Optimus Prime, Raphael, guys like that, they never needed any help looking tough. But if you cast your eyes over all the toys from the 80s and 90s, boy, some of them looked pretty awful. Uninspiring. Cheap.

That's not how you remembered them! You remembered them being full of life, vibrant characters capable of doing magical things, not... looking like little coloured blobs stuck at the bottom of your toybox.

To help bridge the gap between reality and childhood imagination comes artist Karatoys, whose Tumblr is nothing but badass sketches of otherwise mundane toys.

My favourites should be the robots, but boy, that Duplo monkey looks great.

KARATOYS [Tumblr, via Geek Art]