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Price check – Unreleased Backtrack sells for $91!

Transformers Movie scout Backtrack Robot Mode

Yo I'm worth my weight in gold!

Wow! I just sold one of my unreleased MISB Transformers movie 1 scouts for $91 on Ebay!

I knew these would be valuable to the right person – that person being someone that wants to own every packaged Movie 1 figure.  Looks like I was the benefactor of an Ebay bidding war which is exactly why I always list my items as auctions and not buy-it-nows.  More about this in the future, but for now I have another auction up for a MISB Decepticon Reverb.  The possibilities are endless!  Good luck to all bidders!

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ATB Megatron and Starscream on Ebay – $5,500

Generation 2 Unreleased ATB Megatron and Starscream

It could be yours for $5,000

With Botcon 2010 revealing their Generation 2 themed boxset over the past few weeks, a lot of focus on Generation 2 figures and lore has been popping up. It really came to a head today when Deceptigtar showed me this auction for the very rare G2 ATB Megatron and Starscream set.

I have been trying to get my hands on one of these for a few years and two of them have slipped through my fingers during that time.  Now we have one publicly listed on Ebay for a whopping $5,500.

I don’t think I need to tell anyone that the price is absolutely ridiculous.  It also brings up a topic I’ve been wanting to cover for the past week or so: what is the most expensive Transformer ever, or even more specifically, is any Transformer worth more than $2000?

My reasonable offer was declined from the seller automatically, so the seller apparently believes his asking price is appropriate.  in the end, he price is set by what someone is willing to pay for it.  So Collecticons, are any of you willing to fork over $5,500 for some plastic parts in a sealed box?

Oh, it’s also nice to see that the seller isn’t expecting to inflate shipping charges on your $5,5000 purchase – it’s only $9 UPS!  HOW THOUGHTFUL!!

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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.