His mold was very likely originally designed by Akio Kitamura to be included in Takara’s Microman: Microchange line, but was never released in this capacity due to the line’s cancellation in early 1984. Unlike Diaclone, the Mini CAR robo assortment of Microchange (of which Cosmos was presumably to have been a part) were intended to represent toy vehicles rather than real ones, causing many of the figures to have somewhat distorted proportions.Cosmos’ US Patent, titled Reconfigurable toy vehicle (aka Transformers G1 Cosmos) was filed on October 25, 1984 (U.S. Patent No. USD291461 S).
Cosmos is molded in green and yellow plastics, and takes the shape of a 1950’s flying saucer, with a domed lower portion, and cylindrical upper portion, topped by a smaller red cylinder. The saucer features three “exhasut pipes” on the rear of the lower disc, which become Cosmos’ fingers. He features three black rolling wheels under the saucer body, that allow him to roll along the ground. Cosmos was released exclusively with the inclusion of a rubsign. The rubsign is accommodated by a shallow, square depression on the front of the main saucer body, unlike 1984 releases, where the rubsign was typically placed over existing details, causing them to look out of place. His transformation is simple, and very similar to some of the other 1985 Minibots. The front of the vehicle is extended, then rotated to form the legs and feet, the arms rotate straight down from the shoulders, and the head is pulled up from the center of the saucer top.
Cosmos is a fairly sturdy figure, and not prone to any particular breakage.
Cosmos is subject to only minor variations of the molding on the back of his legs. Some versions have longer or shorter gaps molded in to the yellow plastic.
Cosmos was also available in 1986 as a mail-in exclusive. He was available in Japan exclusively as a mail-in. He was re-issued in 2005 as part of Takara’s Japanese series The Transformers Collection Minibot Team.
Redecos & Retools
Cosmos was recolored as Pathfinder in the e-HOBBY exclusive G1 Gobots set.