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This post was added at January 24, 2015, 4:41 pm .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
In Japan during the 80s there were a number of toy lines that would later be rolled up into the Transformers. Beetras was one of these. During the past few months I have been selling off a large part of my collection. In doing so it came to my attention that a figure I own from Beetras was not supposed to exist. While I still have it I thought it best to take some pictures for the record.
First off here is the molded on logo. I believe it is the Takatoku Toys logo, they made the other more widely available Beetras figures.
I live in Australia and have been collecting Transformers since the beginning. We had a family friend who had a friend that owned a small toy shop. He asked that person to get the Deluxe Insecticons from Japan. It turned out that what was imported was the Beetras team. They were subsequently given to me and I kept them for the last 25 plus years.
To me they were always just Barrage, Chop Shop, Ransack & Venom. Just in wrong colours lol.
This post was added at September 2, 2014, 12:14 am .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
The original Space Battleship Yamato was the beginning for a whole genre of space adventure in anime and cartoons. I was aware of it as a kid in the form of Star Blazers. At the time I was too young to really take it all in. My five year old mind just watched the show on an episode to episode basis. My real moment of getting it was actually in Robotech, but the seeds got planted here.
The first and only toy I ever got from Starblazers was a small wind up nomura iq9. It came from a yard sale and stayed with me for more than 30 years. I have been on the lookout for a better quality Analyzer AKA IQ9 ever since. There is a much better Nomura diecast figure and a Banpresto figurine but both are quite expensive now, often going for almost $200.
Now as a result of the new anime Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Bandai Japan have made an all new and fully poseable model kit for the Analyzer character. The parts all come in the correct colours and no glue is required. I built this one using only a pair of nail clippers and a small nail file.
For someone with no skills at model making this is a pretty good result. Just imagine how good it could be if a bit more work was put into it. I bought this for $21 from BBTS. That is about as cheap as anyone could want, so cheap I actually bought two so I may give painting it a try!
This post was added at June 15, 2014, 12:09 am .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
Deaths Head.

For the first time ever we now have an official Deathshead figure. It is too small to be useful in most Transformers displays but at least it exists now. Here is my video review
Deaths head has featured in a number of different continuities including The Transformers and Doctor Who. This means he basically ties everything together in space and time. Transformers have had a lot of crossovers and so has Doctor Who, join them together with Deaths Head and you get one giant multi-space-time-verse in comics. As a kid I thought it weird that this skeletal looking robot was head to head with Transformers. Now it seems awesome and adds a bit of excitement to TF.
This post was added at January 28, 2014, 2:02 pm .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
SHIN MAZINGER Z! - Normally I dont buy Super Robot Chogokin ( SRC ) Toys. This year however I was given one as a Christmas gift from my Wife.
I particularly like it because he looks good fighting my S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla. Although not in accurate scale with Godzilla I think the overall effect is quite good. I wouldnt mind getting the SRC Grendizer to help in the battle.
This post was added at December 22, 2013, 12:10 am .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
Transformers Prime Beast Hunters, an unexpectedly enjoyable end to an otherwise crappy toy line and and show!
In 2010 Hasbro began their Hub Network with a new iteration of The Transformers called Transformers Prime. While the show did start with an awesome toy line and an equally fantastic first five episodes, it only degenerated from there. This was a time when the economy was having a heavy impact on what was doable in toys, especially at the low price point Transformers have traditionally sat at.
What grieved fans the most was a perceived bait and switch when Hasbro halted production of the First Edition toys and replaced them with inferior versions.
To compound this somewhat loud outrage, the cartoons second season became a treasure hunt with no long lasting character development. Even huge arcs like the Unicron in Earth or Prime amnesia plot were thrown to the gutter. The end result for me was that I abandoned all things TF Prime and doubled down on third party toys.
Into this mess came the third and final season known as Beast Hunters. Judging by the glut of figures that would not move from shelves a lot of kids felt bad about the toys too. So one day I found that KMart had clearanced Ultimate Beastfire Predaking to $39 down from $99. I chewed on the idea for a while and then bought it. It is a pretty average toy but for that cheap price I was pleasantly surprised.
Based on this I downloaded the season and found it to be really entertaining and a lot better than season two. I then had to buy the other figures. I got this guy, Sharkticon Megatron. I also got Smokecreen, Shockwave, Grimwing, Darksteal, Ultramagnus and Optimus Prime.
So what I want to say is that Beast Hunters turned out OK. It seems like at the end the creative team did not have to drag out the show to just fill episodes so instead they used each episode to it fullest. Characters learned lessons without the reset button being hit each episode. The end was pretty satisfying too, but I will not spoil it here. Out of all the figures Shockwave is the stand out piece. I would feel comfortable putting him in with a more classics oriented collection.
Find some video reviews of these figure on my youTube channel:
Shockwave here
Smokescreen here
Sharkticon Megatron here
Beastfire Predaking here

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