In November, I walked into my local comic shop as I always do, to get my latest comics. One thing to note is that there are only two customers at this store that buy any comic with a Transformer in it - me and some other guy that I don't know. I have an idea who it might be, but I'm not sure. At any rate, I've gotten into many a conversation with the shop owner about Transformers, that and I have a friend that works there so I've shown off my purchases there. As such, I've become The Transformer Guy at the shop. So in November, I walked into the shop, got my comics, and as I was leaving, the owner, Daniel, asked me if I ever bought Transformers. I took a breath, and answered in the affirmative, and he began telling me about his friend. This friend had just cleaned out his father's attic and came across his Transformers that had been in their original boxes since the late '80s. Daniel wanted to know if I'd be interested in them. Again, I had to take a deep breath, but this time it was to keep my composure.
I calmly told him that yes, yes I would, perhaps, be interested in purchasing some MIB figures. Daniel told me that they were all "original Transformers from the first run", which is what people tell me when they're talking about G1 figures. My initial question was about what year they were from and all Daniel could tell me was that they were all from the first run. Could these be '84 figures? Or could they be up to 1991? Daniel couldn't answer, but told me that he'd have them in the shop soon. I told him to let me know, and I'd be back to check them out. Then, then I started to dream.
|Dare I dream of this? www.toyarchive.com|
There are a few other frustrations going on with this whole deal. When I was originally approached about all of this, Daniel was pretty unaware that people would buy MIb or MISB figures. This fostered hope that I would get some good deals. I'm looking to fleece the guy, but I don't feel as though I should pay eBay prices either. During my last visit to the shop, I tried to find out more about the figures. Specifically, what figures this guy had. Apparently, the seller doesn't even know what figures he has, which is troublesome. If they're MIB, the names should be on the boxes.
|"I dunno. I think this is Jazz?" TF Toy|
So, when all of these variables are factored in, why am I still in a holding pattern with the guy? Why haven't I just packed it up and moved on? Simple - I really want to see what this guy has to offer. I want to be one of the guys that finds one of those lots at a great price with a lot of great pieces. I want to have a G1 MIB figure with the insert. I want a lot of things. I want to make a splash. More than anything, though, I really want to see what this guy has. Could it be a cornucopia of 1984 figures? Could I possibly find MIB Headmasters and Targetmasters? Pretenders? My mind is awash in the possibilities. Hopefully, I'll find out soon what I can get my grubby little hands on. Until then, I can't bring myself to purchase anything. Why get something loose on eBay when I have the possibility of maybe getting one MIB?