Wednesday, March 30, 2022

New Blood - 3rd Party Rundown 2022 Part 4

So here we are in the final part of this 3rd Party roundup for 2022. Since the last time I wrote about the scene a lot has changed. Some companies have ceased to exist while others have remained alive and well. And of course we have had a number of new players come in to try and make their own mark in the 3rd party scene. So let’s get to know some more of them shall we?

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Alive And Kicking - 3rd Party Rundown 2022 Part 3

The 3rd party Transformers scene is alive and well! Even with all the numerous dead and inactive companies that I wrote about in my two previous posts, there are a whole lot more out there still churning out unofficial Transformers products. How each of these companies outlasted others through the years is varied. But one thing a lot of them have in common is that they are not trying to be everything to everyone. They know who they are and what they’re good at making and have stuck to it. At the end of the day, it’s all about the product. And these companies have basically survived because they continue to regularly produce some damn good toys!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Treading Water - 3rd Party Rundown 2022 Part 2

The Third party Transformers scene is one that is constantly changing. Through the years we have seen many companies just disappear without a trace and other newer ones popping up to take their place. In the previous post, I covered companies that have most likely called it a day and are no longer around. This time, I will go over companies who are sort of stuck in a sort of holding pattern. While we haven’t seen anything really new from most of them, for one reason or another, I’m not quite ready to consider them done.

Friday, March 11, 2022

Dead and Buried - 3rd Party Rundown 2022 Part 1

In one of my favorite toy discussion podcasts, the hosts were so frequently asked by their listeners “where they saw the Transformers 3rd party scene going in the next five years” that it soon became a running joke that they would constantly ask each other. Ironically, almost exactly five years ago, I wrote about all the numerous 3rd party companies that I had first hand experience with regards to their products. It turned out to be quite an extensive piece as one post turned into five. Anyway, here we really are, five years later since those posts and the 3rd party landscape, while still alive and kicking, really has changed quite a bit. A number of the companies I previously wrote about, have gone the way of the dodo bird while others have popped out of the woodwork to take their place.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Wishlist 2022: Everything Else

While the entirety of my toy collection can be basically broken down into three major lines that I am actively collecting, namely Star Wars Black series, Marvel Legends and Transformers, there are still other smaller properties that I find myself dipping my toes into from time to time. While none of them are thankfully on the scale of the aforementioned big three, there are still a good number of “other” toys that I am hoping to see released or at least announced in 2022. So here is my wish list for everything else.