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Ambassadors – Part 3

Generations

Generations


An ambassador should be the embodiment of the qualities and character of its people, representing the best that they have to offer. So when we asked our contributors to choose one Transformers toy that could act as an ambassador for Binaltech/Alternators, Armada, Japanese exclusive G1, or G1 between the years of 1987 to 1990, it was no easy task. Nevertheless, true to form, the guys have …

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Sold

MP-1 Convoy - sold for £82.00


Some things appreciate, some things depreciate. It’s probably best to base your collecting and buying on what makes you happy instead of aiming to maximise long-term investment potential for vintage Transformers, pre-Transformers or newer products. Unless you are a toy dealer with acres of storage space, all the time in the world and infinite patience to hold onto …

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Is It Conceivable? – Part 2

Early Cybertron wall


Japanese Transformers are not just an exotic flavour to be sampled by collectors who fancy adding a touch of spice to a normal G1 collection. Some Transformers enthusiasts actively try to complete the whole run of Takara G1 Transformers from start to finish. In addition, a few hardy souls even take up the challenge of finding all of these foreign …

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Best of 2011 / 2012 – A Year of Source Articles

Japanese Transformers - The first Source Article


When the TFsource blog project was started in 2011, we had a vision of a weekly series of articles that would aim to eventually touch many corners of the Transformers collecting universe, primarily G1, and be a valuable online resource for collectors. The idea was always to add more authors to the team to help cover more bases and …

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Mail-away G1 Transformers – Part 2

Japanese G1 mail-away Gnaw "Limited Edition" sticker


One man’s pegwarmer is another’s mail-away rarity. While toys like G1 Ratchet were common as muck and available everywhere in North American and European toy stores, in Japan it was never sold in stores and only available as a mail-away, and he wasn’t the only one! From exclusive artwork and packaging to standard Hasbro-packaged items, the second part of …

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Japanese Transformers 1988 (Chōjin Masterforce) – Part 1

Preeee-tend-aaaah!


I hated Masterforce. The intro to the anime was unbelievably camp, they were trying to glorify Pretenders, there was too much of a human-centric approach, the toys are ridiculously expensive, the humour in the show was immature and just generally unbearable. I hated Masterforce…until I actually watched it! By the third episode I was not only a convert but an avid follower, fan, enthusiast, whatever …

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