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To some extent it is really kind of exciting that Takara has decided to produce and actually release some Animated stuff that I just can't see Hasbro doing any time soon.

TF Animated Wing Blade Optimus Prime With that Transformers Prime show on The Hub out and another awful movie on the horizon I don't think they'll ever return to the animated stuff outside of maybe Botcon 2011's stuff.

So I decided to snag the Takara stuff up that I really wanted and goddamn if TF Animated Wingblade Convoy Super Ginrai isn't the most perfect thing in the world right now.

Let's face it... the brick that is G1 Ginrai/Godbomber is really an awful toy. Even those custom parts that were made a few years back to give it decent "wings" and arms really didn't quite do it. A turd is still a turd.

I'm not sure if we have Derek Wyatt to thank for the design or Hasbro but bringing in Super God Ginrai elements into Optimus Prime for the last few episodes of TF Animated was a brilliant idea and I can only hope that the toy is just as awesome.

So looking for this figure brought me to Big Bad Toy Store and I discovered a whole shitload of Transformers or Transformers-related figures that I didn't know existed due to my general self-imposed fan ignorance of the past 2 years or so.

I was shocked to see that they brought Animated's Lugnut into the Generations line. While the Takara version is really what I wanted since it is colored like the original, I went with theHasbro one to save some money. I kind of regret it but oh well.

I have the 4-pack of Generations figures coming that includes Scourge, Kup, Cliffjumper, and Thunderwing. I really only wanted Scourge and Kup. I feel like of stupid of buying them this way when I don't need Cliffjumper or the jet. (I'll blame it on the cold meds.)

henkclearhotrod.jpgThe one niche that I had decided I would still collect a long time ago was translucent figures. So seeing the Henkei Sons of Cybertron Crystal Convoy and Hot Rod set was something I just had to get. The Convoy that this comes from is a piece of shit mold but the Hot Rod is just beautiful. I picked up the Animated version of this set the other day too. Funny. I'm not a huge fan of the Animated Hot Rod but love that Prime and the opposite applies to this set.

Anyway, they are translucent so they fit into the niche.

The stuff that I didn't know about that really blew me away was some of the Fans Project stuff.

The real Classics Ultra Magnus!

Now I was a major fan of the Ultra Magnus "City Commander" armor set and trailer. Man...did that really come out in 2008?!?!?! Seems like I just bought it.

Well I have the City Commander Upgrade Package Parts Set coming. It was on clearance and no doubt worth the $29 price tag. I love the hammer a la Animated Ultra Magnus. This should be good stuff.

I have a few more Perfect Effect items coming too.

The new collecting sure ain't gonna be about quantity. It is going to be about quality and the things I want to collect dust better than average shit collecting dust!

So yeah... I guess I'm back for now.


Up until a few days ago I really didn't know... nor did I really care... what was going on in the world of totally gay toy robots.

I still have no idea what prompted me to go online to Captured Prey and order some of the recent shit that arrived.

And from that excursion I ended up at Big Bad Toy Store because Capture Prey did not have TF Animated Super God Ginrai available.

So. Somehow I ended up with more pieces of crap to sit on a shelf collecting dust.

But back to the point I was going to make but didn't...

My life is in a very very different place than it was years ago when I started into this robot thing of ours. There hasn't been anything fun in this, outside of a few friends I've met, for a very long time. The internet forum trolling and such was kind of fun when I was 28 and all but by 38 it was just annoying and I really couldn't stand putting up with it.

If you ever read my posts you know that I'd really had a love-hate relationship with this waste of a hobby for many years and thankfully, the Transformers movies totally gave me the opportunity to get my out-of-control toy habits under control.

Those movies toys are some of the ugliest shit I've ever seen and I can thank Hasbro for allowing Hollywood to take the thing in that direction because it really killed my interest in collecting toys as well as the fiction.

Now I've been trying to get ready to get rid of the toys for over 3 years now. The move from the House of Love III (with the huge Attic of Love) to the House of Love IV in 2007 coincided with the movie killing my interests in this shit and I kind of limped along and then just didn't care any more.

Well... the past 18 or so months have been very soul searching for me in my real life and has resulted in my being about 6 weeks away from having an approved home study right now

What the hell does any of that mean?

Well... simply put... I've been focusing my life on getting ready to adopt children.

Yup! When 2011 is over with there is a highly like chance that I'll have a family.

Now you are probably saying to yourself "what the fuck does this have to do with goddamn toy robots" or something... but in a weird way, for me, not having gotten rid of all this plastic baggage is tied to the adoption.

See... I'm looking to adopt siblings. Very soon 2-3 boys (or possibly boys and girls) will form a brigade that I never had thought would happen to me.

And this may sound stupid... but if I end up with boys the right age... who like Transformers... well... having gotten rid of all of this before the adoption would possibly have been one of the saddest things in the world.

There's a really good chance that very soon I can share these 2600+ stupid robots with kids who can enjoy them like they were meant to be enjoyed.

Imagine that. Toys to be played with by children.

So. Who knows. I may be into this thing of ours again and be able to share my loves and hates with my sons.

Hell... I may even taken them to a Gay Robot Convention some day. I may actually like all of this again.

So... I can only imagine how awesome it will be to play with Victory Saber and Black Fire Convoy with my kids.

And that... well... that actually matters to me.

I'm going to let my love-hate thing continue and see where it goes. And maybe one day my sons and I can make fun of some Transformers fans at a con that are annoying the shit out of us. (Oh. And totally make fun of Furries too!)

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So yeah.

If you hadn't noticed I acquired 4 more Holy Grail pieces at Botcon.

The Jusco Spychangers have been on my wish list for close to 7 or so years now.

Kinda blows my mind that I got Eagle Killer way back in October 2006 and yet it has taken me so many years to get the others.

And yet... I still need one more... Counter Arrow... to complete the set.

And some how I ended up buying two Artfires from the one guy.

Insane in the membrane? Duh!


Yes. I had a craving.

Yes. It was obviously filled lately.

Yes. I feel like a whore for buying those lame ass Transformers Club Seacons and that Nightbeat.

No. I don't feel bad about being a whore at the moment. That'll come tomorrow.

Yes. I still plan on getting rid of toys even though I've recently bought more.

No. I don't know when I'll have the time. The garage isn't going to get repaired and finished by itself.

Yes. The translation of the Bible into Lolcatspeak may just be the greatest thing ever.

Yes. The Crack Den is somehwhat cleaned up and has as many plastic robots as will likely fit.

Yes. It is barely 1/4 of the actual Attic of Love Collection.

Yes. It makes me sad I can't surround myself with years of wasted money.

Yes. I am a loser.

1. Have any of you ordered directly from e-Hobby?

2. If so, how the phrock did you do it if you don't read Japanese?!?!?!?!

Purpley Grey Goodness


Just got an email from BBTS that my Henkei Astrotrain is ready to ship.


I so have to finish the last bedroom project! I so want to setup my office/crack room and get this shit out!

Countdown to The GRC: 1 day

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It is so nice to begin a vacation on a nice sunny day and just get up without the alarm and not feel like I really have to do anything other than pull my crap together for the con and run a few errands.

And no... I'm not going to work on Project 5 until Tuesday at the earliest. I'm in no mood to ruin a generally good mood heading into Botcon by getting covered in dust for hours.


I saw that the TF SDCC exclusive this year will be another repaint of the Classics Prime mold, this time as the done-to-death Nemesis Prime deco.

So we get the same general idea done at Botcon and then again, only blacker, for SDCC.

Definitely time to retire the mold. I can accept the original, the Magnus, and even the Botcon repaint. And of course, the Henkei one isn't really for the American audience. But 5 of the same thing is 1 too much!

Speaking of the mold, the custom Ultra Magnus armor to Classics Magnus is really nice.

It still amazes me people will bitch about it and still go on and on about the use of a white Prime.

Be happy somebody is making something that will alter the figure... and selling it!

If you aren't going to kitbash and customize the shit out of it yourself then quit yer bitch'n!


So we set up at Vets Memorial again to do the "toy and comic dealer" thing even though we really are "toy collectors trying to get rid of shit".

Nothing in our booth was new but was purely the stuff from the same bins we returned with last time.

I made one kid extremely happy with a boatload of Energon toys and gave away a few Tiny Tin Spychangers.

I'm always happy when kids get really excited about TFs.

There's some miscellaneous pics at my Flickr set.

I only bought Micronauts and an old Colonial Viper from the 70s. More on that later.

The real news, and something I'll be depressed about (for no logical reason) is that my comics all sold.

Of course, they sold for for 5 cents for every dollar spent on them over the past 30 years... but 95% or more of them are out of my my basement, my garage, and my life.

The 90s and 00s stuff didn't bother me... it was the stuff from my childhood that hurts.

More later. I'm tired.

Is this worth $110?


Encore Series Omega Supreme


Is the Encore Omega Supreme worth it?

My internal monologue still doesn't know.

The new face is nice but not worth it.

Having a "new" toy with fully working electronics is worth it.

Not having Floppy Claw Syndrome™ is worth it.

But really... if I were to buy him... I should really get rid of my G1 versions.

I mean... that has to happen in the new space.

If something goes in then something must go out.

Unbelievable pleasure can be yours.


So Giga has a bunch of tables for the next Columbus Toy Show.

I've given up on using it as a venue to sell off Transformers.

The effort to lug the TF crack there and setup never pays off in the same way that Giga's DC superhero crap does.

However, since we have to get his shit out of storage plus the comics I'd like to unload at the show, it may be prudent to try and find the TF crap anyway and try to get rid of it at the GRC.

Thing is though... I really don't want people I don't know in my room.

I know that is silly, but I'm just not keen on it.

If it was one of those Embassy Suites again with the private bed room and public front room I wouldn't think twice since I wouldn't have to put stuff all over the bed or what have you.

Then again, if I only took MIB stuff it would be easier to track and I could setup a table or some such shit in the room.


I still got a month to decide.

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