When collecting Transformers, you sometimes have to be in the right place at the right time. A few weeks ago a complete set of 56 1993 Kent Gum Transformers stickers came up on eBay. Kent gum is sort of like Bazooka in the USA, but instead of comics they include stickers wrapped around the gum. I bid on it, expecting to be greatly outbid, but I was the only bidder and they ended up costing me less that $1 each. I’ve never seen a complete set of these on eBay before. They are in overall great shape. A few of them are a bit rough, but if you consider that they came wrapped around chewing gum twenty years ago, they aren’t too bad. I don’t know of all the specific countries that sold the gum. My set came from Ukraine, but I think it was sold in other parts of Europe, though I don’t know for sure. The company was based in Turkey, but has since closed down (I think). The above picture of a piece in wrapper I found on this Russian Transformers Site. There was a sticker book available for the stickers and this site has scans of the entire book with stickers. Unfortunately, I don’t have the book, but I’m looking for it.
The stickers themselves use box art with colorful backgrounds. They look really nice. What I find most interesting is the odd selection of characters. Much of this is based, most likely, on the gold boxed Classics that came out in Europe, as a great number of those are included. It explains a lot of the G1 cars and combiner teams, but some things just make no sense.
One random Action Master Elite, Double Punch, is included without the other three.
While the entire Protectobots team is included, Aerialbots and Stunticons have limbs only, no Silverbolt or Motormaster. Onslaught is the only Combaticon included.
We have Sludge and Snarl, but no other Dinobots.
We get only three of the four Stormtroopers, Rage is left out.
Most odd to me, we get all six Predators, but only five Turbomasters with Thunderclash being left out.
Then there is the issue of teams with Autobot vs. Decepticon counterparts. You have three Decepticon Stormtroopers, but the Autobot Aquaspeeders are completely left out. You have all four Skyscorchers, but the Axelerators are left out entirely. I already mentioned the combiner teams.
It’s not important, it’s just a very odd selection.
You do get a lot of interesting UK exclusives like the Motorvators and Predators and most of the Stormtroopers and Turbomasters. Then you get the completely ridiculous Rescue Force, which were four members of the Japanese Liokaiser in different colors, which don’t even have their own names.
It should also be noted that Onslaught’s name is misspelled as “Onslaugth”.
As always, you can find over 11,500 Transformers merchandise items and collectibles at TFMuseum.com. I have just done a major update, including a new format for listings that will hopefully make it more readable.
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