Automorph technology

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by NEST SOLDIER, May 23, 2012.

  1. NEST SOLDIER

    NEST SOLDIER IRONHIDE'S DRIVER

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    Just curious if anyone else liked the "Automorph" transformation feature of the first film's toyline, and if so would you like to see it brought back; perhaps in a new, expanded way?
     
  2. Mewtwo

    Mewtwo Transform & Bamboo out

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    I think how it's done in the Prime line is nice. It's just a little bit and not to much. Like a Head popping up or some panels moving. I think it works nicely.
     
  3. NEST SOLDIER

    NEST SOLDIER IRONHIDE'S DRIVER

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    I noticed it on TFPD Ratchet; What other figures feature it from the Prime series?
     
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    It's still used in a lot of figures. There's nothing to miss.
     
  5. SouthtownKid

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    I don't like automorph. I'm fine morphing the toys manually.

    Automorph is just one more thing that can go wrong with a toy. Gears that don't mesh or get out of alignment, or springs that wear down.

    Right out of the box, did my PRiD ratchet head spring up the way it was supposed to? No. How about my DotM Deluxe Optimus? Not really.

    Even when it works right, I'm never impressed by it. And when it doesn't work right, it's frustrating. I'd prefer if Hasbro abandoned it. Or at least left it for the TFs aimed at the super young kids, like RescueBots or something.
     
  6. Valkysas

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    Bumblebee, Arcee, Cliffjumper, and Soundwave to a small degree.
     
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    I'm okay if it's really simple gearing that would be hard to get misaligned, such as RID Arcee's head, but beyond that, I'm fine without it. Mechtech was a bit cuter, if anything, even though that also hampered some transformations.
     
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    Vehicon as well.
     
  9. flamepanther

    flamepanther Interested, but not really

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    It can be neat when it's done well, but it has also ruined a few toys.
     
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    Every Deluxe has a "dynamic head reveal." Even Wheeljack has a little panel that moves his head up. I wonder what Knock Out's is.

    I like Automorph, but Mech Alive, when done right, is incredibly impressive. ROTF Leader Prime and Deluxe Skids are two great examples. I never stop being tired of the incredibly intuitve chest transformation on Leader Prime, and having it morph afterwards is nothing short of heroic.
     
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    I like this feature as long as it's not overdone and is used sparingly e.g. just a head popping up or feet self transforming.
     
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    I like it on RTS Jazz, but people always bitch about his chest not locking in, so heh.
     
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    Flimsy.
     
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    Knockout's head flips up on a spring hinge
     
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    But not well. There's a clearance issue, so you kind of have to fiddle with it anyway.
     
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    Pretty much this.

    When it's done well, it's pretty slick.

    I'm not very big on how it's been used in Prime so far with the head reveals during transformation.
     
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    Knockout is the same deal. You pull the middle panel on his hood down, and his head pops up. It's...fidgety, to say the least.
     
  18. NEST SOLDIER

    NEST SOLDIER IRONHIDE'S DRIVER

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    I really like the feature, especially on the first movie line. First strike Optimus is really neat, as his legs incorporate the feature, as well as the Peter Cullen figure as the driver; which I thought was awesome the first time that I saw it.
     
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    as long as it doesn't cause permanent damage if you accidentally forced the action, f*ing '74 camaro bee and his hood.
     
  20. Matty

    Matty @StayingInTheBox Moderator News Staff

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    I actually really liked the auto-morph feature from the TF07 line. I remember transforming my Bumblebee classic Camero and being blown away by it.
     

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