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  1. Some things appreciate, some things depreciate. It’s probably best to base your collecting and buying on what makes you happy instead of aiming to maximise long-term investment potential for vintage Transformers, pre-Transformers or newer products. Unless you are a toy dealer with acres of storage space, all the time in the world and infinite patience to hold onto things until they finally rise in value, or you are a collector who never needs to sell, you will have shifted a few bits and pieces from your collection now and then. This week I’ll be looking back on a number of odds and sods I’ve sold in the last year or so, trying to make some sort of sense of their final auction values or direct selling prices in the grand scheme of things. In a climate where the brand new or the ancient seem to be of the greatest value, creating the most hype and competition, it was fascinating to see how the hot toys of yesteryear fared against their more illustrious and desirable ancestors or descendants Sold | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  2. It’s a depressing subject, giving up toy collecting, but it’s one that many have considered from time to time and even acted upon. One might be driven to the brink of surrender by finances, space, obsession, disinterest, priorities or a feeling of being overwhelmed. It can lead to feelings of liberation, or pangs of regret. As intensely personal as the collection itself, the reason to quit collecting depends on the person, the way in which that collection was built and maintained, and their circumstances or stage in life. Giving Up | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  3. Many Transformers collectors have moments in their lives when collecting toys no longer seems relevant, and they give up or sell up to pursue other interests and priorities. Somewhere down the line, the spark re-ignites and those that walked away return to the hobby with renewed vigour, fresh perspective and a more balanced approach. It’s happened to me, and it has also happened to our interviewee this month, someone who has inspired me and has brought enormous joy to me with his return, Ben Munn. Once the curator of the fastest-assembled and most impressive Diaclone Car Robot collection most of us have ever seen, it is still difficult to find photographs that trump those of the old collection of Ben Munn. We catch up with him just in time to record his thoughts on re-entering the collecting fray. Collector Interview 16 – Ben Munn | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  4. It’s now 2 years since the TFSource blog project was launched featuring weekly articles about – primarily – G1 Transformers collecting, collections and toy matters. Since then, Source Blog has taken on more regular excellent writers and has continued to bring insightful and engaging collector interviews to the community, as well as ongoing discoveries about ancient G1 and pre-G1 mysteries together with a greater focus on more recent Transformers releases and products. We take this opportunity to give you the best of the Source Articles presented in 2012/2013. Best of 2012/2013 - Another Year of Source Articles <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  5. “You’re stubborn as f**k and when people recommend things you deliberately avoid them”. Wise words from an old mushroom to his friend. You can’t really blame me, though, there’s just far too much to follow and give time to in the world of Transformers. Between the animated shows, the comics, vintage toys, modern toys, high-end collectibles, forums and intra-community ‘responsibilities’ – not to mention real life – picking up something new normally requires the dropping of something else. So what’s worth your time? Just Say Yes | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  6. How do you spice up a Transformers niche sub-line that is struggling to garner attention and respect at a time when Takara Tomy, Hasbro and various 3rd Party companies are churning out all sorts of varied and quality product? Simple, add a villain. Not just any villain either, but that most iconic of Transformers despots, the Decepticon leader Megatron. In addition, make sure you promote the toys and series as widely as is appropriate, certainly to the most willing demographic; children and Japanese race fans. Transformers GT – Part 3 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  7. What's scorching hot today in vintage Transformers collecting and often labelled "rare", causing a frenzy on auction and realising astronomical end prices? Japanese exclusives like Liokaiser, Black Shadow, Blue Bacchus, Big Powered, Guard City and Battle Gaia? Peruvian minibots? US Defensor giftsets and high-grade sealed Megatrons and Soundwaves? Well it wasn't always that way, over a decade ago it was a different series of variant toys that grabbed the headlines, were considered "rare" and were hyped. Even though they aren't that hard to get today, it's worth paying tribute to yesterday's heroes. Yesterday’s Heroes | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ (Recommended soundtrack: "Outro" by M83) All the best Maz
  8. That’s right, 100 articles since September 2011 when I started writing for the Source Blog, excluding Collector Interviews. It’s customary to see in milestones such as this by taking stock of what has gone before, but we will be doing that in 4 weeks as we hit the 2 year anniversary of the Source Blog anyway. Instead of just looking at what we’ve featured on the Blog, why don’t we take stock of where we are in the Transformers collecting hobby more generally and holistically? The Collector Interviews we have carried out over the last year and more have demonstrated, through the wisdom of our interviewees, just how much the Transformers collecting scene and community have changed over the last 10 to 15 years. Every year that goes by brings us more fascinating Transformers product to collect or helps establish a deeper appreciation for what has gone before, depending on people’s preferences, perspective or circumstances. So is this now the best time to be a collector? Intermission ~ Article 100 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  9. Hahaha well how could I? He is the first proper(-ish) Masterpiece Diaclone, and an homage to my favourite one at that ;) All the best Maz
  10. Who is Tigertrack and why does he deserve a Transformers Masterpiece release? That’s the question we asked last week, and we saw that yellow was the colour we could originally have gotten “Sideswipe” in for Transformers. Had this plan gone two steps further – stock art and photography – before being changed, we’d have another Blue Bluestreak on our hands. A prestigious Diaclone origin and a tricky reissue exclusive gave the ‘Yellow Sideswipe’ a mysterious aura, but “Tigertrack” has finally achieved deserved recognition as part of Takara Tomy’s flagship Masterpiece line. Who Is Tigertrack? – Part 2 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  11. It’s time for a change. So far, all of the collector interviews we’ve had on Source Blog have focused on one perspective, that of people still in the game. This month, again, we’ve picked a very prominent and well-known collector whose name and online handles may never be forgotten as long as the hobby exists, especially by those of us who have been collecting G1 Transformers for over a decade. The main difference this month is that our spotlight collector is no longer collecting! We’ve altered the questions a little bit in order to allow Chuck Liu an opportunity to share with us his memories, his experiences and give some insight into the man behind the website that inspired so many of us all those years ago. Collector Interview 15 – Chuck Liu | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  12. You sure about that, mate? All the best Maz
  13. Who is “Tigertrack” and why does he deserve a Transformers Masterpiece release? Well, he’s just a yellow repaint of MP-12 Masterpiece Lambor (Sideswipe), an homage to the 2004 reissue exclusive “Tigertrack” – another yellow repaint of G1 reissue Sideswipe, right? A poor man’s Masterpiece Sunstreaker, right? Wrong. Over the next 2 weeks I hope to convince you that there is much more to his character, origin and significance than just being a soulless repaint and a meaningless ‘Yellow Sideswipe’ created by Takara to make the MP-12 mould more financially viable. Who Is Tigertrack? – Part 1 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  14. This picture alone should be enough to capture your imagination.... A fantastic piece of writing that takes you from start to finish where the utterly awesome and unique Euro single-packed G1 Laserbeak variant is concerned, and as meticulously researched and beautifully presented as you could want. Nobody does it better than Mijo. Enjoy: 20th Century Toy Collector » Blog Archive » MB Laserbeak revisited All the best Maz
  15. 10 years, 2 toy-lines and six photos. Six photos depicting two upcoming toys that captured the imagination of the Transformers fandom and collecting community and have not released their grip since. Those toys would become the BT-01 Binaltech Smokescreen and the MP-1 Masterpiece Convoy. The day was Thursday July 17th 2003. The San Diego Comic-Con had just started, and during “Preview Night”, the attending Transformers fans had been given their first glimpse of what was about to be revealed the following day – albeit a whole continent away. However, the seeds of that imminent revelation had been sown even earlier. So, let’s take a few steps even further back and tread the path that led to that unforgettable day 10 years ago. Binaltech and Masterpiece: 10 Years Ago | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ Facts, dates, article concept and text provided kindly by Nevermore All the best Nevermore + Maz
  16. Win some, lose some. You can’t make an omelette without breaking a few eggs. If you love something, set it free. Pick your favourite hackneyed phrase and apply it to the practice of selling certain Transformers from your collection to finance newer or more expensive ones, or just changing the guard. Some collectors are fortunate enough to be able to just add to their collections, but a fair few must sacrifice certain items, sub-lines or whole categories of toys in order to streamline, re-focus or even continue their collecting. This week I look at a few of the toy-lines I’ve had to let go of in order to carry on. Sacrifice | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  17. Masterpiece is winning. Nothing creates quite as much furore as the possibility of a new announcement regarding the next Transformers Masterpiece release, be it Takara Tomy or Hasbro. At BotCon last weekend, many attendees at the TFSource stand were saying “I only collect Masterpiece and 3rd Party Transformers now”. The frequency of new Masterpiece threads on forums, the widely ignored release of Transformers GT, the sheer range of opinion on the subject together with the palpable rabid anticipation of collectors at possible Tokyo Toy Show unveilings are all proof of this victory by the most popular Transformers series currently being manufactured. Full Steam Ahead (The New Masterpiece – Part 3) | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  18. Some Transformers collectors can let their sublime displays do the talking, some collectors are known for their knowledge of a particular corner of our hobby. Other collectors are lauded for their contributions to the community, its education and documentation of toys, and others are known for having outspoken opinions and for not mincing their words. This month we interview a unique collector who is a healthy (or unhealthy!) mix of all the above. Starscream lover, regular blogger and former TFSource Reviewer Paul Friemel gives us the pleasure of his company, so take it away Mr June 2013… http://tfsource.com/blog/collector-interview-14-paul-friemel/ <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  19. Amongst the avalanche of exciting Transformers Masterpiece revelations, the imminent arrival of the biggest Transformers toy ever and Takara Tomy's Transformers Go! series, news of the Transformers GT official release got a little buried. While completely understandable due to the brand new nature of the aforementioned releases, the fandom's insatiable appetite for Masterpiece and the hulking mass that is Generations Metroplex, it's a shame that Transformers GT Prime and Saber have been relegated to the status of expensive Alternity repaints when there's just so much more going on here. Transformers GT – Part 2 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  20. What do you get if you cross G1 Transformers characters, moulds from the Binaltech/Alternity conceptual era with Japan’s premier touring car series made famous in the Western world by legendary Sony PlayStation racing series Gran Turismo? Other than the messy shrapnel from my blown combined-hobby-overloaded mind, the result is Takara Tomy’s 2013 exclusive sub-line “Transformers GT”. Combining the much-used 1:32 scale Transformers Alternity Nissan R35 GT-R mould with the Japanese Super GT racing series (formerly JGTC), Transformers GT continues the recent trend of fully licensed car manufacturer branding on new Transformers. And I for one could not be happier. Transformers GT – Part 1 | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  21. It’s 2013, approaching 30 years since the launch of The Transformers toy line globally and over 30 years since the dawn of the pre-Transformers “Diaclone” and “Micro Change Series” toy lines in Japan and Europe. There are thousands of Generation 1 collectors and enthusiasts worldwide, there have been dedicated websites for a decade and more. Despite all of that, there are still discoveries being made and long-buried treasures being unearthed by relentless and passionate individuals. So much so, that after 3 installments of the “News To Me” series, there’s still more to share! Yet More News To Me | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  22. Fully deserved high praise. And now you've heard of him :) Then it's no surprise you haven't heard of him, and possibly other noteworthy collectors, is it? That is the whole point of the interview series, to bring to light some of the interesting personalities we have in the community, and by community I mean on a far wider scale than just one forum. All the best Maz
  23. Lovely collection mate, congratulations! All the best Maz
  24. For this month’s dedicated Transformers collector interview, we wrap up the first year of features in style with one of the most impressive and well-known collections in the community, that of popular blogger Brandon “heroic_decepticon” Yap. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have the honour of interviewing some of the hobby’s most respected luminaries in the last 12 months, and I really couldn’t think of a more worthy or inspirational individual to feature at the end of such a memorable year. Sit back and enjoy this rare slice of wisdom, experience and insight, topped with the sweetest eye candy around. Collector Interview 12 – Brandon Yap | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
  25. It’s time for another Source Blog Interview, and we like to think that as we approach a year’s worth of contributions from our esteemed group of selected interviewees, we’ve offered a nice spectrum of gathered experience and eye-candy across the field of vintage Transformers and pre-Transformers collecting. This month, although we have already covered collectors who focus solely on pre-Transformers, we spotlight a North American enthusiast who is relatively new to the scene and yet has managed to procure some utterly incredible items in that short time. Hopefully the words of Benjamin Davis will offer some insight into how one can step into the prestigious and expensive field of Pre-Transformers collecting and make such an immediate impact. Collector Interview 11 – Benjamin Davis | Source Blog <- CLICK TO READ All the best Maz
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