Okay, maybe I'm showing my age here, but does anyone remember when toys were cool?!?
I mean, I was a huge fan of the original Transformer toys. Cars and planes that became robots who battled for the fate of Earth. They were cool! They looked cool as vehicles, they looked cool as robots, and they looked cool sitting on your dresser. You could even fit a tiny driving figure in some of them like Optimus Prime. Laserbeak, Ravage and Soundwave was always a deadly combo. Even the show rocked!
Now, they are animals and insects. You can barely tell the difference between their two forms. Apparently it didn't sell well enough cause they've decided to go back to the original vehicle mode, however the robots are no longer symetrical. Doors become immovable shields for their arms. None of the arms match the other, and not every arm is guaranteed to have a hand. So sad...
Voltron was cool! Huge as all hell, but still cool!
StarWars with their extending lightsabers!
GI-Joe with their action vehicles (and breakoff thumbs)!
Go-Bots, Mask, and the Knight Rider BigWheel (whatever happened to the bigwheel?)!!!
With the exception of Mega Blox, Lego, and Todd McFarlane's figures, there just doesn't seem to be a perfect marriage with imagination and coolness just yet like their used to be at one point.
I love G1 Transformers. Im a HUGE fan, and cant stand the way the show is done now. Heck, if Megatrons lackeys talked back to him as they do on the new show, hed have BLASTED them to bits in a second. And dont get me started on Galvatron. Hed blast you just for the &^%$ of it. Great show, great figures, and an EXCELLENT recent comic series.
...For what is this, if not a game of action figures?
Beast wars was better as a show than a toyline
In our years creativity in recreation was a must. The toys were created with great panash and stlye, representative of their sources. They held great oppurtunities of imagination in them, while still having several tricks up their sleeves. Now in the toy world, quality has gone down, the action figures have focus more on commerciality than they do in quality of the figure, and in more relation to television than they had been. We all miss the toys of our youth, toys that ispired as well as entertained, toys that involved being cool and being fun and not just being the face of some entertainment character or having too many functions to remember them all.
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Originally posted by TheSpirit Micronauts. I even had the Marvel comics. Can't remember a blessed one of them now, though, or why I liked them so much.
Liking Micronauts was easy - nothing else in the late 70's combined so well the concepts of action figures and construction sets. There's a good reason why these things fetch major dollars on Ebay. Even the lowly Time Traveller, the basic "get one with every vehicle" figure with *amazing* articulation, broke down into about 15 parts with a jewelers screwdriver. I used to do Frankenstein surgery on those things constantly.
Palisades Toys bought the rights to most (all?) the Micronauts line, and have been re-releasing the basic figures. Got a Baron Karza sitting on a shelf in my office.
I loved GI Joe and Transformers G1. I bought my son a generic rip-off of some transformers. Only five bucks got him the firetruck, police car, police cycle, ambulance, and helicopter that all combine into the big guy. I can't remember his name. They also had the "Constructicons" and the jet guys.
I personally liked GI Joe more than transformers. Half the fun of GI Joe was building your vehicles using the blueprints. That was hot and I haven't seen it done since. Except for lego, but those used to be just blocks that you put together and used imagination, NOT the "Harry Potter Castle" playsets they have now. (Although the Star Wars legos are calling me....)
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