Saturday, October 06, 2012

10 years on...

i've posted my stuff at online forums before but never actually did a proper article for it, so here goes:

I've bought the odd collectible every now and then since my days in uni (the 90's) but took it seriously when i randomly picked up an issue of toyfare around the time attack of the clones came out (2002?). It had this '25th coolest SW 3 3/4th action figure ever!' article and at the time i thought it was the coolest thing ever!...

...I quit after 6 dozen or so figures after seeing how much they just collect dust.

But then being in the collecting scene reacquainted me with another toy franchise that was also close to my heart: transformers! (keep in mind this was well before the live action movie came out in 2007 and every dude and his brother claimed to be a long time transfan.)

So here i am 10 years later. I've slowed down considerably since the early days when i would actively go on toy hunts. I've got probably around 800 items, a bit under 600 of that are transformers. I almost never sell off stuff but i only buy what i can display.

The upper main shelf is made up of regular sized robots. the right side are from modern/current line, while the left are vintage/reissue (retro) figures. These are actually my favourite part of the collection as they represent the characters i grew up with.

The bottom half of the main shelf is comprised of various lines. There's a bit of star wars (notably vehicles from galoob's action fleet line), some comic superhero figures, a bunch of pixar's cars hot wheel toys and assorted 3 3/4 scale figures from GI joe, indiana jones and pirates of the carribean.

The side shelf stores more transformers, in particular the larger figures. Theres a bunch of smaller robots that combine to form even bigger robots and also big robots that transform into bases for smaller robots. Transformers are generally very social for a bunch of robots at war with each other.

Above the shelves are a bunch of boxes that i've kept, ones that have display value. The vintage (or vintage styled) packaging has some great packaging art that you don't see much in toys these days. High end transformers like the masterpiece and alternator line (super articulated robots that transform into realistic/licensed cars/planes) i store inside the packaging.

I'm also a comic fan and in this age where consumer tablets are popular and readers prefer to download comics, i'm pretty proud of my transformers comics collection. I still have a big chunk of the original run from the 80's and whatever i was missing i've filled it with modern reprints. I also collect the current comics (from when the now defunct dreamwave was holding the license in the early 00's up to IDWs current run) so altogether i think thats got to be almost 500 issues altogether. Pretty impressive longevity when the original US run itself didnt even managed a hundred issues.

There's also a bunch of collectible reference books, both japanese and american (transformers was and still is a collaboration of takara from japan and america's hasbro) and some magazines which featured transformers cover appearances.

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