Tag Archives: Transformers

Mercenary

FansToys Mercenary at TFSource

FansToys Mercenary at TFSource


FT-13 Mercenary is FansToys’ second evil insect after FT-12 Grenadier, and has a lot to live up to thanks to the success of the latter. Based on what was originally called a lamellicorn type beetle insect robot, Mercenary recreates the look of the original toy and on-screen inspiration. With die cast, chrome and clear plastic chest flaps a …

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Collector Interview 45 – Francesco Lombardo

G1 Transformers available at TFSource

G1 Transformers available at TFSource


Francesco Lombardo¬†is the kind of collector I had always heard about but never met. Someone who never participated in the online or collective fandom, but was privately growing a hugely comprehensive and impressive collection featuring toys I had never seen. Dealers used to tell me about their secret customers, customers like Francesco, all the time. Now, …

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Repaints and Resurgence

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


The close of 2015 saw a series of four Masterpiece Transformers repaints released within the space of a month, and ensured an extremely high quality end to another fabulous year of official MP product. MP-11T Thundercracker, MP-21R Bumble Red Body, MP-26 Road Rage and MP-14C Clampdown might all have been repaints of existing and well known, well-documented moulds, …

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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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Comic Book Villains (MMC Anarchus & Commotus)

MMC Anarchus and Commotus available here at TFSource

MMC Anarchus and Commotus available here at TFSource


Mastermind Creations continue to do that which many others dare not, explore the realm of the current IDW Transformers comic universe and give us figures of characters that Hasbro never will. No Masterpiece mimicking here, no hundredth version of the same character or combiner, but instead we have toys of …

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Stomp! (FansToys FT-07 Stomp)

FansToys FT-07 Stomp at TFSource

FansToys FT-07 Stomp at TFSource


Well, 2016 is off to an excellent start! FansToys, 3rd Party makers of toys that aim to unofficially complete your Masterpiece Transformers collection, bring us the fourth in their series of Iron Dibots, transforming dinosaurs not completely unlike those Dinobot fellows you may have heard of. FT-07 is Stomp, the brontosaurus of the five-member team, following Scoria, Soar …

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Top 5 Purchases of 2015

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party figures at TFSource


Without any sort of hesitation or doubt, I can gladly cite 2015 as the year with the most impressive official and unofficial Transformers releases that I have ever experienced. In previous years for my Top 5 of the year article, I have not just included purchases of toys released in that year, but also …

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1987 Autobot Monsterbots

G1 vintage Transformers available here at TFSource

G1 vintage Transformers available here at TFSource


Discovering overlooked parts of Generation 1 is a finite experience for me, but one that I treasure and value, because of how quickly it can be over forever. The 1987 Autobot Monsterbots are one of the most bewilderingly pleasurable discoveries I have made in the last year, toys that I had mentally …

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Gaps

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece Transformers at TFSource


We have it good as Transformers collectors currently, we have it very good. The flagship Takara Tomy Masterpiece line has sped up and started to put out new figures at a respectable rate. Takara Tomy’s Transformers Legends, Unite Warriors, together with Hasbro’s Generstions, Combiner Wars and soon Titans Return are giving collectors updated toys of characters once thought …

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New World (Pre-)Order

Masterpiece and 3rd Party Transformers at TFSource

Masterpiece and 3rd Party Transformers at TFSource


I did something incredibly stupid recently, I looked up all the figures I had on pre-order across the internet and totaled the amount. I have over $1000 invested in pre-orders for toys that do not even exist currently. Discussion about the pre-order culture that permeates the Transformers fandom is not new, but …

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