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G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay

Transformers News: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay

Thursday, January 26th, 2012 10:55AM CST

Categories: Auctions, Sightings, Toy News
Posted by: Dead Metal   Views: 36,157

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Thanks to Stormrider we now know of a pretty cool bit of news, there is currently an auction for a full case of G1 Astrotrains and Blitzwings dead-stock on e-bay.
Just in case you don't know, a dead-stock is when a warehouse is cleared and emptied and a large amount, usually entire cases of toys are found. And you know what that means, these are genuine factory sealed Astrotrains and Blitzwings from the '80s!
The asking price USD 13,000, which at 12 figures makes about USD 1083 per figure. While the auction itself is way overpriced it is kinda cool knowing that there still is G1 dead-stock out there waiting to be found.

Here's what the auctioneer has to say about the item(s)
Hello All!

What I have today is one heck of a doozy for transformer collectors. In my travels, my business partners and myself came across an auction that had vintage toy deadstock from the 60's to the 80's. In that deadstock was this gem: A case of vintage Astrotrains(6)and Blitzwings(6). From what I can tell, the items appear to have never been removed from the case box although the box was opened for display. This means that these are probably uncirculated pieces that have stayed in storage for the past 25-30 years. Although I have not removed the items from the box myself, I believe that these items are the highest condition possible. On top of this, this may be the last known example of a case of these toys to exist in the world today.

Unlike with the majority of the auctions I run, I am opening this one to the world as a whole. On top of that, I am offering free express shipping with insurance anywhere in the world for the winner of the auction.

I don't think I have to tell anyone that this is a true once in a lifetime item for any collector of Transformers, Hasbro Toys, or Vintage 80's toys.

If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!

Thanks

1/11/2012: Decided to take items out of case and took pictures of each one. These are examples of the front of the box. I have pictures of all 12 and of each side. If you would like to see all 72 pics, send me a message and I will forward you the link to photobucket. Thanks


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Credit(s): Stormrider, e-bay
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Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338464)
Posted by kirbenvost on January 26th, 2012 @ 11:03am CST
Wow, that's pretty amazing. I have never, ever seen G1s still in the case really cool. But yeah, pretty expensive...

BTW, typo in the news story: "The asking price USD 13,000, which makes at 72 figures makes USD 1,083 per figure."
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338466)
Posted by Dead Metal on January 26th, 2012 @ 11:10am CST
kirbenvost wrote:Wow, that's pretty amazing. I have never, ever seen G1s still in the case really cool. But yeah, pretty expensive...

BTW, typo in the news story: "The asking price USD 13,000, which makes at 72 figures makes USD 1,083 per figure."

Thanks.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338468)
Posted by Lord Onixprime on January 26th, 2012 @ 11:23am CST
Why would they not split this up and sell them individually? Who is going to buy a case of 72 assorted Blitzwing and Astrotrain?
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338479)
Posted by Blackstreak on January 26th, 2012 @ 11:49am CST
fenrir72 wrote:Still no takers after nearly 4 weeks?


Are you surprised? I'd be surprised if someone buys it for what they are asking.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338486)
Posted by PaxCybertron82 on January 26th, 2012 @ 12:00pm CST
What the cheese? They would have a way easier time selling them as individuals or twin packs.

I'm trying to wrap my head around why you would insist on selling it at a case, I don't think any collectors are going to want to keep 72 unopened figures in a box just to claim its an circulated case...but maybe I'm wrong. :CON:
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338490)
Posted by DrLegend on January 26th, 2012 @ 12:04pm CST
It's one of those "wishful thinking" scenarios.

The guy probably saw that episode of Pawn Stars with the $20k+ Transformers collection and the dollar signs spinning in his head took control over rational thought.

Someone was willing to pay $500 a figure though so he's still got at least $6k worth of product on his hands. If he wants to get rid of them soon he can but if he's waiting for that one hopeful willing to pay that kind of scratch for 12 mint triple changers then I wouldn't hold his breath.

Now 12 Fortress Maximus for $13k... That's another story.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338492)
Posted by PaxCybertron82 on January 26th, 2012 @ 12:10pm CST
Oh my yes, quite another story. Love your banner by the way..lol, good ol Dev.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338493)
Posted by Midnight_Fox on January 26th, 2012 @ 12:14pm CST
IF I had the scratch, I'd seriously think about it(even at that price, but not before throwing him a couple other offers first).

Then again, I'd actually display it as the whole case like his picture. I'm a tad odd that way.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338515)
Posted by metalformer on January 26th, 2012 @ 12:53pm CST
I wish I could afford stuff like that! That is certainly and amazing find! :CON: :CON:
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338575)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on January 26th, 2012 @ 2:23pm CST
price seems a bit high, over a grand per each come on now. Its never a fan who finds stuff like this its always a business guy,if it was a fan im sure price per unit would be a few hundred not over a thousand.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338587)
Posted by SJ21 on January 26th, 2012 @ 2:30pm CST
I will not be bidding on that one.

I would try to go after one of each, should they decide to split that up.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338597)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on January 26th, 2012 @ 2:42pm CST
What a holy grail find!
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338610)
Posted by Delicon on January 26th, 2012 @ 2:59pm CST
Definitely not the kind of auction for me, even if it was only for one. I'd be freeing him from his prison within seconds.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338613)
Posted by PaxCybertron82 on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:00pm CST
Me too. I generally don't keep anyone locked up in their box. I would only if I happened across a duplicate of one I have, for free, then I'd keep it boxed. But I had Blitzwing as a kid and I would crack him open immediately.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338619)
Posted by RhA on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:06pm CST
Mykltron wrote:Shouldn't someone tell wraith2021? He recently bought a factory sealed Snapdragon for £600, he might be interested.


+1 Internet, -1 karma.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338624)
Posted by NTESHFT on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:09pm CST
Lord Onixprime wrote:Why would they not split this up and sell them individually? Who is going to buy a case of 72 assorted Blitzwing and Astrotrain?



THIS.......

Plus the asking price is WAY too much.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338625)
Posted by Starscream on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:09pm CST
Old news is super old
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338640)
Posted by Delicon on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:31pm CST
Starscream wrote:Old news is super old


Aren't you dead?
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338642)
Posted by Sodan-1 on January 26th, 2012 @ 3:38pm CST
Why are the lucky ones always such greedy dumbasses?
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338666)
Posted by funeralthirst7 on January 26th, 2012 @ 4:17pm CST
That price is insane. Do people even bother to look at the value of an item or do they just make up a high number and settle on it?

I can only hope that life kicks his ass, forcing him to sell them for way less to someone who would actually appreciate that.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338731)
Posted by Cybershark on January 26th, 2012 @ 6:18pm CST
funeralthirst7 wrote:That price is insane. Do people even bother to look at the value of an item or do they just make up a high number and settle on it?

I can only hope that life kicks his ass, forcing him to sell them for way less to someone who would actually appreciate that.


You are exactly right here. I have been collecting since the 80's. And this is not that big a deal. In fact ALL this actually does is DROP the price of anyone who actually has any of these MISB, because there are now more on the market or in existence.

I remember about 15 years ago when a dealer in Cali. called and asked me for any information I knew about Pepsi Optimus Primes? I told him what I knew and asked him why? he said he had an old Pepsi employee who had several cases of them. But would only sell ALL of them to him. I cant remember what the exact amount was, but it was liken to 50-100 Pepsi OP's, the guy was trying to offer $50 a piece back then and I think ended up paying $75 a piece to buy all of them. he was supposed to be cool and sell me one for what he paid since I helped him out etc. He calls me back a week later and offered me a sealed one for $125. It was a decent deal, but I was pissed that he didnt keep his word, so I never bought even 1. And now since Ebay has been going strong in the last 10 years I have seen people pay several thousand for that piece. And the problem is that I know its not that rare, and now YOU DO TO!!! LOL...

Also there was a sealed case of Predacons, Targetmasters etc. It was a cool time to collect, unfortunately I was a poor college kid and couldnt just buy everything. But I did buy alot,lol.

Anyway back on subject. He will NEVER sell them for that much because the case box has already been opened to begin with. So the best he can hope for is selling them individually and then selling the case box itself along with one of them.

Also why is somebodies TYPO of 72 figures being used so much?? Its only 12 FIGURES! lol.

BTW, if anyone needs or wants a Takara MP Starscream or MP Skywarp I have them up on Ebay. My Ebay name is Cybershark-1
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1338871)
Posted by G1 Legacy on January 26th, 2012 @ 10:52pm CST
Also why is somebodies TYPO of 72 figures being used so much?? Its only 12 FIGURES! lol.


:APPLAUSE:
THANK YOU! I felt like I was taking crazy pills there as I scrolled down the comments.

So we seem to all be in agreement that this is a tadbit over priced. I'm with most of you on this in that the right thing to do was to sell them individually. But I'll bet that the seller doesn't have the patience to go that route and craves that good ol' american instant gratification. Probobly already knows what he wants to spend the profit on.

And if I may be allowed a "Sheldon moment" just for S & G's...$13,000 (or USD....what is this, a Sirloin? *USDA lol) divided by the misprinted 72 amount would break down to $180.56 per figure....now wouldn't that be something? :ic$:

And how many of you snickered when I said Break Down? :grin:

I wish this auction had listed before the Holy Grail Podcast several weeks back, just to have heard the guys repeatedly wisecrack about it.
Re: G1 Astrotrain and Blitzwing dead-stock on e-bay (1339816)
Posted by pWEN on January 29th, 2012 @ 9:56am CST
Now that's a thing of beauty. I would love to get my hands on one of those Blitzwings! Or two, and keep one sealed for a rainy day.
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