October 26th, 2013 | posted by eddie
some images from two of my more rarer pieces,
It’s all Greek to me !
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 !
October 12th, 2013 | posted by eddie
One or two new additions of the past few months,
February 26th, 2013 | posted by eddie
November 26th, 2012 | posted by eddie
February 8th, 2012 | posted by eddie
New purchases to gather dust on the shelf, Transformers Prime : Wheeljack, Cliffjumper and Bumblebee.
I will save you the detail of a review (there are plenty of those elsewhere).
Wheeljack is the best of the 3 in my opinion, he is very reminiscent of his G1 counterpart. A cool addition is the twin swords, I always felt more of the Transformers should have swords.
Cliffjumper is a close runner up to Wheeljack. He has some inspirations from G1 but they are quite diluted. Transformation is good and looks well in both bot and car mode.
Bumblebee sorry to say but this is my least favourite of the 3, looks and feels cheap, drawing its inspiration more from the movieverse as opposed to G1. Very simple transformation with a poor looking alt mode.
June 1st, 2011 | posted by eddie
Decided to take a run up to Toy’s R Us @ Birstall today at lunchtime and was very surprised when I was welcomed by a shelf full of Grimlock. Safe in the knowledge I had just received a healthy tax rebate I decided to have one, on the way back to work feeling a bit chuffed to say the least (my favourite character after all).
Sitting here now typing this “review” I am still happy with my purchase but is dulled slightly by Hasbro’s cost cutting.
- The plastic is inferior to the Takara Version
- The joint’s feel looser, will remedy shortly
- Rounded off claws and teeth (some child safety law thing)
It’s not all a lost cause
- Paint detailing is better that the Takara version – in line with the G1 toy
- Window display box
- Not bogged down with the useless apron, tray and brain transfer thingy bob
Closing, as I am not going over old ground with transformation detail and deeper critique (this has been done elsewhere) if you have a spare £59.99 and are close to a Toy’s R us then bag one. It is worth it, well, just !