Status: I KEPT THE DAMN SAWS; Not sold, but gone nonetheless (everything but the damn saws), 07/2014
Last Modified: 2015-02-10
First Posted: 2008-06-16
The Mechabonica (“mechanical bones”) line was launched in 1981 as a “test balloon”. They didn’t do so well, so they got shipped off to America, as the OAR many of us old farts grew up with. In 1983, Tomy tried again, and I think you know the rest of the story.
Through some miracle I managed to find an MIB Mechatoros on Yahoo Japan, and I didn’t even have to give up any organs for it! No way in hell I’m opening this one. See OAR bird for a built one.
MIB for now and (probably) ever. Before this one there was a “Helic Memorial Box” with the first five whiteheads, but I never picked that one up, since I already have about a billion of each of those kits. All of these box sets were limited, and that set was a Toy’s Dream Project limited, making it like a double limited—i.e., I should have grabbed one. ANYWAY, this set has my favorite whiteheads.
For the longest time I wondered if this limited version’s grey matched the weird grey of NJR Hammer Rock. It didn’t help that there were no good pictures anywhere. Well, now I know! The answer: close, but NO. This grey is very neutral, with no weird lavender cast to it.
I was interested in Bio Ptera since it came out (clear blue!), but didn’t want to pay $20 (plus shipping!) for such a tiny model. Enter ebay user akitoys, with their $6.50 buy it now. Last four pics show the display stand I stole from a Marvel Legends figure, because it allows for much better flight poses.
Zabat was originally introduced in the NJR, but the colors didn’t grab me like these do. Zabat’s not motorized, but there’s a fussy button you can press to flap the wings, and there is a cruise missile with a pullback motor to deploy. There are two different heads you can use: one that is more bat-like, for automated drone mode, and one that can fit a pilot, which I prefer. There is also a handy stand for hanging upside down when not in use. (Take the pilot out first, for his sake!)