Welcome back to the next installment of Catch A Wave: Transformers. This time out we start off our wave for 1986. This year featured the release of Transformers: The Movie, so the line was reaching new heights. More combiners, some character makeovers, and much more. Let’s get into it.
So, the 1986 series of Transformers basically revolved around 2 ideas. The 1st being Transformers: The Movie. We will get to that, but the other popular idea of the time was to keep rolling with what sells; and that would be combiners.
With the popularity of Devastator, Hasbro realized they could upsell us on a group of figures we all had to buy in order to make the one big guy. They took that idea and re-used it a few times. They also seemed to improve a bit on the practical aspects of making individual toys interesting enough on their own. They had to be functional individually as well as part of a greater whole.
The Aerialbots were the first Autobot combiner set to be released. I still remember seeing this on the shelf at Sears and begging my mom for it. Straight up, no shame, drop to my knees like I was giving an Act of Contrition after Confession. Sorry, Catholic School flashbacks from back when I was that age.
Anyway, I may not have gotten it that day, but she must’ve made a mental note that I might like that as a gift, you know, for down the road. Not sure what might’ve tipped her off.
And with that, let’s move on to the figures…
Well that’s our next batch for 1986.
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