I decided early on that I wasn't going to collect the entire Japanese G1 line as very much of that would be redundant to my already existing American G1 collection. So I figured the best thing would be to collect only those items that were never released in America either by mold or by color. Unfortunately this rule tends to include some very expensive repaints but the flip side of that coin is there are a couple of items that really tend to fly under the radar for a lot of people.
|With their American counterparts, the Decepticon Sports Car Patrol.|
Enter C-374 and C-375. These sets are straight re-releases of Micromaster Patrols that were released during Zone a year earlier in Japan. They also happen to be the only two Micromaster Patrols that were re-colored for the Japanese release from their American release. It also happens that C-375 changed factions on their transition across the Pacific. Of interest not only do these sets sport their normal ID numbers common to all Japanese releases, but they also sport a second set of numbers identifying their Micro Trailer (MT) release. The only difference between these sets and their earlier Zone releases is the inclusion of the trailer, which affords them new numbers in the ordering system (vs the Zone id's of C-332 and C-333).
|I prefer the Japanese colors especially on this set. Not a big fan of the yellow even if it is more realistic.|
I've had my eye out for these guys for a while, they don't come up often because not a lot of people are actively searching for them, but the Zone versions sold on eBay a couple months back. However I found these on Yahoo Japan with the aid of two different people, a liaison and friend here in my hometown, and his Japanese contact who subsequently won these at auction for me and was kind enough to have them shipped to his home (because Yahoo Japan does not allow bidders outside the country) and then send them to me.
And frankly, I was floored at their condition when they showed up. MISB, no flap crease and unpunched. These things are pristine, so much so they could probably be graded by AFA and receive at least an 80. For vintage Japanese items, this is hard to come by. They probably sat on a shelf in a small store in Japan forever. Or who knows, maybe they were in the home of a collector all this time. All I know is this is the least I have ever paid for two MISB vintage Japanese figures, so I am very happy. But it leaves me with a small problem: to open or not? My entire Jpn G1 collection is MIB, or loose with box, because I like to display the figures outside the boxes. Many of them are so different from the American versions it is striking. But I really have a problem with opening vintage G1 figures for the first time. I've only done it once or twice in the past. I mean, what if these are the last two sealed versions of these figures on the planet? I don't know if I could deal with that. First world problems amirite?
|Do I dare remove them from their plastic prisons?|
C-370 Sixliner, the First Micromaster Combiner
The Return of Convoy
Japanese Exclusive: Sky Garry