High Speed Bus Kabatron
Review by JoshB
High Speed Bus Kabatron (高速バス カーバトロン) is what the Japanese call a "cheaptoi" or Cheap Toy. It's the more modern equivalent of Train Station toys, if toys were still sold in train stations. These more recent cheap toys are often found in discount shops or gift shops at attractions.
Traveling by bus appears more common, and more socially acceptable, in Japan than it does here. They are a nice alternative to places where the train doesn't go. Perhaps these might be sold at bus stops? Who knows.
The toy is by a company called "The Access", which I am sure didn't actually make the toy, they just comissioned a version from a random Chinese company, probably the same company who made Train Bot, Bus Bot, and Fire Bot.
The box is actually very cool, with bright graphics and a huge clear window on front. The box proudly proclaims "BATTLE ROBOT <-> HIGHWAY BUS"
The side shows two different color schemes are available.
The back shows the transformation and all the usual safety warnings.
There's also a hidden flap that you can pull up if the retailer wanted to hang these things on a peg or hook.
Inside the toy rests in a plastic insert with a nice cardboard backdrop that looks like a hangar.
Kabatron is a simple robot, with bright colors and minimal articulation. It's quite solid and well made so it does not feel like a "cheap toy" at all.
Of course, there is a giant bus hanging off of the back.
Kabatron comes armed with two weapons. One is a rifle, the other, a staff.
The staff is actually a missile from a Transformers G2 Cyberjet.
The bus mode is actually really great, and all the robot parts fold up neatly underneath. If you didn't know it transformed you might confuse it for an actual bus toy.
The clean tampo printing proudly proclaims "Car Battle on! Hybrid System Ecology Bus". Let's just string random English words together to look cool!
The bus has no windows. The drivers seat is on the left side, meaning this was not originally produced for Japan (whose drivers side is on the right).
So where exactly do these toys come from? They share a lot of design cues from similar "Bots" we've reviewed here in the past:
The same company has produced other toys with similar transformations, including dinosaurs, elephants and sharks. Who is this mysterious company at the heart of it all? It's sure not The Access...
|Posted 14 August, 2014 - 10:22 by JoshB|