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Diaclone was launched in Japan by Takara in 1980, the same year I was born. And that’s where my childhood association with Diaclone ends, as growing up in the UK it was primarily Transformers that had my attention. Trickles of Diaclone-based figures did reach the UK but in London I saw neither sight nor sound of them. In addition to Japan and Asia, countries like France, Italy, Holland, Germany and some Scandinavian territories had Diaclone toys on shelves.




"Imagine the look on your children's faces they meet real, live Transformers in our new base camp." was advertised in 1985 by the Universal Studios theme park in Hollywood, California. If you think the Bayverse costumes were corny, wait till you see this. Thanks to a fresh batch of tweets from TFWiki. We have a look behind the scenes at The Transformers Universal Studios Tour. The attraction that featured "Live" Transformers characters such as Jazz, Grimlock, and Starscream for kids to meet.




Headmasters, Targetmasters, Powermasters. The Transformers gimmick juggernaut powered on through 1987 to 1988, bringing us the first reincarnation of Optimus Prime, a smaller range of Headmasters and Targetmasters (smaller toys, too) and introducing us to the concept of Powermaster-activated transformations.




Earlier today we posted yet another incremental leak from that same guy, this one purporting to be a rumored Titans Return Brainstorm. RAC decided to take a closer look, and he found something important. Keep reading for the capper on the Brainstorm leak.




Happy Holidays from the staff at Tformers.com! We hope you have a great Christmas and have a great time with friends and family! We at Tformers will be celebrating good cheer with food drink and robots! We hope you will do the same and look forwards to much good Transformers news, reviews and more in the year ahead.




We've looked at Bruticus Reimagined, but that was not the first Combaticon comeback. No, that happened in 1994 with the advent of Generation 2! Keep reading for purple camo splotches, infamous metamorphin' dudicus Onslaught and, yes! - the Cybernet Space Cube.




The first reimagining of Bruticus didn't exactly mean the return of the Combaticons, since the characters' names and personalities were nothing like the G1 versions - but for the second instance of the Combaticons Reimagined, that changed. Today, we're looking at the game and toys that reintroduced the classic Combaticons (or at least their very similar counterparts from an alternate universe), Fall of Cybertron! Read on to learn more.




For Combaticon Awareness Week, we're looking at the many faces of Bruticus and his component parts throughout the years! The Combaticons, in whole or in part, have seen reissue, reuse, and reappearance more than any other combiner team - and arguably any character not named Optimus Prime, Megatron, or Starscream. But in the beginning, there was a set of unused designs Takara had sitting around, originally planned for the Diaclone toyline... read on to learn about G1 Bruticus!




Devastator has been a near constant presence in the Transformers' world for 30 years, and as the first combiner he paved the way for the teams who would come later - appropriate job for a sextet of construction vehicles! Where did Devastator come from, and what has he done? How many Devastators are there on paper, on film, and in plastic? Read on for a brief history of Devastator!




What will happen to our toys when we die? This is a question that numerous collectors have asked themselves and each other throughout this age of adult collecting. Inevitably, as the original generation of Transformers children and collectors starts moving into their 40s and later, thoughts start turning to the twilight of our lives and what will become of the tonnes of plastic we have amassed. What will happen to our toys when we die?




Optimus Prime! Transforms from tractor trailer to robot with headquarters and back. That’s the whole point of Transformers, figures that can be converted between modes. While the process of going between configurations is an important one, we can often attach more importance to factors such as appearance, scale, accessories, aesthetics, posability and the like. But this week, I will be listing my personal top 5 transformation sequences across all the official Hasbro and Takara Tomy Transformers toys that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.




I would normally take issue with interviewing a Transformers collector who won't reveal his full name, but if you've spent any time around G1 Transformers forums in recent years or TFW2005 generally, you'll know Brad "Th0r4z1n3" B from his legendary seeker-focused collecting or his status as an ex-moderator of that gigantic Transformers forum, so I've no doubt you'll be able to put a face to a name and personality.




I should probably apologise for that click-bait title, but it does represent the topic of this article quite well. It’s impossible to go one year on an active Transformers forum without seeing at least one discussion about the rarest Transformers of all time.




These days, invariably, you will find good condition factory sealed vintage Generation 1 Transformers preserved, immortalized, imprisoned, desecrated (delete as appropriate) in an acrylic display case, with a grade attached. The AFA – or Action Figure Authority – grade toys like Transformers be they factory sealed, opened and unused or even loose.




If you’ve ever been in the business of selling items from your Transformers collection, chances are it was for a good reason. When action such as that is properly justified, it can be lived with and we move on, waiting for a point in the future where any regrettable sales can be undone. I know personally I have sold to raise money for other purchases, because of shifting interests and because sometimes I had to.



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