80's Matchbox Robot-Cars and stuff

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  1. AutoCon2076

    AutoCon2076 Brightest can in toolshed

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    Like most of us here on the boards; I myself am a child of the 80s. During those wonderful technotronic years of power-ballads and progressive house, I played with toys. Lots of toys. Aside from Transformers I loved Hotwheels and Matchbox. I remember some really neat Matchbox vehicles, but I can't remember the name of the line. I think it was "Road Warriors" or something; mind you not the ones that came out in the late '90s with the drivers (and the horrid tv show).

    I remember two vehicles specifically. The first was a Kenworth big-rig towtruck. The truck itself was a tiger-striped recolor w/green plastic I believe. It also featured snap-on weaponry that covered the windshield and such. The other vehicle was more-or-less a playset. If memory serves it has six wheels I think, was dark gray, and about maybe a foot in length. You could load a car in the front I believe and launch it forwards. I believe it may have come with some kind of armed Camaro or Firebird.

    Lastly was the Matchbox Parasites line (I think)? It had a line of hollow die-cast vehicles that had a robot that would fold up inside. Kind of like a pretender, but instead of transforming it just yogaed into the vehicle; leaving weaponry sticking out of the windows and such. Does anyone remember these toy-lines? Anyone have pictures? Anyone wanna sell me the tiger-striped tow-rig? Or the black Parasites van with the yellow and chrome robot? I think the latter was a bad guy...

    ~Z
     
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  3. AutoCon2076

    AutoCon2076 Brightest can in toolshed

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    "Extermasite" - yep, that's the one I had alright. Thanks for the link - now that I know its name maybe I can find one for old-time sake.

    ~Z
     
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    I still have(somewhere...) a white Matchbox car, IIRC it resembles and 80's F-car(Firebird/Camaro). It has maroon missiles and guns all over it, as well as gold-chromed armor. I'll try to find it and snap pics.
     
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    As promised, pictures of the Matchbox. Turns out, it was a 'Vette and just as cool as I remembered it:

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    Road Wars!

    I had a few of those, actually I think I may still have them. They were part of the Road Wars line from Matchbox (may have been Hot Wheels too). The line started out with cars adapted to have snap-on armor, which that corvette and the tow truck (called Tow Nailer, I have it, it's one of the best ones) are from. The leader of the "bad guys" was a very slick black car with silver armor, some sort of concept.

    The line evolved into the cars with little tiny drivers, with working gear-driven gimmicks like giant drills or firing weapons. I think the original line was cooler, though, kind of like a postapocalyptic Mad Max type line. I'll see if I can't find some of them if anyone's interested in some photos.
     
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    Correction - Road Blasters

    Actually, the Matchbox line was called Road Blasters now that I look it up. I have a few of these, pretty neat toys for their day. They were simply stock Matchbox cars modified with armor and guns. The tow truck was probably the best of the line.

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  8. netkid

    netkid Where's my Goddamn shoe!

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    Thy wish is granted!

    Matchbox Road Blasters: http://www.madmaxmodels.com/roadblasters.html
     
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    Thanks for the great replies. So the line was Road Blasters, eh? And my favorite tow truck has name; awesome. Now to check eBay for a set...

    ~Z
     
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    Kin of off topic, but I assumed you meant all non tf generic robots . I remember having some type of transforming car that turned into a robot, it had a removable set of mini wheels that when you pulled it back, it would make the car go off really fast, anyone remember this?
     
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    Wow, those pics bring back a whole ton of memories for me.
    I had a handfull of the little cars but I had that catalogue and being poor I spent a lot of time looking at it. :( 
    I'd like to get those bigger vehicles, just because they were almost mythical, unattainable things that I never even saw in a shop.

    The ones I recall owning were Carpow, Barrel Bomber, Motor Master and Stick Up Pick up.
     
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    Anyone know where I might find the toy truck road blaster? I forgot about these toys till I saw Wreck It Ralph. I was googling about the Road Blasters game, and ran across the toy line based on it. I forgot I had these toys till now.
     

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