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  1. You should check out that ep of Collection intervention, man does that guy have a lot of stuff, I can understand why he did not want to part with that Botcon G2 Breakdown, I mean so what if doesn't fit in with his G1 collection? That piece held significant emotional value for him, it's not like unloading any of the modern exclusives, that was truly a special piece!



    That'll be my next review. I have a G2 Breakdown, it's not all that with out the other 4 stunticons, like the Hartmans have.


    It's hard to 'judge' the collections based on the glimpses seen in the shows, but I have to be impressed with this guy Pete's ROOM simply because it was a really nice (yet open) set up. The guy in the Collection Intervention show had all his stuff in boxes, and a bunch of stuff cluttered up on shelves. They kept swinging the shots past a shelf of loose robots, probably Godaiken stuff and saying "Transformers".


    Mind you, he wound up selling the G2 Breakdown for an ungodly high price, which makes me think I should get rid of mine and take advantage of the high stakes selling while I can. Maybe I can track down some of the Holy Grails of my collection finally...

  2. Finally got to watch episode 2 of this new show Toy Hunters. It seems to be a fun show, the host is really into toys from the past and works with the people he buys from pretty well. I am sure the fact checkers will point out some of his errors as he goes along but I won't do that here. I'd rather talk about the star of Episode 2, Bumblejumper aka Bumper.


    Check out the episode on demand on on Youtube (before it's pulled) and see for your self. Though it's not 100% clear that SOME of the bits are not 'staged', this bit appears to be genuine. He finds a box of TF's in an interesting maze of a home, and is dumbfounded with Bumper.


    The toy it's self it intact, but not in great shape at all. The arms are loose, as is the head and the autobot symbol is faded. Tires and toy are intact though. He winds up taking it (and a Lucky Draw Energon Gold Chromed Rodimus Prime) to "The KING of TF Collectors" to get them authenticated and the value.


    Bumper, in it's condition, to ME, should have been valued at $70. This guy, having a vacancy on his G1 collection shelf, bought it for $120 I believe. Now I have 3 of the 5 color variations of Bumper, and the most I paid for a variant from Brazil, in better shape from the other end of the globe, I got for $75 a year ago in Blue. Mind you, I did not have one delivered to my house for free, but I really believe he paid too much for that one.


    Once, in the summer of 1999 I found one in similar shape at a flea market for $3. I GAVE it to a friend I met on line for letting me crash at her and her husbands place for botcon that same year. The yellow version I have in my collection I bought in 95 at Botcon from Tony Preto for $50, and it was in near perfect condition.


    What this does on the good side, is get BUMPER his day in the son. I am a STRONG SUPPORTER of getting any and all worthy Pre-Transformer toy into the TF universe. Switchblade, Bumper and Magnum are the 3 toppers of my list and I hope that someday, they are finally adopted into the series. Easy fix to seperate the original from the remake would be to cast them in slightly different colors? Gray Magnum? Black Switchblade? Orange Bumper?


    What this does on the BAD side, is it over prices these little bumpers our there, making it harder for collectors who don't have this gem in their collections to get. I am VERY lucky I got the other 2 variants last year, now I fear the price may double.


    As for Pete, the Transformer "KING" of collectors, he had an impressive display room. A couple things jumped out at me, like the Prime Cookie Jar head, the Prime night stand lamp, and an enclosed cabinet with some boxed G1's like Omega and Jetfire. They did not showcase his collection, but I didn't see anything else that screamed "KING" Sorry Pete. I do like the room, the open shelving has me worried that things could get taken down or fall down with ease. Meeting the Toy Hunter at the door with his pride and joy baby boy in his arms, you have to watch out for the future. Little hands on a 30 year old antique could be more than a time out!


    I do thank you for sharing your collection room with us, I had my wife watch the episode with me and gave us some ideas of what to do with my future office, as we are just about to close on our first house in less than a month.

  3. I just sent them an email. complaining how I have yet to buy one of the new toys from their page with the glitches and bandwidth problems.


    I would very much like a pre-order status, via form letter, email or web site update.


    Out of the coming toys, I'm only interested in Scourge and Mamoth Magnus.


    I also believe that they need to limit the quantity of what can be putchased to 1 per member. If someone wants more than one for that one open / one MIB collection then they need to get a second subscription.


    I'm tired of seeing scalpers run up Ebay with Quantity 10 of toys I didn't get a chance to snag.


    The pre-order status would help LOCK IN a fan's request, could even help them figure out how many of each to order!

    Increase the supply??? The club produced #X of each toy last year and sould out in Y, expand the volume, make more money and make more fan's happy.


    I'm not happy. Still have to track down G2 Ramjet, and a couple botcon toys but I don't want to pay $$$$ for them.


    Perhaps if more people feel thia way, emailing might not hurt?

  4. CRAP!!!!!! CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP!!!!!


    SO any of those Igear Thundercrackers still around for $100?


    If this new mold is not the same scale as the other MP seekers, I'm not starting another seeker string.


    I suggested to reprolables that they/we make sticker upgrades for the silver MP Starscream, to make it thundercracker. I might just have to do that now. My hope was to get the new MP TC in the states, and have all 3 seekers in bot mode, with the silver MP Starscream in jet mode on the side. If I have to bash it up to look like TC, or use one of the extras I have of SS or SW and repaint it, then I might just have to.

  5. Oh I wish takara would reissue this guy... I like to pretend he is Paddles with a vendetta against the dinobots for just leaving him to die.


    So it seems someone on ebay is selling a butt ton of this ko. I ordered 3 for customizing, will see if its worth my time. XD



    That's probably the same guy. Make sure he sends you all 3. He forgot one of mine, but is hooking me up.


    I noticed in a different review, some of the parts are different colors. Blue underbelly of the jet nose and dino teeth, insted the other's yellow.


    I started swapping parts, and once the other one gets here, I can decide which is best for a custom Jetfire (basically the same as it is) and which will become, Grimlock the Destroyer.


    my idea was that Grimmy in the future, lost the other dinobots and was left for dead in an all out attack by the seekers. He bashes him self a jet mode and tracks them all down, one by one.


    My favorite line, in my head, for Dino Grimmy. Walking from out of the shadows in Dino mode, he mutters, "What's worse than a giant robot dinosaur... click clack out comes the 2 cannons from his back... A giant robot dino with GUNS!"



    ALSO, note, with some crafty cutting you COULD make the back section of the KO have the slots for the swords, so it could hold them as good, or almost as good as the real one. If you need better picts let me know. I thought about getting 3, and having a display for all 3 modes at the same time. I mean $10 bucks, like WOW!

  6. http://forums.TFormers.com/talk/index.php?app=gallery&album=1490


    Picts are in my gallery above, though not officially a Transformer, this bad arse from Takara should have been one. From the POST G1 Japanese Brave series, here is the one and only evil Dinogeist and his white KO remake, Skygeist? Jetgeist?


    At any rate, years ago I found a nice box of Junk Takara brave toys, and inside was a headless DG. Found the head inside the box (thank the Transformers Parts GODS) and was able to repair it with ease. But replacing the missing Jet nose, which is designed to come off, why I do not know, was not easy.


    I used the nose from Headmaster Snap Dragon and it came out pretty well, not quite finished but looks good to me. I especially like the ridges from the SD jet nose, that match the legs and rear jet section of DG. Note the real DG jet has ridges as well, but very small ones up towards the nose.


    SO, mine was missing the nose, which I fabricated from SD, the shield, swords and the little chrome wings for the dino head. Honestly, I'm still getting used to the head wings, looks pretty good without them, but for $10 to get the KO and swap some parts, it's well worth a try.


    I actually spent $20 and purchased 2, however only one has shown up so far. Reason for this is that the KO comes with the shield, and 1 sword, where as DG came with 2. Hopefully I can straighten that out with the seller and get the other KO.


    Comparison. Well, besides the fact that the KO is made of mostly that Shampoo Bottle type low grade plastic, it's very good for $10. Last time I saw a real DG on sale on the bay it went for over $150, DARE I even say around $200. My Junker, I got for under $20, along with some other cool items.


    The plastic is annoying in the fact that to really get the toy's full potential, one should take the time to take key sections apart and use a razor knife to smooth out the rough edges. The spring loaded leg guns stick, as does the landing gear. Also annoying, is the stickers, most of which are identical to the original toy's, which if you are looking for repro stickers and weapons + some parts, this is an ideal purchase, but since the plastic is so poor, the stickers fall off with too much ease. (note the last picts one of the foot stickers fell off in the photo shoot.


    It comes with some rinky dink stickers, like the Stars on the shoulders. They needed to go. The stickers on the wings are identical to the real toy, cept they got some backwards. DG Emblem on the bottom of the side wings instead of on the top as it should. Or else the wings themselves are on the wrong sides.


    I had to tighten the screws on one of the legs and the dino head, tricky balance there to leave it tight enough to close the gaps in plastic but not too tight as to restrict the movement and or transform. For a collector and a display piece, this $10 gem is great. For a kid who will actually play with it, not so nice. Will wind up broken in no time so for a kid, don't waste their time.


    It is the same size and scale as the original toy, retooled head is actually rather nice, though the cheap plastic gives it more wobbly movement. At the end of the shoot I was able to swap the dino head wings with some difficulty, but it's nothing a dot of hot glue can't fix. The sword fits great in the back holder, which the KO does not have. I fear that the other sword from the second KO I purchased will not sync up with this first sword to make a double edged sword, think Darth Maul, but I can live with that, as long as they can both fit in the back holder. Looks sharp.


    Differences. Well the KO took some liberties with changing the mold. First off they came out with this weird green bracket, that lets you mount the jet nose detached section to the robots fist. Now the real DG has a hole in the side of his wrist for mounting the shield, which the KO does not. I'm not sure if the jet nose was intended to be mounted to his arm at all, bracket or no bracket, it kinda reminds me of Overlord, but really not needed since he comes with a shield. I don't see the need to remove the jet nose from the bracket in the first place, that's why I designed the SD nose NOT to come off. It doesn't restrict the sword carrying bit, so just makes no sense. They also dummed down the jet nose, I'm sure there was more to the tip section of the nose to just bend 1 time, but I don't have the real one to compare it to.


    The shield, unfortunately has been redesigned so there are 2 long pegs in the center, which mount to 2 holes in the chest of the KO running vertically. Problem there is the real DG does not have these holes, I believe it worked with 2 smaller pegs at the top that ran horizontally. , so it does not work in dino mode or jet mode as a replacement. So far. It also does not work well as a hand held weapon for either. Despite the fact that it does come with the original DG decal, I find it useless for the real DG, unless I figure a way to get it to mount to the jet and dino modes properly.


    The retooled head, I know the first review out there for this toy, the reviewer made a custom slide out cover that fit inside the shield, so that it could slide out in dino mode and cover the robots face. I find it easier to turn the head around in Dino mode, just as you would on the real DG. This trick does not work for jet mode, with the forehead wing attachment, so unless you make the upgrade as that other guy did, you just have to ignore the kinder, robot face staring downwards.


    All things considered, for a parts donor, this thing gets a B+, the sword and the wings for the dino head were great, the shield and the jet nose not so great. But for $10? I'm sure if the real swords in a set appeared for sale, they'd be asking $40+ easy.


    As a sort of G2 update to DG, I like it a lot. I might try painting the green bits and making one a Skyfire update, since the jet is already white and red. OR, the real custom, Grimlock The Destroyer? The thing is based on Grimlock + jet mode, so why not.


    If you are a collector and always wanted to have a Dinogeist of your own, I believe this is a pretty good deal. If we were lucky enough to get a re-release of the original DG in the future, I'd definitely recommend you wait for that.


    I'd LOVE to get in touch with some KO makers and suggest they retool the other Dinobots into the unmade evil dino's that were in the cartoon series along side DG.


    With all the hype of the new TF game, featuring Grimlock, I believe the basis for DG came from a left over Grimlock concept, so for a Grimlock Collector, one of these KO's, retooled and painted to become a Grimlock looking robot might be the ultimate addition...


    At least, thats one I'm planning to make.


    Check out my other gallery for more picts of my DG.



  7. I recently had my extra Fortress X up for sale on my web side, bigfleamart.com.


    Somehow, the toy has gone MISSING!


    SO I ask, if any of you happen to notice an incomplete Fort X, missing the hand/craft, and right and center chest cover, let me know, because it's STOLEN.


    It may have wound up in a box, in storage, but I have yet to locate it. SO i think it was stolen from my car during one of its repair sessions.


    If it turns up for sale on the net, other than my post on BFM, then that's been stolen.


    I decided not to sell it anyway, wanting to customize the missing chest door and possibly repaint.


    Distinguishing marks besides the missing parts, the left shoulder is broken and glued together at the top. And the head doors/antlers are missing the radar portion, just the face mask remains.


    Thanks for your help. There is a picture of it in my gallery, along side my complete FT X.



  8. Was just in another post, chatting about TF bed sheets and what not. And before it sprang into a "My Wife won't let me..." post there, I figured I'd move that here.


    About the only thing I can think of that my Wife frowns upon with my collection would probably be the TF sleeping bags. I have a couple, one is the back of the box art with Metroplex on it. She just HATES the idea of having someone elses used sleeping bag. She'd prefer it go bye byes, but I might have some plans for that bag. Throw rug maybe? or drape over the back of the couch? SOMETHING.


    It's been washed, and in a zipper plastic bag you keep comforters in. I'm not even sure where they are, my stupid locker has been holding all my stuff for too fricken long. I had a Gundam sleeping bag also. Where the heck does one get a Gundam sleeping bag in the US?

  9. YES I was JOKING!


    I did just see some new show coming to SyFy about toning down collectors homes. That is for real.


    The house they show in the commercial was a wife kinda complaining that everywhere is star wars, and the guy was like SO? it's a valuable collection. So someone comes in to revamp the display.


    Totally serious.

  10. It was just announced, this guy is going to appear on the next season of HOARDERS!!!!


    And a bunch of KIDS are going to surround the house, waiting for scrap transformers to fall off the trucks as they shovel out the contents of this guys house...


    Hmmm, I wonder what a wall of 100 G1 Optimus Primes stapled to it would look like? Decor Extreme?

  11. News update, rumor has it that the character BANE in the new Batman RISE movie was voiced over by none other than our own G1 Cyclonus! That’s right, just a “Mighty Galvatron” away from lending his awesome voice to one of Gotham’s greatest villains!



    Originally the character BANE was a Mexican drug lord, with 'Montobon' like accent, but for this movie, they went darker, meaner and more Cybertonian.


    Galvatron was not available for comment...

  12. I'm up at 4AM, just saying good bye to my wife, leaving on business for Tennessee. And reading a post from FB from my buddy Rik, who just mentioned he got a new I Phone.


    Made me wonder, what's everybody's wall paper for their phones right now?


    I get creative with mine. At the moment it's a picture of my Customized 80's Baroness Card backer reproduction with the 25th Anniversary figure in black, with the better 5 pack head sculpt and all. Weapons are the original toy's.


    I almost bought the typical blue version to round off my meager Joe collection at Comic Con for somewhere around $10, but I didn't want to settle so I MADE the single carded figure I wanted.


    I might do a custom blend of the blue card with the black art and try again, or get the maker of the backer to do it, but NAW, well enough alone is good enough for me. Maybe she needs a Hall of Hero's case...




    Anyway that's why I posted a Joe Custom Figure on a TF board, because it's my wall paper for awhile. What's yours?

  13. Right, Shockwave's head is too small. That's the only FOC toy I bought and I posted how dang small and over priced it was.


    One of the bay-formers with the cyclopse head will do if one were to make a Whirl.


    But I'm making switchblade! I have to figure out how to make add on wings and a jet nose to make it work... Chopper and bot are set.


    SMALL FAVOR to ask, anybody have a close up shot of Switchblades head?


    I have not found my picts of mine, and I could use a little boost. Thanks

  14. It kind of reminds a triple changer was that was passed up for Transformers. Can't remember it exactly, though. It was either a Helicopter into a plane, or Helicopter into a tank?


    Edit: Found it. Copter to Jet! http://diaclone.net/orid/diatri/d092.html



    TAARON WINS!!!! Thank you for playing! That is exactly what I am going for. Just have to figure out how to add on a couple wings and a jet nose to make it a tripple changer. Retooling the head will be easy, the horns get chopped, the forehead is nearly perfect, just needs a box instead of a grill, and the faceplate needs to be added, detailed with a ridge on either side like Boba Fett.


    I think I will have to live with the hands being backwards.


    I think I can add on a jetnose to the chopper, and make or find wings that clip on the sides and maybe can fold out to make the jet.


    The rotor configuration is just perfect, and though this was a movie toy, it is really nice and fitting for my classics display.


    The head from tomahawk as it turns out is almost perfect for a BUMPER head, so if I just add the little bumps on the side of his head and paint it yellow, the visor and all will be spot on Bumper's design.




  15. You Youngins are killin me!


    I was one of the first to dub this non-transformer diaclone Switchblade, which was also the name of the MASK Hellicopter / jet from that time, same color too.


    Infact, if you do a Google Image search right now of "Diaclone Switchblade" the first 2 hits are MINE!


    I have one for sale on my table at The Bigfleamart.com, and the cartoon work in the second link was a drawing I did years ago under my original handle 'The Weeter'


    Look at these bots side by side, I just can't WAIT to start working on retooling the head, and painting the body blue.


    Just have to figure out how to add a jet mode.


    If I were to use Tomahawk as a body for Whirl, I'd snag the head off FOC Shockwave, remove the side head fins and make one an antenna.


    Whirl was not Diaclone, it was a Pre-Transformer toy from a series called Dorvak, and it was a machine flown by a girl, so does that make Whirl a female?

  16. Very soon. As the size (that's not shrinking???) gets smaller and smaller, and the details get better or keep being cool continues.... we will at last get the ULTIMATE GOAL!


    Transforming Action Masters!



    I only bought Shockwave because I thought it would fit in the Classics collection, it does not, unless I figure out a way to make it work with a larger classics toy as it's GUN.


    Smaller toy, less plastic, but BIGGER price tag. $15 for this little guy.


    I am glad I'm not collecting the rest of these.


    How big will Grimlock be?

  17. I guess I'll have to check out Energon Shockwave.



    I posted picts... ok it's sixshot, shockblast in green, aka shockwave.


    I forgot about tit shock, it would be a cool fig, and I agree PLASTIC versions would be just as good, but tit's scale is still kinda small.


    Original shock and jetfire were on par with each other, so the only shock out that fits is Energon.


    Turn the feet backwards, so the large toe is in the back, ignore the big lumbering arm, and the extra cannon thing on his other arm, and enjoy.

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