Tag Archives: Takara

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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Collector Interview 42 – Godert Walter

Godert Walter and his Transformers collection

Godert Walter and his Transformers collection


Meet Godert Walter, a Dutch Transformers fan who has accomplished more than most during his time in the hobby. He’s built Autobot City in a farmhouse, he’s helped create the infamous Trypticon Races, he’s walked into Hasbro’s offices and secured endorsement for the Dutch Transformers conventions he’s helped to conceive and organise. Having walked …
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Are Hasbro & Takara Going After 3P Companies?

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

3rd Party and Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


Collectors will accept and purchase 3rd Party Transformers products for different reasons, maybe to fill gaps in high profile lines like Masterpiece, or just for the ingenuity of unique figures they appreciate. Other enthusiasts will not touch unofficial products that are guilty of intellectual property theft that they believe are harmful to …
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MMC Grandus Hexatron – The Promised Land

MMC Grandus Hexatron at TFSource

MMC Grandus Hexatron at TFSource


Decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours and minutes have been counted in my eternal wait for this character. It took 14 years for the 1989 Japanese exclusive Takara Transformers Victory sixchanger C-325 Greatshot to find its way into my collection in 2015, after a¬†protracted period of longing. When 3rd party company Mastermind Creations revealed then released …
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Do We Want Our Children To Collect?

G1 TFs for you and your kids at TFSource!

G1 TFs for you and your kids at TFSource!


A number of weeks ago we discussed what would happen to our Transformers collections when we were no longer around, and some of our contributors said that their toys would go to their children. This week we asked more Transformers collectors how they felt about the prospect of …
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Collector Interview 40 – Kit Tang

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Kit Tang’s Transformers collection


It’s true that a large number of TFSource Collector Interviews over the last year and a half have come from a local group of London-based collectors who meet up regularly, but the fact that within that small group I have found some of the most knowledgeable, well-adjusted people with impressive collections has inspired me to document their opinions, experiences and collections. …
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