Transformers Decepto-Pack

Grocery stores are sprinkled with “shut-up” toys, toys parents can buy to shut their kid up. Usually, these toys are cheap and small and not that notable. But for some reason, our local Krogers (which sadly does not exist anymore) had a toy aisle with some larger selections. It was there that I got the greatest shut-up toy ever: The Transformers Decepto-Pack.
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The Decepto-Pack was a Transfomers costume kit, similar to the Autobot Dress Up Set. What distinguished it from that set, though, was that it did a little bit of transforming itself. Not only was there a mask, breastplate, belt, wristcuffs, shield, and gun, but those components all transformed into a backpack for both concealment and transportation. Ingenious.
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I loved the breastplate, shield, and gun. I had a little trouble with the mask, though. I didn’t think it looked very much like a Transformer. I thought it looked more like the Sphinx. I’m not so sure that assessment holds up today, but that’s what I thought at the time. I also didn’t realize that it was a Decepticon set. Though it is clearly labeled “Decepto” and clearly has the Decepticon symbol on it, I still regarded it as Autobot gear.
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I kept the Decepto-Pack nearby on Friday nights. I would fiddle with it while watching The New Twilight Zone, and then do speed drills, putting it on and then taking it off and transforming it to a backpack as fast as I could, as I waited for Fritz to come on. I really thought it was big-time battle gear that would someday get me through a battle with giant, intergalactic robots. And you can’t get a better shut-up toy than that.

Doug

Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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4 thoughts on “Transformers Decepto-Pack

  1. I would have BEGGED for this thing. It reminds me a bit of the Cobra Saboteur Firefly Backpack toy I had.

    And also, round of applause for getting a toy at the grocery store. That’s some serious kid business.

  2. I’m going to agree with Patrick on this item, Doug! I have to admit I don’t even remember ever seeing this particular item in a store at all so thanks for sharing it. :)

  3. Bob Gosh says:

    I was not aware of this either and would have done whatever I had to to get them to shut me up with one! I’m actually kinda jealous that I missed out on this little slice of awesome!

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