What is the most obscure 80's or 90's toyline you can think of?
There are a bunch of them. One of my favorite obscure lines that I never got as a kid (and I guess it was good I didn't) was Manglors.
Their gimmick was that you could pull and stretch them, and even rip off their limbs and then put them back together good as new. It didnt work very well.
The Other World, by Arco. I had a bunch of these as a kid and never knew anything about them.
I had these mini troll goblin dudes. They fought my Tron action figures because I didn't like mixing one-off figures with my "real" toys (SW, GIJ)
Robo Force by Galoob. Partially unknown, partially obscured by the other Robo Force that people really like.
God if I could get into that second position I would be sucking myself off forever.
The most obscure toy I collected as a kid (that I still remember anyway, had plenty of shit that I couldn't point out to you in a bin) was Z-Bots
The dude in the picture was my favorite, had a pretty sizable collection of these.
I know how you feel. Loved z bots as a kid. This one was my favorate and one of the only ones I have left. He chills with my jaegers now.
I think yours was one of the ones that came with the burger king kids meal.
The Mysterians toy line was a group of six transforming figures released around 1984 by the company Marchon.
I totally remember that. Best part about being a kid who loved transformers in the 80's was that my folks would always find odd "transforming robots" for me to add to playtime. Most of the stuff was fleamarket, but shit, who cares.
They fall just outside your date range but here's an obscure toyline from 1979 to 1981, X-ploratrons by Corgi.
A range of diecast scifi vehicles, actually pretty high quality construction with some nice gimmicks (compass, magnet, magnifying glass etc).
This one didn't even have a name of its own. It came packaged with a wide range of products as promo freebies.
my brother had these, not mighty max but still cool
had these bastards when I was a kid. one of the best toys I played it
holyshit i loved these.
they led to my love of microman
For me I would have to say Construx, I think they were called? All of the sets I had for it either came from a learning store, or a smithsonian field trip. They were kinda space-themed, but they had electric motors and a control pad. You could make some really neat things with it.
Oh no! I remember now. Robotix are the ones I'm thinking of. Construxs were another sort of building toy, They were snap together and had a space theme. You could build some pretty cool stuff with Construx. We didn't know what they were called, so me and my brother just called them 'Space Legos'.
I never understood that one! I had the tower building, and you'd spend 20mins building it, and then put that little timer thing under it and it would lift it up and tip it over. Boom done....
Maybe not the most obscure, but I certainly didn't know anybody who had these guys when I was little
I was just looking at these on ebay earlier.
One good thing about obscure toylines is that if you manage to find a good condition sample, they're usually not too pricy...but on the flipside, finding them is the hard part. I found several of those Pepsi cans for some reason along with one loose...I dunno, the good guy HQ I guess, that transforms into a PC, but it was missing parts - and good luck tracking any of THAT shit down.
I still have the yellow taxi cab and a couple of the figures somewhere. As a kid, I discovered a major problem with all the ones whose limbs eject; the peg that actually held them to the torso were REALLY fucking fragile. I swear I went through like two that just broke and I think the last one I just flat out didn't play with because I was scared that'd break too.
Moondreamers. Had these as a kid and then kind of forgot about them. Came on toy and went on a wild hunt to figure out what they were, thank god people have started cataloging this sort of stuff.
>Blockman is dead
>Microman is dead
>Henshin Cyborg is dead
DUDE! The comic book for these guys was great. I've got a handful of issues floating around somewhere. Not sure if this series was meant to be a spinoff of the Centurions or what, but man it was cool.
This thing predates Zoids by quite a bit though.
But speaking of those, anyone remember Technozoids? The initial launch of that toyline that never made it big until its relaunch about a decade later? Had the scorpion and one other; those shits were awesome.
Xpanders. Just looking at em makes me miss the days when miniature playsets where everywhere.
Their faces were made of balloon rubber and the gimmick was to turn the waist and then the rubber face would stretch over the molded monster face underneath. It was an interesting concept but poor execution. Baically just looked like weird flat face to weird lumpy face
since someone posted food fight, here's another themed one, named Barnyard Commandos
This is probably the most obscure line I can think of. Bugmen of Insecta, released in 1983 from Multi-Toys Corp.
This is the first thing to be posted below the rocks bugs and things that is in any way obscure. Barnyard commandos, Food fighters,Trash bag bunch, mad balls, xpanders where all very commen place at the time they where available in stores. Barnyard commands kicked around for years in the discount stores after they where canceled and when they where new you would see a commercial for them ever 5th commercial.
This. No one buy my female cousin had one of these growing up. I used to love the hell out of the engine and laser sounds. Iirc the front detached.
Neat - this was designed by the same guy that designed the ROM toy. Forgot his name but easy to look up. Cool electric toys of the 70s
I had a couple of these. First one died when I took it apart and couldn't get it back together again. It had a single motor and hugely complex transmission system of gears and shafts that gave it all the ranges of motion.
That one was from some Kinder Egg, but I think the toys have appeared in other products in varying colors.
The ones I grew up with had different wheels and came in Ovaltine jars.
Are you bad enough dude to play the Pianosaur?
I remember a line similar to this of transforming military minifig playsets, but the ones I'm thinking of came in a drop crate style box and were modeled after weapons.
I distinctly remember a grenade that had fold out bits to become a base or a vehicle or something.Can't remember the other sets, possibly a pistol and compass. Probably released in the late 80's.
Here in Mex. they used to sell them in 4 pack cards in wacky colors.
What's better than plastic soldiers? Spaemen!
I love how the robot still looks like a costumed person.
Wow, that minicon made me nostalgia hard. I remember when I first got Unicron on Christmas. I still have it too.
All this nostalgia is the main reason I browse this board.
Also transformers armada is best transformers
Me and my friends had some of these. (Finland reporting in, heh.) Some of them were pretty fun looking, even if there wasn't any articulation. But the gimmick - a dissolving bag - was a pain in the butt. In the commercial it just vanished, but in reality it would leave your sink full of suspicious-looking green glops.
Anyhoo. I don't have a picture to show, but can anyone recognize a similar toyline... they came in blind bags, sort of like different goblin like teams or armies? Maybe they had roles like chess-pieces, or something? I only had two of them, I think. One that had a army-helmet (he belonged to the "army team") and one that was like a jester, belonging to the "circus group", or something? Does this ring any bells to anyone? I got them around early-to-mid 90s.
Anyone remember what I'm about to describe? It was a 90's toy line. You would collect these really tiny robot figures, they weren't very well articulated but they were very colorful, and I mean tiny. Like.... maybe an inch high. And you could put them inside of a separately sold bigger robot.
Actually, searching for Trash bag bunch revealed the other line too: they were called Miniboglins, apparently. Hmm. I'll have to research a bit...
I couldn't *avoid* getting these as a kid. Everybody seemed to have them, and every birthday party seemed to give them away as party favors. I remember somebody's mom stuck them all over the cake as decorations even.
the wonderful thing about Robotix is that they are still sold today by the Robotics and Things company(http://www.roboticsandthings.com/)
god I love Attack Pack, but man is it the hardest toyline ever to search for
I'm amazed that no-one has tried resurrecting Z-Bots, considering how well those kind of tiny figures are doing these days
Battle Beasts are still one of my favorite toylines ever, sucks that the only attempts at reviving it have been overpriced low quality garbage(and this is coming from someone who normally likes Mini-Mates)
I'm trying to remember the name of these sort-of transforming cars from probably either Matchbox or Hot Wheels, that were kind of Pretenders in that they had die cast car bodies, and underneath those were creatures that flattened down to fit inside the car.
>I'm amazed that no-one has tried resurrecting Z-Bots, considering how well those kind of tiny figures are doing these days
even if some company did resurrect the IP they'd look nothing like the originals. Robo Frce barely resembles the toys they're supposed to be a modern version of, to give you an example of what Z-Bots would be like. Some asshole "artist" has to do his REEDUN take on it because the old way isn't good enough for him, regardless of how much he proclaims to be a die-hard fan.
Plus it's probably Hasbro that owns it and they only want to bring back old lines if no one asked for them.
Xpanders were awesome. The only one I was able to get was the three wheeled atv, and I loved the crap out of that thing.
Mega Force was another line of military toys that were pretty fantastic. I only got three of these. The massive blue jet, that weird space shuttle firing tank thing-
I had all the top row. Micro Machines played so freaking perfectly with these things. I might still have the Scorpion laying around. All the others were lost to the moves I made later that year.
The only thing I can think of is Sky Saber.
I got one toy of each line and they were amazing, the binoculars from G.E.A.R., the chopper from Xpanders and the space shuttle from Megaforce. Don't know why this kind of sets don't exist anymore, I mean I lived through the golden age of sets, Mighty Max, Polly Pocket, Micro Machines, damn...
ZAP Power Force, they were essentially just repackaged figures of the late 80's Toho toku series Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop
That is a fucking AMAZING image
How obscure are these things? I still have a few lying around.
The best part of this line is that the majority of the items actually worked as intended.
The watch had a real digital display, the compass would tell you what direction you were facing, the canteen had a small reservoir for water, the lantern had a real flashlight bulb, the gun made a clicking noise as you shot and the AK had electronic gunfire sounds, etc.
They even made badges that turned into small vehicles and were completely wearable.