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Collector Interview 19 – Kevin Hopson

Kevin's shopfront


If all collections and collectors were the same, this section of the Source Blog would be completely redundant, as would the mass of collection showcase threads across all the online Transformers community forums. We have featured collections that are very niche, hyper-rare and highly specific to obscure sub-lines of Transformers and pre-Transformers, but Kevin Hopson’s collection is as pure and …

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The Mentality

Joustra Diaclone Battle Convoys - stamping variants


Don’t judge. You can’t judge, not in this game, with its myriad population of collectors and enthusiasts. There will be personal admissions of guilt and opportunities for ridicule and vigorous head-shaking, but you can save your pity for those who don’t see what they are doing to themselves and aren’t having fun. Feel free to spend …

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Under The Skin

Gentlemen, start your engines...


Toy collectors all have their reasons for spending hard-earned money on action figures, vintage toys, modern children’s toys or high-end collectibles. It could be nostalgia, simple adult appreciation, a hobby or as a coping mechanism for something. There is a wide spectrum within which people enjoy the hobby in different ways. Vintage G1 Transformers have a lot to …

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Survivors – Part 1

Childhood vs Adulthood


Legendary Diaclone Black Tracks from Finland or a regular and used Transformers G1 Thundercracker from the UK? Which would you choose? I’d choose Thundercracker, every time, now and forever. Not just any Thundercracker though, just this one, from my childhood collection of Transformers toys. It is nigh-on impossible to find any collector who does not have extremely fond memories and connections …

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Leap Of Faith

Faith in your friends


If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me. But what if you don’t have time to make up your mind? A split second decision can be the difference between a phenomenal victory after a leap of faith, or an unmitigated and expensive disaster of bad judgement. If you’re into rare toys …

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Reputations

Has a reputation for being grumpy


Maybe you’re one of the sensible ones. Maybe you remember Transformers from your childhood and you get a kick out of indulging in some nostalgia now and then, watching the animated movie with your mates or taking your girlfriend to see the Michael Bay flicks. Although, if you’re reading this you’re probably a little more involved than that. Be it …

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Escalation – A Collector’s Story

European G1 Starscream


It’s 1984 and you’re too young to remember The Transformers. It’s 1986 and you’ve seen “Arrival from Cybertron” on television and VHS many times. You are moved by Starscream’s┬átraitorous┬ábehaviour and Mirage’s heroism. Your parents take you, your older brother and cousin to the biggest Toys ‘R’ Us around. While you’re looking at Teddy Ruxpin bears your mother says “Your brother and cousin have …

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Case Finds

Mexican Jumpstarter case find (1999)


Finding a vintage Transformer or Diaclone in an attic, charity shop, old store or at a flea market is a wonderful event that very few of us have had the privilege of experiencing. If you’re really lucky you may even find an unused or sealed toy that was never sold, or it might have been an unopened gift. Such events are …

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Alternators Artwork Gallery – Part 2

Alternators Meister original box artwork (Marcelo Matere)


The packaging for a Transformer is so much more to most of us than just a container for the toy we’re after and a pretty picture or two designed to entice us. As collectors we don’t usually need the box artwork to do any talking, we already know what’s inside and have made our decision, even moreso with newer …

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Alternators Artwork Gallery – Part 1

Alternators Mirage production box art


What makes us buy a Transformer? Maybe it’s the developed character from a comic, cartoon, movie or game. Maybe it’s the design of the toy itself or the vehicle/item it is based upon. Maybe it’s the character, a fan favourite or talismanic member of a faction. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the beautiful box art that can ultimately sell a Transformer …

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