Category Archives: US Transformers

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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1987 Decepticon Targetmasters

Vintage G1 Transformers available at TFSource

Vintage G1 Transformers available at TFSource


Following on from last week’s look at 1987 Autobot Headmasters, this week we are concentrating on the three non-Movie Decepticon Targetmasters Misfire, Triggerhappy and Slugslinger. These Decepticon jets continue the futuristic post-movie look and the marked move away from realistic Earth-based vehicles for Transformers alternate modes. While the Headmasters were incredibly blocky due to …

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1987 Autobot Headmasters

Vintage G1 Transformers here at TFSource

Vintage G1 Transformers here at TFSource


Hasbro and Takara populated the first two years of the globally successful Transformers toy line with moulds previously used in Takara’s Diaclone and Micro Change Series lines, as well as drafting in moulds with Takatoku, Toybox and Toyco origins as well. For 1986, the year of the Transformers animated movie, we got our first …

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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 …

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Reissue Redux

Platinum Edition Reissues available here at TFSource

Platinum Edition Reissues available here at TFSource


For a while there it seemed that we’d had our last Generation 1 reissues from Hasbro and Takara, Encore Fortress Maximus being quite the final hurrah, but 2015 has seen the return of G1 reissues under Hasbro’s Platinum Edition banner. While most of the toys have already been released, G1 Trypticon was …

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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. …

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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 …

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Is This The Golden Age?

Golden Age Transformers from TFSource

Golden Age Transformers from TFSource


Is this the golden age of Transformers? While it’s tempting to look at years gone past and recall the good old days, we might actually be better off as fans and collectors now than we ever have been. If we consider the toys that are available to us, to our children, the new media we have …

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All Our Toys

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Transformers, just like these, at TFSource


What will happen to our toys when we die? This is a question that numerous collectors have asked themselves and each other throughout this age of adult collecting. Inevitably, as the original generation of Transformers children and collectors starts moving into their 40s and later, thoughts start turning to the twilight of our lives and what will become of …

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Top 5 Transformations

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Transformers that transform, at TFSource!


Optimus Prime! Transforms from tractor trailer to robot with headquarters and back. That’s the whole point of Transformers, figures that can be converted between modes. While the process of going between configurations is an important one, we can often attach more importance to factors such as appearance, scale, accessories, aesthetics, posability and the like. But this week, I will be …

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