Category Archives: US Transformers

The Relevant Collection

PE Warden and TR Brainstorm

Titans Return available here at TFSource

I recently bought and uploaded to social media images of Perfect Effect Warden, a very successful 3rd party figure from 3 years ago that I had missed out on for some time but finally found for a great price. While there is still a fair amount of affection for this toy about …

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What Have Transformers Done For Me?

Masterpiece MP-18B Bluestreak

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource


I would like to think that all of us can point to at least one example of how the Transformers toy line, shows or comics have improved our lives. Whether it has been through the happiness of meeting like-minded enthusiasts or the ownership of excellent toys, the enjoyment of well-written comics or admiration of tremendous artwork, surely …
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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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Multiples

Transformers Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus

Transformers Masterpiece available at TFSource


What could be better than owning a wonderful Transformers toy? That’s right, multiples of that toy! Of course not everybody subscribes to that philosophy, in fact a majority are probably happy to own one version of each toy. A great deal of collectors won’t even bother with variants of a mould, let alone precise duplicates. There are …
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MakeToys MCB-03 Pandinus

MakeToys MCB-03 Pandinus available at TFSource

MakeToys MCB-03 Pandinus available at TFSource


Everything about MakeToys MCB-03 Pandinus from their Citybot line is huge. The 6 kg shipping box is huge, the price tag is huge, the figure itself splayed out and requiring some assembly in the plastic tray is huge, and the ambition behind it is huge. Now consider the current near-saturation of product …
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Good Enough

Titans Return at TFSource

Titans Return at TFSource


Remember back when if you wanted a character in the Transformers universe as a toy in your collection, chances were that you had a single choice for that toy? You either made do with what you were given for Broadside, or you went without. Or you made your own. Nowadays, with multiple aesthetics, scales and companies in …
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1987 Autobot Movie Targetmasters

Vintage G1 Transformers at TFSource

Vintage G1 Transformers at TFSource


In 1986, the writers of the animated Transformers movie might have slaughtered a gallery of fan favourite characters, but they also introduced the likes of Hot Rod, Springer, Arcee, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge and Unicron who have all become extremely popular. In fact, one could argue that Hot Rod, Cyclonus and Scourge – …
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1988 Autobot Headmasters

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource


Headmasters, Targetmasters, Powermasters. The Transformers gimmick juggernaut powered on through 1987 to 1988, bringing us the first reincarnation of Optimus Prime, a smaller range of Headmasters and Targetmasters (smaller toys, too) and introducing us to the concept of Powermaster-activated transformations. While Takara in Japan really broke off at a tangent and introduced …
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Focus!

Masterpiece and 3rd Party available at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party available at TFSource


I have already written articles on the importance of discipline, occasional sacrifice and priorities in Transformers collecting on this blog, but I feel things have changed enough recently to warrant a second look at how I collect. Before it was a case of maybe choosing the toy lines and styles I …
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Repaints and Resurgence

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


The close of 2015 saw a series of four Masterpiece Transformers repaints released within the space of a month, and ensured an extremely high quality end to another fabulous year of official MP product. MP-11T Thundercracker, MP-21R Bumble Red Body, MP-26 Road Rage and MP-14C Clampdown might all have been repaints of existing and well known, well-documented moulds, …
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