This is odd.
I prepared the draft for this post ages ago,photos and all. I just clean omitted to click 'publish'! Shoot me for being an idiot.
This was done at a time where my acquisition of the Japanese boxed 45 - Smokescreen coincided with the release of Takara's MP-19: Smokescreen, the last of the Z-cars at the time.
So now, I fix my error. I thought I was going to do another 'Robots and Coffee' thing, Gassy Autobot style this Sunday morning, but hey, why not revisit Smokescreen, my old friend, who I missed out posting about at the time of release of the MP?
Also, this is a character that means a lot to my buddy Maz, so this is dedicated to him too, on this fine Sunday morning. Maz also blogs now, over at Square One - check it out, Smokescreen can wait.
So, in a way, this post features both the 45-Smokescreen and MP-19: Smokescreen. Oh, and I also threw in my USA boxed Smokescreen for good measure.
Top - Takara 45-Smokescreen MIB, which I bought from an eBay seller, very nice guy.
Bottom - my vintage USA boxed Smokescreen with toy displayed outside.
Close up of 45-Smokescreen. As with all vintage Takara boxed TFs, the box is stunning and the details meticulous. Acquiring this Smokescreen is another baby-step toward my 'recent' collecting goal of getting all Takara's earliest Transformers releases numbered "01" to "49", in other words the USA series 1 and series 2 characters. It's a numbers game, heh.
Very nice back of box with only a slight hint of a flap crease.
Top of box - featuring the traditional "start", "change", "change", "finish" sequence.
Side of box. Looking at these photos again, I'd say, this Smokescreen is a pretty strong C8, near C9.
The money shot?
Complete paperworks, but used stickers sheet. I'm quite a lot less fussed about sticker sheets being unused at this present moment. I'd rather complete my "01" to "49" then be caught up with semantics about used and unused. At the end of the day, it matters little because I have multiple pieces for each toy in the "01" to "49" numbers, just not the Japanese packaging.
A summary shot of everything 45-Smokescreen came with.
Is it too much to say that this 45-Smokescreen is smokin' hot?