Thursday, 19 October 2017

GiG's Diaclone & Trasformers (Part 5: Dinosaurs & Jets)

Trasformer Magazine Advertisement (Source: eBay)

Among the Auto Robots and Micro Change released under GiG's Trasformer banner were the Dinosauro Robots (Dinosaur Robots), Jet Robots and the Tripla Trasformazione Robots (Triple Transformation Robots). Released between 1984 and 1985 and similarly with the Auto Robots which were released in 1985, there were variants of the Dinosairo Robots which were the actual Transformer Dinobots packaged in GiGs Trasformer styled box. As with the majority of the Trasformers the Dinosauro and Tripla Trasformazione and Jet Robots came with the usual safety missiles.


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Lambor 04 (Transformers Collection, 2003)



Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
04 Cybertron Warrior Lambor
Function: Warrior (Combat Operations)
Transformation: Supercar
Ability: Has outstanding strength. Can fly with his rocket injection pack. Fires flares which light up the surrounding 30km as if it were midday.
Character: He is sometimes reckless in order to complete his missions.
STR…6; INT...7; SPD...7; END...7; RNK...5; CRG...10; FPR...3; SKL...6; TTL...51


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Takaras Diakron & Kronoform Part 1: Diakron


Source: eBay

With Takara producing toys for Italian toy company GiG since 1981, they decided to release the Diaclone line in North America to match the popularity in Italy. Renamed Diakron, a few of the Diaclone figures were repackaged and released in 1983 to test the market in toy stores such as Toys R Us and Kay Bee Toys. Unfortunately the figures released were not well received; there was no marketing campaign or background and the back of the boxes being the only catalogue for the toy line.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Masterpiece Dirge MP-11ND



Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-11ND Destron New Jetron Warrior Dirge
Function: New Jetron Warrior
Motto: "Fear is the element that unites all losers."
Profile:
The Aerial Warrior Dirge is one of the new members of the Jetrons. Transforms into a jet equipped with a canard (front wing); his engines emit ultrasonic waves which can destroy nearby structures as well as instilling fear to those who hear them. Escaped a space prison long ago; his dark and destructive impulses even frighten his companions.
STR:7; INT:8; SPD:8; END:6; RNK:5; CRG:4; FBL:8; SKL:9


Friday, 8 September 2017

GiG's Diaclone & Trasformers (Part 4: Trasformer "Micro Change")


Pistola Robot P38 (Black Version). Source: eBay

In 1984 alongside Takaras Diaclone Car Robot series, GiG also imported a good chunk of Takaras Micro Change toy line. Gone were the references to the Micro Change name and in its place was the Trasformer name on all the boxes. The figures however kept their MC designation numbers. Other than the Trasformer name ad the Italian text, the boxes were identical to the original Japanese counterparts.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Masterpiece Starscream MP-3



Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-3 Destron Air Commander / Starscream
Function: Destron Air Commander
Motto: "Conquest is made of the ashes of one's enemies."
Profile:
Starscream does not hide his ambition in wanting to replace Megatron, the Great Emperor of Destruction. Starscream believes the Destron army should rely on cunning and speed to defeat the Cybertron warriors, rather than Megatron’s strategy of ferocity and destructive force.
STR:7; INT:7; SPD:9; END:7; RNK:9; CRG:8; FPR:7; SKL:5

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Masterpiece Artfire MP-37



Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-37 Cybertron Targetmaster Sniper Artfire
Function: Sniper
Motto: “Sniping or Rescue - timing is everything.”
Profile:
Cybertron warrior Artfire is a sniper who possesses both patience and bravery; has a lot of affection for his team-mates. Combines the use of his ladder along with his partner Nightstick when transformed into a Beam Cannon to improve his sniping accuracy. With his robust body and rescue ability he plays an active role in a variety of situations.
STR:8; INT:7; SPD:8; END:6; RNK:5; CRG:10; FBL:5; SKL:8