Saturday, December 7, 2013

#356 TRANSFORMERS – SPARKABOTS SIZZLE, FIZZLE and GUZZLE (1988)




SPARKABOTS

How difficult is to find complete Transformers! Most of the times, they’re missing their accessories, some part, maybe a small bit… The Sparkabots (Autobots subgroup), however, came with no accessories, so they’re easy and cheap to get. I have two of them, and I am missing one. I now have all three.



The models in the pictures are:
Sizzle – Black dragster
Fizzle – Blue buggy

The model missing is:
Guzzle – Green Tank

The main feature of this subgroup is provided by a small friction motor that propel the toy forward and at the same time produces “cold” sparks on the rear of the vehicle (pretty much like Saurod from the Masters of the Universe).

They robots are small and easy to transform, maybe for this reason they never got really popular among collectors.





In the G2 (1994), there was a second “wave” of Sparkabots. As all G2, these are European exclusives and therefore rarer and more expensive. They are made of transparent coloured plastic. This wave consisted of four robots: two of them were recoloured models: Sizzle and Fizzle (Fizzle was renamed Blaze) and two more “new” models: Sparkstalker and Firefeather, which were not originally Sparkabots, but Firecons (Decepticons subgroup). The Firecons are beasts with the same “cold” sparking feature than the Sparkabots. Flamefeather resembles an eagle, while Sparkstalker is some undetermined insect.

Guzzle seems to be very fragile, the turret of the tank is usually broken. In my case it is also broken, but it was repaired with much care, so it still looks great.









Last, here are the filecards of both robots:


SIZZLE
  • Faction: Autobot
  • Subgroup: Sparkabots
  • Function: Interceptor
  • Motto: “Life in the fast lane is the only life worth living”
  • Bio: Exceeds the speed limit and every other limit. Drives faster, uses more energy and gets into more fights than any other Autobot. A thrill-seeker. Enjoys life only when he's in danger. If he's not burning rubber, he's scorching Decepticons with his flamethrower exhaust. Maximum speed: 220mph. Range: 550 miles.
  • Tech Specs for Sizzle:
    • Strength: 4
    • Intelligence: 7
    • Speed: 6
    • Endurance: 7
    • Rank: 5
    • Courage: 7
    • Firepower: 6
    • Skill: 5
FIZZLE
  • Faction: Autobot
  • Subgroup: Sparkabots
  • Function: Military Stategist
  • Motto: “Planning a battle is ten times more important than fighting it”
  • Bio: Overloads his circuits with grandiose schemes and cheap fuel. Acts as if his true worth is measured not by what he does, but how much he talks about doing it. If he could run on his own hot air, he'd go forever. In car Mode, leaves trails of flame in his path. Capable of going from 0 to 200 mph in 8 seconds. Prone to stalling on left turns. Possesses superior logistics and geographical data banks.
  • Tech Specs for Fizzle:
    • Strength: 6
    • Intelligence: 7
    • Speed: 6
    • Endurance: 2
    • Rank: 6
    • Courage: 6
    • Firepower: 1
    • Skill: 8
GUZZLE
  • Faction: Autobot
  • Subgroup: Sparkabots
  • Function: Espionage
  • Motto: "It's better to have fought and lost than never to have fought at all"
  • Bio: A battle-hardened survivor of the software wars of Polyhex. His hunger for combat is only equalled by his hunger for fuel. Tough, no nonsense, has few enemies and even fewer friends. He can thread a washer from 2.5 miles with a blast from his plasma cannon. Flame exhaust in tank Mode incinerates on contact. Requires considerable fuel consumption.
  • Tech Specs for Fizzle:
    • Strength: 7
    • Intelligence: 6
    • Speed: 2
    • Endurance: 7
    • Rank: 5
    • Courage: 8
    • Firepower: 7
    • Skill: 4


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: SIZZLE and FIZZLE
  • Toy Line: Transformers – Sparkabots
  • Year: 1988
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.) / Takara (Japan)
  • Size of the figures: Around 7 cms

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