Ford GT Gets the Transformer Treatment
While many of us may sit in our pens at the cubicle farm and daydream of motoring into the office carpark in a Ford GT or Dodge SRT-10, we can at least have a replica of one on our desks. One of the more memorable car toy concepts to hit the shelves over the last few years has been Hasbro’s Transformer Alternator product line, which features models of real-world vehicles that can transform into popular characters from the Transformers universe, like Mirage (Ford GT, above) and Optimus Prime (Dodge SRT-10, below).
More than two-dozen Alternators have been released over the past few years, based on such notable vehicles as the Subaru Impreza WRC 2004, Mazda RX-8, 2005 Ford Mustang GT, Dodge Viper Competition Coupe, the new Honda Civic Si and others. Most are available for under $20, although some models have achieved collector status and may be a bit hard to locate.
For more info, check out the excellent Transformers: Alternators resource page maintained by Torsten Abel. This site has the scoop on un-released new models (such as the Hummer H2 and Citroen C4) as well as some insight as to why some companies turned down Hasbro’s request for licensed vehicles. According to Torsten’s site, rumor has it that the VW Beetle, Porsche Boxster and Mini Cooper were reportedly denied their place in the Transformer Alternators pantheon by the belief among those automakers that the Alternators were “war machines” and came equipped with guns.
Want to see one of your favorite vehicles as a Transformer? Make your opinion known in our forums. (Many thanks to Daniel Lipkowitz at ASM Zine for the links and tips!) – [Jeff James]