Friday, January 24, 2014

The excitement builds as the release of "The LEGO Movie" approaches.

I'm super excited about the long awaited "The LEGO Movie". I think it's great that they chose to go with the "stop motion" look for the movie instead of the "rubbery" CGI graphics used for the shorts and the video games. The '80s something Blue Space Guy is an excellent inclusion into the film, tying the old schoolers like myself to the new school. I must admit for years and years through the end of the 90's into the early 00's I was reluctant to get back into LEGO toys because I perceived the price to be too high. Ironically I find myself selling off the Star Wars toys I did buy then to get LEGO now. There was a time around 2003 that the LEGO Group almost went out of business. Toys of sets were marked down to 75% off or greater. I bought up some sets at that time, and remained a collector up to and including now. LEGO and G.I.Joe are now my mainstays with the occasional Transformer thrown into the mix. (Oh and NECA figures very rarely).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Takara Japanese Megatron Go-bots added to my ever growing Tiny Transformers Collection

So a friend of mine has been telling me for months that he had a Megatron that he got back in the 90's when his friend went to Japan. We never nailed down a good price or trade, but this week we got together and figured it out. I got the Dutch and Predator Toys R Us exclusive two-pack (with a 15% off coupon) and traded it against the still carded Go-bots Megatron. The card was a little rough but better than the only one on Ebay, and most importantly still sealed. With this addition there are three (well technically four) iterations of the first 6 Go-Bots molds that I have never owned. The first is in a price range that I doubt I will ever own one at, the 1995 Botcon Nightracer version of the Bumblebee mold. The second and third are Optimus Prime and Soundwave from Takara of Japan, which were released alongside of this Megatron I finally got this week. The fourth is the overstock plain black version of the '95 Night Racer that one of the online retailers got at or around the time of the first Botcon.