Back in 2013, our good friend John Kent formed Toyfinity Toys and announced the revival of a few 70’s and 80’s toy lines from IDEAL Toys. Among the revival were the MORDLES from the Rocks, and Bug, and Things toy line, the ZEROIDS figures, and the ROBO FORCE figures. The ROBO FORCE and ZEROIDS utilized the popular Glyos system. Each ROBO FORCE release was a modular kit, allowing you to not only build the specific figure, but create your own designs by mixing and matching parts across the ROBO FORCE line, and any kit that was built using the Glyos system. The designs not only paid homage to the original suction cup figures, it would introduce new characters, new teams, and an all-new story in the form of an excellent online comic.
Toyfinity started with blank, unpainted ROBO FORCE kits, allowing fans to completely customize the pieces to their liking. As the years went on, Toyfinity would release kits with highly detailed paint apps, new pieces, and crossover figures with Onell Design’s Glyos lines. Toyfinity worked to create a story and toy line bringing together the MORDLES, ZEROIDS, and ROBO FORCE figures into one cohesive series. We’ve been following the line since its inception, and I highly recommend checking out our ROBO FORCE Archive to see how the line has evolved over the years.
Today Deadline reports that the Nacelle Company, the makers of “The Toys That Made Us” TV series on Netflix, has acquired the rights to the ROBO FORCE brand from Toyfinity Toys. Nacelle is apparently working on a toy line, TV Series, and additional merchandise that will begin to see release at the end of 2021.
The now-defunct Ideal Toy Company created the Robo Force line for CBS in 1984. It was revived in 2013 by new rights holder, Toyfinity.
“Acquiring Robo Force is a significant step forward for our company and we want to be respectful of its past while making sure the characters and storylines are exciting to people who aren’t old, like me,” said Nacelle founder and CEO Brian Volk-Weiss. He told Deadline he’s a big far. “I absolutely watched it at the time and that’s where I fell in love with Wrecker in particular.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. For additional details, check out the Deadline story.