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Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover Domestic Pre-Order

Transformers News: Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover Domestic Pre-Order
Date: Wednesday, June 13th 2012 12:07pm CDT
Categories: Game News, Collectables
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): triKlops, Amazon

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Last month we reported that a pre-order had popped up on for Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover, the book is now available for domestic pre-order through Amazon. The hardcover is priced at $39.99 (Amazon price $28.40) and scheduled to release on October 2nd. No cover art revealed yet, product details listed below:

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: IDW Publishing (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613774435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613774434

Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover

Transformers News: Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover
Date: Saturday, May 19th 2012 12:17pm CDT
Categories: Game News, Collectables
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Amazon UK

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Views: 27,385 has listed a pre-order for Transformers: The Art of Fall of Cybertron Hardcover. At the moment it's only listed on and the details are very minimal. Priced at £29.99 with an October 2nd release date.

Product details
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: IDW Publishing (2 Oct 2012)
Language English
ISBN-10: 1613774435
ISBN-13: 978-1613774434

Matt Frank Art will be Available in Artist Alley at Botcon 2012

Transformers News: Matt Frank Art will be Available in Artist Alley at Botcon 2012
Date: Tuesday, April 17th 2012 7:01pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Event News, People News, Collectables
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s):

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Matt Frank has shown off a print that will be available at Botcon in Dallas TX. This is a faux cover for a "What If" Fall of Cybertron. Grimlock VS The Insecticons! Check out the image below or head over to by clicking here.

You can also see more of Mr. Frank's art by viewing his Deviant Art page which can be found here.


RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS - BlueWater Productions - Covers, interiors (2006-2008)
BEAST WARS SOURCEBOOK - IDW Publishing - Character art (2007-2008)
MARVEL HANDBOOKS - Marvel Comics - Art Refurbishing (2008-2009)
Challenge Games - Concept/Production Artist (2009)
BLACK PAW: RETURN OF THE DRAGON - Gleaming Scythe Productions - Character/creature design (2008-2010)
Chaotic Moon Studios - Concept/Production artist (2010)
GODZILLA: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS - IDW Publishing - Retailer Incentive covers (2011)
DUNGEON IN A DECK - Games By Gamers - Character design, creature design (2011)

Generations STARSCREAM at CybertronCon 2012

Transformers News: Generations  STARSCREAM at  CybertronCon 2012
Date: Sunday, March 11th 2012 4:12am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Event News, Game News, Collectables
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): DevastaTTor

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Oh yes, who's ready for a new line up of Seekers? I know I am. Thanks to News Crew member DevastaTTor, We have our first look at Transformers Generations Deluxe, Fall of Cybertron Starscream! This guy heavily resembles his War for Cybertron appearance. The indication is that he will be released Spring 2013. DevastaTTor adds:
Before a huge crowd for the Hasbro/Takara Tomy Brand Development and Product Panel Discussion, Hasbro revealed the first Generations figure to be released as part of wave 1 in 2013: deluxe class Starscream.

Transformers Global Brand Director, Jerry Jiovin, also teased the crowed a little with the potential for the release of FOC Grimlock. When asked by a member of the crowd if we'd see him in the same wave, he sheepishly grinned and answered " Stay tuned..."





DevastaTTor has joined Mach to represent at CybertronCon 2012, Singapore!

Additional Official Images of Fall of Cybertron Deluxes

Transformers News: Additional Official Images of Fall of Cybertron Deluxes
Date: Monday, February 20th 2012 2:53pm CST
Categories: Toy News, Game News, Press Releases, Collectables
Posted by: GetRightRobot | Credit(s): Transformers Facebook

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The more we learn about the Fall of Cybertron Combaticons, the more the team seems to increase in brightness. Some slight variations on what we have seen from Toy Fair. These images have been posted on the Official Transformers Facebook page. Check out some of the pictures below or click here to view the originating post. Be sure to check all of the extensive coverage from Toy Fair 2012 here.

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Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today

Transformers News: Reminder: Transformers: Exiles Available Today
Date: Tuesday, October 4th 2011 2:48pm CDT
Category: Collectables
Posted by: El Duque | Credit(s): Amazon

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Just a quick reminder, Alex Irvine's Transformers: Exiles was released today.

Product Description
The epic battles between Optimus Prime and Megatron have long thrilled Transformers fans. But these two giants weren’t always great leaders and bitter foes. This new novel continues the electrifying saga that started with Transformers: Exodus, unveiling the origins of the conflict—the explosive events that unfolded before Optimus and Megatron arrived Earthside, forever altering the destiny of their kind.

Alex Irvine (Author)


Once allies, Optimus and Megatron are now enemies in a civil war. To prevent Cybertron from falling into Megatron’s hands, Optimus jettisons the planet’s heart, the AllSpark, into space, then sets out to find it with Megatron hot on his heels. Optimus is determined to defeat Megatron, bring the AllSpark home, and restore Cybertron to its former glory.

But a saboteur lurks aboard Optimus’s spaceship, and ahead lie lost colonies, some of them hostile. Optimus needs help of the highest caliber, but from whom? Heroes such as Solus, Nexus, and Vector Prime are just names from make-believe stories of long ago. Or are they? Maybe it’s time for Optimus Prime to find out. Maybe it’s the only chance he has to vanquish mighty Megatron.

About the Author
Alex Irvine is the author of Transformers: Exodus, as well as the novels Buyout, The Narrows, and A Scattering of Jades, and the novelization of the film Iron Man 2. He also is the author of nonfiction books including The Vertigo Encyclopedia and John Winchester’s Journal, as well as the comic series Daredevil Noir and Hellstorm, Son of Satan: Equinox. A past winner of the Locus, Crawford, and

Transformers X Mimobots

Transformers News: Transformers X Mimobots
Date: Wednesday, June 22nd 2011 2:19pm CDT
Categories: Media, Collectables
Posted by: LOST Cybertronian | Credit(s): Mimobots

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Mimobots has come out with their new series called Transformers X. Mimobots are designer USB flash drives. The Optimus Prime and Megatron Mimobots come in capacities ranging from 2GB to 16GB. They come preloaded with special MimoDesk specific content such as wallpapers, icons, screensavers, and other digital extras. They retail starting at $22.95 each.

Optimus Prime


For 9 million years, Optimus Prime has battled Megatron over the Universe’s energy supplies and control of Cybertron. Now Optimus Prime is battling to defend your data!

The leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime MIMOBOT® stands heroic with his trademark red, white, and blue armor, and matching helmet. He's travelled across the galaxy with a singular purpose: to protect your data from falling into the greedy clutches of the evil leader of the Decepticons, Megatron. Optimus Prime MIMOBOT, Transform and Roll-out



For 9 million years, Megatron has battled for control over Cybertron and the Universe’s energy supplies. Now he has set his evil mind on seizing control of your data!

With steel-colored armor, menacing scowl and piercing eyes, Megatron MIMOBOT® boasts his classic Transformers style and will stop at nothing, least of all the feeble attempts of Optimus Prime, to gain the Universe’s data, and that means your documents, music, pictures and more!

Featured eBay auctions: Armada Bible, Hasbro autographed toy, BW Press Kit, & Seibertron t-shirts

Transformers News: Featured eBay auctions: Armada Bible, Hasbro autographed toy, BW Press Kit, & Seibertron t-shirts
Date: Thursday, May 6th 2010 5:42am CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Collectables, Auctions
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s):

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Every few days we'll be bringing you some cool Transformers eBay auctions that are worth taking a look at. If you have eBay Transformers auctions, please post them here in our Carbombya Buy/Sell/Trade forum. We'll take a look there first to see if you've got something cool posted that should be featured on Check back in 2 to 3 days for some more featured Transformers items from eBay.

All of today's featured auctions are unique items straight from I'm gearing up for my wedding, which is later this year, so it's time for these special items to find new homes. Enjoy!

Featured Auction #1 from

Transformers ARMADA IP Creative BIBLE from 2001


This auction is for the Transformers ARMADA IP CREATIVE BIBLE. I received this item via the mail from an anonymous fan of a few years ago. I forgot that I had this until recently when I was going through a box I had in my basement that I hadn't opened from when I moved back in 2008. Now engaged, I thought I'd save this item for when I have a massive blowout of extra stuff to help pay for wedding expenses. This "bible" was published on October 29th, 2001 (about 9 months prior to Hasbro's release of Transformers Armada). It is 56 pages long which includes the cover which I believe features unique artwork. There is also an additional set of paperwork included with this which includes 27 black-and-white "product" pages that feature product shots, "animated" (box) artwork from Dreamwave (months before their first comic hit the stands), and artwork from Aeon (the cartoon's primary animation company). Read more about this special item here.

Featured eBay Auction #2 from

Hasbro AUTOGRAPHED 25th anniversary Optimus Prime MISB


This auction is for a unique one-of-a-kind item that I received as a gift from Hasbro in early 2009. This item is a MISB 25th Anniversary Optimus Prime reissue in Transformers Universe packaging. The front window of the packaging is autographed by the 2008 (early 2009???) Transformers Brand Team from Hasbro. This item is really special to me. It bums me out that I have to part with it but I need help paying for my upcoming wedding so it's got to go. Hopefully whoever wins this auction will appreciate how unique and special this item is to die-hard Transformers collectors as much as I did.

Other than one signature on the window that I can't decipher, I believe all of the other autographs belong to the following people ...

Bill Rawley (Senior Designer)
Jared Wade (Design Director)
Eric Siebenaler (Lead Designer)
Vickie Stratford (Senior Design Project Manager)
Joe Kyde (Retail Exclusive Product Deco artist)
Mike Ballog (Brand Manager)
Aaron Archer (Senior Design Director)
Greg Lombardo (Senior Director of Marketing)
The photos in this auction are of the actual item that you are bidding on. Please refer to the pictures for further information.

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BEAST WARS Transformers PRESS KIT 1996 from Alliance


This auction is for a BEAST WARS Transformers PRESS KIT (Press Release) from Alliance. The press release is dated "May 27th, 1996" and is 13 pages long (including the "cover" page). The contents are as follows:

Page 1: cover page
Page 2: May 27th press release from Alliance titled "Beast Wars series premieres with winning ratings in U.S."
Page 3-4: About the CGI Animation
Page 5: About the Story
Page 6: About the Characters (Optimus Primal is listed as a gray / purple humanoid w/ giant bat wings)
Page 7-8: pages about Christopher Brough (BW Executive Producer and President of Mainframe Entertainment, Inc)
Page 9: page about Ian Pearson (BW Executive Producer)
Page 10: page about Stephane Reichel (BW Executive Producer)
Page 11: page about Steven Denure (BW Executive Producer)
Page 12-13: pages about Jonathan Goodwill (BW Producer)

I don't remember how I got my hands on this. I can't remember if they were handing them out at Botcon 1996 or if I received it directly from Mainframe for my old "Trans-Forum" newsletter (the precursor to that was published from 1996 to 1999). Some of the edges of the paper have started to yellow and the staple is getting a little loose that holds the pages together.

Featured Auction #4 from T-SHIRT TSHIRT Purple logo version XL


This auction is for an official XL T-SHIRT. It is a black t-shirt with the logo over the planet Cybertron. The logo is white over a purple planet Cybertron. This is the perfect chance for you to buy your shirt to show your support at BotCon 2010. Speaking of which, the annual Saturday Night party just happens to fall on's 10th anniversary on June 26th. The photos in this auction are examples of the item that you are bidding on.

7 XXL shirts and 1 XXXL shirt are also available.

Featured Auction #5 from

BACKTRACK GUNBARREL REVERB Transformers movie scout lot


This auction is for ALL THREE of the unreleased Target exclusive Movie scout class figures from 2008. This auction includes three MOSC Transformers figures Gunbarrel, Reverb, and Backtrack. These three figures were canceled and were never officially released in the States. The photos in this auction are of the actual items that you are bidding on. Please refer to the pictures for further information and to judge the packaging condition of these items.

Featured eBay Seller

This week's featured seller is none other than chicagorhinox, the official eBay account for Here's a list of all of the items that are currently available from

Hasbro AUTOGRAPHED 25th anniversary Optimus Prime MISB T-SHIRT TSHIRT Purple logo version XL T-SHIRT TSHIRT Purple logo version XXL T-SHIRT TSHIRT Purple logo version XXXL
Transformers ARMADA IP Creative BIBLE from 2001
BEAST WARS Transformers PRESS KIT 1996 from Alliance
DECEPTICON REVERB unreleased Transformers movie scout
BACKTRACK unreleased Transformers movie scout
GUNBARREL unreleased Transformers movie scout
BACKTRACK GUNBARREL REVERB Transformers movie scout lot
Transformers Playstation 2 PS2 Atari 2004 Armada game
SKELETOR MOTUC Masters Universe Classics MOSC reissue
HORDAK MOTUC Masters Universe Classics MOSC reissue
DARK SKYFIRE voyager Henkei Classics Transformers japan
REVERB scout MOSC Transformers ROTF Revenge Fallen
EJECTOR scout MOSC Transformers ROTF Revenge Fallen
DUNE RUNNER scout MOSC Transformers ROTF Revenge Fallen
DEAD END scout MOSC Transformers ROTF Revenge Fallen
SCALPEL scout MOSC Transformers ROTF Revenge Fallen
BACKTRACK unreleased Transformers movie scout
REVERB unreleased Transformers movie scout
GUNBARREL unreleased Transformers movie scout
BACKTRACK GUNBARREL REVERB Transformers movie scout lot
OPTIMUS PRIME leader class MISB ROTF Transformers
SKIDS MUDFLAP Ice Cream Truck MOSC ROTF Transformers
DIRGE deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers
PSP Transformers ROTF Game from Activision sealed
TUNER MUDFLAP deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers
SWERVE deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers
RAVAGE deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers
ARCEE deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers
SOUNDWAVE SDCC w/ cassettes MISB Transformers Universe
SOUNDWAVE deluxe MOSC ROTF Transformers

Happy bidding! Look for more featured eBay auctions later this week.

New FPCC Booklet Pics. More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Transformers News: New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?
Date: Saturday, April 25th 2009 7:41pm CDT
Categories: Rumors, Collectables
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Down_Shift & Mkall

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We just wet your pallet with pictures of the Fans Projects sneak peaks of "Rodimus Prime" and what is obviously some sort of "Springer" upgrade kit. We now know that "Springer" will be a completely new triple-changing mold. Expect images of that soon!

Now we bring you pictures of the comic offered in the FPCC instruction booklet. There are no words to this story but from this Mods perspective it goes a little something like this:

Page 1

A very cybertron mode looking Commander is driving out of a fortress. Overhead we see a shot of a helicopter transform in a very familiar way, with visible wheels in robot mode legs. As we see a close up of the face we see a flashback scene of Starscream holding what looks to be Arcee at gunpoint. Starscream shows an images of the energon cubes that are being transported by Commander.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 2

Springer takes a pot shot at Commander while he's driving down the road. This knocks Commander out of vehicle mode and lays him out helpless on the ground. As Springer approaches the downed Commander he notices the precious cargo laying about, exposed for the taking.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 3

As Springer reaches for the engeron cubes Commander has a flash back of his own. For some reason, we see Mudflap giving Commander instructions as to what the cargo and it's effects are for. It's a little vague, but they seem to be for power ups and upgrades.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 4

Commanders route is revealed to be a straight friggin' line! He gladly accepts this cherry mission and loads up his trailer with twin missile launchers and the precious, precious energon cube cargo. He then recaps the last thirty seconds where he was attacked and let said cargo fall into enemy hands.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 5

Commander strikes back against his attacker and causes him to drop one of the disrupted energon cubes. As he slides to make the save he collides with his cargo trailer. As Commander and the trailer meet something very magical and bright happens... so epic it blinds his attacker.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 10 (the last five pages are the actual instructions to merge the trailer)

Springer is shocked to see the gigantic upgrade Commander has acquired and decides "Hey, maybe now that he's a mobile fortress I'll attack him head on". Springer leaps at commander looking to cleave him in two when the new and improved POWERED COMMANDER catches the blade in one hand.

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 11

Powered Commander and Springer struggle for control when suddenly something happens to Powered Commanders Spark Core. It reaches out and touches Springers. It shockingly reveals Springers pain to him and his reasons for his surprise attack. That dirt bag Starscream has Springers woman!

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

Page 12

As Powered Commander realizes Springers reasons for the attack he releases Springers sword and turns face. Shocked, Springer stands in awe of his opponents mercy. As Powered Commander looks back something mystical starts a reaction between the two combatants sparks. To be continued?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

New FPCC Booklet Pics.  More Hints @ Springer Mould?

I hope this blew your mind like it did mine.

Stay tuned as MKall and I post a very revealing interview we had with Fans Project and what they have planned for the future!

Site Article: A Survival Kit for New Collectors

Transformers News: Site Article:  A Survival Kit for New Collectors
Date: Friday, June 13th 2008 11:58am CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Collectables, Editorials
Posted by: Counterpunch | Credit(s): Counterpunch

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Here's an article suggested to me which puts down some information and common questions that new collectors often have. Hope that some of you out there find it to be a helpful primer to the hobby.

I get, a lot of questions posed to me both in real life and online in regards to toys and toy purchases. It’s an interesting side effect of having both been in the hobby for 7 or 8 years now, of being a vocal member of the community, and from experience collecting various exclusives and oddities. Most of the questions come to me via other collectors who have a degree of experience (or a lot of experience) in the hobby and are stuck on a particular purchase or bit of information. It was recently pointed out to me that many of the newer collectors, those who came in via the movie and now through Animated are kind of stranded without a solid source of information on some of the tricky money based elements of the hobby.

This article is for you newbie. It’s for the literal hordes of Seibertronians out there who read and don’t post and it’s for those out there who aren’t necessarily sure what question to even start by asking.


So, let’s get down to the most important factor in your collection: Money. You may be someone who lives at home, is still in school, an old collector returned, or even someone who has stable employment. No matter who you are, your ability to collect toys is based on your ability to save, budget, and have available the money to make those purchases.

I won’t go into the whole discussion of what money is in relation to time; instead I will just make this as clear and simple as possible: Transformers do not get cheaper. They do not decrease in value. They are probably the most stable and profitable collectable around. This means, that Transformer toys are never cheaper than they are on the shelf of a TRU (Toys R Us), Wal-Mart, or Target. If you know what you want, plan to buy it in the store. Secondary market prices for our hobby are a dangerous place to tread. Even more dangerous is the fact that on the secondary market (read: eBay), you’re contending against jerks like me who will buy what we want regardless of the price.

On occasion you can find ‘End of the Year’ sales at the major retailers where often times you can score buy one get one deals or other such mark downs. Trust me; these are the exception to the rule. Keep one thing predominantly in your mind if you want to be a collector with a wallet that remains fat: Pay NOW, or PAY later. Money in your pocket is never worth as much as it is now and prices online only go up.


eBay has become a dastardly place in the past 2 or 3 years for Transformers collectors. Values on everything have skyrocketed. Add up the factors of shrinking stock of figures in the open market, increased interest by fans, and attention from sellers that there is profit to be made and you have a demon on your hands.

The only real trick to successful eBay shopping is to be patient. Watch and learn what things go for. If you really want something on eBay, watch it for a month, get an idea of prices and then decide how much you are willing to put out for the toy.

One other thing that should be said is to avoid feeding the sharks. Many out there will buy up entire initial waves of new toys and list them at inflated prices. The trick is that in buying up all the stock, they create a false sense of limited availability and you wind up buying something that you will find in Wal-Mart in 2 weeks. Be patient and be smart. Only once in several years during the Energon series was stock SO limited that you could not find things in the store (and that was largely Wal-Mart’s fault…).

On-line Retailers

Find one, make friends, and reap the rewards. Eventually, you are going to want something shiny and Japanese…your friendly neighborhood On-line Retailer to the rescue. They all have their points of favorability and points of contention. I can’t emphasize the importance of having a reliable retailer enough. If you are going to dive into the dangerous and expensive world of foreign toys, you’re going to need an ally. There are the “Big 3”, being BigBadToyStore, TFSource, and Hobby Link Japan.

BigBadToyStore (BBTS) is my usual choice, but that’s just my personal preference. You will hear complaints that their prices are high and to some degree this is a valid complaint because they ARE higher than other shops, especially in regards to recent vintage items. However, your money gets you great shipping, tracked packages, and most importantly a real, legitimate, and outstanding return policy. They understand that collectors expect a degree of perfection from their purchases and are willing to exchange unsatisfactory items. I have returned reissues and Masterpiece figures alike with no hassle. They do not charge for pre-orders until the item arrives. You BETTER learn to use this service well. While you may not be able to afford that Masterpiece figure now, getting one reserved and saving up for it is a very valuable service. BBTS also offers numerous ways to save on shipping.

TFSource is another popular choice. The downside with them is that all pre-orders are paid immediately. However, TF Source has cheaper prices to make up for it. They also are the undisputed kings of packaging and quick shipping. For items you want to buy now, I would rate them on par with BBTS.

Hobby Link Japan is a popular choice among other collectors that I have not had the pleasure of dealing with yet. I understand them to be quite reliable, reasonably priced, and that they have the best shipping options for those not within the US.

I’m biased towards BBTS and I suppose it shows, but I like options in my purchasing. The other listed retailers are all great and have been supporters of this very site. They all deserve your business.

Acting Like a Little Twit

One word: Don’t. Here’s the issue; being a little twit is infectious. People see you freak out and do so in return. One notable example of being a little twit is the Movie Concept Bumblebee Incident of 2007. Scores of new fans learned a lesson in patience and that they were in fact, not the first people ever to have to hunt for Transformers. You see, Bumblebee from the recent movie was a main character, something which begets numerous releases. Now when the toy was first released, fans flipped. It was literally ridiculous. We would have 10 or more threads in the toy forum about where to find 08BB. Though all the older board members and collectors said, “Chill, it’s all good. No worries.” The good advice fell on def ears. As such, impatient fans paid up to and more than $50 for a $10 toy. They fed the sharks and suffered humiliation as the toy was released as a heavy packed item in subsequent wave releases, was put into two Target exclusives, put into the Battle Scene box, and finally released as a premium toy. The point is, don’t be impatient about collecting. Sure, you can’t wait a year or more to find a toy, but occasionally you may find yourself wondering, “Am I in fact being an jerk over a toy?” If you were wondering this question at any time, the answer is ‘yes’.

Store Exclusives

Make your decisions on whether or not you want these guys early on. Store exclusives are no longer shelfwarmers. They command some of the ugliest mark-ups on the secondary market. Even if you think that a given toy is horrid, explore every aspect of said toy to figure out if you really can live without it. Chances are that if you don’t act soon, you will in fact be living without one. Example: CostCo release of Armada Prime and Overload. At only $50 at the time of release, this was a bargain…You got a Leader Class toy and a Voyager Class toy. You were actually saving $10.

Can you live without this?

Hope so, it’s in the $200 range now, if you can find one…

Real Exclusives…

Store exclusive toys are nice…They’re good at separating your collection from about 50% of the others out there. Someday though, you might be interested in something so…off, so…rare, that other collectors stop and say, “Hey buddy, what the hell have you got there?’

Oh, how the Japanese must laugh when they decide the ways that collectors will have to go to get these toys. Some examples include breaking up a set or team and distributing them individually across Japan in various store. How about making you buy some crazy book, clipping some Japanese coupons, and mail ordering a green ambulance? Are you a fan of coloring contests? Well, unless you live in Japan and are ready to jump through these hoops, your gaijin option is to pay far, far too much to obtain these toys.

Only you, as a collector with your own interests and desires can decide if you are willing to pay anywhere from 5-10 times what the retail value of a standard toy is to obtain these. This is dangerous territory and you need to determine early on if you are willing to tread into it. Let’s see where you’re at.

How does something like this strike your fancy?

Only $80-120 for the figure…

($40 for the black sword he’s holding…)


If you joined us as collectors in the past 2 years you may have the impression that BotCon is an evil horde of scalping elitists. BotCon is a community event you should make every attempt to attend. It is probably the most expensive thing discussed yet. Saving up is a necessity. The entry fee alone to get in and get a box set is about $300. Hotel costs, travel, food, and everything else are on top of that. Plus there is always another $250 of convention toys to buy as well as the hypnotizing dealer room.

It ain’t for everybody…

Understand though, that the BotCon set of toys is a glorified set of repaints. Glorious both in terms of look and price. BotCon sets are never requirements for collections. Even the much lauded 2007 set with its Classics Thundercracker was not necessary to finish the collection of Classics (Technically, Thundercracker, Thrust, and Dirge were all dead by the end of the related fiction and are not really a continuing aspect of Classics). Most importantly what you need to know about BotCon is that the toys can be purchased without going to the convention. You can have them shipped to your door and when you do, go ahead and throw all those ‘elitist’ garbage comments out at the same time.


So, you want to buy ALL of a line? Are you ready for what this actually means to your life and wallet? Consider this. To purchase the entire Armada line at retail would have cost you about $1,200 before your local tax is put on. Energon would have cost you about $1,700. Cybertron falls in around a tidy $1,500. I know. I keep track of these things. The problem is that these approximations do not account for the various exclusives and other things to track down.

Being a completionist means different things to different people. You will likely not ever actually complete a line. For example, Armada can only be truly finished by about 5-10 people in the world. Shining Unicron makes that feat an virtual impossibility. Not only are there 10 or less of him in existence, but he costs about $4,000-6,000 a pop. The good news is that you shouldn’t have to feel like you need to buy everything. Carefully consider what you want out of a line of toys. You may only want the on-screen cast. You may only want the Autobots. You might want all the US releases. The point is to have a plan and not shoot in the dark. That’s a quick hard way to part with your money and usually only leaves collectors with a hollow unaccomplished feeling.

Wo-mans folk

Question: Can I have a girlfriend AND be a Transformers collector?

Nope! Haha! You’re screwed.

You can however, be a cool person who collects toys and has a girlfriend (boyfriend, partner, what the hell ever…). The question should be, ‘Can I choose between finding someone who likes me for who I am and finding someone who will tolerate the things I do.” Fellow collectors will tell you all the time that toy collecting is normal and nothing to be ashamed of. This is only part right. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, but normal?..not so much. The thing is, that doesn’t matter. It’s not the point. Don’t justify who you are and what you like to your friends, family, or relations.

After all, how can a prospective girlfriend or boyfriend be accepting of your hobby if even you have to justify it?

Be cool. If collecting toys is an aspect of your hobbies and personality there is someone out there who is compatible. Hiding who and what you are only makes it suspect. There are plenty of people out there, both male and female who think like you do. Relax and enjoy life by not letting either your hobbies overwhelm your relationships or by letting others make decisions about the things you love to do.

Home is Where the Homepage is…

One thing I discovered in the past few years was the validity of the online community. Oftentimes we trivialize online relationships, drama, and interaction to make it seem ‘less real’. Here is a bit of naught said truth that more people should realize: “Friends and relationships you make online in today’s world are often times as real and valid as those in the everyday (irl) world.” Many of the people you talk to online are people you interact with more than your co-workers etc. The benefits of getting to know people are significant. Often times they will be willing to help you track down hard to find figures, clue you into local releases, and otherwise just provide for good communication. I have been repeatedly struck by the good will and friendly nature of those collectors I meet in the local community and at BotCon.

Don’t waste this valuable community resource we have here. Post counts, mod-ship, and internet celebrity be damned. Interact, introduce yourselves, and get to know the community at hand. There is ample opportunity to enjoy your hobby that much more by making it something that you can share with likeminded collectors and friends.

That about sums it all up. Throw out questions, say hello for the first time, or just jump in to the boards. Community resources extend beyond the news and pictures. It’s inevitably the discussion, debate, and occasional flames that bring everyone together and make this hobby something to talk about.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #136 - The Gathering
Twincast / Podcast #136:
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Posted: Saturday, January 30th, 2016