Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ironhide Protect Black (e-Hobby exclusive, 2008)

Profile (Translated from the extended bio)
Ironhide Protect Black
Function: Cybertron Guard Member
Motto: “Circuits are no substitute for gut!”

Ironhide is a member of the Cybertrons and maintains a lot of influence. He has a youthful enthusiasm and tends to be quite militant. One of his duties is guarding Supreme Commander Convoy. After battles, Ironhide is conscious of how the conflict affects the Earth. His duty not only has him disguised from the criminal earthlings, but also from the Destron army. He covered himself in a jet-black colour in order to increase his protection capacity of Convoy. His fellow Cybertron soldier companions have whispered that he got the idea from Men in Black style vehicles, however he has seen a few black pick up trucks around town.

He has increased his trithyllium steel skin's durability by coating his armour with a composite gel metal. This allows him to immediately self repair minor injuries. His mobile artillery has increased 25% allowing him to protect the Supreme Commander Convoy with ease and enabling a swift counter offensive. He can handle the roughest of terrains using his three legged marauder mode.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

GiG's Diaclone & Trasformers (Part 3: Trasformer Auto Robot)

The yellow version of Countach LP 500S (Source: eBay)

After completing their run of Takaras initial Diaclone figures in 1983 (see Part 2), the following year in 1984 GiG released their version of the Diaclone Car Robot line up. "Car" in Italian translates as "Auto", so these releases were renamed "Auto Robot", the name Diaclone was removed and instead they were re-branded under the name "Trasformer".

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Masterpiece Ratchet MP-30

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-30 Cybertron Medic / Ratchet
Function: Medic
Motto: “You break it, I'll remake it.”
Cybertron Medic Ratchet is a doctor and an excellent technician in charge of repairing his companions as well as their headquarters. Has a gentle personality but can occasionally make harsh remarks when he is worried about his friends. Is an excellent warrior and has good command at handling firearms; supports companions on the front line in every aspect from fighting to treatment.
STR:4; INT:8; SPD:4; END:5; RNK:7; CRG:8; FBL:3; SKL:10

Monday, 6 February 2017

GiG's Diaclone & Trasformers (Part 2: Diaclone)

Il Grande (Source: eBay)

Once GiG had released their I Micronauti line, continuing with Megos Micronauts line (See Part 1), they turned their attention to another of Takaras latest brands, Diaclone, releasing many of the figures in Italy.

After Henshin Cyborg which were 12 inch figures in 1972, Takara down scaled in 1974 to 3.75 inch figures in the Microman line and now in the Diaclone line, the figures were now an inch tall and were called "Inch-Men" - (labelled "Dianauti" on GiGs Diaclone boxes).

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Masterpiece Wheeljack MP-20

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-20 Cybertron Mechanical Engineer / Wheeljack
Function: Mechanical Engineer
Motto: "Never do what your enemy expects you to do."
Wheeljack is a cheerful mad scientist. An excellent engineer, always immersed in creating new and fantastic inventions at the base, sometimes however he gets injured during failed experiments. He boasts driving skills which can out manoeuvre Hollywood stunt drivers. In robot mode he can fly at a maximum speed of 515km/h reaching a distance of 1300km.
STR:6; INT:6; SPD:7; END:9; RNK:5; CRG:2; FBL:9; SKL:7

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

GiG's Diaclone & Trasformers (Part 1: The Micronauts)

GiG's Time Traveller figure from 1980 (Source: eBay)

Italian toy company GiG was founded in 1968 by Gianfranco Aldo Horvat and mainly licensed toys from other toy companies for sale in Italy. Best known by Transformer fans was GiGs partnership with Takara, bringing their Diaclone Car Robots and others under the new brand name "Trasformers".

In 1985, Hasbro asserted their dominance against GiG pushing them into line to use their Transformers branding which Takara themselves had adopted after dropping their Diaclone and Micro Change lines when they saw its popularity. GiG still maintained their relationship with Takara and even released a few "exclusive" Transformers of their own such as the Bruticus & Abominus giftset and Transformer Victory's Galaxy Shuttle.

GiG continued to operate as in independent toy company until 1994 when it partnered with another Italian toy company, Giochi Preziosi. In 1999 GiG was completely merged into Giochi Preziosi. Gianfranco Aldo Horvat remained with the company until 2003 and he died in 2009.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Masterpiece Clampdown MP-14C

Profile (Translated from the Trading Card)
MP-14C Cybertron Police Officer / Clampdown
Function: Police Officer
Motto: “Without discipline, power is ineffective.”
A robot policeman dispatched from Seibertron to an Earth police facility through an interplanetary talent exchange program. Cooperating with human partners, every day he devotes his efforts to the safety of his region. Unsophisticated and kind-hearted, he cracks down on vicious crimes with a firm manner. Now and then he'll conflict with the locals or his co-workers owing to differences in culture or moral concepts.
STR:9; INT:7; SPD:9; END:6; RNK:5; CRG:8; FBL:6; SKL:7