FansToys FT-14 Forager

FansToys FT-14 Forager

FansToys FT-14 Forager at TFSource


Forager makes three! The Masterpiece-styled evil insect robot team is finished and man alive, they look complete together. This pre-release review sample, FT-14 Forager test shot to be precise, rounds out the team of three bugs within 8 months of Grenadier first introducing us to FansToys’ take on this popular set. By the time it sees release …
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FansToys FT-15 Willis

FansToys FT-15 Willis

FansToys FT-15 Willis available to pre-order at TFSource


Now the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum. FansToys have ensured that Masterpiece-style collectors have an option other than just MakeToys Gundog or TFC’s effort when it comes to the chirpy green heroic jeep Transformer who was once meant to be the main human-loving TF liaison before Bumblebee. Criticisms …
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Collector Interview 46 – Ras

Vintage G1 TF available here at TFSource

Vintage G1 TF available here at TFSource


Imagine a relatively complete collection of Generation 1 Transformers from about 1984 to 1988. An impressive sight and a wonderful achievement. Now imagine that same collection in the form of prototypes, test shots, first shots, packaging samples, hand-painted mock-ups and pre-release box/catalogue/Toyfair photo subjects. Throw in the rarest production Diaclone, …
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Play With Your Toys

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource


I’ve often said that simply buying, amassing and displaying toys is not enough to sustain my interest and passion for Transformers as a hobby. I’ve spent many years researching variants, writing articles, photographing toys and trying to unearth unknown facets of the global Transformers and pre-Transformers history since joining the community. Much of my …
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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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Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus

MP-28 Masterpiece Hot Rodimus at TFSource

MP-28 Masterpiece Hot Rodimus at TFSource


Masterpiece MP-28 Hot Rodimus is almost upon us. A new Masterpiece Hot Rod. The build up to this figure’s release has been a mix of anticipation and divided opinion. As with most new Masterpiece moulds, as a fandom we have pored over the prototype and promotional images from every angle, analysed every possible …
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MP-27 Ironhide – The Best Masterpiece Yet?

Masterpiece Ironhide available at TFSource

Masterpiece Ironhide available at TFSource


Has there ever been a greater case of pre-release doubts being so comprehensively crushed by in-hand production toy as with TakaraTomy’s MP-27 Masterpiece Ironhide? Actually yes, look at Ultra Magnus, Bumblebee etc, so it’s not uncommon for us to get the wrong impression from TakaraTomy’s stock Masterpiece photography. Ironhide’s a very interesting case. As a character he’s …
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MMC Seraphicus Prominon

MMC Seraphicus Prominon at TFSource

MMC Seraphicus Prominon at TFSource


Having been in the making for something like 4 years, a hefty lead time even for the most sedate 3rd party release schedule, Mastermind Creations’ Reformatted R-11 Seraphicus Prominon is ready to be released. The Moritorus Sovereign, as the box calls him, is almost an amalgamation of characters from the Aligned continuity and the IDW universe …
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Mercenary

FansToys Mercenary at TFSource

FansToys Mercenary at TFSource


FT-13 Mercenary is FansToys’ second evil insect after FT-12 Grenadier, and has a lot to live up to thanks to the success of the latter. Based on what was originally called a lamellicorn type beetle insect robot, Mercenary recreates the look of the original toy and on-screen inspiration. With die cast, chrome and clear plastic chest flaps a …
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