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Astro Magnum: Tracking Down the Shockwave Mold
Kamurafone - Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thanks to Tama for this bit of information about the "Generation One" Shockwave toy, who had a short Q&A with ToyCo who was a vendor at Tokyo Toy Show 2008.

"At Tokyo Toy Show 2008, I discovered the booth of ToyCo, who primarily manufactures model cars now, was the company that originally developed the "Astro Magnum" toy a quarter of a century before the original "G1" Transformers which was developed into the character Laser Wave."

Q: As of now, where and what has become of the metal mold of Laser Wave?

A: After the Astro Magnum was produced in South Korea, during the Transformers period, production shifted to China where the production cost was cheaper. After that, the metal mold went missing.

Q: At this time, I have one of the toys, is it possible to re-developed the metal mold from that if I offer it to you?

A: It is not impossible, but there is a problem of who owns the rights to it.

Q: Who has the rights of the mold now?

A: Presently, the rights were transfered to the other companies and we do not think that there is a thing that can be resold by our own discretion as of now.

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10:38 am

hey thats how they made sound wave again 
Not Letting The Acronym Go
7:53 am

recasting off a product is a recipie for disaster. Now if they had the original pieces they made the molds from... 
8:00 pm

I think if they really want to reissue the toy they could spring for a few beaters off ebay 
Ryu Hayabusa
7:49 pm

they could easily do a new mold if someone was willing to send them their old one in to take apart and cast a new one. 
12:46 pm

I am curious to know about Toyco. I wonder who they got to do the tooling of Astomagnum? I know that Studio Nue was tapped for some of the diaclone toys and microchange toys like perceptor. I met the toy designer of perceptor at Botcon this year. For those of you who dont know, one of the employees ... read more 
5:02 pm

I dont think so they just had an exclusive colour pre-transformers any ways it seems like Hasbro/Takaratomy could make a reissue similar to how they did sound wave... if theirs demand 
4:46 pm

Good info, thanks, there's a little typing error about the 25 years span "a quarter of a century before the original "G1" Transformers which was developed into the character Laser Wave", maybe a missing comma, anyway, this is not misleading because we all know 
Colonel Lambert
11:52 pm

Shockwave was a pretty cool toy. Although I've only seen reviews of him, he still looks awsome. I thought that RadioShack owned the mold and just didn't want to let Takara/Hasbro use it. 
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