Monday, July 10, 2017

Transformers Kirakira Trading Cards

Japan, September 2010 saw the release of a set of Transformers Animated Kirakira trading cards. I remember HLJ having boxes of 20 packs for around $35 USD. Being the card collector that I am, I sprung for a box. I did a video of the box of cards on my toy blog several years ago, but I don't think I ever scanned the cards. 

I was lucky enough to be able to put one set together out of my box. At only 30 cards it's a small set, but it's beautiful. First off the card stock is really nice. I'm not sure of the thickness point, but its not a cheap cardboard. The cards have a glossy UV finish to them and each one has a light holofoil star look. Of course the scan didn't capture this, but believe me when I say these cards are so much good looking in hand.

Time isn't something that I have a lot of, so I scanned the cards in the 9 pocket pages I had them in. Perhaps if there is enough interest I'll redo the cards and scan them individually. For now however, enjoy! Keep in mind that the back of the cards are reversed in their order. For a larger image, click on any of the photos.

This last set of cards were promos of sorts or inserts that were randomly packaged. The cards were made for two different Sega Transformers games, Animated: The Chase and Animated: The Shooting. Of course these games were only released in Japan. I've seen other cards using this design elsewhere, but I haven't been able to acquire any to date. Some of these cards could be purchased at the arcade machine itself, while others were packaged with specially marked toys and other items.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beastformers Represent!

From the planet Beast, the Beastformers played a role in the Japanese Headmasters series...if it was just one episode. I personally love this tie-in and the toys themselves. While I do have several boxed specimens in my collection, finding these toys let alone the cards can be challenging these days. I recently came across a few new boxed Beastformers and some better scans of cards I already had. The Beastformers section has already been updated with the scans below.

 #03 Golder (Ferocious Tiger)

 #04 Flykick (Colonel Bird)

#18 Yellow Giraffe (Rubberneck Giraffe)

#02 Big Serow (Deer Stalker) 

 #16 Bea Fox (Sly Fox)

 #42 Underground (Miner Mole)

 #60 Baboon (Manic Mandrill)

 #21 Bowdog (Danger Dog)

#05 Killer Fish (Killer Carp)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

3rd Party Reader Submissions

Roy Madill posted a few new images on the Facebook page for the Database, but someone I overlooked these. Sorry Roy!! I do appreciate your help, especially in the 3rd Party category.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Titans Return Update

Thanks to Jesse Frank Costar on Facebook, he's been hooking me up with several new Titans Return bio cards. Below are just a few of the cards that I've been able to scan and edit for the Database thus far.

I ended up skipping over Alpha Trion in favor for Lio Convoy that Takara Tomy released in their Legends series, so I'm glad to at least own the card.

I had every intention on picking up the Takara Tomy Legends version of Astrotrain, but I've yet to do so at this point. Needless to say its good to have the Hasbro card if nothing else.

I wonder if we'll get the other G1 Powermasters in the Titans Return line. I know this change bothers some fans, but if the figure is done well then I could care less.

I was recently able to finally find Broadside at local retail and what a wonderful figure he is. Hard to believe he and Alpha Trion share the same base mold.

I splurged and bought the Takara Tomy Legends version of Fortress Maximus so I was more than willing to purchase this card.

I've got enough Megatrons in my collection so I passed on this one. Besides, we all know this mold was meant for Blitzwing!

Optimus has had a lot of alt modes. Truck, gorilla, race car, t-rex, bullet why not a plane? Yes, this mold was meant for Octane, but the designers pulled out a decent Optimus.

I've still yet to find Sky Shadow at local retail, but I wasn't planning to buy him (waiting for Overlord) so I was happy that Frank had this card for sale.

How did I not get this card scanned before now? Sorry, I refuse to call him anything other than Weirdwolf.

While I've been working on adding new items to my eBay store, I recently decided to open my sealed Beast Wars Megatron. If nothing else I got to see if the deco on the figure differed from the US release (it does) and I got another bio card for my collection...and for the Database.