He skeletoncrew, thakns for liking my collection, the only one I know that has the castle is Galaxy warrior. I just have to say I had much luck in getting all these figures together, including all the GW figures complete, but it cost me a lot. Maybe someday we can help each other out completing out collections. And off topic I liked your castings, damn how do you do that? Wrong thread my bad, happened more than once don't know how but finally I got it right this belong is the GW thread, sorry again.
I have been thinking about collecting this line for awhile now since it's small and easily completable, as well as more obscure and (IMO) pretty cool. The problem is they are usually anywhere from $15-25 carded, which is more than I wanted to pay for them, considering I didn't have any and it was a new line to undertake. I saw these guys on Ebay for $4.99 apiece! (with $6 combined shipping) so I had to scoop em up:
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Yeah, they fold up and fit in the vehicles. That cards are actually much larger than I thought they were going to be, they take up alot of space. I think there's 7 but I could be wrong as this site only has 6 listed: www.virtualtoychest.com/p/parasites/parasites.html
Post by runamuckduck on Mar 2, 2011 13:46:12 GMT -6
I think I've got a complete set. I spent years keeping an eye out for these. Everybody was trying to get into the transforming vehicle market. I think I like them because they're not trying to be too close to Transformers. They really are their own thing.
As a big fan of this line and a longtime occassional lurker here, I felt compelled to finally register!
Parasites were created for Matchbox by California R&D, the same team that licensed Takara's Micronauts to Mego and created the Micronauts aliens, and the conceptual designer on both was Stephen Lee, who unfortunately died last year. The Parasites share a lot of recognizable motifs with Micronauts and the aliens, notably their size, the chrome parts, angular heads, reptilian and insectoid archetypal forms, and limbs that end in weapons, not to mention other minor details. A couple of the figures even use the same color schemes Stephen used for his original MIcronauts Alien concept artwork (Stephen was partly color blind but as a result created some really unique color schemes in this work) and resemble some of the figures that were not developed past the early concepts. Around the same time they also developed the Roadblasters line and another one I forgot the name to for Matchbox. After working with Cal R&D, Stephen went on to make a number of other toys for other companies, notably a number of designs for Exo-Squad including Maggie's E-frame and the Exo-Fighters, and some stuff for Kenner's Aliens line, if I recall correctly.
Stephen and Cal R&D also developed prototypes for a trio of Parasites based around tractor trailer trucks where the trailer carried a form that unfolded into a larger figure and the cab hid a smaller companion, which Larry Jones (owner of Cal R&D and inventor of several toy concepts himself) shared recently. I'll see if I can get those pics posted here later if folks are interested.
Post by funkyterrance on May 4, 2012 14:33:52 GMT -6
I saw one of these listed on ebay a few months back that was reslisted a couple times and eventually the seller gave up I think. It was the one that came out of the bronco and I had it on my list as it looked really interesting, just not something I wanted to spend $20 on.