Transformers Shockwave Comic Art

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Apr 1 2019

Karl Hartman Introduces A New Guide

Karl Hartman is a legend in the Transformers collecting hobby. He and his brother Jon started Botcon in 1994 introducing the first Transformers convention for collectors to gather. The success of the show led to a convention being held every year until 2016 when Hasbro pulled the plug on it. Maybe one day it will…

Mar 12 2019

1986 Transformers Mail Away Offer Mirage and Ratchet

Transformers 1986 would be the new beginning for some characters, and it would also mark the end to several others that we came to love. That would include the two that are shown today. Autobots Ratchet and Mirage. After the retail offering of the series 1 cars in 1985 Hasbro introduced some back to us…

Dec 26 2018

Transformers G1 Poster Box Astrotrain and Blitzwing

1986 was the start and finish of two eras for the Transformers line during the G1 run. First a full length action packed movie! With the movie we lost many of our series 1 and series 2 characters. Although some would stick around a little longer in both toy form and in the show. In…

Dec 19 2018

Transformers G1 NGB Bluestreak and Jazz

Hasbro’s Transformers toy line launched in 1984 and as we have discussed in past posts the series 1 figures all came from a Takara toy line. Here in this post we are going to show you early examples of Bluestreak and Jazz. These two figures , shown below, are unique not by the toy itself…

Dec 14 2018

Transformers 1984 G1 Bumblebee Yellow and Red Versions

Transformers 1984 G1 Bumblebee came in two different colors.  The main color yellow is the most recognizable of the two. The red one had the same name and is never shown in  the original cartoon.  It is believed that these were used because of the carry over from the Takara Microchange toy line. However Hasbro…

Dec 7 2018

Transformers G1 Constructicon Hook AFA 90

In 1985 Hasbro released a combiner figure named Devastator. He was first released in the US as 6 figures that would combine to for the mighty Devastator. The 6 figures were sold separately on card backs. He would later be sold together with all 6 in a Gift Set package. The Six figures were named…

Nov 9 2018

Transformers G1 Optimus Prime Metal Plates Trailer

In our last post we discussed the light blue trailer Optimus Prime in the error box. Today we will discuss the metal plates Optimus Prime Trailer in a regular TM box. As most G1 collectors know there are several variants of Optimus Prime. Probably the most sought after is the metal plates trailer. What makes…

Nov 2 2018

Transformers G1 1984 Error Box Optimus Prime AFA 80

Today we will open up a discussion on Optimus Prime. Most of us know that the first Optimus Prime released under the Transformers brand, was the Tractor Trailer, released in the US in 1984. There are a few variants that were released. The first release was the “Error Box” release. This box has the radar…

Sep 10 2018

G1 Transformers Shockwave No Rub Short Grey Border

I recently found this Shockwave. While I have seen Shockwave before with out a rub sign I never noticed the box variant shown here. This box has a short grey border. If you look at the picture you can clearly see there is no grey border under the laser part of the art. The TM…

Aug 23 2018

Mail Offer Transformers Minibot Cosmos Find

In 1986 Hasbro offered 3 Minibots as mail offer figures. Along with an order form from a Transformers product, robot points, and a check or money order for shipping and handling, you could have received one of these little fellows in the mail. Such a wonderful and suspenseful feeling for a child to have. Today…