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Complete Transformers Generation One Set on ebay

CmdrTaco posted more than 13 years ago | from the back-in-the-day dept.

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doogles writes "I ran across quite a blast from the past today on ebay. A complete Transformers: Generation One set is for sale on ebay starting at $10,000 although at this time there are no bids." I was never allowed to have transformers as a kid. I had go-bots (a cheap knockoff if I've ever seen one). My friends had Optimus Prime, Starscream, and the rest. God I loved all those things. The show was allright, but those toys are a huge part of my childhood. Course the other interesting thing is how over the years the sets grew, and got... well, silly. But that first year... wow.

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Re:Nostalgia is expensive... (1)

Kenshin (43036) | more than 13 years ago | (#480774)

You let your mom get her hands on your stuff?
If my mom tried to get rid of my stuff, I'd figure it out and reclaim before she could do so :)

Everything I've lost is because either I lost it, it was stolen, or a friend didn't give it back.

Of course, I only got a few transformer toys when I was a kid...

hardest to transform (1)

c0d3r (156687) | more than 13 years ago | (#480775)

my favorite and first was the original megatron.. probably the hardest transformer to undo and redo. it was a hand gun and it could be transformed into multiple things.. wish i could get just that one.. mb

Wow.... (2)

Rahga (13479) | more than 13 years ago | (#480778)

Stuff like this doesn't happen often. Transformers rock....

Anyway, my dad tried to get me away from Transformers when I was 8 by giving me $10 bucks and going to an overpriced toy store. I coulda gone home with a go-bot or saved my money for a transformer next month. I saved my money. ;)

Eventually I grew out of them and went back to legos. Recently, went to go see "Transformers The Movie"... Now everytime I hear about transformers I am reminded about the retarded junkbots doing that ridiculous victory dance. Whatever happened to the turbo-tounged VA anyway?

Aaaak! They're all *OPENED* (3)

fishbowl (7759) | more than 13 years ago | (#480788)

The privilege of asking a ridiculous price for action figures is supposed to be reserved strictly for those who keep the toys in the
original sealed package! What's next, Beanies
with the ear tags ripped off?

Re:I'm impressed.... (1)

jayhawk88 (160512) | more than 13 years ago | (#480793)

Yup, his name is JetFire, I believe. IIRC, the model was originally made for some sort of Robotech toy line, and was modified for Transformers. Without a doubt the coolest Transformer ever.

Re:Transformers movie & Weird Al (1)

pmcneill (146350) | more than 13 years ago | (#480796)

It's during on of the battle scenes on the Planet of Junk. They actually used the real version during that scene (lyrics and everything), while they used an instrumental version of it during another.

Re:Transformers forged the first programmers.... (1)

bluelip (123578) | more than 13 years ago | (#480800)

Nah, I'd say that transformers corrupted our youth if the previous author is correct. We were all set and fine until OOP came around. :)

Don't get you panties in a bunch, it's a joke.

Yes... (2)

Gendou (234091) | more than 13 years ago | (#480801)

It's played on the junkbot planet. I think that song is the perfect theme for this auction.

The seller could put an mp3 of the song "Dare To Be Stupid" playing in the background as you try to decide whether or not to bid $10,000 for some junk.

Re:Transformers forged the first programmers.... (2)

SquadBoy (167263) | more than 13 years ago | (#480802)

I have a nephew now who has a set of MindStorms and the O'Reilly book (His Dad gave him the MindStorms I gave him the book). This kid is going to rock the world. It is still possible you just have to choose wisely.

Transformers (4)

The_Messenger (110966) | more than 13 years ago | (#480805)

I remember there were several Transformer "sets" which you combine to make a bigger robot. (A Voltron knock-off, of course.) Those were great because once you had bought one, you felt obligated to buy the rest.

The original set was cool. I always wanted the Megatron that transformed into a life-sized gun. That would never have made it past the PR department these days.

I remember one i had that transformed into a boombox. He had "cassettes" which transformed into small animal robots. I can't remember his name, though.

I remember on Christmas I got a really, really awesome Transformer who turned into a white metal jet. Man, he was cool. An I remember how there was something wrong with him, so we had to return him, but they didn't have any more (being right after Christmas and all) so I got some truck dude who was Optimus Prime's cousin or something.

I remember the occasional toy that would be really "stiff"; the joints would be very difficult to move. They tended to stay in one form most of the time.

I remember making the obligatory "chi-choo-choo-choo-choo-chi" sound as I transformed these toys.

I remember seeing the Transformers movie with my mom.

I thought it was cool when, a couple years ago, my little brother started getting into "Beastwars", which, as you may not know, is a descendant of the original show/merchandising empire. Personally I don't think they're as cool as the originals, but hey, they're still Transformers.

I remember seeing the original TV show somewhere a few months ago and being astounded at how awful the animation and voices are. This happens whenever I see one of the cartoons of my early years, such as Thundercats and He-man. What was that cartoon with the metal cyborg people with wings? Silverhawks? Oh well, I forget. These days I watch a lot of Japanese animation (although I don't subscribe to CmdrTaco's "anime newbie cheerleading club" here on /.) and it's amazing to compare even kids cartoons from Nihon with the crap kids watch today. Your parents may have though the cartoons you watched were trash... well, most modern cartoons really are. The few imported anime shows don't help much... I'm always amazed at the awful English dubbing. American TV people seem to think that because a show is animated, it should have cheesy "kiddy" voices. Dubs always seem stupid and immature. That's why I actually hope the American TV industry halts its current "anime is hip and cool, kids like it, so do we" before they fuck up too many series. I've heard that Rurouni Kenshin is going to be shown, dubbed, on Cartoon Network... God help us all. Maybe I should kill myself now?

Anyway, I think this story is like most of Slashdot's stories over the past six months (mostly stupid and irrelevant), but thanks for the memories anyway. Transformers were a big part of my life too.

All generalizations are false.

Re:Transformers movie & Weird Al (1)

kylearin (50969) | more than 13 years ago | (#480807)

It's the lyrics, too. Yes, it's a little odd to have that during a battle scene...

A new type of religous war within the geeks? (2)

bluelip (123578) | more than 13 years ago | (#480818)

vi? emacs?

gijoe vs transformers vs gem (for our female geeks)

This was on a few days ago. (1)

derf77 (265283) | more than 13 years ago | (#480820)

It's old news..

Woah! (1)

NetJunkie (56134) | more than 13 years ago | (#480821)

I was a HUGE fan of the original transformers. Wish I could buy this set. I've looked at what they call Transformers now and they are terrible! Cheap plastic... terrible transformations.... terrible shame.

Gobots came first! (4)

Chacham (981) | more than 13 years ago | (#480823)

Gobots may have been cheap, but IIRC, Transformers were a rip-off of Gobots. A good rip-off, but a rip-off.

ticks = jiffies;
while (ticks == jiffies);
ticks = jiffies;

My Autobots (1)

graystar (223824) | more than 13 years ago | (#480824)

I had optimus prime. Do you remember the little buggy that sat in the trailer? You pressed a lever near the tow line and it fired out the back. The other one I had was Sunseeker. This was a yellow convertible, i think it was a lamborghini - not sure. Any ideas??? How cool were the tapes that the deceptacons had?

Re:Transformers movie & Weird Al (1)

Stitchley (57917) | more than 13 years ago | (#480825)

The music (with lyrics) plays during the Autobots' battle alongside the Junktacons against the Decepticons on the planet Junk. Or maybe it was the Autobots against the Junktacons before they all became friends. Either way, Wreck Gar was a badass.

Having collectors for parents helps (1)

sparcv9 (253182) | more than 13 years ago | (#480826)

My Dad collects old Howdy Doody stuff from his childhood, my Mom digs dolls and clowns. As a result, all of those toys from my childhood are still packed away in boxes in my parents' attic -- Transformers, GI Joe, He-Man, Legos, Construx, Robotix, Capsela, etc. They'll all be there waiting for me when I want to wax nostalgic over them. (That is, if they don't run out of room for their stuff and pitch mine...)

Well, except for the Skyfire Tansformer. You know, the one they ripped off from the Robotech Veritech Fighters? He's currently sitting on a shelf in my cubicle, repainted in the black and white colour scheme of the Veritech Fighter Jet. Who cares if it destroys the value? He looks badass with that skull&crossbones on the cockpit window.

Re:Nostalgia is expensive... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#480827)

Heh, I think we all only got a few of any toy compared to other kids :)

Really, I remember my mom taking my X-Wing fighter and making me give it to good will just because it was missing the canopy, and the four blasters (I would use them as rockets also so they disappeared) and I think the landing gear at the nose.

I still miss it *sniff*

Re:Transformers movie & Weird Al (1)

tonyt (115436) | more than 13 years ago | (#480828)

this is 100% true. if you haven't seen the transformers movie do yourself a favor and see it. it is great.

Re:Woah! (4)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480829)

Just FYI, they're re-releasing a bunch of the most popular original Transformers, and some new (and very very good) designs under the moniker Transformers 2000. has them, along with just about every other Japanese toy retailer on the net. Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus (the Optimus cab with the car-carrier trailer), and a couple very nice new cars are available today, along with Fortress Maximus (which is the ungodly huge one you see in those pictures). I also have in my pocket the reserve slip for the original Megatron, due for release in June. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl when I found out about that.

Used to have those... (1)

KickUinDaNuts (309416) | more than 13 years ago | (#480830)

Yup. The whole set. Then we sold them in a yard sale. Bad move...

Re:This annoys me... (1)

tethal91 (263165) | more than 13 years ago | (#480855)

There is a small industry built around repairing old transformers. And, in Japan they apparently have started making old school type Transformers, including some of the originals just like they were way back when. And, I have to add the C64 as one of the damn coolest toys from that era...there were so MANY games... man...those were the days

Re:Transformers are great and all... (1)

AlbanySux (248858) | more than 13 years ago | (#480856)

are you kidding me?!? i agree that paying $1000 for a PSX2 is nuts because if you wait a while they will be available for the normal price. but these transformers are a part of many peoples childhood. i would pay $1000 for those pieces of platic because it is worth it. $10,000 is high, but if i had $1000 around i would buy them, they cost more then that new back in the day anyway.. and if you had faith in our species before you had some real denial problems...

Re:Transformers are great and all... (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480857)

They're also some brilliant engineering. First time I saw Starscream do his thing, I knew that I wanted to be an engineer when I grew up. I'm still working on the growing up part...but I still love my Transformers.

Think about it this's far less weird than that sled that dude in Citizen Kane wanted...: )

And, if you compare the price to what these things are going for one-off on ebay, it's a bargain. I predict he's going to see the high side of $25k for the set.

Re:Wow...First Grade (2)

antdude (79039) | more than 13 years ago | (#480858)

Dang, I was in 2nd grade or so. I remembered my mother buying the Optimus Prime one for me and more for her friends' (so the parents wouldn't have to go hunting to buy them). I remembered how hard it was to get. I don't think it was bad as getting a Playstation 2 though.

Now, I don't remember what happened to my Transformers (didn't have all them). I also had Voltrons (lions one) :). I believe they both went "adios" in a garage sale. DOH!

Ahh, the good old days! :)

How I *HATED* those things... (Warning: RANT) (1)

Saurentine (9540) | more than 13 years ago | (#480859)

Maybe it's just me, but I hated Transformer, with a burning passion. Maybe it's because they were the first cartoons designed from the beginning as a marketing tool. Or maybe it's because they just didn't make any sense. You expect to suspend your belief watching a cartoon, but WTF was turning into a truck and back all about??? How stupid did those Japanese marketers and animators think American kids were back then? I only wish we hadn't proven them so right.

Count me out. This is just another foolish $10K I won't be spending.

Re:Gobots came first! (4)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480885)

Gobots were first in the US by a few months, but both had been selling in Japan for the better part of a year. I remember getting the vehicle that would become Trailblazer about five months before Transformers hit US shelves. If I'd only known what I'd had...I'd a kept the box. : )

Trip down memory lane (1)

SnapperHead (178050) | more than 13 years ago | (#480886)

God, I want it!! I remeber walking down the boardwalk in Seaside, NJ and Pt Pleasent, NJ and dumping all of my money into try to win the full set of them ... That and voltron ...

I used to live next door to a kid whos parents bought in every single one of these things. There wasn't anything he didn't have. The worst part about it, hes still has them to this day. (Or at least, I think he does :)

BTW: There NOTHING wrong with gobots. They where kind of cool too.Mp>
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Re:kids these days (3)

Alatar (227876) | more than 13 years ago | (#480887)

Funny, I thought G.I. Joe was a foot-tall doll, not a series of miniature men dreamed up to be promoted by a television show to gullible kids who will buy anything that's on the air (beginning to sound like Pokemon yet?)

I bet, 10 years from now, there's some kid all "Dude, when I was a kid, my Vulvasaur kicked ass all over these lame-ass intelligent robot dogs like those kids have today..."

Re:You have it backwards (1)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 13 years ago | (#480888)

I remember the Transformers: Beastwars cartoon ran on Cartoon Network for about two weeks. Anyway, aside from the cartoon, I've heard that the Beastwars line is a big success. The original Transformers fans can't stand them but plenty of kids are buying them. I don't think any of todays action figures etc. will be as worth as much as the first generation Transformers. Most are much cheaper made and there are so many different lines of action figures that it is hard for them to be memorable. On top of that, they quit making metal lunch boxes. *sigh*

"Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto"
(I am a man: nothing human is alien to me)

Re:Even girls dig Optimus Prime (1)

gonzocanuck (44989) | more than 13 years ago | (#480889)

:-) I loved the old ones...I had Ravage and Thunder-something (little red guy). We also had assorted parents never liked toys with guns (sigh). So instead we played with our friends...oh man! Sean Pasternak, if you're out there I bet you're weeping...I'm pretty sure he and his cousin Shawn had them all :-)


Transformers were the coolest (1)

Faizdog (243703) | more than 13 years ago | (#480890)

Transformers, Lego, and G I Joe that's what my life as a kid was about. I looked at that auction and my heart almost bled 'cause I really, really want that! Too bad I'm only in college right now, maybe in 15 years...? Those toys really helped my mind expand, ah the games I played with them! Never, ever followed the instructions on the back of the Lego box, always made up my own designs!

I still play with my Lego and G I joes sometimes. God those toys were awesome!

Umm, $10,000? (2)

smoondog (85133) | more than 13 years ago | (#480891)

Looking back at all the posts, not one person has pointed out how miserably overpriced $10,000 is. Come on! I remember a couple of weeks ago there was a /.'ed video game collection of an unbelievable amount of games and that was only going for $20K, or so.

This guy loves his 'bots, but anyone who would pay that much for them is silly. This guy isn't the only person out there with this collection.


If you wanna make real money on ebay: (2)

Rahga (13479) | more than 13 years ago | (#480892)

Sell "rare" Dragonball Z product imports and "rare" Pokemon imports on ebay. Pretty cheap and easy to find... One I found japanese pokemon cards at my local HEB.

Safety concerns? Piffle! (1)

zoomba (227393) | more than 13 years ago | (#480893)

Oh wow did that auction bring back memories... I used to have a ton of transformers, though where they went to is a mystery. I even had Fortress Maximus (that REALLY tall autobot in the 87 set), man that was cool, a transformer comparable to my own height! Transformers and Legos were the toys I grew up with. I can't believe the crap they put out now and call "toys"... these little plastic things that you can't even cut your hand open with! I mean what's the fun in that?! I remember cutting my feet and hands open all the time stepping on scattered transformers or trying to force some part to move... this worked because they were made out of metal, real sturdy stuff.

I say we bring back toys that could inflict serious damage! Get Darwin back in children's lives!

It's all about survival of the fittest! The kid who swallowed too many marbles never made it to reproduce.


Pricey! (2)

NetJunkie (56134) | more than 13 years ago | (#480894)

Those are nice...but a bit pricey... Wish they'd just rerelease them in the US for a more reasonable price.

Re:Woah! (1)

deathscythe257 (309424) | more than 13 years ago | (#480895)

I agree, Transformers today suck. I mean, really, have you watched the show? It's horrible. I've got nearly all the episodes of the original series on tape and i would love to have that set. "Brains for dinner, Brains for lunch, Brains for breakfast, Brains for brunch, Brains are all we ever eat, Why can't we have some guts!!!? -The Misfits

JETFIRE == Robotech Valkyrie (1)

HaeMaker (221642) | more than 13 years ago | (#480896)

I remember being a big Robotech fan, but a so-so Transformers fan. I rememeber that JETFIRE was a somewhat lame charater and poorly drawn. When I saw the JETFIRE toy in the toystore, however, I was shocked and exited. It was really a Robotech Valkyrie! In fact, it looked nothing like JETFIRE. I remember the documentation showed how to transform it. Plane to robot (Figheter to Battloid) it also described an "alternate tranformation"... which turned our to be guardian mode (a plane with arms and legs). Too bad the arms kept falling off...

Re:Whatever ... Those transformers are old-school (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 13 years ago | (#480897)

Hopefully, speaking as a VW fan, they'll update the Bumblebee/Goldbug. I'd like to see some well-done Volkswagens -- maybe even a white four-door Golf like mine! -- in this line. I collect space shuttles (see my other comment in this thread based on that) and am considering a Goldbug for my VW minis. But updated ones would be sweet. Maybe a lowered GTI with a nice body kit would be suitable for adaptation to the Car Robots.

Re:How I *HATED* those things... (Warning: RANT) (2)

Saurentine (9540) | more than 13 years ago | (#480898)

I see /. ModCops found something they disagree with. Marked as a troll in under a minute.

Dissention from the collective childhood warm-fuzzy remeniscence earns a "Troll" rating?

When I was a child, I was perceptive enough to see the inflection point where cartoons changed from entertainment tools to marketing tools. Seeing this disgusted me... Seeing a crowd of people who otherwise have excellent ability to see through marketing BS get lulled back into this stuff is really scary.

Does everyone in our society have a marketing button that can be pressed, or am I fooling myself thinking that vigilant people can make purely rational purchase decisions?

I still hate the friggin things.

Re:This annoys me... (2)

mr_gerbik (122036) | more than 13 years ago | (#480899)

That is a shame.. If you had taken better care of them you could have put them on sale for $9500 on Ebay and watch no one buy them.


Sissy, meaningless toys (2)

eclectro (227083) | more than 13 years ago | (#480925)

When you were being conceived in a fit of passion by your parents I was building WORKING radios and transmitters from scratch, and collecting parts/gears to build WORKING robots. That's a real nerd's childhood, not pansy toys that have no functionality to them.

Re:Woah! (2)

IceFox (18179) | more than 13 years ago | (#480926)

Granted the current American transformers (Beast Wars) are really bad I agree. Over in japan there is a new series called Car Transformers or as they have been dubed here transformers 2000. I special ordered a large number of them and had them sent to me here. They look like the origianl transformers in the good looking cars trucks, and trains. But When you transformer them it isn't as simple as flip them up on there back, they are MUCH much better in that regard. Heck it took me a good 20 minutes to figure one of them out the first time. I give them praise for that. Oh and for all you that love merge groups the train set is a just such a set. Lets hope that they bring it to america. You can find the vcd's of the episodes on e-bay.

To Top it off they have re-released a number of transformers. Optimus Prime, Ultra magnus, Hot Rod, and a repaint of Fort Max the transformer that is over 2 feet tall. Megatron will be re-released in June for all you that want him (me oh me!).

Oh and for those that don't know tranformers The Movie DVD was recently put out and you can grab it on amazon or your favorite place to grab those sort of things.

Re:This annoys me... (1)

NonSequor (230139) | more than 13 years ago | (#480927)

At one period in our childhood a friend of mine and I would destroy action figures in various creative ways. He realized later that some of the action figures we destroyed were worth some money.

"Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto"
(I am a man: nothing human is alien to me)

Re:I still remember the original megatron (2)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480928)

Don't have to get him on ebay. He's being reissued. You can pre-order him (and buy a bunch of the other TF2000 series, some are reissues, some I've never seen before, most are freakin' amazing) here. []

Memories (1)

shooter (81068) | more than 13 years ago | (#480929)

Nearly brings a tear to the eye to see the little cassets again. Those were the only ones I had but they were awsome. I always liked the Decepticons better because they could fly and the little ones were no exception. Wow.

Whatever ... Those transformers are old-school ... (2)

SuperRob (31516) | more than 13 years ago | (#480930)

Now THESE [] Transformers, the new Car Robots series from Takara in Japan, are SWEET. Word is, Hasbro is bringing them to America.

Re:A new type of religous war within the geeks? (2)

0xdeadbeef (28836) | more than 13 years ago | (#480931)

Choose between Transformers and G.I. Joe? You're kidding right? They both rule!

Don't forget the Care Bears. Hey, stop laughing, Care Bears rocked, ok? They had a cloud car, they had a cloud castle, and they could kick GEM's ass with that Care Bear Stare (and leave her all warm and fuzzy inside).

Bush's assertion: there ought to be limits to freedom

Re:hardest to transform (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480932)

Asked and answered. You can preorder here [] for delivery in June. Scroll down to find him.

Looking for Transformers info (1)

512k (125874) | more than 13 years ago | (#480933)

like a lot of people here, I had Transformers when I was younger. I watched the cartoon regularly, (much to the disapointment of my parrents, who prefered that I watch sesame st.) Anyway, does anyone have a link to a site with a complete transformers biography. Ideally it would have the name of each transformer, what it changed into, and a little bit about it's personality (as portrayed on the TV show)

Transformers were OK, but STOMPER 4x4 rulez!! (1)

-tji (139690) | more than 13 years ago | (#480934)

I was also not fortunate enough to have the Transformer toys (I think they overlapped with the Star Wars action figures, so I always chose Luke & Yoda over robo-XXX). But, the ultimate toy from this generation is the Stomper 4x4. These little plastic beauties had big rubber or foam wheels, a two gear transmission (if I remember correctly), and a whoop-ass monster truck plastic shell. There have been several attempts to revive the Stomper line for later generations, but apparently they have all failed. Looking through Toys R' Us today, it seems that every car needs 8 buttons with various annoying sound effects & voice clips.

What would B.A. Baracus do? (1)

technos (73414) | more than 13 years ago | (#480935)

[clears his throat]

I pity, I say I pity da fool than don't like the A-Team. You're crazier than Murdoch, fool. Now get out my face.

Thank you.

Re:Nostalgia is expensive... (2)

Restil (31903) | more than 13 years ago | (#480936)

I hear you about the starwars figures. I collected Transformers too, but I never had THAT many of them. Probably 10-15 total. I eventually sold all of them in a garage sale for a few bucks.

The starwars figures however I never got rid of. I remember the days of collecting them. It was 1983-84 when I started collecting them in bulk, not for collecting them per sae, but so I could play with them. :) I was about 10 at the time and I longed for the weekly trip to K-Mart so I could plop down about $2.50 for another action figure. That was about what I could accumulate during the week, but thats all I ever spent my money on (if I couldn't find any arcade games that is :)

I managed to collect about 90% of the action figures, and a decent number of the ships. While I don't have the original packaging for most of it, and over the years bits and pieces have disappeared, I still have most of the collection. I suppose the only reason I kept all of them was because at the time I had spent my own hard earned money on them. I certainly recieved a few of them as gifts, but for the most part they came out of my own pocket.

For this reason alone, I never had the heart to sell them or give them away, even though it was tempting at times. I know at one time I sat down and tried to figure out exactly how much money I had spent on action figures over time, and the total came up to something like $300 for all the figures and ships. That was a HUGE amount of money to me at the time, and I was almost stunned by it. No way I was gonna sell these off for a few bucks in a garage sale. :)

Of course, right now they're collecting dust out in my garage. Since I don't have the original packaging, and they're in far but mint condition, I can't see myself ever offering them up to some crazed bidder who simply can't live without them. I'm just going to hold on to them as memories of my childhood. I never kept most of the toys I had over the years, so it would be nice to have SOMETHING to look at 40 years from now.


Re:OT - Moderate /.'s Choice of Articles (1)

BlueJay465 (216717) | more than 13 years ago | (#480937)

Sounds like an excellent idea! It makes a lot more sense to let people use their mod points for articles as well as comments.

At least then we don't have to hear CmdrTaco's editorials bitching about things that don't matter to him, but do to the rest of the world. Like MSFT going down yesterday (read: news for nerds, stuff that matters).

Childhood Transformers Parody (1)

cloudscout (104011) | more than 13 years ago | (#480938)

This is stupid, but no more so than several dozen other posts here so what the hell...

I remember my friends and I in 4th grade trying to come up with different words for the Transformers theme. The result incorporated the names of characters from several other cartoons popular at the time. This has haunted me ever since:

The Transformers, friends of Rainbow Bright.
Little Orko, can't do nothin' right.
Scooby-doo raids the refrigerator
Starves to death the forces of G.I. Joe!

(I'm going to regret posting this)

Re:Transformers (1)

frknfrk (127417) | more than 13 years ago | (#480939)

The Autobot tape deck was Blaster. The Decepticon tape deck was Shockwave. I loved his filtered-out voice! Not all the tapes were animals though, remember Rumble? He was that little Decepticon tape guy whose armed were big pistons and caused like earthquakes, etc. I still like remembering their voices, and hearing Optimus Prime's on Movie trailers really weirds me out :) I've been trying to rent the Transformers the Movie DVD (it came out recently) but it is consistenly out of stock. And Optimus Prime's little cousin-truck-dude, you mean Rodumus Prime? I know they were related, I can't remember how. It's really sad I can remember this much as it is... ... frknfrk!

Re:OT - Moderate /.'s Choice of Articles (1)

Hemos (2) | more than 13 years ago | (#480940)

There's a really easy answer to that: Code it.

Download Bender, and put it in. If it's down well, more power to you.

And please don't insult me by thinking I get some sort of kickback from frickin' eBay.

Re:Buy 'em Taco! (2)

geomcbay (263540) | more than 13 years ago | (#480941)

Considering the current level of VA Linux stock, CmdrTaco might be able to pay the $10,000 but he'd have to bow out when someone else raises it to $10,050

Doh (1)

dthable (163749) | more than 13 years ago | (#480942)

If I only kept my transformers and voltron toys as a kid....

Nostalgia is expensive... (2)

nothng (147342) | more than 13 years ago | (#480943)

yup that's right Nostalgia is expensive... I bet at least 50% of us who are male, grew up in the US and were born before 1981 upon seeing this thought depressingly to ourselves "I told mom not to give those to good will, along with my GIJOE's and StarWars Action figures..."

If in need of a good guilt trip (to get extra money for beer-um i mean college) be sure you email that url to your mom :)

I still remember the original megatron (5)

11thangel (103409) | more than 13 years ago | (#480945)

The thing that transforms from a bot into a handgun that looks so real you could hold up a seven eleven and steal the rest of the transformers off the shelf. The cost of megatron and the small fine for robbery is probably cheaper than it'll be to get them off ebay =)

I'm impressed.... (1)

JudgePagLIVR (145069) | more than 13 years ago | (#480946)

that they have the very Robotech-ish jet fighter Transfomer. Those things were awesome, but they fell apart if you looked at them funny

I collected gi-joes myself. Hung them from the ceiling by little shoestring nooses. My little brother thought I was a god, my mom thought I needed therapy. Now my brother thinks I'm a dweeb, and my mom still thinks I need therapy.


"Cheap knockoff" (1)

_Ludwig (86077) | more than 13 years ago | (#480948)

Waitaminute, I thought Transformers were the knockoff. Weren't Go-bots mostly die-cast metal, while Transformers were plastic?

And why were you allowed to have one and not the other? Were Go-bots "less violent" or something?

Me, I always had a problem with the idea that giant space robots would come to Earth and think that morphing themselves into giant space tractor-trailer bristling with laser guns would make them somehow less conspicuous...

I wonder (5)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#480950)

You know, this guy could be that bully who used to beat me up and steal my transformers at school. Maybe he had an agenda larger than small-minded terrorism.

If so, I want Jazz back, damnit.


This annoys me... (2)

Kasreyn (233624) | more than 13 years ago | (#480955)

I have almost every transformer on that list (95% of them) from my childhood... I didn't take too good care of them though, and many are broken. I wish I had treated them better... not that I would EVER sell them!! =P But still, it's a shame they're not in good shape. I also have an almost complete set of the Transformers comic book series, with an extra copy of #1 in mint condition... how sad is THAT?!

Transformers remain next to only Legos, Atari 2600's, and 386 PC's as the best toys of the 80's IMO. Pity they can't make transformers, lego, OR computers the way they used to. ;-)


Even girls dig Optimus Prime (2)

subbiecho (303134) | more than 13 years ago | (#480957)

I had all sorts of Transformers when I was a kid. My fave's were the "Constructacons." Remember? The glow in the dark dump trucks and cranes and bull dozers that transformed? I loved those!
And CmdrTaco.. i woulda shared mine with you. No kid should be without the Transformers! :)

A similar auction some months back went for $12k (1)

Buran (150348) | more than 13 years ago | (#480964)

... not bad. I just bought a Sky Lynx on Ebay (the one in this pic [] and in my space collection image gallery [] ) for my space shuttle collection. It was missing the main engines -- the three big nozzles -- so I bid on two more so I'd get at least one complete one. Now I've got three. I'm happy. :) If that seems excessive ... well... NASA has four!

I'm very impressed with the accuracy, especially for a toy -- before the decals are applied, nearly every tile line, fill/vent port, and contour are scored in. It seems to be based on Challenger, Discovery, and Atlantis but not Enterprise or Columbia (tile patterns different on the latter two.)

The original Generation 1 Transformers are my favorites. The modern ones are a pale shadow.

Re:Pricey! (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480965)

Dude! You don't understand! They're TRANSFORMERS! And I don't have to bid on them only to get outbid by some pathetic little shit with a paper route and too much time on his hands refreshing e-bay like a speed-crazed ferret!

*pant pant*

sorry. Got a bit carried away there.

Brings back memories (1)

Funky Jester (24420) | more than 13 years ago | (#480966)

Wow, impressive.

I always wanted Optimus Prime when I was a kid. I couldn't afford to buy it so I built it out of Lego. With a trailer-truck that opened up and everything!

Too bad; $10K can buy a lot of crap (booze, among other things ;). *sigh*

Let us not forget ... (5)

doogles (103478) | more than 13 years ago | (#480967)

I submitted the story, so obviously I am a huge Transformers fan. Let us not forget other Transformers-related outlets available:

  • Transformers: The Movie [] - Yes, the original with tons of great voice actors--Judd Nelso, Leonard Nimoy, Orson Wells, Robert Stack, Peter Cullen. (and the DVD just came out a few weeks ago!)
  • Transformers MUSHes [] - Roleplay as your favorite Transformers with loads of other people. There's a whole lot more then just these two.
  • Transfans [] - Probably the biggest organized Transformers club
  • Botcon [] - The biggest and best Transformers convention. I went in 95 and 97--great toys, movies, people, and artwork.
Have fun getting your Transformers fix.

Re:OT - Moderate /.'s Choice of Articles (1)

Faizdog (243703) | more than 13 years ago | (#480968)

I dunno about you, but to me and a lotta other people this article means a lot. If you don't like it, just don't read it. Slashdot is read by so many people with a variety of interests.

Re:I'm impressed.... (1)

Cirrius (304487) | more than 13 years ago | (#480969)

Ok I'm not the only one that noticed that. It even has the "in-between" mode where it is a jet with arms to the side and legs beneath, just like in Robotech. I still have this one in a box of old toys, I must have been lucky and gotten a sturdy one because I put it through hell and it is still around, and only missing one sticker.

How cool were (1)

okmar (266773) | more than 13 years ago | (#480970)

Micronauts [] ? The Micropolis Mega City [] was where it was at!


Re:Gobots came first! (2)

Mzilikazi (115009) | more than 13 years ago | (#480971)

I had some of both Gobots and Transformers as a child, and I seem to recall that the Gobots were made out of die cast metal as opposed to the plastic Transformers. Hence, the Gobots were a lot more durable and could be trusted around younger siblings... Grumble grumble lousy kid brother breaking an arm off Optimus Prime... Grumbel grumble...

Re:My Autobots (1)

graystar (223824) | more than 13 years ago | (#480972)

I just checked, it was actually sunstreaker.

Re:Even girls dig Optimus Prime (1)

Tuzanor (125152) | more than 13 years ago | (#480973)

I was never really into transformers that much, but i did have one. it was a transport truck and it's trailer turned into a base while the truck part turned a man. Can anybody tell me which this is or point me to any pics on the net? I loved that one toy, but my parents threw it out when i stopped playing with a lot of my toys, even though i still goofed with it once in awhile.

Oh those sort of transformers .... (2)

taniwha (70410) | more than 13 years ago | (#480974)

my first thought was ..... "cool now I can avoid PacBell and put my office directly on the grid ..."

Morgan... (2)

boinger (4618) | more than 13 years ago | (#480975)

Who the hell is Morgan, and when is she going to meet the elusive "Eye"?

You know, "Transformers...Morgan meets The Eye!"

Nice move (3)

blakestah (91866) | more than 13 years ago | (#480976)

You obviously know how to get good advertising.

kids these days (5)

Kewjoe (307612) | more than 13 years ago | (#480977)

its sad to see kids playing with pokemon.. back when i was a kid.. we had REAL toys.. transformers, gi joes.. none of those wussy pokeshits.. bring back the real toys!!!!!!!!! /rant

Wow...First Grade (2)

waldoj (8229) | more than 13 years ago | (#480978)

Incredible -- I hadn't thought of this stuff for years. I was in first grade when those came out. They put me in fifth grade (if memory serves), because they didn't know what to do with. In the cafeteria, I had to eat with the big kids. They all brought transformers to school. I'd never seen them before, but I was amazed by them. I saw a kid with Optimus Prime, and I decided that I simply had to have one.

And I got one. For Christmas. In fifth grade.

Oh, well, at least my parents tried.

Go-Bots (1)

Starre Childe (156692) | more than 13 years ago | (#480980)

Now I come from a remote area of the country called NoDak, but I seen to remember GoBots comming out before transformers. I remember my nine year old mind calling Transformers a rip off. So does anyone really know the true original?

Transformers movie & Weird Al (2)

carlivar (119811) | more than 13 years ago | (#480982)

I heard somewhere a while ago that Weird Al's song "Dare To Be Stupid" can be found in the Transformers movie. Apparently even during a critical battle scene or something? It's just the music of course, not the lyrics.

Anyone know if this is true? I've always wanted to check it out but haven't gotten around to it.


Re:This annoys me... (3)

Skyshadow (508) | more than 13 years ago | (#480983)

Yeah, but the fun was in *breaking* the damn things.

Consider: How much fun can you have with toys when you're being really, really careful with them? Peeling stickers, chipped plastic, loose joints and collateral damage are par for the course in protecting the world from the Evil Decepticons.


You have it backwards (1)

Kasreyn (233624) | more than 13 years ago | (#480986)

The transformers were, initially, made of quality metal and the transformations were really innovative and overly complex (JUST the way they should have been!), while the Go-Bots were plastic and crude, thus cheaper.

Metal Go-Bots came later, ironically around when the Transformers started going over to cheap crude plastic. Not very long after, the Transformers got pretty weak... but the originals still rule. I even take them out every once in a while and transform them so I won't forget how (in case I need to in an emergency)...


Re:Woah! (1)

nothng (147342) | more than 13 years ago | (#480987)

Every thing these days is cheap and plastic... Yeah, I know that they all light up, beep and run spell check even for 2 year olds, but the good old days of toys are gone,

not that transformers weren't plastic, but they were good stong plactic with some metal in it (joint pins and what not) also have you seen hotwheels now-a-days? They are all PLASTIC!!! I remember when ours were Die Cast Steel. They didn't even rust. We could roller scate on them, throw them at the neighbors mean dog, leave them in the street to get run over, and bury them in our sandboxes for weeks without so much as a scratch.

Transformers forged the first programmers.... (5)

Urban Existentialist (307726) | more than 13 years ago | (#480988)

...of our generation. Along with lego and Mechanno, such toys gave children of the era experience in manipulating objects in an object orientated environment. They could create classes of these objects, but would often skip classes to play with them. Parents of the era would also complain about their childrens skills in garbage collection, as I myself can testify. I learned to use pointers to shift bits of blame for these incidents to my younger siblings.

That is why many children of the era, including me, became such great programmers.

You know exactly what to do-
Your kiss, your fingers on my thigh-

Re:Transformers were OK, but STOMPER 4x4 rulez!! (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480994)

Check out Tamiya's Mini-4wd line. It's a nice little car, a hell of a lot faster than the Stompers, and it's very reasonably priced (well under $10 for the base model). There's quite a scene around these cars...hop up kits and racing leagues abound. I think they're neat cars, but if I had a kid I'd probably get him/her one and let them use the hop-up kits to understand simple mechanical systems. Neat stuff. tm

Re:How I *HATED* those things... (Warning: RANT) (1)

Moofie (22272) | more than 13 years ago | (#480995)

Just because something's marketed doesn't mean it sucks. The cartoon, and the toys, were of very good quality. Just because there were both doesn't mean both were bad. Take a deep breath and contemplate Jetfire's transformation sequence. You'll feel better.

Re:Gobots came first! (2)

Webmonger (24302) | more than 13 years ago | (#480999)

No. The cheezy little transformers like Bumblebee were always just plastic. But the original transformers were metal and plastic, just like the Go-bots.

And hell, the Transformers were somewhat creative. The Go-bots almost always transformed the same way.

Re:Even girls dig Optimus Prime (2)

Teferi (16171) | more than 13 years ago | (#481000)

I had that too! That was one of the innumerable variants on Optimus Prime.
"If ignorance is bliss, may I never be happy.

Re:Gobots came first! (1)

Jagasian (129329) | more than 13 years ago | (#481002)

Dude, lay off. I am not joking at all... Bumblebee was one of my favorite Transformers. For some reason, when I was a kid, I was obsessed with things that were shaped like eggs, especially VW "Bugs".

I would even go as far as to keep bird eggs that I found, which had fallen out of trees. I would keep them near my pillow at night. Any shrinks know what any of those obsessions might have meant? I don't have them anymore.

Transformers aren't dead (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#481003)

Transformers went on in the 90's to become Beast wars which had a decent show with good writing and superior toys with madass articulation the old toys could never have. And more recently became Beast machines which continued the story of Beast wars with a new darker theme and highly phillosophical writing. Toys also cool but it did have soem duds as well. But at least it brought back vehicles with the Vehicons. I'm looking at my ultra jetstorm as we speak. And lets not forget about Car Robots over in japan which I thankfully have seen 24 glorious episodes of online thanks to

Best Transformer and the DVD release of the movie (1)

Jagasian (129329) | more than 13 years ago | (#481004)

Note that the recent DVD release of Transformers the movie is completely uncut (has swear words in it). However, if you want the uncut widescreen version, you will have to import an even more recent (only by a few months) DVD release... and you will probably have to disable region coding to play the imported DVD. Try a Hollywood Plus decoder along with a hack.

Finally, my vote for best transformer has to go to Soundwave. You just can't get anymore loyal than Soundwave. Sure he was a baddie, but his absolute loyalty to his leader is something to respect. Oh, and his voice is the coolest!

Transformers are great and all... (2)

Gendou (234091) | more than 13 years ago | (#481005)

But this is worse than paying insanely high bid amounts for a PSX2. They're pieces of plastic and I don't care how cool they are/were, anyone who'd be willing to pay even a 1/10th of that is simply demonstrating a ridiculous amount of sentimentalism.

I'll lose a great deal of my faith in our species if this guy gets even one bid. I shouldn't hold my breath, I know someone is going to buy into this nonsense.

Manly toys (2)

Gone Jackal (108992) | more than 13 years ago | (#481007)

Cheap knock-offs? Nothing but misplaced childhood penis-envy! The go-bots...those were toys. Solid metal, looked like big blobs of metal vaguely reminiscent of actual vehicles you could use either use to pretend to save the universe from Cy-kill and Cop-tur(ha! you think they'd waste money on the tom-foolery of a marketing department to come up with names!?) or crush your friends skull in with the force of a tiny die-cast sledge hammer; Toys you could defend your village with.

And names? No Optimus-Prime-straight off the hairdryer names for the go-bots, no sir! They were too cool for names: they got assigned a function, and then a number. Leader 1, baby, or Turbo as one of the frillier ones (bet he was a pooftah). Those were the days, crushing those anarcho-communist Renegades for the good of Gobotron!

Nor did they stick around to become a burden on toy society, to be mentioned with shame these days; the go-bots knew when to die off and leave their heroic legend to posterity. bah, humbug.

Alas (1)

tethal91 (263165) | more than 13 years ago | (#481008)

I played with those toys every day when I was a kid; my friends and siblings and I had this huge intricate storyline that spanned like three years. I attribute those days to my development as an aspiring author and webmaster for an upcoming webcomic (that's what the world needs, right? another webcomic? You bet it does). The sad thing was that at the end of that story line, they all died in an apocalypse...I hammered many of them to death and corroded the rest in some toxic mix from my huge chemistry set...I am so kicking myself today. It's depressing to realize that one of the few happy memories (geeks get only so many) from childhood has no tangible manifestation anymore, and that due to my own hand. I'm a lot more careful with my newer toys - pda's are toys, aren't they?

good PR (1)

Shagg (99693) | more than 13 years ago | (#481011)

I wonder if the guy who submitted the article is the one who's auctioning the stuff. Slashdoting your ebay auction would be a hell of a way to get the goods past as many eyes as possible (and therefore a high price too). Not that I'm saying that's a bad thing, just curious. I'm surprised we haven't seen more of these... or maybe we have and the editors just reject the stories.

i would buy these but... (5)

tonyt (115436) | more than 13 years ago | (#481013)

but when i look in my wallet, $10,000 is:


sorry, couldn't resist.
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