|Robotman is intimidated by Gundam Astaroth|
For a collector like myself, this is a two edged sword, as although the products available now are amazingly detailed and contructed, the high street prices which would allow a child to buy toys with pocketmoney have long since gone and most toys command prices undreamed of in the sixties.
That said, the nature of the toys is now different in other ways, as a lot of the best toys originate in Japan from the big names such as TakaraTomy or Bandai. Blog supporter Ranalcus kindly provided Woodsy with some stunning examples of japanese plastic recently and knowing my love of japanese robots, Woodsy shared a couple of pieces with me.
|Astaroth courtesy of the Mighty Ranalcus|
|Perfect Effect Robotman|
Next up we have an unusual toy from one of the thousands of small, independant makers. The Perfect Effect Robot echoes the classic Mego Biotron figure from the Micronauts line, but at a neat 4" fully poseable size. No assembly was required here and the tank tracks on hs back are removeable to make a small ground vehicle for the mini sized pilot in the chest. Although it doesn't appear in any film, tv or comic series, it is an immensley popular toy, again aimed at the collector market at a cool £35.
|Lost Planet Armoured Suit|
Micronauts and Transformers originated in the late seventies from a Takara toy line called Diaclone. This line has recently been upgraded and re-released by TakaraTomy with a 21st century look. The line features massive modular robots piloted by tiny 1" figures. Oddly though, the expensive line has spawned a range of seemingly legitimate knock offs, trading under the Lost Planet brand. Amongst the almost indistinguishable models are a line of small powered suits. Eachsuit carries a single pilot and bristles with accessories. Again, articulation and overall design are amazingly good and at just under 2.5" tall, the basic suit is a marvel of toy engineering.
|Hasegawa and Chubu WeGo's|
|Achilles Magneforce and Batman|
|Bandai (?) Gashopon courtesy Ranalcus|
|Phone Strap Alan and Founder Barefoot|
|Black Series Flametrooper|
So from Golden Astronauts and Eagle Eyed Action Men, we have moved way beyond simple toys we could throw out of a window on a ragged parachute to collectors pieces which should be safely curated under glass for fear of ultraviolet rays. I wonder what the next 20 years with have in store for the common toy, or if we will in fact need toys at all ?