Question of the Month
Are the 80's resurgence and 80's toy reissues
good or bad for the collecting fandom?
I don't think there's any disadvantage to anyone with the reissuing
of 80's Transformer toys.
For old collectors, they can get newer versions of these toys to
expand their collections; and if they want to have a loose figure
to play with, they can get some of these at a much cheaper price while
their original toys from the 80's will still be in mint condition.
As for the old fans (like me) who didn't have the chance back then
or got their old toys lost or damaged, this a second chance for them
to go play with these great toys. Of course, it's up to them if they
choose to keep it in the box or play with it. For my part, I played
with my newly-acquired Optimus Prime because he's my dream Transformer
since I was a kid back in 1985.
For the newbies who didn't have a chance to get to know these toys,
this is the perfect opportunity for them to get acquainted with one
of the best toy lines of the past 20 years. Maybe the only Transformers
they got hold of were the Beast-era, RiD and Armada lines - now is
a perfect time for them to be part of the Transformers experience
that started it all. As for Hasbro/Takara, it will definitely boost
their sales (who wouldn't be happy with that, right?).
Of course there's the question of cost. I spent quite a lot when
I got Optimus, but I still played with it regardless. Because I believe
it's not how much I actually paid for it, but how much value it is
for me when I play with it. And that's what matters the most. :)
-- Optimus pej
Till all are one!
This month's winner receives their choice of a MISB BW
Neo Stampy or a carded Heroes of Cybertron Apex Armor Powermaster
The resurgence of the G1 toys are both good and bad. It's a good
thing when you get the chance to collect a G1 Transformer that you
didn't have originally without paying a steep price for making your
collection complete. Believe it or not, I never had a G1 Starscream
until Toys 'R Us re-issued it. The bad thing about it is that it could
devalue the originals that you already own from years ago (here's
to hoping that they don't re-issue G1 Jetfire :) ). Plus, the re-issues
(the U.S. ones in particular) must meet today's toy standards (elongated
missles anyone?), which will somtimes make the toy look a little awkward.
-- Nathan Webers
I think that Hasbros decision to reissue the G1 Optimus prime, was
great. Growing up in the early 80's, I was a big Transfromers fan,
but with one problem... I did not come from a wealthy family. So even
though I really loved the toys, my parents were never able to afford
to buy me them. Infact I only ever recived two Transformer toys when
I was A kid... Bumble Bee ( a gift from my brother ) and Jazz ( second
hand when I bought it of a kid I knew !! ). So when I saw a few of
the generation 1 Transformers released, I just flew down to our local
Toys ur us.( I bought two G1 Optimus Primes !! ) So you see, for a
guy like me who missed out the first time around, gives me a second
-- Regards, Steve.
I think the 80s resurgence is definitely a good thing. How else would
we have gotten UNICRON?
There's frosting on my mouse.
Perhaps, but is Unicron worth the trade-off of grown-up, semi-nude
As to your question of whether or not the re-issuing of old toys
hurts the collector's market.... short answer, no. Long answer, it
has not been proven to affect the prices of old toys in any way. The
people who wish to buy a MISB original will buy just that and the
seller will still get their $100-400 for it. This was the way it was
before re-issuing, and it's the way it is now. Generation 2's recolors
were a result of such "collector market panic".
Hasbro had to chance the color schemes to appease a few MISB collectors
of G1 merchandise, and in the end, we got a few of the most eye bleeding
colors imaginable(G2 Onslaught, I just can't stand). I bought Japanese
reissues of Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Ultra Magnus.
As high as the prices were, I still paid a fraction of what even loose
originals in displayable shape would have cost. And even by displayable
shape, I don't even mean the same shape. I'd say the market for the
originals is een stronger than most make it out to be, considering
that even some toys in C7 or below shape can still sell for a decent
price. If I could afford a G1 MISB Prime, I might even buy one, but
I can't. So, I don't see how this affects a collector's sale either
way if I buy a cheaper alternative, since I don't have the money.
These are not paintings by famous artists.
The market will not last as strong as it is, I'd imagine the aftermarket
toy collector sales will probably drop within 20 years. Especially
with the mentality now that everything must stay sealed, the market
will be glutted with sealed merchandise that no one wants. Then again,
a true collector would care more about having the item than how much
they could sell it for. So, the issue of the collector's market isn't
the real issue, it's the aftermarket retail that's the issue. And
a lot of these sellers will sell the item for whatever ridiculous
price people will pay anyway, regardless of the demand, so no, I'd
say re-issues have not affected this, if anything, it's given them
more to sell.
-- Justin Anderson
Hi, I've been looking at your site for the past week or so, a very
informative and valuable resource to a collector like myself. Always
interesting in seeing just how many figures you don't have and what
those horrible looking ones that you'll never get really do look like.
Have you considered adding some pictures of the Diaclone line to
Yes, we have considered adding Diaclone to the site, in particular
after the recent closing of a great Dialcone resource, Legendsofcybertron.net.
However, plans for including Diaclone are far off, with archives for
non-Takara/Hasbro lines currently in the works. --AB
Anthony, I just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for satisfying
all of my Transformers needs on the web. There is no doubt that you
have the best site by far on the web for Transformers information.
I absolutely love the navigation by either name, year or faction.
Your assortment of picture is astonishing to say the least. I have
already used your site a few times to get a picture of something before
I bought it to make sure it was "complete" with all weapons, etc.
Your description of each character is concise and to the point.
I will keep an eye out for any of the pictures you need and send
them to you if I come across them. Again, I would just like to thank
you for such a good site, please keep up the good work!
-- James "ShockWave" Peche Jr
James, glad you are enjoying the site. Sadly, our parts and weapons
listings to need a good once over in correcting and adding images.
But keep an eye out (Shockwave pun not intended), we're constantly
changing and fixing things in those areas for accuracy. --AB
I hope you don't mind my e-mails, I happen to collect all the varients
of toys whenever possible.
In reference to Lio
Convoy: There are a few additional recolors that weren't mentioned.
1.Galva-Lio Convoy aka Lava-Lio Convoy in Japan from Bon Bon Magazine.
2.Tv Magazine Brown and Yellow prize giveaway
3.Gold Chrome Lio Convoy from Bon Bon Magazine.
I hope this info helps, I'll be sure to e-mail you if I find more.
-- Daniel Ross
In creating this site, I made an active decision not to include
TV Magazine (et. al) contest prizes or items produced in severely
limited quantities as variants or new forms. The fact that none of
those items were commercially available to the public and that so
few of each (in some cases only 10) were made are the main reasons.
If I were to include them, then I would need to include test shots,
prototypes as well, because the numbers are nearly equal to those
made for contest prizes. --AB
I just found the link to your site (at Transfandom.com)
and decided to check it out... in a word- wow. Incredible job... the
dedication and love for TF's is evident by the work you put into creating
such a fine site. I'll be coming back quite often!
-- Respectfully, Jason Schlecht
Glad you like the site. Please come back often. -- AB
And my favorite email of the past month, a response to someone
posting a link to TFU.INFO on the TransformersItalia
group on Yahoo Groups:
L'ho insertio tra i link di Vector-Sigma.
-- Enrico Rossetto
My very rusty Italian translation skills tell me this roughly
says "I have inserted the link to Vector Sigma." :) Emails
like this and bands like Lacuna
Coil make this Italian-American proud. -- AB
It's time to put your two cents in folks! Send
us an e-mail and let us know what you think. This month's question
of the month is:
Is the Transformers market flooded with too much
The month's best (and worst) responses will appear in
next month's letters section. The best e-mail as chosen by the webmaster
and staff will recieve a free Transformers toy of our choosing. Keep
those emails coming! -- AB