Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Autobot Sideswipe

Vintage G1 Sideswipe

Well here is a great Transformer, one of the best of the original Diaclone molds. The car mode on this one is fantastic, non Transformer fans would never think it was anything more than a detailed model car. Robot mode has well defined legs, feet and arms which have articulation. The head sculpt is cool, I have always loved the human featured Autobot faces and Sideswipe's is one of the best.

This toy has a good weighty feel, the rear of the car ( which forms the legs ) is all diecast. The color is a nice red, and the color of the plastic is a good match to the painted rear. Only the feet and forearms are chrome, but the overall color scheme of red, white & black is great for a bot.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Autobot Sunstreaker

Vintage G1 Sunstreaker

This Transformer was my 2nd, and the first of the larger die cast ones. Probably mostly because of this I have fond memories of this toy and also like Sunstreaker as a character. He has a cool car mode as a hooked up yellow Lamborgini, and although his bot mode has little articulation he has a great head sculpt and fun transformation. Because he is one of my oldest TFs he is a bit more worn than most of my vintage but has held up well.

Sunstreaker didn't come with a gun, instead he has missiles that replace his hands. Only the feet are diecast on this toy, but there are a lot of chrome details including the rims. A little history about Sunstreaker, The Toy was designed by Koujin Ohno (Takara Toys) and is credited as the first "Car to Robot Transforming Toy" ever made. It appeared first in Takara's Car Robot Series in 1982 before being used in the initial wave of Hasbro Transformers in 1984.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Autobot Mirage

Transformers Vintage G1 Mirage

I love the original Transformers/Takara car robots, Mirage is a perfect example. The car mode is nice and realistic, with rubber wheels and a bit of chrome. Bot mode seems to come from nowhere but has well formed arms,legs and some articulation also. I never realized what a cool head sculpt he has, very cool stuff!

G1 articulation, aww yea!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Autobot Hound

Transformers Vintage G1 Hound

Hound was one of my earlier Transformers, and after looking at him again after many years I am very impressed with all the details. The Neat Army deco, the chrome bits and guns, Hound is a great Toy!

Hound was released as part of the initial Autobot assortment in 1984, transforming into a Mitsubishi J59 Jeep. Hound was originally released in the Japanese Diaclone toy line in 1982.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Transformers Alternators

Transformers Alternators collection

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Universe Dinobots

Transformers Universe Dinobots

These 2 dinobots were purchased at a time before I was really buying toys, I just happened to see them at the store and picked them up for nostalgia reasons I guess. Also I love dinosaurs and these dino modes are very cool, unfortunately the robot modes are not good in my opinion. These guys will be staying in package for display purposes even though I generally open box my Transformers.

Optimus Prime - all the time!

Transformers Optimus Prime Collection

This is a recent shoot I did to get a better idea of how many Prime figures/collectables I have now. It was fun but time consuming setting it all up. There area few other things not in the picture such as the "Built to Rule" Megablock Prime and a few Transformers 08' Movie items like the Titanium set of 2 Primes and a special truck mode.

Lighting this up was a bit tricky so the quality of my pics is not up to par, but I will continue shooting my toys 1 at a time as usual to show thier detail. Its nice to see them all together though and makes me really want to get into a bigger house where I can start displaying some of my robots properly.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Decepticon Leader Megatron

Transformers Vintage G1 Megatron

Here we have my original (1984) Megatron figure pictured in gun mode only as I'm too afraid to damage him while transforming. I have all his attachments but for this shot wanted to focus on the detail of the gun. The little Megatron figure at the top is the special metal paint version from the modern Robot Heros line.

Dinobot Slag

Transformers Vintage G1 Slag

My favorite Dinobot! Slag was a badass in the 80's cartoon, that in combination with the Triceratops being my fav dinosaur made this toy a must have as a boy. Slag was originally part of Takara's Diaclone Dinosaur Robo series.

Dinobot Grimlock

Transformers Vintage G1 Grimlock

"Me Grimlock!" yea it sounds dorky but also cool at the same time. I love the dino mode on this guy, bot mode is not as good, still few Transformers were cooler than this guy back in the day. Like the other dinobots, Grimlock was originally part of Takara's Diaclone Dinosaur Robo series.

Dinobot Swoop

Transformers Vintage G1 Swoop

My Swoop is definatley a prized part of my collection. Not only is he cool in dino and robot mode, but this is one of the more rare G1 Transformers especially in this condition. Swoop was originally part of Takara's Diaclone Dinosaur Robo series.

Autobot Roadbuster

Transformers Vintage G1 Roadbuster

This is a cool and unusual Transformer. It was licensed from a different toy line than most, usually Takara. Roadbuster comes from the Japanese anime series Dorvack (1983-1984) and was originally called "VV-54 AR Mugen Calibur", Katsumi Itabashi and Nobuyoshi Haraba designed the mechs in Dorvack.

He is pretty rare in complete form as there are many parts to loose with all the armor and backpack parts that attach after transforming it. Also this mold is no longer licensed to Hasbro so reissues are more than likely not going to happen.

Saturday, September 27, 2008