Category Archives: Oddities And Commodities

Oddities & Commodities: Transformers Metrotitan

Well I was supposed to be saving money for BotCon… the key phrase being “supposed to be”. There are a few figures that I am always on the look out for, and Metrotitan is right at the top of that list. Unfortunately complete Metrotitans are pretty close to being something of a “myth” in the United States; they do exist, but aside from that absurdly over-priced one that’s always on eBay, they very rarely come up for sale (unless I’m broke). I’ve wanted this figure…

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Review: Custranz “Sunburst” Custom Transformers G1 Sticker Set

With constant updates for current releases by Toyhax.com and a new competitor in the sticker market showing up in the form of Ocean’s Designs – the seemingly lost army (is “army” too much?) of G1 cassette collectors can find new hope in the journey to advance their collection! Today, I’ll be showing off new stickers from Custranz that allow you to add an original new variant to your cassetticon squad. While essentially a perfect match for a white KO Laserbeak, these are designed to fit…

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Oddities & Commodities: Transformers Black Zarak

We all know that when the original Transformers series ended here in the United States, Japan continued on with the Generation 1 continuity by releasing Victory, Zone, and Masterforce. These lines have spawned many of the most sought after figures in the collector community, including Raiden, Overlord, Dai Atlas, and Liokaiser. Along with a lot of original molds for these lines, they also included several repaints of existing figures, such as Twincast from Blaster, Soundblaster from Soundwave, and Grand Maximus from the Fort Max mold.…

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Oddities & Commodities: Transformers Galaxy Shuttle

Well to quickly follow-up my article about Thunder Dagwon, what would be better than taking a look at the original version of that figure with Galaxy Shuttle? Part of my Pre-BotCon Grail Haul, this is a figure that I honestly didn’t think I would ever own, and would have been happy with just having the Brave repaint, but the Plastique Gods have smiled on me, and have seen fit to place this guy in my collection. Released in 1989 as part of the Japanese Victory…

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Oddities & Commodities: Brave Thunder Dagwon

Well it’s been a while, so I thought I’d show a little more love to the Brave toy line with another figure that was originally a Transformer. After my articles about Red Geist, and Goryu, I really didn’t think I’d have much opportunity to write about this line again, but I was wrong. A recent collection purge has blessed me with the opportunity to own not one, but two of the last remaining Brave figures that were on my list; Thunder Dagwon, and Hiryu. I’ll…

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Oddities & Commodities: Transformers Deathsaurus

Well this isn’t my first experience with this figure, in a sense. I’ve owned Red Geist, the repaint from the Brave line, for quite a while, but I’m proud to say that I finally own the actual Transformer figure now too. One of the figures that I was recently able to acquire though selling off my Seeker collection, this guy has been on my “wants list” for quite some time. Released in 1989 as part of the Japanese Victory portion of the Generation 1 toy…

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Oddities & Commodities: Microman L-26 Micro Rocket Base

Most of us are familiar with the figures from the Brave line that were made from reused Transformers molds, but while on a recent spending spree I was surprised to find there were a couple of molds that were used in the Microman line too. imagine my surprise when I just happened across a listing for this bad little bugger. Most people (including myself) habitually refer to the original Transformers figure as Countdown, however Countdown is actually the name of the MicroMaster figure; the actual…

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Oddities & Commodities: Transformers Blaster Camera Knock Off

Well who knew that Blaster had a cousin who likes photography? I certainly didn’t until I came across someone asking for information about one he had found in a thrift store. The only information he had about the figure was that it was called “Cambot” and had a copyright stamped on it that read, “Li Ping 1985, U.S.A. Made in Taiwan”. The figure was broken, and quite obviously missing at least a few pieces, but he mentioned that he was willing to sell it because…

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Oddities & Commodities: Mecha-Grim-Zilla

As a self-proclaimed connoisseur of vintage knock offs, I’ve spent quite a bit of time (and money) searching out some of the most oddly re-tooled versions of my favorite figures, and this one is probably one of the oddest combinations of trademarks that I’ve ever seen. I first stumbled across this figure pretty early on in my Transformers collecting hobby, but it took me quite a few years to find one that was complete, and in good shape. I’m not opposed to buying incomplete figures,…

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Oddities & Commodities: Brave Goryu

Well I’ve been hinting at this guy for a little while now. At first the auction was still active, so I didn’t want to draw any more attention to it than it already had (What can I say, the Transformers community isn’t as large as everyone thinks it is, and I didn’t want any extra competition). Then I figured I’d keep the suspense going while I waited for the figure to arrive from the U.K., and it is awesome! This guy was released in Asia,…

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