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We’ve all been there: You go to eBay, a yard sale, or a thrift store and score a bunch of transformers and assorted parts lot mixed in with a bunch of other “junk”. Then you get home and realize you have a lot of work ahead of you.
So what do you do now?
I always suggest going through and sorting all bulk loose purchases into 3 Piles:
- Parts that are clearly Transformers
- Parts That MIGHT be Transformers
- Parts that are clearly Junk or non-Transformers
Piles 1 & 3 are fairly easy to deal with. Pile 1 gets separated into baggies or boxes. Pile 3 goes in the trash.
But, what to do with pile 2? With about a zillion little parts and pieces in the G1 Transformers Universe, this can seem daunting! It’s definitely going to be a challenge, but there are a lot of great resources out there to help.
My go-to favorite is an actual book (remember those?): Transformers Identification and Price Guide by Mark Bellomo. He provides an excellent description of each of the G1 Toys from 1984 – 1990. More importantly, he includes detailed pics of each one, including all the accessories that each one is supposed to have.
If you cannot find the part in this book, it may still be a Transformer, just not a G1 Transformer.
There are a couple really great resources that I use where you can search by color, vehicle type, etc:
I have rarely been unable to identify mysterious pieces using this method. Once you have them identified, if you’d like to see them in their full pre-parts junkyard glory, I suggest visiting Seibertron’s Toy Gallery.
Good luck and happy hunting!