Here's what was originally in Walky's first post here:
Featuring saturated Onslaught, blue Superion, and Galvatron's giant rifle. Oh, and, hey, speaking of whom, guess who had to get an orange barrel to comply with safety laws.
What happened after this is nothing short of amazing!
The first awesome thing is that several people all said they'd be willing to chip in $5 in a community effort to buy that catalog so that the TFWiki could scan it and share it with everyone. So we set up a system in which people would send me their contributions, and when we got enough we'd bid on the book. The response was impressively quick, and we were able to put in a winning bid within a few hours with a purchase price of $380. So now this important piece of toy collecting history is on its way to Walky to be scanned and shared with everyone, and everyone who contributed will be listed on the wiki. Well done us!
Yeah, but then the awesome just ramped up from there. Because the first bid was accepted outright, we were in the enviable position of having to decide what to do with extra money. If you read this full thread, you'll find the whole conversation, but in the end, it was decided that people most wanted to see the money go to a good cause, and the Hasbro Children's Hospital was identified. We ALSO were in the enviable position of having people come to the thread and be disappointed that they were too late to contribute for the book. So what do you do when you have a great charity that the community wants to support and a lot of people who want to give you money for something?
Hasbro Children's Hospital Charity Drive!
(We're coordinated it here on the Allspark, but it was open to anyone and everyone who wanted to participate. This is not "mine" and it's not "Allspark's," this belongs to all of us!)
Goals and Updates:
I'm also going to use this space to point out that the original goal was set as two tiers. The first goal would be to match the book price by raising $380. But "ultimate victory" would be if we could match the original asking price of $500. I put that in quotes because we've long since passed it, and I'm not sure whether or not ultimater victory is a word. There is now way to adequately express how impressed and proud of this community I am after all of this - it's been a tremendous cooperative effort from the start and everyone has been so generous and excited about it, which is just great!
Current total: $2340!
I mean, think about that. That kind of thing just doesn't happen in the conventional wisdom of internet fandoms. But nevertheless, here we are doing it! It's incredible!
We set a goal to raise $2000 by midnight on Sunday Feb. 28 and we did it!!!
Higher Res Images of the 1986 Toyfair Catalogue at the Allspark
Edited by Powered Convoy, 01 March 2010 - 09:48 PM.