For some time now Ive wanted to introduce more diversity into our collector interviews, but of course that depends on the responses we get, and seeing the many high end vintage collections in our features so far can deter some from contributing. Not so Marian Hilditch. Its with great pleasure that this month we feature someone whose path into the hobby does not follow the oft-described vintage route.
Imagine a relatively complete collection of Generation 1 Transformers from about 1984 to 1988. An impressive sight and a wonderful achievement. Now imagine that same collection in the form of prototypes, test shots, first shots, packaging samples, hand-painted mock-ups and pre-release box/catalogue/Toyfair photo subjects.
One day, should I move on from Transformers collecting, writing, hobbying and all related activities, I will have memories. Memories of my favourite figures, the best conventions and stories, and the people I met during my tenure in the fandom. People and things will stand out because they were unique, unforgettable and awesome. Jon Napalm Strong will be one of those people. Unconstrained by focus, bandwagons or what people think of him, Jon is an inspirational person and collector. So modest and humble was his response to being interviewed, I almost wish you could see the true Napalm!
Thanks to forums member SuperSaiyanGoku who has started a post and shared his list about his Top 10 Transformers purchases of 2014. No doubt, Age of Extinction will be on everyone's list. However, there have been soooo many good figures from Generations, Third Party companies and more that we're dying to see what you loved the most. Post your Top 10 Transformers Purchases of 2014 now in Top 10 Forums Topic
eBayer z75sales is still opening boxes from the Mackey-Florence collection and still recording them! Recovered from the estate of a former Hasbro/Kenner engineer, this particular box (45 out of more than 100) features loose figures, including G1 and G2 Dinobots, a G2 Seaspray that doesn't seem to have color overspray on its chrome yet, G2 Protectobots, and a test shot for Hero Optimus Prime! Keep reading to see the video!
Recently we reported on
a rare Beast Wars Optimal Optimus prototype being discovered by eBay auctioneer z75sales as part of the same collection that yielded the G2 Stunticons. Now, that figure is up for auction. It's already up to $660 with fifteen bids after roughly 15 hours of bidding. Keep reading for the link, photos, and info on the other Transformers prototypes up for auction!
Retro Robot Radio and TFormers.com present Laserbeak's Fury written by John Grant, art by Mike Collins and Mark Farmer.
On a mission to investigate a mysterious new human device, Laserbeak gets a taste of country life.
Over 500 figures (American G1, Japanese G1, European G1, Diaclone, MC Axis, e-hobby etc) + miscellaneous collectables (art books, comics, decoys, CDs, DVDs, LaserDiscs etc).
Each and every Transformer is 100% complete with accessories / weapons / stickers etc.
My house was finally finished earlier this year so I'm happy to be able to share my love of Transformers with a community that's sure to appreciate it!
Once in a while we have the pleasure of meeting a Transformers collector who goes beyond the norm, beyond just amassing plastic for personal amusement and satisfaction. Someone whose roots run deep into the Transformers community and even a little of the industry itself. A person who gives back as much as he takes, providing great service for collector friends, helping make the hobby a better place through creativity, talent and hard work.
You would think its getting harder to find collectors with something fresh to contribute during these interviews, but there is certainly no shortage of quality when it comes to those left to feature. This months spotlight falls on Italian Transformers and pre-Transformers collector Marco Salerno. A shining beacon of humility, modesty and quick with praise for collectors he feels are more worthy than he of said spotlight, Marco is an example to all of how best to make use of the information available to todays collector.
It has been a while that we've featured a Transformers collection. After seeing the images from the The Tomb of Spurt Reynolds, I just had to post about. The images show his new collection room converted from the garage in his house. The presentation is just gorgeous. I must say, he did an amazing job showing off his large collection of Transformers and many Brave Series figures too. Check out the The Tomb of Spurt Reynolds and share your comments.
Oscar-nominated filmmaker Morgan Spurlock
, producer Thomas Tull
, comic book icon Stan Lee
and writer/producer Joss Whedon
, have joined together to bring audiences the feature-length documentary "COMIC-CON EPISODE FOUR: A FANS HOPE"
a documentary celebration of all things con-tastic!
There are undoubtedly some very dedicated Transformers collectors out there and TFormers Community member "Galvatron74" is definitely up there. This transfan has amassed almost the entire line of Generation 1 figures that came out during the 1984 - 1987 timespan.
The TFormers community is home to all sorts of fans and collectors. Anyone who's spent much time in the forums have come to know Sami as gregarious member who is good with a kitbash and has amassed a very formidable collection of Transformers that will make any fan jealous. That makes Sami's collection the collection of the week! Take a look at her collection in the image gallery
Collectors' Corner is kicking off of the weekly edition of "Collection of the Week." Every week, we will browse the collection section
and give you a taste of what awesome collections that the TFormers Community has on display in their humble abodes. This week is Ultra Convoy's large stash of Optimus Prime
figures ranging from all of the generations, American and Japanese.
In 2001, a coworker of mine thought it was interesting I knew so much about TFs he gave me Beast Machines Mirage for Christmas, and that's when I started to collect and try to gather the old ones I had. Some friends give me what they find in their attic every now and then. Read More
I love Transformers because: It's the part of being a child that I can keep hold of. It was important to me then and is equally important to me now! Plus really kick ass. Check out more info on Mally's collection here
I love Transformers because: They're simply awesome. Check out Gasket's collection here