So most everyone knows about Minerva, being the first official female Transformer has made her very popular with collectors. And since the figure has never been reissued, she's rare. Not to mention her base color is white which can yellow over the years if not cared for properly which makes a clean version super rare. This is further compounded by the fact that many people really enjoy the Super-God Masterforce cartoon adding just one more layer of "rare-ness"! So when you see a Minerva out in the marketplace, if you aren't quick you will miss out. Which has happened to me, many, many times.
I've been working on trying to find this figure for almost 12 years. The very first one I saw for sale was on eBay back in 2002. It was a MIB version, but the box and figure were almost MISB. Stickers weren't applied, no flap crease, perfectly white. And it sold for just under $400. Back then I was a very poor college student and I knew there was no way I could spend that kind of money on a toy. But I figured eventually I would get a job, I'd have some discretionary income and I would one day afford her.
|What a difference a paint job makes.|
The change finally came when I started working on Charticon. I spent a full year on that show and in the meantime was purchasing very little because a lot of my money was tied up in the show. But once it was over in August I finally found myself with the discretionary income to afford a Minerva, and as a matter of good timing one just happened to pop up a couple weeks ago on TFW. This is what I would consider a perfect sample, even though the stickers have been applied all of the contents were there, the figure is bone white and there is no flap crease on the beautiful box. This was the Minerva I had been waiting for and the one I would finally own.
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