I like action figures and take pictures of them, sometimes offering commentary. I also reblog odds and ends that may seem jumbled. This is all a reflection of who I am.

 

Scavenger
| Cybcon Exclusive | 2001 |

You’re looking at the very first Cybcon exclusive Transformers toy. A local fan, Greg Gaub, would host a small gathering of other locals the Saturday of Botcon weekend for those who couldn’t go. There was food, fun, and a collaborative toy run to nearby stores. The first year I went was 2001 and I wanted an exclusive toy to commemorate the event. I got together (via email) with my friend Zobovor and Scavenger was borne.

Beast Machines was in full swing and turning Vehicon Scavenger into Constructicon Scavenger seemed fitting. To be honest, I’m surprised Hasbro never did their own version. I bought 10 Scavengers, shipped them to Zobovor to do his magic and this is the final result. We also collaborated on a bio card/tech spec where he provided new art and I wrote a new bio and used Photoshop to put it all together. They sold for an outrageous $10 a piece to the others attendees, five in total I believe, with the rest sold via Greg’s Yahoo! Cybcon group.

Of all the Cybcon exclusives I helped put together, Scavenger here remains my favorite. He also represents a simpler time in the fandom when it wasn’t as large as it is today and one could afford to “collect them all.”

Bumblebee
| Cybcon Exclusive | 2003 |

Bumblebee came about as a collaborative effort for another Cybcon exclusive. crazysteve once again manufactured the toy based on his appearance in “More Than Meets the Eye.” I wrote up the bio and designed the packaging. My friend Zobovor provided the artwork for said packaging. crazysteve used the original Bumblebee toy to mold the head and legs. Everything else is all him. The hands detach and are stored in the back of his vehicle mode. Bumblebee rotates at the neck, shoulders, and wrists.

The production run on Cybcon Bumblebee was, I believe, 10-15 and he’s popped up on eBay a few times since his release.

Slaughterhouse, Sunstorm, and Skywarp
| crazysteve figures | 2003-2006 |

Long before there were third-party companies churning out $100 toys the size of a $10 Hasbro Transformer there was a man who went by crazysteve. He still may, I’m not sure. He produced resin figures and ships for fun using molds he made and selling the products at modest prices or just giving them away. These are three of him many works.

Slaughterhouse was a collaboration between crazysteve, myself, and my friend Zobovor for a 2003 Cybcon exclusive. I believe about 10-15 were produced. The colors are based on one of the many coloration errors in the original cartoon where one of the Skyraiders was colored like Onslaught. Zobovor came up with the name and did the packaging art, I created a bio and box design, and Steve made the Rainmaker.

Sunstorm was one of those crazysteve gave away at a Botcon or Auto Assembly to people who found him and asked. He was nice enough to send me one. I really should find larger Decepticon symbols for him.

A few years later, he made a new Rainmaker mold and knowing Skywarp was my favorite Decepticon sent me one. I may have reimbursed him for it. I don’t honestly remember.

There are many others out there in others’ collections. While I’d love to have the whole fleet, I’m very happy and satisfied with the three I have.

Tow-Line (Test Shot)
Transformers Energon | Hasbro | 2004 |

There was a time, about a decade ago, where any number of Transformers “prototypes” and test shots could be had on eBay for under $50 a piece. These were (and still are?) likely back door items that were never meant to get into the hands of anyone. Yet, some did and still do to this day. Energon Tow-Line here is a prime (no pun intended) example of those days. I believe I paid in the neighborhood of $40 shipped for him in 2004.

Tow-Line is cast in yellow, green, white and clear plastic and did not come with his accessories. In these colors he could almost pass for the Mystery Machine. His Autobot symbol is painted purple, which seemed almost standard for these test shots back then and his Spark is a clear yellow Autobot insignia where Energon stars can plug in.

The main gimmick for Autobots in the Energon line was to be ably to merge, or Powerlinx, two of them together to form a larger robot. Tow-Line is the only one who can combine with himself due to the way he splits apart. As an homage to the original Ironhide and Ratchet toys (his head an homage to the original Skids), the bottom half of his vehicle turns into a mobile Autobot repair bay or M.A.R.B. The top half becomes his robot mode or, with his legs folded behind him, the upper half or his combined mode. Other Autobots, Hot Shot and Rodimus for example can combine to either of his components.

As one of the more rare pieces in my collection, Tow-Line is not something I ever plan to part with. I once did think to sell him, but my wife said not to. So you know he has a special place in my collection if my wife likes him that much.

orion-neos:

It’s toy giveaway time!
For achieving a milestone 500 followers, I’m going to give away some prizes to five lucky subscribers of this blog. But first, the prizes!
• S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider G3-X
• ReAction Aliens Ripley
• TMNT Pencil Case Set
• Knifehead Kaiju Scaler
• Kre-O Custom Ratchet Set
All items are sealed in their original packaging and hand-selected by me. Check out the picture above. If requested, I will take additional pictures. And now the rules:
• You must be following this blog to be entered
• Likes and reblogs count. Please, no more than 3 reblogs a day
• No contest/giveaway blogs
• The contest begins now, and will end 7/26/14 at midnight Pacific time
• Winners will be selected by a random number generator
• First person selected will get first choice, second person selected gets second choice, and so on
• Winners will be announced on 7/27/14 and will receive a message from me
• Winners will have 24 hours to respond back, if not the prize ranking bumps up and another participant is entered in the fifth slot and so on
• Winners MUST be okay with giving me their address, of else I can’t ship your prize to you
• Shipping within the US is free, international winner will need to pay for half the shipping cost
That’s it. If anyone feels I missed something or would like further clarification, feel free to message me. Otherwise, let’s get this show on the road and give away some toys! 

Just a reminder that the contest ends soon. Don’t forget your reblogs and likes if you want a shot at any of the prizes pictured. 

Good luck!

orion-neos:

It’s toy giveaway time!

For achieving a milestone 500 followers, I’m going to give away some prizes to five lucky subscribers of this blog. But first, the prizes!

• S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider G3-X

• ReAction Aliens Ripley

• TMNT Pencil Case Set

• Knifehead Kaiju Scaler

• Kre-O Custom Ratchet Set

All items are sealed in their original packaging and hand-selected by me. Check out the picture above. If requested, I will take additional pictures.

And now the rules:

• You must be following this blog to be entered

• Likes and reblogs count. Please, no more than 3 reblogs a day

• No contest/giveaway blogs

• The contest begins now, and will end 7/26/14 at midnight Pacific time

• Winners will be selected by a random number generator

• First person selected will get first choice, second person selected gets second choice, and so on

• Winners will be announced on 7/27/14 and will receive a message from me

• Winners will have 24 hours to respond back, if not the prize ranking bumps up and another participant is entered in the fifth slot and so on

• Winners MUST be okay with giving me their address, of else I can’t ship your prize to you

• Shipping within the US is free, international winner will need to pay for half the shipping cost

That’s it. If anyone feels I missed something or would like further clarification, feel free to message me. Otherwise, let’s get this show on the road and give away some toys!

Just a reminder that the contest ends soon. Don’t forget your reblogs and likes if you want a shot at any of the prizes pictured. Good luck!
deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

deducecanoe:

I interrupt my frequent unhappy rants about my low self esteem, panic-inducing lifestyle and all the ways fandom craps on itself to bring you ducklings in dresses made of cupcake papers. Ok. You need this. Shut up and accept that you need this.

(Source: awwww-cute)

theassortment:

Jazz (Transformers Animated; Hasbro; 2008)

You’ve gotta love Animated Jazz. When the Elite Guard shows up, he’s the only one who’s not on some pedestal of self-importance. The toy mimics the animation model with articulation to spare, and its transformation is fun and simple.

This Jazz can do no wrong.

^^^
That last sentence.

gatherersgarden:

ive been playing around with 50’s animation styles and tried incorporating it with transformers

these are my results

orion-neos:

It’s toy giveaway time!
For achieving a milestone 500 followers, I’m going to give away some prizes to five lucky subscribers of this blog. But first, the prizes!
• S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider G3-X
• ReAction Aliens Ripley
• TMNT Pencil Case Set
• Knifehead Kaiju Scaler
• Kre-O Custom Ratchet Set
All items are sealed in their original packaging and hand-selected by me. Check out the picture above. If requested, I will take additional pictures. And now the rules:
• You must be following this blog to be entered
• Likes and reblogs count. Please, no more than 3 reblogs a day
• No contest/giveaway blogs
• The contest begins now, and will end 7/26/14 at midnight Pacific time
• Winners will be selected by a random number generator
• First person selected will get first choice, second person selected gets second choice, and so on
• Winners will be announced on 7/27/14 and will receive a message from me
• Winners will have 24 hours to respond back, if not the prize ranking bumps up and another participant is entered in the fifth slot and so on
• Winners MUST be okay with giving me their address, of else I can’t ship your prize to you
• Shipping within the US is free, international winner will need to pay for half the shipping cost
That’s it. If anyone feels I missed something or would like further clarification, feel free to message me. Otherwise, let’s get this show on the road and give away some toys!

orion-neos:

It’s toy giveaway time!

For achieving a milestone 500 followers, I’m going to give away some prizes to five lucky subscribers of this blog. But first, the prizes!

• S.H.Figuarts Kamen Rider G3-X

• ReAction Aliens Ripley

• TMNT Pencil Case Set

• Knifehead Kaiju Scaler

• Kre-O Custom Ratchet Set

All items are sealed in their original packaging and hand-selected by me. Check out the picture above. If requested, I will take additional pictures.

And now the rules:

• You must be following this blog to be entered

• Likes and reblogs count. Please, no more than 3 reblogs a day

• No contest/giveaway blogs

• The contest begins now, and will end 7/26/14 at midnight Pacific time

• Winners will be selected by a random number generator

• First person selected will get first choice, second person selected gets second choice, and so on

• Winners will be announced on 7/27/14 and will receive a message from me

• Winners will have 24 hours to respond back, if not the prize ranking bumps up and another participant is entered in the fifth slot and so on

• Winners MUST be okay with giving me their address, of else I can’t ship your prize to you

• Shipping within the US is free, international winner will need to pay for half the shipping cost

That’s it. If anyone feels I missed something or would like further clarification, feel free to message me. Otherwise, let’s get this show on the road and give away some toys!

orion-neos:

Galvatron
| Beast Wars II | Takara | 1998|

The Emperor of Destruction has returned to my collection. Galvatron hails from Beast Wars II, which I know little about story-wise other than he’s a Predacon that rules over a motly crew battling against Lio Convoy and his Maximals.

While I love this figure and the way he changes from robot to tank to dragon, I’d really like to see an updated version using today’s technology. I doubt that will ever happen as he’s fairly obscure compared to other Transformers series. Still, a guy can dream, can he not?

Galvatron’s dragon mode is a thing of beauty. It resembles some of the monsters from Japan’s live-action films. His mouth opens and his neck can pivot in five places. His arms are akin to a tyrannosaurus in that they’re small and not very useful. Each has two points of articulation, which can lead to some humorous poses. Sliding a button on his back makes his wings flap forward and back. All in all, dragon mode is my favorite with Galvatron.

The drill tank mode covers up the dragon head and neck, folds the wings back, and tucks the legs underneath. Considering the technology of the late 90’s, it turned out fairly well. Sure, the dragon tail sticks out like a sore thumb, but I think it’s a neat alien drill tank. Push the button on the back and watch that drill spin!

Finally, we come to Galvatron’s robot mode. He’s a grimacing, menacing emperor of destruction. His has good articulation throughout, though his head could stand to be on a ball-joint rather than a swivel. He’s also no slouch in the weapons department. He chain guns on his kneecaps, two short blades he can hold in either hand or launch from his arms, his wing assembly detaches to form giant pincers, and then there’s his Galva-Matrix in his chest. It holds his spark and enables him to absorb Angolmois energy. I don’t know what that is, but it can’t be a good thing.

Galvatron is a great toy with good transformation and modes that won’t leave you wondering if you forgot a step. He’s worth picking up in my book.