Roblock was introduced around 1984 as part of the TENTE construction toy range by Exin-Lines Bros S.A., probably as a cash-in on the trend for transforming toys such as Go-Bots, Transformers and the like. The difference was that Roblock robots had to be built first – brick by brick, with special hinges enabling the vehicle parts to become robots.
Roblocks might appear as simplistic and cartoonish for a transforming toy robot, but for me they add a special cool factor with their bold colour schemes, striking decals and fun element… I mean, who can resist a sci-fi, earth-moving machine on caterpillar treads, which can transform into a frog? That’s the kooky joy that is Frogster. See pic below…
Another model I like is Gunner (see pic below)… a bug-eyed, blue robot on treads – though in its vehicle form you wonder how it wouldn’t topple over being so forward-heavy. No worries… it’s just a toy. Imagination is key!
Below pics… Wicco, Keramic and Redox. These are fun… the expressions and character in their facial elements say a lot. Can we transform? You bet! But we don’t take ourselves too seriously!
Below pic: Thor and Skymaster. These two characters came with plastic pilot mini figures, and were likely produced in a larger scale than their counterparts in the line. My favourite here is the pretty awesome Skymaster, both in its robot and vehicle form. The red and grey colour scheme lends it a more serious look than the others.
Thank you for transforming with us! 🙂
Images from the 1988 Exin catalogue, featuring models from the Roblock line between 1984 and 1987. Scanned by TVTA.