The current coronavirus pandemic has turned our way of life upside down in next to no time, leaving many of us taking up self-isolation or “social distancing” as we work together in trying to stop the spread as best as possible. We hope that everyone is keeping safe and healthy and remembering to do their bit, although that may mean that you’ve suddenly found yourself at home with a lot more time on your hands than you’d been planning for. Well, it’s important to stay put so now’s a great time to think about what Transformers-related activities you can be doing to pass the newfound time – here are 10 activities to beat those self-isolation blues!
#10: Rearrange your display
Done a bit of rearranging on the G1/ G2 shelves. It's not how I'd ultimately like it to be but with the space available at the moment it'll certainly do. pic.twitter.com/qxN0Kn06kF
— Sixo (@SixoTF) September 17, 2019
I don’t know about you but my display is an ever-evolving prospect, changing and reforming itself to suit the needs of my collection. In truth the space available kind of dictates what I’m able to achieve with it, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had with doing a spot of rearranging to make things look their best. Now could be a perfect time to have a little tinker with the various robots you have out on display and make sure they’re all lined up nicely or arranged as you’d like them to be. Or hey, it could just be that they need a bit of a dust!
That New Year Convoy box is kinda annoying. pic.twitter.com/2f9tvONeBI
— Sixo (@SixoTF) January 25, 2020
Either way, if you’ve got time on your hands then now’s the perfect time to hop to it!
#9: Rediscover an old toy you’ve forgotten
Optimal situation. pic.twitter.com/GGduRsBrI3
— Sixo (@SixoTF) June 20, 2019
As well as a bit of display tidying, how about taking the time to fall back in love with one or two toys that you’d long forgotten about? It could be something from decades ago gathering dust at the back of a shelf somewhere, or even just a more recent purchase that you never quite found the time to fully appreciate. See if you can reignite the love a little by having a bit of a fiddle, eh?
— Sixo (@SixoTF) December 29, 2019
For my part, I’ve already been enjoying going through a few old Beast Wars toys (even if it has been to get them up on eBay for sale…) and I fully plan on reacquainting myself with some of my Robots in Disguise lads at some point too.
#8: Transform your whole collection!
Autobots! ROLL OUT! pic.twitter.com/Fi6GW1mxMk
— Sixo (@SixoTF) February 12, 2017
This one will kill a bit of time, especially if you’re a Masterpiece collector! Why not see how long it takes you to transform every ‘bot you have from robot to alt’ mode and then line them all up together? C’mon, when was the last time you transformed that little fella at the back of the cabinet there – you know the one, with the wheels and stuff. Now’s a great time to put them all through their paces and get transforming.
#7: Check out some creative folks online
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ThreeZero DLX Optimus Prime – I’m still working on the gallery. Thanks to busy days at work and parent life, it’s been difficult getting studio time in. Not to mention the whole coronavirus bit. Stay cautious and safe. – Best, #cybertronwarriors – #transformers #optimusprime #threezero #toyphotography #toycollection @threezerohk @bumblebeemovie
The online TF community is chock full of talented people who are just itching to show off their skills, so why not take advantage of the extra time and explore a few new accounts to follow? I’m always on the lookout for new photographers and other creative-types to check out on Twitter or Instagram, and now could be the perfect time to see what some other members of the fandom are cooking up, creatively-speaking.
Or, failing that, here’s an idea…
#6: Get a camera out & try some toy photography yourself
Little BTS from this week’s OP photoshoot. Considerably low tech this one! Just shot on a very wide aperture. And for everyone who asked, that’s Alternators Sideswipe in the pic – I used to own him but had to borrow him from @FeatherTigers this time. pic.twitter.com/aNnyCA6Xwn
— Sixo (@SixoTF) September 26, 2019
Why not grab your lens and get snapping yourself, eh? You don’t have to be David Bailey (or whoever the robot equivalent of that would be) to start taking pics of your collection – a lot of the enjoyment is just in trying out new things and seeing what you can come up with. If you already have an online account of some kind then share your pics and see what feedback you get. You might find it rather good fun!
#5: Read some comics
Few people asking about the origin of these profiles. They’re from this wonderful book. I still have my childhood copy, although it’s far from pristine these days, as I used to drag it around with me everywhere! https://t.co/AylWxlwCpC pic.twitter.com/GzOhRtrZwN
— Sixo (@SixoTF) January 25, 2020
Here’s one I definitely plan on doing myself! Transformers comics are some of the best bits of fiction the franchise has to offer, be they new or old. Now could be a perfect time to start checking out the old Marvel UK run (if you have access, or check them out on resources such as Comixology) for a taste of the classic adventures that everyone like me is always banging on about. Or hey, maybe I’ll follow my own advice and *finally* start reading up some more of those IDW stories that everyone keeps telling me are so wonderful… Anyway, it’s a terrific way to pass the time.
#4: Go (online) shopping
Depending on your situation now may not be the time you’re looking to splash the cash at all, but if you fancy a bit of retail therapy then of course there are loads of resources for that (such as, oh I dunno – TFSource!). Why not bust away the blues and treat yo’self?
So, I'm selling some BEAST WARS toys… (including that lovely Tigatron I posted yesterday!).
You can check out all of my eBay auctions here: https://t.co/RVUOnthwZs
Alternatively if you see anything of interest then please drop me a note. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/GsFanRSnLw
— Sixo (@SixoTF) March 11, 2020
Alternatively if you’re looking to raise a bit of cash or maybe reclaim some space at home, then now’s also a good time to get some of your old stuff listed up on eBay! I’ve been busy having a right old clear-out of late and I’ve found the experience quite cathartic. Getting stuff posted might be a bit tricky depending on your situation, although it is possible to find services where you can drop parcels off without having to come into contact with anyone if that suits.
#3: Get stickering
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this but I have a surprisingly minty G1 Mirage lined up for a stickering soon. pic.twitter.com/gpOuVJ9oJc
— Sixo (@SixoTF) January 12, 2020
Look, it can’t just be me that thinks that a beer and a load of old toys to sticker up is a wonderful evening in, can it? Oh, it is? Well maybe give it a try anyway, you might find you like it! Joking aside, if you’ve got time on your hands then it’s perfect for some stickering, which may even involve upgrading some older toys to look brand new.
So it can’t just be me that thinks that a vintage second-hand set of Terrorcons and a sheet of Reprolabels is the making of a pretty awesome Sunday night, right? pic.twitter.com/XEVZbv69G6
— Sixo (@SixoTF) March 8, 2020
I had brilliant fun recently reviving a set of vintage Terrorcons, giving them a through polish and a fresh set of Reprolabels, and I fully intend to see what other projects I can complete during the coming weeks.
#2: Watch some TV
YES, Transformers: The Last Knight is a load of old bollocks in many respects, but it is still the only film I can think of where a robot physically assaults a giant fish. So there's that. pic.twitter.com/dl7mf14Kqu
— Sixo (@SixoTF) January 19, 2020
Alright, it’s not the most original suggestion, and I’m sure most people stuck at home are probably glued to the telly more than they should be already. That said, why not have a look at the various Transformers-related movies and TV shows available that you’ve never given a go before? Perhaps you never got around to seeing The Last Knight at the cinema and you want to finally see if it’s as bonkers as everyone says it is (SPOILER ALERT – it is!).
— Sixo (@SixoTF) March 8, 2020
Or now could be the perfect opportunity to check out a couple of the cartoons from years gone by, whether it’s Cyberverse, Robots in Disguise, Rescue Bots or even something a bit older.
#1: Read some articles
Shameless plug alert, but if you have an abundance of time and enjoyed this article then there are plenty more to be found on TFSource (and lots of great reviews, too!). Check out the back catalogue for all kinds of wise words from some esteemed contributors and a fair bit of rambling from yours truly on the side. Hope you enjoy what you find!
So, that’s our list! I hope that you’ve enjoyed the read and that you and your families are staying safe during the current time. Best wishes to you all.