Geeks The 15 Most Expensive Transformers Toys You Wish You Owned
The Transformers line of toys from Hasbro that debuted in 1984 is one of the most successful toy franchises in the history of toys; and yet, it only began after a failed attempt by the Japanese company Takara to bring the same basic toys to the market in the United States in the early 1980s. Takara had two lines of toys, Diaclone and Microchange, and Hasbro hired Marvel Comics to come up with a way to combine both lines of toys into one cohesive concept. The concept became Transformers, which launched an iconic animated TV series to go along with the toy line (and a Marvel comic book, of course). The rest is, as they say, history.
Now over 30 years later, the original line of Transformers toys in the United States (the “Generation 1” line, as it has been retroactively titled) are some of the most collectible toys in existence. We’re going to count down the 15 most expensive collectible Transformers toys. We’re only counting figures that were officially released into stores in the United States (no mail-away items, no special tie-in products, like the Optimus Prime Pepsi edition). We’re ranking these figures as if they were all in the same graded mint sealed in the original box condition, but collectibility sometimes outstrips value in the rankings (thanks to Transformersland.com for the images of most of these toys).
15. OMEGA SUPREME
When the Transformers line of toys exploded in popularity, Hasbro was in a bit of a bind. Since they were just licensing these toys from Takara, there was a limit to how many toys that they could produce. The market was demanding more Transformers toys but they could only sell what Takara had for them to license. Therefore, they then came up with a clever idea – transforming robots were huge in Japan in the late 1970s and early 1980s, so Takara was not the only game in town.
So Hasbro then licensed the character Omega Supreme from the company ToyBox. Omega Supreme is a large guardian robot who transforms into a base with a rocket and a cannon. Since this character was not available in Japan, he is a bit more collectible than most. A mint condition, in-box Omega Supreme is worth around $2,000.
heStunticons were members of the evil Deceptions who all represented stunt-driving cars. They would then merge together to form the mighty Menasor. The leader of the Stunticons was Motormaster (sometimes called “Motorbreath” on the Transformers TV series). Motormaster was basically an evil version of Optimus Prime. Really, when you see the figures all combined into Menasor, it seriously looks like Optimus Prime wearing a bunch of little robots around him.
In any event, most likely due to the attraction of having an evil version of Optimus Prime, Motormaster has become a very sought after collectible, going for over $2,000. This is an instance, though, where technical value is outstripped by collectibility. Motormaster might have gone for more money at auction than some of the other figures, but a lot more of them are sold, as more people are looking to collect them.
A perfect example of what we were referring to vis a vis collectibility vs. value is Galvatron. Introduced as a tie-in with the Transformers movie, Galvatron is a good deal less rare than some of the other, earlier Transformers releases, but the demand for the figure is much greater, leading him to crack into the top 15 (don’t get us wrong, though, he’s still a valuable figure, going for roughly $2,000 in a mint, in-box condition).
Interestingly, while in most continuities, Galvatron is a mutated version of Megatron (instead of a hand gun, he’s now a futuristic blaster!), on the actual toy package it pretends as though he is a separate character vying for Decepticon leadership. That was probably to try to avoid spoilers for the film. Same thing happened to Rodimus Prime (who almost made this list for similar reasons to Galvatron).
This is another one where the figure is just very popular among fans because of how unique it is, as Blaster transforms into a miniature “boom box” stereo. A miniature Transformer can transform into a cassette tape and go into the cassette tape holder in the Blaster figure. Amusingly enough, though, when Blaster was released, they had not yet actually made a miniature Transformer cassette tape figure just yet!
This is because Blaster was actually a re-mold of a released Japanese figure, only the Japanese version of the figure actually worked as a radio! When Takara had to look at their list of defunct toys from their various other toy lines when it came time to do a second series of Transformers, they gutted the inside of this figure and made him into Blaster. A mint condition Blaster goes for about $2,000.
In the 1986 releases of the Transformers toys, a major new invention was the idea that you could transform some characters into bases, but these bases could then be connected to one another to form a sort of miniature city. It was not a huge part of the marketing in the United States, but in Japan, “Scramble City” was extremely hyped up in the marketing.
One of the most popular of these “cities” was the DecepticonTrypticon, who could transform into a big dinosaur who could actually walk with a pair of C batteries! You could add other, smaller robots to him to form cannons, like Brunt (who required a AA battery to light up his cannon). Trypticon goes for over $2,000 in mint, in sealed box condition.