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  1. In a competitive market place, vintage toy collectors have to have their eyes and ears open the whole time in order to nail rare items. But we can’t always be everywhere, all the time. Sometimes real life and circumstance mean that we miss key auctions, deals, emails and opportunities. Other times a lack of experience, funds or better judgement dictate that we let an opportunity go begging instead of grabbing it with both hands. By the time we’ve learned our lesson, the moment is gone. We can only hope that fate gifts us a second chance… The Ones That Got Away | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  2. Trip, I think it's just a reflection of the red plastic on his shiny mouthplate :) All the best Maz
  3. If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me. But what if you don’t have time to make up your mind? A split second decision can be the difference between a phenomenal victory after a leap of faith, or an unmitigated and expensive disaster of bad judgement. If you’re into rare toys and once-in-a-lifetime vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers finds, the competition can be suffocating and intense. But occasionally an unexpected opportunity presents itself, and we are the first in line, but should we take the chance? Leap Of Faith | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  4. Collectors of vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers regularly deal with items that are nearly 30 years old, most of which are pre-owned, loved and abused, so they can be trusted to employ the required care and attention in order to preserve these collector’s items of value and beauty. That is, until very recently, when stories of broken vintage pre-TFs and rare G1 in the hands of long-time experienced collectors started to increase. Collector Fail | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the worst, Maz
  5. There’s something incredibly Japanese about a small team of intricate and tiny transforming robots that combine to form a larger more powerful being, packaged in an attractive giftset depicting a soaring mechanical beast of battle. That is exactly what Takara started to market in Japan at the end of Battlestars: Return of Convoy with the above C-370 Sixliner, and then throughout 1992′s “Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformer Operation Combination”. 6 Is The Magic Number | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  6. You would think it’s getting harder to find collectors with something fresh to contribute during these interviews, but there is certainly no shortage of quality when it comes to those left to feature. This month’s spotlight falls on Italian Transformers and pre-Transformers collector Marco Salerno. A shining beacon of humility, modesty and quick with praise for collectors he feels are more worthy than he of said spotlight, Marco is an example to all of how best to make use of the information available to today’s collector. One of the most knowledgeable, well-read and cultured members of the community gives us a glimpse into his quietly but seriously stunning collection, and we do hope your eye is as good as Marco’s in spotting some of the indescribably rare toys he’s found and subgroups he has completed. Marco says it’s an honour to be featured, but it is we who are truly honoured… Collector Interview 07 – Marco Salerno | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  7. Hey Weet! Yeah absolutely, I have no intention of trying to track one of those down having still not been able to source a Marlboor, yellow Hilux or Blue Fairlady in over a decade of chasing deals :P Trip, glad you enjoyed the Mecha Senshi pics, they are such wonderful little things and very under-appreciated! All the best Maz
  8. It’s still happening. The better part of 30 years after the fact, and not 6 months after our last article on ‘new’ vintage pre-Transformers and Transformers discoveries, we’ve managed to cobble together another bunch of items which may or may not have been commonly documented or known about in the past. Thanks to the ever growing knowledge-base and resourcefulness of vintage pre-TF and TF collectors, this hobby continues to serve up surprises and challenge established beliefs. More News To Me | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  9. You can tell the Japanese and Joustra Battle Convoy apart from the colour of the parts on the trailer. The Japanese Diaclone has very light blue parts on the trailer (especially underneath). The Joustra will have a darker blue much like a pre-rub Transformers Prime would have. Some very very early Transformers Optimus Primes have the same light blue parts (but not the metal plates, only grey-roller Prime has the metal plates) Also, the Japanese Diaclone should only say "TAKARA JAPAN" on the copyright. The Joustra might well have dates and Japanese writing as well. All the best Maz
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