November 23, 2009

Beastbox (11-23-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:23 am

Transformer of the Day for November 23, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Interrogator
“Speak Now If You Ever Intend to Speak at All“
-Notable Toy: Basic Two-Pack (Hasbro, 1988)

Notes: Literally a monkey on your back, Beastbox combines with Squawktalk to form Squawkbox. But given that his alternative form is a tape deck in the Generation One style of toys, Beastbox nevertheless retains a measure of three-dimensionality that is sometimes lacking in his cohorts.

(Apologies and thanks to toyarchives.com for the toy pics.)

November 22, 2009

Part 3: A S.N.A.K.E. on the BarBie

Filed under: GIJoe, collecting, nostalgia — fairplaythings @ 1:07 am

Part three is about my first foray (should that be Moray?) into the world of the Rise of Cobra toys.

I have come to love the 25th anniversary line of G.I. Joe toys as I believe I’ve expressed on more than one ocassion. Modern technology + classic figures = win. In fact, under construction is a comparison offering of how to round our the first six years of Joes as if it were 1982 through 1987… But while I miss the classic body types of old, you can’t go wrong with the chance to bring home an original ‘83 style Snake Eyes or never-before-released-on-card H.I.S.S. Driver, Mint on Mint Card!

Now that G.I. Joe has gone the way of everything movie, Hasbro has taken some liberties with the Rise of Cobra line to use it as a backdoor to some of the figures or characters it didn’t get to put out as part of the anniversary line, primarily through exclusives. Charboil is one of these cases. Unlike some other current or pending releases (like Heavy Metal… er… Rampage), Charboil does not exactly mirror his 1980s counterpart as much as pay small homage to him. But I’m a sucker for a blowtorch and so, on sale this week at Zeller when I picked him up on Friday (November 13th), I brought him.

He came home much easier mind you given the appearance of a certain piece of recoloured armour on the right. The S.N.A.K.E. armour has been white (and probably yellow by now in a lot of collections), rarely blue, and red overseas (except when it was aging grey) but it’s never been black. Before now. As far as I can tell, this is the original, and joining a series of toys to come including a Crimson coloured Mobile Missile System and a repainted Firebat.

Given that I am in the middle of playing through the Rise of Cobra game with Kirilaw (which gets great nostalgia points but is a game that someone should have put better functionality into the save points and camera mobility), it’s Joe-tastic here right now.Now can we get us a Terrordome? Pretty please?

Policeman Pete (11-22-09)

Filed under: 12 1-2-3 gobots, TF365 — fairplaythings @ 12:22 am

Transformer of the Day for November 22, 2009


-Faction: Go-Bots
-Era: Playskool Gobots (2002-2005)
-Function: Aerialbot Leader
-Motto: “With Me, Trouble is All Wet”
-Notable Toy: 1-2-3 Transformers Go-Bots (Playskool, 2002)

Notes: My love for Go-Bots aside, I hated the early efforts of Hasbro to put forward a kid-friendly line of 1-2-3 Transformers. That is, until I actually brought home a Policeman Pete from a flee market and discovered he was, in fact, a worthy addition to the collection. He doesn’t resemble the robots in the Go-Bot collection, mind you, but with a repaint available in Fire Marshall Mike, he’ll fit in just fine.

(Apologies and thanks to gobotsarepurelove.com for the toy pics.)

November 21, 2009

Part 2: Who are You… Do Do, Do Do…

Filed under: Toys, collecting, nostalgia — fairplaythings @ 2:15 am

Part two deals with my love of the super deformed characters that are increasingly everywhere.

It’s true isn’t it? The cute super deformed characters are really everywhere you look. Multiple lines of G.I. Joe and Transformers, to say nothing of Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Marvel Heroes. But if there was one series that overwhelmed me when they were discovered, it was him.

The Doctor.

Doctor Who products tend to show up mostly in specialty shops in Canada, so you can forgive me for being completely blown away when, checking out sale G.I.Joe figures at the Nepean Comic Book Shoppe (where I grabbed Major Bludd, Tiger Force Duke and Flint as Cobra Officer), Kirilaw tapped me on the shoulder and showed me these.

Time Squad.

There is a funny thing about this line of fifteen figures, and it is evident in the first part of this sentence. Fifteen. Why on earth would a series of toys that come in sets of twos have an odd number of characters (which in fact led to the inclusion of the 10th Doctor in two sets)? Because the sets were originally released in the U.K. in three sets of five.Presumably they were repackaged for our market to resemble domestic examples. The benefit is that you have two different ways to get the Doctor, if you are not a completist. Or you have a Doctor to spare.

For now, I am not a completist, and held myself to the three sets that really interest me. So I have a Cyberman, two Daleks, a Clockwork Man, the Doctor, and a character I just haven’t met yet. Awesome - pure awesome - at $12.99 a pop.

Crankcase (11-21-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:23 am

Transformer of the Day for November 21, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Triggercon)
Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Data Collector
“Things Are Never as Good as They Seem“
-Notable Toy: Exclusive (Hasbro, 2008)

Notes: Crankcase is one of those occasions where a toy that is notionally dedicated to the movie line is repurposed back into Generation One for the purposes of the TF of the Day exercise. Mainly because the repaint is just so perfect a representation of the original triggerbot. I figure it is only fair since his orings lies in G1 anyway. But what a super repaint! Much better than the movie inspired art that followed (and follows…):

November 20, 2009

Part 1: Dressing Up Is Hard to Do When You Wear Yourself on Your Sleeve

Filed under: GIJoe, nostalgia — fairplaythings @ 1:06 am

Thought I’d shake things up a bit here at the blog and tell you the tale of five recent purchases in serial style. This is part one.

Back in the 1980s, there were a number of licenses granted to the likes Collegeville and Ben Cooper to make Halloween costumes of your favourites characters, from Gobots to Strawberry Shortcake, Micronauts to Star Wars. What they all head in common was the style. Instead of today’s style where you look like you came right out of the cartoon, you wore a costume that made it seem that the character came right out of you.

Yes kids. The 1980s were a time just like those described by Jerry Seinfeld, with rubber bands and Superman flying right off your chest. And let me tell you it really did suck when it rained on the big day and you had to wear your snow coat over your once-a-year danger suit.

Having said that, having survived my own experienced as Yoda, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper (possibly Boba Fett too - those Star Wars costumes were awesome!), the old and highly flammable costumes of yore hold a special place in my heart. Yes, they are plastic pictures but the masks are often brilliant. So I’ve been tracking them slowly on eVay, but tend to balk at the shipping prices. So when I saw two of the eight Collegeville Transformer costumes* (Megatron and “Jumpstarter”) in tiptop condition, I jumped at getting them sent to me. At the same time I put a bid in on a third costume, that of “G.I. Joe”, or as he was represented in 1982, Grunt. I then forgot about the auction until it was too late to rescue my bids. No formers for me.

But I still won G.I. Joe.

This was a mix-up really. Grunt was only on the list because the shipping of three suits would be negligible. Now I was shipping just one suit. But a bid is a bid is a bid (particularly when the seller is fair about shipping rates) and Grunt arrived Monday (November 9th). He’s in incredible shape and even the elastic holds firm. As you can see, it amazingly still fits almost thirty years later.


*(Collegeville Transformer costumes included Optimus Prime, Megatron, “Jumpstarter” (Topspin), Snarl, Superion, Silverbolt, Ultra Magnus and Metroplex. They weren’t much for villains apparently, and you could go as Superion and your brother could go as your chest piece (coming out of his chest piece…)

Trailbreaker (11-20-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:20 am

Transformer of the Day for November 20, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Defensive Strategist
“An Autobot is Only as Good as the Fuel in His Tank
-Notable Toy: Reissue (Takara, 2009)

Notes: While it is only thanks to the recent reissue by Takara-Tomy that Trailbreaker has entered my collection, he has always been one of my favourite G1 toys. Whether it was the thick rubber wheels or the fact that he looked so good in both robot and vehicle moulds, I always enjoyed the toy, and was certainly amused with the repainted spychanger homage that appeared some years ago (even if he was mistakenly called Ironhide). Nevertheless, it’s a shame thought that the reissue didn’t make an attempt at giving us a more show-accurate face.

November 19, 2009

Iguanus (09-19-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:19 am

Transformer of the Day for November 19, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Pretender)
Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Terror Trooper
“Sow the Seeds of Fear and Victory is Yours
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 1988)

Notes: On a personal note, one of the striking thing about my transformer collection is what it is missing. And what it is missing is sufficient numbers of the original Transformers in a complete format. That’s something I really have to correct, particularly for Iguanus, who is one of the more colourful of the Decepticon pretenders.

(Apologies and thanks to bbts.com and shmax.com for the toy image.)

November 18, 2009

Jolt (11-18-09)

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Transformer of the Day for November 18, 2009


-Faction: Minicon
Armada-Energon-Cyberton (2002-2006)
-Function: Flight
“I’ll Help You to Soar”
-Notable Toy: Deluxe PVC (Takara, 2002) 

Notes: The last Jolt in our mini spotlight is actually the smallest, and the first time a minicon has made the list on its own. While it is probably technically wrong to put a minicon on the side of right or wrong, I figure it’s okay given that he is paired with Hot Shot. It also gives me an occasion to spotlight Takara’s deluxe PVC line that featured G1 and Armada characters. Articulate, with special weapons (or minicons), it really was a fun line!

(Apologies and thanks to bbts.com and shmax.com for the toy image.)

November 17, 2009

Jolt (11-17-09)

Filed under: 03 generation two, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:17 am

Transformer of the Day for November 17, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Laser Rod)
Generation Two (1983-1995)
-Function: Sneak Attack Specialist
“Live Fast, Ride Hard, and Leave a Great Looking Chassis“
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 1994)

Notes: To think that the basis of GM’s fuel efficient dreams was once a villainous dragster, given almost as minimal facetime in the medium available to him (Marvel comics) as his heroic namesake in Revenge of the Fallen. But Jolt is noteable for the poseability that he brought to the Generation Two line, and he served as a harbinger of new characters. The difference of course is we actually liked these ones…

(Apologies and thanks to bbts.com and shmax.com for the toy image.)

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