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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 Prime released under the Transformers brand was the 1984 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…

Aug 1 2018

1986 Series 3 Release Starscream Graded an AFA 90

In 1986 Transformers The Movie hit theaters. While most of us have our own opinion on the film we will focus on the toys. The movie introduced us to new characters. Some of our beloved characters were killed off. Series 3 would change the line for a more futuristic look with the toys. The figures…

Jul 31 2018

1985 Transformers Series 2 Tracks in Catalog Shipper

The wonderful world of Transformers was in full swing in 1984. By 1985 Transformers were one of the hottest toys on the market. In the 80’s large department stores sent out a catalog of the products they offered. The catalog outdates Transformers by almost a century but that is a different story. People could browse…

Jul 31 2018

Transformers G1 Series 1 Bumblejumper

The release of the Minibots under the Transformers brand was an instant hit in 1984. These figures were small, inexpensive, and a great way to get children interested in the toy line that just dropped. Most of the characters are introduced and play important roles in the animated show that premiered that year in the…

Jan 11 2018

Transformers The Movie Video Only 1.00

Back in 1989 Hasbro put out a promotion to receive a copy of the hit film “Transformers The Movie” from 1986 for 1.00. To get his great offer you needed this form along with two UPC Proof of purchases and a cash register receipt from 2 Pretenders Powermasters Targetmasters or Headmasters Figures. Along with 1.50…

Dec 13 2017

1987 G1 Targetmasters Artfire and Stepper

From my personal collection I will share two of my favorite Japanese Exclusive figures, Artfire and Stepper. Both of these figures are retools of Autobot Cars. Artfire is a retool of the Inferno mold from series 2 while Stepper is a retool of the Jazz mold from series 1. Both of these Transformers are still…

Nov 16 2017

Mark Watts Table Art

Check Out this brand new cool product with Transformer Art / Table-Art! Beautifully framed wall art that converts into a coffee table and a desk table ! And Great Transformer Art Shown here by Mark Watts, the original G1 Transformer packaging artist / This is his original Idea that he has a patent on /…