Tag Archives: Grimlock

Just Say Yes

Clarity of thought before rashness of action


“You’re stubborn as f**k and when people recommend things you deliberately avoid them”. Wise words from an old mushroom to his friend. You can’t really blame me, though, there’s just far too much to follow and give time to in the world of Transformers. Between the animated shows, the comics, vintage toys, modern toys, high-end collectibles, forums and intra-community …

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Collector Interview 14 – Paul Friemel

Mr Starscream himself - Paul Friemel


Some Transformers collectors can let their sublime displays do the talking, some collectors are known for their knowledge of a particular corner of our hobby. Other collectors are lauded for their contributions to the community, its education and documentation of toys, and others are known for having outspoken opinions and for not mincing their words. This month …

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Binaltech BT-09 to BT-12

Experimentation


Cowards play it safe. Think of a breakthrough artist whose first album showed glimmers of massive potential including an unforgettable debut hit that will be chanted in stadiums forever. The second album builds on that potential shown to establish the band as something special, but then comes the difficult third album where a crossroads is reached. Do you go for the same winning …

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Collector Interview 12 – Brandon Yap

Very well presented


For this month’s dedicated Transformers collector interview, we wrap up the first year of features in style with one of the most impressive and well-known collections in the community, that of popular blogger Brandon “heroic_decepticon” Yap. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the honour of interviewing some of the hobby’s most respected luminaries in the last 12 …

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Good Good Timing (The New Masterpiece – Part 1)

Photobomb!


My timing was not good. Just as the hysteria and popularity surrounding the Takara Tomy Masterpiece Transformers line was reaching record heights and the most popular items were selling out at all online stores, I finally cracked and decided to pursue a new Masterpiece collection. With the only options being the second-hand market or eBay, prices are escalating to the …

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Collector Interview 10 – Colbey Hopper

Lost In Transformation


We’ve occasionally interviewed collectors with very extreme views and collecting habits, but individuals such as those can sometimes represent the minority. This month we spotlight a proud family man with strong faith who is a self-confessed sports fan, gamer, and blogger. He also has a healthy obsession with Transformers which has led to him being interviewed by a local television channel …

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Look Closely

Where's Bruticus's head?!


Toy catalogues are wonderful things, we’ve even looked at them before on Source Blog here and here. In addition to the waves of nostalgia washing over us every time we look at a vintage Hasbro Transformers catalogue included with the toys, there are loads of …

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In Their Own Words – Part 2

These ain't keychains


There’s a reason why Transformers collectors gaze upon complete collections or runs of particular sub-categories with such awe and respect, because every niche in the hobby has its rarities and impossible pieces. There are always one or two extremely challenging items and variations on a toy, box or paperwork that make anything ‘complete’ a considerable task, and they can often be the most …

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Why I Won’t Sell My Binaltech

The Usual Suspects


Everything costs more now. Diaclone, Japanese Transformers, Mexican variants, South American minibots, prototypes, Reissues, even unused stickersheets have entered the multi-hundred dollar realm. It dawned on me very early into my return to collecting that if I wanted to do any area of Transformers or pre-Transformers properly, sacrifices would have to be made. I sold my 2007 Movie toys, I sold many reissue …

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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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