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Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning)

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Monday, May 12th, 2008 1:01PM CDT

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Considering a career in Mini-Con hunting? Here's the low-down:

It started interestingly enough with Armada Starscream. Now, I had just gotten back into collecting and decided that I was in need of a Starscream, any Starscream to fill that gap in my “collection” (read: 3 figures and a KO). Off I went to Wal-Mart at 10PM with my then new girlfriend and out I came with Armada Starscream. Sure, he was different, more red than grey, but I liked the noises it made and the face sculpt was pretty cool too. I knew, like, nothing at the time.

Now, not that night, but the one after that, I was about to throw away the packaging for Starscream (I had decided that I did not feel guilty over the $20 purchase and would keep the toy) and at the last moment noticed the other little figure in the package: Swindle.

Now, I hated Micromasters back in the day. This little robot leftover of a Mini-Con wasn’t winning me over either. I can remember just how close I was to pitching him out with the package right there and then. I didn’t do it though, hell, I might need the little thing if and when I sold Starscream on eBay…

That was about 5 or 6 years ago. I have literally, hundreds of Mini-Cons now. I’m going to give you a small look at a small world where only the bravest (dumbest?) collectors tread: Mini-Con hunting.


That ain’t all…I got tired of putting them out. :P

Mini-Cons have seen three styles of release in the US. You can find them packed in with Armada toys (and a few other select figures from other lines), in team based three packs, and in rival based two packs from the Cybertron Series. If you are looking for entry level Mini-Con collecting, this is the place to start. Prices remain low, there is an abundance of the toys, and there isn’t a whole lot of competing collectors.

I’m not going to cover in depth the Mini-Cons that came packaged with other figures. There is really no mystery there and with the exception of Energon Ultra Magnus, you’ll not have any problems finding them. On to the Armada three packs…

Several varieties of team packs were released over the life of the Armada line. For almost every pack, there was a later recolor (usually an improved or homage based paint scheme). The initial releases saw the Star Saber team, the SkyBoom Shield team, and the Street Action team. All of these were prominently featured in the cartoon. Also, each of these had a combining gimmick forming in order, a sword, a shield, and a gestalt.




Other teams to follow included the Adventure Team (off road based vehicles), Street Speed Team (Super Articulated w/ car alt modes), and the Sea Assault Team (Adorable lil boats that don’t really float). We also saw the Requiem Blaster Team, a set of three space based figures who combine to form a gun:



All of these were neat, sure. The ones that combined were a pretty cool gimmick, no doubt. Then, they went and made TargetMaster Mini-Cons. This was the turning point for me. The damnable Emergency team did me in. They are three emergency rescue type vehicles that have a third weapon mode. Each of the three turned into a kind of cannon or blaster. They were literally too cool. Correspondingly, the Air Assault Team had a similar gimmick of third-mode weaponry; however, they turned to melee weapons. Or in Gunbarrel’s case, a bad-ass machine gun:



Here is Overload stocked up with Mini-Con weaponry:


After these guys I started to buy up any and all Mini-Cons that were being released because I really enjoyed the idea of them acting as weaponry or as something similar to the G1 ‘Master’ process. Happily, all of the Armada releases, even the repaints are in plentiful supply. With the genuinely low prices these fetch, it becomes a very easy goal to collect them all.

Post Armada has seen small and limited releases of further Mini-Cons. Hasbro was actually unprepared for their popularity. Energon saw only two official releases that were not part of a larger figure set. Universe had a few scattered here and there between figures (most of which are actually quite excellent). Then Cybertron and Classics brought the lil guys back around in full force.

Cybertron saw releases in three formats: standard 3 packs, 2 figure battle packs, and standard pack-ins. The standard 3 packs were all new molds, even the street team saw remolds making them new again.

Four waves of somewhat unloved 2 figure battle packs were released. Wave 1 and 2 were over-produced and product was everywhere (and in some places still is…). With the exception of a cool recolor of the Land Military team, the first two waves were kind of lack luster. Wave three saw those wonderful little Emergency Team Mini-Cons return in addition to a repaint of the Energon Saber, affectionately known by some as the “Sun Saber”.



Wave 4…is an obstacle to new Mini-Con collectors and a good test of patience and dedication. Wave 4 saw a very limited distribution in the US. Many stores saw either 1 or zero case assortments for Wave 4. These 6 Mini-Cons, 3 for the Energon Street Action Team and 3 for the Decepticon Space Team are perhaps the most difficult to located US release Mini-Cons. I have seen the Blastback and Sureshock 2-pack go for upwards of $60 on eBay and it’s a topic which I have regularly argued with other collectors. Not only do you have to be on the lookout for this set, but you have to be on watch for the right price.




The other set released in Cybertron took me by surprise for its current worth. Wal-Mart released a variation of the SkyBoom Shield Team in inverse colors to the Road Rage team. Each one was packaged with a deluxe sized figure during a holiday season. These damn things were on clearance for months…Now the individual Deluxe + Mini-Cons fetch 25-40 a piece on eBay. So, if you’re dedicated…be ready with your wallet.

All that being said, we’re kind of at the end of US release of Mini-Cons... Sure, there are the Classics Mini-Cons and this and that repaint I did not mention, but you get the general idea. A complete collection of these guys is entirely possible. Hell, you might be able to attach the whole lot of them to the figures you purchase along the way. More power to you.

Of course, that’s the Blue Pill way out. The rabbit hole goes much deeper (read: More expensive :D )

Turn back now, I mean, you’re probably too faint of heart to bother with the following information.

I hope you don’t have an addictive personality if you plan to keep reading…

The awful truth: Japanese Mini-Cons are more expensive than many illegal drugs if measured by the ounce.

We’ll break this info slowly here. I’ll try to make it digestible.

Remember all those ever so neat-o Armada repaints of Mini-Cons? What if there were yet another set of repaints with mostly uniform color schemes and tended towards those dark cohesive color arrangements we love?

Welcome to X-Dimension. For almost every released Mini-Con set, there is a corresponding X-Dimension set. These Japanese only releases were more color coordinated than the US releases and generally did quite attractive things with their designs. For instance, the Air Assault Team is entirely in black with white detailing. The Star Saber has been redone in red, orange, and white creating a “Fire Saber”.


Top Right: Fire Saber

The anime accurate Tidal Wave from Micron Legends saw his appropriately colored Sea Assault Team released in X-Dimension:


Middle: Sea Assault Tidal Wave Type

X-Dimension repaints are not truly difficult to find, nor are they wallet busters. Most of the sets can be found for $15-20 either on BBTS or eBay when they pop up. Some of them command more. The Fire Saber is typically about $30-50 and the Blue Skyboom Shield can hit around $25-35. These are all great additions and are quite interesting variations to add to your collection. Of course,…X-Dimension Street Action Team only comes with the DX Magna Convoy Gift Set. So, I could really say that that one set will cost you about $250 give or take, but hey, you get a free Magna Convoy with it. Score! (and proceed to explain this, only to be subsequently dumped by your significant other…)

X-Dimension repaints are nice…but apparently all the cool kids are into the infamous Micron Booster figures. Micron Booster you say, what’s that? Imagine the joy of opening up a $5 blind packed box to get your random prize Mini-Con. Look, there are only 12 figures per release…How much fun (and anxiety…) will it be to hunt down a set?

Fortunately…it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Micron Booster 1 had all figures distributed equally, one per case. Even the “Chase” figure was made in equal numbers. See it here:



You will likely have to buy a set out of Asia at this point. Expect to pay about $60-100 for a sealed box. Happily though you’ll get the entire set in there in one purchase. Even better, you will receive the Incredible Ice Saber. Don’t fight the Fire Saber without one!

Micron Booster 2 (There are 4 of these…well, technically 5 because there was actually a Booster #0. That’s trivia for ya!) was the first to include a true chase figure.


Sorry for the poor image…

This is the Booster with reinforcements to the Targetmaster figures. All new Emergency and Air Attack Mini-Cons are introduced along with fantastic recolors of Armada Skywarp’s Mini-Con. The chase figure was approximately 1 per 2 boxes, but you were otherwise guaranteed to get the other 11 figures out of a box. You can routinely find the entire MB2 set minus the chase figure for $35-45. The chase figure holds steady at around $35 alone…

Micron Booster #3 was where the going gets tough. Each box is random. You have little chance of completing a set out of one box. First, the variant figure, Bug General is packed at about 1 per 3 boxes. Now the other problem stems from when this set was released. During Cybertron we got repaints/remolds of older figures: Blurr, Runamuck, Buzzsaw, and Longrack. Now, these toys are all produced on a mold where all of their pieces exist together in harmony. Only problem being that even though all of those toys were produced with Mini-Cons on the sprues (Mini-Cons that match their paint schemes and are totally rad…), they were not released or packaged with the general release of those toys…

So, Takara crammed them all into MB3 and the fans rejoiced…kind of. So, on the upside, we get those long lost Mini-Cons, on the downside, those Mini-Cons are over packed into MB3. I got 3 of the Motorcycle for Runamuck alone in my first box of them. Whatever. Look at them, they are cool…



Oh yea…the Dead End Mini-Con from Unicron was in there too, so ya know…if you feel like finding 27 or so of him…(You’d be the coolest person ever. I would want your autograph.)

Micron Booster 4: Classics the leftovers…



There it is…::Yawn…:: Takara was pretty damn lazy here. Some of the repaints are so minor it is infuriating. Also, there are two chase figures because…ok, I paid $31 for the clear police car down there (shipped!). I warned you this wouldn’t be easy.

At any rate, MB4 is still pretty cheap. $40 -50 will get you a box shipped. Oh, and they’re Maximals and Predacons. Megatron (purple dino) is finally in scale with Classics Prime. Recreate all your favorite face shooting action in vivid detail!

You still with me? I know, some of you are shaking your heads at the stupid Mini-Con repaints and the absurd prices…That’s cool. Let’s make it worse!

Japan has a rich and wonderful tradition of harassing women on trains, high suicide rates, rampant teenage STDs (I’m really messing with some folks idealistic versions of Anime-land ne?) and making collectors do retarded things for toys.

This brings me to store exclusives.

Imagine this. Toys R Us has a special promotion. The first 10 people to buy $X amount of TF toys on a certain date gets one of 10 promotional Mini-Cons.

Say “Hi” to Skyglide!



Or how about this! Let’s have three different stores across Japan each have a different Mini-Con. All released at the same time and part of a special set! (Happens on multiple occasions and sets…) These 3 piece sets usually go for around $100. I’m sure someone with connections to Japan will say, “Ney…I got them for cheaper…Ney!” Whatever. So if you suspect someone might call you gaijin sometime, expect to pay.

Other fun “Run around Japan!” Exclusives include this guy:



In the worst case of obsessive chase madness I present the Space Destruction Team:



Each one of these came blind packed with Armada Optimus Prime (the big one) in Japan. Imagine the fun of opening a minimum of three Primes to find them! Price: $300 minimum.

Let’s go on to the last series of vicious OCD beatings for today: Linkage Microns.

How about this, let’s take 12 very important characters to a series, package them 1 at a time with an overpriced DvD, and release them only to the Japanese Market! Smile, they’re only about $45 a piece this time. Linkage, is a story of the behind the scenes aspects of the Armada story. It is the glue which fixes all the questions or unexplained portions of the show.

Volume 1 of the DvD set is kind enough to provide the 3 main characters:



Each release after that is one Micron per DvD. You can figure it all out from there.

Like I said in the beginning of this, “Catching them all” isn’t as easy as it might sound. There are many varied and odd aspects of collecting in our hobby. Even if you aren’t up for the big dance of finding, buying, and continuing the search for Mini-Cons, hopefully you can appreciate the vast variety and incredible dedication it takes to venture out on this path.

Some folks collect Primes, some like Starscream, others feel the need to press races of smaller robots into servitude to wage intergalactic war.

Whatever floats your boat, ya know?
Credit(s): Counterpunch
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Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698941)
Posted by omega666 on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:07pm CDT
Nice collection! But I would rather have Gobots.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698947)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:15pm CDT
Almost 100 hits in 10 minutes...wow. :grin:
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698948)
Posted by 1337W422102 on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:16pm CDT
omega666 wrote:Nice collection! But I would rather have Gobots.

:shock: Ban him.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698951)
Posted by First Gen on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:18pm CDT
Thanks to you, CP. I now find myself digging through boxes for all the accessories I can find for my limited amount of TF's.

And now, you're trying to suck me into minconnage. Damm u CP. DAMMM UUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!! :P
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698952)
Posted by Archanubis on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:20pm CDT
I can almost hear Metroplex (or is that Fortress Maximus?) making gurgling noises as he drowns in that sizable collection of Mini-Cons.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698957)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:26pm CDT
Man, I started off wanting every MiniCon and such, but the Japanese just kept on cranking out too many exclusives for me to think about keeping up with. Now I'll likely be happy with one of each mold and a select few "favouritres", like the pink jets from Linkage (i still own them not...:()
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698962)
Posted by waaaaghlord on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:37pm CDT
Damn you Counterpunch! I'd never seen that Decepticon Requiem Blaster before and suddenly I have a burning desire to purchase one for my Club Astrotrain. As if this year isn't going to be expensive enough!
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698967)
Posted by Prime Evil on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:47pm CDT
I definitely blame CP for my recent surge of minicons. Hell, I juuuust bought the Energon Magnus Requim Blaster on ebay last Thursday...Bastard!! Now I find myself going to TFU hunting down variants.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698968)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:48pm CDT
waaaaghlord wrote:Damn you Counterpunch! I'd never seen that Decepticon Requiem Blaster before and suddenly I have a burning desire to purchase one for my Club Astrotrain. As if this year isn't going to be expensive enough!


Life is hard hunh? :P

Took me nearly a year to hunt down the last 2 pack to finish it off. And then it was only with Skowl's help that I could do it...
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698972)
Posted by Thunderboom on May 12th, 2008 @ 1:51pm CDT
Curses! I must now go to eBay and buy multitudes of Mini-Cons!!
I just love the little things. I knew there were lots, but this is ridiculous!!

Of course, I have no idea where I'm going to put them all... I only have one Armada (Deluxe-Class Prime)... and Primus....

I know!
I'll buy Armada Unicron! He has plenty of space for Mini-Cons!
-Thunderboom
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698987)
Posted by waaaaghlord on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:14pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
waaaaghlord wrote:Damn you Counterpunch! I'd never seen that Decepticon Requiem Blaster before and suddenly I have a burning desire to purchase one for my Club Astrotrain. As if this year isn't going to be expensive enough!


Life is hard hunh? :P

Took me nearly a year to hunt down the last 2 pack to finish it off. And then it was only with Skowl's help that I could do it...


Add in the fact that I'm in the UK and that if we saw any of the 2 packs over here it was only the earlier waves...

At least the exchange rate is in my favour.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (698995)
Posted by rikkomba on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:21pm CDT
I'll admit it, I feel ignored :-D And don't tell me I didn't give you a chance to shine ;-)

Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699004)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:32pm CDT
rikkomba wrote:I'll admit it, I feel ignored :-D And don't tell me I didn't give you a chance to shine ;-)

Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:


Don't think I didn't appreciate it! :grin:

(I've got a wedding to save up for right now...All things in good time.)

I saw 1 Dragoyell at BotCon and it was being handled like expensive jewelry...I think it went for $80.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699013)
Posted by Energon on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:46pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:
rikkomba wrote:I'll admit it, I feel ignored :-D And don't tell me I didn't give you a chance to shine ;-)

Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:


Don't think I didn't appreciate it! :grin:

(I've got a wedding to save up for right now...All things in good time.)

I saw 1 Dragoyell at BotCon and it was being handled like expensive jewelry...I think it went for $80.


Definately put some minicons on top of the wedding cake for the bride and groom?

Aw CP you didn't tell me you saw a dragoyell.

You know what is funny is two of the little guys you posted pics of just arrived at my house today. I just love the little guys.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699016)
Posted by Talous on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:49pm CDT
Sweet mercifull jebus, that is an impressive collection. Or rather part of it.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699019)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 12th, 2008 @ 2:51pm CDT
Energon wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:
rikkomba wrote:I'll admit it, I feel ignored :-D And don't tell me I didn't give you a chance to shine ;-)

Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:


Don't think I didn't appreciate it! :grin:

(I've got a wedding to save up for right now...All things in good time.)

I saw 1 Dragoyell at BotCon and it was being handled like expensive jewelry...I think it went for $80.


Definately put some minicons on top of the wedding cake for the bride and groom?

Aw CP you didn't tell me you saw a dragoyell.


He was in the process of being bought.

Seriously, the guy took him out of a padded envelope and it looked like the craziest lil backroom deal I've ever seen at BotCon.

The buyer was like, "Yea yea, that's fine. It's fine." Like he was afraid someone was going to snatch it up.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699027)
Posted by Geekee1 on May 12th, 2008 @ 3:04pm CDT
You're world is very scary man.

Somehow I have managed to stay away from CP's wiles when it comes to mini-con collecting. I do however own the Japanese Skyglide exclusive. That's an awesome little dude.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699033)
Posted by Energon on May 12th, 2008 @ 3:10pm CDT
rikkomba wrote:
Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:


Counterpunch wrote:He was in the process of being bought.




Too bad it was being sold, rikkomba, I didn't forget you.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699043)
Posted by Autobot Jazz on May 12th, 2008 @ 3:23pm CDT
I agree, Mini-Cons are awesome(In fact there's a certian one I'm looking for now, Armada Jetfrie's Mini-con Commetor.)
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699073)
Posted by rikkomba on May 12th, 2008 @ 3:50pm CDT
Energon wrote:
rikkomba wrote:
Oh... I have a wave 4 MOSC set to trade, anyway. For a Dragoyell :grin:


Counterpunch wrote:He was in the process of being bought.




Too bad it was being sold, rikkomba, I didn't forget you.


Heh, thanks a lot!!
It's getting frustrating, especially considering how hard the SGD team was to find... and that there are 2000 Dragoyell, it's not a Lucky Draw at all! But it's the last one, so... I'll keep hunting!
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699086)
Posted by Aurax on May 12th, 2008 @ 3:59pm CDT
:APPLAUSE: That is one fantastic rant, CP. If mini-con prices start trending up on eBay in the next week, I'll know who to blame.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699087)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:00pm CDT
What's a Dragoyell?
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699089)
Posted by G1 Blaster on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:04pm CDT
And CP just raised the price of all Mini-Cons by 300% due to this topic. Great. And I was having fun collecting them. Damn you Billy Dee Williams. Damn you.

You forgot to mention the Tiny Tins releases. :P
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699097)
Posted by rikkomba on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:09pm CDT
G1Blaster wrote:And CP just raised the price of all Mini-Cons by 300% due to this topic. Great. And I was having fun collecting them. Damn you Billy Dee Williams. Damn you.

You forgot to mention the Tiny Tins releases. :P


He already mentioned the Cybertron Wal-Mart Tiny Tins (bundled with deluxes). IF you are talking about the Universe Race Team, well, that's only for packaging collectors... there's no difference at all in the minicons, it's always your sweet, old, Armada Race Team. Ditto for the Energon 6-packs.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699103)
Posted by G1 Blaster on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:13pm CDT
rikkomba wrote:
G1Blaster wrote:And CP just raised the price of all Mini-Cons by 300% due to this topic. Great. And I was having fun collecting them. Damn you Billy Dee Williams. Damn you.

You forgot to mention the Tiny Tins releases. :P


He already mentioned the Cybertron Wal-Mart Tiny Tins (bundled with deluxes). IF you are talking about the Universe Race Team, well, that's only for packaging collectors... there's no difference at all in the minicons, it's always your sweet, old, Armada Race Team. Ditto for the Energon 6-packs.


Oh. Yeah I was kinda fading in and out in his post.

Also, that's the worst table cloth I've ever seen. If I were gay, I'd rant to him about how it clashes with the drapes.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699114)
Posted by Overcracker on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:38pm CDT
I prefer the minicons that turn into weapons. And even though my minicon collection is small I love them to bits.

The combiners are very cool. And Armada Thundercracker looks specially cool holding 2 sabers. As does overload with 2 requiem blasters.
Which brings me to a question:

What the #@%%!@ is wrong with Prowl in this picture?
Image

I don't even know how Overload is holding on to him like that.

The little pegs/bumper at the font of prowl should be acting as the grip for his gun mode not the barrels.

Thusly:
Image
Rear tires/head is barrel. Front bumper, peg is grip.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699115)
Posted by rikkomba on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:41pm CDT
Overcracker wrote:I prefer the minicons that turn into weapons. And even though my minicon collection is small I love them to bits.

The combiners are very cool. And Armada Thundercracker looks specially cool holding 2 sabers. As does overload with 2 requiem blasters.
Which brings me to a question:

What the #@%%!@ is wrong with Prowl in this picture?
Image

I don't even know how Overload is holding on to him like that.

The little pegs/bumper at the font of prowl should be acting as the grip for his gun mode not the barrels.

Thusly:
Image
Rear tires/head is barrel. Front bumper, peg is grip.



I guess somebody just wanted to turn Prowl into a double-barrelled shotgun, blocking its arm between Overload's hand and kibble.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699116)
Posted by Overcracker on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:47pm CDT
rikkomba wrote:
Overcracker wrote:I prefer the minicons that turn into weapons. And even though my minicon collection is small I love them to bits.

The combiners are very cool. And Armada Thundercracker looks specially cool holding 2 sabers. As does overload with 2 requiem blasters.
Which brings me to a question:

What the #@%%!@ is wrong with Prowl in this picture?
Image

I don't even know how Overload is holding on to him like that.

The little pegs/bumper at the font of prowl should be acting as the grip for his gun mode not the barrels.

Thusly:
Image
Rear tires/head is barrel. Front bumper, peg is grip.



I guess somebody just wanted to turn Prowl into a double-barrelled shotgun, blocking its arm between Overload's hand and kibble.

Good point, still I like it better the official way.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699119)
Posted by 1337W422102 on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:50pm CDT
Copy that, that Taser mode looks pretty lame...
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699123)
Posted by Wheeljack35 on May 12th, 2008 @ 4:55pm CDT
God I hate the mini cons

Hell if I was near that collection I would want to have a bonfire :P
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699135)
Posted by Liege Evilmus on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:17pm CDT
I admire your dedication, and that was a nice PSA, but as for MiniCons, I have one of each mold, and somehow a million of the street team(?).

But as with most bots, lack of shelf space, and an abundace of other intrests, prevent me from tracking down all the variants.

Still, my hats off to what you've done :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699161)
Posted by Rijie on May 12th, 2008 @ 5:46pm CDT
You must have been reading my mind, CP. I've been researching Minicons steadily for the last two days, only to still remain largely uninformed. Is there a comprehensive list with pics anywhere on the internet?

After increasing my army twofold with Micron Boosters and X-Dimension sets, I'll continue to pick up harder-to-find releases as I come across them. The Linkage releases alone should keep me busy for awhile.
Re: Catching them all! Mini-Cons are go! (Guide, rant, warning) (699172)
Posted by sykoeent on May 12th, 2008 @ 6:00pm CDT
I know you were talking about the DVD exclusives, and I don’t really know too much on Mini-Cons, but did you get the 2 exclusive Single CD’s with 3 Mini’s each? They were probably the opening and closing songs for the Japanese Armada anime with one being a clear blue Star Saber group and the other, the 3 mini cons that followed the human characters. Were those anything special?
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Posted by sykoeent on May 12th, 2008 @ 6:04pm CDT
Oh, here's a link to the pic of them. It's towards the bottom of that post!

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/showthread.php?t=137677&page=8
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Posted by Tigertrack on May 12th, 2008 @ 6:32pm CDT
Thanks for reminding me that I need to grab the X-Dimension Emergency team Halloween colored set to get yet another Prowl, etc. to add to the collection.

Nice article CP. Love 'em all. I bought two boxes of Micron Booster 4 to get both exclusives!

Skyglide was my most recent purchase at Botcon for a mere $20. :mrgreen: And I feel lucky. I had no problem finding ALL the Cybertron minicon two packs. I think I still have the set sealed too... Meijer is a good place sometimes.
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Posted by Megatron's Lapdog on May 12th, 2008 @ 6:49pm CDT
Sick collection...Way too much money for little tiny chunks of plastic lol. Isn't there a holy grail saber repaint(dark red maybe?) where the pieces were only available at different conventions around the world? Like one at Dairycon, one in Europe, and one in Japan? Where's that thread?
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Posted by Megatron's Lapdog on May 12th, 2008 @ 7:00pm CDT
Ah, here we are...the Stormsword.

Linkage(look at the photo a few posts down):
http://www.seibertron.com/energonpub/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=37634
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Posted by Counterpunch on May 12th, 2008 @ 7:07pm CDT
sykoeent wrote:I know you were talking about the DVD exclusives, and I don’t really know too much on Mini-Cons, but did you get the 2 exclusive Single CD’s with 3 Mini’s each? They were probably the opening and closing songs for the Japanese Armada anime with one being a clear blue Star Saber group and the other, the 3 mini cons that followed the human characters. Were those anything special?


Yes actually.

The Street Action Team is anime accurate. The Star Saber team in blue is meant to represent the sword as it was in the show as well.

They're fairly scarce these days. I paid $25 for my blue Saber and $20 for my Street Action Team. Those prices are pretty standard for the sets.
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Posted by Skalor on May 12th, 2008 @ 9:50pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:Wave 4…is an obstacle to new Mini-Con collectors and a good test of patience and dedication. Wave 4 saw a very limited distribution in the US. Many stores saw either 1 or zero case assortments for Wave 4. These 6 Mini-Cons, 3 for the Energon Street Action Team and 3 for the Decepticon Space Team are perhaps the most difficult to located US release Mini-Cons. I have seen the Blastback and Sureshock 2-pack go for upwards of $60 on eBay and it’s a topic which I have regularly argued with other collectors. Not only do you have to be on the lookout for this set, but you have to be on watch for the right price.

No Kidding!! That Sureshock/Backblast 2-pack was the most annoying and patience driven score I've had to date. I remember when all three of these packs were available (all though I only saw them at one Walmart out of the dozens in San Diego), I thought "I'll just get these next payday." What a mistake! Every online store that had it listed: sold out. It took 2 years of watching Ebay, waiting...then that one day I get the email telling me of a hit. $32 later and now Cybertron Cannonball still looks completely undersized with that big-ass blaster! Well worth the wait. Nice collection and informative article CP! :)
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Posted by NuclearConvoy on May 12th, 2008 @ 10:26pm CDT
What's a Dragoyell?
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Posted by rikkomba on May 13th, 2008 @ 12:58am CDT
Megatron's Lapdog wrote:Sick collection...Way too much money for little tiny chunks of plastic lol. Isn't there a holy grail saber repaint(dark red maybe?) where the pieces were only available at different conventions around the world? Like one at Dairycon, one in Europe, and one in Japan? Where's that thread?


PLease, be careful when posting, because ALL transformers are relatively expensive pieces of plastic.

ANyway, the Dairycon Stormsword is more or less a bootleg, a handmade custom which was never recognizer as an offical convention exclusive. That means, feel free to make your own, it will exactly have the same value and bragging rights than any other Stormsword.
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Posted by T-Macksimus on May 13th, 2008 @ 2:34am CDT
If packaging is not an issue for those wishing to expand your Mini-Con collections, I recommend checking out your local thrift shop or if there happen to be community Swap Meets in your area, try those. It amazes me just how much of my TF collection I have been able to expand by hitting these places. Hell, I got Optimal Optimus for $6.00 at one and I have been able to pick up Mini-Cons, Micromasters,Spychangers and G1 Mini-cars mixed in with Hot Wheels and bagged up with a 99 cent price sticker. Many parents just bundle up stuff they figure their kids have "outgrown" and donate it. Unless the thing is in it's bot mode, the sorters at the shop just assume it is some checp plastic Matchbox toy and dump 'em into bags with other Matchbox or Hotwheels. It means you have to be willing to devote the time to search each bundle (or have two very well coached little TF hunters like my boys are, which cuts the time down. Unfortunately mine know what the word "comission" means) but it's well worth it if you are serious about filling gaps in your collection.
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Posted by Hoitytoity on May 13th, 2008 @ 3:07am CDT
Alas, my love of micromasters and minibots in the days of yore will eventually lead me to become as rabid a collector of these as you are, my dear mentor. When that day comes, I look forward to further guidance ::tips hat::
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Posted by NuclearConvoy on May 13th, 2008 @ 3:32am CDT
T-Macksimus wrote:If packaging is not an issue for those wishing to expand your Mini-Con collections, I recommend checking out your local thrift shop or if there happen to be community Swap Meets in your area, try those. It amazes me just how much of my TF collection I have been able to expand by hitting these places. Hell, I got Optimal Optimus for $6.00 at one and I have been able to pick up Mini-Cons, Micromasters,Spychangers and G1 Mini-cars mixed in with Hot Wheels and bagged up with a 99 cent price sticker. Many parents just bundle up stuff they figure their kids have "outgrown" and donate it. Unless the thing is in it's bot mode, the sorters at the shop just assume it is some checp plastic Matchbox toy and dump 'em into bags with other Matchbox or Hotwheels. It means you have to be willing to devote the time to search each bundle (or have two very well coached little TF hunters like my boys are, which cuts the time down. Unfortunately mine know what the word "comission" means) but it's well worth it if you are serious about filling gaps in your collection.


I like the sound of your kids :D
I hope I can share my passions with my children one day.
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Posted by Megatron's Lapdog on May 13th, 2008 @ 3:41am CDT
rikkomba wrote:
Megatron's Lapdog wrote:Sick collection...Way too much money for little tiny chunks of plastic lol. Isn't there a holy grail saber repaint(dark red maybe?) where the pieces were only available at different conventions around the world? Like one at Dairycon, one in Europe, and one in Japan? Where's that thread?


PLease, be careful when posting, because ALL transformers are relatively expensive pieces of plastic.

ANyway, the Dairycon Stormsword is more or less a bootleg, a handmade custom which was never recognizer as an offical convention exclusive. That means, feel free to make your own, it will exactly have the same value and bragging rights than any other Stormsword.


Yeah, I wasn't sure if that was an official one or not. Lord knows I've spent thousands over the past few years since I started collecting. God help us all. :twisted:
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Posted by bvzxa on May 13th, 2008 @ 5:22am CDT
So did you get this one yet?
X-Dimension Bumble
Image

And this version of Dark Sabre
Image

Well you're no minicon collector are ya'?

Just kidding. I do like the mini=cons, well the ones from Armada/Micron Legend, when they really served a purpose.
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Posted by Stormrider on May 13th, 2008 @ 5:46am CDT
Cool review. I always learn a lot from them.
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Posted by 1337W422102 on May 13th, 2008 @ 5:56am CDT
This thread should be called "My minicoms - let me show you them."
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Posted by rikkomba on May 13th, 2008 @ 6:13am CDT
1337W422102 wrote:This thread should be called "My minicoms - let me show you them."


Actually, no. Most people just don't get the magnitude of a complete minicon collection... good job, COunterpunch!
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Posted by Counterpunch on May 13th, 2008 @ 6:59am CDT
bvzxa wrote:So did you get this one yet?
X-Dimension Bumble
Image

And this version of Dark Sabre
Image

Well you're no minicon collector are ya'?

Just kidding. I do like the mini=cons, well the ones from Armada/Micron Legend, when they really served a purpose.


I have that Dark Saber, got it along with Rampage like you did. Bumble (Arcee?), I will get when I find a reasonable person to sell me their Magna Convoy Set (like you did). :P

I'll share some pictures of rare and/or interesting Mini-Cons soon.

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