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Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

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Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby TrisCompany » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:30 pm

I grew up playing with both, originally with Star Wars and then got into the transformer cartoons.

Transformers are also really cool, if not better toys, as toys themselves, and there's seemingly hundreds of them with variations. Anybody collect them on here? Not sure they have the emotional connection that SW does because of the films but pretty cool.

Given the price rises in SW recently anybody tempted to start collecting Transformers as well / instead?
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby steve obi wan » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:38 pm

I did buy a couple of them a while back , Prime and Megatron but didn't have the same attraction and childhood memories so moved them on !!
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby MarkG » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:41 pm

I had a bit of near on everything back in the day... Star Wars was my main area, but also had Transformers, MASK & MOTU.... Kept the SW, but sold off those last 3 years ago.

I'm on the G1 FB group, and over the past year or so, has opened my eyes in a number of ways.. Firstly, the amount of Transformers actually produced !!, must be 40+ that I'd never seen or heard of back in the day..

Secondly, reproduction stuff is all over the place... boxes, inserts & stickers.. and everyone loves them. Also, with the amount of Chinese KOs on the market, it's getting harder to source genuine. Even the newer Masterpiece stuff isn't safe.
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby palitoyjunky » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:47 pm

Transformers was one of my fav cartoons in the 80s as was Go-Bots. I do have a couple of Transformers including an unused G1 Megatron and a few carded Go-Bots but no way near the same appeal and importance as SW :!:
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby Nita Nitro » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:50 pm

Transformers were the first toys I received at Christmas when Star Wars toys had all but disappeared from the catalogues, which was where I used to look at and decide what I wanted that year. Didn't ask for transformers, but asked for a surprise that year because I really wanted Star Wars but couldn't find much on offer.
Still have most of the subsequent ones I received, but the Megatron and Prime from that 'surprise' Christmas were so well played with that they broke years ago and were thrown out. I don't actively collect them, but keep a wee eye on certain ones from time to time :D
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby yoda » Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:54 pm

I found my original Grimlock a few months back minus the weapons. I thought he was gone but he was stored away in a box under old bits and pieces.
I also had Prowl but I think hes gone but you never know.
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby ODB » Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:29 pm

I am dabbling with G1 Transformers, I've always had a soft spot for them. It would appear that they are cheaper than Star Wars now despite having a reputation for being pricey, you have to do homework to spot the fakes and reissues though as not everyone is honest about them. My only criticism of them is that when together they are quite haphazard as scale and even style varies considerably throughout the line.
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby Robstyley » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:35 pm

I bought this G1 Optimus a few years ago because I had one as a kid and it was one of my favourites. Had to have one. Transformers are well cool, when they came along it was huge, everyone was mad for it. They were so different to anything else, genius bit of toy design. I think collecting them now could be a headache and although many are fairly cheap loose, some of the boxed or unused ones are mega pricey. I do like the packaging, it's proper retro looking. Prob could collect them if I had more time and money but you can't collect everything and Star Wars will always be no.1 for me.

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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby Nita Nitro » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:07 pm

Nice Optimus.... I loved mine and wish he'd survived the man battles he went through :D
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby Robstyley » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:23 pm

Nita Nitro wrote:Nice Optimus.... I loved mine and wish he'd survived the man battles he went through :D


Yeah thanks, it's pretty clean, it's missing the fuel nozzle/hose. It's the only Transformer that makes me grin like Vintage Star Wars 8)

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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby rhyfelyser » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:37 pm

I had a bunch of gobots back in the day :oops: . Been dabblingish with transformers the past 2 or so years. I've got a boxed skywarp, loose Sludge which i had BITD and my lovely GF got me a nice boxed grapple last christmas. Got to agree with the packaging, very cool and eye catching and superbly engineered toys, those Japanese toy designers knew what they were doing. Looking at MASK listings on ebay recently but haven't pulled the trigger on them yet. Having said that none of them don't hold the emotion/memories and interest of SW for me but with increasing prices and the involvement of more and more dickheads on ebay and facebook i am looking more at other 80's toy lines.
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby tobedesu » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:48 pm

I still have my Transformers and some are still boxed.
I got the comics at the time as well but Transformers, like MOTU, never really had the longevity like Star Wars.
When I was a kid, I think my most played with toys were Matchbox and Corgi cars, Star Wars, and MUSCLE.

Transformers did have some great features and they are better built than some of modern versions.
I thought Megatron was great as a gun but poor as his tramsformed robot state.

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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby TrisCompany » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:05 pm

Yeah, the KO and reissue versions I think kill it a little bit. I got Starscream for Christmas when I was a boy, it was one of the harder ones to find and my mum had pretended she couldn't find one, I'd forgotten that moment of opening the present until I found a loose one on ebay, so I then found a separate box with insert just about hanging on so bought them for nostalgia. It's not SW though, even though in principle I think they're 'better' and, probably, more interesting and varied toys.
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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby x-pack » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:31 pm

Am I right or wrong in saying that most of us vintage Star Wars collectors got into Transformers and other lines, such as He-Man, MASK, Thundercats etc, as Star Wars toy production was dieing out?

This was certainly the case for me. The one I was probably most heavily invested in (after Star Wars) was He-man, but I did have some larger items from other toy lines. So, it was as though my serious toy playing days were behind me when Transformers came along. Does anyone agree?

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Re: Vintage Star Wars v G1 Transformers

Postby Clarkspie&chips » Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:56 am

Yep that's the case for me Barry but I wasn't into he man and not allowed transformers for some reason so got into lego and Robotix. The building and design aspects of these toys certainly had an effect on me cos that's what I do for a living now!


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