My relationship with Transformers began in 1985 at the tender age of four, when I saw the Transformers cartoon for the very first time on Television. Followed quickly with the purchase of my very first Transformer: Smokescreen. I was fortunate enough to see Transformers: The Movie in the theater and pick up many of the toys off the shelves. Throughout the majority of my childhood they were a major force and major influence. I looked to Optimus Prime and Starscream (my favorite character) as role models and usually asked for Transformers for gifts. A few notable examples: I obtained Sunstreaker and Thundercracker through the mail, received Repugnus and Mirage as a birthday gift and Galvatron and Prowl for Christmas. Transformers are littered throughout my childhood.
|Notice the Protectobots and Technobots. This was 1987.|
Then I happened to see a young boy playing with a yellow construction in a Burger King in 1992. I made an offhand remark to my mother that I remembered playing with those and tried to put it out of my mind. But I was curious. I did a little research and discovered that Generation 2 had been released! The fever gripped me once again and I saved for weeks for a trip to Toys R Us. Upon arriving I promptly purchased every G2 figure on the shelves that day. Well over $130 worth of Transformers. For a 12 year old.
|The only (blurry) picture I have of my collection from the G2 days.|
I met my (now) wife when I was seventeen and on our first date I showed her an amateur comic I was making about Transformers. On our second date we watched the 1986 TF Movie on VHS. I made sure this girl knew what she was getting into but she has been nothing but supportive in the years we have known each other. She even gets upset when I sell some Transformers off, she would rather cut other things out of my life than have me get rid of parts of my collection.
|My collection in 2003.|
|Botcon 2001, I can see at least four Primal Primes in this picture.|
Needless to say, Transformers isn't my one and only interest in life. I am an avid Star Trek fan, love Legos, enjoy Architecture and Writing. I also enjoy traveling to new places with my wife, volunteering when I can and experiencing new things as much as possible. Transformers just happens to be larger than all of those. So that is what this blog is about...mostly.