|Episode||Episode 21: Pursue the Undersea Base|
|Features||Recycled robot manipulated by Alien Mimy|
|Sculptor||Sculpture crew of Tsuburaya Productions|
Ironrocks is the robot monster Alien Mimy built by collecting and putting together debris of sunken ships.
I find it very much ecological.
In the drama it was narrated the same kind of robots appeared in various regions of the world (no scenes of the other ones).
While each of them was generally called Ironrocks, it was learnt they were to explode violently 15 minutes after they completely stopped moving.
The one that appeared in Japan seems to have been built mainly using the debris of the Japanese battleship Yamato.
In the drama Furuhashi on one of the Hydrangers (TDF submarines) reported to Captain Kiriyama that he couldn’t find the debris of Yamato.
The Japanese version of Ironrocks emerged in Shimoda Port, Shizuoka Prefecture, and attacked the port. (Why Shimoda?)
With Ultraseven held captive in shackles, it was going to detonate itself taking Seven with it.
But a strong beam attack Ultraseven fired spinning in mid air severely damaged Ironrocks. (I’ve found it explained as Rolling Spark on the Net)
The spin freed Ultraseven, and Ironrocks was finished off with his Emerium Beam.
Honestly speaking, when I first looked at this battleship robot as a child, I just thought, “What’s this odd thing?”
I don’t think it gained popularity among us kids (no toys of Ironrocks), but I now find this episode quite worth watching.
Because it’s full of the SFX scenes featuring the mecha (equipment) of the Ultra Garrison including the Hydrangers, the Pointer launching missiles at Ironrocks and more.
It’s also very much exciting to see Kiriyama challenge Ironrocks alone with the Ultra Hawk 1.