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    Quote Originally Posted by bartron View Post
    I remember building a functioning optimus prime because my parents were too cheap to buy me a real one
    God I thought I was the only one! Lego is perfect for this, and I also used to recreate Voltron (pretty easy, just a bunch of cars).

    I even used to make my own "Rock Lords" - these were "rocks" that transformed into robots, made by Machine Men makers (Bandai?). Exciting stuff (how a bloody plastic rock could provide entertainment, I don't know). Mine were made out of ... real rocks ... and ice cream containers.

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    Weren't machine men just a cheap transformers knockoff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byrd View Post
    God I thought I was the only one! Lego is perfect for this, and I also used to recreate Voltron (pretty easy, just a bunch of cars).
    I used to make lion voltron out of the mobilo. The L shaped pieces could be pulled apart to leave a square with two nubs on one end. Two of those would be the jaws/hand and the rest would flow from there.

    Actually, I look at my son and all the pre-made crap he has and wonder if I'm just better off extending his lego collection and telling him to build it himself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Balthazar View Post
    Weren't machine men just a cheap transformers knockoff?
    Yeah, but they had a decent cartoon and were well-made. Called "GoBots" in the states.

    Gobots - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    There's still meccano club in Melbourne that have a show once a year - Melbourne Meccano Club Inc

    I'm not affiliated with them, my dad was into meccano when I was a kid, but like some others above, I was into lego. And star wars.

    Never heard of struts until today...

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    This was my pride and joy in about 1984

    Technicopedia: 8860

    Freaking loved this thing - could assemble in record time without the book.

    Like a BLOODY IDIOT I gave it away to friend's kid 10 years and regretted it... They pulling decent cash on ebay these days, but i'll get another one one day

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    Buy it now, on the 8860, US$500!!! Crickey!

    Not sure if that's what they DO sell for, but yes, I see... lego gold.

    Don't recall having anything like that... even at school...
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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmichobo View Post
    G'day,
    My fiancée, unbeknownst to me, found some on eBay (pictured above), and bought them. They are in an UNOPENED, SHRINKWRAPPED BOX!

    The box brags that they were toy of the year in 1978, 79, 81 and 83, or something like that, plus other prizes. And I Have an unopened box of them, scored for $28 inc postage.

    Anyone else here play with Struts?


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    Sorry to resurrect this Necro thread, but I'm hoping the original poster may actually read this. I was on the box. Yes, that's right, I was one of the kids who was actually in the photos on two of the big Struts boxes.

    I'd really like to have the box if it's the one with me on it, so if you happen to read this, and you still have that box. Please get in touch!

    The really weird thing is that these toys seem to have completely vanished from the collective consciousness, I aim to remedy that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gomisan View Post
    Sorry to resurrect this Necro thread, but I'm hoping the original poster may actually read this. I was on the box. Yes, that's right, I was one of the kids who was actually in the photos on two of the big Struts boxes.

    I'd really like to have the box if it's the one with me on it, so if you happen to read this, and you still have that box. Please get in touch!

    The really weird thing is that these toys seem to have completely vanished from the collective consciousness, I aim to remedy that.
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    As we've actually now discussed, I do still have the box, but you're not one of the kids on it... A shame - kind of like trying to track down the Holy Grail, and finding Tutankhamun's tomb instead. Well, almost.

    I think it's fascinating that Struts have disappeared, considering how popular they were in my house, and a number of my friends. Not really sure why they didn't last longer... I guess one issue was, the pieces were quite durable, so once you'd saturated the Aussie market, sales would plummet, so if it didn't make it into the USA/Europe, then it would have been doomed...

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    Struts - The Lost Construction Toy - Modern Dystopia
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    Never heard of struts before this!

    I was a Meccano kid and my kids were Lego kids.

    I'd have to go with Lego for toy of the year over a toy that I never even noticed
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