Thursday, December 24, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast - 2015 Christmas Holiday Episode

A thank you to all of our listeners over the past year, and Joe & "M" pull some clips from a few episodes.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, and stay safe so that we can continue to entertain you in 2016! 
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #42 - Intellectual Property, An Oversized Grimlock & 3rd Party Competition

Joe & "M" crack open beers and discuss what nonsense they have had to put up with from stores and selling items.  Do we really need a Oversized KO MP Grimlock? We walk that fine line of Intellectual Property with 3rd Party & KO makers.
All this & more on another entertaining episode of TRANSFORMERS & BEER !

  • Shoutout to a listeners feedback
  • What's new : 
    • Christmas
    • Hallmark G1 Megatron
    • EB Games nonsense
    • "M" has two sales
    • Kijiji rudeness
    • "M's thoughts on the Walking Dead
  • Vintage KO figures
  • Thoughts on Oversized KO MP-08X (King Grimlock) Reximus Prime $159
  • Our thoughts on intellectual property regarding 3d party & KO makers
  • 3A Toys making high-end G1 Transformers
  • Do figures/busts ever retain their value?
  • How 3rd party companies are good for competition
  • Is the Walmart TF Generations Combiner Wars Superior Giftset worth buying
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Friday, December 11, 2015

Blog Changes & The 1-Console Challenge

Yes, I know.

I've been a little lax in my actual Transformer blogging, but I can honestly say that it hasn't been due to lack of trying or laziness.  Rather, it's been due to a variety of factors I think that are more on the positive side.

Ever since I returned to collecting back in 2011, I hit the Transformer scene hard doing my best to make up for lost time and catch up to my numerous years of absence, and for 4 years I did quite well. But, as with all things; time, wisdom, life and money have all played a factor in getting to where I am now.  I have two young children that require attention.  I moved last year and renos kept me busy for a god part of 2015.  I think my OCD in terms of only buying items in a certain condition is only getting worse I fear. eBay prices have become absolutely ridiculous, and along with the exchange rate and shipping charges I've had to become more picky in what I buy online.  My two weekly podcasts, Transformers & Beer and STCPod are fun but time draining. And on top of it all, I've returned to retro gaming.collecting which pulling some of my budget away from my Transformers buying.

As such, I've had to re-evaluate my collecting habits, as well as to how I'll be proceeding with my future postings.  If I will be splitting my purchases, then logically my posts will be reflection of this as well.  Never fear Transformer collectors, this blog started off as a Transformer blog and it will still predominately be one.....just one sprinkled with my video game pick ups whenever they occur.

To pick a single console and only play video games on it for the entire year of 2016. 

I have been called out....

Transformers & Beer Podcast #41 - Canadian Highbrow & Our Masterpiece Ordering From Now On

  • Some video gaming and Walking Dead talk
  • "M" grills Joe with a Transformers Show & Tell
  • Will we be getting Masterpiece Ramjet & out thoughts on it
  • "M" explains why he cancels his Masterpiece Ironhide and Ratchet
  • How we will be picking and choosing our Masterpiece figures from now on
  • Another Transformers Show & Tell

Friday, December 4, 2015

Transformers & Beer #40 - Our 1 Year Anniversary Episode !!

  • We celebrate our 1 year anniversary
  • Why we find it so hard to justify buying carded cassette figures
  • We share some advice if you are thinking of starting a podcast
  • How our show has evolved over the years
  • Transformers Guess & Tell
  • We check out an eBay Countdown figure #172018290043
  • We check out an eBay IGA Blue Cliffjumper #400850491854
  • We check out a KO eBay set #231765931140
  • We reminisce on a past photo shoot : 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #39 - Some Soul Searching & Ruination

  • Show open & what's new
  • "M's" brings us up to date on his watching of The Walking Dead
  • New figure : Super GoBot Psycho
  • Joe's retro game pickups
  • Transformers Show & Tell on "M's" new figure
  • "M" sells one of his G1 Primes on Kijiji with a refreshing outcome
  • "M" answers why he is selling a certain portion of his collection
  • We soul search about some figures to get rid of
  • We discuss  : Combaticons Awareness Week on G2 Bruticus & Ruination

Friday, November 20, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #38 - Crazy eBay Auctions & Getting Dinged

  • What have we been up to?
  • UFC thoughts on Rousey/Holm fight
  • Final outcome of "M's" undeliverable package
  • New Kijiji sales stories
  • We discuss the following latest eBay auctions
    • Korean Oversized G1 Bruticus
    • 1987 Hasbro Portable Radio AM Robot
    • G1 Soundwave & Buzzsaw
    • G1 AFA Pepsi Prime
  • Another great article from Maz on MP Tracks
  • We get destroyed with the exchange rate in a purchase
  • Do we decide to pass on TFCon for 2016?
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #37 - New Purchases & Masterpiece Thoughts

  • "M" finished Wolfenstein : The Old Blood
  • We discuss finding motivation to play certain games
  • Joe gets quizzed on "M's" latest purchase with Transformers Show & Tell
  • Possible buy : Transformers the Movie Soundtrack 12" 2LP
  • MP-11NR Ramjet discussion
  • MP-11T Thundercracker
  • Mp Red Bumblebee thoughts and what to do with a MP Cliffjumper
  • New Diaclone thoughts
  • Four Transformer questions for thought

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #36 - Undeliverable Mail & Difficult Sellers

  • It's been 2 weeks.....what's been going on?
  • "M's" reason for finally starting to watch Thw Walking Dead
  • Joe talks some video gaming
  • Show start & what's on tap for tonight
  • "M's" is waiting on an undeliverable mail item & what that means
  • Joe gets put to the test with "M's" latest purchase in Transformers Show & Tell
  • We discuss the difficulty to get Sellers to sell outside of eBay
  • Kijiji inquiry nonsense
  • How "M's" sales are going on Kijiji

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bandai Robo Machines Trailer (MOSC) & Mr. Moto

Here are two figures that I picked up at this years 80's Toy Expo. (Actually, I started this post months ago but dammit if life doesn't keep getting in the way!)  I know that a lot of people out there, (mostly those that collect Transformers), are not really into the GoBots line for a variety of reasons but I'm sorry, because for me, size for size, and also in terms of detail and playability, MOST of these little guys more than compare or surpass those of their Transformer Minibot counterparts.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Friday, October 9, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #34 - Games & Masterpiece Overload

  • "M" finishes off The Last of Us
  • Joe is tackling War For Cybertron
  • Transformer Show and Tell Guessing Game
  • Masterpiece news
  • MP-14C Clampdown
  • MP Hotrod 2.0
  • MP Shockwave
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #33 - Canadian Mail-Aways & Time of the 3rd Party Collector

  • What beer is on tap for the tonights show
  • What's New - "M" talks about his Canadian mail-away Cosmos
  • Reviewing what mail-away figures we have
  • Intellivision game pickup
  • Transformers Show & Tell guessing game
  • Talking shop with Bruticus
  • Thoughts on 3rd Party High Octane
  • We discuss if this is the time of the 3rd Party Collector

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2015 Action Figure Expo Pics (AFX) - Transformers, Video Games, Master of the Universe, Star Wars, G.I. Joe

Recently, I was able to get over to the AFX (Action Figure Expo) here in Toronto and used some of my time there to take a large amount of photos and video to share my experience with everyone in my Transformer community. Personally, I prefer these mixed shows over the toy-line specific promotions because I can generally find more unique treasures at the these shows, along with rummaging through all the past show memorabilia that I grew up with.

Enjoy checking the photos out !



Friday, September 25, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #32 - A Kijiji Transaction Returns and Show & Tell Time

  • Tonight's beer on tap for the show
  • "M's" latest video game pickup
  • A past Kijiji transaction has "M""forced" into almost buying something he doesn't really want
  • Some free Transformer accessories for "M"
  • Transformer Show & Tell guessing game
  • Thoughts on 3rd Party GCreation Shuraking SRK-03

Friday, September 18, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #31 - The Trouble With Mint Boxes & To Love Or List It With MP Figures

  • We class up our drinks for this episode
  • "M" orders MP Ironhide and has a disturbing surprise with some new rules regarding box quality
  • We check out other delivery and buying options in regards to getting our "Mint Boxes"
  • Joe is at a crossroads with keeping/displaying his Masterpiece figures
  • "M" has 10 guesses to figure out what figure Joe brought to the show
  • More Kijiji hesitation and frustration with item descriptions

Open below for more pictures from the show.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #30 - Talking Video Games, Other Podcasts & Flea Market Pics

  • Cold beer opening
  • What's new with us
  • Podcast posts on the TF boards
  • Our thoughts on the efforts of people podcasting Transformers
  • Flea market pic review
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Toy Pics At The Pickering Flea Market

Pics from my buddy "M's" recent visit to one of our local flea markets.  I always find these visits fascinating because of what you can find there and sometimes at how outrageous some of the prices are.   

On with the picture show!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Dimension Exploration Researchers (aka G1 Gobots) (aka eHobby Minibots) (MIB)

I thought that I would post these two sets together because a friend of mine finally pulled the trigger and picked one of these beauties up for himself. I wasn't hunting for mine when I purchased it a few years ago….I didn't even know much about the background of the figures either, but I was immediately drawn to their colour variations and sometimes as a collector, it only takes something like that for you to add a piece to your collection.

Yes, they are essentially just reissues, but in the world of redecos they are definitely near the top of the list. Also, they have such a fun little backstory that to me which also adds to their interest.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #29 - A G1 Trivia Game with A Masterpiece of A Dilemma

  • What we're drinking tonight
  • We play another G1 Transformers trivia game
  • Joe has a brain fart with a Devastator trivia question
  • Guessing "M's" latest purchase
  • Will we buy MP-21R Masterpiece Red Bumblebee
  • Updates on MP-27 Ironhide's pics
  • We discuss whether MP figures will become as valuable as their G1 originals
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #28 - We "Micromaster" A Canadian Slag

  • What's on tap for tonight's drinks
  • Joe is forced to figure out "M's" latest purchase
  • We discuss the politics of leaving price tag stickers on boxes
  • We "shake the ground" at an old "Micro" purchase
  • Micromasters and how they fit into our collecting
  • Joe is given a VHS Transformers Vol 4 : Fire in the Sky
  • Joe hosts "M" with a G1 trivia game
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #27 - Highs & Lows of Dealing Transformers on Kijiji

  • Show opening & what we're drinking tonight
  • Joe goes to the Flea Market for Transformers, video games and vinyl records
  • "M" reminices on how old video game cover art was deceiving to little kids
  • Remembering Venture on Atario, Kung-Fu on NES, Rampage on Atari & NES, and Atari's Summer Games
  • We comlpain on how Flea Market dealers think they can charge eBay prices & how they don't take care of their merchandise
  • We play a guessing game to find out what was bought off of Kijiji
  • We disect a purchase
  • "M" purges his collection of reissue Transformer figures
  • Transformer selling frustrations & horror stories from Kijiji
  • Selling off multiples of our Transformer figures
  • Determining on whether to cancel MP-18B Blue Bluestreak
  • Our thoughts on MP Ironhide's price, release date & it's battle station over the TFC Toys version
  • Thoughts on G-Creations dinobots
  • Passing on Combiner Wars Devastator & comparing it to how outdated Hercules looks
Keep on collecting!

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Local TRU Pics

Here's what my local TRU has on it's shelves for the time being. Some overpriced....some just plain garbage.  Enjoy the pics at least!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #26 : Jason and the Transformers

  • Update of what's been happening
  • Cold beer opening
  • You-Tuber DCompose
  • "M" purchases some Friday the 13th NECA toy collectables from Toys On Fire
  • Thoughts from the recent TFCon
  • Kabaya Piranacon
  • Grimlock pictures released for Transformers Devastation
  • Hot Toys G1 Optimus Prime Starscream figure
  • Hasbro highlights regarding their upcoming lineup
  • Joe reads Exvee's article on SDCC 2015 exclusives
  • Platinum Edition Dinobot set failure
  • We wonder how many of Joe's Transformers he has actually opened.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Transformers : Mystery of Convoy Video Game (Famicom)

I found this little gem at the recent TFCon held here in Toronto.

It was quite by accident that I even came across this game.  My friend, and co-host, of the critical and brutally honest podcast, Transformers & Beer, were nearing the end of our yearly sojourn to this Transformers event and I was off wandering the aisles by

Monday, August 3, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #25 - TF Goes Machinima & Takara MP

  • Cold beer opening
  • G1 Megatron ornament
  • Upcoming comics TF #43 & RID #46
  • Reprolabels update
  • MP Tracks new pics
  • FT reissue Quakewave
  • SDCC 2015 Devy
  • TFCon Evila Star
  • FT-14 Forager
  • SDCC 2015 Combiner Hunters 3-Pack
  • MTMTE #46
  • Transformers Animated goes to Machinima
  • eBay G2 Menasaur
  • Latest MP rumours
  • Why is Takara so slow?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #24 - Latest hauls, games & comics

  • Cold beer opening
  • What new trouble we got ourselves into
  • Basements almost done
  • A latest pickup
  • "M" video game playing
  • Upcoming TFCon
  • Going through some retro Transformer comics

Monday, July 20, 2015

TFCon 2015 Toronto Show Pictures

Well, another Toronto TFCon has come and gone.  Saw some usual faces there, and some new ones…it was finally nice to meet you Bryce!  

This ended up being a better show that I had seen in the last two years so that alone made it worth our time going.  Picked up a few neat things that will be going up shortly, so in the meantime enjoy these pics of the show and leave some comments.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #23 - Toy Cataloging & Carrying Rodimus

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #22 - Transformers Devastation & More eBay Nonsense

  • Platinum Games & Activision : Transformers Devastation
  • eBay News : eBay ID #271899228594 - KO Anime Astro
  • eBay ID #141694299750 - MISB/MIB Lot
  • C.W. Titan Class Devy priced for TRU
  • TFSource 3rd Party Generation Toy Gravity Build

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New York Toy Trip Pictures

Here's a photo gallery of the recent New York Toy Trip.

You can follow along with the pics by listening to the previous TRANSFORMERS & BEER PODCAST #20 where we discuss the trip by clicking HERE.

Open for the rest of the photos.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #20 - New York Toy Trip

  •  A Guinness opening 
  • Video games we're playing 
  • We recap "M's" New York Toy Trip 
  • Image Anime (Encore Fort Max, MP Star Sabre, MP Wheeljack, Voltron 20th & 25th Anniversary) 
  • Midtown Comics 
  • Toys R Us (Times Square) 
  • Forbidden Planet (832 Broadway) 
  • F.A.O. Schwartz (767 5th Ave) 
  • Toy Tokyo

Monday, June 1, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #19 : 80's Toy Show Walkthrough

Joe & "M" do a picture-by-picture walkthrough of our 80's Toy Show experience.

View the pictures here and follow us as we go through them.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #18 - LOVE IT OR LIST IT & DISCO DEVY DANCING

  • We find out what we've been up to
  • Love It or List It : Transformers Year of the Horse Masterpiece Prime
  • Recent acquisitions
  • eBay issues
  • Upcoming 80's Toy Show and what we are looking for
  • Disco Devy memories
  • Xtransbot MX-1 Apollyon
  • Anime Astro thoughts
Open post for pics from the show.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

80's Toy Expo Walkthrough Pics

It took me more time to organize and label these pics than I think I spent at the show.....nevertheless, I thought everyone would like to see a sampling of what was available at 80's Toy Expo that just went by here in Toronto.

Not everybody here had Transformers for sale, but I think if your a fan of Transformers, then for the most part you are a fan of all the other toys (or at least have heard of them) that came out in the 80's-90's.  Enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Starscream on The Goldbergs

Love this show, not only for its nostalgia for everything 80's, but also for the Transformer cameos that happen every now and then.  Look who showed up this week…..our bud Starscream.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Transformers & Beer Podcast #17 - Listener Questions Answered & MP-18B

  • 1st time on the show.....we drink craft beer
  • We answer some questions sent in by a loyal listener
  • Find out if we preordered MP-18B Masterpiece Blue Bluestreak
  • The reissuing of Masterpiece Skywarp
  • Our thought on Masterpiece Star Sabre after watching a video
  • TF Source clearance items
Keep on collecting!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Shocking Toys 'R Us Visit

No vintage purchases here.  In fact, no purchases at all, though I was sorely tempted to buy a couple of these figures to play with.

Up until now, I had only come across these guys through You-Tube videos but I have to be the first to admit that