It all started back near the end of December 2011, when I posted about the 4 pieces of 1987 Headmasters exclusive W-cassettes (aka "the dino-cassettes" to many).
To recap, I talked about and reviewed each one in some detail:
... and then I wrote a piece of all of them together, which can be seen here. Even took a gratuitious shot of them with the Autobot and Decepticon communicators for good measure - see below.
This was the money shot.
One comment that came back from fellow collector buddy Arkvander (check out his wonderful blog at "Mostly Transformers Redux"), was this:
"You really need the Japanese releases of Slugfest and Overkill...but not before I get them!"
"Don't temp me, sir. I might just decide to fly to Japan over a weekend and solve this issue, for both of us! =)", I responded.
"YES!", he replied.
I wasn't previously looking for the Japanese Destron "dino-cassettes", after all, these were common enough and had even been reissued. But Arkvander managed to sow a seed in my mind, which sprouted into the determination to also find these 2 cassettes! You devil, you! (by the way, this post is dedicated to you).
At the beginning of this year, my usual shop actually did get these 2 in! See my market watch article here. And I was excited. But they were too ungodly expensive for my tastes - at USD$500 for the set, I simply cannot be faulted for not jumping the gun.
Then at around April this year, Flame_Convoy from TFW has a sale and D-108 and D-109 were 2 of the pieces he was selling. Guess what? Arkvander got in before me and secured them both, for himself. Double the devil, this guy! (by the way, this post is still dedicated to you)
He wrote about them in his post here (go read it and see him for the devil he is).
I had to continue my hunt for the dinos. I know they are extinct, doesn't mean I won't find them. This week, my search ended as I bagged D-108 and D-109 from a Hong Kong based seller. I met up with him after work, paid and made off with the toys. Much more joyous than buying on eBay.
Without ado, here they are!
D-108: Slugfest and D-109: Overkill MIB, unused and complete.
The unused contents.
D-108: Slugfest MIB, unused
Back of box
D-109: Overkill MIB, unused.
Back of box
Close up of his extinct unused-ness
Of course, no story about D-108 and D-109 would be complete without photographing them with their Autobot counterparts (also released in 1987). Here they are with C-121: Gurafi, C-122: Noizu, C-123: Dairu and D-124: Zauru.
- Some unexpected acquisitions - Triggercons, Triggerbots, dino-cassettes
- C-38: Broadblast (Blaster)
- C-116: Twincast MIB, unused
- C-121: Gurafi (Graphy) MIB
- C-122: Noizu (Noise) MIB
- C-123: Dairu (Dial) MIB
- C-124: Zauru (Saur) MIB
- C-121 to C-124, Decibel and Legout
- D-17: Soundwave MIB
- D-101: Soundblaster MIB
- C-116: Twincast, D-101: Soundblaster and the Dino-cassettes (by Maz at TF-1.com)
- D-108: Slugfest and D-109: Overkill (by Arkvander)
- Japanese Exclusive Dinocassettes Part 1: Graphy and Noise (by Arkvander)
- Japanese Exclusive Dinocassettes Part 2: Dial and Zaur (by Arkvander)
- C-121 to C-124, dino-cassettes (by Ras)