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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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Burnout

Masterpiece Transformers available TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers available TFSource


One of the dangers of becoming very involved in a hobby or pastime, for those who invest in it more than just casually and dedicate a lot of their free (or not!) time to such a pursuit, is burnout. The source of such feelings can vary from financial constraints to over-indulgence, or from letting lines of …
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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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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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Collector Interview 45 – Francesco Lombardo

G1 Transformers available at TFSource

G1 Transformers available at TFSource


Francesco Lombardo is the kind of collector I had always heard about but never met. Someone who never participated in the online or collective fandom, but was privately growing a hugely comprehensive and impressive collection featuring toys I had never seen. Dealers used to tell me about their secret customers, customers like Francesco, all the time. Now, …
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Collector Interview 44 – Gordon Yip

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Pre-TFs, G1, Masterpiece and 3P available at TFSource


I often meet new collectors during these interviews and form friendships as we go through the process, but every now and again I get the special opportunity to interview someone I consider a friend. I have known Gordon Yip for many years, and have stared in awe as his collection of unique and ridiculously rare pre-Transformers grew …
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Top 5 Purchases of 2015

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource


Without any sort of hesitation or doubt, I can gladly cite 2015 as the year with the most impressive official and unofficial Transformers releases that I have ever experienced. In previous years for my Top 5 of the year article, I have not just included purchases of toys released in that year, but also …
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1987 Autobot Monsterbots

G1 vintage Transformers available here at TFSource

G1 vintage Transformers available here at TFSource


Discovering overlooked parts of Generation 1 is a finite experience for me, but one that I treasure and value, because of how quickly it can be over forever. The 1987 Autobot Monsterbots are one of the most bewilderingly pleasurable discoveries I have made in the last year, toys that I had mentally …
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