December 13, 1984. We’ve seen both the Ro-Gun cheap transforming robot toy (battlegrip.com search) and Tomy’s Starriors (battlegrip.com search) before, but that isn’t going to stop us from enjoying this newspaper ad for the two. The West Palm Beach, Florida Palm Beach Post had these two in an Albertson’s ad, which again reminds us that cool toys were once available in grocery stores. That’s not as common today as it was decades ago.
Here’s a line of cheap transforming robot toys from the eightes that is new to me. From the December 16, 1985 issue of the Phoenix, Arizona Phoenix Republic newspaper comes this ad block that is sure to set me off in search for information on the line. So far, this post at the-liberator.net is the best I’ve uncovered. Okay, those pics make me ready to seek out more info about the Androforms robot toys.
October 2, 1985. Kuester’s Hardware Store in the Madisonville, Kentucky, The Messenger newspaper offers up another look at Tomy’s Tribots cheap transforming robot toys (last mentioned here). I now have one of these toys; all I need is time to open it and share with you. Does anyone have some time to spare?
Yesterday’s AM Robot Radio coupon wasn’t the only offer for cheap transforming robot toys in that 1985 Odegaards coupon book. Who wants to save $2 on Switchforce toys?
April 24, 1985. The Billings, Montana, Billings Gazette newspaper includes a block of pages dedicated to the Odegaards coupon book and dozens of pages of special pricing on all sorts of stuff. Stuff like this transforming robot toy, the same design that I reviewed almost three years ago. That’s a long time for me to leave that poor toy on the shelf without any attention.
October 7, 1984. Marchon’s Roadbots series of cheap transforming robot toys remains one of my favorite lines of 1984 and I’m still sad that I missed out on the 1986 Marchon catalog showing a fourth robot design. One day, I’ll find that catalog!
For now, this Zayre ad from the Pittsburgh Press will have to keep me happy.
November 29, 1984. Out of The Los Angeles Times comes two ad blocks from a larger Toy City advertisement. Which two blocks? Starriors and Motobots! Two very different robot toy lines of 1984, and both of which eventually failed at retail and have vanished from our modern lives. Starriors really do need to come back one of these days . . .
For even more Starriors ads, please see the BattleGrip Starriors album on Facebook.