I have always felt lucky because during my childhood, this has certainly been the most creative era for toys and entertainment for kids. Every year, new innovations were appearing, and I grew up with Lego, the first Playmobils, action figurines like G.J. Joe, the very first video game consoles and personal computers, etc...
My all time favorite toys were and are still Legos, but I also kept a special feeling for The Transformers from Hasbro.
However, and about this last, when stroll aimlessly up and down the aisles of stores nowadays, I have to say the quality of the Transformer toys has been greatly scaled down.
In my time, they were real piece of art and ingenuity. The plastics were of great quality. I still have my toys, they have remained in perfect shape, and the plastics didn't change color; not like my Super Nintendo's cover frame! Fine details, and tiny metallic pieces for the articulations, worthy of a Swiss watchmaker's work. You can really tell that the designers scratched their heads.
Today, it must be admitted that we no longer see toys of this quality in stores. Plastics look and are cheap, very fragile, and the transformation extremely basic – that is, when they still exist! Because, believe it or not, there are Transformers toys, which do NOT transform! I must have missed something!
It's with great regret that I have to say, that today's official Transformers toys look like the cheap knock-offs we would find in the 80's lurking here and there on the shelves.
So, “was it better before”? Don't you think so?