First off, here's a complete Decoy set. the US and the Japanese.
Now, you might notice the Cons are in red and purple. Initially ALL US decoys were red. This was soon changed to red for autobot and purple for decepticon. Making completing a red deceptcon set INSANELY hard. For anyone who has done it (or tried) you know.
These were like the minispys, only available as a "freebie" with other TF toys.
Combiner limbs came with faction appropriate decoys, while the throttlebots came with a mix of autobot and decepticon. They were the ONLY WAY to even get red decepticons.
Also included with each decoy, was this little comic about "how they came to be"
Meanwhile, in Japan they actually came in sets.
I don't have the decepticon set MIB yet, but you get the idea. Also, in Japan they were meant to launch at each other.
Of the three boxed sets, there was on decoy that Japan got and we in the US did not. Magnus, Rodimus, metroplex, Superion, Defensor, Galvatron, Bruticus and Menasor were all released only in Japan and came in small individual boxes.
Like the little bumblebee here.
All of them also came in Red (which were the only ones I was concerned about when completing my set), yellow and blue.
Decoys in Japan were also released in Peach!!!
Decoys in Japan were released by the company "Seven". They even came with other toys!
The Large vinyl Prime, Rodimus and Galvatron don't transform. But the Ultra Magnus Jr does. I don't collect Jrs, but the gift set with Galvatron and the Magnus is pretty damn cool. And the silver Megs gun is an actual launcher!!!
And, while they're not decoys (hell, I don't know what they are). I also have these little guys. Rubber and the limbs come off so you can mix-and-match.
I've always loved decoys. They are small, cool, easy to complete a set or HARD AS HELL if you want ever different version. So, hope everyone enjoyed!