Review by JoshB
The Convertors X is a repackaged version of the Mark Super High Speed Galvion X (Margo Special) released in 1984. This was one of the enemy mecha in the show.
Originally, Takatoku had the license to produce the toys from Galvion but the company folded before anything could be produced. Rumor has it that cheapo toy company Mark got the molds and produced some of the toys in diecast and plastic under the Super Robo Car (スーパーロボカー) line. There were four boxed releases, but I have only seen boxes of 1,2, and 4. Of course, this is number 3 in the series. Finding a Japanese boxed specimen is incredibly rare.
Fortunately, Mark (under the name, or in conjunction with Select) brought these to the US under the name Convertors to cash in on the Transformers craze of the 80s. These were packaged in the Super Defenders sub-line and placed on blister cards. While these are still rare, they are nowhere near as hard to get as their Japanese counterparts. The toys themselves are the same.
While the history lesson is interesting, the toy is sort of a letdown. Toys like these reach an almost mythical status until you get ahold of one, and then it’s next to impossible to live up to the expectation.
X is a floppy, awkward mess. Perhaps the floppiness is due to age? I’ve never had one fresh out of the package.
The toy has two modes:
- Combat Machine
- Road attacker
Road attacker is a sleek racecar mode that barely holds together. The rear wheels don’t lock into place so it’s hard to keep it looking cohesive. The front just sort of hangs there.
Combat Machine is a little better, in that it stands up.
It’s technically articulated in the hips, shoulders and elbows.
All four Super Defenders are interesting in that they are hard to find toys from a show that most people never saw. The fact that they became more widely available in the US than in their native land is just another interesting footnote in Japanese toy history.
|Posted 2 October, 2013 - 21:57 by JoshB