Sunday, June 3, 2012

#156 M.A.S.K. - T-BOB with SCOTT TRAKKER (1985)



One of the most popular toys within the M.A.S.K. series was T-Bob with Scott Trakker; for two reasons:
  • First, because Scott Trakker always appeared in comic books and cartoons: He is the only son of the main character in this universe, Matt Trakker, and T-Bob is his clumsy robot. Scott is a smart kid and is always trying to help the rest of the M.A.S.K. team against V.E.N.O.M., although he is sometimes kidnapped or brings problems either than help, T-Bob is the funny sidekick to the rest of the team, he is most of the time scared about everything, a little bit like C-3PO in Star Wars. This character is “key” in the M.A.S.K. universe and, of course, children’s favourite.
  • Another reason is that this toy was sold in a blister pack (2nd wave, 1986) including only these two figures or in a box (1st wave, 1985) with the same content plus a sheet of instructions. This made the toy the cheapest M.A.S.K.’s toy in the first wave, and also one of the cheapest in the second wave only comparable in price to the sets including two figures or one figure with accessories. The retail price at the time was 3,99 US$.
  
Surprisingly, no more versions were made of these two characters, while all the others: Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Miles Mayhem… were made each several times. 

Condor Verlag Comic Book
Bastei Comic Book

You can see here a couple of pictures taken from German comics, in which this nice couple is depicted. The first picture comes from a “Bastei” comic book, the second from an “Condor” comic book. Note that T-Bob is in normal and in scooter mode.

T-Bob in Scooter mode

About the toy, I can only say, it is a very nice little toy. It is simpler than other M.A.S.K. toys (see #11 or #58) since the transformation is very simple, and it doesn’t contain small parts that can be missed.
T-Bob turns, as said before, in a scooter, and it comes with two pegs to attach firmly the figure of Scott. The pegs are placed slightly closer to each other than the distance between Scott’s feet, what tends to break the feet of the figure. It is rare to find a Scott Trakker without this problem.

T-Bob in scooter mode with Scott riding it. Note the broken foot in the right picture.

The last picture of this article is a small diorama, in which Scott Trakker has been kidnapped and T-Bob, his father Matt Trakker and Hondo MacLean try to avoid it. Hope you found the article interesting and thanks Romain for trading them.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: T-BOB with SCOTT TRAKKER
  • Toy Line: M.A.S.K.
  • Year: 1985
  • Company: Kenner (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figure: Around 6 cms.

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