Robo Machines (very mini) mini catalogue

Robo Machines was a transforming vehicle/robot toy line made by the Bandai company in the 1980s.

When I say that this Robo Machines catalogue I recently acquired is not much bigger than a postage stamp I’m not exaggerating! Here it is all in its tiny, little glory. Small is beautiful.

Robo Machines Command Centre Play Set. The top left picture of the transforming vehicle on four legs reminds me of  a very famous vehicle as employed by the Empire in certain Star Wars films!


Thank you for transforming with us 🙂 

Starriors by Tomy


Big thanks to fellow WP blogger Virtuanaut for sharing the image scans from the Starriors Marvel mini-comics series. To view the complete series be sure to visit Virtuanaut’s site.

Starriors was a short-lived line of toy robots made by Tomy in 1984 and 1985. The figures were released with Marvel mini-comics (6 comics in total). Marvel also published a 4-issue comic book series. Some of the Starriors toys were later altered and re-branded for European markets as R.A.T.S (Robot Anti-Terror Squad).


Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net

Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net



Thanks for looking 🙂

Transformers – ’84 and on

The Transformers. 1989. Denmark.

Based on the Japanese TAKARA and BANDAI characters, Transformers was introduced to the US public in 1984 by HASBRO. Employing the classic scenario of the good guys versus the bad guys (Autobots vs Decepticons in this case), the concept of ‘transforming’ vehicles, weapons and animals into articulated action-packed robots proved to be hugely popular and prompted many other toy companies into making products of a similar concept. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international print adverts featuring Transformers toys and merchandise.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

Alpha Flight. 1985. US.

Eagle and Tiger. 1985. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

ROTJ. 1986. UK.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

Transformers Beast Wars. More Fun From Kenner catalogue. 1997. US.

Transformers Beast Wars. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Scalextric Catalogue 49th Edition. 2008. UK.

Transformers: The Last Knight. Les Cinémas Gaument Pathé. 2017. France.


Thanks for looking 🙂

ZEROIDS – workers of the future

“From the planet Zero come the incredible workers of the future – grabbing, pinching, clawing, carrying, attracting, throwing, pushing, pulling and hauling. From turret to track they are realistically simulated in awesome detail.”

I love how in 1972 the Ideal toy company was using the word “awesome” to describe one of its products – awesome being a word heavily in use today to describe… well… awesome things. Things like toy robots. Things like Zeroids!

Zeroids was a line of battery-operated motorised robots able to propel themselves across surfaces. They appeared on toy shelves in 1967 and underwent a rebrand in the late 70s and more recently in 2016 by the Toyfinity company. The original robot characters in the line are Zobor the Bronze Transporter, Zintar the Silver Explorer, and Zerak the Blue Destroyer.

UK. Ideal catalogue page. 1972.