Recently I experienced the G1 Turbomaster Rotorstorm toy for the very first time, from an era of Transformers that completely passed me by. To be fair, I was ignorant of the quality of toys from the 1990s and as a result missed out on one of the gems of Generation 1. I knew of Rotorstorm's rising popularity as a result of the comics featuring The Wreckers, but the toy's qualities were only made obvious to me when Colin Pringle (Specimen17) brought one out to a UK meetup a few weeks back. The toy's head sculpt and general proportions blew me away. So how did I manage to get one for free?
I didn't set out to get anything for free, that's for sure. I also had no clue about the value of a Rotorstorm, especially with a few sealed ones from Greece asking over £200. Was this to be one of those Euro exclusives that foreign collectors go mad for, and something I should have paid attention to and bought years ago when the advantage was there to be had? Loose ones were £50 if I wanted to buy near complete, especially with the pink blades.
Enter the above lot from Europe, listed with a Buy-It-Now of 15 Euros and shipping of 16 Euros to the UK. I grabbed that (31 Euros shipped, equivalent of £26.21 GBP), and waited for it to arrive. What I got was a broken Springer (no legs), rust-ridden Micromasters - where Heavy Tread had the front-end missing, 2 KO Technobots, Flash with no arms, Snare with a broken chest box wotsit, Killbison with no parts, a paint worn and wobbly Actionmaster Shockwave, a KO blue Onslaught with no parts and a little pre-Power Rangers lion thing. The good parts were an Actionmaster Tracks with no chest sticker or parts, a decent G1 Brawl...and the best condition bot in the lot? Rotorstorm.
That's all I got though, a body. I was hoping that by liquidating the rest of the lot (before I knew there were KOs mixed in and stuff was broken) I could end up in the green with this purchase. It was obvious that the Actionmaster Tracks was going to do most of the heavy lifting where recouping costs was concerned. I was lucky in that the Rotorstorm body was tight, relatively clean, unbroken and just begging for parts.
CURRENT STATUS: - £26.21
All the bestMaz