G1 figures that get the reissue treatment from Hasbro or Takara are a great thing in my opinion. Although I favor the vintage G1 figures for my collection, sometimes obtaining a reissue is just easier (especially on your wallet). With that being said there are a number of G1 figures fans have been asking about for years. With the news of Takara releasing an Encore Fortress Maximus I felt the cards have been dealt and all barriers have been knocked down. Simply put, I think nearly any G1 figure can be reissued now.
Even with Fortress Maximus coming in just a few months, some G1 Transformers being reissued are more farfetched than others. Collectors and fans for years have heard about failed drop tests, lost or broken molds, or simply the lack of a “collector’s market,” that’s why this is a wishlist. We all gotta keep dreaming 🙂 Here is my top 5 G1 figures I want to see reissued.
Wheeljack is one of those harder to find, good conditioned G1 figures on the aftermarket. I’ve tried winning a few auctions, made a few offers to sellers, but I’ve never been in a position where I felt the time was right to purchase good ol’ Jackie. To date, Wheeljack has never seen a reissue and I don’t think he’s ever even been rumored to be in the works. He unfortunately seems to be the victim of a lost or broken mold. Creating new molds has been stated several times by Hasbro as being very expensive. Wheeljack is still a relatively popular character that would be well received as a reissue, no doubt peaking interest from younger fans and catering to the older collectors’ interests as well.
If you reissue Fortress Maximus you have to reissue Scorponok, right? Don’t they go hand-in-hand? Seriously though, as one of the largest Decepticon figures ever it would be pretty awesome to see this guy get an easily attainable reissue, the decreased price alone would make me purchase it. Scorponok is another figure that is pretty hard to obtain as he commands a big price on the aftermarket, that alone has kept a lot of collectors from owning him. The main reason I want to see this reissue happen though, it would more than likely lead to a repaint of a BlackZarack. Could you argue against a BlackZarak without Gold Plastic Syndrome? You could … but whatever 😉
I’m cheating here as this is more than one figure, so let’s dream even bigger by saying we all wish for a boxset reissue of the Dinobots! I think nearly every fan who has an interest in G1 figures would want a shot at all of the Dinobots being reissued; Dinobots are simply fan favorites and some of the most popular characters in the Transformers lore. With our luck though, we’d get a single reissue of Grimlock while Slag, Sludge, Snarl, and Swoop would be left behind 😦 The Dinobots I believe are another group of victims to have lost or damaged molds so they would be harder to have reissued. If you feel like “cheapening the hobby” there was a KO of Swoop being sold years ago and a small number of those figures can still be found. Regardless, reissuing the Dinobots would likely lead to a sell out; I’d bet heavily on that.
It’s only logical … c’mon, you knew I was going to say that! Shockwave needs a reissue; he deserves to be reissued even. He is without a doubt one of the most iconic characters among Transformers and his recent popularity has sparked Masterpiece treatment pleas from fans and even a Masterpiece type figure from 3rd Party group FanToys. I have bid on over a dozen auctions and have lost each one: Shockwave commands a high price tag on the aftermarket and many, many other collectors also want him. The biggest reason Shockwave needs an official reissue though is due to the difficulty of finding a good conditioned vintage on the aftermarket. His hose is prone to dry rotting and his electronics can easily be the victim of battery corrosion making it difficult to find the right figure for my collection. Patience should pay off in the long run, but I certainly wouldn’t shy away from a reissue. Shockwave is also another figure that has been KO’d, so be on the lookout for those if you only collect official figures.
Overlord’s popularity sky rocketed for me personally during his awesome appearance in IDW’s Last Stand of The Wreckers. He has always been a sought after figure among collectors, but recent characterizations of Overlord have made him even more in-demand. Even though my goal for The G1 Journey is to collect the American releases of G1 toys, I would never, NEVER pass up a chance to own Overlord. Not only has he never been reissued, he was never released in America making him even harder and more expensive to obtain (he is a Prime member of the $1,000 club). A reissue Overlord would be another figure perfect for G1 collectors and younger fans wanting to learn more about the toys that started it all.
As collectors and fans, what G1 figures do you want to see reissued for your collection? Although this small list could be quickly read over as “wishful thinking,” there have been strong rumors for two of these figures to get the reissue treatment. Although I wouldn’t suggest holding your breath, I wouldn’t give up on your dreams just yet of owning some of these awesome figures.