Review by JoshB
Converters were a line of small transforming robots in the 80s that got lost in the shuffle amongst Transformers, Go-Bots and Godaikin. These toys were re-packaged Japanese toys from cheap toy manufacturer Mark. It was a mix of items from known series such as Dorvack, Macross, Orguss and Sasuraiger, to original characters like Cassette Man and Tilt.
Amongst the Convertors toys there were various sub lines: Spies, Avarians, Maladroids, Insectors, and Defenders. Defenders tended to be transforming plastic toys not covered under the Macross or Orguss license.
Cpt. Nemo was one of four ships released under the Converters brand. There were actually only two molds, with two colors of each.
- Cpt. Nemo (green battleship)
- Argonaut (blue speedboat)
- Atlantis (white speedboat
- Neptune (grey boat)
All four are original designs by Mark, and not associated with any series.
Each come on a beautiful blister card, which in my opinion is the best thing about this toy. The cards are bright and colorful, and feature fantastic illustrations that look much better than the toy itself.
In fact, I don’t ever recommend removing these from the cards, ever.
The big problem is that the plastic used in these are fragile as hell. Time has made them brittle, and the joints are too tight for their own good. Try to transform one and you will hear that plastic-on-plastic squeak that comes just before the snap of the toy falling apart in your hands. First one of the legs broke, so I glued it back on, but then the other leg broke and I just threw it in the trash.
In a perfect world, it would be a neat oddity in the annals of collecting. I like the concept of having a wind up motor in a transforming boat that actually floats. I liked the odd styling and chunky proportions. Alas, it was not meant to be, as once this one broke I quickly got rid of the rest.
Comments6 comments posted
I love that this toy's named Nemo. The fact that it's a windup toy that works in water is actually really cool. I'd have loved that when I was a kid.
Incredible that they could work inmultiple gimmicks on a small cheap toy. For some reason I liked boat toys as a kid as long as they floated, this would have been right up my alley
"Defenders tended to be transforming plastic toys not covered under the Macross or Orguss license."
All four Super Defenders (cars with diecast metal in them) came from an anime called Chō Kōsoku Galvion. It's not clear if they were licensed from the anime because they changed the head design. Apart from a super rare Takatoku designed Galvion (that was "released" thru the factory backdoor) these four Converter Super Defenders are the only toys produced from that anime.
I consider Super Defenders a sub-line. They are cool though but I doubt I will track them down.
from the looks of things it's more of a battleship line than a sub line.
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