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G2 Menasor appears on Taobao with ALL ACCESSORIES – listed for $30,000

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The world’s most valuable accessories, all in one place!

I love the Generation 2 unreleased toys saga and it continues today with another historic offering featuring components of G2 Menasor and the Stunticons.  This time, however, the listing features ALL of the components for a hefty $30,000 price tag.  The last time firepower of this magnitude dropped, the sale went for around $26,000 and hilarity ensued.  The important aspect of that auction was that the purple Menasor head was missing.

Well this time the gang’s all here and it’s on Taobao.  The listing can be found here. I’ve included some of the auction photos for the inevitable time when this auction ends or is pulled.

So are you going to be the ‘lucky’ buyer?

Are these authentic or has the ko market finally created a G2 version of the classics?  Your guess is as good as mine.

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The Taobao listing as seen today.

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Looks like there are a few missing paint apps, but lots of stickers.

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Is there a gun-pack missing here?

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Undersides

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G2 Stunticons sell for $26,815 on Ebay – 71 bids – 974 watchers

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Now that’s some expensive plastic

Starting on June 27, 2014, a rather auspicious auction appeared under the ebay user z75sales: a bagged set of the Generation 2 Stunticons including never-before-seen factory-applied stickers and missile launchers for G2 Motormaster. Just yesterday, July 7th, the 10 day auction ended and the final bid was $26,815.00!  This is an unprecedented amount for a Transformers auction.  Here’s how it all went down.

The seller

The seller is a long-time ebayer who continues to state the same story: He is a broker who is selling a former Kenner / Hasbro employee’s estate sale.  The seller was kind enough to join Transfans in discussion about the items on TFW under the username starwarsprotos, which might give a hint at his history in toy collecting.  The seller was sharing photographs that were not included in the auction and during this discussion it was discovered that the G2 Menasor head didn’t appear to be in the baggy housing Motormaster.  Regardless of this missing piece, the value did not seem to be brought down.

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No purple head? No problem! Photo provided by the seller.

The Transformers

The G2 Stunticons are some of the most sought-after and hard to find unicorns that are out there.  They have a sordid past and every once in a while they rear their heads and make sure we all know that we’ll never have them.  This particular auction was the first time a stickered near-production-ready version of G2 Motormaster had ever been seen.  Other versions that have been seen online were said to be painted samples and not finished toys.  Even the legendary Karl Hartman chimed in to tell a little bit of the history of these beauties.

 

The Buyer

It turns out that the winner was indeed an active fan in the community and known as HighPrime on the TFW2005 boards.  Congrats HighPrime!  According to him, he was on vacation and agreed with his wife to sell a large portion of his collection if he could spend the dough to get these guys.

 

Sorry I kind of petered out on the details of this article and just wanted to get it up.  Congrats to HighPrime and the seller!  Here’s hoping more goodies come out of the mystery bag.

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G2 Sandstorm and G2 Night Attack Starscream prototypes discovered amidst ancient relics in China, now on Taobao for a shitload of money

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"Hello, is it me you are looking for?"

Years ago, a bunch of rare Transformers artwork was put up for sale by a dealer who found a huge bulk of it from a few Hasbro employees. Pieces included original box art, the original air brushed autobot and decepticon symbols, back of box art, you name it! Also included was production artwork for never-before-seen Generation 2 figures including a purple Sludge, Black Starscream, and a desert-camo themed Ramjet. These were apparently scrapped like many other figures from the line and thought to have never made it past the employee-created custom mock-up phase. However yesterday, history was rewritten!

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Why didn't I buy this when I had the chance?!? Oh right, I was a college grad and I didn't have any god damn money to waste.

Apparently someone searching the great pyramids of China stumbled upon a treasure greater than any ancient aliens theorist could’ve imagined – prototypes of some of the un-released G2 figures!!! These include a real G2 Sandstorm, a black prototype of G2 Starscream, a spray-painted mock-up of G2 Sandstorm and some boring G2 Stunticons. Pff, like those are worth anything…

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Black Death or Night Attack Starscream?

Whomever is selling these relics ain’t no dummy either. With prices like 10,000 and 20,000 Yuan, we are talking well over $1000 USD for either of these prize items. It’s taking everything in my being to stop from purchasing that G2 Black Starscream… only time will tell.

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Too legit to quit

So with great discoveries like this, who knows what may still be out there? Purple Sludges? Skywarps with purple missiles and nose cones? BLUE BLUESTREAKS?!?! Keep your eyes peeled Collecticons, Unicorns are still out there.

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I'm not saying it's aliens...

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Optimii in the wild – generations of the now

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Talkin' bout my generations!


G2 Laser Prime is shooting from the hip!

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United Laser Optimus Prime dual wields with TFC mini Shockwave

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By the power of Gray Skull!!

I just got my latest order from Robot Kingdom! The Phantom Screamer sets from TFC and United Laser Optimus! Yee haw!

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Botcon 2011 giftset theme rumblings – Robots In Disguise or Beast Wars giftset?

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Photo from Plasticcrack.net

With 2011 right around the corner, I can’t help but start getting antsy about the next Botcon set. With the upcoming Club Exclusive Side Burn figure and last year’s Sky Byte addition to the G2 set, a Robots In Disguise theme seems plausible. Not to mention 2011 will be the 10 year anniversary to Robots In Disguise airing in the United States. There are some obvious repaint choices here such as G2 Optimus Prime as Scourge and Ironhide / Ratchet as X-Brawn, but where can the set really go from there?

I also must admit that I’ve been dreading the day that we would start seeing homages to figures that are only 10 years old. It just kind of puts some mortality in the mix of Transformers collecting. But what are you gonna do?

Another speculation that seems to have some support would be ANOTHER Beast Wars homage for the 15th anniversary. The thought is that the Beast Wars characters could be brought over to the Animated Toyline. This also seems to follow suit with the Animated Transtech Cheetor relased that Funpub is planning for 2011. Fat chance on that one though Beast Wars lovers. So soon you forget that we already received something similar for the 10th anniversary in pre-Earth mode set. I can’t say that I wouldn’t mind seeing some new Animated toys in some fashion though.

What could all this have to do with the only leaked tagline thus far, “The Invasion Has Begun?” I guess we have 6 months to speculate on that so let the slaughter begin!

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Prepare for Generations RID Black Convoy or Scourge

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Always bet on black

It sure would be a HUGE SURPRISE if G2 Laser Prime’s new generations mold was repainted into Car Robots Black Convoy, now wouldn’t it? Boggles the mind…

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From the secret files of Generation 2: Tank Megatron

Check out Blastard Inc’s latest Scramble city video. This time they are emulating the old Season 3 Secret files from Teletraan 2. Man, the animation of those 3D models is great! Keep it coming guys!

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Generation 2 ATB Megatron snags over $3500 – again!

Transformers Generation 2 Unrelease ATB MEgatron and Starscream on Yahoo Japan

Shiver me timbers!

I made a special note to wake up today. Not for my job interview, but instead to make sure I put my final bid in on a special rare item I recently found on Yahoo Japan. The alarm buzzed but I paid no heed, until I woke up to find what the alarm was for: I had missed the end time for a MIB Generation 2 ATB Megatron on Yahoo Japan!

If I were ever to get a decent price on this guy, snagging it under the radar from Yahoo Japan was my chance, but I had missed it! I rushed to my fancy new laptop and checked the auction as my heart sank. The auction had indeed ended. I scrolled down and my grief dissipated. The end price was 332,300 Yen! That’s over $3500 USD! Now I don’t feel so bad for missing the bid because there was no way I was bidding that high!

I will probably never add this special piece to my Starscream collection, for even this Collecticon has his limits. Congrats to whomever was the lucky buyer though!

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Botcon 2010 G2 Breakdown in the wild

Botcon 2010 G2 Breakdown in the wild

As The Joker once said, "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" - Photo courtesy of Deceptigtar

The Juice is Loose!

Botcon has been pulling auctions for any pre-release Botcon 2010 figures this year. This has become a pretty common occurrence and keeps the lid tightly sealed on just what we will be seeing at the convention this year. However, this has left plenty of room for speculation…

Amidst the Botcon crew’s best efforst, these valuable little plastic guys still get out into the wild. With stuff appearing on Taobao now, language barriers are going to be keeping figures that shouldn’t be available hot on the market.