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Old 12-03-2009, 12:39 PM   #76
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True, i have i think Deluxe Bumblebee from the last movie, regular and the Premium one (the ones that had painted car bodies, and a redone head with the 'battle mask' deployed). I have Premium BB in bot mode and regular in car mode. I thought it was funny that the 8 dollar BB was more movie accurate in both robot mode and transformation than the 100 dollar 'Ultimate' one that i am glad i passed on . As for the Leader Prime from ROTF, whoever designed him is freaking brilliant, if you look at him in robot mode you cannot even TELL he transforms into a truck and vice-versa, plus the switch blade 'energy blades' that store in his arm are a VERY nice touch !

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:17 AM   #77
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I still say the Human Alliance Bumblebee is the best version of that character. Unfortunately the other Human Alliance TFs aren't as good. Skids and Mudflap are pretty movie-accurate, but of course I hate their movie designs to begin with.

The recently-released pics of the upcoming Human Alliance Barricade were quite disappointing...



Bumblebee is still the best HA toy by far.

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Old 12-08-2009, 01:55 PM   #78
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More custom collectors companies are getting into the act and designing their own transforming robots, as seen here with the 2009 "RoboBus"...

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Old 04-30-2011, 08:50 AM   #79
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Excellent thread! I just joined beacuse of it.

I remember a series from my childhood where a ship or jet actually broke into several pieces, then a computer generated blueprint appeared and the pieces would arrange themselves around it forming a giant robot. I do not think it was included and I think it should. And I would like to know what it was called.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:28 AM   #80
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I got a question for you.

Do you recognize these robots???



This (the ship) kinda reminds me of The Pheonix from Gatchaman. The villain (Zoltar?) was some evil intergalactic drag queen? Ok no, but he wore pink lip gloss. lol. Correct me if I'm wrong on names. But I think was called G-Force in the US. The 70's were a long time ago.

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Old 05-18-2011, 11:49 PM   #81
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Excellent thread! I just joined beacuse of it.

I remember a series from my childhood where a ship or jet actually broke into several pieces, then a computer generated blueprint appeared and the pieces would arrange themselves around it forming a giant robot. I do not think it was included and I think it should. And I would like to know what it was called.
I finally found out what series it was. It is called "Laserion". But I knew it as "el super laser".

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:24 PM   #82
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Today's date is 9 June 2011. I just found this thread. Lizard this is an absolutely amazing thread and you should be commended for putting this together. How..I'm not sure, but I knew the Transformers were put together from different lines but I didn't know where from. Thanks for all the information and reminding me of all my favourite toys I had when I was a kid... man I wish I knew what happened to them.

As a child I had several of the small die-cast metal Collector's Shogun toys Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Getter Robo from memory. I had no idea of their origins unlike my Masters of the Universe toys that provided a comic. As a kid I had them an was unaware of what their significance was at the time. Man I wish I still had them.

Then I got a large die-cast toy which I had no ida what it was from my grandparents for Christmas one year. It was my favourite but I lost it soon after and was devatsated. I now know it was Daltanious but it was just a joy to have it. The detail on these toys far out weighed anything else I had in my toybox.

This thread not only gave me so much info but brought back child hood memories and makes me wish I had a time machine to go back and buy all of the awesomeness.

Thanks again Lizard!

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Old 06-26-2011, 11:59 PM   #83
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Today's date is 9 June 2011. I just found this thread. Lizard this is an absolutely amazing thread and you should be commended for putting this together. How..I'm not sure, but I knew the Transformers were put together from different lines but I didn't know where from. Thanks for all the information and reminding me of all my favourite toys I had when I was a kid... man I wish I knew what happened to them.

As a child I had several of the small die-cast metal Collector's Shogun toys Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger and Getter Robo from memory. I had no idea of their origins unlike my Masters of the Universe toys that provided a comic. As a kid I had them an was unaware of what their significance was at the time. Man I wish I still had them.

Then I got a large die-cast toy which I had no ida what it was from my grandparents for Christmas one year. It was my favourite but I lost it soon after and was devatsated. I now know it was Daltanious but it was just a joy to have it. The detail on these toys far out weighed anything else I had in my toybox.

This thread not only gave me so much info but brought back child hood memories and makes me wish I had a time machine to go back and buy all of the awesomeness.

Thanks again Lizard!
Thanks for the kind words! I honestly wasn't sure if this thread was still around or not. It probably belongs in a general TF toy thread or something. Glad there are people out there still enjoying it.

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Old 07-03-2011, 06:35 PM   #84
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This (the ship) kinda reminds me of The Pheonix from Gatchaman. The villain (Zoltar?) was some evil intergalactic drag queen? Ok no, but he wore pink lip gloss. lol. Correct me if I'm wrong on names. But I think was called G-Force in the US. The 70's were a long time ago.
The original english dub was called "Battle of the Planets" [1978].the team was called G-Force.

A number of years later [1986] they did a 2nd english dub, trying to stay closer to the original scripts, they called that showG-Force: Guardians of Space.

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Old 09-20-2011, 04:15 PM   #85
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Does anyone have, or know where I could find, all the Transformers Generation 2 toy catalogs? I think they were released by each "wave" of each year, when I saw them online last years ago, but lost the link, and can't find them in a google-search. In my google-search for it, however, I ran into this thread, and saw other posted Transformers catalogs. Also, all the G1 mail-order catalogs of each year would be nice, as well as info on when they all (G2 also) were released, precisely.

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Old 04-06-2012, 04:24 AM   #86
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Thank for sharing I learned something from this. I watched Tetsujin 28 when I was kid…I like robots which are based on Japanese cartoons.


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Old 11-21-2012, 08:07 PM   #87
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Been a while since I've been here, but I feel the need to update this thread with the last couple years releases in the awesome Transformers Masterpiece series:

Early 2011 (Japan release, US release late 2011) - MP-9 Hot Rod/ Rodimus Prime:



2011 (Japan release, US release 2012)- MP-10 Optimus Prime, rescaled and resculpted:



Late 2011 (Japan release, Released in US in 2012 as Thundercracker color scheme) - MP-11 Starscream, resculpted with improved leg transformation:




2012 (Japan release) - MP-12 Sideswipe (AKA: Lambor)



Coming soon, scheduled end of 2012 (Japan release) - MP-13 Soundwave w/ Laserbeak, other cassette minions released in early 2013:



Great stuff, eh? Good to see the TF toy line continuing on with quality in Japan, regardless of what we see happening with the movie toys in the US.

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Old 04-21-2013, 10:07 AM   #88
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Lizard this is a good history lesson..... I am going to research even more cause I am a transformer fan.... might try to find these and get off ebay

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Old 11-24-2013, 07:24 PM   #89
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Nice thread..however it should be noted that the first transforming robot was actually the precursor to G1 Sunstreaker. In 1974 Takara registered the patent for the Microman Cosmo-Countach. It was a sentaur-like version of Sunstreaker...robot upper body, car lower body. http://www.kaikodo.net/by4/653.html


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VI. Transformers Beginnings

Now we come to the point in the history of the actual Transformers toys that many TF fans might be familiar with. Let's start at the beginning and bring things up to speed with a quick timeline:

1964 - US toy company Hasbro introduces the 12 inch tall soldier doll "G.I. Joe"

1970 - G.I. Joe brought to Japan and sold by Takara toy company as "Combat Joe"

1971 - Takara releases Combat Joe dolls with superhero costumes and sci-fi themes and accessories (a concept similar to the Captain Action doll from the 1960s)

1972 - Takara introduces the "Henshin Cyborg", a 12 inch Combat Joe spin-off doll with clear robot body parts and a metallic head

Henshin Cyborgs with G.I. Joe

1974 - Takara produces smaller 3.75 inch tall versions of the Henshin Cyborg and calls this new toy series "Microman"


1975 - Microman vehicles and robots are produced. They don't transform, but they have interchangeable parts

1976 - Microman figures and vehicles brought to the US and sold by Mego as "Micronauts"

1980-81 - Takara introduces the "New Microman" toy line featuring the 3.75 inch tall miniature cyborgs with new special battle machines and playsets.
A spin-off toy line from this is also introduced by Takara, called Diaclone (AKA "Diakron") - a series of vehicles and combiner robots that are driven by human-sized cyborg pilots. The scale of these toys is 1/64, so the pilot figures are only one inch tall. The original 1980-81 Diaclone robots (mostly combiners) were designed by Shoji Kawamori and Kazutaka Miyatake, who would later go on to design the mecha for Macross.

1980 Diaclone catalog

1982 - The first two transforming "Car Robots" are introduced as part of the Diaclone line. These will later go on to be released in the US as the Autobots "Sunstreaker" (after a color change to yellow) and "Ironhide", so these are technically the first of the Transformers.

1982 Diaclone catalog

Also in 1982 - Popy releases the first toys in its transforming "Machine Robo" series, that will later be released as Gobots in the US by Tonka in '84 .


1983 - Another spinoff from the New Microman toy series debuts from Takara - "MicroChange", a series of minature robots and vehicles disguised as life-size tools and houshold items. This first wave of MicroChange toys includes several robots that will go on to be Transformers, including the Walther P-38 "Gun Robo" (Megatron) and "Cassette Man" (Soundwave). Also included in this first wave of MicroChange are the "Mini Car Robo" robots, intended to be disguised as toy "penny racer" cars. These will later become the Transformers mini Autobots "Cliffjumper", "Bumblebee", "Gears", "Brawn", "Windcharger", "Huffer", and the so-called "Bumblejumper".

Microman/MicroChange 1983 catalog page

Meanwhile, the 1983 Diaclone wave introduces many more future Transformers, including "Battle Convoy" (Optimus Prime), "Jet Robo" (Starscream/Thundercracker), and the "Insecter Robo" (Insectacons).

1983 Diaclone catalog pages

Finally and perhaps most importantly, 1983 was the year that Hasbro representitives visited the Tokyo Toy Fair, saw the potential in the Diaclone and MicroChange toy lines, and made the historic deal with Takara to market these toys in the US under a new name and storyline.


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i found this video on tfw and i had to join this community just to show you this video and to thank you for your info. i have had your post saved for a long time now and i was just so happy i could not wait to thank you and show u this video, so here it is
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i found this video on tfw and i had to join this community just to show you this video and to thank you for your info. i have had your post saved for a long time now and i was just so happy i could not wait to thank you and show u this video, so here it is
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqiQdw1zmuM
Four months later, I finally show up and get to see that video. A great piece of toy history - thanks for sharing!

Also, this time of year marks the anniversary of the first wave of Transformers toys sold in the USA in 1984, so happy 30th anniversary to the TF franchise!


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Old 08-21-2014, 01:23 AM   #92
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I saw this awesome post and had to register! Back in the 80's there was this Japanese car toy. It consisted of like 10-15 cars and it combined together to create one huge vehicle. It sort of looked like a tank. I saw it at Shirokiya back in Hawaii and on a commercial. Anyone know what I'm talking about? TIA!

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Old 08-21-2014, 03:09 PM   #93
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MP Transformers are freaking amazing, can't wait for Wheeljack!(my personal favorite autobot)
Let's also give some love to the Generations line, case and point, Springer. The person who designed that should be in charge of everything a Hasbro. Genius.

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