best to worst: Alternators

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  1. Lumpy

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    okay, so there are 13 alternator molds...and i'm not talking character, or remoldedness, just based on the car and the transformation, as even the remolds dont really change the transformation...

    1 - tracks, swerve, b ravage
    2 - mirage, rodimus
    3 - camshaft, prowl
    4 - skids
    5 - jazz, shockwave
    6 - smokescreen, blustreak, divebomb (richochet)
    7 - grimlock, wheeljack
    8 - ravage
    9 - tantrum (Rollbar), swindle, hound
    10 - Dragstrip (decepticharge), windcharger
    11 - sunstreaker, deadend, sideswipe
    12 - rumble
    13 - prime, nemesis

    i think thats mine...i havent opened rumble (just got him yesterday, by trading rock lords, of all things) but ive played with one before...my opinion of him may change....

    so, what's your best to worst?


    ps...i'm a huge Tracks nut as well as a corvette nut, hence that mold being tops for me...

    2nd, anything i call by a different name has the real name in parenthesis behind it
     
  2. RandomFerret

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    Swap the scion mould for the wrangler and that's pretty much it.
     
  3. Th0r4z1n3

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    IMHO:

    Best: Mirage, with Rumble & Ravage as a close second & third

    Worst: Prime, the red plastic just has a cheap feel/look to it. Nemesis ranks a little higher though not by much.
     
  4. Feralstorm

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    Bestest: Jazzmeister
    Worstest: Sideswipe
     
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    Best: Jazz, Mirage, Jaguar Ravage (in no particular order)

    Worst: Sideswipe
     
  6. BigRC83

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    Best: Tought choice but it has to be, Mirage.

    Worst: Optimus Prime. I hate his legs.
     
  7. Switchblade

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    Best: the RX8 mold. Damn near perfect.

    Worst: Dodge Ram. Huge kibble-fest.
     
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    1. Grimlock
    2. Shockblast
    3. Tracks
    4. Mirage
    5. Silverstreak
    6. Prowl (w/ the leg mod)
    7. Skids
    8. Dead End
    9. Hound

    The rest are forgettable.
     
  9. P. Smitty

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    The Ford GT Mold is by far the best in the line. The RX8 Mold is perfect in vehicle mode but I find lit lacking in Bot mode - something about the feet just don't work for me.

    Rumble and Ravage are both awesome, but I find rumble suffers from extreme top-heavyness that hurts is robot mode a lot.

    Honourable mention goes to the Jeep wrangler mold, and the absolute worst (as everyone agrees) has to be the Dodge Ram. I don't have Nemesis Prime so I can't comment on that one, but regular OP absolutey sucks. You think they could have given him a better mold.
     
  10. Tekkaman Blade

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    Worst Dodge Ram

    Best??? My Fovorites are Hot Rod, or Jazz
     
  11. BigRC83

    BigRC83 I'm singing in the rain

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    What is so bad about Sideswipe? He is one of my favs.
     
  12. juise

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    Best robot modes: RX-8's, Subaru's, Mustangs
    Worst robot modes: Ram, Civic, Vipers

    Best Alt mode: Ford GT, Vette's, Hardtop Vipers
    Worst Alt mode: Acuras, Scion's
     
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    Yeah I don't get the Viper hate. They are amongst my favourite along with the Subarus and Jeeps. Least favourite would be the Corvette, and the Dodge Ram mold. They both could have been done a lot better.
     
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    The Viper-hate is due to glaring lack of hip joints, methinks. And that fact it can't stand up straight because of the bumper halves on the heels. I have Dead End, and I wholeheartedly agree that it is the worst mold. Looks great in vehicle mode, though.

    The Mazda RX-8 mold is my very favorite. I have both Jazz and Shockwave, and I think they look fine in both modes. Second place would be the Acura with the leg mod. Got Prowl, and wish I could have picked up his repaint, but never even saw it.
     
  15. SPLIT LIP

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    Best to worst from what I've owned/had in hand at one point:

    Best: Skids (Probably one of the few Alts I actually like)

    Rodimus (Same with Skids)
    Mirage (Same with Rodimus but only because it's Mirage)
    Nemisis Prime (colour sceme makes all the difference)
    Ravage
    Tracks
    Jazz/Shockwave
    Sunstreaker
    Hound/Swindle/Red dude
    Smokescreen/Silverstreak
    Rumble
    Optimus (cheapo red ruins any detail the mould had)

    Worst: Sideswipe, for problems stated.
     
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    I'll put the molds I passed on all together at the bottom of the pile

    1 - tracks, swerve, b ravage
    2 - jazz, shockwave
    3 - smokescreen, bluestreak, divebomb (richochet)
    4 - sunstreaker, deadend, sideswipe
    5 - tantrum (Rollbar), swindle, hound
    6 - Dragstrip (decepticharge), windcharger
    7 - camshaft, prowl
    8 - grimlock, wheeljack
    9 - mirage, rodimus
    10 - ravage
    11 - skids
    12 - rumble
    13 - prime, nemesis

    I think Tracks, Jazz and Bluestreak/Smokescreen are the prizes of the whole lot for overall design. Followed by Sideswipe and Hound, but these two have some mold let-downs whether Hounds head or Sideswipe looks cool, but just not right. Wheeljack, is just a pain to transform, but the car looks cool. Prowl looks ok, but he is what sideswipe should have been. Mirage really disappointed me, especially after all the searching I did for the damn thing. Skids looked like he had potential, but he was too blocky so I passed on Ravage, Skids, rumble and Prime.
     
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    Smokescreen, Silverstreak, Rodimus and Shockwave are the best.

    Skids, Rumble and Camshaft are the worst.
     
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    I only list the molds that I own and group same molds:

    1 - Jazz / Shockwave
    In my opinion a perfect toy.

    2 - Windcharger
    Almost as good as the Jazz mold but it cannot store both canopys in car mode.

    3 - Hound / Swindle
    Simple mold but captures the essence of G1 Hound nicely. Very good play value.

    4 - Sideswipe / Sunstreaker
    Nice play value just as Hound mold. With some modifications can be used for two different bot transformations. Leg movement could be improved.

    5 - Smokescreen / Bluestreak
    "Beta" version of the Jazz mold. Nice but transformation to car mode can be a pain.

    6 - Tracks / Ravage
    Overall nice mold, but the feet / legs are suffering from the car parts.

    7 - Skids
    Nice toy but a bit uninspired. Also suffers from the "end of the line" syndrome - that is I lost interest at the end of the line and didn't play much with the later toys.

    8 - Mirage / Hot Rod
    In principal very nice toy but too complicated. "End of the line" syndrome.

    9 - Prowl
    Legs are not very good. Also suffers from the "end of the line" syndrome as Skids and Mirage.

    10 - Grimlock / Wheeljack
    Too large, cannot be handled very good. Big fat ass-plate.

    11 - Beast Ravage
    Very innovative design, but a car that turns into a feline is just not my cup of tea.

    12 - Prime
    Somehow reminds my of Armada-Pants-Prime :) .

    13 - Rumble
    Just too simple for an Alternator. In addition it is top heavy and the "hand" gimmick just doesn't do it for me.
     
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    I like the car mode, but dislike the nearly translucent red plastic, the nonexistent range of motion in the leg joints, and the uninspired head sculpt that looks like it was carved out of a bar of soap IMO, of course). It works better as Sunstreaker or Dead End for me.
     
  20. Vampyr

    Vampyr Shockwave loyalist

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    best: shockwave (no, i dont choose him because i'm fan) the mazdaRX8 in sport version is so cool and the dark purple color work great on it

    worst: prime, this "flashy" all red and overall...this legs!..the nemesis is much good but just for the colors
     

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