The PastThe year 1986 was a momentous year, not just for me, but for Transformers om general. That was the year that The Transformers moved away from Takara's Diaclone figures and began their transition to new molds that were designed by both Hasbro and Takara. For me, 1986 meant that I finally got Sunstreaker! What does this have to do with Blurr? You'll see.
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Once we arrived at my Aunt's house, I proceeded to show off some of my Transformers to my cousin. Among the treasures that I proudly displayed were Sunstreaker and Blurr. My cousin immediately remarked that it would awesome if I could somehow combine Sunstreaker and Blurr together to create a really fast car. That's all I needed to hear. I quickly disassembled the two bots and tried...something. All I really remember is that Blurr's torso was glued onto Sunstreaker's car body, minus Suntreaker's roof. It was, it was a nightmare. In one fell swoop, I had managed to destroy two incredible figures, and create a monstrosity. Sunstreak and Blurr were over, finished!
The PresentI've been searching for a replacement for Blurr for a couple of years now, but I just haven't forced myself to pull the trigger. Sunstreaker was replaced a few years ago, but Blurr was always a hard proposition for me. I wanted Blurr, but I didn't want to pay that much for him. I'm sure that everyone has had this problem before. It's isn't that Blurr is an expensive figure, really, but the prices still seemed silly to me. Besides, most of the specimens that I managed to run across had fading, loose arms (not a big deal breaker thanks to nail polish), and shields with broken tabs. After much moaning and complaining on the Internet about it, I finally managed to find what I was looking for - Blurr, in great condition, and at a price I was comfortable with.
The FutureIt's funny how just getting one figure can induce a sense of euphoria. And it isn't always what one would consider a "holy grail" - your Overlords, Black Zaraks and what have you. Sometimes, it's just a common, everyday figure that can do the trick. In a way, it was 1986 all over again.
The sense of calm that washed over me was a bit astounding as well. I actually think that if I never got another vintage figure, I'd be okay with that. My appetite for new G1 figures is so sated, that I haven't even really looked for any other figures. Getting some Decepticon Targetmasters has certainly crossed my mind over the last couple of weeks, but I'm in no rush. This creates a bit of a problem for this space since this is the last G1 figure that I have in reserve to review. I have a Takara Arcee to still open and write about, but that's it until Nightbird and the Masterpiece figures for the year release. Don't worry, I still have other things that I can put up here, like pictorials or something.
You know, when I first started doing this, it was with the intent to just get myself to do something creative and possibly interact with the fandom. This is certainly a lot easier than getting on the boards. After awhile, I somehow got a big head and thought that one day my collection would be featured on some site, and maybe I'd answer some questions. That lasted about a week. Over the last couple of months, I've come to realize that the size of my collection isn't important, but enjoying it really is. I've even started trying to offload the vast majority of my CHUG, Binaltech, and Alternator figures. The realization that there's just so much out there has necessitated a laser-like focus in my head. The only reason I still have figures like Nightbird or the Takara Devastator coming is that I've already paid for them, so why not enjoy them?
Life can bring all sorts of headaches and tribulations, there isn't any need to add to them. Just have fun and pass that joy along. Next week - Legends Arcee! For real.