I have had this image of a ship from a cartoon stuck in my head but I can't seem to find it. I can't remember much about the ship but it had a unique gimmick. When in flight, the bow section is folded down, When it lands the bow folds up and a ramp extends and a vehicle comes out. The bow section is almost as box like as in the picture, with large wings on the sides. From the top it would look like a 'T'.

Here are two images from a side view to sort of visualize what I mean.

In flight:

Ship in flight


Ship Landed

It wasn't a Transformer, so it wasn't from shows like Macron 1, Robotech/Macross, Saber Rider, etc.

The main reason I remember this ship existing, is that I built a Lego set of it. The bow was a pain to make work properly, and the vehicle that would come out was a micromachine. I am also 99% certain it was an '80s cartoon, but could also be from the early '90s.

Unless I am suffering from the Mandela effect...


EDIT: It was a custom Lego set, there was no Lego-Show tie in sets at that point in time.

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    Did the Lego set exist as a set or was it something you built and designed yourself?
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 8:43
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    @Valorum No was not a set, was a one I built & designed from memory of the show (was a lot fresher back then). :)
    – IceQ
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 8:53
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    @YaroslavKornachevskyi That is part of the problem, I can't remember much more than that. IIRC, the rear end was very blocky with large wings, and the nose looked similar to Ranger1 from galaxy Rangers. I can say with certainty it was not any kind of Gundam. 80s South Africa had very limited access to cartoons. And they were mostly US ones.
    – IceQ
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 9:03
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    Sounds a bit like X-bomber aka Star Fleet, but isn't a close enough match to warrant an answer, hence the comment.
    – SQB
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 10:13
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    @SQB Great Video with some classics. However your 1st comment was spot on. It IS the X-Bomber. This shows you how faded the memory was! :) It wasn't even an animation. :D While checking I found this: The exact moment that was stuck in my head youtu.be/l1mTuorJEyc?t=691 Yeah so it is a weapon not ramp... lol Thank you.
    – IceQ
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 11:29

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It is the X-Bomber from Star Fleet.

The exact moment that was stuck in my head (at 11:31):

And it is a weapon, not ramp... lol. This shows you how faded the memory was! :) It wasn't even an animation. :D

Thank you SQB.

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    That's hysterical. 1980s children's programing was certainly at another level with its acting and production values. Commented Jan 29, 2022 at 19:29

I wonder if you are recalling Science Ninja Team Gatchaman/G-Force: Guardians of Space/Battle of the Planets which is a 1970s or 1980s cartoon features a mother spaceship having a vehicle in the bow, which looks boxy when the car is approaching (as well as on the nacelles, and a dorsal docking center). While the bow does not use a ramp, some of the vehicles have ramp-like lifts.

You can see these in the opening video clip below:

  • I never watched any of those. I think the vehicle idea could have been Bionic Six
    – IceQ
    Commented Jan 28, 2022 at 19:09

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