I read comics and look at the stunning pictures that are made up but I NEVER ever owned any of them. For some reason I just didn't care for them. I know what is going on in the world of comics and just didn't think I needed to own any of them. Plus I don't really remember seeing any transfromers comics growing up. I know they exist but I didn't know where? As I'm doing my research on what's going on new with Marvel and DC I stumble across 4 issues of The New Avengers/Transformers. HUH??? I just had to buy them. Since they were just released less than a year ago I figured they would be in stores still. Nope! My brother found a sweet deal on ebay for me. All 4 issues for $15! Let me just say that I love Ebay!! It was awesome to see Marvel characters fighting with and against transformers!! I highly recommend reading the issues...
I think I've made the biggest purchase rip off in history!! Last week a friend and I went to a comic book/toy's hobby store. I wanted to see what they had for G1 figures and current stuff. Well, this place has the best statues of all!! I mean these things are sick! I love Marvel and DC characters. I watch all the movies and try to keep up what is going on in the comic world. I basically know enough to get by...I'm staring at all these statues and practically drooling, but at the same time I'm chocking at the prices. As I'm looking at these displays, I'm wondering did they ever or do they make any transformer ones?? OF COURSE THEY DO!!! Stupid me, I forgot all about the Unicron statue that they released for the 20th anniversary of the movie in 1986. It was for $200!!! I can see myself spending that on a transformer that actually does something. So that got me browsing on ebay. Make a long story short some guy was selling it for $50...hmmmm, why in the world does everybody else sell it for $170-$300?? I asked questions about it and he said that it is in mint condition and nothing broken and it's absolutely 100% real. I bought it! Sure enough he didn't lie to me, I have the authenticity card and it looks identical to all the ones I've seen. Now I am 1 of 1986 in the world that owns the Unicron statue. It is a piece of history that needs to be part of my collection. For anybody that has seen the movie, it is a critical part that people memorized in their head.
There really hasn't been too much going on in the transformer world besides the hype of the Henkei Skywarp and Thundercracker. I don't care for them because me and my brother went to Botcon last year and picked up the REAL classics!! Not only did I get Skywarp and Thundercracker, I also have Thrust to complete the seeker set. Don't be jealous, I was just lucky that I picked that year to go to Botcon...This past week I've gotten a few transformers: Stealth Bumblebee, Ravage, First Strike Optimus Prime, and Target's Exclusive Jetstorm. I finally found a half complete G1 Stanglehold to complete the other half that I had! I've been looking for months to find one in a decent shape. That's it for now...
There has been talk about this gold plated Prime that was going to come out...Now finally there are real pictures of this! Don't know if this is going to be one of the lucky draw figures? Right now TF@moon has done some research and found prototype pics. I wish that one day they will release such a figure, whom ever the character is, for a production type but for a limited time so that everybody in the world doesn't have one. He is a sick looking transformer! So shiny and GOLD!!! I'm not a gold fan but trust me I wouldn't think twice about purchasing this Optimus Prime. Now someone come out with a platinum or chrome plated one, and now your talking!
Like a complete dork I am, I also love video games. I am always on IGN.com reading reviews on games and movies. I use IGN as a bible to games. Well, I stumbled across an interview with Roberto Orci (writer for Transformers: The movie/Transformers 2). Halfway through the interview I read:
Q: Is there one particular Transformer, good or bad, that you absolutely had to get into the sequel?
Q: You're not gonna tell us.
ORCI: I'll tell you. We had to get Soundwave in there.
Q: Nice. Where Soundwave goes, will Ravage follow?
ORCI: Perhaps! Who's Ravage? ... I'm kidding! You know, we had Ravage in an early draft of the first movie and Soundwave, and we couldn't do it right and I think this time hopefully we'll have the ability to do it.
I practically crapped my pants!! Soundwave is by far the best transformer out there. There is just something so unique of his transformation and looks! He is a badass transformer in the cartoon with his little minions Ravage, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Frenzy, and Rumble. Now I just have to pray that they will give him Ravage! The bigger question would be, WHAT IS HE GOING TO BE IN CURRENT TECHNOLOGY??
If you want to read the entire interview, which has some star trek info, click here.
I was just reading that G1 Blurr has topped the fastest fictional car between cartoons, movies, and video games of all time! I never knew that Forbes had such a list. He beat out Speed Racer and the Batmobile! I'm not a huge fan of Blurr but for a transformer to take out the more popular Speed Racer and Batmobile is just unbelievable! To view the complete list, click here.
Surfacing now on youtube and TFW2005 are spoilers of new characters for Transformers Animated. I personally haven't watched any of the videos because I am waiting for the real episodes with sound to come out. What I have seen is that Omega Supreme is one of the characters!!! I love it!!! Like I said before they are pouring out with all the original G1 guys. It's awesome to see how Hasbro has designed them in modern years. They keep true to the original idea back in the 80's. It's exactly how car manufacturers are using the old look and modernizing it! Everyday something new, everyday I say to myself; where is all this money going to come from?? I am not complaining at all! So here is my spoiler of the day if you want to see what Omega Supreme is going to look like...
So finally there are real pictures of the upcoming TFA Soundwave that appeared in the cartoon!! For the past few weeks all I have seen is just "stolen" pictures on eBay and display pictures. No one could confirm that he is going to get officially released. I believe that there are more pictures of him floating around the web but this is the best I could find in one website. To view the pictures of TFA Soundwave, click here.
My thoughts of him...Unbelievably awesome!! I know that he is supposed to be a cassette player but they kept true to his face and comes with Buzzsaw! I guess if you look at it, since Buzzsaw is a guitar they still kept the music theme for him. In the cartoon they made him a big stereo system, I thought they would have kept him that way...oh well!
Final thoughts...BUY HIM NOW!!!! But I can't it's looking like an August release...BOOOOOOO!! You can't have them all at once because there would be nothing to look forward too (I hear that from my wife every time).
Big news today! Hasbro Toy Shop has updated their page for the new animated transformer toys and some preorders are going to be shipping ONE MONTH EARLY!!! They are going to be shipping as early as May 25th instead of the original date June 25th. I can't wait!!! I have been at the edge of my seat for months now! Watching all the episodes and seeing new characters coming up, knowing they will be part of my collection. I love that most of the characters are original G1 guys. Stay tuned...
I was visiting my family and friends this weekend and I like to check out their stores that carry transformers. It's a well known secret that different states and stores carry different toys. They have by far the best Walmart with transformers in a 200 mile radius. Now I have been eying a few guys for the past month or so, but just didn't think I wanted them. I came across a Nightwatch Optimus Prime. I looked at him and looked at others but I have them all except him. A "true" transformer fan will buy every single guy that comes out. I'm about half that, I believe that one guy of one color is enough for me. For example, why buy the same exact Optimus Prime in 4 different colors??? Anyways, I stared at him for a good 5 minutes...I looked at the price 3 times and saw that he was 21.74 (Walmart has crazy prices). I said no way! He's originally about 40-50 bucks. I just had to buy him! Long story short, I think he is freaking cool and I love the color scheme on him. Maybe, just maybe I'll have a different outlook on different colored transformers...
Me? I'm a Transformaniac through and through. I've been collecting for over 20 years and my collection is starting to outgrow "The Vault"! I collect, maintain and refurbish my Transformers and I am always looking for new (and old) ones to add to my 1000+ plus collection. Feel free to check out my collection, as it's ever-growing and I'll be updating my blog with new Transformers as soon as I get them.