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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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(Not a) Vintage Year

Rare toy, battered bubble, what would you do?


Paint chips? Loose joints? Questionable paint application? Damaged packaging? This is all part of the territory when it comes to collecting vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers, whether we’re buying loose or boxed, rare or common. To hear such vociferous complaints from collectors of more recent toys about the same issues can sometimes be amusing, as …

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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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Collector Interview 09 – David Buenaño Hochman

Best garden gnomes ever


So far, our collector interviews have been extremely toy and collection focused. And rightfully so, there are members of the Transformers collecting community who have poured their souls and fortunes into amassing the most unbelievable collection of pre-Transformers, sealed vintage items, prototypes, variants and rarities. They deserve recognition for their achievements and contributions to the furthering of the hobby and its collective …

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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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The Ones That Got Away

Missed for 75 Euros on auction


In a competitive market place, vintage toy collectors have to have their eyes and ears open the whole time in order to nail rare items. But we can’t always be everywhere, all the time. Sometimes real life and circumstance mean that we miss key auctions, deals, emails and opportunities. Other times a lack of experience, funds or better judgement …

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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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The World of Minibots

Almost a rainbow...time for a BAPE Bumblebee?


Collecting Transformers used to be a simple enough task, consisting of tracking down all the toys in the US or UK range between 1984 and 1987 and beyond, if you were so inclined. The core of most collections seemed to be based around Transformers The Movie or the original G1 series. With the increasing accessibility of the Internet in …

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