Category Archives: Minibots



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

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

In Good Kompany


Japanese G1 – Proper G1 – at TFSource

There’s a difference between fake or counterfeit Transformers that are meant to fool collectors into thinking they are buying official product and a bootleg that is immediately distinguishable from a Hasbro or Takara figure. While both are intended to profit from and take unlicensed advantage of the Transformers brand and its supporters, some collectors can find themselves …

Posted in Animated, European Transformers, Japanese Transformers, Masterpiece, Minibots, Prime, Source Articles | Leave a comment

BadCube, Good Toys? (Part 1 – Brawny)


BadCube Old Timer Series “Brawny”

Transformers are popular, minibots are popular, Masterpiece is popular. Takara Tomy have just put the elements of that formula together and created Masterpiece Bumblebee, but not before a bunch of 3rd party companies had a stab at it first. One of those companies was Cubex, their interpretation of Masterpiece Huffer, called “Old Timer Series …

Posted in 3rd Party, Masterpiece, Minibots, Source Articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Repaints?


The same and yet not

Why repaints and remoulds? Why can’t every Transformers toy be a completely new mould and something brand new to enjoy and explore? We all know the answer to that already. The money involved in creating fresh toy sculpts – the engineering, tooling and design required to  birth just one new Transformers toy –  is such that the company responsible counters that by …

Posted in Animated, Classics, Cybertron, Diaclone, Masterpiece, Mexican Transformers, Minibots, Movie, Prime, Source Articles, Transformers GT, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pass The Torch

My Daughter's Transformers

Respectable collection for a 2 year old

A lifetime of appreciation for Transformers and the growing acceptance of hobbies such as toy collecting in society generally means that we can share our hobby with more people, and wear it more proudly, although some of us did that from day one regardless of others’ opinions anyway. When you get to the root of it, it’s the …

Posted in Classics, Minibots, Movie, Reissues, Shows, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Who Will Buy My Collection?

Diaclone Car Robots

Autobots in Disguise

Have you ever had to justify your collection to a loved one? Have you perhaps occasionally had to assure your partner that your collection may be worth more than you paid in the future, and that in case of an emergency you would always be able to raise some immediate funds? We are extremely lucky in that we partake in a hobby …

Posted in Binaltech Alternators, Comics, Diaclone, Masterpiece, Minibots, Paperwork, Source Articles, Transformers GT | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Lost Tribe

Spanish KO Minibots

Bootleg Mountain

Minibots got everywhere. They were in Generation 1 in North America and Europe on cards, they came out in Japan in boxes and then cards, they originated in Japan in boxes with different colours to Transformers, they were available in a rainbow of new decos in a number of South American countries, moulds were re-purposed as new characters and painted as such in …

Posted in Minibots, Source Articles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Figure Hobby

The definition of rare

Everywhere you look now in vintage Transformers collecting, every niche and sub-category, the bitter end items that are required to polish off a section of the hobby are running into the very high hundreds or even low thousands of dollars. The purposeful march of certain toys and rarities towards four figures has left many a collector grateful for their early interest …

Posted in Comics, Diaclone, European Transformers, Japanese Transformers, Lucky Draw, Mexican Transformers, Micro Change, Minibots, Prototypes, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Marginally More News To Me

Apparently a rare toy!

Under the weight of newer Transformers products, one can sometimes find it hard to keep up with every new variant and development that comes along, never mind continue to catalogue the unyielding tide of vintage discoveries that continue to be made. In some cases, the vintage revelations are news to most of us who hadn’t paid close enough attention to certain …

Posted in European Transformers, Mexican Transformers, Minibots, Paperwork, Source Articles, US Transformers | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment