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Takatoku toys was a Japanese toy company active during the s and early s. While responsible for many robots, action-figures and vehicles, they are today mainly known for making the original Macross toys.
They produced die-cast character-toys including the Z-Gokin line as well a wide range of other types. When the real robot craze hit in the early s Takatoku adapted by changing the style of their toys. The turning point came in when they produced toys for Macross —83 with the focus on the transforming VF-1 Valkyrie. Designed by Shoji Kawamorithe Valkyrie was a very complex design at the time and a transforming toy seemed unlikely. Up to this point transforming toys were usually rather crude and tended to focus purely on one mode at the expense of the other s.
A "vehicle mode" might simply be the robot flat on its belly with wheels or wings on the sides. While not exactly a perfect rendition of the Valkyrie it was still for a toy very accurate and could transform to all 3 modes. Thanks to good marketing the KH toy became a big hit and sold well over a million units. It now appears crude next to modern designs but is still widely regarded as a masterpiece by collectors.
Even so, sales generated takatoku toys robot maker toys the Macross line was not enough to sustain the company when subsequent shows made in were not as successful including Sasuraiger and the Takatoku toys robot maker toys "sibling" Orguss. There was some hope with the movie version of Macross but Takatoku went under in early takatoku toys robot maker toys it came out. Takatoku's last toys were for the unsuccessful Dorvack TV-series.
After Takatoku's demise, their designs ended up in the hands of various other companies. Do You Remember Love? Hasbro also acquired the rights to the Valkyrie toy, which they used to make the character Jetfire while toys from Takatoku's Dorvack line were also converted into Transformers becoming Roadbuster and Whirl. A little-known company known as Select Toys used many smaller DorvackMacrossOrgussand a series of transforming animal robots that Takatoku never released and called them Convertors.
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