Fight! Super Robot Lifeform Transformers (1985-1986)
This is a wonderful variant that starts off the long tradition of cool Japanese exclusive Transformers. Read more about it here.
Since most of the releases that made up the first two years of the Generation One line in Japan were virtually identical to the American releases I don't have many. One of the first variants was D-48 Astrotrain which came in this stunning white/black combo color rather than the more common purple. You can read further about my acquisition of Astrotrain here.
|D-48 White Astrotrain|
Blast off was the very first Japanese figure I ever purchased. Back in 1996 when I bought him the Japanese version was a lot easier to find than the American one and I needed a Blast Off for my Bruticus.
|D-65 Blast Off|
VSX Not yet obtained
VSY Not yet obtained
VSZ Not yet obtained
Goodbye Convoy Not yet obtained
Goodbye Megatron Not yet obtained
The Headmasters (1987)
C-108 Artfire Not yet obtained
C-109 Stepper Not yet obtained
C-114 Fortress Maximus Not yet obtained
C-116 Twincast (with C-65 Steeljaw)
Read more about this awesome repaint/remold here.
C-121 Gurafi and C-122 Noizu
I obtained these two figures off eBay in 2008 before the onslaught of the knock-offs. The cassettes are some of my favorite figures. If you would like to read more about them, click here.
|C-121 Gurafi and C-122 Noizu|
C-123 Diaru and C-124 Zauru
These were purchased at roughly the same time as the other two Dinocassettes, you can read more about them here.
|C-123 Diaru and C-124 Zauru|
The Trainbots are another favorite group of mine since I have enjoyed trains ever since I was a child. Personally I believe these figures would have done well in the United States, but apparently Hasbro did not agree. More can be read on the Trainbots here.
Headmaster Warriors (missing Shuffler)
Ever since the knock offs hit the market these guys aren't as hard to find anymore, but they are still a lot of fun. You can read more here and here.
|Headmasters Lione, Trizer, Kirk, Loafer and Rodney|
White Headmaster Warriors (missing Loafer)
These figures can be some of the most elusive in the entire hobby. The pictures speak for themselves, but you can read more here, here, here, here and here.
|Kirk, Rodney, Trizer, Lione and Shuffler|
D-101 Soundblaster (Not yet obtained)
D-108 Slugfest and D-109 Overkill
I searched for these two figures for a very long time as companions to the other dinocassettes. In many ways, these were more difficult to find. You can read more here.
|D-108 Slugfest and D-109 Overkill|
In many ways, Masterforce is probably the most alien Japanese G1 series, very few robot-only characters were involved, and this was the first series that didn't feature any American characters. However I must admit it is my favorite series story-wise of all the Japanese series due to good characterization and interesting plot lines. The same cannot be said of Headmasters or Victory.
C-301 Go Shooter
Read more about this Japanese repaint here.
C-302 Cab (Not yet obtained)
C-303 Minerva (Not yet obtained)
C-305 Ranger (Not yet obtained)
C-308 Doubleclouder (Not yet obtained)
C-310 God Ginrai
Read about this purchase here and here.
|C-310 God Ginrai Giftset|
C-311 Grand Maximus (Not yet obtained)
C-312 Sixknight (Not yet obtained)
|D-306 Darkwings Giftset|
Fortunately I purchased Overlord before he became super famous as a result of Botcon 2012. In less than two years his price more than doubled!
D-308 Browning (Not yet obtained)
D-311 Black Zarak (Not yet obtained)
Transformers: Victory (1989)
Where Masterforce is my favorite line story wise, Victory is my favorite line toy wise. Almost the entire line is made up of completely different molds that were never available in America, many of them combiners. When I first learned of Victory in college, I was highly ecstatic.
C-316 Wingwaver, C-317 Dashtacker, C-318 Machtackle
C-323 Road Caesar
One of the more interesting combiners is Road Caesar, made up of only three members. He is a little off-kilter because two of the members make up the legs, while the remaining figure makes up everything else making him look leg-heavy. More can be read here.
|C-323 Road Caesar|
|C-324 Star Saber|
C-326 Galaxy Shuttle
Galaxy Shuttle was my prize purchase of Botcon 2011 in Pasadena, California. It was the one thing I knew I wanted when I walked in the dealer room and it was definitely the one thing that came home with me. You can read more here.
|C-326 Galaxy Shuttle|
I have actually ended up purchasing this figure twice. The first one I bought in 2007 wasn't in great condition, so I traded up for another one not long after. More can be read here.
|C-327 Victory Leo|
D-309 Black Shadow
Black Shadow was an interesting purchase. I obtained the body, parts and paperwork from an Australian seller, while I bought the box over a year later from an American seller. He is one of my favorite Victory figures. You can read more here.
|D-309 Black Shadow|
D-310 Blue Bacchus (Not yet obtained)
D-328 Dinoking (Not yet obtained)
Liokaiser is my all-time favorite Generation One combiner. I really like the fact that he only needs one part to combine (the head) unlike almost all the other combiners which have different feet, hands and accessories.
Deszarus was my very first Japanese exclusive G1 figure and (at the time) the most I had ever spent on one figure alone. It was a turning point that would open my wallet to an onslaught without end. You can read more here.
C-347 Sonic Bomber (Not yet obtained)
C-348 Dai Atlas (Not yet obtained)
C-349 Road Fire (Not yet obtained)
C-350 Rabbicrater (Not yet obtained)
D-340 Metrotitan (Not yet obtained)
Transformers: Return of Convoy (1991)
C-360 Sky Garry
Sky Garry was another Botcon 2011 purchase and a very good deal. You can read more here.
|C-360 Sky Garry|
Check out the post on this figure here.
C-371 Grandus (Not yet obtained)
C-372 Star Convoy
Since his reissue in 2004, Star Convoy has been much easier to find. I obtained this nice sample from Yahoo Japan thanks to Flywheels. You can read more here.
|C-372 Star Convoy|
C-375 Super Car Patrol (Mobile Transport 12) (Not yet obtained)
Transformers: Operation Combination (1992)
TF-01 Sixbuilder (Not yet obtained)
TF-02 Sixwing (Not yet obtained)
TF-03 Sixturbo (Not yet obtained)
TF-04 Guard City (Not yet obtained)
I really love Sixtrain's packaging artwork. The box and the designs are striking. It would have been interesting to see where the designs would have gone if the line weren't cancelled. You can read more here.
Generation 2 (1993-1995)