Mail-away G1 Transformers - TFsource Article

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  1. Maz

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    Personally, joining the online collecting community was the first opportunity I ever had to see the mail-away toys from G1 having collected the promotional flyers or Robot Points as a child. I had never redeemed any of the Points I had clipped and I never knew anyone who had owned the toys offered. Seeing a G1 Reflector, a set of Omnibots or a Time Warrior watch for the first time was a momentous occasion. This 2-part series will highlight a few of the available mail-away G1 toys from the 80s in the US and Canada first of all, and then in Japan and Europe too, in no specific order.

    Mail-away G1 Transformers – Part 1 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ

    Mail-away G1 Transformers – Part 2 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO READ


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    All the best
    Maz
     
  2. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    nice read maz, some interesting stuff in there
     
  3. ex dtw2003

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    Awesome.

    As a Canadian customer, I ordered and received the red Omnibot but I remember ordering and not receiving a yellow (IIRC) car bot.
     
  4. Easterling Capt

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    awesome article..love em, keep it up
     
  5. Maz

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    Did you order the yellow minibot "Cliffjumper" or the yellow and black Powerdasher drill car?

    That's a real shame you didn't receive it, it would have been heartbreaking as a kid to stalk the mail for weeks on end and never get the goods!

    All the best
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  6. ex dtw2003

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    It was so long ago and I might be mis-remembering but I know I had received the red omnibot.

    It's just that I also know I didn't get my second one that I ordered and that was indeed heartbreaking. My confusion is in that I could have sworn it was a yellow omnibot sized TF that I had ordered - though it could have been one of the others.

    Oh, another great read by the way. Keep them up. :) 
     
  7. taterx

    taterx Lurkin since Transfandom

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    That was a fantastic article, well written & illustrated. Keep it up. Also as a kid I never ordered any of those toys. It was funny getting them all as an adult piece by piece.
     
  8. Blue Meanie

    Blue Meanie Hello from the Gutter

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    Awesome. I still have my mail-away G1 Prime from when i was a kid! Hasbro never sent me the Megatron my parents paid for, still gives me an ulcer when I think about it.
     
  9. UndertakerPrime

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    My mail-away tale:
    I asked my mom to order me Reflector. Since I lived in Germany at the time, it would take 8 weeks to receive. After 10 weeks, I got a box.
    What was inside? A brand new Optimus Prime. I think it came with a note saying stock had run out.
    I was disappointed I didn't get my Reflector, but here's the kicker:
    My original Prime broke a matter of weeks before I got the new one.
    I still have my new one, and it's still in great shape!
     
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    Fun reads, as always.
    I don't even think I ever considered sending in the robot points; I didn't want to cut into the boxes. I can't remember ever really being tempted by the earlier mail away offer items, and I stopped collecting Transformers after 1986, so I probably missed some of the later and better mail away offers.

    Since then, I've been lucky in being able to buy a perfect condition original Reflector from a board member here, and I also own Downshift, which, in my opinion, is probably the nicest Omnibot.
     
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    Maz, nice read as always! :D 

    Did ya ever hear anything about a Japanese Mail-Away Thunder Arrow?

    This question that's been bothering me for years & unfortunately, no one has the answers for me. :eek: 
     
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    Your articles are awesome! Thanks again!
     
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    As always a very interesting article.


    I don't think we had that many mail-ins in the Netherlands. Only two things I know for sure are the ones I had myself. A cardboard control center and a set of Autobot cars of which I got Sideswipe. Also think the watch was available.

    But what I mostly remember was getting some US Transformers from a Dutch store (by what I think was a packaging accident -- only way I ever saw Ironhide) and seeing all the TFs that were available in the US that we didn't get (nothings changed in the years between), but also the US mail-in figures of Reflector and the Omnibots. Was pretty annoying.
     
  14. Maz

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    Thank you for the really kind words everyone, I always appreciate the feedback and reaction! It's been really interesting to read all your opwn mail-away experiences from the 80s too. I really wish I hadn't just kept all my Robot Points in a jar all these years...

    @Automorpher, unfortunately my knowledge of G1 grinds to a halt after 1987 so I'm afraid I can't help you there :( 

    Just added a few more pictures of the Japanese mailaway art-box Omnibots to the article courtesy of Eric Hall!
    Mail-away G1 Transformers – Part 2 | TF Source News <- CLICK TO RE-READ :p 

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    All the best
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    Tuesdays have become an even better day since there are articles :) 

    Props to all you do, Maz :) 
     
  16. Maz

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    Thanks Allen, it can sometimes be a serious challenge getting the stuff ready for Tuesday. Barring the release of articles on a Thursday or Wednesday some weeks, the only week I've missed completely was the week my baby girl was born, so even though it's just writing about toys that about 10 people read, I'm proud of keeping my promise to Curt so far :) 

    Also the reception and feedback the work gets here is more significant, I think it's always been that way on this board.

    All the best
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    So, so much nostalgia right here. I had the watch, and I can't for the life of me remember what became of it. I also had Overdrive, but I'm pretty sure his fate was he was one of the figures my parents gave away like many others that became toys for my nephew.
     
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    Awesome work as always Maz. One thing Id like to add about Jazz, not only did the Cookie Crisp come with the B&W tech sheet, and the doubled up door stickers void of the Martini logo, the Instruction booklet also had all the Martini and Porsche logos blacked out too.

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    I think mail-away is how I got my Wheeljack and Sunstreaker.
    Possibly Megatron as well.
    I really wish I'd snagged a Mirage as well.
     
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    You bet, bud. It also helps tremendously that each one you create is very well done. :thumb 

    Wow, that's neato to find out!
     

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