MONTH OF THE BOOTLEG AT TOYS FROM THE PAST!
We have talked several times about MC Toys in this blog. I even wrote a short history of the company in two entries (#390 and #391), although this history focused almost exclusively in die-cast cars. This time I wan to introduced another type of toy by the May Cheong Group: transformable robots.
The information for this article has been retrieved from our friend-blog hisparobot.
MC Toys´ transformers are called Motorized Robots, there were several robots made, most of them very similar to each other. All robots are transformable in vehicles with a pull-back motor ("dyno-drive"). Other features of these robots are that they include plastic and metallic parts, soft plastic tyres and simple transformations. The pull-back motor is a removable piece that can be inserted in either way depending if the toy is in robot mode or in vehicle mode. The motor works in both modes!
Each robot is around 9-10 cm tall, and was sold in individual blisters. There seems to be also gift sets including more than one robot. There were also a series of bigger transformable robots, called the Mega Motobots (around 13 cm tall).
Among the Mega Motobots there are trucks and off-road vehicles. As their smaller brothers, these were also made of plastic and metal, and they were all very similar to each other. New and distinctive features are chromed parts, like the front grill or the exhaust pipes, that could be detached and placed as "antennas".
- Trucks: crane, fire brigade, load trailer and tanker
- Off-Road vehicles: explorer, military, snowplow
The off-road vehicles (or some of these) had sound and lights and were for this purpose battery operated.
According to hisparobot, apart from MC Toys, Motorized Robots have also been sold as "Motobot" (Maisto, ZEE, Intex Creation), "MotoRobot" (Imperial Die-Cast), "Galaxy Transformer" (Simba Toys) or "Super Transfo Robot" (MC Toys).
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: Dump Truck
- Toy Line: Motorized Robot
- Year: Around 1988
- Company: MC Toy (Hong Kong)
- Size of the figure: Around 10 cm (in robot mode)