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A selection of photos from my recent Japan trip September 2014

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That weird Chibi Girl / card game Optimus poster

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Akihabara Radio Tower Lucky Draw case in the hallway. SERIOUS money in here.

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Sentinel Giant posable Scorponok. This thing is wicked awesome and HUGE!!!

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Akiba Electronics store in Akihabara Lost Age Advanced display

 

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$1000 Takara G1 Scorponok priced at slightly under $1000 at the Shibuya Mandarake

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This little guy came out while I was abroad and he is awesome! It’s like a transformable Revoltech figure.

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The pen is mightier…

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Will anyone buy this amazing and HUGE statue? “Time to find out…”

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Very rare Movie 1 Lucky Draw Protoform Optimus Prime. I believe this is the first photo of one I’ve seen on the net.

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Lucky Draw Protoform Starscream is mine. Thank Japan!

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Worth its weight in gold… literally

I just wanted to drop in after an extended absence to report that I have found a grail in Japan during my trip.  The day after my birthday, I was able to snag this very rare lucky draw movie 1 figure that has eluded me for years since it’s initial release.  Originally one showed up on Ebay by the enigmatic TF seller Hydra.  I did not win the auction since it was purchased outright and it’s burned me ever since!  Now I can happily say it is mine.  A little bit out of my intended price range, but there supposedly only five of these and it was pretty much my birthday present so… justified, I think?

More coming from my Japan trip as soon as I get decent internet!  The struggle is real Collecticons!

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More Knock Off Lucky Draw Seekers

knock-off Lucky Draw chrome seekers from KOtoys.com

It's raining mechs

More Knock-off goodies are heading our way from kotoys.com. This time a revamped Lucky Draw Seeker from the KOLD line will be available in gold and silver. The colors are meant to match the recent Lucky Draw Animated Prime, Megatron, and Bumblebee figures released by TakaraTomy. These are only prototypes of the figures coming out and the run is expected to cap out around 1000 figures. To learn more and see a ton of photos, visit our favorite site KOtoys.com.

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Lucky draw SCF Skywarp PVC still exists!

Lucky Draw PVC SCF Skywarp from Japan

One of only 200 of these ever made

Sometimes I feel like I am nature videographer that has been sitting in a cove for a multitude of hours of end just to catch a glimpse of a rare creature.  Today is one of those days.

Friend excitedly contacted me and sent a link to Ebay.  Low and behold, photographs of an incredibly rare specimen: Takara’s Lucky Draw SCF Skywarp PVC – The rarest of the entire PVC line.

Leave it to Hasbro to completely destroy the luster of this figure by releasing skywarp as a regular pack-in during the Heros of Cybertron line a few years later.  So next time I hear the debate for Botcon Thundercracker being blasphemy, I’ll just bring this up and bring the pain.

The Takara version of Skywarp still demands high prices, as the starting bid of £150 suggests.  Good luck Shane, and godspeed!

For more information on the Lucky Draw prize Skywarp figure, check out this page at My Kool Toyz!

hasbro Heros of Cybertron Skywarp in package

If you want to talk about screwin' the pooch, this is the #1 cross-Pacific screw-job ever!

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Lucky Draw Green Unicron of Light gallery

Transformers Micron Legend Green Unicron of Light

Colored Green because he just reeks of the cash it costs to get him!

Seibertron.com did not disappoint today with the revealed Mystery Gallery which turned out to be Lucky Draw Micron Legend Green Unicron of Light!  This is definitely a unique and rare piece and this gallery will most likely be the only place most will ever see him.

Some Collecticons may remember that Rikkomba was attempting to sell his on Ebay earlier this year.  That particular auction did not end with a buyer, but the initial price tag was £2,499.00.  So when will the next Green Unicron trade hands and how much will it cost?  Like usual, my mantra is “Only time will tell.”

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Lucky Draw Black Micron Legend Megatron sells for 1000 yen

Lucky Draw Micron Legend Black Megatron on Rinkya

So fresh and so green, green.

An exceptionally fun and rare piece traded hands recently on Yahoo Japan. The Lucky Draw Black Micron Legend Megatron was sold this week for 100,000 Japanese Yen. Congrats to the lucky winner and the seller!

With almost 50 bids, there was definitely some heat on this auction.  Just what will we find next?

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Is the Lucky Draw Transformer dead as we know it?

Lucky Draw Animated Optimus Prime promo graphic

I thought they said this was a Lucky Draw

Earlier this year we were treated to the announcement that Lucky Draw Transformers were coming back for TakaraTomy animated.  In fact, there have been more special exclusive items in Takara Tomy’s Animated line than almost any toyline in recent memory.  One of the first announced exclusives expected to become a new Lucky Draw was a gold-chromed edition of Deluxe Animated Optimus Prime.  Fast forward to this week and the figure is about to come to life but with an expected release batch of around 1,000.  Come again?

KOtoys has posted a great gallery of the figure, which also means this rare “Lucky Draw” toy has been leaked from the factory like most other figures in the past 3-4 years.  Put this all together and any seasoned collector will roll their eyes at the notion of this figure fitting into the lucky draw category.

Earlier this Summer, we were warned that the Animated Black Convoy would be of a sort of Lucky Draw status as well, but that turned out to be false.  Prices fell and individual suppliers were easily able to meet the demand for this coveted Black Prime.  Now for one of the first times, an originally advertised lucky draw figure is available on the Black market of Transformers.

KOtoys Lucky Draw Animated Optimus Prime

Who needs luck now?

So what’s the big deal?

Let’s start with what a Lucky Draw toy is.  By definition, Lucky Draw toys are toys that start with a value of zero because they are given away free via a random drawing promotion.  This is a very common practice with magazines or individual toy shops in Japan.  Some collectors fiend over lucky draw toys and will pay prices into the thousands to obtain a figure that only a handful of other humans can possibly ever own.  The point is that since there are usually under 20 of any one particular figure produced, their value is forever stratospheric and can become the cornerstone of any collection.  The Lukcy draw market is small, with the various figures passing from hand to hand of a small Transformer elite (The TF Illuminati I like to call them).

That being said, the problem lies in that the term “Lucky Draw Transformer” equates to two ideals:

1- The figure is given away via random drawing to a limited quantity

2- That limited quantity is incredibly low in order to increase the desirability of the initially zero-value figure.

Transformers Lucky Draw Silver Animated Bumblebee

Hey guys, I'm a real SILVER bug!

This second part of the equation is beginning to wane so much that a new term for these upcoming exclusives needs to be coined.  Perhaps “Non-lucky draw” or “psuedo exclusive”.  The term as it stands is obsolete.  Lucky Draw should only refer to the method by which the figures are released, and a new term would indicate the hyper rarity of the figure.

If this really is the death of the lucky draw Transformer toy as we have known it, I will quietly weep.  I love the fact that there are multi-thousand dollar toys to catch out there.  Part of what makes collecting fun is that fact that not everyone can have everything.  Even without the super-high dollar lucky draw toys, there are still other incredibly difficult-to-obtain figures coming out of Japan all the time.  Just check out all the exclusives announced recently a Chara Hobby.  It’s just maddening. X-P

New Transformer Exclusives

What a scrumptous hard-to-find bunch!

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Gold Classics Starscream parade

Gold KO Classics Starscreams

Aye, me' lucky charms!

Just in case no one happened to see this fabulous display of the second upcoming KOLD release from kotoys.com

I’m off to the Transformers 3 casting call, smell ya later!

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Transformers Classics Blue Bumblebee now on Ebay!

Blue Bumblebee poses with Yellow Bumblebee and Bugbite

Blue Bumblebee returns! Now he is on Ebay!

Low and behold, the mysterious Blue Bumblebee found yesterday has popped up again – this time on the Ebay store of legendary seller Mugen Robo Sanctum.

The price of this piece is likely to reach the $300 range if the auction is indeed true: it is being listed as a TakaraTomy Lucky Draw.  The problem with this type of situation is that information is vary limited.  People could end up spending a boat-load of cash on a figure that is mass produced, or else they can “snag” a very rare item at a somewhat lower price than normal.

This is the type of thing that makes Transformers collecting really fun, that is if you have the cash to play the game.  At least we know this is indeed a legit figure, just look at the copyright stamp below!  Collecticon will follow this auction and let you know what happens.  Photos are from Paranooid’s auction.

Blue Bumblebee Copyright stamp

Copyright 2006 Hasbro, Inc. - Takara 2006 - Made in China

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More KOLD figures on the way?

Knock-off Bootelg Generation 1 Gold Metroplex

We've finally found it, the lost city of gold!!

I came across this image today. This should strike fear and loathing in the bottom of your soul, or else it ought to make you giggle with glee.

This image comes right off the trail of KOtoys.com’s announcement that they will be releasing a run of what they are calling KOLD Optimus Primes (KOLD standing for Knock-Off Lucky Draw).  These are meant to give the average collector the chance of  attaining the essentially unattainable, or at least something close.  The makers of this line of bootleg were courtious enough to make some obvious changes including the removal of the copyright stamp, different sized autobot symbols, and different colors of plastic compared to the $1000 originals.

So what is going on here?  Well that depends on which side of the fence you are on.  If you’ve spent $1000’s on getting legitimate Lucky Draw figures, you might be a bit peeved.  Your exclusivity is gone!  The corner stone of your collection is now readily available to anyone.  This is not necessarily true, since as stated above, there are descernable differences from the real thing.  Is your toy still worth over $1000?  Possibly not though, because even reissues of old toys bring down the value of the originals.  Look at Stepper for instance…

It’s currently unknown by this blogger who made the gold chrome G1 Metroplex, but it is most likely only the first of many to come.  Who wouldn’t want their own city of gold?

KOLD gold chrome classics Optimus Prime

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