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  1. http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=xtr10006&mode=retail




    This has my vote for worst third party accessory for TF’s, ever!


    $30 for this freaking thing? Are they KIDDING???


    I think one can go to the Dollar Store and get one of those Rubber Circus animals + cage that grows when you drown it in water, and it's as good as something this lame.


    If it came with the Ravage toy, sure then maybe, but JEESE!


    Big Bad should take this off the market and slap who ever decided to put it up there in the first place.

  2. I had to re-read your article twice, too early after election night.


    SWEET! The lack of copy under the hood puts those parts in a category all its own. Could not be someone swapping parts with a G2 SS or the E-Hobby remake of DC with NO copy in that spot.


    I made a custom all black SS years ago, it's part of my Police Force so customs are fairly easy EXCEPT for the copy stamps. Never knew about this variant until now, and have no intention on seeking one. I'll leave that to the purist collectors who can swing it.


    I'll stick with my custom...which for some reason I swapped parts with an original Diaclone red sideswipe and probably should go back nd swap them back. Get that lead painted SS back in shape.


    Collection is coming out of storage SOON! SO I can do many wonderful things.


    Thanks MAZ for posting the news HERE. And special thanks (and hello) to Himawari!



  3. Living in NJ, directly in the path of the hurricane, hoping my faming and friends will be safe, but also my new home and my stuff - still locked up in a storage locker.


    Invsion the roof blowing off, and my stuff getting at the very least drenched in water.


    House is insured, stuff is not.


    How about the rest of you in the Tristate area?

  4. TOY HUNTER??? I can teach that guy a thing or 3 about hunting transformers. Especially about getting a decent hair cut.


    It took me 10 years to piece together my red Skids diaclone variant, from 2 junk lots. First one gave me the back 1/2 of the car/legs the second 1/2 came from Singapore and gave me the front 1/2. Took 3 seconds to clip the bot together, looks fantastic and only cost me about $20.


    Snagged a Red Faced G1 Slag at Botcon 99 from a junk lot on the second day of the con while all those deal seekers failed to notice it, for $3.


    My diaclone yellow Sideswipe. I bought it in a junk lot of about 40 G1 car variants from Italy for $400. Wound up SELLING the other 39 other cars and actually MAKING money off the lot while keeping YSS.


    Botcon 2000, while SELLING toys at the con, I took a walk around the room and found a $10 G1 Prime trailer that happens to have the metal plates inside instead of just stickers and the gray launcher.


    And of course there was the Blue Bluestreak junk lot last month.


    The toy hunter needs to call ME for advice next time he pulls up a variant for advice.


    The 'King" of transformer collectors, Pete, from episode 2 paid too much for that Bumper aka Bumblejumer. It was in lousy condition, not terrible, and $120 was too much.


    In a couple months I will have my collection room going, so will be posting picts and things the Toy Hunter and the King of Transformer Collectors would drool over. Mind you, TF Collecting is not a contest, and as MAZ points out in one of his articles on TFsource, there's ALWAYS SOMEBODY with a better collection, a lot of mine are incomplete or junkers I had to parts swap or repair or were just plain missing weapons. Today I snagged about $500 worth of TF's (if they were new and complete + boxed) for $55. I'll take it.


    I wish my memory was this good at remembering to buy my wife some flowers from time to time. sigh...

  5. I found yet another killer Junk Lot to buy, no where near as cool as a Blue Bluestreak, but dang.


    I got a Fansproject broken Springer, a Music Label Soundblaster, a Henkei Prime and a bunch of others for $55+s&h.


    BUT... I GOTA STOP! I have my first mortgage payment coming in November.


    So what if that's several hundred bucks worth of cool bots for $55...

    So what if score after score after score brings cool stuff to my house

    So what if I have to eat canned soup for lunch every day so I can make up some of the money for all these purchases.


    I gota pay for the place I'm going to put all these things in.

  6. UPDATE: it is still cool to have a bbs! added doors from a junker prowl, cooler. should i paint at least the outsides of the doors metallic blue? friend of mine argues it might make people think its all custom. it's original


    How about using Smokescreen doors? They are blue already. Maybe not exactly the same color tho.


    I made my custom bbs in smokescreen blue colors,,, just not the same.

  7. UPDATE: it is still cool to have a bbs! added doors from a junker prowl, cooler. should i paint at least the outsides of the doors metallic blue? friend of mine argues it might make people think its all custom. it's original

  8. http://www.hasbro.com/transformers/en_US/shop/details.cfm?R=9CBCF7C0-5056-900B-101D-04E61D6A4BA0:en_US


    I just stumbled on this today, and bought it direct from Hasbro.


    It's 4 Classics variants in one shot. You get for $30 + shipping, a BETTER version of the Diaclone colored Powered Convoy aka the blue Optimus Prime as a redeco classics laser Optimus AND the G2 styled Jazz. In addition they give us 2 legends repaints, a Nemesis prime and a Thundercracker. Cost me $41 with taxes and shipping, that is SOOOO Worth it!


    I paid about that for just the ONE KO CHMS Deep Cover Classics custom to make a G2 Sideswipe.


    Go check it out, order it quick, I spotted it on line for upwards of $70! Don't get scalped!


    SO now I'll have the G2 Classics Optimus, Nemesis and Powered, send in Magnus and that little set is complete!


    As for the G2 repaints, Inferno is a no go, there wasn't enough difference in the colors to warrant a second Inferno in a Classics collection. CHMS made the Deep Cover which is an easy repaint and parts swap to make the G2 Sideswipe.


    Folks, this is such an NO BRAINER! The asking price for the Jazz repaint in black is around $75. Get the G2 version in this set for $12 now before it's gone.

  9. DANG IT, I have had all 5 bots from the Classics Diaclone DX set sitting here in a box, and I can't find my camera to take picts and post.


    Powered convoy, red mirage, deep cover and my custom roller buggy.




    I say 5 because I got the blue optimus and another wearing the armor.

  10. I REALLY want one of those Brawn's that transform like Bumblebee Kits.


    Have a bunch of bootleg kits from back in the day, SWEET sets!


    The ultimate was buying a couple of those Classics Hotrod kits. Not every day one can build their own hotrod.

  11. Sacrifices. Depends on how you look at things.


    Now you can say that the latest economic situation and the raised prices on the current lines are bringing you down, however there are many layers to all of this. I for one have no interest in the TF Prime or WFC FOC lines at all, so even if the economy and price tags have dropped, I'm still not buying. I did buy Shockwave, and actually I might sell it because it's off scale for the rest of the "classics" toys I want.


    Things are now, the way they are. It'd be like saying oh boo hoo, I should have bought all those G1's off the shelf or $25, as opposed to now for $125. Things are always changing, I my self bough some really good Pre-Transformers back in the day just before the net came around, DIRT CHEAP, a trick that is now not so easy to do.


    But real sacrifices. Well my X and I sold toys at a couple botcon's, made a ton of money (just before TRU remakes of the G1 series) and she spent 90% of it on shit. SO that was a sacrifice 1/2 willing to make. Would have been nice to have gotten my money back, but somethings are worth paying off to be done with.


    Last week I ran to TRU to get a MP Thundercracker, and struck out. SO rather than pissing away another $5 in gas and my lunch hour at work, I ordered one on line at just the right time. Sacrifice there, the FUN of the hunt, but my car which is falling apart lives to drive another day.


    I have had most of my collection in a storage locker for the last 10 years or so. My wife and I just bought a house and it's going to be the LAST thing I work on, building my collection room/office to finaly get my my treasures into the light of day. Sacrifice, you bet. Worth the wait, just wait and see what wonders I post here.


    Being a home owner now, with a mortgage to pay every month, the funds are not the same by far. SO now it's time to save up for the desireables and pick and choose better what's important and what isn't. My change jar and wish lists for birtdays and the holidays hopefully will get me all the Masterpiece toys I HAVE to HAVE. Something like the newer MP smaller Prime, I have to skip. Besides I already have the larger 3 versions (4 actually with my custom Diaclone Powered Convoy I made) so why spend another $100 or so tracking the smaler one?


    Sacrifices means you have to give up something to gain something else. If you are unhappy with your choices of sacrifices, you're doing something or looking at something wrong. Your goals may not be realistic, or maybe you need to rethink or evaluate your situation.


    I waited 10 years to get a house to have a collection room, done up right. And I am still waiting, but all well worth it for sure. I lost a loved one who robbed me blind, well worth dumping her. Went from needing to HAVE EVERYTHING with the TF banner, down to the select many toys that reall mean something to me, it's better for space, $ and time. I can spend my time working on customs, or tracking down the rare pieces I REALLY want, vs the MEH newer pieces that do not speak to me.


    A toy hunt that does not result in a new piece to add to one's collection should NEVER be a total failure. One needs to make the hunt FUN no matter what. My old hunting routes started in Cherry Hill NJ, drove down 322 towards Hammilton which had the mall - KB Toys, Toys R Us, Walmart and usually LUNCH somewhere new around there. Then down past Storybook Land to the Shore Mall to hit BeachCombers, also a good area for lunch, and finally Ocean City to hit Toyrareium and the Shore Mall. FInally to take a walk on the beach or boardwalk and a smooth ride home. THAT is a HUNT. Just going to TRU to comb the shelves hoping the new toys are there waiting for you is just shopping.


    Don't shop, HUNT!

    Don't surf the net looking for this or that, HUNT!



    DAMN IT!!!! My wife travels on business, she was just in Dallas. Vintage Toy Shop, NOW YOU TELL ME!


    Back to the front, it's 15+ years or more since my old toy hunting runs to the south NJ shore. (there is a HUGE difference in such a small state between North NJ with this DOPES from that stupid reality show and the South.)


    Toyrareium is no longer around, KB is long gone, and Beachcombers doesn't have the merchandise it used to, so I don't do that run much any more. Now that I am married and my wife was practically raised in Avalon NJ Beach town, when I go on trips with her, I throw in a aspect of the hunt i with it if possible. There are a couple antique stores that turns up a older TF from time to time. There is a collectable store of more modern toys in Wildwood's boardwalk.


    Sacrifice. Adaptation reduces harmfull sacrifices and regrets.

  12. That's not blaster. That's the original Pre Transformer Microman Boom Box which later became Blaster.


    BIG DIFFERENCE. See that little black cassette, it's an actual working AM radio. Plug it in his tape deck, which has a headphone jack inside (making it USELESS for any other cassette to be used inside except the AM radio tape) AND the speakers in his legs actually work. The knob on his chest will tune the radio so you can play musc or news radio over his speakers.


    There's 2 versions of that toy, blue and red. Apparantly someone already noticed and the bid last time I checkedwas $200+. I hope it's the same bidder I beat out for Blue, and they win this one.

  13. Cell Phone picts, sorry. My good camera is at the new house being used to take pictures of the construction we are doing.


    All my other camera's are in storage.


    As a Pre-TF collector, the Blue Bluestreak has been the bane of my collecting existance since day 1. WHY is he called BLUE-Streak when he's not blue?!?!?!


    Typically one in this condition would probably run somewhere between $250 and $350, give or take (perhaps even more in a bidding war). I remember a couple years ago this transfan I know had a stripped down, broken junker he found at a flea market in Canada and he wanted $220 for it. This one has some paint chipping on the rear, but otherwise is in really good shape. The fact that the windshield is intact raises the value... But I'm not after value, I just needed one to complete the pre-TF collection and that was a really good snag.


    There is ANOTHER semi-rare PRE-TF in a junk lot on the bay right now! Fortunately I already have both versions of it in the box, and am out of funds anyway.







    See if you can spot it, another WHERE'S WALDO search.


    I'll give you a hint, it's also BLUE.

  14. Thanks BaCon, I'll post picts once I custom paint the set of doors I dug up. I'll even take shots of it with my custom classics blue bluestreak. It's not the best paint job but until they finally make the classics blue, it's good enough for me.


    round about 30 years of annoying blue-bluestreak toys being held back is finally over for me.


    Day one of my new homeownership, I'm beat. Day 2 is just a few hours away.


    I didn't notice anything unusual about any of the other bots in the junk lot. Blaster didn't have the door on his back, Soundwave was just a regular Soundwave. TC is just missing, EVERYTHING.


    I have the Diaclone version of TC and the TF, this is the TF version.


    That's about the last of my MAD MONEY for a LONG LONG LONG TIME!


    Best last shot find I could have hoped for.


    Just wait, in a few months I'll be working on my office/collection room and be able to get all my car robo's out on display.

  15. I have never seen an Italian TraSformer Blue-Bluestreak, does it exist? Takara stamp, nothing to indicate anything other than Diaclone release. I have a almost complete car variant collection for G1, including TraSformers, Diaclones and G1 + Ehobby and of course the KO Mirage. Only one I am missing, worth getting, is a red hoist. Eventually Hauler would be good also. Black skids is not so important considering there are 7 variants of that mold and I have the other 6 (need a red turbo hood and head though).


    When I say COMPLETE, I mean at least 1 version of each major variation. I do not have the G1 Wheeljack, the Diaclone wheeljack AND the TraSformer WJ. I just have the first 2.


    Made a custom blue wrecker, the body is a Diakron blue trailbreaker, stickers came off a TraS green hoist, head was repainted so it's 90% real and good enough for me. Also have a custom Marlboor, 2 actually + a 3rd black one that when I finish will look like Gi Joe Snake Eyes, I always thought the visors were similar and WJ is cool in black.


    Mexican Prowl is also interesting, but I made a reversed colored Prowl, with SWAT on the doors instead of Police that's my substitute.


    My custom Blue Bluestreak is Smokescreen blue, not BBS Metallic.


    Buying the house today, so my collection room will be in a few months.


    Doesn't the internet offer translation services for txt web pages?


    I one bought a HUGE lot of G1 esk cars from Italy, just to get a yellow sideswipe. Wound up re-selling most and actually MAKING money off the deal. Of course that was 2001, before the remakes started and sold at Botcon.


    Anything else in that picture, is up for sale. The vehicle voltron is in decent shape, head wing broken off, and one of the rotors is a little bent. I have the chest jet somewhere. Will find it once I fix up my house, and build shelving in my collection room.


    Took BBS to work with me yesterday. Need to take some pictures of it. Really surprised it's in as good a shape as it is. Paint chipping, some sticker wear, but otherwise good shape.

  16. OMFG! I am here just after opening my received package of junk TF's to say that I am the PROUD owner of a BLUE BLUESTREAK!


    Yes people, while searching through Ebay looking for junk transformer parts to customize, one item in the top left corner of a lot caught my eye. It was a Datsun Fairlady Z, missing the doors but right away spoke volumes to me. It's BLUE. IT'S FREAING BLUE!?!?!?! Are you kidding me?


    I snagged the 3 images of the item and blew it up to examine it further, everything smelled right. Some kid had mis-applied the stickers that were supposd to go behind the rear windshield on his legs right on the windshield it's self. If this was a custom, the person who made it would have put the stickers where they belong.


    I took a shot, waited to the last second and put in my max bid, the most I'd ever pay for one in the hopes I was correct and it was the real deal. I won that auction, and it could not come at a better time. Friday my wife and I buy our first home together, and what a better way to remember the occasion (for goofy collctor like me who likes to add a piece to his collection at key milestones such as this).


    There was a chance that it was a hoax, or a junker custom. But as soon as I picked it out of the box, windshields in tact, and saw the molded metallic blue platic IT'S REAL!


    SO now, I'm going to pull some junk prowl doors and paint them blue, becaus most likey I'll never find a set of real doors for it, and get the smokescreen weapons from my horrible custom blue-ish bluestreak and put this thing on display with the rest of my G1 Diaclone collection.


    At least one other person spotted this as well, I believe because my winning bid beat out his or her max bid at $200. Fortunately for me my estimated final cost was higher than theirs AND I had gift cards from last year to finally use towards this HUGE purchase.


    I'll be selling off the extra toys in the lot at my next toy show in the spring. NJCC. Had a nice G1 Soundwave with the guns, I think I can find at least 1 chrome missile to complete it. A blaster missing a foot. Green G2 Slag and some other odds and ends.


    Chance of a lifetime! Thanks to my lovely wife to not have a cow spending that kind of money on a TOY when we are dropping our lifes savings on this house.


    I paid a fair price for it, and am glad to finally have one in my collection. Will look nice next to the Black Hood version I have with the box (the Blue Bluestreak Diaclone box).








    Spot it your self here.

  17. I bought a KO Alternators Nemesis Prime so as to make a custom Diaclone Magnus aka Powered Convoy, and stupid me didn't notice that it came with the ABT Upgrade gastank set that transforms into his gun.


    Not only that, but mine came with 2 sets.


    Yippie! So TFsource has them for $30 a piece, so I just saved $60.


    I bought the thing months ago and it's been sitting on a shelf at my old home all this time.


    One of these days I will have to get my real BT Prime and real Nemesis out and they can fight over who gets the extra rifle, because one is for Overload/Nightwatch here.


    Hmm, probably should make a White version also...


    Mind you, I had to glue the tank section back together on one of them so far, but $30... WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

  18. This season for my Xmas present to my self, I bought a few KO toys that I had my eye on for some time. With the recent demise of KOtoys, I figured one last bash incase everything suddenly became scarce.


    I picked up the Binaltech Smokescreen Red-White and Blue KO toy. Nicely done. Diecast and plastic like a Binaltech, quality is pretty good, detailing is fantastic, just a few minor paint errors or scratches. I had to modify the hole for the hood hatch hinge (say that 3 times fast) so the peg would rest where it belongs. Other than the usual wobblie midsection part common with these KO BT's, it's pretty great. The only thing I will change is the head, needs to be blue, and perhaps slap on a 38 sticker on the hood and doors. Other than that great toy.


    KO Targetroid set of 4. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with these things. The Megatron is great, very posable and detailed, Optimus is kinda lame, as is screamer and roddie. I think the trigger or handle for the gun mode got lost in translation somewhere along the line. I am interested in how the real megatron-like TR works and might consider getting one. The gun mode for optimus reminds me of gun mode for one of the kronoform watch bots or a blockman. They really should remake that line with more poseable blockbots like Dave B made.


    I got a KO Seacon set, reason being I don't have a KO Seacon set. I have KO sets of all the other G1 combiners and those colors makes it lookg good to work with the Energon Sharkticon. The main thing I noticed is that I think they made the turtle bot too small. I have yet to examine the toy out of the package but everything looks like it was included from the original series, cept some of the bots were dummed down, meaning that they all used to be interchangable, not some can only be legs and some can only be arms. For a display piece and the cheap price, it should be interesting for the shelf.


    ANOTHER PE Reflector set. This time I was able to piece together 1 nice set out of the 2 I have, all 3 purple heads and feet, the center bot has a purple chest while the side bots have green. Their arm colors keep the purple and green going, purple shoulders and green arms for the side bots, the opposite for the center bot. I chose the purple lense with green sides, and the green shield to round it off. Unfortunaltey the green shield has some gaps on the front of the camera edge, which is a shame but having a good looking reflector means I will have to live with it, perhaps fix it. Capped it off with the mirrored lense finish. NOW I can have this toy in bot mode on she shelf for display and not have it jump out as UGLY any more.


    I'll post pictures at another time. Working on a cool Dinogeist custom that I hope to have finished soon.

  19. KOtoys and chimungmung are on the other side of the world and with the shipping customs they must go through we just have to be patient.


    Back in the day, KO's like this were SO hard to find. I can't describe how hard it once was to come across some radical variants and KO's like these. Weekend after weekend hitting flea markets and hole in the wall stores looking for a new treasure.


    Take these KO Alternators. I first caught a glimpse of these from Ebay about 5 or 6 years ago. Had bought up all the binaltech and alternator versions and thought that was that and then these KO Variants came along. Had to snag them in an auction and hope if you lost out that another one would appear eventually. Now we have KOtoys and chimungmung that lists them all at reasonable prices, how easy this new generation of TF collectors have it.


    Both sites are reputable and have lots to offer, just don't expect your box of goodies to show up any time soon.


    My last box of wonder from KO toys came in about 3 weeks, packaging was very good actually, they lined the inside of a cardboard box with cut sheets of styrofoam and put everything in baggies wrapped in plastic. Nothing broken, all there and all very cool.

  20. The Hummer. If you follow the directions, it transforms just like Hound, except for the bulky rear section.

    Those flaps stick out on the sides, just looks awkward.


    My alternative transform goes like this. Do NOT twist at the mid section, simply fold up and lock (so his arse is the front now)


    Fold out the rear fenders and roof to allow room to adjust the shins and feet. Fold out the feet and twist the shins to use the rear seat as the new knee cap. Then fold the flaps back inside, so the rear tire rests against the inner shin and twist the feet so that it holds the flaps nice and neat. Ok so the rear tire makes running awkward, but it's a toy, there will be no running.


    See attached pict, I like it better this way.


  21. At long last, I picked up all the BT KO's that I wanted, and the 3 Hummers as a bonus. Unfortunately they are not perfect, some however were fixable.


    The Sideswipe - White SS. Metal parts, good detailing, iffy feet and front wheels. The one minor problem I had with it is an easy fix. The head always appears to be looking upwards, so the solution was to take the head apart and cut a circular grove under his face plate.


    As for the police car Viper, it is pretty good, love the detailing, but in robot mode it just looks too much like Dead End. Simple head swap with the White Sunstreaker with Red stripes and both of them look better, the white one looks more like the Marboor Wheeljack this way.


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