Review by JoshB
I never knew his as Daijim.
As a child, I never knew his name at all. Back in the day, the place for
us poor kids to get toys was a place in New Hampshire called PIP's. PIP's was
the original dollar store. Most everything there was a buck, and if there was
anything popular, PIP's would have a lower quality version there for a buck.
This was back in the mid to early 1980s when transformers ruled the playground.
I had gotten bootlegs of Starscream, Soundwave and Omega Supreme, but there
were also toys I didn't recognize. Mom would always agree to buy me toys a
PIP's because they were so cheap. One of those toys was a black truck that
turned into a robot.
It was battery operated;
it waked in robot mode and rolled
in vehicle mode. At the time, I loved and hated it. I always thought it was
cheap, and stupid because it wasn't a transformer. But still, it was pretty
unique, and I had a lot of fun with it.
Flash forward to about a month ago, when I came across an auction for the
Robot-Car. I instantly recognized it is being the same toy I had as a kid,
but with a different color scheme. Could this be the original version of the
toy I had as a kid?
Sadly, No. But it did lead me on the path to its true identity. The version
I have is just called Robot Car. It's molded in blue, black and chrome, with
a small bit of metal. The toy is actually pretty cool, much cooler than I remember
Robot-car is a bootleg version of the Daijim Robot Car made by Yonezawa. The
original version is all black, and may have come with a diecast bar in front
of the front wheels. It was later imported to America, and sold in American
packaging, but without the diecast bar. There was also a bootleg of the black
version (which i had as a kid), and now this bootleg blue version, that keeps
the diecast bar intact.
Daijim has three modes: two walking modes and one driving mode. In car mode,
Daijim can go forward or backward. He has rubber wheels, and a side mounted
To transform Daijim, first you have to remove the two roof covers. There are
three buttons on his chest. One button pops his head up, while the other two
buttons pop the arms out from the side. Remove the front grille then swing
the legs down. Finally re-attach the covers onto the legs. The missile launcher
mounts to his shoulder, and his arms can accept either fists or missiles. Daijim
can walk either forward or backward in this mod by moving a switch on top.
20 years and he still comes to life with a mechanical squeal.
What makes Daijim cool are the little neat things, like chrome insets on the
arms, and spring loaded head and arms. Yonezawa managed to take their expertise
of tin robots and combine them with the transformers fad to make a cool, fun
transforming robot. Even if this toy did not have the high nostalgia factor
I would still give it high marks.
Robot-Car was distributed in the usa by Videl Distribution, Ontario Canada.
|Posted 26 December, 2004 - 21:17 by JoshB|