this curious image is a sealed on card Brawn made under license from Hasbro by a now defunct Greek toy company called El Greco. They produced a series of Mini Vehicles with subtle colour variations and head sculpts that were unique to the Greek market. Information regarding when exactly these were first available in Greece is scarce, however it is doubtful they pre dated 1986 as the artwork on the rear of the card depicts the “Decipher the Decepticon” scene. They later went on in 1990/91 to produce two gift sets, the first being Defensor and the second being Devastator. Some time after this during the 1990′s the company closed.
Mexican Wave ?
the next curious image is the Mexican release of Gears, manufactured under license from Plasticos Iga. This figure dates from 1985 and is sealed on its card. IGA were known for producing some rather odd variants in both colour and sculpt. Not long after 1986 they gave up producing Transformers due to poor sales, however in 1989 many of their back stock were shipped to Europe and sold somewhat illegally due to the content of lead based paint !
Not one to sell but I have been asked over the past few days regarding the various continuities over the comics.
I have been trawling through my “archive” of original Marvel Comics and Annuals to refresh my knowledge with the original lore and source of origins. With this I have decided to make available and offer scans of these comics (along with other items, rarities etc.), they will be presented over 4 DVD’s including a custom case, insert and disc labels. In total there will be over 14GB of information to access !
If this is something that interests you please feel free to email me or visit us on Facebook here Vaults of Iacon, like the page and send us a PM. I will then add you to the contact list and when they are available I will contact you with full details and the cost.
Since I started Vaults of Iacon back in 2005, well the online bit that is, I have been fortunate to meet and get to know some fantastic people, recently I got to know Dean and Ed.
Dean is the owner and operator of Zombies Vs Clothing, an online retailer for inspired zombie t-shirts. Examples of which include Zombies Vs Soundwave and Zombies Vs Skeletor. They are currently producing exclusive tees for Auto Assembly 2013.
Ed is one of the most talented comic artists I have seen, his work is amazing and really gives depth and a fresh take on old and familiar characters. With a history in graphic design he is now the “in-house” artist for Auto Assembly, designing the current exclusive tees available through Zombies Vs Clothing.
Dean’s retail site can be accessed via our links page as can Ed’s online portfolio, both are very much worth a look.
Some rare material here, catalogue scans from the Argos Catalogue. These scans cover the years from 1984 to 1986, as you will no doubt note some are mis-transformed. Also of note is the US/Asia issue of Ultra Magnus (clearly identified by the paint application to the face plate and rubber tyres).
*Also worth a note are the Blackstar figures, these were produced by Galoob and were released along side Masters of the Universe figures between 1983 and 1985, in a bid to cash in on the others success. Filmation did a 13 part cartoon series in 1981, this pre dating Masters of the Universe but again to cash in on its success it was aired again in 1983, with little success and plans for a second series were dropped along with the toyline.