Tag Archives: Europe

Is It Conceivable? – Part 3

Iga Pipes, Hasbro and Kabaya Huffer


Welcome to the jungle. This is no place for collectors who dwell in the safe confines of AFA cases or between walls of MISB Japanese Transformers. The minibot collector and variant hunter has to get his hands and feet dirty travelling well off the beaten path. Digging up histories of countries not previously associated with …

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The Chicken or the GiG? – Part 2

Apparently Swoop could not be sold in Europe because he was too light for the price point


Transformers and TraSformers, what’s the difference and which came first? Last week we started looking at the origin of the Italian Takara Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys labelled as “Trasformer” and started to question whether the use of …

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French Connection

Kickback. Kickback. Kickback to where you once belonged


Hasbro and Takara, two names of toy manufacturers that are synonymous with the global success and lasting phenomenon that is The Transformers. Takara’s designs and Hasbro’s marketing helped ignite the fire that still burns within all G1 Transformers collectors. Hasbro-Takara are the Lennon-McCartney of our collecting passion. However, any serious Beatles aficionado will tell you that George Harrison …

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Oldies but Goldies: Classic Transformers

Oldies but goldies


Generation 1 Transformers are widely collected, revered and affectionately remembered by enthusiasts. Finding and owning original boxed or even sealed G1 Transformers is quite a privelege and an experience. More recent Takara and Hasbro Reissue Transformers have proven to be hugely popular and are into their second decade of release. So why is it that so many Transformers collectors shun and turn their noses up at …

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Europe’s Strangest Attractions

Nope, it's not a board game...


What kind of Transformers collector are you? What does “rare” mean to you? Just how obscure and unusual do you want your toys? It’s all very well lusting after super-hyped Japanese items, sealed AFA museum pieces from North America or the odd bizarre minibot, but mainland Europe had its fair share of G1 treasures as well that are widely unheard …

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