Tag Archives: Generation 1

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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BotCon 2015: My Little Shopping Spree

Well the day finally came… it was time to pack up my stuff, and start making the long drive to Chicago for BotCon this year. I was excited to say the least, this was the first convention I was able to attend since 2010 when BotCon was held in Orlando. Orlando was fun, but since it was my first convention, it was a bit overwhelming. This time I had a better idea of what to expect. It was still a chaotic experience, but at least…

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BotCon 2015: The Birth Of Transformers With Kojin Ono

The absolute highlight of my trip to BotCon this year, it was amazing to hear Kojin Ono talk about the process that lead up to the designs of some of the most iconic figures in the Transformers toy line. He was kind enough to share quite a few previously unseen early concept designs from the line, and it was incredible to see how much some of these figures changed from "concept" to "execution". Top that with the announcement that Takara-Tomy is bringing back Diaclone as a modern toy line, and this little nerd was on cloud nine.

I took the liberty of recording the audio, and snapping as many pictures as I could, for those of you who were unable to attend.

Audio


Diaclone Commercials

Picture Gallery

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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Collector Tip: Toy Collection Cataloging Software

A lot of collectors keep a “collection list” to document their collections, rather it be for personal use, insurance purposes, for their families in case of death, or a variety of other reasons. The simple database/spreadsheet setup isn’t something that works for me though; the inability to add pictures is a major inconvenience for my needs. I did some searching around the web, and couldn’t find anything that was designed with toy collectors in mind, let alone being specifically designed for Transformers. I did however…

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