The Rising...

    If thereís one constant in life itís that prices will almost always rise. Prices for Deluxes are going up to $20 in 2015 (in Canada. Theyíre about $17 in the U.S.)
    On a similar note, Masterpiece toys and third party items are also on the high side of the scale. Items like MP Ultra Magnus and MP Star Saber are around $180 Usd. Even a smaller scale MP toy can be around $80 Usd (MP Bumblebee with battle mask and coin). MakeToys Utopia is $400 Usd (an extreme example), Xtransbots MX-I Apollyon is $150 Usd and MMCís Terminus Hexatron is $140 Usd.
    This begs the question, how much is too much?
    The answer varies on oneís income level and interest in the TF fandom. Perhaps $150 for a collectible is reasonable. Perhaps $500 is.
    For myself, I try to limit my higher end purchases at $200 Usd. Itís just difficult to justify spending hundreds of dollars on what is essentially a toy. Especially when I donít make that much money (if I were a corporate CEO or something then things might be different).
    An additional factor, unique to Canada, is that as of this writing, our dollar has fallen twenty percent lower against the U.S. dollar (due to the oil price falling so drastically). That means every single thing a Canadian buys from the States now comes with a twenty percent mark-up (in addition to shipping costs and customs fees). Now, more then ever, one needs to be frugal and prudent with their dollars when in this situation.
    The $200 limit allows me to still consider items like Terminus Hexatron, Apollyon or MP Ultra Magnus. Indeed, most of the good stuff, be it official or third party, is in that window. If itís higher I can usually tolerate skipping it all together.
    The more money something is, the less tempted I am to open it and display it. A $400 toy (or even the sealed BotCon stuff) usually stays unopened because I donít want to go to the effort. More often then not over the years Iíve left my BotCon toys sealed (fearing opening something so expensive) and eventually ended up selling them off later on. Lately though Iíve tried to get out of that habit. Some stuff I own now is still unopened but thatís because Iím out of display space anyway and/or havenít had the time to get around to opening it (Iím looking at you MP Acid Storm and Generations Metroplex!)
    Whatís your toy habits? (Assuming you still collect the toys, that is). Do you have a set limit? Do you open them? Leave them sealed? A bit of column ďAĒ and a bit of column ďBĒ? Feel free to post your thoughts on our FB page.
    In the end, I suppose whatever we do itís whether or not weíre still deriving joy from our love of Transformers.

Til All Are One!



Transmasters Magazine. Issue #21, FALL 2014

PROFILE: Gee Penny (by Peter Phelps)

REVIEW: Recent TF toys (part one)
REVIEW: Recent TF toys (part two)
REVIEW: Third party toys
PROFLE: Fangthrash (by Jay Gutzman)
PROFILE: Scaletail (by Jay Gutzman)
PROFILE: Rangecode (
by Jay Gutzman)
PROFILE: Hivemind (by Jay Gutzman) 
PROFILE: Voraciak (by Jay Gutzman)
PROFILE: Gauntlet (by Jay Gutzman)
PROFILE: Ballast (by Jay Gutzman)

      Comic Round-up

Unless noted, this issue was produced by Tony "Thunder" Klepack. Contributions for future issues are welcome and encouraged!

(Some stock graphics were designed by Peter Phelps. Thanks to him for his many efforts). 

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