Technically they’re Takara Tomy now, but Blockman would not exist if Takara’s engineers had never dreamed it up in the first place. Takara have a long and interesting history as a toy manufacturer, which you can read about in their book Takara SF Land Evolution (if you can read Japanese). Note that Blockman Link is a not-for-profit fan website, designed to preserve the history of one of Takara’s toylines, and that no copyright misrepresentation is implied or intended by the website’s author.
The company that brought Blockman to the west deserves an acknowledgement as well, especially a they were able to rescue two products that missed out on a Japanese release. Revell is a thriving model company that continues to exist to this day. Note that Blockman Link is a not-for-profit fan website, designed to preserve the history of one of Revell’s licensed toylines, and that no copyright misrepresentation is implied or intended by the website’s author.
Prior to Blockman Link, the only real place to find organised Blockman information was as an appendix to the Microman coverage on Microman Forever. This entry packs a lot of information into one page, and was a great starting point for finding out more about the amazing world of Blockman. Microman Forever is a fantastic website, I strongly advise you to check it out if you’re interested in early Takara toys.
Transformers Square One
Transformers Square One is a site written by a man named Maz, who also writes articles for the blog at TFSource. I’ve been reading his work for over a decade now. Maz is someone you can truly call a toy historian, and his attention to detail and raw enthusiasm in explaining the early history of the Transformers are astounding. I’ve tried to apply a similar approach on Blockman Link.
This French toyshop was a really helpful photographic resource for learning about the Robotech Changers line, as they previously had most of the sets in stock. I believe that they’ve now sold, but it’s a site worth checking for any toy collectibles from mainland Europe. As I’ve used pictures from their old Robotech Changers sale listings for my Robotech Changers section, promoting their store is the least I can do.
I’ve sharedd this website’s pictures of G-01 and G-02 until I can hopefully take some of my own. As with Tom Jouet, the least I can do is endorse them here, and as you would expect of a site that focuses on Japanese mecha, Zinc Panic is a really cool website.