|We three Kings|
Lately though, my interest has been revitalized……..
Below : A KO Super Change Robo Mechabot-1 that my friend "M" picked up roughly two years ago.
These pictures do not do this particular figure any justice. When I say this piece is immaculate I mean it. That probably have something to do with my fascination in this piece; that and I had never seen it before up until two years ago.
|Never known the loving touch of human hands....poor Mechabot|
The lid may not be taped down (though I don't know if it was ever), but this guy is still MISB. It was hard to capture with the camera, but there is a plastic wrap over the contents, sealing the pieces inside the environmentally friendly styrofoam.
|Super Change Robo that "M" picked up just recently.|
Omega Supreme's original name was the Super Change Robot Mechabot-1, released by the now defunct ToyBox company in Japan.
1501bcMechabot-1 vs Omega Supreme
The mold originally sported a gray, red and white paint scheme but was otherwise identical to the version Hasbro eventually released.
|COBRA Distributing Corp. sticker. Unfortunately, I could find any information on them.|
Here's some side pictures of the boxes.
Omega Supreme, being the complex figure he was, only had one release in the original G1 lineup. In alternate mode, he formed a space defense base. His arms formed an interplanetary rocket, his back and legs formed the base perimeter and his head/torso formed a tank. In robot mode, he had the ability to 'walk', which was remarkable for the time. In tank mode, the same motor that enabled his walk would also drive the tank around the base perimeter, which was a track.
Another version to look for :
Grandstand Convertors were only produced in the UK in 1981. The Grandstand Convertors that are Diaclone based, are fully licensed by Takara and were put out by Hales Ltd. The toys are exactly the same with Takara markings. Other Japanese transforming toys were produced in this line. Strangely though they are packaged with the rubber tipped protected missiles which originated from Italy. Though there are slots for the the Diaclone drivers, the box was empty but showing slots for them.
Happy hunting for these pieces guys!