Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sound Blasted: One More Time Just For The Hell Of It. (Transformers)

I will always be a Soundwave fan. There's too much in the toy that's cool to ever turn me away from it. But I don't own one these days. And until this week I didn't have his resurrected form in my collection either. I sold my last Soundblaster off 15 years ago. At the time I was thinning out my Transformers collection and re-issues were coming fast and furious. Because I like the toys and don't care about the value I figured I would give up the original G1 toy in favor of a re-issue later on. I seriously didn't believe it would take this long to get one.
Takara Transformers トランスフォーマー Soundblaster Soundwave タカラ 1984 80's Japanese Robots Microman
Soundblaster re-issues are not rare, they're not hard to get at all. I'm just not willing and at times unable to pay very much for things. So when I managed to pick up a Takara "book box" Soundblaster at auction for under $10 I was pretty happy. Add on fees, shipping in Japan and to the States and the cost came out to about $37. The box was beat to hell, but was still sealed with the contents totally mint.
Takara Transformers トランスフォーマー Soundblaster Soundwave タカラ 1984 80's Japanese Robots Microman
The box was in such bad shape that I have already thrown in out. There was a second where I thought to maybe see if anybody wanted it, but I figured with the damage it wouldn't be worth the cost of shipping. It's a shame because the file pages inside these boxes are amazing. This re-issue of Soundblaster isn't exactly the one I wanted, but cost ultimately made it the one I'd get. The set comes with Buzzsaw and Ravage. If I see the one with the newer cassettes, Wingthing and Enemy  I may spring for it if it's under $50.
Takara Transformers トランスフォーマー Soundblaster Soundwave タカラ 1984 80's Japanese Robots Microman
More than just a simple repaint to get new product out, Soundblaster had a cool intro into the Transformers Headmasters series. Soundwave had his final death match with Broadcast/Blaster and falling to his death, his cassette minions took to working a new revitalized body for him to be re-born in. A huge contrast to Blaster's useless cassettes who sat around dejected and crying about his death. But even without a story, the toy would stand on it's own as an awesome piece. It does as Soundwave, and of course as CassetteMan the original Microman toy. Speaking of Microman, I need to grab a few of them out of storage and throw them into the mix for a few photos as well.



1984 80's action figures Japanese Robots Microman Takara Transformers トランスフォーマー タカラ

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