Welcome back to the final installment of Catch A Wave: Transformers for 1985. To close out our run in 1985, even though Ben C already gave us the Dinobots, I’m just gonna do my own quick rundown on them as well as some extra randomness. Let’s get into it.
So, the Dinobots were a favorite of mine growing up as I am sure they were for most of us. I mean, robots that transformer into dinosaurs. C’mon, it doesn’t get much better than that.
They were always portrayed in the cartoons as being like oversized children. They weren’t the brightest members of the Autobots, and they didn’t always do well with directions. Growing up I remember drawing my own version of them combined to combat Devastator.
Looks like others have also run with that idea as it appears there was a storyline in the Dreamwave line of comics that showed the Dinobots were Combiners that formed together to forge, The Beast.
The Beast is the combined form of all five Dinobots. This creation was something far beyond anything we had seen with any of the other combiners. But with that power came a price, as combined they formed a mindless monster. Uncontrollable, and seemingly intent to kill anything in its path regardless of any allegiance. Personally, not a huge fan of the that design. I preferred my version I drew up as an 8-year-old.
I’ve also never seen the movie versions in its entirety. It just looked like nonsense to me. The Michael Bay movies were so hard to watch as every transformer looked the same and the action just devolved into a muddled mess of indistinguishable metal.
And with that, let’s move on to the figures…
So those were our Dinobots. Now we have some leftover randomness that I will call…
Well for our first bit of Randomness, how about an Electric Race Car Track set. These were so cool back in the day. Everyone loved going to hang out at the kid with the Racetrack’s house. Combine that awesomeness with Transformers and you have an instant hit.
This set also had extra Racers that you could purchase separately. Granted they were very playable off the track as the transforming feature had to work while the car was on the track. You can check it out in the gif below. Anyone else remember that smell when you were using an electric racetrack?
Well if we have Electric Racetracks, then it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that the next set was an Electric Train Set. Another unique addition, that may not be directly part of the line; but I felt it was worth noting.
Once again, the Train and carriage cars some simple transforming features that made it unique in its association with Hasbro’s toy line. There were even some simple PVC type figs of popular Autobots and Decepticons that you could put around the track to make it feel more a part of the universe.
Our next extra, was an odd one. The Tech Specometer Eleven has two forms. One resembles a blaster, while the other is kind of a block. In either form you have access to an altimeter, compass, flashlight, magnifying glass, tape measure, sundial, telescope/periscope, reflector, whistle, and even a manual counter. That makes 11 “toys” in one small package. Hence the name.
Ok the last two odd ball items to close out our 1985 run are both product tie-ins. First we have a unique version of Jazz that was only available through a Cookie Crisp promotion.
Jazz was issued as a mail-away promotion for Cookie Crisp in 1985. The Cookie Crisp variant doors do not carry the “Martini” sticker that the regular edition has. This is not an easy piece to find.
The other special edition is one I had already listed as a variant to Optimus Prime, and that’s the Pepsi version of Optimus. A limited edition of the Optimus Prime toy sold as a mail-away exclusive by Pepsi in 1985. As you can see in the image below, a small fold-out leaflet was glued to the top-right of the packaging. It contained two Pepsi logo stickers to attach to his trailer.
Well that’s it for 1985. I might take a short pause before rolling into 1986.
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