Author Archives: Maz

About Maz

Diaclone and G1 TF collector & writer from the UK. Also write for & own TF-1.com.

Meeting Expectations – Part 6

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Serious comedy


I keep thinking this series of articles have been put to bed, and that newer Masterpiece or 3rd Party toys can go under a new banner. However, in order to keep these posts more article and less review, I’ve had to come up with a common theme, and the Meeting Expectations series is as appropriate as …

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Binaltech BT-17 to BT-18

Binaltech BT-17 to BT-18

Unobtainable and invisible


Every line of Transformers has its toughies and special releases that create a headache for anyone hoping to complete the run, Takara’s Binaltech Transformers are no exception. In fact, it’s taken me a whole year and 2 months to address the sixth chapter of this article series that started all the way back with …

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Sophomore

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Two for two, or one hit wonder?


Sophomore, a second effort. FansToys return to the 3rd Party Transformers scene after the universal success that was FT-03 Quakewave, a toy so revered that it is almost unanimously accepted as the Masterpiece Shockwave and an essential addition to any collection, official or otherwise. After delays and a long build-up, FansToys have released their answer to Masterpiece Dinobots, the FT-04 …

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A Class Apart

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Aiming high


There have always been categories of Transformers, distinguishable by size, complexity and type. As a predominantly vintage collector for years I was very new to the whole uniform hierarchy of figures – or size class – that seem to have originated in the beast era of toys. This week I am looking at some of the deluxe class toys I’ve seen and owned (which admittedly …

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Mech Ideas Bluster and Trench – TF Un-Animated

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Fork and knife


The cancellation of Transformers Animated was a tragedy to many collectors and fans, in no small part due to the fact that a fourth season expanding the Animated universe never came to be, meaning the fandom missed out on many characters – and toys – that would have been touched by the genius, freshness and Derrick J Wyatt-inspired style of Transformers Animated. But Animated …

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Collector Interview 26 – Paul Hitchens

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Here’s Pauly


I would have waited an eternity for this. Paul Hitchens is one of the most recognisable names (and faces) in the Transformers collecting community, not just because of his numerous and significant contributions to conventions, the community, the discovery and cataloguing of variants, rarities, prototypes and history of Transformers animation, but also as a representative of the community and …

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Slightly More News To Me

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Mainland European G1 Divebomb in bilingual packaging


The law of diminishing returns dictates that beyond a certain point, there is less reward and result for an equal amount of input. In terms of vintage Generation 1 Transformers research and discovery, this basically means that as time goes by, as much as we continue to hunt for variations, exclusives or oddities from different and often obscure parts of …

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A Voyage Of Animated Discovery – Part 2

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Lockdown, summer in the city


I am discovering and re-discovering Transformers Animated at the same time. Discovering that the toy line expanded so far beyond the amazing deluxes, voyagers and leaders from my original flirtation with the toy line, and re-discovering repaints and toys I had long forgotten about, and re-living the enjoyment of experiencing new moulds from the line. It’s been a while since deluxes have …

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A Voyage Of Animated Discovery – Part 1

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Activators Bumblebee, Takara leader Ultra Magnus, deluxe Lockdown


Transformers Animated is an incredibly divisive chapter in the history of the brand among collectors. For every fan who loved the cartoon and was touched by the depth of the story telling, continuity and homages to prior eras of Transformers, there are those who simply can’t understand the love for this highly specific aesthetic and style, both toys and …

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Collector Interview 25 – Neal Rochman

Neal Rochman and his collection - "Heraldofunicron"

Neal Rochman and his collection – “Heraldofunicron”


For those of us who have seen THIS, this interview has been something to look forward to enormously. Neale Rochman, AKA “heraldofunicron”, has spent virtually all of his collecting life away from the online community. Recently he ventured online and connected with the fandom via the forums, and …

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