So, I recently wrote an article about Generations Skullgrin, but since I published it, I’ve got an addendum to make: Play With This Too, a third-party transforming-toy company are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to produce an number of action figures in their “Lost Protectors” toyline. One of these figures is named Desolataur, and he looks kind of familiar…
“Third party” toy companies have done a lot of interesting work in recent years releasing toys that call to mind things that Hasbro have long abandoned, like the Pretenders, and various other G1 Transformers characters (fondly) remembered only by nerds like me. It seems that Hasbro & Takara only have any interest in stepping on these companies via intellectual property laws if their products actually compete with something Has/Tak are currently making. Start selling bootleg RID2015 toys and they’ll set the lawyers on you, but it seems you can sell nostalgia toys to collectors, with all the benefits of modern technology (ball-joint articulation, etc.), and pretty much no-one who’d object cares. Of course the smaller production runs that these products have drive up costs, so they’re only likely to sell to the (small) hardcore collectors market.
Play With This Too’s Lost Protectors line is veritably laden with homages to classic Transformers and He-Man characters, so obviously, I think it’s awesome. Desolataur has already got a recolour in the works, the fantastically-named Catastropheles, whose colour-scheme calls to mind none other than He-Man’s nemesis Skeletor (what is it with this blog and characters who look like Skeletor?). Several of the other characters in this line are reminiscent of other G1 Pretenders. The concept arts on their blog look gorgeous, with spiky space-barbarians, hi-tech robots and excellently horrid monsters.
Anyway, I’m obviously backing the Kickstarter to get Desolataur made, and I wish PWTT the best of luck with reaching their funding goals. If you’re reading this, PWTT, let me know if you make a Not-Longtooth, ok?