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Transformers Mosaic: Two is Company

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Two is Company
Date: Monday, August 27th 2007 4:44pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): Richter

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The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:


It should be noted that this project is not in any way officially affiliated with either IDW Publishing or Hasbro. They're just some short stories crafted by your fellow Transformers enthusiasts.

That being said, everyone is welcome to leave comments and whatnot regarding the posted stories. Just bear in mind that no one has been paid for this work. These stories are the result of people taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love.


This week we present "Two is Company", written and colored by Alex Leece (aka Matrix) with artwork by Nick Llewllyn.


Transformers Mosaic: Feeling Yellow

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Feeling Yellow
Date: Sunday, August 26th 2007 12:29pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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The celebration of the new Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron partnership continues! So far many fans are begging for more, and who can blame them since the each issue of Mosaic is awesome! Today we bring you issue 6, which is titled Feeling Yellow. This extra-special piece is brought to you by Luke Barnett (aka Bassbot) on story, with Robby Musso (aka REX-203) on art, John-Paul Bove on colors, Kris Carter (aka Drivaaar) on letters and edits by Mary Canada (aka DoubleTake).


Transformers Mosaic: Avatar

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Avatar
Date: Saturday, August 25th 2007 7:43pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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The celebration of the new Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron partnership continues! So far many fans are begging for more, and who can blame them since the each issue of Mosaic is awesome! Today we bring you issue 5, which is titled "Avatar". It's written by Gary Carney (aka Nerroth), with art by Mike Moran (aka MilkManX) and colors by Clay Lewis.


Transformers Mosaic: The Curse

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: The Curse
Date: Friday, August 24th 2007 6:30pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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The celebration of the new Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron partnership continues! So far many fans are begging for more, and who can blame them since the each issue of Mosaic is awesome! Today we bring you issue 4, which is titled "The Curse". It's written by Carlos Oliveros (aka Synapse), with art by Ivan Mas (aka Decep). Enjoy!


Transformers Mosaic: Reflection

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Reflection
Date: Thursday, August 23rd 2007 6:47pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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The celebration of the new Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron partnership continues! So far the feed back has been great, and people have been wanting more, and who can blame them since the each issue of Mosaic is awesome! Today we bring you issue 3, which is titled "Reflection". It's written by J.J. Price (aka Ford DeceptiFocus), artwork is by Kris Carter (aka Drivaaar) and edits by Mary Canada (aka DoubleTake). Enjoy!



Transformers Mosaic: Ghost in the Machine

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Ghost in the Machine
Date: Wednesday, August 22nd 2007 7:28pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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We are continuing our celebration of the new Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron partnership. So far people have been wanting more, and who can blame them since the each issue of Mosaic is awesome! Today we bring you issue 2, which is titled "Ghost in the Machine". "Ghost in the Machine" is written by George Smrekar (aka GeO), and the artwork is by Eric Allard (aka Herobot)! Enjoy:


Transformers Mosaic: Penumbra

Transformers News: Transformers Mosaic: Penumbra
Date: Monday, August 20th 2007 7:36pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Site Articles, Site News
Posted by: Hotrod | Credit(s): TF Mosaic

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Transformers Mosaic and Seibertron are proud to announce a new partnership. Every Monday we will be posting the newest edition of Transformers Mosaic! The first brand new issue this week is Penumbra. Here it is:




The Universe of the Transformers is vast, and populated by many characters. Their universe is a large tapestry, made up of the stories and points of view of countless experiences that serve the larger whole.

These are some of those stories. This is:


It should be noted that this project is not in any way officially affiliated with either IDW Publishing or Hasbro. They're just some short stories crafted by your fellow Transformers enthusiasts.

That being said, everyone is welcome to leave comments and whatnot regarding the posted stories. Just bear in mind that no one has been paid for this work. These stories are the result of people taking the time out of their busy days to contribute to a universe they love.


This week's piece is called "Penumbra". Story and art by Jon Stone (aka Jack Cade).



Today's release "Penumbra", is the project's 10th completed piece to be revealed to the world.

We would like to take the chance to thank everyone who has contributed to the project so far, it's been a blast working with so many talented people, and we look forward to producing more great stories with you all.

Also, we would like to thank everyone who has commented on these pieces, your kind words and support really make it worthwhile.

So to everyone..

THANK YOU!

Unproduced "Wrecker" Ramulus Gallery Now Up!

Transformers News: Unproduced "Wrecker" Ramulus Gallery Now Up!
Date: Saturday, August 18th 2007 5:34pm CDT
Categories: Comic Book News, Reviews, Site Articles, Site News, Toy News
Posted by: Fender Bender

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Seibertron does it again and has posted the first (and ONLY) gallery of this un-produced figure. So get ready to see the exclusive Green Ramulus figure in all its glory here

But wait! There's more! Apparently, our own Boss pulled the wool over our eyes too and Ramulus is NOT the figure that brought about this "He is coming...." madness.

Stay tuned to Seibertron.com as we should all find out in about an hour who is exactly coming to Seibertron.com!

Take The HASBRO.COM Transformer Movie Character Personality Test

Transformers News: Take The HASBRO.COM Transformer Movie Character Personality Test
Date: Friday, August 17th 2007 8:16pm CDT
Categories: Movie News, Site Articles
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Ratchet

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Which movie TRANSFORMER character are you most like?

Visit the HASBRO website and take the quiz here.

And as usual, enjoy any new Seibertron.com Transformers Movie News as we try to keep you updated on what's happening with TF2, and other interesting movie related items.

Yours truly had the personality of an Autobot, most specifically...JAZZ!

Transformers as an Investment

Transformers News: Transformers as an Investment
Date: Wednesday, August 8th 2007 5:13pm CDT
Categories: Site Articles, Toy News
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.

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