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  1. Philip164

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    Gimmicks; some like them, some hate them, they are as old as G1. But what is your favorite gimmick in Transformers from over the years and what is your least favorite. What Gimmick(s) would you want ether from another toy line, previous Transformer lines, tweak, or off the top of your head.
     
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    Electronics

    Electronics are bulky and people usually complain about the sounds, being too few, too many or sounding bad, now hiding the batteries well come down to individual figures the electronic sound gimmick needs an upgrade or thrown out entirely. I have an idea on how they could upgrade the voice; they should have a digital voice recorder and a voice changer built in to the figures allowing people to record there own voice clip.
     
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    Junkions

    Junkions, this one I thought of after seeing the new Wreckgar repaint; what if they had a TF line where they could exchange limbs. Now the first thing people would probably think of is using there ball sockets but that will just wear the figures out; what I'm thinking of is a cross between Crash Dummy figures and Ben10 figures. Ben10 figures require a large accessories to lock and unlock the figure limbs, and crash Dummies had a spring loaded explosion of parts, I think if they make the limbs locking mechanism a switch in the figures to lock and unlock the limbs without a explosion of parts it could work. The transformations might not make sense but if they are made of mismatched parts you could get some interesting simple build it yourself Junkions.

    After some more thought, it would be feasible as 3 pieces, legs and pelvis, arms and torso, and the head.
     
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    grimlock1972 "No Mas" My Wallet

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    Gestalts specifically the Scramble city type.
     
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    Insecticon I am a Transformers

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    I'm pretty fond of the Headmasters/Targetmasters/Powermasters mostly because their gimmicks usually don't sacrifice the quality and articulation of a figure like Minicons do. Plus you get a neat little transformer to go with your big one! :D 

    The problem with Headmasters though is that if you lose a Headmaster, you lose the head of your main Transformer. I'm thinking that Hasbro can do something like what Takara and Headrobots are doing and sell individual Headmasters.
     
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    My favorite gimmick ever is actually the Minicons. There was just so much versatility put into those things. They were like Micromasters, but some were also Powermasters, some were also Targetmasters, a couple were also Headmasters, and then some combined to form either larger weapons or a larger robot.

    I just think they got the short end of the stick having to come along with a crap show, and a toyline that consisted greatly of bricks. The Minicons are far and away the highlight of that entire line.
     
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    ^ This. It was a proper continuation of Micromasters.
     
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    Combiners have been the only gimmick that I've liked over the years. Most every other gimmick I've seen compromises the detail and articulation of the figures.
     
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    :lol  Oh my...

    Anyway, my favorite is Mech Alive. It's subtle and it adds more detail.

    Those damned Cyber Keys are my least favorite.
     
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    I'm all about combiners. Minicons are also a ton of fun.
     
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    That didn't come out quite right. :lol 
     
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    I would disagree.

    Cyber Keys were fun gimmicks.

    Honestly i think my least favourite are usally lights and sounds as i find them totally unneccesary.
     
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    I completely agree i would rather that portion of the budget be spent improving the figure.
     
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    My favorite gimmick of all time has to be Armada Megatron's slide out shank. For some reason I just love hidden weapons like that, similarly I like Archadis's flip out gun.

    As for a more general gimmick, I like combiners, but that seems so common in robot toys in general that I almost don't consider it a gimmick.

    I suppose I like little bots turning into weapons for larger bots, so targetmasters and some of the minicons are pretty good in my book
     
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    Combining, flip-out weapons (whether activated by buttons, keys or little dudes, I could not give a shit) and Automorph are my fave gimmicks. And tiny Transformers, they're so fun.
     
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    Minicons are my favorite, buy one get one free. :) 
     
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    Lacimehc Tastes like medicine

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    I like minicons the most. It's nice seeing them again.
     
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    But they're just an unnecessary middle man between you and your figure's weapons.
     
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    I prefer the more subtle gimmicks, like Mech-Alive or those 3mm clips we're seeing on some of the RtS and Generations figures.

    The more overt ones, like electronic speech or the Minicons/Cyber Keys, aren't that great for me since it takes up space that could've been used to improve the actual figure. The ROTF Leaders could've benefited from having less electronics getting in the way, especially Jetfire.
     

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