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

Feel free to discuss anything about any of the thousands of Transformer toys here. Anything from Generation 1 all the way to the soon to be released, the never to be released or the hope to be released is fair game! Want to show off your stuff? Please post your's and see others in the Transformers Collections Forum.

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

Postby GuyIncognito » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:31 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!
User avatar
GuyIncognito
Faction Commander
Posts: 4896
News Credits: 12
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:06 am
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Buy from GuyIncognito on eBay

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

Postby PrymeStriker » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:44 am

Motto: "When did I get this tattoo?"
Weapon: Thrust Gun
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.
Last edited by PrymeStriker on Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:46 am, edited 1 time in total.
Image
By "Kim Yura" & "Zimmo81"
Henry921 wrote:You can always be counted on to listen to reason, Pryme.

Dead Metal wrote:Have you ever, and i mean ever seen/read/heard something that is completely original and does not copy/homage/pay tribute to something else? Here's a hint: Nope. You never have and you never will.
User avatar
PrymeStriker
Guardian Of Seibertron
Posts: 5782
News Credits: 15
Joined: Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:57 pm
Location: Happytown, Hell
Alt Mode: An Enormous Red Rocket
Strength: 1
Intelligence: 1
Speed: 1
Endurance: 1
Rank: 1
Courage: 1
Firepower: Infinity
Skill: 1

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

Postby SJ21 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:46 am

Motto: "You don't know because you can't see me. Then you are dead."
Weapon: Sniper Rifle
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!
Check out my collection!

the-sj21-collection-t96905.php
SJ21
Godmaster
Posts: 1548
Joined: Thu Oct 30, 2008 9:59 am
Location: Pennsylvania
Strength: ???
Intelligence: ???
Speed: ???
Endurance: ???
Rank: ???
Courage: ???
Firepower: 10
Skill: 10

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

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:57 am

Motto: "The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
Weapon: Dual Bladed Sword
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.
"I have Autism and I'm proud of it!" - Myself

Top 5 Priorities:

1) BW Neo X-7 Elphaorpha
2) RiD Grimlock, Hightower & Wedge
3) Energon Sledge, Duststorm, Bonecrusher & Wideload
4) Universe 2003 Night Slash Cheetor
5) BW Convobat (red) & Megalligator (purple)

The resident Rewind... well, half of one :lol:

- Jelze Bunnycat =:3
User avatar
JelZe GoldRabbit
God Of Transformers
Posts: 17511
News Credits: 22
Joined: Thu Feb 17, 2005 6:45 am
Location: McKinney, Texas, USA; Delft, the Netherlands
Strength: 5
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 8
Endurance: 7
Rank: 1
Courage: 6
Skill: 5

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

Postby Breakdown 2099 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:53 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.

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
Breakdown 2099

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

Postby fenrir72 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:26 pm

Motto: "Power to the strong and the right!"
Weapon: Plasma Cannon
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.
Shadowman to quote

"Puberty is a hell of a drug......get out of my office!"
User avatar
fenrir72
Matrix Keeper
Posts: 8751
News Credits: 53
Joined: Wed Aug 10, 2005 4:37 am
Location: SEA
Buy from fenrir72 on eBay
Strength: 9
Intelligence: 9
Speed: 6
Endurance: 10+
Rank: 9
Courage: 10
Firepower: 8
Skill: 9

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

Postby GuyIncognito » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:43 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.
User avatar
GuyIncognito
Faction Commander
Posts: 4896
News Credits: 12
Joined: Thu Dec 06, 2007 10:06 am
Location: Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Buy from GuyIncognito on eBay


Return to Transformers Toys Discussion

Ending Soon On eBay

TRANSFORMERS UNITED UN-27 UN27  WINDCHARGER VS DECEPTICON WIPE-OUT MISB - Time Remaining: 4 days 21 hours 39 minutes 11 seconds
Barricade figure TRANSFORMERS Energon Combat Class 2004 Hasbro Bruticus RID - Time Remaining: 4 days 10 hours 57 minutes 51 seconds
Vintage 1985 Transformers G1: ASTROTRAIN Triple Changer Complete w/ Instructions - Time Remaining: 4 days 4 hours 43 minutes 39 seconds
Transformers Titanium Menasor MISB New SDCC Exclusive Die Cast - Time Remaining: 5 days 5 hours 58 minutes 47 seconds
Transformers Cybertron Lot of 3; Mudflap, Smokescreen, Armorhide - Time Remaining: 4 days 14 hours 3 seconds
Transformers Animated Leader Class Megatron Osprey Helicopter - In Sealed Box - Time Remaining: 3 days 17 hours 15 minutes 11 seconds
Transformers G1 Battletrap Helicopter Macau Action Figure Hasbro Takaka Japan - Time Remaining: 4 days 5 hours 59 minutes 57 seconds
Transformers G1 Lightspeed 1987 Action Figure Hasbro MACAU - Time Remaining: 4 days 5 hours 30 minutes 8 seconds
Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #156 - Gestalt Theory
Twincast / Podcast #156:
"Gestalt Theory"
MP3 · iTunes · RSS · View · Discuss · Ask
Posted: Saturday, September 24th, 2016