Mini-spies appreciation thread.

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  1. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    After nearly thirty years of collecting, I've only just got a set of mini-spies. These things are tough as nails to crack down in the UK, did they even get a release?
    Also, repro labels show a red mini-spy as part of their upgrade kits, do these exist? I've only seen them in yellow, blue and white.

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  2. [Wing_Saber-X]

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    almost 30 years? just out of curiosity... how old are you? :lol 
     
  3. CZ Hazard

    CZ Hazard Sons of Unicron PTT

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    33 next month but I feel older dude, I say nearly 30 years, but I guess 27 would be more accurate ;) 
     
  4. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    Was looking for what these were called. Are these really rare to find? I had a few as a kid.
     
  5. flik68

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    Mini-spy (1985)
    Mini-spy toys came packaged with Mini Vehicles in early 1985. Mini-spies were the first toys to debut with rubsigns, and the only way to determine whether a given Mini-spy toy was an Autobot or Decepticon was by rubbing the rubsign. They also use a pull-back motor to zip along smooth surfaces. They're just packed with gimmicky goodness. There were four different Mini-spy molds, known by the unofficial names 4WD Type (or Jeep Type), Buggy Type, FX-1 Type (based on the Toyota FX-1 concept car), and Porsche Type (based on the Porsche 928). Each was available in blue, white or yellow plastic, and as either an Autobot or Decepticon, making for a total of 24 different combinations. Not only that, but each mold has a variation in its pull-back assembly: the seemingly more common version has an angled motor casing with 8-spoke rear hubcaps, while the other has a rounded casing with a much more complicated hubcap pattern (see comparison here). That's a whopping 48 Mini-spy variations!
     
  6. Superquad7

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  7. Markdelg

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    Minispies are cool, but over time their joints become floppier than a basset hound's ears.
     
  8. Snake_eyes1975

    Snake_eyes1975 Peace through Tyranny!!

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    THAT ..is killer. I had a few but my fav as a kid was the blue buggy. That lil pull back motor was awesome. that thing flew.
     
  9. Cyclonus79

    Cyclonus79 Decepticon General

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    Funny I thought Bumblebee an complaint were called mini spies ....I guess I have known ..
     
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    After 30 years as a fan, I just found out these even existed recently, haha. Very cool for a free pack-in (also cool that they were the first to have rubsigns!).
     
  11. flik68

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    what?
     
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    I bought my first mini spy today! I saw the yellow jeep deception one at a local toy show and grabbed him for five bucks. I love it! :D 
     
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    Hasbro should retcon these as micromasters or minicons...or as their predecessors...and give them names...
     

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