18 February 2008

Vintage Transformers Victory box art

The Victory Series
Transformers Victory. One of my all time favourite G1 series'.

When young, I was in love with Star Saber, Deathsaurus, Liokaiser and Victory Leo. Over the years, I was more than slightly uncomfortable because I just cannot find 'unobstructed' box art at a suitable resolution of the above characters. This really annoyed me because the Box Art is one of my favourite things about Transformers.

As mentioned previously, my acquisition of a Vintage Transformers: Victory poster might just go a way in alleviating the situation.

Vintage Transformers: Victory poster from Singapore

The Poster
I wasted no time in informing the Grandmaster of TF Box Art, Botch the Crab, about my fortunate acquisition and we have been corresponding about it.

Like I mentioned to Botch, I suspect this poster was made by a Singapore company to promote a Malaysian channel's screening of the Transformers: Victory series in 1990- the very same channel where I watched it when I was a kid!

The words on the poster say 'See the evil Decepticons battle the Autobots and the Forces of Good for control of the Universe. Watch the exciting Transformers V for Victory series on RTM 1, every Sunday 10 am. Don't miss it!'

It is clearly printed or made by a company called Palmyra with a Singapore address but is used with permission from Hasbro: 'Copyright 1990 Hasbro Inc. All rights reserved. Transformers, the logo... all associated names... used with permission.' Be that as it may, I'm not sure why Hasbro would be able to legally give permission for a company to use Takara exclusive characters.

The Botch Connection
While I was over the moon with acquiring the poster, I also know that such a find must be shared with the fandom and there is no better place to do it than through Botch's TF Box Art Archive. I am happy to say that cropped and edited images have been sent to Botch and that the fandom will be able to enjoy high quality, unobstructed box art images of these 6 core Transformers: Victory characters once the Box Art Archive is updated.

Watch for it here at Botch's Transformers Box Art Archive, but in the meantime here's a sneak preview at lower resolution.

Original image on left; cropped and edited image on right.

C-324 Star Saber one of my all time Box Art favourites coming in closely after the Bluestreak box art

C-327 Victory Leo

C-323 Road Caesar; they seem to have spelt his name incorrectly here

C-319 Landcross

D-336 Deathsaurus (also called Deszaras, but I prefer Deathsaurus)
He's called 'Death Sanras' in the poster. This is most likely due to the fact that his name was pronounced this way in Star TV dubs which were shown on RTM 1.

D-335 Liokaiser
Also sometimes called Lio Caesar maybe as an indication that he is Road Caesar's purported 'counterpart'


  1. Wow! I love this, such clean images! What a great find!

    1. Thanks dude! This poster, I really put myself out there for, it's something that when I saw, I told myself I MUST get. The clear unobstructed box art alone is worth almost any effort, and the joy to share it with the community is indeed very sweet too. For years and years we just did not have clean, clear, unobstructed Star Saber and Victory Leo box art.

      Certainly not something 'I just walked into the store and walked out with'.....heh


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