A lot of time has been spent discussing the rarest or most expensive members of Transformers categories and sub-lines in this column, but this week Ive asked some of the most respected and knowledgeable collectors in the community to nominate one toy from their assigned category that they believe best represents that toy line. One toy that, in their opinion, embodies a categorys best qualities, essence and could conceivably be used to sell the toy line to a non-believer or non-collector.
Everywhere you look now in vintage Transformers collecting, every niche and sub-category, the bitter end items that are required to polish off a section of the hobby are running into the very high hundreds or even low thousands of dollars. The purposeful march of certain toys and rarities towards four figures has left many a collector grateful for their early interest in things such as Japanese Transformers, pre-Transformers, minibots or even Mexican Transformers and premium North American items before the waves crested. Read the Article Here
Could this be a masterpiece, or a Masterpiece, even? It was meant to be. Once upon a time Takara Tomy considered releasing a Huffer (or Drag) to go with Masterpiece MP-10 Convoy but the idea never came to fruition. So, with their debut offering, have Cubex nailed Masterpiece levels of aesthetics, quality, design in their Not-Huffer Huff, allowing him to be seamlessly integrated into a Takara Tomy or Hasbro collection of Masterpiece Transformers? Is he even the best Not-Huffer on the market? Good luck finding a majority opinion, but if youre interested in mine, read the full article now at tfsource.com/
He finally arrived, on the very final day of 2013 for me having been pre-ordered in March of the same year. Delayed beyond his Masterpiece Datsun stablemates on account of his re-tooled shoulder design and for reasons of recreational Takara Tomy fan torture, MP-19 Masterpiece Smokescreen has landed to a tremendously mixed reception. MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Streak set the bar immeasurably high for this mould in quick succession over a short period of time, so Smokescreen had to be exceptional to justify lasting awe and effect. Was he? Read the full story now at TFSource
And so begins 2014, a year that promises much in the way of new official and unofficial Transformers figures from Takara Tomy, Mastermind Creations, FansToys, Hasbro and many others. The Masterpiece line continues to churn out fan favourites, whether they be licensed Autobot cars or leaders like Ultra Magnus and Star Saber. Third party companies like MMC will complete their Not-Predaking while FansToys will tackle Masterpiece-sized Not-Dinobots. So what do I feel will be my 5 favourite purchases of the upcoming year based on what we know? Read the full article now at tfsource.com
As 2013 races towards its conclusion, collectors are taking stock of all the new Transformers figures theyve added to their collection in 2013, a year that saw the Takara Tomy and Hasbro Masterpiece lines engage a higher gear and really start giving fans what they supposedly wanted. A year that saw 3rd Party companies present even greater competition for collectors spending and a number of new lines like Transformers GT and Transformers Go launch in Japan. A year that saw BotCon pump out more exclusives and the Generations line pay further homage to classic TF characters and IDW comic stars.
Theres more to Pre-Transformers than Diaclone, Microman and Takara, and theres definitely more to them than just being predecessors to Transformers toys. The figures we looked at last week in Pre-Deluxe Part 1 included Takatoku and Bandai Valkyries from SDF Macross, the Mugen Calibur and Ovelon Gazzette from Dorvack proper toy lines in their own right with animated series to boot. Now, while the remaining figures on our list didnt enjoy an animated series, they deserve mention and recognition. This week we look at Armored Insect Battalion Beetras by Takatoku the toys that would become Deluxe Insecticons and briefly, Toyboxs Mechabot-1 (pre-Omega Supreme) and the Astro Magnum by Toyco (Pre-Shockwave).
Well known investing analysts and advisers, The Motely Fool, have posted an interesting article about Hasbro's stock price is reflected by the rise and fall of is Transformers product's popularity. Citing the correlation of the Hollywood movies boost in sales and subsequent slum in years between. The Motley Fool has two suggestions to boost their sales; create live actions TV shows and most surprising of all, Bring back Transformers G1 cartoons. I know many of you reading this could not agree more and will this quite interesting.
Between late 1984 and 1986, Hasbro released a series of Transformers characters in North America and Europe that never saw release in Japan as "Transformers", despite previously being available as part of other Japanese toy lines. These non-Japan Transformers became known in the Western world as Jetfire, Deluxe Vehicles and Deluxe Insecticons. Another thing that all of these toys had in common was that they were not manufactured by Hasbro or Takara. Read the full article at tfsource.com
If all collections and collectors were the same, this section of the Source Blog would be completely redundant, as would the mass of collection showcase threads across all the online Transformers community forums. We have featured collections that are very niche, hyper-rare and highly specific to obscure sub-lines of Transformers and pre-Transformers, but Kevin Hopsons collection is as pure and classic as one can get Series 1 and 2 G1 Hasbro Transformers from the US.
Theres no theme this week beyond simply Transformers. Thats pretty much all that ties the subjects of this article together; a smattering of new stuff, really old stuff and whatever lies in-between that I found while digging through boxes, old photo albums and folders. So its officially a filler week before the themed articles start up again (read MP-11 Starscream / MMC Fortis / MP-19 Smokescreen arrive), but I hope there will still be enough here to keep you interested. Read the Article Here
Influence is a funny old thing; childhood experiences and preferences weigh heavily on us, as do the tastes and decisions of our friends and collecting contemporaries, not to mention the Transformers community as a whole. Theres just so much to draw influence from in the Transformers universe, from current trends and fads to animated shows and various other forms of Transformers fiction.
The relentless wave of new Transformers products - comics, toys, official or otherwise - continues unabated. It's a challenge for every collector to keep up with exciting new lines and concepts, as well as trying to maintain - or heaven forbid expand - a vintage collection at the same time. Masterpiece, Transformers GT, Encore reissues and 3rd party not-Transformers are expensive standalone items, for anyone looking to budget wisely and not miss out on the best of all worlds, purchases have to be made with due care and consideration. Read The Article Now
Youre stubborn as f**k and when people recommend things you deliberately avoid them. Wise words from an old mushroom to his friend. You cant really blame me, though, theres just far too much to follow and give time to in the world of Transformers. Between the animated shows, the comics, vintage toys, modern toys, high-end collectibles, forums and intra-community responsibilities not to mention real life picking up something new normally requires the dropping of something else. So whats worth your time? Read More
What's scorching hot today in vintage Transformers collecting and often labelled "rare", causing a frenzy on auction and realising astronomical end prices? Japanese exclusives like Liokaiser, Black Shadow, Blue Bacchus, Big Powered, Guard City and Battle Gaia? Peruvian minibots? US Defensor giftsets and high-grade sealed Megatrons and Soundwaves? Well it wasn't always that way, over a decade ago it was a different series of variant toys that grabbed the headlines, were considered "rare" and were hyped. Even though they aren't that hard to get today, it's worth paying tribute to yesterday's heroes. Read the full article now.
Why doesn't TRU devote a large section of their stores (complete with a big marketing campaign) towards making themselves the countries ONLY big chain retailer to feature a full selection of IMPORT and domestic high end and regular collectible figure lines. TRU already has a good working relationship with many of the Japanese toy companies, how difficult would it be to negotiate a deal with them to get some more of these exclusive things here?
"To celebrate the anniversary with fans, Hasbro is introducing thirty numbered toys in the Thrilling 30 line representing the remarkable heritage of the brand with characters and expressions from throughout its history." This is a direct quote taken from an official press release by Hasbro. Okay, sounds pretty awesome right? If you were like me and attended the Hasbro Panel in San Diego Comic Con 2013, there were already moans and groans after the reveal of what the #5 and #6 figures... Read On
In 2013 Hasbro released a recolored GI joe jet painted like Jetfire as a San Diego Comic Con exclusive toy. Problem is that inside the box was a picture of the original Jetfire/Valkyrie toy on a biography card. Harmony Gold still owns all rights to the Valkyrie jet and all it's likenesses. So they sued Hasbro for profiting off it's licensed intellectual property. How did this happen? Read on.