Robot Desk Set
Review by The Enthusiast
Every popular toy brand or trend inevitably leads to a glut of what I call “ancillary product,” merchandise which is related to the original toys, but ultimately just a lame cash-in. Like Transformers Walkie Talkies, G.I. Joe sleeping bags, or My Little Pony backpacks. Or school supplies. Pencils, notebooks, erasers, everything a child could use typically gets the merchandising treatment. Again, most of this stuff is lame, but occasionally one of these disposable items transcends its station.
This robot desk set (hereafter RDS) is one such item. Here’s an anonymous, non-licensed quasi-toy which succeeds on its own merits despite its forgettable nature.
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The RSD has, admittedly, a very lame alt-mode. First of all, what does a “desk set” even look like? Certainly not like a half-transformed robot. But there it is, an awkward block.
The desk set features consist of:
A pair of spring-loaded capsules which pop out of the chest. Pressing the buttons on the shoulder activate a pencil sharpener and a plain compartment. The clear tops will later look nice on the robot mode.
Each arm features a spring-loaded compartment. In robot mode, this has a nice Rocket Punch feel.
The two pods on the side slide off. Each features, yawn, another empty compartment. Kids sure need a lot of storage.
Two trays pivot out from the body. The bottom tray contains a magnifying glass.
The other contains four markers.
To “transform” into robot mode, one attached the side pods as feet, folds out the arms, and pops up the head with a button on the chest.
The robot mode is unusual, but surprisingly strong. The arms are well articulated, with clicky joints at the shoulders and elbows, and swivel joints at the forearms.
The details, sculpting, and decals are lively and sophisticated. The head reminds me of a Korean Acrobunch knockoff I once owned. Those big decals on the torso are all PUFFY STICKERS! Is this the first robot with puffy stickers?
I have a real affection for this guy. What a neat, funky oddity.
If anybody knows more about the piece I’d love to learn more about it.
|Posted 29 January, 2011 - 17:05 by The Enthusiast|