Posted by: Jon Krause
In early 2016 I found a set of mail away minibots still sealed in their packaging with the mailer box. I purchased them from the sister of the original owner. She kept all of her brothers toys. He opened all his store purchased toys, but none of the mail-aways. She wanted to remove the labels from the box since it still had a family residence on it. I asked her not to, and instead just mark out the name and address but to leave the city and state. She agreed and I am glad she did.
All of the mailers came from Hasbro’s Columbus OH distribution center. It opened in late ’87 or early ’88. I couldn’t find the exact date. I had trouble getting these graded at first since no one had seen Transformers shipped from this location. The boxes were plain, unlike the RI ones that pop up from time to time. The return address was the exact location of the distribution center. I searched tax records and permits to confirm the location. Since then I have found mailer boxes with the RI return address printed on them, but the OH address label was stuck over the printing.
Now on to the toys- I never saw a set of minibots sealed from the mail away offer. I tried researching on Google and asked many collectors. No one had an example of a sealed set intact. On the order form, the figures were offered as Cosmos, Warpath, and yellow Cliffjumper. Instead of Cliffjumper, Hubcab was sent in his place. That made sense to me since this was offered in ’87/’88 and Cliffjumper was out of circulation for a couple of years.
About 6 months after finding these I found a Warpath and Cosmos, both sealed. These two had a shipper box from RI and also had their instruction booklets. I never saw the instructions for the mail away minibots in person. I have seen the Canadian ones online, but never a US version. Unfortunately the owner didn’t send off for the Cliffjumper, so I still have yet to see the Cliffjumper instructions or know of someone that has them. If you are reading this and have a set please email me. I would love to see it. It is not the same as the blue set that came with the Listen N Fun Cliffjumper.