Sunday, 16 February 2020

2020, and the Future of My Collecting

It probably says something that my first purchase of the New Year was the Encore re-release of a Generation 1 toy, specifically one of my 'Holy Grail' toys. Sky Lynx turned up on eBay at a price I just couldn't refuse - about half its current average cost, before the import fees were taken into account.

If there's one thing to be said in favour of the War for Cybertron series, it's that it has very much reignited my interest in actual G1 toys. Back in 2015, I'd treated myself to the Platinum Edition re-release of G1 Trypticon, and the fact that it was motorised (walking in robot mode and a couple of rotating accessories in base mode) reminded me how cool such gimmicks were back in the day, when used sensibly... and there were only a handful of battery-operated, motorised G1 toys. Other than Trypticon, there were only Omega Supreme, Sky Lynx and Star Convoy that had such features, as far as I'm aware, with a selection of others that included the pull-back motors that were popular in vehicle toys of the time.

Additionally, it was only a couple of years ago that I replaced the broken Optimus Prime figure from my Armada collection, allowing me to experience the motorised features of his trailer/base/superpants all over again. All of this has got me thinking about acquiring a G1 Omega Supreme, since the War for Cybertron is huge-but-boring by comparison. I'd also quite like to fill in a few more of the gaps in my G1 collection in the form of the Diaclone-derived cars, many of which I wasn't even able to obtain in the forms of either Takara's TransFormers Collection or Encore selections or Hasbro's own Commemorative Series, so I'm rather hoping Platinum Edition - or some other form of G1 re-release, such as the Walmart reissues - will continue.

Other than that, I can see myself continuing to acquire some of the Studio Series toys, perhaps the occasional Movie Masterpiece if the character appeals to me, and even some more of the Third Party movie figures that are springing up. For example, much as I dislike the direction the movies took post-Dark of the Moon, I really liked the design for Megatron in The Last Knight - I'd just prefer that it wasn't a TransFormers design - so I'll be keeping an eye our for Unique Toys' Dragoon.

As far as new, official mainline TransFormers toys go, I've recently picked up Earthrise Optimus Prime, and I can see myself buying Earthrise Cliffjumper, maybe Grapple... but we'll have to wait and see if anything else interesting turns up. The Siege toyline seemed to end before it had really found its stride or covered a significant portion of the core cast (I cannot believe that Hasbro didn't get round to a Siege Bumblebee, considering he's still one of their focal characters!), so I can honestly see that happening again with Earthrise... and as to what happens after Earthrise... Who knows? At this point, I'm beginning to suspect Hasbro have no idea either.

Bottom line is that:
  • my space is now limited to the point where I think I may just have to sell off some of my older, less interesting toys rather than simply boxing them up into storage
  • for safety's sake, my budget for new toys is negligible until I find another full-time job
  • my existing collection is such that I still have plenty of toys to blog about when I feel like doing so again
so, ultimately, we'll just have to see how this plays out.

If nothing else, I'm hoping to clear out the couple of posts that have stymied me over the last month or so, since they've become something of a millstone in my mind.

In more positive news, I learned last night that this site has been included in the list of the Top 40+ TransFormers websites, and was especially chuffed about the praise for my photos (which I always find myself questioning once the posts go live), and not a single thing said about my use of italics. I don't get a great deal of comments on this blog, so suddenly finding myself in a list with the likes of Square One, Sixo, Chris McFeely, and several other sites I frequent - much bigger, and longer-standing than my own - has given me a real boost, just when I needed one.

A toy design more than 30 years old, and it's still better than Combiner Wars Sky Lynx.

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