I'm doing my updates to the Vintage Space Toaster Palace where I put up a bunch of new* ads at the rate of one toyline a week. The year started off with Micronauts and last week I did GoDaiKin and this week was supposed to be Zoids. But then I started noticing some hits to the blog coming from a post Th0r4z1n3 did about the Four Star Phantom jets, which are some of the most infamous knockoffs of Starscream ever made. That got me thinking a little about my Four Star section at the VSTP and how it was in need of some big time updating. Then I got a shoutout on the latest episode of the Radio Free Cybertron podcast where the guys asked me about that time Hasbro pursued legal action against K-Mart for selling the Four Star Transistor Robots line. It always trips me out when podcasters mention me. I was listening to that show when I was at Wal-Mart opening the refrigerated door where they keep the milk and then BAM! I got mentioned, and not just mentioned but Rob the co-host was breaking the fourth wall and talking directly to me like Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Suddenly I felt as if Jesus was tapping me on the shoulder and whispering in my ear, "Hey dumbass, people really are reading your blog!" Or maybe it wasn't Jesus but just the guy stocking the milk on the other side of the shelf inside the refrigerator.
TRI-SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE
TG&Y 11/10/85Even more mysterious to me than secret whisperings from the milk man is how Four Star's Transistor Robots line continues to fascinate and terrify people all these years later. I was so inspired by the recent interest shown by the various bloggers and podcasters that I updated the Four Star Transistor Robots section of the Vintage Space Toaster Palace. Instead of just replacing some grainy ads and throwing up some new* ones I reformatted the whole page to make the information more understandable and useful. As it happens I got really immersed in the Transistor Robots universe and came away with a little bit of an understanding of the makeup of the line. Before this I was only vaguely aware of the more infamous figures like the knockoff Devastator, the jets and the Dinobots. Then after reorganizing my Transistor Robots page into the various sizes and prices I got an appreciation for the other figures in the line like the Jumpstarter knockoffs they named "Flip-Flops" and the weird one off robots I'd never seen before that had no recognizable parallels, like the remote controlled "Mastermind". So I've done my part to demystify the legend of the Transistor Robots a bit but there's still much unknown about this line. It's a freaky and crazy and wonderful selection of toy robots and it's no wonder that although it died off 25 years ago we're still talking about it today. If you want to marvel at some of the weirdest interpretations/improvements/molestations ever done to Transformers I'd also suggest Super Toy Archive's Four Star Transistor Robots page. They turned Kickback into a praying mantis! Holy crap what more could you ask for.
*25 years old