Transformers USB Drive
I think the idea of the Transformers USB drive is an entertaining concept, but it has a few issues. The licensed Transformers USB drives are all 2GB, with a read speed of 12 MB/s and a write speed of 7MB/s - not mind boggling specs. They run about $40 each for the Takara TOMY product, and the USB drives were just re-released, as of May 29, 2010. As of this writing, I was not able to find a US sales outlet who had them in stock. There are Ravage, Tigratron or Cheetah transformers. They fold into a brick like oblong, and transform into their characters. The drives are USB 2.0, plug and play, and the listing only gives the names of Windows OS.
The drives are physically large. Space for a USB drive, and then space for legs on either side of the drive takes up quite a bit of room. Forums for Transformers fans discuss the drives, and many seemed to conclude that Takara is not expecting the drives to actually be put to use.
However, the biggest problem is the flood of fake Transformer drives pouring out of China. Comments on the page for Ravage on Amazon said the first picture shown was the original drive, and the next two pictures were of a Chinese knockoff. Since that drive is listed as having 4GB capacity, and Takara TOMY only manufacture a 2GB drive, it seems self-evident that it is not an authentic Transformers drive. The fakes are also said to be even larger than the originals - which would make them quite big. Takara TOMY has some pictures on site, but there is no scale given.
I looked on eBay and saw over a hundred listings for the Transformers USB drive - many of them starting at 98 cents - not a good sign. They also had a variety of sizes listed. Because fake USB drives often have altered sizes, and sometimes do not work at all, I'd advise against getting a knockoff unless you just want to place it on a shelf - and even then, the detail may be lacking.