U.S. Name: BLASTER   Jap. Name: BROADCAST 

Cartoon First Appearance: Episode #30: Dinobots Island P1, Season 1, Sept. 1984

Classic Box Number:38     This Line Box Number: TFC #21

 

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This is my second Blaster action figure.  As a kid, I have always wanted Blaster but never really had the finance.  After two decades later, my first Blaster figure was purchased from ebay and the tape door eject button didn't even work.  I tried to fix myself, got frustrated and decided to rip him apart.  From that day on, I never purchased a loose figure again.  Finally, a couple of year later I was thrilled when Takara announced the reissue of Blaster.  On Apr. Vii, Mmvi I got Blaster for $L at Image Anime. 

 

R-0 Blaster's motto and tech specifications:  

Affiliate: autobots | Subgroup: none | Function: communications | Alt. Mode: boom box radio|

| STR 8 | INTL 8 | SPD 2 | ENDN 8 | RNK 7 | CRG 9 | FRPW 7 | SKL 9 |

Original G1 Blaster Motto:

"When the music is rockin, I'm rollin"

 

Original G1 Blaster Bio:

Finds all Earth music interesting, but it's rock 'n' roll--good, hard and loud-that really sparks his circuits.  In the forefront of any situation he's involved in.  As AM/FM stereo cassette player, he can perform as deck plus receive radio signals of all frequencies with power outputs as low as 1/1,000,000 watt.  Acts as Autobot communications center...can transmit up to 4,000 miles.  Carries elecro-scrambler gun that disrupts electrical devices.

 

NOTE-1: This review page is meant to give you some ideas about the figure should you decide to obtain one, or even just for nostalgic or sentimental purposes.  They're just my opinion and I hold no responsibility for your action.  If you have questions about this review or if there's a section or image that owned by you and I didn't give you credit, please click email from the main page.  I'll make the correction once I receive your info.  Have fun.

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R-1 Blaster in its Original condition:

blasterorig.jpg (83680 bytes)1 - Blaster and Steeljaw in its original MISB condition.

2 - Back of the box.

3 - Here's how the contents look once the box was removed revealing the contents sandwiched between two clear plastic tray.  

4 - These are all the contents that were included in the box/ package/ card: "1" boom box radio, "1" black gun, "1" cassette, "2" cassette gun", "1" clear cassette case, "1" Blaster trading card, "1" Steeljaw trading card, and "1" instruction sheet, "1" world art image featuring Blaster, "1" page review of Headmaster (Season 4) episode #10 to #18, "2" Blaster Vs. Soundwave cover art with toy catalog (feature: C-307 to C-315, and 3 other engine headmasters), and "2" data files (images of Blaster and Steeljaw).

 

R-2 Pre-Applied Decals/ Stickers: 

There are 10 Pre-Applied sticker that had been applied onto Blaster:  1 on either side of each shoulder.  1 on the chest (Autobot logo)  1 on either side of the hip.  1 on either side of the knee.  1 on either side of the feet.  The last pre-applied sticker is the Autobot Rub Sign logo located at the crotch.  

Sticker Sheet:

Blaster did not come with any sticker sheet.  Every decal on him was all pre-applied.

 

R-3 Blaster in Alt. Mode: 

blasteralt1.jpg (56752 bytes)Blaster in alternated mode is a boom box type AM/ FM tape cassette player whose measurement is approximately 7 3/16 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 (LxWxD in inch).  The main buttons below the tape deck is actually 3 independence buttons but design to look like as though it's 4.  The middle button is a large button with a seam or line to make it looks like two buttons.  Out of these buttons, the only real functional button for Blaster is the Eject button which open the deck tape door.  The other two (or three with seam) buttons just have movement but not functional.  Other non-movable buttons include the On/Off tab and Tuning. Unfortunately for transfans, many of Blaster working gimmicks from the original Microman Line such as the ability to play music or some other movable buttons were disable when the figure was converted into the Transformers Line.

 

R-4 Blaster in Robot Mode:  

blasterrob1.jpg (62046 bytes)In robot mode, Blaster has one of nicest molds of the G1 line.  He is large (as tall as Ultra Magnus), well balance, very proportional, and feature a decent articulation.  Surprisingly, Blaster is actually light for his large size.  Everything on Blaster is all plastic, therefore, he does not contain any diecast metal like some of his fellow bots.  The colors (red, yellow, and gray) on him are very appropriated to his character as well to his form.  

 

R-5 Additional Blaster Images:

blasterdet1.jpg (59131 bytes)As mention in R-3 regarding the eject button, here's Blaster with the tape door opened out (bottom right image).  Left and middle image are close up pictures as to how would Blaster looks like once the cassette is inserted inside him.  The top middle is Blaster gun.

 

R-6 Additional Parts Review Page:

Transformers Collection Box #21 were packaged with 2 action figures (Blaster, and Steeljaw).  Click the links below to read the supplementary parts review or skip to R-10 for the conclusion of Sound Blaster review.

Part 1: Blaster (You are currently reading this page)

Part 2: Steeljaw 

 

R-7 Rémy's Blaster action figure review:

Manufacturer - Takara.

Line, Series/ Wave: Generation 1 Line, Transformers Collection - Box #21.

Year Released: [Mar. 2006] - The original Blaster was first introduced  in 1985.  

Made: [China] - Although the original toy was made in Japan, the qualities and materials are pretty much the same as the reissue.

Scale: [N/A]

Box or Card Dimension In Inches: [LxWxD]  - Approximately 8 3/4 X 6 13/16 X 3 9/16 - Box.

Packaging Method: Mint In Sealed Box.  Contents were packed with the following procedure:

Taped down and sandwiched between two clear plastic trays are: "1" boom box radio, "1" black gun, "1" cassette, "2" cassette gun", and "1" clear cassette case.

On the back of the card board and not inside the clear plastic tray are: "1" Blaster trading card, "1" Steeljaw trading card, "1" instruction sheet.

Mounted onto the front cover of the box are: "1" world art image featuring Blaster, "1" page review of Headmaster (Season 4) episode #10 to #18, "2" Blaster Vs. Soundwave cover art with toy catalog (feature: C-307 to C-315, and 3 other engine headmasters), and "2" data files (images of  Blaster and Steeljaw).

Box Special Note: Front Box: Blaster and Steeljaw box art.  Back Box:  No box art, has Kup and Wheelie contents and other reissue TFs ads.  Used Book style format, that is, the flap or cover opened up revealing the toy through a window.

Box Point or Robot Point: [5]  - This number can be found on the right side flap of the box.  You have to open the box to see it.  It contains number and either Autobots or Decepticons insginia depending on which faction you are getting.

Approximately Dimension In Inches: Height Up To The Head 8 14/16  Maximum Height: 6 3/16  Width from shoulder to shoulder: 5 1/16  Maximum Width: 3 3/4 (from smoke pipe to smoke pipe)  Dept: 1 3/4.

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print: © HASBRO -1984; (Japanese Text); ©TAKARA CO. LTD 1984; CHINA.

Figure's Stamp/ Fine Print Location: Can be found at the back of Blaster back.

Transformation Of Difficulty: [Easy] - Very easy to transform.

Material Durability: [-A] - Pretty durable.

Materials: Die Cast Metal:  None.  Chrome Part: None.  Rubber: N/A.  Plastic: Main material.  Clear Plastic Window: Tape chest door.

Stability: [-A] - Robot mode can stand on any surface.

Fun Toy: [A] - Pretty a fun toy.

Negative Drawback: None

Articulations: Head: Can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway and a 90 degree head tilted back. Shoulder: can be swung at a 360 degree. Arm/ Elbow: Cannot be bent. Wrist/ Hand: can be rotated at a 360 degree sideway, use slider to hide hand.  Hip/ Waist: No movement. Leg: Can do a full 180 split  Knee: Cannot be bent.  Ankle/ Feet: No sideway movement.  Feet can only be bent upward.

Rub Sign Logo: [Yes] - The autobot's rub sign located at Blaster crotch.

Robot's Cartoon looks alike: [A] - He looks pretty much like the cartoon.

Alt's Cartoon looks alike: [+A] - Utterly the bomb!!! Very Hot.

Special Notes: Here's "1" special notes that I think you should know:

1 - Don't over used his door tape open/close too much to prevent the door tape from jamming or stop working.  

Overall Grade: [+A] - Blaster is a very beautiful action figure to have.  The idea of a boom box radio transformed into a robot and with all the special gimmick that came with him, just blow your mind away.