With all the SCF excitement on my blog recently, I thought I'd mix it up a little and update with a little G1 items, just to mix it up a little. This of course, is no ordinary piece - this is one of my final vintage G1 pieces, this is the 'brother 'bot' of Artfire, this is Stepper!
Many would say that Stepper has fallen from grace, that it is hardly worth the plastic it is made of, mainly due to the fact that the TFC reissue of Stepper and then the TRU reissue is so readily and cheaply available in the market. Even today, close to a decade after these reissues were released, it is still relatively cheap and easy to find a reissue Stepper (or Riccochet as Hasbro calls it).
As a result, not many collectors are too interested to hunt a vintage Stepper, much less pay the big bucks that is its inevitable price tag. So, what was once a Transformer that was worth more than USD$1000 and the crowning jewel of a select few collectors' collections, is now playing second fiddle to the relatively much rarer C-108: Artfire.
Stepper in Japanese packaging.
Why would I be interested in getting a vintage Stepper when I already have 2 pieces of the TFC reissue Stepper, one might ask. A few very simple few reasons come to mind:
- vintage is vintage, no reissue can ever replace a vintage piece.
- if we don't count the white Headmaster heads from 1987, I have almost every single Japanese G1 Transformer MIB and to complete the sweep, Stepper is essential.
- the quality and construction of a vintage piece is far superior to a reissue.
- it comes in an absolutely gorgeous box with beautiful box art and with a styrofoam insert.
A truly stunning piece of G1 history - C-109: Stepper MIB
Surprisingly, despite the lack in demand, a vintage Stepper has in recent years been very difficult to come by. I have searched for awhile actually with no luck. Then, one day, I happened onto one of the 'big three' Transformers online seller's website and browsed their Jap section and there it was a Stepper was listed.
I bought it and it arrived on 23 March 2013. Yup, I waited or rather delayed a full 2 months before writing about it. OZ Former members Valkyrie_76 and gdmetro were actually in my apartment when I opened the package. It was fun.
Featuring stunning box art
This is Stepper's targetmaster partner, apparently also called Nightstick (ie: same as Targetmaster Cyclonus' partner)
Stepper inside packaging.
Function: Autobot Repid-Fire Attack Agent
Back of packaging
This is the money shot - complete contents and paperworks, including unused sticker sheet.
Stepper in styrofoam insert - simply classic G1.
Close up of paperworks
Close up of unused sticker sheet
C-108: Artfire MISB and C-109: Stepper MIB
Another shot of these 2 very sought after G1 pieces.
Now, this next bit is what I thought was quite interesting. Whilst C-108 and C-109 were sort of 'a set', so is D-108 and D-109, the latter of which were Decepticon cassettes Slugfest and Overkill!
C-108, C-109 with D-108, D-109 on my display shelf!
Update 22 May 2013 - more photos added!
Car mode with Targetmaster and accessory
Car mode. More I look at it, the nicer it is...
Pure vintage... yay! 1980, 1984, Made in Japan.
A shot with the box
Joints are all very tight, this piece is probably very close to unused. All the white parts are bone white too.
Another close up, showing the face sculpt.