Kickstarter Plug > Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts

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I don’t collect many Transformers these days, but if I did, I would be all over this Kickstarter project – BMOG – Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts. They’re essentially robot toys that break down into component parts that can be swapped around. Why not make them, say, Glyos-compatible, you ask? Because the pegs used to attach all these items are the near-universal Transformers size of 5mm, and  each part of the robot can be used on its own as an accessory or combined to make other accessories – a gun, an axe, a hammer, and more. (It’s worth noting there are other lines, or specific figures from other lines, that also use the 5mm peg, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.) Continue reading “Kickstarter Plug > Bio-Mechanical Ordnance Gestalts”

Odds ‘n Ends > Power Lord Soldiers Return, Retrobots, Transforming Expectations

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LoES > Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products

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So, I suggested this week’s topic for The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, “Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products.”

My original suggestion was “third-party toys, yay or nay,” and my main reason for even suggesting it was as a way to get me to finally write this editorial that’s been rattling around in my brain for a while. Continue reading “LoES > Bootlegs, knockoffs, and third-party products”

Castle Grayskullman’s Ultimate Accessory Kit Goes On Sale December 12th

Joe Amaro is at it again. For a mere $30, you can outfit your Castle Grayskullman in the way you dreamed. Designed in collaboration with Daniel Benedict, this will give you the definitive Castle Grayskullman Experience – if you’re into that sort of thing. Which I’m guessing you are. Continue reading “Castle Grayskullman’s Ultimate Accessory Kit Goes On Sale December 12th”

Interview > Phil Reed’s “Transforming Collections”

As reported earlier here, PGPoA Power Pal and all-around gentleman Phil Reed of Battlegrip.com is running a Kickstarter project for a book on third-party Transformers, Transforming Collections. The deadline for the project’s latest stretch goal is September 30. We sat down with Phil (by which I mean I sent him a few questions via email) to find out more about the project. Continue reading “Interview > Phil Reed’s “Transforming Collections””

Sightings > Phil Reed’s “Transforming Collections”

PGPoA Power Pal Phil Reed has a new project up on Kickstarter – a book titled Transforming Collections. It’s already been funded, but you’ve still got several weeks to throw in some money yourself to get a copy.

But what’s it about, you ask? Continue reading “Sightings > Phil Reed’s “Transforming Collections””

PGPoA’s Guide to Third Party Transformers Products

With Playmates’ announcement of a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle line based on the 1980s cartoon, the circle of nostalgia for the toy industry is just about complete. The TMNT, Snake Eyes, He-Man, and Luke and Leia have come and gone a few times since the ’80s, but one property has always had a spot on the shelf: the Transformers. Kids love cars, robots and the idea of getting two toys for the price of one. (On the other hand, there are the Go-Bots…)


I certainly loved my original Transformers toys, but even back then I could tell something was amiss. The robots who waged war on my carpet in the afternoon didn’t look exactly like the ones battling over the fate of the planet on TV. The designers had taken quite a bit of creative license in order to get the Autobots and Decepticons into streamlined character models that would be easy to animate. Continue reading “PGPoA’s Guide to Third Party Transformers Products”