Tag Archives: Micro Change

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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Collector Fail

My best work


Collectors of vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers regularly deal with items that are nearly 30 years old, most of which are pre-owned, loved and abused, so they can be trusted to employ the required care and attention in order to preserve these collector’s items of value and beauty. That is, until very recently, when stories of broken vintage pre-TFs and rare G1 in the …

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Collector Interview 07 – Marco Salerno

"You can see my collection from here"


You would think it’s getting harder to find collectors with something fresh to contribute during these interviews, but there is certainly no shortage of quality when it comes to those left to feature. This month’s spotlight falls on Italian Transformers and pre-Transformers collector Marco Salerno. A shining beacon of humility, modesty and quick with praise for collectors he feels …

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More News To Me

Not an E-Hobby exclusive


It’s still happening. The better part of 30 years after the fact, and not 6 months after our last article on ‘new’ vintage pre-Transformers and Transformers discoveries, we’ve managed to cobble together another bunch of items which may or may not have been commonly documented or known about in the past. Thanks to the ever growing knowledge-base and resourcefulness of vintage pre-TF …

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Collector Interview 02 – Francesco Ristori

Toy Story


The Transformers and pre-Transformers community is made up of some of the most interesting, diverse and dedicated people I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve taken more enjoyment out of their company, knowledge and experience than any toy, cartoon or comic related to Transformers. This week we continue our series of collector interviews with another outspoken and well known collector who I’ve had the …

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In Their Own Words – Part 4

Unique artwork is quite a theme this week


In true Douglas Adams style, welcome to the 4th part of the “In Their Own Words” trilogy! And just like Douglas Adams influenced a generation of science fiction writers, the Transformers had their major influences as well. Takara’s Diaclone and Micro Change lines are not just populated with cars and cassettes, there are just as many odd peripheral …

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In Their Own Words – Part 1

What makes this so special?


Transformers collectors love rarities, and rarity plus hype can make legends of particular toys. But what about those very rare and obscure Transformers that people don’t talk, or even know about? When a particular type of collector embarks on a mission to complete a specific area, category or sub-category of a Transformers line they will eventually come across a piece or …

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Intermission ~ 4 years away

Shining Ultra Magnus - needed a voice


In 2007 I left the Transformers and pre-Transformers collecting game and community again for the second or third time (I lose count). This almost always involved a fire sale of some sort, exchanging rare and hard-earned variants and centrepieces for significant amounts of money to set me on my way in the direction of newer and more appealing pursuits. …

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Micro Change Series in Italy

THIS again??


Guns. Once upon a time it was more socially acceptable…no seriously, this week we’re digging a little deeper into the Takara Micro Change Series, the range of Japanese toys originally responsible for some of the most recognisable and well-loved Transformers ever to grace our childhoods. However, there’s a little twist, the focus of this week’s article is the Italian range of Micro Change items …

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Micro Change Gun Robos

Target acquired


Guns. Once upon a time it was more socially acceptable and less taboo for children to play with toys that mimicked firearms, the glorification of which has since become considered vulgar and inappropriate for modern society’s values and beliefs. Even listing such items on auction or trying to ship them internationally to collectors and enthusiasts has become a challenging obstacle. From that era when …

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