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April TFSource.com Order Arrived!

May 4th, 2011

Last month I made an order from TFSource.com. The order was shipped through Fedex. I’m not the biggest fan of Fedex and this recent order has further reaffirmed that sentiment. I’ll spare you all the details of everything that went wrong with this shipment, but this afternoon it finally arrived. Every item in my order appears to be intact. Here’s what I got:

  • Predaking 2010 Reissue Boxed Set by Takara
  • BTS-03 G1 Prime Matrix of Leadership Upgrade Set by BTSToys
  • TFX-04 Protector Trailer by FansProject
  • TFX-05 Sidearm by FansProject

They shipped this in a pretty big box, though its not the biggest box I’ve received for ordering collectibles. Here’s a pic next to a soda can for size comparison.

TFSource is known for packing their items well and I would have to agree.

All items are brand new, but to save money I bought all C9 versions. As far as I can tell, the boxes for TFX-04, TFX-05, and BTS-03 all seem perfect. However, the box for the Predaking set is flawed. Below is a pic.

Notice the side of the box is kinda pushed out. There is a piece of tape holding the side panel in place. The tape looks factory to me, but I really don’t know. Not sure if a C10 would be better, and I’m not sure if Takara boxed them up bad or if TFSource messed with it. But regardless, I’m not too concerned since I plan on opening this set. I’m cool as long as there are no issues with the figures. As a kid I dreamed of owning the Predacons. In my youth, there was no way my parents would’ve bought me all 5 Predacons, and my allowance was next to nothing. There was a reissue set in 2005. This was around the time I got back into TFs. Most dealers asked between $150 to $200 for the set. That amount can seem like a lot when you’ve just started to buy TFS. So I hesitated, and before I knew it they were all sold out. 6 years and 350 TFs later, I’m now kinda desensitized to TF spending and I didn’t even blink when I chose to buy it this time. In retrospect I’m glad I didn’t buy the 2005 set, because I hear the 2010 set has die-cast and the 2005 set does not.

I am on a mission to have all the G1 Combiner sets. The figures could be G1 or reissue. I now have 4 Combiner teams complete: Combaticons (G1), Technobots (G1), Seacons (reissue), and now Predacons (reissue). I have some other figures of various teams from G1: Air Raid, Breakdown, Dragstrip, Dead End, and Seawing. Dead End is missing all accessories, and Seawing is kinda unnecessary since I got the complete Seacon set as a reissue. I’ll be looking for other Combiner figures, and I’m hoping Hasbro/Takara would do more reissues.

I’m looking forward to opening the other items as well. Actually, I already opened BTS-03 and I’m really liking this upgrade set. I like it so much I may review it in a future post. And I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Protector armor and Sidearm, so it’s a pretty sure bet I will be impressed with those.

As a sidebar, this is my 100th post on this blog. I’ve been enjoying the experience and I will keep this blog going for as long as I can. Long Live TFs! Transform and Roll Out!

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  1. May 6th, 2011 at 15:08 | #1

    Congrats on your 100th post~!
    You got all the discount items for TFS~~
    I want to collect all the combiners too….but it is a long term goal.
    So I only have Devastator(G1), Aerialbot(G1) and Predaking(Reissue) now.
    I hope they will reissue the others too since the G1 I had are old and loose.

  2. May 6th, 2011 at 21:49 | #2

    thanks winner5v! Predaking and BTS-03 are on sale, but unfortunately not the FansProject stuff. Seacons you can get easily with that BBTS reissue set. For Combaticons, most recent reissue is the encore. They always reissue Combaticons for some reason.

  3. May 7th, 2011 at 01:31 | #3

    Who’s the chick on the can?

  4. May 7th, 2011 at 05:44 | #4

    She’s Sif from Thor. This the description on the can: “Sif, one of the fiercest fighters in all of Asgardi! Her proficiency with a sword is unmatched.”

  5. May 7th, 2011 at 17:51 | #5

    I don’t like seacon, he may be the last one I will collect since I don’t remeber I saw him in the G1 Cartoons.

  6. May 9th, 2011 at 18:03 | #6

    I believe the Seacons appeared in the Japanese continuity, after the G1 split in season 4. The last set I will collect is Pretender Monsters.

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