokongu?), is a robotic version of King Kong created by Rankin/Bass Productions and Toho that first appeared in the 1966 animated series The King Kong Show, and later appeared in the 1967 Toho film, King Kong Escapes.

Mechani-Kong is the creation of the villainous Dr. Who, a mad scientist bent on world domination and the sworn enemy of King Kong. In The King Kong Show and its tie in media, Mechani-Kong is frequently deployed by Dr. Who to try and destroy Kong or menace his human allies. In King Kong Escapes, Mechani-Kong was instead built by Dr. Who for the purpose of mining the highly-radioactive Element X. When the radiation damaged the machine, Who resorted to kidnapping the real Kong from his home of Mondo Island to force him to dig for the element instead. However, Kong was able to resist the madman's control and escaped Who's Arctic base. Dr. Who repaired Mechani-Kong and sent him to Tokyo to kill Kong in retaliation. After a pitched battle atop the Tokyo Tower, Kong defeated his robot double and sent the machine plummeting to its doom on the streets below. Toho planned to revive Mechani-Kong for several Godzilla film projects in the Heisei series, but legal concerns regarding use of the character caused these films to be scrapped. Mechani-Kong did make an appearance in Kodansha's Godzilla, King of the Monsters manga in the early 1990's.

Name

Mechani-Kong's name comes from the word "mechanical" and the "Kong" part of King Kong's name. In the Japanese version of The King Kong Show, he was referred to as "Robot Kong" (ロボットコング,   Robottokongu?). In the U.S. release of King Kong Escapes, he is called "Robot Kong," while posters and supplementary materials call him either the "King Kong Robot" or the "Kong of Steel." Mechani-Kong's Japanese name is sometimes spelled as メカニ・コング.

Design

In The King Kong Show, Mechani-Kong is a giant robot bearing the basic silhouette of King Kong himself. His body made of sleek brown metal, with his face, hands, and chest being a lighter tan color. Mechani-Kong has no fingers, and his hands are instead composed of two claw-like pieces. In tie-in media for the series, such as manga and other artwork, Mechani-Kong is given completely different designs. Some depict him as being almost completely identical in appearance to Kong, only being green in color and possessing bolts on his body. Others portray him with light tan segments on his joints and midsection, two black squares for eyes and a window on the top of his head, behind which Dr. Who controls the machine.

In King Kong Escapes, Mechani-Kong's entire body is a metallic gray color, with visible bolts on his limbs and joints. Mechani-Kong has a utility belt containing grenades around his waist, powerful light bulbs for eyes, and a hypnotic light attached to the sagittal crest atop his head.

Origins

In King Kong Escapes, Mechani-Kong was built by Dr. Who based on anatomy drawings of the real King Kong that he had stolen from Carl Nelson.

History

The King Kong Show

Mechani-Kong in The King Kong Show
Mechani-Kong was built by the evil scientist Dr. Who in order to destroy King Kong.


Showa Series

King Kong Escapes

Mechani-Kong holding Susan Watson while climbing the Tokyo Tower in King Kong Escapes

Using anatomy drawings of the legendary giant ape King Kong that he had stolen from Carl Nelson, the international criminal Dr. Who built Mechani-Kong to mine the highly-radioactive Element X from the Arctic. Who intended to sell the element to his mysterious benefactor Madame Piranha, whose country desired to use it to build a nuclear arsenal. When Mechani-Kong began to dig for Element X, the radiation damaged the machine's controls and left it damaged and disabled. Dr. Who was forced to find a new method to mine the material, and kidnapped the real King Kong from his home of Mondo Island. Who outfitted Kong with a mind control device on his head and used Mechani-Kong to try and hypnotize him. However, the radiation emitted by Element X interfered with the control device, and Kong broke free. Kong then escaped Dr. Who's base and began swimming to Tokyo.

Mechani-Kong No. 2

Under Dr. Who's orders, Mechani-Kong was hastily repaired and upgraded and designated as Mechani-Kong No. 2 (メカニコング2号,   Mekanikongu Ni-gō?)[2]. Dr. Who brought the repaired Mechani-Kong to Tokyo aboard his ship, then unleashed the machine in Tokyo to kill Kong. Kong battled his robot double in the streets of Tokyo, but Mechani-Kong grabbed Susan Watson, to whom Kong had taken a liking. Mechani-Kong began climbing up the Tokyo Tower with Susan in hand and Kong in pursuit. Dr. Who broadcast his voice from Mechani-Kong and told Kong to surrender or else he would drop Susan. As the two Kongs scaled the Tower, Madame Piranha turned on Dr. Who and damaged Mechani-Kong's controls, though she was shot and killed in the process. Mechani-Kong became paralyzed and dropped Susan, who was rescued by Jiro Nomura. The top of the Tokyo Tower then snapped, with Mechani-Kong falling to the streets below and exploding into several pieces.

Weapons

Hypnotic Light

Mechani-Kong can emit a hypnotic light from the top of its head. This light is capable of temporarily entrancing Kong.

Grenades

Mechani-Kong has a utility built attached to its waist that contains numerous giant grenades. Mechani-Kong can pull these grenades off his belt and throw them, either to try and harm his enemies or to dig through the arctic ice.

Strength

Mechani-Kong possesses a high degree of physical strength. The machine is capable of grappling with King Kong himself, considered to be the strongest animal on Earth, and is able to dig through solid ice or scale the Tokyo Tower with ease.

High Beam Eyes

Mechani-Kong's eyes are outfitted with powerful high-beam lights, which it can use to temporarily blind opponents.

Loudspeakers

Mechani-Kong has several loudspeakers inside its mouth, through which Dr. Who can broadcast his voice.

Comics

Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Mechani-Kong II vs. Godzilla in the Godzilla, King of the Monsters

Having been reconstructed by Doctor Oniyama and christened Mechani-Kong II, Mechani-Kong was deployed to assist Mechagodzilla III in fighting Godzilla. Mechani-Kong II took Godzilla by surprise, punching through a refinery tank and holding Godzilla steady while Mechagodzilla III taunted and injured his biological counterpart. After Godzilla broke free of Mechani-Kong II's grip, the two fought again, only for Godzilla to disable the machine and throw him over his shoulder, breaking the robot ape's arm. Unable to move, Mechani-Kong II was then destroyed after Godzilla shot his atomic breath at the robot's head, causing the machine to explode violently.

Filmography

Video Game Appearances

Konami Wai Wai World

Mechani-Kong appears in the fifth stage of Konami Wai Wai World, called City Stage, as one of the naturally-occurring enemies along side Jumping Hopper, Flyer, and Laserwalker. Later in the level another Mechani-Kong-like monster appears named Bosskonger, who serves as the stage's boss.

Gallery

Main article: Mechani-Kong/Gallery.

Sightings

  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy titled "Giant Billy And Mandy All-Out Attack," there was a parody of Mechani-Kong named "Mecha-Gorillasaur," who was piloted by Mandy.

Roar

Mechani-Kong's roar is a modified Toho King Kong roar, which was sped up and echoed. Mechani-Kong's roar would later be used for the capsule monster Windom in Ultraseven.

Mechani-Kong's roars

Trivia

References

This is a list of references for Mechani-Kong. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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Koopa

5 months ago
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I wonder how Toho would have handled Mechani-Kong if the Heisei movie that was meant to have him as the antagonist was ever made.
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BigRandomKaiju

5 months ago
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He has a really funny, but still awesome
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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Mechani-Kong is such an under-rated villain. His design is great and he looks awesome. The shots of him in the snowy landscape are fantastic.
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Magara M&E

11 months ago
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First comment on the mechani Kong page