What do you get when you combine two crazy robot guys with 144 old Toyfair catalog auctions all ending within a 73 minute period on a late Monday night? You get the 43rd episode of the Roboplastic Podcastalypse! Join the Nostrodomatron and Colin of fairplaythings.com (aka the Dave Mustaine of Toyfair catalog collecting) as they battle it out against other bidders to get a piece of what was one of the greatest vintage toy catalog auctions in the history of eBay. From Bandai to Hasbro to Ideal to Kenner to Matchbox, Mattel, Takara, Tomy, Tonka and every great toy company who ever cast a plastic robot in between, this one's got it all (and we even talk a little about Coleco). What rare unreleased action figure prototypes lay within the pages of these books? Which auctions did we win, lose, and/or forget to click "place bid" on? Will the late night and the great pictures of toy robots bring out the evil scummy slimy auction sniper in all of us? Find out in this "TOY CATALOG AUCTION SNIPING IS MY BUSINESS AND BUSINESS AIN'T THAT GREAT" edition of the podcastalypse!
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IT IS BETTER TO BID HIGH AND LOSE THAN TO KNOW IT SOLD CHEAP
For posterity's sake I wanted to highlight a couple of the catalogs that I consider some of the gems of the collection up for sale that night. During the show Colin and I bid or remark upon all of these and what they contain. Since Toyfair catalog prices on the secondary market are extremely volatile, these ending totals are not necessarily indicative of what these books would sell for or have sold for on other nights. But it was cool to watch some of them go so low while others went outrageously high, especially considering that many of them have several scans of their pages available online.
NOTABLE LINES: Godaikin.
This was the line that had GoLion in 1984, which was a year before official Voltron toys launched.
ENDED AT: $140.00
NOTABLE LINES: ChargerTron, RoboTron, BugTron
If it ended in -tron, Buddy-L had you covered.
ENDED AT: $16.50
| COLECO SECTAURS 1985|
NOTABLE LINES: Sectaurs
It really bugged me to see this go! This is a really special promo we'll never see again.
ENDED AT: $66.00
NOTABLE LINES: Blackstar, A-Team, The Last Starfighter
Some super rare stuff here like the Ice Castle.
ENDED AT: $69.76
| GALOOB 1985|
NOTABLE LINES: Bron
Bron Robot was a B-list contender in the toy robots wars of the 1980s.
ENDED AT: $50.00
|HASBRO SPRING 1990|
NOTABLE LINES: Transformers
This pre-Toyfair catalog has early working names for many Action Masters.
ENDED AT: $77.00
NOTABLE LINES: Robo Force
The first year of Robo Force!
ENDED AT: $77.00
NOTABLE LINES: Robo Force
The infamous second year of Robo Force featuring unreleased Robo Forcers.
ENDED AT: $55.80
NOTABLE LINES: Immortals of Change
IoC was Crossbows and Catapults with robots and we loved it.
ENDED AT: $13.30
| LJN 1984|
NOTABLE LINES: Dungeons & Dragons, Dune, Indiana Jones
This was one of the highest ending catalog auctions.
ENDED AT: $164.50
NOTABLE LINES: Voltron, GoBots Street Force, Switch Bots, V
LJN kicks off their Voltron line and tries other robots that weren't as popular
ENDED AT: $83.76
NOTABLE LINES: Parasites, Voltron
Matchbox kicks off their legendary Voltron and Robotech lines.
ENDED AT: $56.99
NOTABLE LINES: Cargantua, Robotech, Voltron
Matchbox Voltrons would get recalled this year.
ENDED AT: $100.00
NOTABLE LINES: Robotech
Robotech tail enders all over this book.
ENDED AT: $89.99
|PANOSH PLACE 1986|
NOTABLE LINES: Voltron
Unproduced Voltron figures galore in this one.
ENDED AT: $181.49
|REVELL 1985 MODEL KITS|
NOTABLE ROBOT LINES: Transformers, Robotech
Featuring unreleased Transformer model kit prototypes
ENDED AT: $37.78
| TAKARA USA 1984|
NOTABLE LINES: Dougram, Robot Time Machine, Robotroid
Lots of ancillary Takara promotional paperwork in this lot.
ENDED AT: $145.00
|TOMY USA 1983|
NOTABLE LINES: Zoids, Space Pets, Tron
If you wound it, pumped it or zipped it, Tomy probably made it.
ENDED AT: $57.00
|TOMY USA 1984|
NOTABLE LINES: Popoids, Starriors, Zoids
First year of Starriors. Giant Zrk shown.
ENDED AT: $44.00
|TOMY USA 1985|
NOTABLE LINES: Starriors, Robo Strux, Tribots, Pocket Bots
The golden age of Tomy robots.
ENDED AT: $64.00
|TOMY USA 1986|
NOTABLE LINES: Robo Strux, Tomics
The end of the road for Tomy robot lines.
ENDED AT: $86.00
| TONKA 1984|
NOTABLE ROBOT LINES: GoBots
The only source of many GoBots profiles and nobody bid on it!
NO BIDS TO START AT: $49.00
Some of the unreleased Revell Transformer model kit prototype photos
SHOW NOTES OF THE PODCASTALYPSE
- From Toyfairs of long ago comes a legendary catalog auction…
- Special guest Colin of Fairplaythings.com!
- Speculation on the mysterious original owner of these books
- Highlights of Colin's catalog collection
- The enigma of Bron robot and other Galoob toys
- Auctions that never end would make a lot of money
- The dangers of bidding vicariously through Steve
- Sniping only works when you remember to pull the trigger
- A brief history of LJN
- Colin's mantra-If things were different they wouldn't be the same
- Ebay: preserving friendship by scrambling user ids
- Previous selling prices of the Hasbro pre-toyfair 1990 catalog
- One man's feeling like a loser is another man's having fun
- Awesome Voltronian history in the Panosh Place 1986 catalog
- Being a proprietary douchebag
- Aiming the Voltron cannon
- Coffin of Deception feature in an upcoming Podcastalypse
- Colin getting a $25 Panosh Place Voltron at Botcon
- Revell 1985 model kit catalog with unreleased Transformers model kits
- Takara 1984 goes for $145.00 (Someone really loves Robotroid)
- Remembering the long dead Immortals of Change
- Recap of the auctions we won / damage we did
- Why pay $60 for something yesterday when you can pay $181.49 for it today
- Only feeling like half an idiot
- First world toy catalog collecting problems
- Hasbro Spring 1990 catalog's Action Master peculiarities
- Colin's '88 Hasbro catalog takes one for the team
- Some obscure 80s toy robot line called Transformers
- Catalog collecting from a RoboPlastilogical standpoint
- Cops and Visionaries were the original GI Joe Extreme
- Colin's Shattered Glass Jetfire idea
- The only thing worse than buyer's remorse is the remorse of the buyer's significant other
- Colin is the Dave Mustaine of Toyfair catalog collecting
Unreleased Panosh Place Voltron