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Four Figure Hobby

The definition of rare


Everywhere you look now in vintage Transformers collecting, every niche and sub-category, the bitter end items that are required to polish off a section of the hobby are running into the very high hundreds or even low thousands of dollars. The purposeful march of certain toys and rarities towards four figures has left many a collector grateful for their early interest …

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Marginally More News To Me

Apparently a rare toy!


Under the weight of newer Transformers products, one can sometimes find it hard to keep up with every new variant and development that comes along, never mind continue to catalogue the unyielding tide of vintage discoveries that continue to be made. In some cases, the vintage revelations are news to most of us who hadn’t paid close enough attention to certain …

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Yet More News To Me

Blues Brothers


It’s 2013, approaching 30 years since the launch of The Transformers toy line globally and over 30 years since the dawn of the pre-Transformers “Diaclone” and “Micro Change Series” toy lines in Japan and Europe. There are thousands of Generation 1 collectors and enthusiasts worldwide, there have been dedicated websites for a decade and more. Despite all of that, …

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Giftset Gallery – The Obscure

Lio-hype-er


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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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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Black & White

Hot fuzz


We know robots are cool and cars make for popular toys. We also know cars that transform into robots are exceptionally cool, but there is a special place reserved in the hearts of children (and adults!) for transforming cars which happen to be emergency vehicles. Whether it’s G1 or Diaclone, Robots In Disguise or Binaltech, the police car remains a talismanic member of a toy line….

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Priorities

Finnish Diaclone Black Corvette Stingray - 'Black Tracks'


This is an article about priorities, but not just the kind of priorities that we usually discuss in this column. This is not purely a piece about choosing between Diaclones and Transformers, or between Mexican variants and minibots, between current releases and vintage, this is also about choosing between toys and a car or a house. It also …

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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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Intermission ~ 12 Months Back – Part 2

This week's toy finds needed a damn good Estratega


How long does it take an experienced collector to get back into the groove and re-establish all their old contacts and techniques for finding rare Transformers? Can you take 4 years off and still come back as strong as before, striking gold at great prices ahead of a new batch of high-rolling collectors? That was what I …

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Intermission ~ 12 Months Back – Part 1

Nowadays, quite a catch


Does a collector ever lose their touch? By taking a 4 year break, I would be walking back into a very different collecting landscape full of new high-rollers with established contacts and sources hoovering up the best that eBay and the forums have to offer. What could I possibly expect to achieve considering the fact …

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