Category Archives: Featured Collector’s Corner

Collector Interview 31 – Michael Kingcaid

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I’d be smiling too…


Get me an interview, now. That’s what I said to my friend when he shared a picture of Michael Kingcaid’s Transformers collection with me a week before Michael himself shared photos with the Internet. I then received numerous emails and Facebook tags to get in touch with the owner of this amazing collection and collar him for an interview. Luckily, by that stage …

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Collector Interview 30 – Karl Hartman

No introductions necessary

No introductions necessary


Decades from now, when we look back on the Transformers phenomenon and specifically the Transformers fan community in all its evolving glory from patchy little groups across the world to a globally connected, flourishing mass of thousands and thousands of enthusiasts and collectors, the names of 2 people will inevitably stand out. They will stand out and stand the test of time. …

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Collector Interview 29 – Dan Ghile

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President of the Furry Association of Transfans


Dan Ghile is a UK Transformers fan, artist and collector who has inspired me this year. Meeting and spending time in real life with collectors like Dan, Richard Irvine-Brown, Sid Beckett,  as well as oldies like Morgan Evans, …

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Collector Interview 28 – Neil Dela Cruz

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The only way is up


Not all of the collectors we interview here have been head-hunted by reputation or are a result of me convincing a long-time mate to finally give in and share their insight and collection. Occasionally I will put the planned (hah!) schedule of interviews on hold because something so attention-grabbing and amazing comes up that we just have to investigate. …

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Collector Interview 27 – Jim Sorenson

Jim Sorenson and his collection

 
Jim Sorenson is a known entity, but his collection isn’t! This month we take a look at the collecting habits and treasures of a man who has brought behind the scenes treasures to the rest of us in an official capacity through his work on the Transformers Animated Allspark Almanacs, Transformers The Ark, The Art of Prime, as well as the upcoming Transformers Legacy book …

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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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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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Collector Interview 24 – Rein den Hengst

Rein den Hengst and his collection

Rein’s collection is so well kept, he has to green screen it into photos behind him


The Netherlands has always had a very rich culture of Transformers collectors, with some of the most well-known, long-time, knowledgeable fans and stunning collections originating from Holland. Rein “iDarkDesign” den Hengst has been a part of that Dutch TF scene from the earliest stages, and is …

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Collector Interview 23 – Dave Shorter

Dave Shorter

Or a gun?


Collectors with focus, aims and specific targets always have intriguing collections and a strict guideline as to how they indulge in the business of buying and collecting Transformers toys. Dave Shorter has a vision. His collection is one with a mission and purpose, one that aims to chart the journey and evolution of a single character through all the different eras and generations …

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Collector Interview 22 – Alberto Jimenez

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Transformers in Spain are NOT all dead!


When one thinks of high-end vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers collectors, you cannot blame a person for automatically assuming said collector is from either the UK, Italy, France, Scandinavia or the Netherlands. It certainly came as a surprise to me to find that Alberto Jimenez, a collector from Spain, had such a deep interest in G1 Transformers, pre-Transformers and vintage variants …

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