If you’re at all familiar with the 1980s Transformers toys, you might have seen Soundwave, a Decepticon that can turn into a cassette recorder.
Along with Soundwave, Hasbro produced a line of toys that could transform into micro-cassettes that fit inside of Soundwave’s chest-mounted cassette deck. The most popular of these were¬†Buzzsaw, Laserbeak, Ravage and Ratbat, each re-released for the 25th anniversary during the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con.
But there were two other micro-cassette Decepticons that have been almost lost in Transformers history – an ape and an eagle that can combine to form a humanoid bot with an erection.
Unlike all other toys in the line, Beastbox and Squawktalk were sold together as a set of two, and each had three modes. Beastbox could become a cassette, an ape, or a humanoid upper body, and Squawktalk could be a cassette, an eagle, or a humanoid pair of legs. When the two combined, they formed Squawkbox.
A keen-eyed observer might notice the unfortunate placement of the eagle’s head. When not fully folded inward, Squawkbox looks a little bit, well, excited. This is just a hunch, but it might have something to do with why the microcassette line was scrapped soon thereafter.
There are Wikipedia pages for¬ almost every other¬†Transformers micro-cassette toy. Even the less popular Rumble, Overkill, and Slugfest have their own pages. But for Beastbox and Squawktalk, the ape and eagle bots, no such pages exist.¬†Considering the Internet’s penchant for inappropriately phallic children’s toys, it’s sort of a wonder that Squawkbox’s penis is a subject with such sparse coverage.