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Growing up G1… Just Getting Started!


Yours truly around 1987, pictured with my collection.

When starting something like this it’s always where to begin? For me, I should start things off around 1984… I was a 13 years old kid that had been bullied constantly since the fourth grade and would continue to be bullied until the 11th grade when I finally had enough of the torment and dropped out! I took a two-year break, worked a full-time job, found I wanted to go back to school, and eventually graduated at the age of 22.

Honestly, though, it was the torment in school that inspired my reading and collecting comics. It was my escape from reality, to believe in something else, to forget about those kids that bullied me so. Transformer wise, the toys and the animation would eventually follow that first comic I read, which was issue 19 of the Marvel Comics.


The Comics… For those that don’t know, issue 19 was the introduction to of Omega Supreme and Devastator or at least the first transformation of Devastator, there had been hints of the Constructicons beforehand. [For you long time Marvel fan’s Shockwave had enslaved a group of humans to design him a Decepticon army, the Constructicons had been designed during that time period, along with Jetfire]. On a side note, I wasn’t originally in there for a Transformer comic, I went to pick up a new Thundercat comic and it wasn’t in stock, so I bought the next best thing, something that would surpass my Thundercat collecting.

Animation Favorites… Of course, Transformers wasn’t my first experience in animation/cartoons, I was 14 years old and I had been watching cartoons most of that time! Animation wise my first love was Scooby Doo, along with The Flintstones! I also loved The Jetsons, Tom and Jerry, Woody Woodpecker, Heckel and Jekyll, and The Bugs Bunny show! I also watched some Strawberry Shortcake specials, the Charlie Brown specials, and I loved the Disney movies too! But since this is gearing more towards Transformers, I won’t drift far from the story at hand.

My first memory of watching Transformers was with More Than Meets Eye, I was flipping through the Saturday morning cartoons when I hit the tail end of the cartoon’s three-parter. Mirage had just landed in front of his fellow Autobots, after sabotaging the Decepticon’s liftoff, and the Autobots were cheering! I most likely was looking for something to watch, on a boring Saturday morning and turned to that channel, channel 43 in Cleveland, for you Akron/Cleveland Ohio fans. That first time I hadn’t paid the show much attention, it wasn’t until I read that first comic, that I revisited More Than Meets Eye, and by then it had been released on VHS and I could rent it.

Even though the cartoon hadn’t caught my interest at the time, it’s my first memory of it, and it would eventually be a huge part of my life, along with those wonderful talents involved with the series.


Image courtesy of a google search!

Collecting the toys… I wouldn’t have that first Transformer toy until May of 1986. I had been reading the comics religiously and had started watching the cartoons, but I was a bit slow on buying the toys. Again my parents were poor, and I was a teenager by then, so it wasn’t something I jumped right into. My first Transformer was Wildrider, my favorite Stunticon. Starscream would have been my first choice, he was my top favorite at the time, but the seeker jets were scarce, Hasbro was pushing the new toys. But my allegiance would soon turn towards the Autobots, as I would trade that Stunticon off to my best friend at the time, for a Sunstreaker who was no longer on the market, and harder to find. That Sunstreaker would be followed by the Autobot scientist Wheeljack.

More G1 memories later, I’m just getting started! Voice actor memories in the next blog, along with collecting and Christmas memories.

Sharing these G1 memories was inspired by a couple of my friends, Mark Bellomo included. Maybe someday I’ll make this into a book, for now, though I’ll share my stories here… These G1 memories are also for you Jesse and in memory of a supportive Dad.

Note to my fellow fans and bloggers: I’ve been extremely busy of late, I know I’m always busy! So many things I want to do and never enough time to do it! But I’m still that loyal Blogger, and I still have so many things to share!


And for those that know of this Blogger’s Retro Convention… I’m doing it again next year!

The Date Has Been Announced For Retro Con 2019!! Hope to see you there!



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Displaying The Boys 


As we get ready for Retro Con 2018, I took a few minutes yesterday, to rearrange some of our collection. Our boxed G1 stuff has been buried, so I thought I’d give the Autobots a chance to shine! That loose Starscream above is one of the few TFs I have left from my childhood, most were lost years ago, to be replaced at conventions.


We have all the Autobot Cars, just don’t have enough room to display them all together right now 🙂



And for you toy, collectors, it’s the Big Week!! Retro Con 2018’s this upcoming weekend, I hope to see you there!!!


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Because I Love My Toys!



Because I love my toys, I had to Spotlight some of my Favorite Shops! These four shops I’ve selected, are ran by amazing fans, whom are always supportive of Retro Con! They join us every year, and they always have an amazing selection! [I’ll be spotlighting more fans and their shops, as Retro Con 2018 nears!] Photo above is of Tinkerbeee Toys N Treasures! I’ve been friends with this amazing couple for years, they always have a wide selection of toys too!

Follow Each Online And Always Remember Toy Buy!

[Tinkerbeee‘s of course was listed above!]

Another must check out store is Play With This Toys & Collectibles!


Play With This is also having a Street Sale Soon! For more details follow the link: Merchantville Toy and Collectible Street Fair!



A Toy Shop we stop at every weekend is WACS Toys & Collectibles! There’s always a great deal to be had, and something fun awaiting us!



Another favorite shop that supports us and never misses a Retro Con is Raiders of the Lost Toys! Recapture those childhood adventures and memories!



Each of the Dealers listed above you will see at Retro Con 2018! We hope to see you there too! 



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Spectra.. Lacy.. Spacy.. And out of this world!

SandSparks copy

Meet the spectacular Spectra from Shimmeron and her exciting friends. They’re beautiful fashion dolls from outer space with shiny bodies, shimmery hair, dazzling fashions and sparkly make-up! And their astro-accessories combine beauty and fantasy, giving girls exciting fashion play with space magic!

Spectra …lacy … spacy … and out of this world!

[From my Retro Blog Archives, I share a personal favorite! I was first introduced to this doll line, through my sister Bonnie, I blame her for most of my doll related memories! Spectra and Spark pictured above!]


Mattel released the Spectra line in late 1986, a year and a half after the debut of Hasbro’s Jem line, fully expecting to capitalize on Jem’s popularity. By this time however, Jem had already peaked and was falling out of favor. Spectra was not greeted with great enthusiasm by the consumers, and never came close to Mattel’s expectations.

Continue reading Spectra.. Lacy.. Spacy.. And out of this world!

Shifting Toys Around..



This past weekend, I shifted some of my toys around.. They still need dusting, but [Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors] are now displayed in my bedroom; always loved the cartoon and the toy line! 




Some of my Princess Of Power collection on display! Most the play-sets are upstairs still, just don’t have the room 😛



My Barbie collection now has a Ken and a Fashion Queen Barbie!



And from Melmac, say hello to Curtis & Skip! Just picked these two up at the flea market this weekend!



I picked up Oliver & Company, along with the Curtis & Skip [photo above this one] for one dollar, at Jakes Flea Market this past weekend!



My last Toys R Us deal was this beauty, picked her up Sunday afternoon. I’ll miss that store..



For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to!

Flea Market Barbie!


It’s rare to find a vintage Barbie at a Flea Market, especially at a reasonable price.. I should say a cheap price! Yesterday arriving at the flea market, I thought my fun washed out because of the rain. Instead it was a day to find treasures! I think it was also because there was so few of us, that I did find this rare Barbie!



This Bubblecut Barbie usually goes between 70.00 to 150.00 on ebay, depending on her condition. I got her yesterday, in the drizzling rain, for ten dollars. Or I should say the lot she was in, was ten dollars. She was in a warn out Barbie case, with a few other dolls and a pile of outfits. After my Vintage Ponytail Barbie for twenty dollars, I thought I’d never find such a great buy again. But I was wrong, and my collection keeps growing!  


Yesterday rainy adventures also brought forth Legos, some cheap CDs/DVDS, and some cool action figures [which included vintage GoBots]!




For you Retro Fans! Have I got the convention for you! Retro Con 2018! For more information go to!