Category Archives: Japanese Transformers

1988 Autobot Powermasters

1988 Autobot Powermasters

Vintage G1 Transformers at TFSource


Transformers from Cybertron, binary bonded to Nebulans of Nebulos! In 1988 the ‘Masters continued to come thick and fast with smaller Headmasters, smaller Targetmasters and the introduction of the Powermasters. Hasbro decided to integrate the ‘Masters gimmick even further into the Transformers concept by making the Nebulan activate the transformation of the bigger figure …
Posted in Japanese Transformers, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gaps

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


We have it good as Transformers collectors currently, we have it very good. The flagship Takara Tomy Masterpiece line has sped up and started to put out new figures at a respectable rate. Takara Tomy’s Transformers Legends, Unite Warriors, together with Hasbro’s Generstions, Combiner Wars and soon Titans Return are giving collectors updated toys of characters once thought …
Posted in Classics, Combiner Wars, Comics, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Reissues, Source Articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

News To Me – 2015 Edition

Vintage Transformers available here at TFSource

Vintage Transformers available here at TFSource


Regular and long-time readers of this blog will remember when I could produce a ‘News To Me’ article, reporting on newly discovered vintage Transformers variants or secrets, every few months. It’s been nearly two years since the last article of this type, such has been my shift in collecting focus and the slowdown of …
Posted in Diaclone, European Transformers, Generation 2, Japanese Transformers, Lucky Draw, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Are Hasbro & Takara Going After 3P Companies?

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


Collectors will accept and purchase 3rd Party Transformers products for different reasons, maybe to fill gaps in high profile lines like Masterpiece, or just for the ingenuity of unique figures they appreciate. Other enthusiasts will not touch unofficial products that are guilty of intellectual property theft that they believe are harmful to …
Posted in 3rd Party, Combiner Wars, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

MMC Grandus Hexatron – The Promised Land

MMC Grandus Hexatron at TFSource

MMC Grandus Hexatron at TFSource


Decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes have been counted in my eternal wait for this character. It took 14 years for the 1989 Japanese exclusive Takara Transformers Victory sixchanger C-325 Greatshot to find its way into my collection in 2015, after a protracted period of longing. When 3rd party company Mastermind Creations revealed then released …
Posted in 3rd Party, Japanese Transformers, Source Articles | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How Far Can You Take It?

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource


When you collect Transformers, the beauty of it is that you decide how deep or varied your collection and interests can be. While this can sometimes depend on your circumstances, most of the time it’s probably down to collector preference and taste. Whether it’s devotion to a particular character, series, aesthetic or type of Transformer, there …
Posted in 3rd Party, Animated, Car Robots RiD, Diaclone, Japanese Transformers, Lucky Draw, Masterpiece, Paperwork, Prime, Prototypes, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Grail

Cap

Japanese G1 Transformers at TFSource


The nature of Transformers collecting is such that the collections themselves inevitably take some kind of shape, and when we recognise where that shape is headed we might try and complete it. Every area of Transformers has its toughies, or ‘grails’ but as our contributors suggest this week, a grail need not always be a rare or expensive figure. These …
Posted in Comics, European Transformers, Generation 2, Japanese Transformers, Lucky Draw, Minibots, Paperwork, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Best of 2014 / 2015 – Four Years Of Source Articles

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource


Four years into the TFSource Blog project and we’re still finding topics to write about weekly. If that in itself is not something to celebrate within Transfandom, then how about taking time in this article to thank all of our loyal readers, supporters and especially the contributors who have made so much of what we do …
Posted in 3rd Party, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What Do They Think?

Masterpiece Transformers available here at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers available here at TFSource


About 3 years ago we interviewed 3 very active and community-involved Transformers collectors’ wives to find out How The Other Half Live. For my 200th TFSource Blog Article (not counting interviews), I decided to once again ask those closest to me how they viewed my collection of robots. I’ve asked my wife. …
Posted in 3rd Party, Animated, Diaclone, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Micro Change, Minibots, Reissues, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Takara Version

Takara Transformers available here at TFSource

Takara Transformers available here at TFSource


Official Transformers toys are released in most of the world by Hasbro, and in Japan by Takara Tomy, formerly Takara. Takara, a Japanese toy manufacturer, produced the first toys that would become Transformers in Japan in the early 1980s. Hasbro saw these Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys and licensed them, creating the Transformers …
Posted in Animated, Binaltech Alternators, Classics, Combiner Wars, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Movie, Prime, Reissues, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment