I Sold My Transformers DVDs

For a good reason that is. 🙂 Late last week a new boxed set was announced for the Transformers G1 cartoon series on DVD. After some quick thinking I decided to go ahead and preorder. I had the previously released sets that came out during 2002-2003 and bought them when they first came out. Those sets have been long out of print and shot up in value over the years. After I pre ordered the new set I put my old ones on ebay and they actually sold for the same price as this new set, so I am pretty much breaking even.

There were a few problems with the older set that is supposed to be fixed in this set. On the old sets they used the 35mm masters for the episodes because the original broadcast masters were damaged. This resulted in many more animation errors than there were on the original broadcast versions. This new set they have supposedly corrected these errors bringing them back up to how they originally aired on T.V. The other problem with the old sets is the company that released them added a 5.1 surround sound track and added extra sound fx that did not exist on the original episodes. They did have the option of a 2.0 stereo track which was supposed to have the original audio, but some of the dvds they goofed on and the 2.0 track still had the extra sounds. These new DVDs are now supposed to just have the original unaltered audio.

The boxed set runs $140 which is on par with what I paid originally for the separate boxed sets and it is I believe an online exclusive. Starting this summer though individual season sets will also become available, so that is good for fans who don’t want to spend that much in one shot. This will make the 3rd set of the series that I have owned. The first was back in the 90s when I bought some recorded VHS tapes from a member on an old usenet board before there were any official released, then the set I just sold, and now this new set. Below is an ad for the new set and the official website to preorder is http://transformerscollectorsset.com/ which shows an 3D flash animation of how the set opens up.


Soundwave Update

The tfcc website just updated saying that Soundwave will be version that holds one tape which closer represents the original Soundwave release. I think this is a good move and now makes the figure different from the previous Toys R Us release. It just looks like Hasbro used that previous release to get the pictures out there. Here is an updated pic showing how the tape door looks on this version.


Another Soundwave Reissue

It was just announced that Soundwave will be reissued as an exclusive this year at San Diego Comic Con. He will also included not 1, but 4 cassettes! This definitely makes it the ultimate Soundwave reissue. All the cassettes have been reissued before with the exception of Ratbat who is also going to be reissued this summer in a cassette pack by Takara. This reissue is going to cost $49.99 at the convention and will probably show up at hasbrotoyshop.com after the con like years past. The price is pretty good considering that it costs about that same price just to get 4 of the reissued cassettes from Japan.

This makes the 5th reissue of Soundwave between the U.S. and Japan. I have 3 of these 5, but I just might have to bite on this one too. Soundwave is probably my next favorite Transformer next to Optimus Prime. I am interested to see what kind of packaging Hasbro comes up with the 25th anniversary and all this year. Here are the releases and what they came with in order of release:

TFC Soundwave (original door, Laserbeak) Japan
TFC Soundblaster (Black decko and red door, Door fits two cassettes, Buzzsaw, Ravage) Japan
TRU Soundwave (Door fits two cassettes, Laserbeak, Ravage) U.S.
Encore Soundwave (original door, Laserbeak) Japan
SDCC Soundwave (original door, Laserbeak, Buzzsaw, Ravage, Ratbat) U.S.

Masterpiece Grimlock

Takara really knows how to make these Masterpiece Transformers. Recently they released Masterpiece Grimlock in Japan. It looks like another well done figure with lots of really cool features. A few of the gimmicks that I have seen include: you can change eye color from blue to red, a light in his hand makes his sword light up, and moving his tail make his head move in dino mode. These Masterpiece figures are unfortunately quite expensive and Grimlock is no exception. Most import stores are charging $150 for this bad boy. All the others have run around $100 imported. Luckily for me, Hasbro has released most of these in the U.S. as well, so the only Japanese one I have is Megatron since I know there was never a chance of that one coming to the U.S. The Hasbro imports are usually half the cost running around $50 and even at that price it takes me a while before I bite the bullet. However, because of that I have missed quite a few. Takara reissued the prime version in White as Ultra Magnus, Starscream was also recolored for Skywarp and Thundercrack, and they also came out with an ultimate Prime that even included a huge trailer. Hopefully we’ll get Grimlock here sometime. It will probably end up as an exclusive like Starscream who was a Wal-Mart exclusive and even then I only ever saw it at one Wal-Mart.

Here are some pics a member on tfw2005.com took of the figure and last is a group shot of the figures I own.