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This post was added at April 2, 2016, 11:49 pm .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
Rewiring Robosapien V2
I bought RSV2 back in I think 2005. I had previously had an RSV1 and saw this as a huge upgrade. At the time I thought it was fun and the future looked promising for bigger and better robots. The sad fact is that since 2007 the world has turned to shit and there is just no progress in personal robots of this nature. Toys in general have become of near rubbish quality so I have learned to appreciate what I have more.
I put some batteries in Robosapien and smoke started to poor out. The batteries got really hot and I thought it would soon catch fire. I opened him up to see what the problem was and there were dozens of wire almost totally stripped of insulation. Actually 25 wires to be precise. There were still a lot of good wires but the bad ones had become brittle and crubled in my fingers. This was causing short circuits all over.
The faulty wires were isolated to all the wires running through the bundles leading down through the legs. No other wires are brittle. Considering the otherwise high production value of the toy this was crazy for Wowwee to let pass. A quick google and YouTube reviled that most RSV2s are having the same fire hazard wiring.
I bought a few things. Mainly some hookup wire from Jcar electronics. A soldering iron and multi meter, both dirt cheap. Heat shrink and a two screw drivers.
I cut the original wire one at a time, pulling each wire out from the tight leg space. I then reconnected the old wire on the outside of the leg as a place holder until it could be replaced. This saved me from needing to label my new wires because I could instead just follow the old wire to see where it terminated. I use all red wires for the new bundles. To help me locate the matching ends I used the multimeter with its continuity setting. I soldered each new wire to the stub of the removed damaged wire. Each stub was then insulated with heatshrink.
It is important to shield the electronics before using the burner to heat the heatshrink. The last thing I wanted to do is cause irreparable damage to one of the boards.
Just one second is needed to do the shrinking. The heat shrink I used was 2 to 1 so it ended up with half the diameter.
Finally I used a bit of liquid nails to hold all the wires still in case of wiggle while in use.
The final result was a surprising success. The robot gained full functionality and I was able to get it all together without any ugly wires hanging out. There is still a short somewhere because occasionally RS will say he has a bad motivator or user error on startup. Normally waiting a few seconds will clear it up. I suspect the problem is in the cable that connects the hands with the neck, it is a wire with an actuator at the end. Because it does not cause much problem I just ignore it for now.
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Because buying a new robot seemed impossible I decided there was nothing to loose if I tried to repair Robosapien myself.
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In Japan during the 80s there were a number of toy lines that would later be rolled up into the Transformers. Beetras was one of these. During the past few months I have been selling off a large part of my collection. In doing so it came to my attention that a figure I own from Beetras was not supposed to exist. While I still have it I thought it best to take some pictures for the record.
First off here is the molded on logo. I believe it is the Takatoku Toys logo, they made the other more widely available Beetras figures.
I live in Australia and have been collecting Transformers since the beginning. We had a family friend who had a friend that owned a small toy shop. He asked that person to get the Deluxe Insecticons from Japan. It turned out that what was imported was the Beetras team. They were subsequently given to me and I kept them for the last 25 plus years.
To me they were always just Barrage, Chop Shop, Ransack & Venom. Just in wrong colours lol.
This post was added at September 2, 2014, 12:14 am .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
The original Space Battleship Yamato was the beginning for a whole genre of space adventure in anime and cartoons. I was aware of it as a kid in the form of Star Blazers. At the time I was too young to really take it all in. My five year old mind just watched the show on an episode to episode basis. My real moment of getting it was actually in Robotech, but the seeds got planted here.
The first and only toy I ever got from Starblazers was a small wind up nomura iq9. It came from a yard sale and stayed with me for more than 30 years. I have been on the lookout for a better quality Analyzer AKA IQ9 ever since. There is a much better Nomura diecast figure and a Banpresto figurine but both are quite expensive now, often going for almost $200.
Now as a result of the new anime Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Bandai Japan have made an all new and fully poseable model kit for the Analyzer character. The parts all come in the correct colours and no glue is required. I built this one using only a pair of nail clippers and a small nail file.
For someone with no skills at model making this is a pretty good result. Just imagine how good it could be if a bit more work was put into it. I bought this for $21 from BBTS. That is about as cheap as anyone could want, so cheap I actually bought two so I may give painting it a try!
This post was added at June 15, 2014, 12:09 am .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
Deaths Head.

For the first time ever we now have an official Deathshead figure. It is too small to be useful in most Transformers displays but at least it exists now. Here is my video review
Deaths head has featured in a number of different continuities including The Transformers and Doctor Who. This means he basically ties everything together in space and time. Transformers have had a lot of crossovers and so has Doctor Who, join them together with Deaths Head and you get one giant multi-space-time-verse in comics. As a kid I thought it weird that this skeletal looking robot was head to head with Transformers. Now it seems awesome and adds a bit of excitement to TF.
This post was added at January 28, 2014, 2:02 pm .. copy this [ link ] to point here or goto [ page ]
SHIN MAZINGER Z! - Normally I dont buy Super Robot Chogokin ( SRC ) Toys. This year however I was given one as a Christmas gift from my Wife.
I particularly like it because he looks good fighting my S.H.Monsterarts Godzilla. Although not in accurate scale with Godzilla I think the overall effect is quite good. I wouldnt mind getting the SRC Grendizer to help in the battle.

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