Review by JoshB
In 1994 I was in an awkward period of transition. I really paid no attention to toys, or what was going on with the toy scene. I knew my kid brothers were into Power Rangers, and I knew they were Japanese, but I really didn't pay any attention to them. I was living on my own now, out of college, working 2 jobs and dealing with insane girlfriends; I had no time for toys.
I do remember seeing these toys in KayBee toy stores, specifically in the mall. I remember thinking how cool they looked, and I may have even gotten one for one of my brothers. But that was it.
5 years later I got back into toy collecting, and I was in that weird phase of just buying giant junk lots off of ebay just to bulk up my collection. Somehow I ended up with one of these, missing all the accessories.It was a neat figure, but as I got more serious about collecting, a lot of the "junk" got tossed and sold in lots on ebay (again!), this toy among them.
This year, I got a box from CollectionDX contributor Uplandmod. He had a box of "Junk" from his childhood, and wanted to know if I wanted it. Hell yeah I did. It was full of treasure, and it kept me occupied for weeks. Most of it was candy toys and erasers, but included in the box was a complete Spectron figure with box. I finally have the chance to take a look at this thing with all its accessories. Now I am kicking myself for passing these up when they were on the shelves.
In its US incarnation, Spectron is part of the Power Force line and is manufactured by Zima out of Hong Kong. The toy is manufactured under license from Takara .
The toys actually came from a Japanese Tokuatsu show called Cyber Police Cybercop (電脳警察サイバーコップ). This show ran from 1988 - 1989 and was produced by Toho. The toy's original name is "Cyber Bit Series - Mercury Bit (サイバービット シリーズ マーキュリービット)"
In Cyber Police Cybercop, the team are a member of the Zero Section Armed Constable (ZAC). The US version of the toy keeps the logo but changes it to Zero Section Armored Police (ZAC).
Spectron is 9" high and features 23 points of articulation.The toy is insanely articulated and the quality of the construction is awesome. The fact that these sold for only $10 is incredible. Spectron's body is made of ABS and PVC with diecast plates on the forearms. Several of the body plates on the figure are removable.
Spectron carries his weaponry in a black briefcase. Inside, 2 parts rest in a red plastic holder. The weapon is called the Lacerator, and consists of a giant hand-held blade. The weapon is designed to be integrated with the arm by lifting up the diecast panel on the arm and sliding the weapon under. Once connected, the weapon becomes part of the figure.
As great as these toys were, the show was terrible.
Cyber Police Cybercop was about a team of armored police, each with a different speciality. Inside Mercury Bit is a man named Osamu Saionzi - an expert grappler. The Mercury Bit suit has Superior high-speed mobility, but its armor is weak in the rear. The show never made it to the US, and by watching the video clip you can understand why. The production values are terrible, and even in the US tokuatsu frenzy of the 90s (Power Rangers, Masked Rider, Beetleborgs, VR Troopers) nobody would touch it.
Still, its a great toy, if you can find one, pick it up.
|Posted 18 September, 2007 - 08:52 by JoshB|