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Sunday, August 15, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPOTLIGHT:- PINT SIZED TERROR! TRANSFORMERS GEN 1- CRANKCASE






Hi there, boys and girls form the world over! It's another random mini-blog post by yours truly Adam. thought Id just go and do some 'Recon' mission this weekend by visiting once again one of my most favorite places to hang-out on a slow and tiring weekend-- Amcorp mall located in the blissful suburb of  Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. If there's one thing short trips like this bring, its that it never fails to highlight the sheer unexpected element of  the"oh--that's neat" discovery that might crop up once in awhile. today was no exception, for while I am the kind of person who doesn't usually bother about picking up non-famous or one off kind of 1980's Hasbro releases. The character with a nasty attitude  and not to mention a huge appetite for destruction is none other than the Decepticon troublemaker:- "Crankcase"






Box-art credited and liked to Botch archive


BIO:-





Tech Spec



Decepticon 

Function: Data Collector
Sub-group: Triggercons


"Things are never as good as they seem."
A wheezing, whining ingrate. As welcome as a rash of rust-rot. The worse things get, the happier he is. Enjoys complaining about everything. Equipped with vast memory storage capacity and shell-resistant armor. Also equipped with infrared probes that penetrate and analyze enemy circuitry. Armed with two high-impact laser blasters and a distortion modulator that scrambles enemy cerebral impulses.
Strength
Intelligence
Speed
Endurance
Rank
Courage
Firepower
Skill
8
6
3
9
7
7
8
8



Linked and credited to TF-Wikia.net






OBSCURITY AT IT'S BEST!


There was a time in which Hasbro and it's counterpart, Takara Co. Japan, had somehow or rather, thought of that it was a wise idea in releasing a slew of smaller mini- pint sized robots in the form of  sub-groups; with names such as:- "Sparkabots", Triggerbots/Cons and there was a time when they even had smaller Transformers Targetmaster Jr's. Some of these releases went on to achieve the ever coveted "rare" and hard to find vintage  toys status, while most of them were sort of relegated to just being obscure characters hit not sought-after value in the secondary market what-soever. For some reason, Crankcase is grouped up in the later category. IMHO, while an obviously smaller toy , he makes up for it in terms of  having a simple yet fun transformation scheme. It also helps that he is decked out in an "electric" blue color scheme--which works great with the rest of his gray combination. 









Generation One

  • Triggercons (1988)
The three Triggercons were released in 1988, sold carded at the $3 price point. The Triggercons feature flip-out guns in both vehicle and robot modes. Their transformations are simple, and their posability is generally limited to rotating knee and shoulder joints. Like most sub-groups at the time, they had Autobot counterparts: the Triggerbots.


All pictures credited and linked to WWW.TFU.info.com










OLD SCHOOL MINT-SEALED ON CARD PACKAGING!








There are many reasons that collectors have to go out and buy the one thing they are not even looking for in the first place. For one thing is for sure, they all almost always have one excuse or another to splash some cash, even-though it seems rather trivial and unimportant to others. At the end of the day for me personally, I didn't pay too much for Crankcase, and both his 4x4 Off-road mini-vehicular mode as well as his rather stout but decent design in robot mode for it's smallish class of a toy works well overall. Not one of the "ball-park" and top of the list of priority of my personal "Hply Grail" list, but still considered a good piece of sale considering what a case-fresh--haha--pun!-- Crankcase fetches on the online trading place that is Ebay. B+




Crankcase : Copyright 1987/88 Hasbro and Takara




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