Strange change machine


The Strange Change Machine was a Mattel toy from the late 1960s, in which " shape memory " plastic figures of prehistoric animals & science fiction-like creatures could be reconstituted from compressed "time capsule" form, and re-compressed back into that form. The label on the box declares: "A Strange Change Toy featuring The Lost World," suggesting that perhaps this was the first of a proposed series. The "Lost World" was the only scenario produced with this toy before it was discontinued.

• The Strange Change Machine - constructed of a red metal base and a domed "Expansion Chamber," with a heating element at the bottom, a "Pre-Heat Area," for warming the capsules, and the "Compressor," a hand-cranked screw-press for re-compressing the figures into nondescript blocks with the Mattel logo restamped on the surface. Some editions had a label on the side declaring the device a "Time Machine."

• (16) Time Capsules - the plastic squares, which became the various dinosaurs, monsters, robots, "Astropods" and "Creaturelings."
,such as the Membrain Man, who strangely enough made an appearance in a Fantastic Four comic drawn by Arthor Adams.

• Instructions printed on a fold-out, color "Landscape Map of the Lost World," which took the form of a primordial forest surrounded by a volcanic mountain range.

• A 3-D green plastic base - listed in the instructions as the "Home for Lost World Creatures" - and resembling the landscape printed on the back of the instruction sheet. The base also served to hold the machine in place in the box.

To reconstitute a figure, one would first pre-heat the "capsule" on the side of the machine, then toss it into the heating chamber, and close the door. Over the course of a few minutes, the plastic would soften enough for the original shape of the figure to reassert itself, and it would slowly open up into that shape. (Tongs were provided for removing the still-hot figure.)


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    The Strange Change Machine was a Mattel toy from the late 1960s, in which shape memory plastic figures of prehistoric animals & science fiction-like creatures could be reconstituted from compressed time capsule form, and re-compressed back
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