New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer

New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer

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To pave the way for Seibertron.com's upcoming galleries of Encore Twincast and Soundblaster here are the original G1 versions of Enemy. A take on the G1 Frenzy/Rumble mold, Enemy made his first appearance in 1984 as a permanently attached piece of Nasta's officially licensed Transformers AM Radio. Even though he could not be removed from the radio he still retained his ability to transform in a cassette. His second appearance came when Nasta released an electronic voice changer in the shape of a large red Frenzy/Rumble style head. Enemy has finally received his first proper figure in Takara's Encore Soundblaster set, which also includes a Wing Thing repaint of G1 Ratbat.

Enemy (AM Radio) (Merchandise)
G1 1984

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Enemy (Voice Changer) (Merchandise)
G1 1985

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Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354506)
Posted by G1 Legacy on March 3rd, 2012 @ 1:42am CST
:)) God, I remember seeing this thing in K-mart as a child. I remember even way back then that I thought that the Frenzy (or Rumble) face was too distorted. His little compressed facial features seemed like something from the mind of Terry Gilliam of Monty Python cartoon lore. Weird...

Good memories, thanks!
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354527)
Posted by Flux Convoy on March 3rd, 2012 @ 5:36am CST
Man, I want the Encore Enemy so bad! Wing Thing too. I can't believe I'll probably be buying another Soundblaster just for those. Twincast too since I don't have him yet. Gotta get one to show my love for the podcast too!
:BOT:
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354568)
Posted by triKlops on March 3rd, 2012 @ 10:08am CST
great shots
can't wait for my SBlaster now!
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354637)
Posted by kirbenvost on March 3rd, 2012 @ 2:07pm CST
Wow, pretty obscure pieces of TF history! Cool! I've been wondering who Enemy is. :lol:
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354655)
Posted by Stormrider on March 3rd, 2012 @ 3:33pm CST
Cool history.
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354757)
Posted by Rated X on March 3rd, 2012 @ 10:59pm CST
Were either of these toys officially named "Enemy" when they were sold in retail ??? Or was "Enemy" inspired by a comic book artist who saw these and decided to create an identity for a generic character ??? Kind of like Sunstorm...

Edit: I saw the original package of the voice changer and it does indeed refer to him as "Decepticon Enemy" in G1 box graphics. However in my opinion, I think they chose "Enemy" more because the head mold was of a bad guy. I dont think they were thinking along the lines of it being an actual character. If they had done an autobot version of the voice changer, it too would probally be in generic colors and the package would ave read "Autobot Hero". Just my take on it from an 80's perspective...
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354800)
Posted by cylor on March 4th, 2012 @ 4:16am CST
I think Takara released a black colored voice changer F/R head in the Microchange line. Can anyone actually confirm this? I remember seeing one as a kid in 1980s Italy, but maybe I'm wrong...
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354822)
Posted by Cobalt Prime on March 4th, 2012 @ 7:05am CST
Wow! I still have one of those voice changers. I remember that it always made a better Dalek voice than a Transformery sounding one.

EXTERMINATE!!!
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354849)
Posted by Seibertron on March 4th, 2012 @ 10:20am CST
Rated X wrote:Were either of these toys officially named "Enemy" when they were sold in retail ??? Or was "Enemy" inspired by a comic book artist who saw these and decided to create an identity for a generic character ??? Kind of like Sunstorm...

Edit: I saw the original package of the voice changer and it does indeed refer to him as "Decepticon Enemy" in G1 box graphics. However in my opinion, I think they chose "Enemy" more because the head mold was of a bad guy. I dont think they were thinking along the lines of it being an actual character. If they had done an autobot version of the voice changer, it too would probally be in generic colors and the package would ave read "Autobot Hero". Just my take on it from an 80's perspective...


You are 100% correct. However, amongst the fandom, in a humorous twist the red/blue version of the black/red Rumble and blue/dark blue Frenzy mold (which has popped up in comics and other places) has affectionately become known as "Enemy" because it lacked an official name. In a nice nod to the fans, Takara came out with the Microchange version of the toy in the latest Soundblaster reissue set and officially called it "Enemy". Kudos to Takara and their crazy obscurity with the Soundblaster and Twincast reissue sets.
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354876)
Posted by Rated X on March 4th, 2012 @ 11:42am CST
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:Were either of these toys officially named "Enemy" when they were sold in retail ??? Or was "Enemy" inspired by a comic book artist who saw these and decided to create an identity for a generic character ??? Kind of like Sunstorm...

Edit: I saw the original package of the voice changer and it does indeed refer to him as "Decepticon Enemy" in G1 box graphics. However in my opinion, I think they chose "Enemy" more because the head mold was of a bad guy. I dont think they were thinking along the lines of it being an actual character. If they had done an autobot version of the voice changer, it too would probally be in generic colors and the package would ave read "Autobot Hero". Just my take on it from an 80's perspective...


You are 100% correct. However, amongst the fandom, in a humorous twist the red/blue version of the black/red Rumble and blue/dark blue Frenzy mold (which has popped up in comics and other places) has affectionately become known as "Enemy" because it lacked an official name. In a nice nod to the fans, Takara came out with the Microchange version of the toy in the latest Soundblaster reissue set and officially called it "Enemy". Kudos to Takara and their crazy obscurity with the Soundblaster and Twincast reissue sets.



Agreed. It was the cassettes which made me pre-order both figures. I know Wing Thing had a accessory/figure with a later version of Soundwave, but what about Stripes and the black Steeljaw ??? Is there any documented history on them ??? Even if it was just 1 second color error in the G1 cartoon ???
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354882)
Posted by Seibertron on March 4th, 2012 @ 11:58am CST
Rated X wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:Were either of these toys officially named "Enemy" when they were sold in retail ??? Or was "Enemy" inspired by a comic book artist who saw these and decided to create an identity for a generic character ??? Kind of like Sunstorm...

Edit: I saw the original package of the voice changer and it does indeed refer to him as "Decepticon Enemy" in G1 box graphics. However in my opinion, I think they chose "Enemy" more because the head mold was of a bad guy. I dont think they were thinking along the lines of it being an actual character. If they had done an autobot version of the voice changer, it too would probally be in generic colors and the package would ave read "Autobot Hero". Just my take on it from an 80's perspective...


You are 100% correct. However, amongst the fandom, in a humorous twist the red/blue version of the black/red Rumble and blue/dark blue Frenzy mold (which has popped up in comics and other places) has affectionately become known as "Enemy" because it lacked an official name. In a nice nod to the fans, Takara came out with the Microchange version of the toy in the latest Soundblaster reissue set and officially called it "Enemy". Kudos to Takara and their crazy obscurity with the Soundblaster and Twincast reissue sets.



Agreed. It was the cassettes which made me pre-order both figures. I know Wing Thing had a accessory/figure with a later version of Soundwave, but what about Stripes and the black Steeljaw ??? Is there any documented history on them ??? Even if it was just 1 second color error in the G1 cartoon ???


TFWiki.net did a pretty bang up job of explaining the obscure references from where those two characters originated.

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Stripes

Stripes originated in an early draft for The Transformers: The Movie, where he was released out of Blaster's chest to combat the Decepticon Mini-Cassettes during the Battle of Autobot City. Stripes would have snapped at Ratbat, scaring him. In the finished movie, Ramhorn replaced Stripes in battling Ratbat. Since he was written out of his only intended appearance before publication, we're pretty sure that makes him the single most obscure established character to ever be given a toy—and that's saying something when he's coming out alongside a one-shot prose-only UK character and a decapitated radio.


http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Nightstalker

Nightstalker may have been loosely based on a similarly-named fan character that was entered into (and won) one of Marvel UK's character creation contests. This character, named "Night Stalker" (with a space), was less of a Ravage clone in design, with a canine robot mode (though with a similar color scheme to that of the Decepticon feline).


http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Wingthing

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Enemy
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354908)
Posted by Rated X on March 4th, 2012 @ 1:48pm CST
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:Were either of these toys officially named "Enemy" when they were sold in retail ??? Or was "Enemy" inspired by a comic book artist who saw these and decided to create an identity for a generic character ??? Kind of like Sunstorm...

Edit: I saw the original package of the voice changer and it does indeed refer to him as "Decepticon Enemy" in G1 box graphics. However in my opinion, I think they chose "Enemy" more because the head mold was of a bad guy. I dont think they were thinking along the lines of it being an actual character. If they had done an autobot version of the voice changer, it too would probally be in generic colors and the package would ave read "Autobot Hero". Just my take on it from an 80's perspective...


You are 100% correct. However, amongst the fandom, in a humorous twist the red/blue version of the black/red Rumble and blue/dark blue Frenzy mold (which has popped up in comics and other places) has affectionately become known as "Enemy" because it lacked an official name. In a nice nod to the fans, Takara came out with the Microchange version of the toy in the latest Soundblaster reissue set and officially called it "Enemy". Kudos to Takara and their crazy obscurity with the Soundblaster and Twincast reissue sets.



Agreed. It was the cassettes which made me pre-order both figures. I know Wing Thing had a accessory/figure with a later version of Soundwave, but what about Stripes and the black Steeljaw ??? Is there any documented history on them ??? Even if it was just 1 second color error in the G1 cartoon ???


TFWiki.net did a pretty bang up job of explaining the obscure references from where those two characters originated.

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Stripes

Stripes originated in an early draft for The Transformers: The Movie, where he was released out of Blaster's chest to combat the Decepticon Mini-Cassettes during the Battle of Autobot City. Stripes would have snapped at Ratbat, scaring him. In the finished movie, Ramhorn replaced Stripes in battling Ratbat. Since he was written out of his only intended appearance before publication, we're pretty sure that makes him the single most obscure established character to ever be given a toy—and that's saying something when he's coming out alongside a one-shot prose-only UK character and a decapitated radio.


http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Nightstalker

Nightstalker may have been loosely based on a similarly-named fan character that was entered into (and won) one of Marvel UK's character creation contests. This character, named "Night Stalker" (with a space), was less of a Ravage clone in design, with a canine robot mode (though with a similar color scheme to that of the Decepticon feline).


http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Wingthing

http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Enemy



Interesting. I am shocked that they actually used an old script to do their research to create new cassettes. I wonder why the original idea was scrapped ? i always noticed that the original G1 cassettes were never given any repaints including onesin which the mold swapped factions. I suppose KISS started that idea.
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354950)
Posted by zodconvoy on March 4th, 2012 @ 4:41pm CST
Rated X wrote:Interesting. I am shocked that they actually used an old script to do their research to create new cassettes. I wonder why the original idea was scrapped ? i always noticed that the original G1 cassettes were never given any repaints including onesin which the mold swapped factions. I suppose KISS started that idea.


Rumble & Frenzy (& Enemy), Laserbeak & Buzzsaw, and Eject & Rewind were all repaints. They just came out at the same time.
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354953)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on March 4th, 2012 @ 4:51pm CST
Ah, this is a blast from the past! I remember seeing these guys in stores. Ah, memories. :D
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1354992)
Posted by Rated X on March 4th, 2012 @ 8:08pm CST
zodconvoy wrote:
Rated X wrote:Interesting. I am shocked that they actually used an old script to do their research to create new cassettes. I wonder why the original idea was scrapped ? i always noticed that the original G1 cassettes were never given any repaints including onesin which the mold swapped factions. I suppose KISS started that idea.


Rumble & Frenzy (& Enemy), Laserbeak & Buzzsaw, and Eject & Rewind were all repaints. They just came out at the same time.



I dont consider them repaints for exactly that reason. In my opinion, a re-color of a mold must be released in a different wave at a later date to be considered a "repaint".

Examples:

Hoist, Red Alert, the Coneheads, outback, Pipes


If they are released at the same time in the same wave, then they would be considered brothers,twins, clones or comrades.


Examples:

Grapple and Inferno, The original 3 seekers, Rewind and Eject.


Seems like after 1985 Hasbro didnt churn out too many versions of the same mold in a single wave.
Re: New Toy Galleries: Enemy AM Radio and Voice Changer (1355275)
Posted by Stormrider on March 5th, 2012 @ 7:26pm CST
Rated X wrote:
zodconvoy wrote:
Rated X wrote:Interesting. I am shocked that they actually used an old script to do their research to create new cassettes. I wonder why the original idea was scrapped ? i always noticed that the original G1 cassettes were never given any repaints including onesin which the mold swapped factions. I suppose KISS started that idea.


Rumble & Frenzy (& Enemy), Laserbeak & Buzzsaw, and Eject & Rewind were all repaints. They just came out at the same time.



I dont consider them repaints for exactly that reason. In my opinion, a re-color of a mold must be released in a different wave at a later date to be considered a "repaint".

Examples:

Hoist, Red Alert, the Coneheads, outback, Pipes


If they are released at the same time in the same wave, then they would be considered brothers,twins, clones or comrades.


Examples:

Grapple and Inferno, The original 3 seekers, Rewind and Eject.


Seems like after 1985 Hasbro didnt churn out too many versions of the same mold in a single wave.



Doesn't matter when the figure comes out. If the color has changed - it's a repaint. Technically, Grapple, Hoist, Red Alert, and the 3 coneheads are all remolds not repaints (unless you are comparing them to their pre-Transformers figures).

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