Tag Archives: Takara

What Have Transformers Done For Me?

Masterpiece MP-18B Bluestreak

Masterpiece Transformers available at TFSource


I would like to think that all of us can point to at least one example of how the Transformers toy line, shows or comics have improved our lives. Whether it has been through the happiness of meeting like-minded enthusiasts or the ownership of excellent toys, the enjoyment of well-written comics or admiration of tremendous artwork, surely …
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Selling Toys Is Hard

3rd party Masterpiece-style toys available at TFSource

3rd party Masterpiece-style toys available at TFSource


Masterpiece Transformers, Diaclone V2, 3rd Party Masterpiece-style figures, 3rd Party IDW-style figures, Generations figures, Titans Return, Robots In Disguise, Transformers Adventure. There is no shortage of Transformers-related toys coming out right now, and that’s just the brand new shiny, nevermind older figures that one may wish to seek out and …
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The Return Of Diaclone – Dia-Battles V2

Dia-Battles available now at TFSource

Dia-Battles available now at TFSource


Diaclone was launched in Japan by Takara in 1980, the same year I was born. And that’s where my childhood association with Diaclone ends, as growing up in the UK it was primarily Transformers that had my attention. Trickles of Diaclone-based figures did reach the UK but in London I saw neither sight nor …
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Good Enough

Titans Return at TFSource

Titans Return at TFSource


Remember back when if you wanted a character in the Transformers universe as a toy in your collection, chances were that you had a single choice for that toy? You either made do with what you were given for Broadside, or you went without. Or you made your own. Nowadays, with multiple aesthetics, scales and companies in …
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Collector Interview 47 – Sean Meece

Hasbro Transformers available at TFSource

Hasbro Transformers available at TFSource


I knew Sean Meece as the Beast Wars guy, or the outdoor Transformers photo guy. With a seemingly endless array of incredible outdoor locations, both natural and man-made at his disposal, Sean has rapidly become known online for sharing great photos of his vast and varied collection whilst on his travels. I first became …
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Collector Interview 46 – Ras

Vintage G1 TF available here at TFSource

Vintage G1 TF available here at TFSource


Imagine a relatively complete collection of Generation 1 Transformers from about 1984 to 1988. An impressive sight and a wonderful achievement. Now imagine that same collection in the form of prototypes, test shots, first shots, packaging samples, hand-painted mock-ups and pre-release box/catalogue/Toyfair photo subjects. Throw in the rarest production Diaclone, …
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1988 Autobot Headmasters

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource

Vintage Transformers available at TFSource


Headmasters, Targetmasters, Powermasters. The Transformers gimmick juggernaut powered on through 1987 to 1988, bringing us the first reincarnation of Optimus Prime, a smaller range of Headmasters and Targetmasters (smaller toys, too) and introducing us to the concept of Powermaster-activated transformations. While Takara in Japan really broke off at a tangent and introduced …
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Focus!

Masterpiece and 3rd Party available at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party available at TFSource


I have already written articles on the importance of discipline, occasional sacrifice and priorities in Transformers collecting on this blog, but I feel things have changed enough recently to warrant a second look at how I collect. Before it was a case of maybe choosing the toy lines and styles I …
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Collector Interview 44 – Gordon Yip

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Pre-TFs, G1, Masterpiece and 3P available at TFSource


I often meet new collectors during these interviews and form friendships as we go through the process, but every now and again I get the special opportunity to interview someone I consider a friend. I have known Gordon Yip for many years, and have stared in awe as his collection of unique and ridiculously rare pre-Transformers grew …
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News To Me – 2015 Edition

Vintage Transformers available here at TFSource

Vintage Transformers available here at TFSource


Regular and long-time readers of this blog will remember when I could produce a ‘News To Me’ article, reporting on newly discovered vintage Transformers variants or secrets, every few months. It’s been nearly two years since the last article of this type, such has been my shift in collecting focus and the slowdown of …
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