The UK Toy Discussion

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Boardwise, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. CyberShadow

    CyberShadow Wheeljacks Lab

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    Yeah.... How did that work out for you? :D 

    You guys are making me feel both old and noob at the same time. I am older than most people here at 37, but I didnt get back into collecting until after the 'great fall of Wollies', so the last one I bought would probably also be a G1.
     
  2. simond

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    Yep I'm 37 too and didn't really get back into collecting after g1 until the movie reminded me. I remember buying loads of g1 from Woolies :) 
     
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    I remember picking up Primal Prime from Woolies ages ago but I cannot recall what the last TF from there was. I think it might have been a Universe 2.0 Sunstreaker from the Mega Woolies in Beckton......that place was huge!
     
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    With all this teary eyed remenicing about finding TF's in the shops, during the G1 run did any one ever see a sound wave on a shop shelf, I never saw even one, IN 2 YEARS OF LOOKING !
     
  5. CyberShadow

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    Thank you! I was starting to feel very old sitting here in my slippers with a pipe!

    Well, my brother had one, and this was before online ordering, and he cant have been the only person in the country, so... yeah.... he was on shelves.
     
  6. wildfly

    wildfly Fermenting pork tube.

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    Pretty regularly.

    The tapes however .... i saw Ravage and Rumble once.

    Never saw Sideswipe or Trailbeaker anywhere. Everything else from S1-2 i saw at least a couple of times.
     
  7. TigerBlade

    TigerBlade Prepare for extermination

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    Red Alert for me easily, but then it was the same when I was a nipper lol

    Regards Woolies....I was way too mature to be being toys during their demise.......I think......it may have been borderline when I stumbled across a pic of MP01 online and was like :jawdropper: 

    Typically I had just sold my childhood collection of G1 which was in the hundreds consisting a boxed complete Fort Max amongst other complete treasures (of which I had no idea of their true worth at the time) so whilst I thought I got quite alot of money due to FM, if I knew then what I know now it could/should have been more. At least the deal made everyone happy at the time! I even think my scrap book filled with tech specs was part of the deal.......that thing was my childhood bible! Thinking about it my entire nearly complete UK comic set was too.....all lovingly preserved in plastic jackets and filed in lever arch files in order pretty much immaculate.....

    Regards seeing G1 Soundwave, I think I will have. Around that time I was living in Whitby and there was a toy shop that was literally half stocked with Transformers....they had eveything and I used to love just going in and looking at stuff.
     
  8. incapable hulk

    incapable hulk I am the Liquor

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    In Nottingham, there used to be this enormous co-op and the upstairs floor was entirely devoted to toys. My gran used to take me to town every saturday morning, when she did her shopping and would get me a toy.

    I remember searching and searching through through all the masses of pegs of G1 figures trying to find a swoop, but could only see all the other dinobots. Had no idea back in those days he wasn't released in this country.

    The internet makes it so much easier now.


    I remember getting g1 Inferno from there, amongst others. The minibots, then the Aerialbots, the stunticons (basically the ones that were all on cards rather than in boxes) were all on massive racks.
    Then there was the fabled Devastator giftset, that I saw in Jessops - that I think wouldve been those ones that were imported and had lead in them or something :D  I remember seeing that, and never getting it. Grr


    That place was like a dream, and had the best Santa's grotto!


    Also, I was forced to go to Ripley for a day and remember seeing G1 Megatron (the only time I have ever seen one in my entire life) in a shop and pleading with my gran and my mum to buy it me.

    They said no :( 

    Those were the days, and its why i still prefer walking into a shop as opposed to buying off the net
     
  9. simond

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    My favourite days were picking up some unusual TFs from a small local toy shop, managed two of the constructicons and Trypticon from there :) 
     
  10. deathsheadII

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    i'm 39 in april ..should make you feel better about your age :lol 


    no but i saw plenty in gamelys and beatties! just no toy shops like them anymore :( 

    had a toy shop in lewes road here in brighton that used to get import tfs and import action force/ gi joe figures ..was one of those oldskool toy shops that lasted up till the late 80's early 90's
     
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    Oh ho ho, thanks for reminding me I picked up the Magnus / Skywarp set for £15 at Woolies.

    Should have bought as many as I could have carried and left them sealed. And retired young. Damn.

    Definitely got Alt Dead End and movie Barricade in a two for £30 deal toward the end. I may have picked up a movie deluxe right at the death, too. Can't remember.

    Regarding Soundwave, I clearly remember ToyMaster in Ealing Broadway - which was the greatest shop ever - having Soundwave on the shelves, as well as the cassette two-packs (I also remember / imagine the Frenzy-Lazerbeak two-pack being the better stocked).

    Sweet baby Buddha, I loved that shop. I remember G1 Jetfire and the Constructicons giftset being on the shelves.

    I also stumbled in there in my teens (it was soon to be no more), seeing some BW toys and another line - maybe RiD, maybe Armada - and thinking "What the hell is this crap? TFs are ruined forever."

    Since then I've learned to be a lot less close-minded, no matter how much Michael Bay dares me not to.

    All this talk of Magnus / Skywarp and MP Grimlock: You know what? That's a thread in itself - what toys available this year would you macro-purchase and keep sealed for five years in order to fund a holiday?
     
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    Oohhh... Nice idea. I would suspect that Voyager Skyquake will be worth something later, coming at the tail end of the Prime main line and getting poor distribution. I would say MP Prime, but I suspect that there will be a load of those tucked away. A lot depends on the randomness of third parties, though. I wonder if MP Frenzy (the blue one) and Buzzsaw will be relatively rare, as people dont buy the pack with the Laserbeak repaint and the Rumble repaint in it.

    EDIT - What about deluxe Airachnid? A figure that is a main cast member with a great character, but very few people are actually buying. I wonder if people wanting to complete the cast in a couple of years find a shortage of her on the market. That would be ironic.
     
  13. we_are_forest

    we_are_forest I blame Powerglide

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    Thanks a lot for that. I love the WJ mold and would love to add this to him some day.

    In regards to Woolies, where I grew up had one but it was a bit before my time. By the time we did actually got one again I think I was collecting Jakks WWF/WWE figures so never bought any TFs.

    Most of my TFs as a child were either 2nd hand or bought from Fords department store during the 'Classics' era of the re-issued G1s. The most fondest memory I have of TFs is pestering my mum and dad for an Optimus Prime. They bought me PowerMaster Prime that xmas and hugged that box so tight I didn't want to let it go.
     
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    Yes - they had a couple in the local Toymaster - never did save up the pennies at the time to get one :(  Toymaster was a magical shop, bloody expensive but remember seeing Optimus Prime there in 1984. Bought first Tfs there pre-rub Ravage/Rumble and Huffer. A wonderous place. Woolies was never quite as good for stocking them.

    If it helps I'm already 39 :lol  Gearing up to start randomly shouting at things and saying how things aren't as good as when we were kids - oh sorry, what's that? We're doing that already? :D 

    Snap!

    Very similar story but blimey, a boxed original Fort Max? Sold? Mind you I sold about 100 Tfs and 150 issues of comic around the same time. Sob! Metroplex, Scorponok, Doubledealer, 10+ headmasters (all complete and minty).

    MP Red Alert is immaculate :thumbs2:  - better qc than Sideswipe but loving them both.
     
  15. Cha Chi

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    I share allot of these experiences... Earliest memory of toyshops is John Menzies in Scotland, a whole wall of star wars boxes in all their grey glory, i think they had just about everything too, some out on display too.
     
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    Oh wow - yeah forgotten about the Star Wars stuff. Remember drooling over a AT-AT. What a toy that was.
     
  17. IronicHide

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    Christ, what did I do with my Star Wars toys?

    I have literally never considered this question. Some of those pre-dated my G1 TFs.

    (Secret squealing glee at being, somehow, in the median age range, here...)
     
  18. we_are_forest

    we_are_forest I blame Powerglide

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    My mum flogged my Star Wars figures on a car boot for 20p each. C3PO managed to survive the cull somehow though in a Toy Story-esque fashion and take refuge in my box of TFs.
     
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    Eventually i inherited one, yes it's mighty fine(good for GI Joes too), think i inturn was made give it away. Dunno who to but i think that is the way...

    I remember G1 in the Argos catalogue, but never really saw much myself. Mostly remember, well not really vivid memories but i must seen them as i do have some memory of most the G1 toys looking at them now, the toys from going to friends houses and birthday parties and stuff.

    Going back to wrestling figures, something which my cousin was into and showed me one or two times when we watched wrestlmania on his Sky... Ultimate Warrior, British Bulldog, Million Dollar Man, Virgil(ha), Legions of Doom, Hulk Hogan, cage fights, etc, etc. Those have to be the Glory days, it doesn't get better than that. And yeah i think Woolies were specialist in wrestling figs at that time too...
     
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    Irish Carnage Instrument of Destruction

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    Did anyone have the ewok village playset as a child? I remember a friend had one but I'm not sure if it was the actual star wars one or the Robin hood prince of thieves one. I do remember the Robin hood one had extra tree tops to make it look more like the toys were higher in the trees.
    I still have my Y-wing fighter that I swapped a friend for, and another friend had the millenium falcon and an AT AT.