Transformers: The Complete Ark (order it today!) , my 416 page tome of Transformers character models.
This week's offering is another transformation sequence from Masterforce. I give you: Lander! I find the last picture in the sequence especially nice, what with the clouds and the mountains. For a pretty simple toy, he they sure make his Transform seem dynamic.
By the way, Landmine, the American version of Lander, was my first Pretender. I remember finding him in a drug store while waiting for my parents to pick me up. Since the TF cartoon was long off the air and I hadn't yet discovered the comics, I was pretty thrilled to find a brand new Transformer. I had almost as much excitement from looking at the 1988 catalog as I did from the toy itself. Had I found Transformers #52 and #53 at this time, I'd probably have been pretty thrilled. (Instead, I got into the comics with issue #69. When I tracked down the back issues, I found this underwhelming. I'd already grown bored with the toy by that point. What a difference 18 months make.)
While I've got your attention, I did an interview with the folks over at Rusting Carcass, so read that if you'd like the latest on the Joe model book. Also, the kind folks over at the What's on JOE Mind talk a bit about the upcoming Joe book, so check out their excellent podcast.
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