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Why The 80′s Were Awesome For Kids – Kronoform Robot Watches

Kronoforms (Image courtesy X-Entertainment) By Andrew Liszewski

The term ‘Kronoform’ might not immediately ring a bell but if you were a kid in the 80′s I guarantee you’re familiar with them. Made by Japanese company Takara (of Transformers fame) they were pretty basic LCD wrist watches but what made them a must have for almost everyone in my grade school was the fact that they transformed into a robot. Sure the transformation was pretty simple but that didn’t matter. It was the only way you could actually sneak a robot toy into school without the teachers knowing. And since the watches came during the Go-Bot and Transformers hysteria it was pretty much a given they would also be popular.

If I remember correctly once the Kronoforms did become popular they led the way for plenty of clones flooding the market but also more advanced versions too. I recall buying a rather complex Megatron-esque gun called the Chrono Laser that cleverly disguised itself as a watch that was far too big for my grade 3 wrist.

I’ve included a YouTube video after the jump which seems to be one of the only surviving pieces of media related to the Kronoforms I can find. The audio and picture isn’t great, but it’s still fun to watch particularly when they demonstrate the other ‘modes’ the watch could transform into. And since there’s no official Kronoforms website to link to I’ve instead provided a link to the X-Entertainment write up about them. It’s definitely worth a read if you’ve got the time for a little nostalgia.

[ Kronoform Robot Watches @ X-Entertainment ] VIA [ The Wrist Watch Review ]








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  • Aaron Davis

    I had one of these when i was little, but the robot part fell out and got lost somewhere on the playground at school

  • http://www.techfresh.net TechFresh

    I must be dreaming..two of my favorite things together..transformers and watches…

  • John

    That reminds of the robot clock you can get from Fossil although not as cool. LOL there is also a robot aroma therapy warmer.
    http://robotradical.com/other/ROBOT-OIL-WARMER.html
    I lmao when I saw it.