I'm back from my vacation, but before I start writing about any of that, I have business to attend to. First off, catching up on the rare Hartman Transformers auctions.
The Dead End auction closed with a final bid of $2281. This auction was won by a totally different person than the winner of the previous 5 who, it would appear, has decided that he doesn't need to shoot for a complete G2 Stunticon set in addition to the rare TFs he already has (he didn't even bid on this auction).
The next G2 Stunticon up for grabs is Breakdown. I've commented before that this toy is somewhat less rare than the others, having been the 1994 Botcon exclusive (that is to say, the very first!). So I expect this one to go for considerably less than the others. Still, because this sample was part of the same production run as the other rare TFs being auctioned (as opposed to the run for the convention), it does not have the same markings as the convention package, making it somewhat more collectible.
The bid is currently at $510.10. Good luck to anyone who wants to try for it!