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Collector Interview 32 – Immo de Maar



Immo de Maar is a collector in the strictest sense of the word. Everything that is added to his display and falls into his ownership is for the purpose of the collection, the completion of a sub-section or the overall tapestry. His approach to toy buying is an exercise in strict focus and parameters, leading to huge satisfaction and enjoyment in the big picture. He does …
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Giftset Gallery – The Obscure


Everyone loves a Transformers combiner giftset. It’s a lovely word isn’t it? Giftset. Just rolls off the tongue. My spell-checker doesn’t recognise it, but collectors certainly do. Almost always bright, colourful, large and with a significant portion of the box front covered in artwork, they make for some of the most popular and impressive collection display pieces one can find. Nowadays certain …
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Under The Skin

Gentlemen, start your engines...

Toy collectors all have their reasons for spending hard-earned money on action figures, vintage toys, modern children’s toys or high-end collectibles. It could be nostalgia, simple adult appreciation, a hobby or as a coping mechanism for something. There is a wide spectrum within which people enjoy the hobby in different ways. Vintage G1 Transformers have a lot to …
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Is It Conceivable? – Part 4

GiG Trasformer Micro Change Series

Chic, prestigious, expensive, revered, exotic and understated all at once, these are the Pre-Transformers. All of those things that make them special contribute to so many of them being unobtainable. As widely as Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys were released globally in various guises, their distribution and quantity was certainly nothing compared to the blanket that was …
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The Ones That Got Away

Missed for 75 Euros on auction

In a competitive market place, vintage toy collectors have to have their eyes and ears open the whole time in order to nail rare items. But we can’t always be everywhere, all the time. Sometimes real life and circumstance mean that we miss key auctions, deals, emails and opportunities. Other times a lack of experience, funds or better judgement …
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Collector Interview 07 – Marco Salerno

"You can see my collection from here"

You would think it’s getting harder to find collectors with something fresh to contribute during these interviews, but there is certainly no shortage of quality when it comes to those left to feature. This month’s spotlight falls on Italian Transformers and pre-Transformers collector Marco Salerno. A shining beacon of humility, modesty and quick with praise for collectors he feels …
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Collector Interview 02 – Francesco Ristori

Toy Story

The Transformers and pre-Transformers community is made up of some of the most interesting, diverse and dedicated people I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve taken more enjoyment out of their company, knowledge and experience than any toy, cartoon or comic related to Transformers. This week we continue our series of collector interviews with another outspoken and well known collector who I’ve had the …
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News To Me

Don't cry for me Argentina...because I'm not from there.

It doesn’t seem to matter how much we discover, how much gets photographed and revealed or how much we expand our horizons through international communication with global collectors and knowledgeable enthusiasts, every year in vintage Transformers seems to bring its own surprises and shocks. Surely there are a finite number of these discoveries to be made and …
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The Chicken or the GiG? – Part 1

GiG Trasformer Perfidi Distructor Ciclone - Pioneer or saboteur?

Which came first? The chicken or the egg? The Transformer or the TraSformer? This is absolutely straightforward, Hasbro released their global phenomenon known as “Transformers”, then companies like Ceji Joustra in Europe and GiG in Italy got in on the show and did their best to mimick Hasbro’s masterstroke in order to cash in on the popularity. …
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The Racing Cars of Diaclone and Early G1

Nimble as an elf too

The month of May plays host to two of the world’s biggest and most historic motor racing events, the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. Just a few weeks later we have the immense Le Mans 24 hour race in June, so what a perfect opportunity this is to pay tribute to the magnificent racing cars used by …
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