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Cruel
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The Detonator
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Name Cruel
Race Zetonian
Home Planet Zeton

DetailsEdit

"With his terrifying crushing grapplers and abilities in demolition that match even WRECKER, his counterpart on MAXX STEELE's team, CRUEL™ is the equal of any robot in individual combat. Nearly indestructible, he is silent, save for menacing grunts that often accompany his wicked acts. In order to keep up-to-date with his evil master Nazgar's strategies, CRUEL™ has two communication antennae on the upper sides of his head. He also carries two evil weapons for fighting the Robo Force team." From the original file card.[1]

Character HistoryEdit

"Cruel - the goal was to have a big monster of a build for the majority of Maxx's enemies. The weapons he carries are optional, the beauty of Glyos being that you can customize however you want."[2] "Cruel and Vulgar, in my mind, are the enemies to Wrecker more than anything else. So they had to be BIG builds."[3] "CRUEL IS BACK! And he wants a piece of Maxx Zero!"[4]

Originally Cruel and Vulgar were planned to come out together. Over time the plans changed which led to the creation of Brutal as Cruel's first partner.

StoryEdit

Batch 237Edit

"This silent warrior enforces the will of Hun-Dred with his Hammerforge Fists!"

Cruel and Brutal began as standard Drone Troopers for the Cult of Dred. Hun-Dred originally sent out dozens of these soldiers, rebuilt from the remains of Zetonian citizens, to expand their domain. Maxx and the Robo Force were able to decimate the ranks of these Troopers forcing Hun-Dred to turn the remains over to his NEM scientists for research. The NEM scientists have been charged with finding new and dangerous weapons to take down the Robo Force. Part of this research involves the various compounds which NAZGAR has discovered over his 1000+ years of life. Collectively, the serums are referred to by the NEMs as the "dark forces" - a quirk from their reprogramming by Nazgar's drainer helmets. Batch after batch is run through reconfigured robotic entities, seeing what will activate new life in their Zetonian power sources.

Cruel was the result of batch 237, a mixture of numerous serums. Though granted new life by the serum, Cruel's voice has been taken from him (even though an examination of his vocal circuitry reveals no reason for this lack of speech). Cruel breaks free of the NEMs and builds himself a new body, along with a small mindless drone friend he calls "Vul-gar".

Now, he will carry out his mission - destroy Maxx Zero!

The Origin of the NazareenEdit

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Combing the jungle surface

"The forces of Darkness comb the jungle planet, backed up by the power of CRUEL the DETONATOR...

It was with great disappointment that NAZGAR the TYRANT learned of the defeat of the Darkness Soldiers by MAXX ZERO and his ROBO FORCE on the jungle planet of the HUNTER ZEROIDS. The Zeroids, his greatest enemy... those who had taken his flesh and blood from him... their reappearance did not bode well for Nazgar's long-term plans. Even with his new body, fueled by one of the Zeroid's own Z-CORES, Nazgar still felt the fear which had creeped into his soul during the hundreds of years he was previously trapped in a small meti-plex jar. It could be no coincidence that they were seen again so close chronologically to when Maxx Zero appeared on Zeton - in a Zeroid Exploration Module to boot. If Commander Zogg still functioned somewhere... Nazgar resolved himself. Was he not the subjugator of worlds? The lone warrior in a crusade against the false gods of a thousand worlds? Maxx Zero - the Robo Force - the Zeroids - they were only problems to be solved.

New strategies were needed.

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Cruel and Brutal join the Darkness Soldiers

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Brutal brings up the rear

Nazgar left ZETON in the care of Battlestar the Guardian while Hun-Dred recovered from the Battle at Futura One. He would infiltrate the Zeroids using the transformation capabilities of his new form, in a new body lost to legend and discovered by the Cult of Dred - a "Super Zeroid". At the same time, he sent Cruel and Brutal to the jungle planet with a simple mission: find and capture a Zeroid... for a blasphemous experiment.

Commanding a literal army of Darkness Soldiers, Brutal and Cruel stalk their prey with the dark forces at their command! The terrain of the jungle planet varies, necessitating the use of Hover Tanks for some of the Soldiers. Immense foliage hides the energy signatures of the Zeroids. Cruel's silent form watches over the Darkness Soldiers. He supplies a special weapon to the commander of the Darkness which will be able to stun the Zeroid, should they find one. Brutal sings a ridiculous tune about "devil Zeroids in the tall grass" as he tears up the earth with his hooked arms.

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Hunter Zeroid captured

A Zeroid darts out from its hiding place, but Brutal moves with unearthly reflexes. "I've got one, Cruel bay-bey!" Brutal exclaims. The Darkness Soldiers rush over, weapons at the ready. A Magnet Blaster shot knocks one Soldier unconscious. The hover tank moves into place, blasting the Hunter Zeroid with incredible concentrated magnetic force. The shock sends the Zeroid into a powered down state.

Now the experiment can begin.

With the Zeroid stunned, Cruel signals through his incredible communication antennae with his dark master, Nazgar. A short time later, a Darkness Soldier bears witness to the technological desecration to come. Nazgar has arrived! His brain rises from the shielding on top of his body, no longer stuck in a jar due to the infusion of Z-Core energy and Manglor blood! "Good job, my warriors." proclaims Nazgar. "The experiment can now begin." Though Cruel did not speak, Nazgar could sense that his silent warrior enjoyed the encouragement.

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Enslavement

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Nazareen Neo Zeroid in final form

From his techno-pack, Nazgar draws a biological horror - the Nazareen, a mass of tissue derived from his own superior restructured genetics. Its programming is known only to Nazgar, but it surely does not carry good tidings for the Zeroids. The creature is attached, a secretion of biological rust agents dripping onto the metals of the Hunter Zeroid. It digs into the casing that holds the brain mechanisms of the Zeroid, attaching itself deeply, learning the secrets of body configurations, weapon capabilities. Long dormant self-defense mechanisms take over, erasing the mind of the Zeroid before secret memories can be obtained. The machine and the flesh become one.

In its final moments, the Hunter Zeroid awakens, feels the pain of the Nazareen digging into its circuitry - whatever the approximation of pain the long-ago First Zeroid programmed into his progeny was equivalent to. His final thought before the creature and self-defense programming erased his mind, his personality, his soul forever was of ZEMO THE HUNTER. The Zeroid made a wish... a wish that his Zeroid patron would avenge this blasphemy against mechanical life.

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Nazgar celebrates their success

The creature finished the changes in the body of the Neo Zeroid, creating a mobility system for it to move. Programmed with hate on a biological level, the Nazareen use Zeroid technology against the Prime Zeroids in a quest to subjugate the mechanical beings of the universe! Nazgar and his warriors celebrate the blending of flesh and machine!"[5]

VersionsEdit

Basic EditionEdit

"This silent warrior enforces the will of Hun-Dred with his Hammerforge Fists!"

The standard Robo Force kit with all of the parts normally included, along with an extra arm set in black to replicate the classic toy, as well as a select few Weaponeer parts to give him the massive fists of the original figure. There are no detail lines on this edition. First offered for pre-order August 26th and ended September 20th, 2015. An unpainted version was also available.[6]

"CRUEL the DETONATOR of the CULT OF DRED - Basic Edition - Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible purple Robo Force kit, with TWO extra sets - one full set of black arms (twelve parts) and one HAMMERFISTS pack (six pieces)! You can also build Cruel's crabby buddy VUL-GAR! $24 each."

"Blank Purple Robo Force kit - Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible purple Robo Force kit Limited quantities. $12 each."

Ultimate EditionEdit

Pre-order version: The standard Robo Force kit with all of the parts normally included, along with an extra arm set in black to replicate the classic toy, as well as an option to combine with a Weaponeer Warrior Cruel Red who has been fused with Cruel to unleash his unnatural strength and power. 100% detail lined and matches with other Ultimate Robo Force editions. Having both Cruel and Weaponeer Warrior Cruel Red allows you to build Toyfinity's CRUEL! First offered for pre-order August 26th and ended September 20th, 2015.[7]

"CRUEL - Ultimate Edition - Standard forty-one piece fully Glyos-compatible purple Robo Force kit - with the incredible ULTIMATE paint applications! Over 100 paint applications! $35 each."

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://www.toyfinity.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-life-and-times-of-cruel-detonator.html
  2. https://www.instagram.com/p/wrOthmSEOk/
  3. https://www.instagram.com/p/wrPKinSEPe/
  4. https://www.instagram.com/p/wpdnrQSEGf/
  5. http://toyfinity.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-origin-of-nazarran.html
  6. http://www.toyfinity.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-life-and-times-of-cruel-detonator.html
  7. http://www.toyfinity.blogspot.com/2015/08/the-life-and-times-of-cruel-detonator.html

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