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How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby GuyIncognito » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:31 am

I bought a Tracks and a Hoist at a flea market. I'm pretty sure they're reissue figures simply because, aside from a thick layer of dust, they're in near-mint condition and I only paid $20 each. On the other hand, the amount of dust on them suggested that they've been sitting on a shelf totally untouched for several years. But without the packaging, how can I be sure? Is there something I should look for, some feature that will tell me if it's a reissue or not?

I'm at work right now, so I don't have the figures with me, but if there's something I can look for when I get home, that would be great!
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby PrymeStriker » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:44 am

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In this particular case, the only reissues I know of in the U.S are the commemorative figures. So if it was a reissue, it should say "Commemorative Series #" on the box. But since you don't have the box, this would be difficult to tell. I'm not sure if there are any differences between the reissues & the originals on the actual toy.
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby SJ21 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:46 am

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I am not sure about this, but isn't there a date stamped on the figure somewhere. I know the G1 figures are stamped but I never checked my reissues close enough to see if they changed the dates on there.

Either way, if you scored them for $20 a piece, good work and congrats!
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:57 am

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When talking about US reissues, check the launching mechanism. If it has a weak spring, chances are it's an original. If it has no spring at all, then it's a reissue. Blame Toy Safety Laws.
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby Breakdown 2099 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:53 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:When talking about US reissues, check the launching mechanism. If it has a weak spring, chances are it's an original. If it has no spring at all, then it's a reissue. Blame Toy Safety Laws.

JelZe, are there variations on the company stamping used?
Also, G1 Hoist Has equal amount of spacing around the screw used on his 2 shoulder vents. The reissue practically covers the vents over. They appear to have used bigger screws. He should also havethe rubsign on his roof. The CS Hoist does not
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby fenrir72 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:26 pm

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What JZGR said. On Optimus Prime, check his lower left back side. If there is a vertical mold line visible, then its a reissue. Plus, his front wheel rivets has been smoothened out. Piranacon has rivets instead of screws( also evident in the Prowl mold re-issues).

The date/ country stamping is also helpful(unless its a K.O.). Most are marked Made in China.
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Re: How to tell if it's a G1 original or reissue (without the box)?

Postby GuyIncognito » Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:43 pm

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:When talking about US reissues, check the launching mechanism. If it has a weak spring, chances are it's an original. If it has no spring at all, then it's a reissue. Blame Toy Safety Laws.


Tracks' missile launchers don't appear to have springs. In fact, the missiles seem to be stuck inside the launchers. (They might come out if I pull hard enough, but I'm not willing to try.) So I guess it's a reissue, and I'm going to assume Hoist is as well.

Thanks for the tip! I was hoping they were originals, but I'm still happy with them being reissues since I only paid $20 each and they're in perfect condition.
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