Monday, January 27, 2014

KO Korner: Transistor Robots: Insect Robot

There was a company back in the day called Four Star.  They had a series of transformable toys called Transistor Robots.  Trying to find more solid information on the Four Star company can be tough.  Originally I had labeled many of their toys as KOs as they had some clever takes on Transformer molds, especially G1 molds.  They would take a G1 mold and alter it heavily to create a new character, yet still retained some of the G1 characteristics.  As I've searched out more info on the toys and even acquired a few, I've really grown fond of what they did with the molds.

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One of the first Four Star molds I acquired was of the Transformers G1 Insecticon, Bombshell.  Originally Bombshell's insect mode was that of a boll weevil.  Four Star took the mold and added a few extra parts and turned him into a elephant beetle...or so I'm told that is what this new insect mode is supposed to be modeled after.  Looks more like a scorpion to me.

Take a look at the purple and blue areas.  Look familiar?  Those are the shoulder/arm joints on the G1 toy.  You can see the horn section has been replaced with what appears to be a scorpion like tail and the arms are newly casted pieces.  The legs are now large gold chrome die-cast metal pieces with antennae and pincher claws.

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Somewhere in the shuffling around of some items I was taking to Charticon last year, one of his antennae fell off and I lost it.  Bummer.  For a off brand toy I really didn't expect to see so much die-cast metal used.  In fact, this version features more die-cast than the original Takara version!

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Even with all the new casted pieces and parts, this version of "Bombshell" transformers very much like the original.  Here in robot mode you get a better look at the original mold and how it was altered.  Four Star even elected to to paint the torso purple keeping in line with the Insecticon colors...kind of.

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A new robot head was given to the character as well.  Gone is the lower face plate, replaced with a mouth and what appears to be a blue goatee.  Notice the gold panel on the chest?  This opens up just like the original translucent yellow "cockpit" door that harkens back to the Microchange days of Takara.

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After getting my hands on this toy I found a new appreciation for Four Star's "Transformers" and sought to find more.  Since selling this guy a few months back, I seem to find him popping up on eBay quite frequently. Maybe he always did and I just didn't notice?  If I can find another one, complete, for a decent price I may just have to snap him up as he's a pretty cool take on the original Bombshell mold.

10 comments:

  1. I had a really beat up one of these when I was a kid that I got from another kid. I could've sworn that he was a scorpion as well. Guess we learn something new every day.

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  2. Never heard of these before but how very cool.

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    1. I really wasn't sure if I should post this under my KO Korner or under my Other Robots tab. I opted for the latter, but I can see how it fits both as Four Star KO'd and used several G1 TF bodies (albeit heavily altered) to create their releases.

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  3. Holy crap, I had that guy as a kid. Those antenna must fall off rather easily, because I don't remember mine having them at all.

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    1. They fall off very easily. When I bought the thing it had both antenna. When I sold it at Charticon last August one of them had fallen off and I never could find it. I was bidding on a MOSC version the other day, but got outbid. If I can find another one loose and complete, I'd buy it again. Very nice, quirky toy.

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  4. nice, four star jets are pretty sought after, i haven't seen this one before though

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    1. I'm actually working on restoring one of the Four Star jets as we speak! Still needs more work though before I can show it off.

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  5. I saw chrome parts and that itself is AWESOME!!

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    1. Oh yeah! All the chromed parts and the purple chest piece are die-cast metal!

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