We're always looking for the next BIG toy to put on the shelf, but what about the little 'formers? Those tiny bits of plastic depicting our favorite Transformers characters can be a lot of fun to collect. What's quite remarkable is the quantity and quality of toys you will find, especially from Japan. Where, gashapon (capsule toys) and other types of tiny collectibles are extremely popular. For this week's Far Out Friday, I am going ape with a look at some of the Beast Wars Optimus Primal small toys from Kabaya, Takara and Hasbro. See them all in the image gallery below.
Don't ask me why, but Hasbro and Takara Tomy keep trying to make small die-cast type cars... In 2003, the Japanese candy toy company Kabaya teamed up with Majorette of France to produce a one of series of die-cast Matchbox style cars for the Micron Legends series. The toys were packed on similar style Matchbox J-Cards that all featured an image of the Micron Legends (Densetsu) Convoy with the word CONVOY behind him, regardless of the car in side, with a roll of tart candies packed in.
This Far Out Friday is a going to be a bit shorter than the others, as its all about these odd Generation 1 mid-Formers sold exclusively in Japan. Starting in 1986 as the "Gokin" series, then revived as the Takara "TF Jr" (Transformers Junior) series in 1987. You may have seen the Optimus Prime figure without realizing it because they looks pretty good at first sight. While smaller, they are actually very clever simplified re-designs of the full the sized toys.
The retailer info leaked very recently for the first post-Trypticon Legends Series releases, and as it happened we got to have a first look at these figures quite a bit sooner than many may have expected. But it's likely that what Hot Rod(imus) and Kup ended up being was probably not quite what most were anticipating. Some of that is for the better, some not so much. But not all of it is entirely obvious either. Keep reading to find out more details for these TakaraTomy toys.
After the awesome Transmetals II treatment. Anything less was going to look puny, spindly, and pretty much boring. The BM Deluxe Optimus Primal offered in Wave 1 was just that. Nicely articulated with cool light-piping. BUT, it didn't look much like the show character. Overly blue, and both of the head sculpts missed the mark on show accuracy. Which, is what makes this week' feature an interesting specimen as it was a Knockoff (KO) that managed get the faces right.
So we've looked at the three basic forms that toy articulation takes: hinges, swivels, and ball joints. But there's one last feature that pops up frequently on Transformers: ratchets. That pleasant clicking sound. The satisfying resistance when you tug on a hip or an elbow. The ability to hold the weight of a weapon or for larger toys to hold poses. How is that accomplished? And what are the pros and cons for the ratchets on our `Bots and `Cons? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC rounds out the basic forms of toy articulation with a look at ball joints! (Pun entirely intended, and offered with no apologies.) Ball joints were, in the 1990s, the salvation of the Transformers brand to a certain degree, as they allowed more complex and articulated Transformers figures to be made while passing US toy safety tests. But beyond that, they're just a really great and versatile part of modern toy design. Keep reading to find out why!
We continue our look at the basic workings of action figures today with swivels! A basic bore at the neck, shoulder, and hip but a welcome helper at the bicep, waist, and thigh, swivels are everywhere on a Transformer. How do they work and what can go wrong? Keep reading to find out!
Today RAC takes a look at the first of the three primary forms that toy articulation can take: the hinge. Probably the most-used joint on Transformers figures due to their utility in transformation mechanisms, hinges still do a lot of heavy lifting for the humanoid form as well - especially if you do it properly and lift from the knees. Keep reading for more!
This week, RAC's taking a look at the many facets and applications of toy articulation. What is it used for? How does it work? What can go wrong? But first, a little bit of action figure history as an introduction. The jointing in action figures goes back hundreds of years but has always had the same goal: to simulate figures in motion. Keep reading for more!
With the new Transformers: The Last Knight coming our way. I thought it would be interesting to share something rare and likely unseen from the first Transformers (2007) movie where it all began, 10 years ago. Behold, one of the fanciest Transformers press-kits you may have ever seen. Those who attended the Toy Fair 2007 special preview event, were given one of these press kits that actually transforms!
A little while before Toy Fair, we got word of the possible layout of Titans Return Deluxe Wave 5, including Misfire as a retool of Triggerhappy. At that time I speculated about how the proposed mold reuse might work out, including a brief acknowledgement of how it might go on to impact the already-been-rumored Slugslinger. With Ozformers granted the first reveal of both those figures, we had the chance to see how reality matched up to theory. Keep reading!
Beast Wars the TV show and Beast Wars the toys frequently didn't quite line up when it came to the look of the characters. Now that Beast Wars has earned a place in the Masterpiece line, that reality is starting to become a challenge as the show designs have to be reverse engineered as functional toys. But Beast Wars didn't always look the way we know it, with stylized, emotive characters that cheat their way between forms. At one stage of development, things were very different. Keep reading to find out more.
Premier Edition is the "Generations Series" of The Last Knight, though with a bit more of a "Black Series" flavor, to take a categorization hint from Star Wars. But from the early leaks of the Deluxe assortment it was clear that it wasn't actually the premiere of every toy in Premier. Half of Deluxe wave 1 is reuses from Age of Extinction, and Voyager Grimlock takes the ratio farther. With Toy Fair's reveals now, we want to look and see how much farther this might go. Keep reading...
Despite that the formal presentation and of course showroom time with Hasbro doesn't begin until early afternoon on Saturday, we already have managed to see no small amount of new reveals from Toy Fair! Of course we'll be seeing everything much more clearly tomorrow, from many angles and, heck, maybe even some video clips if we're lucky! We do hope that the day might carry yet more things not so far shown off in some capacity, but what exactly have
we seen at this point? We're gonna recap it for you, so keep reading!
Nobody likes price increases on their favorite toys. Nobody who isn't a Hasbro or toy store shareholder, at any rate. And while RAC is still
adjusting to Deluxes not being $10 anymore despite the number of years that had been so, he's been mulling over the idea that the rumored price hike to $20 per Deluxe for Premier Edition could represent a new approach to Generations-style adult-focused Transformers toys - and surprisingly, he doesn't think the idea is all
bad. Keep reading for the silver lining!
It's time to borrow the Toy Detective hat from RAC and do some work on the just-revealed Titan Class Trypticon! The major question everyone has had, of course, is how big the final product will be. A design render in isolation isn't very good for determining that, it's true. But in October we were handed a wonderful clue during an otherwise not very productive livestream presentation event: Trypticon's leg. In hand, on the floor, next to other toys. Yes, Trypticon's leg is the metric that will answer our questions. Keep reading!