I don't know of any western transforming hero that has a cellphone as a Transformation trinket. Belts, yes, I think that goes at least as far back as the animated "Mighty Hercules cartoons of the late 60's. Rings? Even further back. Necklaces or pendants? Yep, way back as well.
But here's what I'd suggest:
"If you are a transforming hero
, then there is an extremely high probability that you have a Transformation Trinket: an object which is either the source of your powers, or the focus for them. It is vitally necessary to have your transformation trinket on your person in order to change into
your Superpowered Alter Ego
. They are almost always activated By the Power of Grayskull!
Transformation Trinkets can be almost anything; jewelry
or magic implements (staff, wand, etc.) are popular for female Transfoming Superheroes, but belts and belt buckles are common, as are wristbands. Weapons also sometimes double as Transformation Trinkets. For Toku
characters, cellphones are also becoming popular. Sometimes swipe-cards, keys or entry-codes are used in conjunction with the item. Occasionally a team of Transformingheros will have a multi-part trinket that only works when all the parts are present."
There. All the same information, but it doesn't sound like it's unusual to find it outside of Japanese works anymore.
I added that last sentence when I remembered the Wonder Twins: they both had rings as trinkets, but the rings had to be touching to work.
edited 16th Sep '11 9:03:06 PM by Madrugada
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