As promised, and as the Transformers Collectors' Club keeps sending out its Subscription Service 4.0 figures, Seibertron.com continues to provide its visual services to the figures - as we did with Needlenose when it shipped, so we do now with the figure that was intended to be retail Ruckus, changed into Combiner Wars Offroad by Hasbro, and now released under the Grabuge name by the Club!
Click on any of the images to open up the full gallery, as we plough full steam ahead towards our 5000 gallery milestone.
Seibertron.com's 4,000th Gallery is none other than ... my actual very 1st Transformer!
Here we are at Seibertron.com's 4,000th Transformers toy gallery. No prototype. No rare figure. Nothing new. Nothing of particular interest, except maybe to me. It has historical significance to Seibertron.com and much personal significance to myself. Lo and behold, it's my first Transformer from 1984 who is none other than G1 Bumblebee. He's battle damaged, worn, has some extra paint apps, rust, a flat tire, a missing tire, a damaged tire, a stress mark, and more. You might be wondering what's so special about this run-down Transformers toy. Well, he's my very first Transformers toy that I got way back in 1984 at the age of 7. It marks the beginning of something major in my life which ultimately has led to this very moment years later with you reading an article that I'm writing on Seibertron.com, a website about Transformers toys that I created 16 years ago. It is the earliest physical representation I possess of the moment Transformers became of interest to me. Here all of us are on Seibertron.com, which winds back to that moment in time.
Pretty unremarkable, huh? Well, let me tell you a story or three ...
Like all of you, my collision course with our favorite robots that convert from one thing to another and back, has a beginning. With me, it was one fateful Saturday morning when I woke at the crack of dawn, turned on the television to discover another weekly installment of Saturday morning cartoons, when I came across a cartoon about those very robots. I was mesmerized by the Transformers. I don't recall much about watching that first episode but I swear I remember flipping the channel to Wheeljack and Bumblebee's opening scene in the first episode. Later that day, I begged and pleaded my Mom to take me to Toys R Us to get a Transformer toy. She did, and she bought me the Mini-Bot Bumblebee toy you see featured below and my brother took home a Windcharger (thanks Mom!). My earliest connection with the Transformers comic, that I remember, was my Dad buying me a copy of Transformers #4 at a Perry Drug store. Transformers had fully captivated my childhood imagination.
As you'll see from the pictures in this gallery, there are some "artistic" shots showing the wear in detail. Some of my favorite photography shots that came out of this were of the rust on the screws and the diecast piece on Bumblebee's back as well as the shots of the tires. It's not perfect and that's the point. It was interesting photographing a toy for Seibertron.com that wasn't as close to perfection as I normally strive. Capturing this detail helps tell the story.
While I don't understand what happened with his tires, which appear to have melted at some point, I'm assuming the rust was caused by Bumblebee's many water adventures he went on. As a child, we lived on a lake in mid-Michigan about 1/2 way between Flint and Ann Arbor. I fascinated with taking my Transformers in the lake, playing with them on the sand, in the bathtub ... I had no long term plans for these toys at that time but I sure had about as much fun as a kid could have with them. They were buried in sand, entangled in covert missions amongst seaweed, had forest hideouts among leaf piles, wood chips, tree branches, shrubs or whatever else I could think of. On vacations up north, the Constructicons dug holes from the shores of the Straits of Mackinac all the way to "the other side of the world" (wherever that was) or they entombed their Autobot captives in sandy embankments.
His tech specs said "He can go underwater for reconnaissance and salvage missions" but didn't mention anything about him being rust proof.
Minimal bumper paint wear and the head is still attached amazingly and even has the decal on the back of his head still. Not bad 1980s-Ryan!
Rotted tire not included.
Does this mean that I didn't actually get Bumblebee in 1984 like I always thought? Shhh! Don't tell anyone!!!
Here's where memories can get the best of you. I swear on all that's holy that I got into Transformers during 1984. Yet, there's my original Bumblebee's copyright stamps staring me in the face with 1985 on it clear as it gets, aside from a little dirt from back in the day. Is it possible that Transformers toys in late 1984 were shipping with 1985 stamps on them? Can anybody help assure me that I did get Bumblebee in 1984 or is this proof that I probably didn't get into Transformers until 1985? I remember clear as day seeing that first episode of More Than Meets The Eye, which could have been in reruns already, but I know I got Marvel Comics Transformers #4 (which came out in December 1984) after I had Bumblebee, though it's highly possible that the comic had been shelf warming prior to my discovery of it.
C'mon! That's a cool photo you'd see in some art gallery somewhere or in some fancy art book about vintage toys.
More battle damage.
Gold paint remnants from "The Golden Lagoon" reenactment. You should see what happened during the Scraplets reenactment months later.
Yes, you read that correctly. I actually played out the Golden Lagoon cartoon episode complete with painting Transformers with gold paint. If you look closely at the copyright stamps on the bottom of his feet, you can even see one of my fingerprints from the gold paint. I was inspired to do this after my Dad introduced me to model cars and the paints that go with them. 10 year old me saw gold paint, I had Transformers, seemed like a great idea at the time. An idea that was superseded by the Scraplets week when I decided that I would take apart all of my Transformers with screwdrivers while playing out a Scraplets storyline, inspired by the Marvel Comics. My Transformers had much fun during my childhood and this gold paint remnants brings a smile to my face thinking about those fun days.
Minty collector owned G1 Bumblebee on left, Childhood Battle Damaged War Veteran version on the right
"Oh man, you've even got a nice rubsign still? I lost mine during a reconnaissance mission in Lake Ponemah."
Primus has been busy. Those Transformers are like petro-rabbits!
Hard to believe how many G1 Bumblebee toys I own now, not to mention the other 150+ Bumblebees I've photographed so far from my collection. What's even crazier is how many more Bumblebees are in my collection that I've never photographed, or how many Bumblebees I don't even own (such as the Estela ones). On the left side of the photograph: Encore Bumblebee, BotCon Glyph, e-Hobby Bug-Bite, near perfect rubsign Bumblebee, and Fun-4-All Keychain Bumblebee. On the right: G2 Bumblebee, G1 Bumblebee red version, Collection Bumblebee, and the G1 Bumblebee replacement I bought at BotCon 1996 (the rubsign came off and was replaced with an Autobot sticker from the Autobot sticker sheet included with Takara's New Year's Convoy set).
Ryan's 1st Transformer with Lost-and-found Soundwave from 2nd grade
One last early childhood memory of my Transformers. In the above photo, my 1st Transformer is pictured alongside Soundwave. One day in 2nd grade, I saw Soundwave sitting in the Lost-and-found window of the school office in my elementary school. I went into the office and asked the secretary if I could have it. She asked if it was mine and I told her no. She said that if the toy was still there in 1 week and on one claimed it, that I could have it. Every morning and afternoon for the next week, I went by the Lost-and-found to see if Soundwave was still there. The level of anticipation and excitement that built over the course of that week was probably more than I could handle. One week had passed, Soundwave was still there, and the Secretary let me take him home. For the next year and a half, Soundwave led my Decepticons against Perceptor's Autobots until Santa Claus brought me Ultra Magnus and Galvatron in 1986.
Side note: The Decepticon symbol on Lost-and-found Soundwave was made on my parent's inkjet printer way back in 1995. Man was I excited that I could make reproduction symbols. Unfortunately, I lost interest in that and was very content with what I had created.
Ryan Yzquierdo's 1st grade picture from 1983 - 1984 school year
Ryan's Autobot forces around Christmas 1988
You can see G1 Bumblebee, Ryan's 1st Transformer, on the left side of Metroplex
Ryan's Decepticon Forces around Christmas 1988 with Lost-and-Found Soundwave
Here's my amazing drawing of Bumblebee that I drew back around 1984 or 1985!**
Share Your Childhood Transformers Stories
So that's my 1st Transformer toy, everyone. It's been officially photographed so that it can continue to endure the sands of time. I hope all of you will share your own personal stories about your 1st Transformer(s) related memories on our forums so that others can enjoy hearing about what captured your imagination. While I love collecting Transformers toys, the memories of my life that come along with these toys are one of the greatest parts about collecting Transformers, and thanks to events like BotCon, the memories continue to be one of the parts that I cherish most from this hobby.
Well guys, here we are, and here are galleries numbered 3997, 3998 and 3999 in Seibertron.com's gallery system. That's right folks, we are now up to 3999, and number 4000 is only hours away! So, in preparation for that historical gallery, we bring to you our latest galleries, those being the Q-Transformers Hello Kitty Halloween Edition, My Melody and everyone's favorite Beagle Snoopy! We have posted only a preview of all the images that can be found in the gallery by merely clicking any image shown below.
Check them out, and let us know what you think in the comments section below. And, if you're really feeling daring, check out our 4000th Gallery Thread to let us know how excited you are for the gallery, what you think it will be, and just share in the excitement in preparation for tonight! And as always stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers News and Galleries!
Seibertron.com's 4,000th Transformers gallery will be posted later this evening on Friday, May 13th.
Which figure will the gallery feature? Will it be a new figure? A rare figure? A one-of-a-kind figure? A vintage figure? Something that's never been featured in the galleries before? A prototype? A historical piece?
The fandom seems abuzz with opinions on the upcoming Transformers Titans Return line, as we've seen from the conversation following the stock images we reported on recently. So here at Seibertron.com we've dipped back into where a lot of those characters started!
Check out our new galleries for the Decepticon Headmasters from all the way back in G1, and the year 1987: backwards self-talking Weirdwolf, tooth grinding fighter Skullcruncher, and master of dark forces Mindwipe! Each of course joined by their Nebulon partners Monzo, Grax, and Vorath respectively. All of these characters will be receiving updated toys in the upcoming Transformers Titans Return line later this year. You can view the galleries by clicking on any of the images below.
If you've been keeping count, this update brings us to 3,996 galleries. You know what that means? Only 4 left until the big milestone! What do you think the gallery will be? What would you want it to be?
Kids Logic G1 Super Deformed figures - We've brought you images from various toy fairs and events, we brought you a full video review of Mecha Nations MN08 Devastator, we told you we'd bring you a gallery update too; so here we go!
Clicking on any of the images below will take you to the full galleries for both the MN08 combiner and the 3-inch Kids Nation Mini-Figures TF04 Constructicon team members Hook, Scrapper, Long Haul, Bonecrusher, Scavenger and Mixmaster. Take a browse, check out the video review again, embedded below, and prepare yourselves for devastation... and for the 4000th gallery on Seibertron.com! What do you think will be the big milestone figure..?
Thanks to our very own Seibertron we now have a video review of the fan built combiner Victorion! As many of you will remember, we have already had an unboxing video as well as a whole gallery dedicated to her, but now we get a whole look at her in all her Christmasy rusty-renegade-y glory! Check out the video review below, and let us know what you think of her in the comment section. And as always stay tuned to Seibertron.com for all your latest Transformers News and Galleries!
Here at Seibertron.com we've seen a number of posts about the Takara Tomy Unite Warriors UW06 Combiner Haunt Leader Grand Galvatron set, including our own pictorial review here, but it's time for the full photo treatment and galleries, for each of the five members of this bizarre tribute to the franchise - just click on any of the images below!
The set includes reuses of previous molds released under Combiner Wars or Unite Warriors, some with retooling, some with just redecos and feature: Tactician Cyclonus, from the Cyclonus mold with a more cartoon based shade of blurple and fully orange cannon for the gestalt; Ghost Starscream, a new headed clear plastic retool of Skydive; Curse Armada Thrust, homaging the Unicron trilogy seeker in green, with a new head on Air Raid; Zombie War Breakdown, straight from Transformers Prime, looking at the toy that never was in the US; Wandering Roller, a sideways homage to IDW Roller, adding some ominous orange to Rook. The Gestalt Galvatron lookalike, you ask? A reference to the Headmasters series, in which the big purple himself decides to take on the universe in a Unicron like body - and still does, in United Warriors fiction, even after his death the first time round. Check out the gallery below!
Wish fulfillment for G1 fans! This week, we've got an update full of MINTY G1s! With over 200 new items in stock, there's something to please every hardcore G1 fan. Check out our "secret stash" items in C9-NEAR MINT condition like Devastator, Predaking, Optimus Prime, Hound, and even Targetmaster Cyclonus and a Roadbuster with unused stickers! Our high-res zoom feature means you get an up-close look at every figure before you buy. We always have the best selection of G1, but figures this fresh don't come often!
In addition to all that, we are also rolling out several boxed G1 figures this week, like a minty Jazz, unused Wheeljack, and Devastator giftset in nice boxes. To top it all off, we're expanding our AFA selection again with Dirge, Ramjet, Ratchet, and Red Alert (all tape sealed), plus a Red Label Reflector! Over 200 items in all.
Seibertron.com is proud to to present the gallery of the Transformers Collector's Club Figure Subscription Service 4.0 first figure, Needlenose. Which is an update to 1988's G1 Targetmaster Needlenose. TFSS Needlenose is a repaint of Combiner Wars Firefly and includes updated versions of Sunbeam and Zigzag (aka Zputty), which themselves are repaints of Caliburst and Holepunch.
Remember to keep your browsers pointed to Seibertron.com for the latest in Transformer news, the largest Transformers galleries found on the web and the liveliest Transformers discussion this side of a space bridge.
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