jason By Jason Reilley

I’m a proud child of the awesome 80’s. That being said, I grew up watching and loving the half hour toy commercials that were Saturday morning cartoons. I watched them all. Everything from Jem and the Holograms, the Smurfs, Kidd Video and the Visionar-ies to the Mighty Orbots (I always wanted an Orbots Combiner Robot). I couldn’t wait to get to the store and pressure my mom and/or Grandma into picking me up my newest score (I was relentless and wouldn’t stop hounding both or either of them until I got my weekly toy fix).

Usually the toy of choice was a Transformer, G.I. Joe (or a Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony or Jem doll on the DL). I loved them but was always a little disappointed that the toy looked very little like they did on the cartoon. It would drive my little Obsessive-compulsive mind crazy. I couldn’t understand why my much loved toys couldn’t look like they did on TV.  I spent hours imagining what it would be like to play with my Thundercats action figures and be able to pose and play with them in more dynamic ways OR have them be in correct scale to the Thundertank or Cats Lair. Why didn’t my  Transformers toys actually look like they did on the cartoon (Ironhide and Ratchet especially!!)?

Now, 30 (something) years later, it’s FINALLY HAPPENING! Toy Industry technology has caught up to our imaginations. With new advancements in digital scanning and printing, we can get accurate likenesses, more articulation and amazing detail unlike toys from the 70s, 80s and 90s.

One of my current favorites is the Takara Transformers Masterpiece line. The new Shockwave has accurate details, colors and even comes with smaller, highly detailed versions of his gun mode (an alternate version comes with a scaled down Megatron) that fits in his hand. Not only are they cartoon accurate, they transform AND have multiple points of articulation that let you pose them dynamically. They’re even scaled to one another!

Two other lines I’m geeking out over are Mattel’s (mattycollector.com) new Masters of the Universe Classics MOTU) and Thundercats (to be released in the Fall). They look almost exactly like the cartoons, have great articulation (15 plus points) and come with great accessories like cartoon accurate weapons and alternate heads and weapon variations. The MOTU line even has a HUGE Castle Grayskull Playset that is a mix between the original toy and the cartoon and is a must have for hardcore collectors.

As the tbta Blog evolves, I’ll do my best to tailor posts to what you want to hear about. I’m very interested in your feedback and would love to hear what some of your favorite past and current toys are. I’ll be doing some deboxing toys with reviews too, as I’m constantly getting vintage and new toys from every category.

Until next time fellow tas


From Top Left: Transformers G1 Ironhide,  Masterpiece Ironhide, G1 Shockwave, Masterpiece Shockwave G1 Ironhide Car mode, Matty Collector He-Man, Filmation He-Man, Rankin/Bass Thundercats (Tygra, Snarf, Panthro, Lion-O, Wily Kit, Cheetara, Wily Kat), Matty Collector Thundercats (Jackalman, Lion-O, Panthro, Pumyra)