Dungeon Review: Blaster (1985)

Autobot Communications

“When the music is rockin’, I’m rollin’.”

Blaster was originally released in 1985 as part of the second year of the Transformers Generation 1 toyline. As the smooth-talkin’ Autobot counterpart to the Decepticons’ Soundwave (or the tough-as-nails yet self-doubting rebel warrior from the comics), Blaster has remained one of the more popular Autobots since the 1980s. Today we’re looking at an original vintage Blaster.

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Dungeon Reviews: Skids (1985)

Autobot Theoretician

“Deep down, we are more like than unlike humans.”

Skids was originally released in 1985 (or possibly late 1984) as part of the second round of Autobot car figures. The shortpacked, misunderstood, and obscure Skids has long been one of my favorite Transformers characters. Today we’ll look at the early 2000s Takara “Collection” series reissue.

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Dungeon Reviews: Autobot Mini-Vehicles (1984)

Small but swift Autobots who act as messengers and spies!

“The least likely can be the most dangerous.”

Six figures were released in 1984 to populate the mini-vehicle (or “minicar,” depending on what marketing felt like that day) range. These were intended to be the entry-level characters in Transformers, with the cheapest price point and the simplest designs. But despite their simplistic nature, many of them have gone on to be some of the most popular characters in the property. Today we’ll look at all six.

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Dungeon Reviews: Shredder (1987)

Shredder is the original villain for the Ninja Turtles going all the way back to the very first issue of the Mirage Comics.

“The Bad Guy Leader”

The first action figure of Shredder is the strangest toy in the wave and was a source of bafflement for many kids of the 80s and 90s. This version of the toy is the reissue from the very end of the first Playmates line.

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Dungeon Reviews: Soundwave & Buzzsaw (1984)

Together with Megatron and Starscream, Soundwave completes the trifecta of iconic Decepticons.

“Cries and screams are music to my ears.” / “My bite is worse than my bark.”

To many kids of the 1980s, this set was a gateway into a world transformed. This review looks at the 2019 reissue of the 1984 original.

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Dungeon Reviews: Starscream (1984)

One of the most iconic Decepticons, Starscream has transformed many from appreciators of Transformers to full-on fans.

“Conquest is made of the ashes of one’s enemies.”

In today’s Dungeon Review, we’ll look at the figure that kicked off 30+ years of redecos and retools.

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Dungeon Reviews: Ratchet and Ironhide (1984)

Of the 1984 Autobot cars, perhaps no others have such a great disparity between toy design and character design.

“You break it, I’ll remake it.” | “High-tech circuitry is no replacement for guts.”

In today’s Dungeon Review, we’re taking a look at these two mysterious figures and we’ll discuss how many of their play features didn’t quite work as intended within the Transformers mythos.

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Dungeon Reviews: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987)

On a previous Dungeon Review, we discussed Playmates’ 2021 reissue of Donatello from the 1987 TMNT line. Today, we’re gonna look at all four original turtles.

Heroes in a Half-Shell

For me there are few sets of toys that bring me more joy to see on a shelf than these four original turtles with their varied greens, battle-ready stances, and toothy grimaces. Let’s go into what makes each of these ninja teens so special.

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