Monday, 30 May 2016

Takara's Watch-Q toy line (1984-1985)



Takara first introduced their Choro-Q line in 1978 which were small cars with pull back motors. This line extended to Takaras Microchange line in 1983 with such releases as MC-04 Porsche 944 (Cliffjumer) and VW Bug (Bumblebee) though these cars did not have a motor but could transform into robots.

Between 1984 and 1985, Takara released a wrist watch line with a take on their Choro-Q line, called Watch-Q. The Q in the title being an abbreviation of "cute".



1984 Watch-Q Catalogue Scan (Source: Tipped Over Toy Box blog)

When the Watch-Q line was released it was already linked to the Microchange line as it featured a re-release of MC-06 Watch Robo. Three of the Watch-Q line up were also released in the main Transformers toy line. Overall there were 19 watches released in the line with an additional watch which did not pass the prototype stage. 

1985 Watch-Q Catalogue Scan (Source: Tipped Over Toy Box blog)


Additionally the line featured two types of watches aimed at girls released in 1985 which were more expensive than the standard releases from which they were recoloured as they came with additional accessories. Each of these two watches were released with 3 colour variants and this mini line was entitled "Pure Watch-Q".

Watch-Q's Series 1 (ウォッチ・キュー), 1984:-

In 1984 there were 13 releases planned but only 12 actually released:-

1) F-15 Eagle (F-15 イーグル)


F-15 Eagle Blue (left), Black (middle) and Grey (right) Source: Yahoo Auctions

The F-15 Eagle watch did as you'd expect and transformed from a watch into the popular jet of the 80's an F-15 Eagle (see Starscream, Skywarp, Thundercracker etc.). It was released in 3 colours, grey, blue or black. This also came with a stand for the jet.

2) Watch Robo (ウォッチ ロボ)


Watch Robo chrome version (Source: eBay)

Watch Robo gold version (Source: eBay)
Watch Robo black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

The Watch Robo was a re-release of the Microchange MC-06 Watch Robo and came in the same variety of colours apart from blue (it was available in were gold, chrome or black). There are more knock offs of this watch than any other released in the Watch-Q line.


3) Watch Robo II (ウォッチロボ II)


This watch was never released however a mock up artwork appeared in a catalogue. The far right shadowy figure in the 1984 advert for Watch-Q (see above) is also the Watch Robo II.

The Watch Robo II


4) Scorpio (スコーピオ)



This watch transforms into a scorpion. As well as appearing in Takaras Kronoform line, it was also released in the Transformers Generation 2 line in 1994. It was available in chrome, gold and possibly in black.

Scorpio gold version (Source: giocattolivecchi.com)



5) Colt Combat Custom (コルトコンバットカスタム)



This watch transformed into a pistol with a stand, silencer and sights; it could also shoot tiny pellets. This came in three variations, black, gun metal or grey.

Colt Combat Custom black version (Source: eBay)

Colt Combat Custom grey version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Colt Combat Custom gun metal version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)


6) GT Quartz Car Countach LP500S (GT カークォーツカウンタック LP500S)


This was a mini Lamborghini Countach with a pull back motor and came in four colours, red, black, grey and white.

GT Quartz Car Countach LP500S red version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

GT Quartz Car Countach LP500S white version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

GT Quartz Car Countach LP500S black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

7) GT Quartz Car Fairlady Z 300ZX (GT カークオーツフェアレディZ 300ZX)


Similar to the Countach, this was a mini car with a pull back motor and came in the same variation of colours, red, black, grey and white.

GT Quartz Car Fairlady Z 300ZX red version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

GT Quartz Car Fairlady Z 300ZX black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

GT Quartz Car Fairlady Z 300ZX white version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)


8) Choro Quartz Golf GTI (チョロクオーツゴルフGTI)


Another small car with a pull back motor. This came in black, red or blue variations.

Choro Quartz Golf GTI black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Choro Quartz Golf GTI black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Choro Quartz Golf GTI blue version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Choro Quartz Golf GTI red version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)




9) Choro Quartz Mini Cooper (チョロクオーツミニクーバー)



Based on a Mini Cooper, this small pull back racer came in red, blue or black.

Choro Quartz Mini Cooper blue & Black versions (Source: GT Uncle Blog)

Choro Quartz Mini Cooper (Source: Unknown)


10) Watch Boy (ウォッチボーイ)


A watch which transformed into another robot variant. This came in chrome, chromed red or black.

Watch Boy black version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Watch Boy chrome version (Source: giocattolivecchi.com)

Watch Boy red version (Source: Unknown)


11) Gamera (ガメラ)


This is based on the turtle monster from the 1965 Japanese film "Gamera". The watch transforms into a turtle monster. It came with either a green or a chromed shell.

Gamera (green (left) & chrome (right)) Source: eBay

12) Compo Quartz (コンポクォーツ)


This was a watch which transforms into a boom box and is a working radio. It was released with 4 colour variations of blue, grey, red or black.

Compo Quartz red version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Compo Quartz red version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Compo Quartz grey version (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Compo Quartz black version (Source: Unknown)

13) Watch Robo Calculator (ウォッチロボ電卓)


A calculator watch which transforms into a robot. This was also released in the Kronoform line in Transformers styled packaging as "Kaltor". This came in three colour variations - chrome, gold or black.

Watch Robo Calculator chrome version (Source: eBay)

Watch Robo Calculator black version (Source: eBay)

Watch Robo Calculator gold version (Source: eBay)

Watch Q Series 2 were released in 1985, 3 of which were re-releases from 1984 and there was one new addition. These were released in new cube styled boxes, four figures were released in 1985 and numbered. These versions are harder to get hold of, possibly as production was limited with Takara moving towards releasing the Transformers brand.

Watch-Q's Series 2 (ウォッチ・キュー), 1985:-


01 Watch Robo (ウォッチロボ)


Yet another release of this mould, available in chrome and black and possibly in gold.

Source: Yahoo Auctions

Source: Yahoo Auctions



02 Watch Boy (ウォッチボーイ)



Came in chrome and red, and possibly black.


03 Watch Robo Calculator (ウォッチロボ電卓)


Came in chrome and black. The advert also shows this figure coloured with a light blue chrome, though this could be a background / foreground reflection or an actual release.


04 Radio Robo (ラジオ ロボ)


A new release under the Watch-Q line up and came in black or black and silver. It was also released in the Kronoform Time Machine line in North America coloured black and red.

Radio Robot (Source: The Ancient Mariner)


Pure Watch-Q's Series (ピュア ウォッチ・キュー), 1985:-


01 Watch Girl (ウォッチガール)


Another watch marketed towards girls. It was a recolour of Watch Boy and came with an additional stand for the watch. It came in three colours, a chromed light blue with blue wrist strap, chromed pink with pink wrist strap or chromed gold and yellow wrist strap.

Watch Girl gold version (Source: eBay)

Watch Girl pink version (right) (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Blue Watch Girl (Source: Yahoo Auctions)

Source: Yahoo Auctions


02) Choro Quartz Pure (チョロクオーツピュア)


This version marketed towards girls was was a recoloured Choro Quartz GTI, available in blue with a pink strap, yellow with a blue strap or white with a blue strap.

Source: Unknown

Source: Yahoo Auctions



Many of the Watch-Q line were also made available through Takara in such toylines as GiG's Crono Trasformers in Italy, Ceji Revel's Chrono Quartz in France, and Takara's own Diakron & Kronoform Time Machines in North America.


Summary of Watch-Q watches and their other releases:-


  1. F-15 Eagle (1984, 2800 Yen). Available in grey, blue & black. See also Kronoform "Inviceptor"; Chrono Quartz "Montre / Avion Jet F-15" & Crono Trasformers "Crono Jet"
  2. Watch Robo (1984 & 1985, 2800 Yen). Available in chrome, black & gold. See also Microchange MC-06 "Watch Robo"; GiG Microchange MC-06 "Robot Clock"; Diaclone Finland "Watch Robo"; GiG Crono Trasformer "Crono Robot" / "Robot Clock"; Diakron "Kronoform"; Kronoform "Robot Time Machine"; Joustra Diaclone "Kronoform"; Transformers Generation 2 "Autobot".
  3. Scorpio (1984, 2800 Yen). Available in chrome or gold. See also Kronoform "Scorpia"; Joustra Diaclone "Scorpion"; Transformers Generation 2 "Scorpia".
  4. Colt Combat Custom (1984, 2800 Yen). Available in black, gun metal or grey. See also Crono Trasformer "Crono Laser"; Kronoform "X-Kalibor"; Ceji Revell "Montre / Lampe De Poche Colt / Lance Projectiles".
  5. GT Quartz Car Countach LP500S (1984, 2800 Yen). Available in black, white, grey or red. See also Crono Trasformer "Crono Car"; Ceji Revell "Montre / Auto Avec Moteur A Retro-Friction"; Kronoform "Auto Kron I".
  6. GT Quartz Car Fairlady Z 300ZX (1984; 2800 Yen). Available in black, white, grey or red. See also Crono Trasformer "Crono Car"; Ceji Revell "Montre / Auto Avec Moteur A Retro-Friction"; Kronoform "Auto Kron I".
  7. Choro Quartz Mini Cooper (1984; 2980 Yen). Available in black, red or blue. See also Ceji Revell "Montre / Auto Avec Moteur A Retro-Friction"; Kronoform "Auto Kron II".
  8. Choro Quartz Golf GTI (1984; 2980 Yen). Available in black, red or blue. See also Ceji Revell "Montre / Auto Avec Moteur A Retro-Friction"; Kronoform "Auto Kron II".
  9. Choro Quartz Pure (1985; 3500 Yen). Available in Blue on a pink wrist strap, Yellow version on a blue wrist strap or a White version on a blue wrist strap. See also Ceji Revell "Montre / Auto Avec Moteur A Retro-Friction"; Kronoform "Auto Kron II".
  10. Watch Boy (1984 & 1985; 2980 Yen). Available in chrome, red or black. This was not released beyond the Watch-Q line.
  11. Gamera (1984; 2980 Yen). Available in green or chrome. This was not released beyond the Watch-Q line.
  12. Compo Quartz (1984; 3980 Yen). Available in blue, red, grey or black. See also Crono Trasformers "Crono Radio"; Ceji Revell "Montre / Radio Pile / Solaire"; Kronoform "Hi Band Blaster".
  13. Watch Robo Calculator (1984 & 1985; 4980 Yen). Available in gold, chrome or black. See also Kronoform "Kaltor" (in Transformers styled packaging).
  14. Radio Robo (1985; 3980 Yen). Available in black or black with silver. See also Kronoform "Robot Radio Time Machine".
  15. Watch Girl (1985; 3500 Yen). Available in light blue with blue wrist strap, chromed pink with pink wrist strap or chromed gold and yellow wrist strap. This was not released beyond the Watch-Q line.

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