I think you get both of those with pre-Transformers stuff, whether it's earlier lines or things that happened before the production runs. There was a recent book Kickstarter for G.I. Joe toys/designs, and it's fascinating stuff. The appearances of unproduced designs over the years in photo books and occasional photos have always been of interest, and knowing where they ended up and they're with people that actually give a shit about preserving something for posterity and probably aren't going to accidentally set fire to stuff is nice. Not stuff I'd want to own much of, but the same goes for paintings or antiques -- it's all bits of history that've survived because people cared, for whatever reasons, to try to make sure it did.Clay wrote:They're not about what different people see and are attracted to in the brand, they're not about the emotional hook of a community to participate in
TBH, as a perspective always smacks of people caring more than they think they should rather than just leaving people to get on with collecting. I don't give much of a toss about rare stuff (and equally would prefer scarcity wasn't a thing with stuff I like and do own) but it's interesting to see what's out there -- more so the handmade stuff than the fact that someone decided to release a few green Unicrons or gold chromed figures to make them rare.Tetsuro wrote:representative of the exact same cloth of Exclusive Completist Club. Just because you don't have glass cabinets full of prototypes or MISB Japanese G1 exclusives of Lucky Draws doesn't make your personal story as a collector any less valid.
Maz wrote:TFSource have asked that I limit the images to 700 pixels width because they no longer wish the images to link to the full size picture, just back to TFSource's web store.
It's content. Sometimes presentation buggers things up, but closer shots and picking out some specific examples would cover that. It's not paginated clickbait like the majority of stuff that passes for content on news or list sites...Clay wrote:That's because it's advertising disguised as content.
...that is rather annoying, though, as well as probably counter productive -- people are in the habit of clicking to enlarge, or use tablets, and each person that finds themselves redirected isn't likely to click around on the site again. Plus whilst a lot of visitors won't be from the US they might be more inclined to signal boost to people that are. But it'd be interesting to see if image clicks correlated to completed sales. Suspect that sidebar links with "WE SELL VINTAGE TFS" + random picture would be more effective.Warcry wrote:I think it's fair to say that the TFSource articles have been pushing more in that direction, especially with all the images linking back to their sales pages, and I know I find it off-putting too. Especially if I'm browsing on a tablet, accidentally click an image when I meant to scroll and suddenly find myself on a sales page. Unfortunately a lot of media is going in that direction.
But back to protoypes, would be cool to see close-ups of any of these, some of which are in those cabinets...
http://www.toyarchive.com/Transformers/ ... types.html