In Their Own Words - Rare toy article for TFSource

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  1. Maz

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    Hi all,

    After the good reception I received for the collectors' partner interviews a couple of weeks ago, I decided to make further use of the community this week for TFSource blog's weekly articles. I've asked a number of long-time and prominent collectors in their field to offer up one rare/obscure/surprising toy from their areas of interest and talk a little about it. The hope is that these knowledgeable collectors will highlight to the wider community some of the more unknown difficult toys from various sub-categories of TF collecting.

    The first part in the series concentrates more on production Transformers from various countries, and I would like to thank Mijo, Jon Krause, Martin Lund, Heroic Decepticon, HighPrime and Marco Salerno for their fantastic contributions and for sharing their passion and knowledge.

    Enjoy!

    In Their Own Words – Part 1 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ

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    All the best
    Maz
     
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  2. iDarkDesign

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    It's another great article from Maz! But I have to admit the Japanese items at not as rare as you make them seem. I have seen too many of these in the last ten years to actually call them rare. Of course the fact that the double clouder is 100% pristine is pretty rare, but the toy itself and the Guzzle too are very common to me at least. And that's not even accounting my trip to Japan last year were you could buy these items in most the vintage toy shops.

    'rare' is of course something different to every one.

    iDD
     
  3. Maz

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    Exactly, and in the case of the Megatron and Doubleclouder the rarity is the condition. The Guzzle was more a case of obscurity too. And it's not me 'making them seem rare', it's "In their own words" so I can blame them hehe ;) 

    Seriously though, it's more a case of raising awareness for things that people don't expect to see in a "rare toy article", it could so easily have been TM Scourge, MB Tracks, Overlord, Artfire blah blah, but that's a case of over-documented rarity. I want people to be surprised by what crops up in this mini series of articles :) 

    All the best
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    Fun read
     
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    It was pretty good. Bring back the meeemorieeeees. :lol 
     
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    I skimmed over this now, and I'll be reading it in its entirety later.

    I think this is a great idea for some articles!
     
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    Awesome article as usual sir! If there's ever a museum of old TFs, you're my vote for curator.
     
  8. Maz

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    I certainly hope so, got the same thing coming up next week :) 

    :eek: :thumb 

    All the best
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  9. Maz

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    And here's Part 2 of the "In Their Own Words" series, again featuring some really fantastic contributions from the likes of Hydra, Ras, Paul Hitchens , Morgan Evans, Might Gaine and Arkvander.

    We move a little away from standard G1 Transformers toys and explore some more recent stuff and even peripheral TF products. Enjoy!

    In Their Own Words – Part 2 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ


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    All the best
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    What a great article! It's also even more fun seeing the familiar names from TFW2005, too :) 
     
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    Damn those microns!! Great article again.

    iDD
     
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    Another great article. It's amazing the way that some of this stuff can just turn up unexpectedly. The G1 Prime I have has markings saying it was made in France, it really makes me wish I had taken better care of it when I was little.
     
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    The Made in France Primes are not too hard to score so don't worry too much about finding one in better condition. A great deal of the Optimus Primes released in the UK (especially through Argos chains) were Ceji-manufactured Made in France Primes. MB Primes are usually French manufactured too, both blue foot and red foot.

    There's almost always one on auction any given week.

    All the best
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    Absolutely love the articles, especially Part 1, my first time to learn about the Rubiplas Mini-bots! Also learned about the Lynsa ones from another article you wrote. :) 
     
  16. Maz

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    haha let's hope that's all of them! Any more countries with rare minibots and it may just drive you guys off the cliff..

    All the best
    Maz
     
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    I like how the articles illustrate one really frustrating phenomenon in this hobby: there's a lot of obscure stuff out there that really isn't all that expensive, it just never shows up on the market. Even if you offer double what the last one went for, people just won't sell. Sometimes it makes the hobby really fun and really annoying at the same time, but it forces me to check my sources daily - sometimes all that effort pays off :D  It's become a lot more fun for me since I'm not hunting retail releases anymore, the daily online hunt has replaced that and become a lot more rewarding
     
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    You know since I have spent 99% of my collecting life chasing vintage toys and rarities, I really welcomed the challenge of some local retail hunting when I was interested in Alternators, Movie toys and Animated. It was such a novelty actually walking home with a Transformers toy from a store instead of waiting for the postman constantly!

    Carrying home gigantic Movie store displays was a laugh as well...

    All the best
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    Another great read! :) 
     

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