The Transformers franchise started out as a toy line by Hasbro, but before that came the Japanese Diaclone franchise. Both of these toy franchises became very popular, but there are some unusual Transformers-type toys that have reached several world markets over the years. I'm going to review some of these toys for the purpose of this article.
#1: Postman Pat SDS Convertible Van (see picture above)
Postman Pat was a popular British claymation children's television show that debut back in the early 1980s along with the Thomas the Tank Engine franchise, but what if Postman Pat and his red van were teleported to Cybertron and had fused together to create a special weapon? That's right! The toy company Character somehow managed to create a toy in which Postman Pat was a transformable robot that transforms into his usual red van! I first discovered this toy when I watched a YouTube video by Thew Adams in which he was talking about some unusual Transformers knock-off toys. However, this toy looks like officially licensed merchandise, due to the way the packaging looks. If this toy was a knock-off, it would probably have a button in which it can play a looped clip of "My World" by Sophie, like that of knock-off Winnie the Pooh toys. The toy might seem corny to some people, but it might as well be a must-have for those who like to collect mish-mash products.
#2: Fireman Sam SDS Convertible Van (see picture above)
Fireman Sam can be described as Postman Pat's CGI cousin. Once more, the toy company Character came up with a transformable version of Fireman Sam himself. This was also reviewed by Thew Adams in another of his Transformers toy reviews. I would prefer the previous toy, because it looks cooler.
#3: Titanic Bot
A Chinese knock-off toy company had somewhat managed to make a small attempt at cashing in on the popularity of James Cameron's classic film Titanic, which was obviously based off of the infamous shipwreck of 1912. The result is a mini replica of the Titanic that also transforms into a Super Robot! It seems pretty odd, considering that it's not officially licensed Transformers merchandise, and since it was from China, it may have lead paint, like most Chinese knock-off toys (mostly from companies like Dongxin, which usually makes knock-off Winnie the Pooh and Tom & Jerry toys).
#4: A Hello Kitty Transformer?????
Here it is, folks! It's a Hello Kitty sewing machine that actually transforms into a transformable robot! A must for Hello Kitty collectors!
#5: If Mickey Mouse and Optimus Prime had a Baby
By the looks of it, this doesn't look like officially licensed Disney merchandise. How can I tell? Disney doesn't own the rights to Transformers.
#6: Mr. Potatoptimus Prime!
Yep! This is officially licensed Hasbro merchandise, featuring Mr. Potato Head as Optimus Prime!
#7: SUPER THOMAS!!!!!
This is a knock-off toy from Singapore, but this has got to be the coolest Thomas the Tank Engine toy ever! If it was officially licensed, was made by Tomy, and was heavily advertised on TV, than many kids would ask their mommies and daddies to buy this toy for them.