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The Toy Thread


That’s pretty sweet.


Ooo. I used to love cap guns. I was always disappointed with the feeding mechanism for roll caps though. It always depended on some friction push are that always seem to slide on the roll instead of push it up.


I grew up in the Bronx. We used real guns.


I grew up in the sticks. We had real guns. We just didn’t use them on each other. :wink:


I grew up in the UK. We didn’t have real guns so the police used cap guns as the next best thing.


There were these kind of caps, too. More expensive but more reliable - and a bit louder.


Mostly they were revolvers (and have bright red noses now) but there was the occasional anomaly.


And some that could use a bit of re-branding.



I remember cap guns from when I was a youngster. I had one or two, but they got boring pretty fast.

Can’t believe we didn’t get blown away by trigger-happy cops when I was a kid. Different times.

Checked on Amazon and looks like they still make both kinds.


The only bit of the Visionaries toy line I don’t have (beyond all the unreleased 1988 stuff. sigh) is the Dagger Assault. I’ve got a saved search on eBay for them, but they’re relatively rare and expensive (and also huge - I’m not sure I’d even have room for one). There’s one that’s sort of nearly complete up at the moment, but way out of my price range at £175, but I’m watching it anyway.

Weird thing though. There have been no bids and it’s hit its final 12 hours today, only for the seller to raise the price by £15 and add in an even higher BIN price of £300. I really don’t see the logic in that. Half the reason I was watching it was in case it got relisted at a lower price, but presumably when it doesn’t sell, it’s going to get relisted even higher.


If you ever see a US one you’d like me to ship to you let me know. I’ve found UK buyers keep prices for old toy stuff really high (Action Force stuff is always overpriced). I was looking at US listings and they had a Dagger Assault go for $135 which is pretty reasonable.


On a slightly different note, Wave 3 Power of the Primes Deluxes have shown up at Smyth’s over here. Which is good because new robots for sale, but bad because it’s only three of the four Terrorcon limbs - Sinnertwin, Blot and Cutthroat. Plus, the only Voyager in the wave is Inferno, who showed up here a while back and has been restocked.

Of course, it means people are boned to make Abominus because Hun-Grr and Rippersnapper were in Wave 2. This is why I pre-ordered everything on HLJ instead of contend with Irish retail.


I was at Walmart the other night and saw a retro Hot Rod in a throwback to the original packaging.

The price: $29.84

I did a doubletake when I saw the price. I’m sure there are some desperate Gen Xers who will pony up for that, though.


That’s a huge bargain. If you saw what some 3rd Party Transformers go for you might just drop dead.


Like I said upthread, I sold my entire G1 collection (and I had them all) for $2,500. And those had been played with! I honestly did not expect to get that much for them all.


I vaguely remember a sealed in box collection of the first couple of years’ transformers - so not even all of G1 going for 1.5 million a few years ago.


I did a little bit of googling, and here’s an 84-88 collection that sold for 1 million 11 years ago, with a sad story attached:


That is a crazy price for the Hot Rod reissue (especially given how small a toy he is) but I assume it’s down to the metal toes as much as scalping nostalgia.


That’s a reissue of the Transformers Collection version, which looks to be a retool of the Targetmaster version of the toy, so it doesn’t even have the metal feet.


Third party transformers are basically up there with low production run, high complexity Japanese toys, the main difference being they don’t secure a license for the characters they’re portraying. Being a collector of high-end Macross toys I’m well familiar with the kind of price tag they attract.


Finally got hold of my prototype Visionaries stands. Need to to tweak the dimensions and placing of the pegs and the staff holder, but they look alright.


My mate just messaged me this with no background info.