Tag Archives: Takara Tomy

Masterpiece or Not?

No, that's not a chocolate Easter egg, it's actually Huff's packaging


Could this be a masterpiece, or a Masterpiece, even? It was meant to be. Once upon a time Takara Tomy considered releasing a Huffer (or “Drag”) to go with Masterpiece MP-10 Convoy but the idea never came to fruition. So, with their debut offering, have Cubex nailed Masterpiece levels of aesthetics, quality, design in …

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Last But Least?

Cause and Effect


He finally arrived, on the very final day of 2013 for me having been pre-ordered in March of the same year. Delayed beyond his Masterpiece Datsun stablemates on account of his re-tooled shoulder design and for reasons of recreational Takara Tomy fan torture, MP-19 Masterpiece Smokescreen has landed to a tremendously mixed reception. MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Streak set the …

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Top 5 Purchases of 2014?

Still no Megatron...


And so begins 2014, a year that promises much in the way of new official and unofficial Transformers figures from Takara Tomy, Mastermind Creations, FansToys, Hasbro and many others. The Masterpiece line continues to churn out fan favourites, whether they be licensed Autobot cars or leaders like Ultra Magnus and Star Saber. Third party companies like MMC will complete their Not-Predaking …

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Top 5 Purchases of 2013

Well, we did get at least one new Megatron this year


As 2013 races towards its conclusion, collectors are taking stock of all the new Transformers figures they’ve added to their collection in 2013, a year that saw the Takara Tomy and Hasbro Masterpiece lines engage a higher gear and really start giving fans what they supposedly wanted. A year that …

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The Coronation

This coronation won't be interrupted


Return of the King, the return of Starscream, the return of MP-11. For everyone who originally missed out on Takara Tomy’s Transformers Masterpiece Starscream when it was re-tooled as MP-11 (“What do I need with another MP Starscream?”) and realised in time what a sore omission it turned out to be in their Masterpiece collecting, Hasbro Asia have recently reissued …

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Meeting Expectations – Part 4


Mount Masterpiece
The relentless wave of new Transformers products – comics, toys, official or otherwise – continues unabated. It’s a challenge for every collector to keep up with exciting new lines and concepts, as well as trying to maintain – or heaven forbid expand – a vintage collection …

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Meeting Expectations – Part 2

The best of Transformers 2013?


We Transformers fans, we consume. We consume toys, information, comics, stories, movies, and we demand immediate and un-metered access to all of it. We are an entitled bunch who are becoming increasingly spoilt for choice when it comes to all of the above. So to ask us to wait the better part of …

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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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Just Say Yes

Clarity of thought before rashness of action


“You’re stubborn as f**k and when people recommend things you deliberately avoid them”. Wise words from an old mushroom to his friend. You can’t really blame me, though, there’s just far too much to follow and give time to in the world of Transformers. Between the animated shows, the comics, vintage toys, modern toys, high-end collectibles, forums and intra-community …

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Transformers GT – Part 3

A proper TF Racing Grid


How do you spice up a Transformers niche sub-line that is struggling to garner attention and respect at a time when Takara Tomy, Hasbro and various 3rd Party companies are churning out all sorts of varied and quality product? Simple, add a villain. Not just any villain either, but that most iconic of Transformers despots, the Decepticon …

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