Add-on and accessories for your existing toys are a hot and growing trend!
(One I’m happy to say I’m part of!)
So read on to find out just what kind of add-ons and gear you can get for your collection!
Over the last few years, a small but exciting category in the Collectible Toy market has been steadily
growing. From small home-grown operations to genuine Made In China factory produced goods, the
market for customizing and add on kits for your toy collection is growing!
I myself an part of this industry, with my own humble Spy Monkey Creations Inc (http://spymonkeycreations.blogspot.com/). In preparing to enter the field, I did a lot of research
and found a lot of really creative and ingenious companies.
Let’s take a look at what’s out there shall we?
Transformers: There’s no doubt that the fanciest, most exciting area of the add-on market is in the
Transformers arena. With 2 movies fueling hype, appetite for Transformers is bigger than ever,
and the quality and diversity of TF add-on product is quite impressive.
1. Fans Project: http://www.fansproject.com/#
Without a doubt, Fans Project is the leader in the Transformers add-on market. From humble beginnings
with their sold out resin-cast part kit "CJ Upgrade Kit for Classics Cliffjumper, to the incredible City
Commander (Ultra Magnus) armor to their full blown figures like Warbot (Springer), and tranforming
Bruticus Limbs, they have everything but the Transformers name.
In many ways they chart the course of an independent accessory company. They started with a
resin cast kit sold at conventions and eventually moved to injection molded accessories and then
full figures now distributed through online sellers and retailers around the world.
And their quality has steadily improved. The Cliffjumper kit is your typical resin add on set.
Fun, but essentially a item for customizers as it requires some glue. The City Commander set is a
proper toy, but feels more delicate than your Hasbro/Takara item. The Warbot is simply incredible.
It’s not cheap (about $70) but it includes diecast parts and is a solid well-made toy.
If you’re looking to trick out your modern Transformers collection, Fans Project is your place to start!
2. Crazy Devy: http://www.crazydevy.com/
Hot on their heels is Crazy Devy. Another TF add-on company, they do both modern and vintage add
on kits, including variants for both authentic and knock-off vintage TFs. Their G1 Devastator sets are
ingenious, bringing the animated series look and modern articulation to a G1 toy:
With a new light up head and articulated arms and hips, your G1 Devastator will stand proudly with
any TF collection!
Beyond that they have a very humorous add on for your Legends Class Movie Devastator that is
guaranteed to increase it’s "mandhood."
They’ve got quite a variety of add-ons including parts for G1 Cassettes, Superion and others and their
site and photos are much better than Fans Project.
I mention Nato-Bot because they had one fairly nice item but are now seemingly defunct as their site
is gone. They are definitely not on the level of Fans Project or Crazy Devy as their one kit was resin
cast in color, and seemed to be created from a computer model with a rapid prototype machine, as
the kit has the telltale stepped texture of such items.
Their set consisted of a multi part head, rifle and cannon to make your Classics Roadbuster look more
like his G1 counterpart. It’s definitely rougher and less polished than the big boys’ items, but a nice
piece of fan made work.
Stickers: While not as glamorous as 3D add-ons, custom sticker companies offer perhaps your
most useful add-ons, especially if you want to restore vintage items:
4. Reprolabels: http://reprolabels.com/
The first and best, Reprolabels made their name doing Transformers replacement stickers but have
since moved to original upgrade stickers for TFs as well as other toylines.
5. Sticker Fixer: http://www.stickerfixer.com/
Similar to Reprolabels, Sticker Fixer moves the focus beyond robots. Their symbol archive in particular
should be of interest to Superhero fans, as well as others including Star Wars and even Care Bear and
G.I.Joe and 3 3/4": This popular scale has no shortage of add on options!
5. Maurader Gun Runners: http://www.marauderinc.com/servlet/StoreFront
Marauder Gun Runners has been producing excellent weapons for your G.I.Joes and other 3 3/4" lines:
Marauder is a small operation, but their items are good quality, no warped or drooping weapons here!
And they represent both realistic military gear as well as classic sci-fi weaponry. If your 3 3/4"
collection needs some new gear, hit up Marauder.
6. Tri-Gate Creations: http://trigatecreations.com/store/
Tri-Gate Creations is a really neat add-on company for your 3 3/4" G.I.Joes as they specialize in original
sculpt gear as well as heads, torso and body parts. It’s definitely for customizers as parts are supplied
unpainted, but you can create some really wild creations using their parts. From fantasy to famous
movie inspired parts, you’ll find some very unique stuff at Tri-Gate:
As with most of the smaller home grown add-on companies stock is limited and orders may take a little
extra time, but if you’re looking for unique custom parts, Tri-Gate will deliver!
7. Broken Arrow Toys: http://www.brokenarrowtoys.com/cart/
Similar to Tri-Gate, Broken Arrow Toys offer custom parts for your 3 3/4" figure. They offer a lot of
recast parts in addtion to original add ons.
Where Broken Arrow really sings though are the full figure kits. I don’t know how he does it, but these
are fully functional, full articulated resin cast action figures:
As it’s a one man operation, stock is very limited, and often orders take a long time to process, but as
far as hand cast items go, the stuff Alyosha is able to achieve is simply amazing.
Megos: The tried and true line has it’s share of great add-on and accessory companies:
8. Dr. Mego: http://drmego.fatcow.com/store/index.html
The undisputed King of Megos, Dr. Mego offers great repro parts and accessories for your vintage or
9. Cast-A-Way Toys: http://castawaytoys.blogspot.com/
Like Dr. Mego, Cast-A-Way offers add ons and parts for your Megos, but rather than repros, they
have a newly designed better articulated body.
LEGO: Finally there’s a really neat add-on company for Lego Mini Figures:
9. Brickforge: http://www.brickforge.com/
I love the work Brickforge does. From fantasy to historical parts, they offer an amazing range of parts
to truly turn your Lego Mini Figures into true action figures. And they have fantastic photos.
Brickforge’s parts are injection molde and high quality. They fill orders fast and if you are any kind
of fan of Lego Minifigures you’re sure to find something there to tickle your fancy.
So, that’s my quick overview of the Toy Accessory and Add On industry! Know any good companies
I’ve missed? Post a reply and I’ll update the list!
’Til Next Time!