Tag Archives: Reissue

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 traitorous behaviour 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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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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Priorities

Finnish Diaclone Black Corvette Stingray - 'Black Tracks'


This is an article about priorities, but not just the kind of priorities that we usually discuss in this column. This is not purely a piece about choosing between Diaclones and Transformers, or between Mexican variants and minibots, between current releases and vintage, this is also about choosing between toys and a car or a house. It also …

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The $3k Black Tracks Fraud of 2012

Not a fake


Fraud is nothing new in toy collecting, and neither is trying to pass off a custom as an official variant of highly limited number, value and desirability. At a time in Transformers and Diaclone collecting where 3rd Party Products are hugely popular and Chinese counterfeits of original G1 Transformers and Diaclones are everywhere, it was only a matter of time before somebody tried …

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Oldies but Goldies: Classic Transformers

Oldies but goldies


Generation 1 Transformers are widely collected, revered and affectionately remembered by enthusiasts. Finding and owning original boxed or even sealed G1 Transformers is quite a privelege and an experience. More recent Takara and Hasbro Reissue Transformers have proven to be hugely popular and are into their second decade of release. So why is it that so many Transformers collectors shun and turn their noses up at …

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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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Who Cares About Paperwork?

Merry Christmas!


It all starts with nostalgia, the quest to recapture that feeling of getting a brand new Transformers toy and opening the floodgates to one’s fondest childhood memories. Whether it’s buying back Transformers that our parents threw out years ago, or finally securing that one character that your folks never bought you (because, really, one Jumpstarter should be enough for any child), purchasing your first …

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Origin of the Species – Part 3

DayGlo deities


Back for our final installment of the Origin series, we’re finished with the Diaclone-inspired reissue exclusives covered in Part 1 and Part 2, and we’re going to wrap up this mini-series of connect-the-dots with a short look at recent Micro Change-based exclusives from E-Hobby. After that …

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Origin of the Species – Part 2

A shame they didn't use these colours for Magnus


There’s always a reason. Black recolours, clear recolours, police redecos, our favourite Transformers characters in strange unfamiliar colours, there’s always a reason. In the first chapter of this series we discovered that many of the E-Hobby exclusives were Diaclone-inspired, and in the case of the Lucky Draw Black …

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Origin of the Species – Part 1

Do not adjust your screens...


We love reissues, but even more than that we love reissue exclusives! We love that they come in weird and wonderful colours, with interesting back stories and long-forgotten origins. From clear or translucent versions of our favourites to pre-Transformers homages and even brand new colour schemes and interpretations, we look at a selection of reissue exclusive Transformers and the inspiration behind …

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