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Exclusive G1 Movie Jazz Repaint Out Now in the U.S.

Transformers News: Exclusive G1 Movie Jazz Repaint Out Now in the U.S.
Date: Thursday, August 9th 2007 5:09pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Sludge*loves*beer

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Our own Sludge*loves*beer has reported the following sighting:

August 9, 2007: I was at the Pasadena, CA Target store this morning and I bought the Movie Jazz G1 repaint, there weren’t anymore left. The purpose of this was to let you guys know that it is out there. I would have posted this on the sighting page but it didn’t have a picture of this figure. Thanks for your time.

Please remember to report all your Transformers sightings in the Seibertron.com Sightings Section.

New Voyager Class and Deluxe figures spotted at Toys R Us stores in Chicagoland area

Transformers News: New Voyager Class and Deluxe figures spotted at Toys R Us stores in Chicagoland area
Date: Thursday, August 9th 2007 1:30pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Seibertron | Credit(s): Starscream

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Voyager Class Optimus Prime and Megatron have been sighted at a Toys R Us in Schaumburg, IL. Thanks to my good friend and Seibertron.com staff member Starscream for the photo from his iPhone! In addition, I just purchased an Ultimate Bumblebee figure last night at a Target store here in Chicago. It looks like it's time to start hunting for figures again!

Movie Voyager Class figures at Toys R Us

Remember to report your toy sightings in the Seibertron.com Toy Sightings section.


UPDATE!!! TRU on Western in Chicago just put out a bunch of new stock, including the Voyager Class figures mentioned above and the new wave of Deluxe figures. Seibertronians, transform and roll out to your nearest Toys R Us stores!!! I will do my best to post galleries of some of the new figures within the next week for all of you to see.

Movie Deluxes at Toys R Us


UPDATE #2!!! Ultimate Bumblebees at a Target in Chicago:

Ultimate Bumblebees @ Target

Ultimate Bumblebees @ Target

SDCC Rodimus Removed From HasbroToyShop.com

Transformers News: SDCC Rodimus Removed From HasbroToyShop.com
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 8:20pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Collectables
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Scaleface

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Scaleface brought to our attention that San Diego Comic Con exclusive Alternator Rodimus no longer appears on Hasbro Toy Shop at all.

When he had sold out, the entry for the product still remained, albeit with an Out of Stock tag next to it. It was rumored that at different times he came back 'In Stock', but was just as quickly out of stock. But now there is no listing at all. For those hoping that a future re-stock would come, it appears, unfortunately that it is not likely to happen.

You should also note that the Exclusive GI Joe Destro product entry has also been removed, and it was having similar results to the Alternators Rodimus, many folks were still hoping to nab one of those too, and had seen it come and go as being 'In Stock' then out of stock.

Of note: The highly under-rated Titanium Menasor is still available, as is the Star Wars Hot Selling McQuarrie styled Yoda and Obi Wan two pack. Marvel Legends fans can still nab Stan Lee, and She Hulk too!

It looks like eBay is your best option now if you still want either of those two awesome comic convention exclusives.

Keep a vigilant eye on the Seibertron.com Toy News folks, as we try to keep you updated on the latest news on your favorite exclusives.

Transformers as an Investment

Transformers News: Transformers as an Investment
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 5:13pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Site Articles
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Lapse Of Reason

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The latest Seibertron.com site article comes to us courtesy of our own Lapse Of Reason. In this article Lapse Of Reason looks at the debate of whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment's sake. Without further delay here is Lapse Of Reason's article:

There is often debate whether Transformer collectors should keep their collection MISB for investment's sake. Almost all agree that a MISB figure retains more value than a loose figure. Some Transformers fans balk at the idea and throw around the mantra "free them from their plastic prisons!" Others prefer to keep their collection preserved in it's original state, beautiful box art and all.

So who is right? Is there even a right and wrong answer to this debate? Let's examine each perspective, and in the end make an educated decision.

The Investor

The typical Transformer investor buys Transformers mainly because he or she has a genuine love of the toys.

They choose to buy something they enjoy and carry the satisfaction that their collection will someday be worth more than what he or she paid. In the meantime, they enjoy having the figures in MISB state. The more pristine the box, the deeper the satisfaction - especially for older Generation One (G1) figures. Some go as far to have them graded by the AFA (Action Figure Authority, http://www.toygrader.com/). AFA graded figures receive a specific rating recognized by the toy collecting community, thereby increasing the value of the figure and giving the owner of an AFA graded figure an even deeper level of satisfaction.

In general, toys and collectables are a poor long-term investment unless you choose the right toys in which to invest. Often collectables peak at a certain price and don't continue to grow in value at a steady rate. Exclusive or hard to find figures are the general exception, as well as figures in a rare, well preserved state. The rule of thumb with any collectable is something is only worth what another is willing to pay for it. This makes toy investing a higher risk than a more conservative approach, such as a CD or mutual fund.

G1 Transformers, however, seem to be special circumstance fueled by an ingenious marketing strategy perfected 25 years ago. Many G1 toys have increased in value at very high rates. A $100 figure then (Fort Max) still MISB (Mint In Sealed Box) sells for over $1200 today. That's an 1,100 percent margin! In comparison, say you took a $100 and invested it in a 10 year 5% CD (compounded annually). At the end of ten years you would only have $163. In 20 years, $265.50. While Fort Max is a flagship example, the average margin of return on MISB G1 toys seems to hover at a 500% to 1000% return on the original investment (or roughly 5 to 10 times its original selling price). Inflation has not been taken into consideration here, for the sake of simplicity.


Surprises can come along that devalue a collectable toy. Reissues, for example can fulfill some of the demand for a once rare figure by making them more affordable. The original may still fetch a higher price, but maybe not as much as it would have before the reissue. There is currently still a strong enough market for collectors of "original G1 toys only" to stabilize the price of the vintage figures.

Popularity of the character, the quantity originally available, exclusivity of the figure, regions of distribution, the age of the toy, or the difficulty of maintaining the toy in good condition (G1 Swoop, for example), or an event that triggers a revival of interest (like the new movie) all play a factor in the value of a collectable figure. The best investments are exclusives like this year's Botcon set where you could flip it and get an instant 300% to 500% return.



On the flip side, let's examine another common viewpoint.

The Toy Liberator


The vast majority of toys are opened and played with by children - the target market. Although Hasbro and other major toy companies occasionally cater to adult collectors, they are in the business of selling toys to children and their primary focus will always be the child market.

The adult "toy liberator" buys Transformers for the same main reason as the investor - he or she loves Transformers. The difference is that these people would much prefer to open up the box and free the figure from its cardboard prison. They like to transform the figure, pose it in various stances, and later often retire it to a shelf filled with many other "freed" toys. These figures are always available to be moved around, posed in battle scenes, picked up and transformed, and maybe even swooshed around the room now and then. Sometimes they end up in storage or collecting layers of dust on the shelf, but they are admired, enjoyed, and played with.

Loose G1 Transformers also have increased in value, despite the lack of a box and pristine condition. The average return on investment of a loose G1 Transformers in decent condition hovers in the 200% to 600% range (or 2 to 6 times the original selling price). Although not as big of a margin as MISB toys, they still carry their own weight as far as investing goes. Usually these are bought by other collectors of loose toys wishing to fill a gap in his or her collection.

Some collectors are on the fence between MISB collecting and loose figure collecting, so they open their toys but preserve the boxes. While the inclusion of a box might boost the sale of a figure, it will usually not boost it to the sale price of a MISB figure. Therefore the resale values lie somewhere in between loose and MISB value.

There are also many collectors out there who never plan to sell their toys. Such a thought is never a consideration. Ten, twenty, or thirty years from now such feelings of attachment may subside, but the point is that many collectors could care less about the collectable value of the toy and are more concerned with what the figure is worth to them.

Other Considerations


Transformers are special. You can see that by just visiting this site - so many adults still hooked on them after so many years. That, in time, might fade. Thirty years from now, the generation that did not grow up with G1 toys may not value them in mass the way we do today. Values can drop as time goes on because it is the nostalgia factor that has kept Transformers going for so long. Just because it is old does not mean it is valuable. I had a large amount of one billion year old rocks in my backyard that I could not even give away. Like I wrote before, a collectable is only worth what somebody is willing to pay. Take away the target market for vintage G1 figures and the values will drop. Or maybe Transformers will somehow stand the test of time. It does not seem like Hasbro has plans of ever stopping the Transformers brand, but over long periods of time things do change.


Decision Time


So are Transformers a worthwhile investment? The answer all depends on you. If you love the toys but want to be able to cash out on them later in life, then maybe MISB collecting is for you. If your idea of enjoyment is to open it up and play with the figure, that is a good choice too.

Unfortunately, no matter how vast or complete your collection is, you will not be able to make enough money to retire and live well off of it (unless you are lucky and list your collection on eBay for $1 million and some fool bids on it it).



Therein lies the heart of the matter. Keep your collection boxed or open them up because it suits your taste. There is nothing wrong with that. Collect these toys because you love them. The money is a nice second. Although G1 Transformers have a high return margin, it is still a relatively little amount of money. You won't be able to retire off of income generated by selling your Transformers. For that, you’re far better off investing in coastal real estate.

New Out of Package Images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream

Transformers News: New Out of Package Images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 4:14pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): ACToys.net

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Over the past few weeks more and more images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream have surfaced. New images of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream have been posted at ACToys.net. These images appear to be of the Unites States release and not the Japanese release because there is no weathering and markings paint applications on the figure. View the latest photos of U.S. Masterpiece Starscream here.

Commemorative Reissue Soundwave Out Now in the U.K.

Transformers News: Commemorative Reissue Soundwave Out Now in the U.K.
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 2:47pm CDT
Categories: Toy News, Sightings
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): RichCore

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We have news about a new sighting in the United Kingdom. Our own RichCore has reported finding Hasbro's Commemorative Reissue Soundwave at a Toys "R" Us in Nottingham. The figure costs £25.

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Toyfare: 100 Best Toys Ever Made

Transformers News: Toyfare: 100 Best Toys Ever Made
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 10:20am CDT
Categories: Toy News, Media, Collectables
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): Toyfare, tacogrande

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The latest issue of Toyfare is out with it's latest poll "100 Best Toys Ever Made" Thanks to our own tacogrande for letting us know that a few transformers ranked pretty high on the list, such as Masterpiece Megatron and Music lable Soundwave.

But who is #1 on this list? Who is the King of Kings in the toy collecting community you ask? Well it's none other then the rightful heir to the throne himself Masterpiece Convoy! This isn't really a big surprise as fans have been saying this for years. If you haven't done so already, run out and grab yourself a copy of the latest issue of Toyfare today!

Ebay Auction for "Transformer Toy Prototype" Movie Busts

Transformers News: Ebay Auction for "Transformer Toy Prototype"  Movie Busts
Date: Tuesday, August 7th 2007 10:05pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): eBay member alphanemoon

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An interesting auction has popped up on eBay. This auction is for two unreleased Optimus Prime Busts. One is a bust of Protoform Optimus Prime and the other is Movie Optimus Prime. Both stand about 8 inches and appear to be unfinished.

To see the auction and take a stab at winning these, click here

First Images of Movie Battle Damaged Optimus Prime

Transformers News: First Images of Movie Battle Damaged Optimus Prime
Date: Tuesday, August 7th 2007 2:12pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TFormers.com

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It looks like there is yet another version of Transformers Movie voyager Optimus Prime on the way. TFormers.com has posted the first images of Battle Damaged Optimus Prime. Click here to view the images of Battle Damaged Optimus Prime.

New In Package Images of Encore Reissues

Transformers News: New In Package Images of Encore Reissues
Date: Tuesday, August 7th 2007 1:46pm CDT
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Seibeertron and ACToys.net

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The release of TakaraTomy's Encore reissues is almost upon us. Recently there have been a few new images of Encore figures surfacing. Now new in package images of all four Encore figures, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave, have been posted on ACToys.net. View the images by clicking here.

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