They don't look like the floppy antenna'ed ones?! All those I've seen were silver, not gold or blue. These also seem a lil more "robust"? And the boxart is different, except for the "Space Robot" wording, they look like the originals. Any more info on these Dirk? Any idea who made them?
I breath trivia, and it made me feel a lil better, I do recall that the golden Roto I was offered had just a regular roto box, no "Golden Roto" wording. Also remembered that as it walked its torso kept rotating non-stop.. not sure if it was meant to be that way? Do yours do that?
oh, Nikola, no worries, from what I gather re: past Thunder experience, it will be more than a week before that happens...
surely some enterprising "dealers", you know who you are (and I'm still feeling pretty ripped off) will flog a $99 bad droopy wrench repro of a repro Radar a month or so before Schylling floods the market with them $29 exact same bad ones... ring a bell?
This time, I won't hold my breath, I have 2 TTT Radars booked and to heck with whatever may come after that. If I can't get an original, TTT comes second, their repros give the best bang for the buck.
Can't say the same for the chinese copycat brigade tho.
John will surely be doing some masterful color variations, soon as he gets his hands on some radars! John? What would be a cool color for Radar, how bout "glow in the dark"?? Is there such paint available?
Maybe that's why Tom isn't doing 100s of other colors? Leaving room for us to have some fun with? I dunno, but personally, I think it sucks if a manufacturer offers nth color variations on a robot.
I have two of these so called latter productions. What SH Mike said coincides very strongly with what I think, that they are not as old as most of us think.
Dratomic, could you check these 2 things out, what is the boxart like? Does it have a latter production "Safety Toy" or "ST" mark printed on the lower right? And check the bottom of the feet, are they painted red? Or are they "chromed" metal?
Anyway, those funny ears I have never seen before... are they just cosmetic, or do they actually hold something together?
I couldn't help smiling when I saw your pictures. Reminds me of those days when I did a lot of Airfix, Tamiya, Monogram, Revell etc.
After painstaking airbrushing for the camo jobs, I'd get bored and start punching holes, and burning em for that "battle scarred" look. If only I kept all those models, I could send you the lot for a "future war diorama" with that bombed out Thunder as a centerpiece!
Because logic dictates that no serious manufacturer in their right minds would do such a deal as it amounts to business suicide.
Let's see now, TTT have been around for some 5 years? Do they sound like they're not serious? Hijacking factories and other alien abduction theories aside, I doubt they're trying to kill off their very own market. And they seem aware of this probem too, hence all those announcements on their website.
But on the other hand, what you suggest curiously fits the "JT company" profile exactly. How much are "their" Thunders selling for lately? Do I even see a JT name and logo on those toys? Even the first few that sold for $169 didn't carry a JT name. Do they even exist? Now that was a nice scam, how many of us got caught paying good money for that one?
Zesko, so far, only John has that singular one. The odds don't look so convincing. Just because one has those arms can't mean all of the others are malfunctioning.
Conjecture, Asakusa in the 60's could have started the first few with retracting arms and gave it up down the line to minimize costs. It has happened before with other robots, you can probably name quite a few offhand.
Keith, agreed. Both points. The TTT Thunder is hard to argue with. And let's quit the subject already.
I have seen an original up close and in action, and that particular one did not have retracting arms. David could be right, and so could John.
Conjecture, Asakusa in the 60's could have started the first few with retracting arms and gave it up down the line to minimize costs. Just because it says so on the box doesn't mean it really has the function. So TTT could still rightly state that theirs is a perfect copy of the original.
Can anyone prove that each and every original Thunder has those retracting arms? So far, only John has that singular one. Anyone else?
Hi Robby, congrats to you! And what a "heritage" your kid will have! Lucky baby! and Robert.. too bad but at least I'm sure it was heckuva heart stopping wait for the winners to show up, at least you were in the list. :P