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Transformers GDO G1 Movie Leaders Starscream’s voice!

Here’s a silly quick video I shot of my current work Starscream set up and the voice sound bytes from the new import GDO Leader Starscream toy. I believe these are new sound bytes exclusive to this toy. It used to say “No one can defeat Starscream!” Now it says “DECEPTICONS…” and “STARSCREAM!!”

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Unicron the mythical unicorn – Further unreleased G1 Chaosbringer information and pics

Generation 1 Unicron prototype head in planet mode

Peek-a-boo!

With the relatively recent release of TakaraTomy 2010 Universal Dominator Unicron, a new rush of Unicron-love has swept the fandom.  Although I was unable to touch upon this much in my review, Armada Unicron was actually not the first time the demi-god had been given a plastic effigy.  At least three iterations of Unicron had been conceived all the way to the hardcopy / testshot phase to ultimately never reach mass-production.  According to a fantastic find by Japanese Transformer collector and ultra-seller Hydra of The AllSpark, there were in fact two different versions of the unreleased G1 Unicron toy designed and fabricated.  The first was deemed “too small” by Hasbro and so back to the drawing board went the designer to increase the size.  This could perhaps make sense of the two different photos floating around of the finished design.  After some digging, it makes perfect sense according to this hacked together size comparison from an article on The Mechanical Maniacs.

Unicron size comparison

Who knew BW neo Unicron was so tiny?

So apparently, the “green bodied” G1 Unicron was a completely different design from the larger orange version. I have often heard that the green one is considered the Japanese prototype vs. the orange USA prototype. In reality, it appears that the green version was the first draft, followed by the orange one that Hasbro still has in their possession. It is also surmised that there have been multiple copies of this toy created as evidenced by the Unicron display at Botcon 2009 contained more than one of the figure in pristine condition.

And guess what – not all of those copies of the toy are owned by Hasbro!  For the first time, I am sharing these photographs publicly.  I’m not even sure where I got them anymore but the photos were taken sometime after 2003 as evidenced by the shirt in the photographs.  I do not claim owenership of these, but since I will currently be the only source on the net to have them I’ll be watermarking them and blurring out the identity.  If anyone wants to step forward and give me some more info about these, I’d love to get it.  Privacy will be protected if requested.

All in all, I highly suggest checking out Hydra’s article for some incredible information that continues to dazzle.  Dare I say I’d still like to see the original toy released??  Shame on me… BEHOLD – Unicron!

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G1 Hasbro Bruticus giftset – does it exist?

The title of this post could have also been “Hot on the trail of the Transformers Unicorn”.

Photoshopped G1 Bruticus giftset

The very essence of the Transformers Unicorn. Sometimes you just want to believe so badly you'll let your eyes deceive you.
This does not exist!

2 years ago on April Fools Day, a big-time collector reignited an old gag he instigated long ago to fool a fellow collector. The gag consisted of providing photographic evidence of the existence of a very, very rare, (so rare in fact, its very existence is in question to this day!) Transformers Generation 1 gift-set of the Combaticons. Many of the G1 combiner sets were repackaged into full gift-sets to save parents the hassle of locating all of the individual figures. One of the most common is the G1 Devastator gift-set, followed by the G1 Aerialbot gift-set. Almost all of the gestalt (combiner) teams came to the USA in the form of large gift-set boxes, save for a few that were only released in Japan. These include the Combaticons, which form Bruticus; and the Predacons, which form Predaking.

As the Transformers fanbase was being cultivated online over a decade ago, many fans and collectors were sharing stories of sets they had seen in various parts of the world. Back then, and even still today, it was difficult to know without a reasonable doubt whether claims of a certain version of a toy or packaging really existed. The Hasbro G1 Bruticus gift-set was one of those mystical items that people would claim existed, yet never be able to prove as they “no longer possessed it.”

Up comes an industrious and mischievious “super-collector”, who decided to have a bit of fun. In this thread that I recently stumbled upon while browsing TFW2005.com’s Junkion Exchange, user TheSpaceBridge recalls how he actually created what he dubs “the infamous photoshop.”

It’s an old photoshop I did years ago to wind up Karl Hartman. Its made from an Italian Bruticus gift-set and a US Menasor gift-set.

For April Fool’s Day 2008, TheSpaceBridge had posted the photoshopped image from years ago and passed it off as his own and for sale. What a rare piece to nonchalantly be parting with! To top it off, at the time it seemed reasonable to believe he would be parting with it due to a large sell-off of many of his rare one-of-a-kind pieces. Quite a few collectors who knew a thing or two walked right into the thread and the trap was sprung!

Before TheSpaceBridge revealed the April Fool’s Day gag, he claims to have received offers ranging from “…under $100 to $5000.” Not too shabby.

Old catalog photo of Takara Generation 1 VSA Superion vs. Menasor versus giftset

Takara's VSA Superion vs. Menasor gift-set.
Probably the most notable unicorn due to this authentic documentation. This is the only known image of the giftset and it quite possibly was never released in stores. Do samples exist somewhere out there?

Antics aside, this story illustrates the power of lack of supply and excess of demand in the world of vintage Transformers. The G1 Bruticus gift-set serves as the perfect example of a Transformers Unicorn (not to be confused with Unicron!). The set exists in Japan, it exists as a Italian GIG even. The molds have been reused numerous times. The logic seems sound enough to infer the existence of the G1 Bruticus set. For what reason could there NOT be one?

This inferred expectations for such a set to exist have driven the price up incredibly high… that is if any ever happens to get ahold of this horned pony.

G1 Bluestreak versus blue bluestreak

Transformers G1 Bluestreak - Top is what we were shown, bottom is what we got.
This figure is perhaps one of the most well-known unicorns in all of Transformers due to its spectacular boxart.

The disappointing truth is that we must finally admit that this set truly is a work of fiction, only existing in the rampant imagination and photoshopping talent of TheSpaceBridge. This is not the only example of the fanbase being lead astray by a clever photoshopped image, but it may be one of the only times the culprit was benevolent enough to let us all in on the joke before riots poured into our city streets.

So thanks for the laugh TheSpaceBridge, and we’ll await the completion of the new spacebridge.net to see your smorgasbord of unicorns made flesh and then some.