Finally, here he is! The only true Blaster, unlike that silly imposter from the cartoons. Budiansky's Blaster was more than a little Batman-esque, most of the time having a smaller companion along for the ride. After having lost his friend Scrounge to the smelting pools, he travelled to Earth across the Space Bridge (which actually WAS a bridge in that version). There he encountered Circuit Breaker and her team, and was captured. After being released, Blaster joined the officer team of the Ark right in time to mourn Optimus Prime's passing. Although he eventually recommended Grimlock as a new leader, he came to regret this. Along with Goldbug, he was ordered to track down a human but eventually rebelled, causing him to have to fight Grimlock. This rivalry was a major part of the Swedish 1988 comic book run, and with Blaster prominently on the cover of the first issue I ever owned, he became an instant favourite. After being blown up by Starscream, he kind of disappeared. Even though he was eventually revived into his Action Master form, there he got his cartoon style head and lost pretty much all of his personality. I had some vague plans to make a posable version of G1 Blaster for a long time, but when I eventually got Masterpiece Grimlock who was pretty much in perfect scale with him, I got working. Since Blaster eventually contained a bunch of electronics as a Microchange toy, he's quite empty inside. I initially had grand plans, but for various reasons I had to scale them back. There's still room for a tiny MP3 player in his chest, which I plan to get once my economy stabilizes. He was also going to have lights in his head, which is why I spent ages drilling out his eyes. But after having the green stuff cure, something must have come loose and the LED wouldn't work. Bummer. Blaster is made from the following: G1 Blaster, with most of the connecting joints cut out. A bunch of Bionicle joints. KO Robotmasters Optimus elbows. KO Swindle hands. The alternate face off SOTA M. Bison. Various plastic bits and styrene. Green stuff. Some of the joints worked stunningly well, as if they were supposed to go there all along. The shoulders aren't as perfect, but worked well enough. I worked off his very first appearance in the comic, as well as a sketch I drew to see how much posability I would go for. Since I wanted a comic book look, I'm not going to replace the stickers I removed. The gun was completely built from scratch and attaches to his back with magnets, as Blaster usually carried his gun like that in the comic with no apparent mounting. Early on I had plans to buy a new Blaster and his gun, but that fell through. Instead, I used my old worn one. There was a few things wrong with it. His old (missing) gun had a broken peg in his shoulder, and there was a hole through the cassette window. I drilled out the peg and completely replaced the window with a newly detailed one. I was going to replace the head all along, making something closer to scale. I started by cutting off the face of M. Bison, also making him slightly more angular. Even though that's a human face, he's chiseled enough and Blaster always had a fairly humanoid, smooth look to him. Since I was going to have LED eyes, I drilled into the middle of the head. The forehead was built in thin plastic (a TF package I believe) and wrapped around green stuff which was roughly formed into a head. I then added the "mohawk" and rounded off the head, then adding the horns. Finally, after priming and painting, I added the visor which was made from a blue Bionicle packaging. I went with blue eyes to go along with his first appearance rather than use yellow eyes which I felt was a bit cheap. Even though I had to scale back my grand Masterpiece-ish plans a bit, I'm very happy with my Blaster. It's amazing how well the 24 year old figure works with some modifications.