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, let’s start the 1986 waves off with our first batch of little Autobots. This is assortment #3 of these smaller scaled Transformers. This batch had 6 new figures that also came packaged in the case with 1985’s five new minicars as well as Bumblebee again. Bumblebee was the only 1984 figure to get released again with this batch.
The biggest note about this wave is that most are retools of previous releases. You’ll be able to see examples below.
That said, the initial releases of all Mini Vehicles in 1986 were part of a promotional campaign that featured reflective iron-on patches that were part of a contest. This promotion was for a limited time as later in the year, the same figures were packaged without bonus patches.
This series of iron-on patches were used to promote the Prizes in Disguise contest. The patches were included with the Mini Vehicles in specially marked packages. The patches featured shaded line-art versions of package art for various characters.
Check out a couple examples below:
Iron-on patches were the best back in those days. You could basically get a shirt made of anything back in the day with an iron on. Granted they didn’t last very long. After a couple washes the iron-on either started chipping or peeled off completely depending on the quality of it. But patches on the other hand were sturdier. And if you had a mom like mine, iron-on wasn’t good enough. She’d sew that bad boy to your bookbag so it wasn’t going anywhere without a fight.
And with that, let’s move on to the figures…
Hubcap looks a lot like a yellow version of Cliffjumper, or even Bumper. But if you look closely you can see the spoiler is unique enough to be a different mold.
Outback looks retooled, recolored version of Brawn from the 1984 wave. But again, if you look closely you can see the face is a completely different mold as well as the roof accessory.
Pipes on the other hand looks like an overhauled, recolored version of Huffer, also from the 1984 wave. Once again, if you look closely you can see the face is a completely different mold. But the cab base as well as well as the arm exhaust pipes are completely different.
Swerve is basically a rehashed version of Gears from the original minicar wave. Once again, the face and chest area seem to be remolded, but the vehicle form is a simple recolor.
So who is Tailgate a rehash of? That would be Windcharger. This is another lazy retool that only changed the face when transformed. Instead of looking like a Cylon, Tailgate has a generic Transformer face.
Now who is Wheelie a rehash of? No one. This is actually a unique, new mold created for this release. That said, it’s still not very attractive. The car form is kinda cool as it is actually unique, but that robot form is rough.
Well that’s our first batch for 1986.
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