Wednesday, January 21, 2015

#503 TRANSFORMERS - FIRECONS CINDERSAUR, SPARKSTALKER and FLAMEFEATHER (1988)


These are probably the worst transformers ever released by Hasbro/Takara: in my opinion, their robot forms are ugly, their transformations are not elaborated at all, and their alternate (monster) forms are quite absurd.


They have the same "cold sparks" feature than the Sparkabots Sizzle and Fizzle. As a matter of fact, the Firecons are some kind of counterparts to the Sparkabots. The Firecons are Deceptions and the Sparkabots are Autobots. All of them have a small rubber wheel at the base and the sparks come out of the monster´s mouth, beak or whatever. Each figure have two articulated little arms, a tail and a movable head. The robot is hidden in the back of the monster.
Left to Right: CINDERSAUR, SPARKSTALKER and FLAMEFEATHER

The good thing at least, is that their are easy to find complete, since they came with no accesories. And also cheap to find, I bought mine for one euro each. A good point is that there are three Firecons in G1, so I have all of them. They were recoloured for G2, using transparent plastic.
 

To finish the article, here are the filecards of these three little beasts:

CINDERSAUR
  • Faction: Decepticon
  • Subgroup: Firecons
  • Function: Firestorm Trooper
  • Motto: “Crash and burn . . . and burn . . . and burn”
  • Bio: Incinerates everything in his path so he can find his way home. Leaves a trail of charred ground wherever he goes. Probably fried some of his brain circuits from excessive smoke inhalation. Enjoys taking flame baths to soothe his aching joints. Equipped with fusion-powered flame breath that can be focused in a narrow stream or sprayed in a wide angle. His hobbies include barbecuing Autobots and drinking volcanic lava.
  • Tech Specs for Cindersaur:
    • Strength: 7
    • Intelligence: 3
    • Speed: 2
    • Endurance: 4
    • Rank: 5
    • Courage: 9
    • Firepower: 7
    • Skill: 8

SPARKSTALKER
  • Faction: Decepticon
  • Subgroup: Firecons
  • Function: Cryptologist
  • Motto: “The smallest details reveal the largest secrets”
  • Bio: His greatest talents are revealed in the tiniest structures. An expert in robbing memory banks, counterfeiting printed circuits, decoding binary messages. Meticulous, cautious, obsessed with minute details. Decepticons appreciate his appearance more than his other talents because he terrifies Autobots. Shoots flame from mouth with limited accuracy. Better equipped to light campfires than melt Autobots.
  • Tech Specs for Sparkstalker:
    • Strength: 5
    • Intelligence: 9
    • Speed: 2
    • Endurance: 6
    • Rank: 6
    • Courage: 6
    • Firepower: 4
    • Skill: 9

FLAMEFEATHER
  • Faction: Decepticon
  • Subgroup: Firecons
  • Function: Warrior
  • Motto: “The only good Autobot is a deactivated Autobot”
  • Bio: The only Decepticon ever thrown out of the Decepticon Military Academy for being too violent. Trashes entire car lots when there's nothing better to do. Usually works alone because his fellow Decepticons refuse to work with him. Flamethrower inside his mouth can fry a football field. Maximum flight speed: 90mph. Greatest achievement: talking to someone for more than a minute before flying into a rage.
  • Tech Specs for Flamefeather:
    • Strength: 6
    • Intelligence: 4
    • Speed: 5
    • Endurance: 7
    • Rank: 5
    • Courage: 8
    • Firepower: 7
    • Skill: 5
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: CINDERSAUR, SPARKSTALKER and FLAMEFEATHER
  • Toy Line: Transformers – Firecons
  • Year: 1988
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.) / Takara (Japan)
  • Size of the figures: Around 4 cms tall

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