Kickback - what am I looking at here?

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  1. Terramotus

    Terramotus Triple-Changer

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    This isn't a criticism, exactly, so much as confusion. What am I seeing in the Kickback pics? I honestly don't know. Is this supposed to be some crazy vehicle of some sorts? An alien inset? I'm honestly asking for opinions on what I'm seeing here.

    http://cdn.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/4/1/7/2/7/_DSC9146_1335650912.jpg
    Is this some sort of rearing up bug form? Is this actually a behind view of robot form?

    http://cdn.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/attach/4/1/7/2/7/_DSC9148_1335650912.jpg
    What exactly is this...? A car? I see two wheels in the back, but nothing to roll on in the front. An insect? I don't see any recognizable head. There's claws on top... It doesn't look like any of the pics I've seen of concept art either. Is it maybe mistransformed (or just not transformed)?
     
  2. Bountyan

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    I honestly have no clue as to what the alt mode is supposed to look like. It's a fustercluck.
     
  3. Ravenxl7

    Ravenxl7 W.A.F.F.L.E.O.

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    I'm pretty sure that the one there on display is misstransformed, and that when properly transformed and posed it'll be a very robotic looking bug. All the necessary parts are there, they just need to be placed correctly.

    I'm not sure where you're seeing wheels...
     
  4. harrismonkey

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    EDIT: Nevermind- that's not where the pictures are. I don't remember where I ran across them.

    If you go back to the picture news story on the front page and look again, there were some pictures added later where they appear to have transformed it a second time a little more successfully.

    Still looks weird, but much closer to resembling an insect than it did originally.

    I think I like the robot mode, I'm a long way from sold on insect mode.
     
  5. Starscream Gaga

    Starscream Gaga Protoformed This Way

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    Both of those pictures are of rear view. I'm pretty sure Kickback himself turns into a Transmetal-style vehicle/insect hybrid.

    The real question should be why they made Kickback instead of Shrapnel!
     
  6. Terramotus

    Terramotus Triple-Changer

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    If it's backwards I'm guessing it's a buzzsaw thing? Whatever that big purple wheel was. I guess it's only 1 of them - the angle made it look like it might be duplicated on the other side but not visible.
     
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    The guy in charge of transforming and displaying the toys probably spent twenty five minutes trying to figure out what the alt mode is supposed to look like before saying "fuck it" and laying it on it's back.
     
  8. Wheeljack_Prime

    Wheeljack_Prime Don't eat me

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    That's not his alt mode. They had two displayed in bot mode and one fell over.
     
  9. Ravenxl7

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    That's just his weapon, which I doubt has any importance to the actual alt-mode.

    I don't think it'll be perfect, but he looks like he'll turn into a decent interpretation of the in-game insecticons. Would be great if they made a Bombshell that looks kind of like the one's in Prime.
     
  10. TrueNomadSkies

    TrueNomadSkies Airachnid's ratservant

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    More & more points leading back to Tarantulas, hehe...
     
  11. MegaHavok

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    He looks more like a member of the IDW swarm then an actual insecticon
    I'll probably but two to pose behind my fans project insecticons
     
  12. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    Trademarks, that's why.
     
  13. [Wing_Saber-X]

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    I dont care what it's suppose to transform into, all I know is that I will get it! :D 
     
  14. MPrime10

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    I can already tell that he is mistransformed in the insect pic.

    See that hinge on the leg? I'm pretty sure that part of the eg folds onto the insect leg.

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  15. Prime Noble

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    It's a nice homage to the G1 Insecticons. Shrapnel and Bombshell also had indiscernable alt modes.

    Ironically, Kickback was the only one that resembled an insect.
     
  16. Thenames9

    Thenames9 D-d-d-d-duel!

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    I also have no idea what it is. I've seen a beetle run over by a car that's more recognisable than that.
     
  17. deaculpa

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    wonk.
    shrapnel is a stag beetle.
    bombshell is a japanese rhino beetle.


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  18. Cal

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    Hey, maybe that's what it's supposed to be! This is Kickback in alt mode after he's been squashed by Kup. Great homage there, Hasbro!
     
  19. G1_Cindersaur

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    looks like an angry robot trying to take a massive crap...
     

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