Category Archives: Japanese Transformers

Reinforcements

Transformers Masterpiece, Titans Return, RID and Combiner Wars

Masterpiece and Titans Return available at TFSource


Reinforcements from Cybertron! From the history of Transformers, from Diaclone, from the Marvel comics, from a 1986 TF:TM movie trailer, from the pages of More Than Meets The Eye. Just last week I was complaining about the volume of Transformers toys I’d picked up, and not one day after …
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Too Much Too Soon

Takara Transformers Legends

Transformers Legends available now at TFSource


As a toy collector with treasured, vivid childhood memories of receiving a large amount of Transformers on special days, re-living that experience as an adult can be thrilling. Alternatively, not having had that opportunity as a child can sometimes lead to us fulfilling those feelings as adult collectors. Haul photos after toy shows, mail days …
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Headsculpts

Titans Return Crashbash

Titans Return Transformers at TFSource


A head sculpt can make or break a figure. Some of the nicest overall Transformers figures I have are occasionally let down by a weak head sculpt that is either too vague in its features, unrepresentative of the character it is supposed to be or just plain unpleasant. On the other hand, certain figures of an …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Grail

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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 …
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