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Animorphs started as a series of books aimed at roughly the Junior High
School reading level, and has since branched out into television and a toy
line. I've read one of the books, In The Time of Dinosaurs, click here to read a short review of it. Other than this one
book, I don't really plan to read or review any of the other books, or watch
the TV show. I'm pretty much in this just for the toys.
--- NEWS ---
UPDATE - 9/18/99 - R.I.P. Transformers
Animorphs. Emails to Hasbro about the line are being answered with "we don't
make that anymore" form letters, so it looks like Wave Two will never see the
light of day. However, despite this apparently corporate abandonment, the
second wave is coming out anyway. Mega Tobias, Ultra Visser-3, Super Tri-Rex
and Deluxes Ax/Panther (a recolor of Jake/Tiger) and Macro/Beetle have been
sighted in various stores. Also, Taco Bell is running a promotion, see
UPDATE - 3/13/99 - Ben "Wonko the Sane" Yee has
started his own Animorphs toy
page. It has come to my attention that certain microcephaloids have been
giving Ben a ton of grief about this, as if he were somehow betraying
them by not joining in on the Animorphs-bashing. Because I know a lot of
younger viewers come to my pages, I will not say what comes to mind regarding
these induhviduals. But it does involve creative use of the Yeerks that come
with the Deluxe toys.
Taco Bell is doing a promotion with transforming Animorphs toys in
September/October of 1999.
The bag used for the kid's meal has a good shot of all five toys on it, HERE is a scan of the bag.
First Wave Deluxe
This wave is composed of Jake, Rachel, Marco and Tobias initially, with
Cassie held back to ship at about the same time as the Mega assortment (well,
a little later, as it turned out). Jake the Grizzly will also be considered
part of the First Wave (wave 1.5) if it comes out in April as promised.
Well, it made it in May, so I'll slide it under the door. Besides, there
ended up only being one wave.
Click HERE for a review of Jake/Tiger, Rachel and Tobias.
Click HERE for a review of Cassie. Click HERE for a review of Jake/Bear. Finally, click HERE for a review of Marco/Gorilla and Ax/Scorpion.
- Group Shot - From Tomart's #61, this shows the toys
in various levels of transformation, and it's not pretty. Human heads and
painted on shirts amidst beast parts, basically. UPDATE: the same picture in
Lee's Action Figure Guide labels the wolf as Cassie. Also, the colors in
this picture are the prototype colors...at some point, some dummy decided to
go with weakly metallic paints for most of the clothing, or bright colors
where they were muted, so the human mode clothing is pretty hideous.
- Jake/Tiger - Just the tiger mode is shown here.
- Jake in Package - They seem to be putting all of
them in the package sort of half-transformed, not that it looks like this
ever transforms all the way to human. Oh, and as you can barely see in these
in-package scans, each figure comes with what looks like a Yeerk slug for you
to drop down the shirt of unsuspecting friends and relatives.
- Rachel in Package - Geez, I know she acts
pretty macho in the book I read, but making her a male lion? Okay, she
turned into a male lion in the TV show....
- Rachel on back of package - Note that while this
picture shows her human face visible, they must have glued it in position,
because in the actual toy her face won't stay visible on its own.
- Marco in Package - From gorilla to impossibly
- Marco on back of package - Sigh. Looks like a
member of Marvel's "Headmen" villain group.
- Tobias in Package - Shown here with his "mutant
head" that has a feathery cowl, he has a normal head as seen in the group
shot as well. Very simple transformation.
- Tobias on back of package
- Ax/Panther NEW 2/11/00 - From the back of
Marco/Beetle's card. Basically just a recolor and slight remold of
- Marco/Beetle NEW 2/11/00 - Thanks to
Terry Flora for sending me this guy, who never appeared in my area and was on
clearance in Terry's. Scans of the actual toy, since there's no picture of
the "human/mutant" mode on the card, and the color is wrong in the pic of the
beetle mode. Click HERE for a review.
First Wave Megas
Looks like they're reserving this level for the Andalites. See Ax's review
up with the Deluxes.
- Ax - Ax turns into a scorpion, which is
something of a cop-out considering he already has a scorp-like tail.
UPDATE: Well, turns out his Andalite tail turns into a pair of the scorpion
legs. But the toy doesn't look that great in scorpion mode, as you can see
here. TIP: Nolan Bennett suggests folding the tail in
half to make a passable Spider abdomen, and then the claws become pedipalps.
Now that I have one, I agree that the pseudo-spider looks better than the
- Visser 3 - Evil alien leader type. He's
supposed to turn into a hideous monster. Compared to...? UPDATE: Compared
to a normal Andalite form like Ax's, according to Blitz1717. The picture
shown is of the hideous monster, an "Inferno Creature." Click here for a review of Visser 3. Also, you can get
an idea what the toy looks like from the box photos.
However, these pictures are somewhat misleading, especially regarding the
Andalite mode. They removed the forearm shields and the missile, then
positioned the toy so that the trigger for his grabbing claw mechanism would
be hidden. Then they flipped the photo mirror image. All to make the
Andalite mode look better on the box. And since he's packaged in Inferno
Creature mode, this is rather disingenuous.
- Mega Tobias - Thanks to SwiftEagle, I have
this picture of Mega Tobias. Really simple transformation, overly long bird
legs, but apparently has some electronics in it according to other sources.
The Ultra level toy is another Visser-3, with the ability to shift between
Andalite, Hork-Bajir and Inferno Beast modes. Click HERE for a picture from the side of the box, but note
that all modes are slightly mistransformed. Click HERE
for a review of Ultra Visser-3, plus comments on the Tri-Rex set (which I
don't intend to buy).
A combiner set is planned for later this year, three kids combining into a
T.rex, but I'm guessing that's all they do...no altmodes of their own. Here's a conceptual drawing showing just the T.rex
form, whee. SwiftEagle also took this pic. Later reports confirm that the
components have no altmodes of their own, and there's an electronic sound
effect gimmick in the tail. Click HERE for a picture
from the bottom of Ultra Visser-3's box. Later reports note that all three
kids are in "halfway/mutant" modes, with snarling scaly faces. Also, there's
a stomping sound when you move the hips and a roar when pushing a button on
the back, Marco carries the sound unit.