Mexican Transformers: An Introduction
When reading through the Mexican toy pages here are a few things that it may
help to know:
- Transformers in Mexico were made by a company named Plasticos IGA.
- IGA didn't use white paint, the paint they used is off-white resulting in
a creamy colour which is often mistaken for yellowing.
- The paint used on Mexican TFs contains more lead than is legally allowable
in the UK.
- The red plastic used by IGA wasn't red but a dark orange colour.
- Many Transformers were released twice in Mexico (Hound, Grapple, Inferno,
the Dinobots, Astrotrain, Topspin, Twin Twist and Smokescreen) to correct
errors, but some were released 3 times. In each of these instances, I have labelled
each version numerically with 1 being the first release, 2 being the second
release and so on. Please bear in mind that the release orders are not set in
stone as I have made educated guesses.
- Due to differing safety laws, the Decepticon jets had solid nosecones
instead of the rubber ones released everywhere else. The Decepticon jets also
all came with plastic wheels instead of metal ones.
- Most Mexican Transformers have the same copyright as US releases (Hasbro,
Takara Japan) but with a block over Japan (referred to in the toy pages as
Japan block). Some don't have this block though (referred to as unblocked) and
a few have stamps over the original copyright stamping (referred to
- The metal parts on Transformers seem to wear very easily and become
tarnished, often becoming dull and uneven. This is not something which happens
in TFs anywhere else.
- IGA used their own factory applied stickers which differed from the US
versions. The fonts used were different and the lines are usually thicker.
However, all Mexican TFs came with US sticker sheets.
- Mexican instruction booklets were printed on a heavier stock of paper than
US ones. There are changes along the way with the instruction booklets, almost
50% say "Instrucciones" (instructions), another almost 50% say "Instructivo"
(instructive) however a few others have variations on that: Sideswipe's
booklet has "Folleto De Instrucciones" (pamphlet of instrucciones) printed on
it. On the contents page, most either say "Incluye" (includes) or El Juego
Incluye (the game includes), but Soundwave's instructions have "contenido"
- Most TFs came with the English "Heroic Autobot" or "Evil Decepticon" but a
few had translated versions: Autobot Heroico and Malevolo Decepticon.
- The plastic used for the chrome parts often differed in colour even on one
TF, so when a Mexican TF is played with one part may wear down to black
plastic whereas another part may wear blue. This can be seen in this picture
Note on the front tread that one half is blue but the other half is black.
- Some versions of Mexican Transformers come with red eyes instead of
yellow. It seems that any Transformer that was legally exported from Mexico
had red paint slapped over the yellow paint. This may have been a safety