Tag Archives: Micro Change Series

Why Repaints?

Cap

The same and yet not


Why repaints and remoulds? Why can’t every Transformers toy be a completely new mould and something brand new to enjoy and explore? We all know the answer to that already. The money involved in creating fresh toy sculpts – the engineering, tooling and design required to  birth just one new Transformers toy –  is such that the company responsible counters that by …

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Best of 2012 / 2013 – Another Year of Source Articles

From G1 to present day


It’s now 2 years since the TFSource blog project was launched featuring weekly articles about – primarily – G1 Transformers collecting, collections and toy matters. Since then, Source Blog has taken on more regular excellent writers and has continued to bring insightful and engaging collector interviews to the community, as well as ongoing discoveries about …

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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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Even More News To Me

A tremendous mistake


The passage of time continues to bring us brand new discoveries in the vintage world of Transformers and pre-Transformers collecting. We’re nearing the 30 year anniversary of the first release of The Transformers, and we’ve already surpassed that mark for Diaclone and Micro Change, and despite those milestones this amazing hobby and area of toy collecting still present gems, gifts, mysteries and …

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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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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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Japanese Transformers 1988 (Chōjin Masterforce) – Part 2

Over priced, Over hyped, Overlord


Japanese exclusive Transformers are old news aren’t they? Big time collectors have long since moved onto areas like Euro variants, AFA graded museum pieces and pre-Transformers. If that was true, then 1988 Destrons such as Overlord, Darkwings and Black Zarak would not be commanding 4 figure sums. Still an extremely hot area of collecting, Japanese exclusives from the Masterforce series are not …

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The Chicken or the GiG? – Part 2

Apparently Swoop could not be sold in Europe because he was too light for the price point


Transformers and TraSformers, what’s the difference and which came first? Last week we started looking at the origin of the Italian Takara Diaclone and Micro Change Series toys labelled as “Trasformer” and started to question whether the use of …

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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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