Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by jbarmadillo, Mar 30, 2009.
@barry I'll get in on some of that
I don’t mind PotP Grimlock’s legs, they remind me of his slightly chunkster proportions from Earth Wars.
In other news, Christ isn’t that Rodimus transformation scary with all the snapping noises! And I certainly can see stressing around some bits. Sigh. I WILL NOT obsess about them though, no siree, I am just going to enjoy it and take care transforming. The lack of arm articulation in Rodimus Prime mode is a bummer though.
Billy has also requested that I post his ten favourite Transformers at the moment, including his overall favourite Cliffjumper!
Soild choices Billy!
G1 Jetfire today.
Titans Return Trypticon for today. You never really get an idea of just how big this monster is until you get him in hand.
Diggin Beachcomber today!
Loving Fanstoys FT-15 Willis
Favorite today is POTP Slash.
What a fun little Dino!
My resident badass
Book style Megs today. Everything about it is classy and makes you say "Is that it?" when you see rare gift sets. Except when you try to shoot one of the pellets and realize you should have left it on the sprue.
Also, finally got decent snow cover while the lights where up.
I'd say the one on the left has a ghost of a chance....
Totally agree with Barry on the G1 Dinobots and the old comic book advertisements. Oh if the Bayformers were closer to that artwork...
I picked up Grimlock at the last Auto Assembly in 2015 for a fiver. Only after I bought him, did I realise he'd been customised to allow his robot head to turn.
I've since discovered Sludge could be modified similarly and easily. Strangely I had a blue ko of Sludge years ago who could turn his head.
Lately I've been meaning to get G1 Swoop. Despite the fact I grew up with G1, got back into collecting 15 years ago and Swoop was my favourite Dinobot growing up, I've never had a Swoop toy.
Hoping to pick up him and Slash soon. Along with my old Tyrannitron, it'll be nice to have the full team.
But I digress. Today's favourites are this set of multi era Protectobots...
Just be so super careful with that dino neck joint. I got a KO Swoop a few years back and was really careful and he still snapped straight away. Got another just before xmas and was even more careful. He's doing ok and he's staying in bot mode!
Slag was never my favourite Dinobot when I was a kid, depsite him appearing on one of my favourite Transformers covers ever.
In fact he was probabaly at the back of the queue with Sludge. But he was still a Dinobot so back of the dino queue was still miles ahead of everyone else.
I never actually owned any of the Dinobots but my friend's had Grimlock, Sludge, and Slag and whenever I'd go round their house I'd almost always go straight for those three and play with them. Jetfire? Who cares? Give me those sweet, near perfect G1 dino toys. They really did seem so much better than all the other figures. Not only did they have the best alt modes, their bot modes seemed to avoid many of the compromises that other Diaclone era bot modes suffered. I vividly remember playing with Slag, transforming him over and over, posing him, just drinking in all the detail.
And he stands the test of time. Slag is an excellent looking figure in both modes. Massive, massive feet aside his proportions are great. And to be honest, I always liked his massive feet. Same with all the Dinobots. They all looked like they were wearing fuck off Doc Martens or something. Quite fitting for the Autobot bully boys.
There's loads of little details I Love about Slag's bot mode, from the way his triceratops jaw folds down into his chest and reveals his face, to the way his hind legs collapse in. If this guy had better hands and an elbow joint he'd be a contender for best G1 bot mode.
The Triceratops mode is no slouch itself. Those red horns and the neck crest always made him stand out a little from his team mates. He's satisfyingly compact and mean looking. He looks like a wrecking ball. A fire breating wrecking ball. I think I used to be mildly disturbed by the fact his eyes were transparent. It is an odd detail. I could never quite get my head round why the Dinobots had clear plastic round their heads (or neck's in Grimlock's case). Just looked cool to the designer, I guess?
I actually quite like the fact they kept the transluscent plastic round the heads of the PotP updates, and I'm quietly grateful they've put a dash of red paint on his eyes. PotP Slag seems to get right what I found so wrong with Grimlock and just admits that the original was a fantastic design and apes it with modern engineering and more articulation. Apart from the tail, which now folds elegantly folds into -and fills out- the bot mode calves, and the 'wings' (hell have you got against those Dinobot 'wings' Hasbro?) this really doesn't change the transformation sequence too much at all. The lower jaw now hides the combiner port, which I'm grateful for. I get why they had to be a combiner group, but I'm glad that it's easy to ignore it.
My only, tiny complaint about Slag is that his hips are bit narrow and feeble. Suddnely he seems a little...daintier than a Dinobot should be. Like I say, it's a tiny complaint. I'm eagerly awaiting wave two so I can get Sludge and Snarl too. All five Dinobots (plus new addition Slash) in updated Generations form. Man, that's going to feel good.
Even nerds can be bad@$$.
Combiner Wars Computron for today.
Transformers Legends Leo Prime. So so pretty in white.
All the best
I am glad they made Rodimus more built up and menacing for Power Of The Primes. I think he has always suffered both in the fandom and under the pen of writers as being a failure simply for not being Optimus. Whereas okay, he might not be as great as Optimus, but he’s a Prime, he ought to be badass. Even Magnus got the occasional smack down on Galvatron in the comics. So here’s for beefcake Rodimus.
TR Six Shot--I decided to complete the phase sixers with some Christmas money and a coupon code. He is much better than I expected!
A Simulcast of Soundwave?
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