Minerva for HOF 2012

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  1. Megabattimus

    Megabattimus Same As It Ever Was

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    Since her running mate Swindle has a thread already, I figured Minerva deserved one as well.

    Also, since I can't really think of anything to say about Minerva, I'm going to quote Aernaroth who summed up perfectly why Minerva deserves to be in the Hall of Fame:

     
  2. GogDog

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  3. Aernaroth

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    Minerva for 2012 HoF

    (crossposting this for completion, and because it makes a good OP)

    Friends, fans, comrades, it would appear that another year's Hall of Fame discussion is upon us. A chance for the franchise and it's current convention licenseholder to honor the Transformers and those who have made an impact on its history, both real and fictional.

    Now, the automatic inductees, we don't have control over, and I don't claim to know what weight our voices have in terms of input, but it's still interesting to discuss.

    Which real inductees should be recognized? There's such a long list. David Kaye was the voice of Megatron for nearly a decade, and followed that by acting as the role of Optimus Prime AND Grimlock (and others) in Animated. He's helped voice some of the most interesting and memorable incarnations of already iconic characters, and he's done it over a substantial portion of the brand's lifespan. Or perhaps Susan Blu, who has been around since the beginnings of the franchise, and who helped voice one of its most endearing and admirable female roles in an era where they were few and far between. She also worked behind the mic, as voice director on Beast Wars and Animated, regarded as two of the high points in the television history of Transformers, and was also able to reprise her role as Arcee in Animated. Or maybe Shoji Kawamori, a legendary mechanical designer, who had a hand in the original Diaclone design of Optimus Prime and that of G1 Jetfire, and who today (after dozens of memorable robots in other franchises) returned to the brand to bring us Hybrid Style Convoy and the MP Starscream mold. I could go on all day.

    And what about the character inductees? Given the major choices from last year, it seems likely that Shockwave and Grimlock will be among the inductees this year, especially with Shockwave's inclusion in DOTM and Grimlock's in FOC. But this brings us to the most controversal, and contentious part of the Hall of Fame Ceremony: The Fan-Choice characters.

    Before I discuss who I would like to see inducted, I submit to you this: As fans of Transformers, we are in a unique position as simultaneous spectators of its events, bearers of its history, and as evangelists for its finest aspects. For us to be given the opportunity to choose an inductee, as a community, is an opportunity for us to dig deep and choose a character that may not be an obvious choice, but who has still had an impact on the growth of the brand. Our knowledge and experience in terms of what Transformers, and how it has affected each of us on a personal level may draw us to different characters for different reasons, but so long as we can express those reasons, it's worth doing so. If the character ends up being selected, it could mean Hasbro attention, maybe a new toy, maybe another chance for some long-overdue time in the spotlight after a long absence (if they were ever there to begin with). If not, it's still an opportunity for us all to learn about the great moments, characters, and history of the brand, and to pass on what we know to others.

    So without further ado, my selection for this year's fan-choice inductee, which should be of no surprise to many, is:

    MINERVA


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    from Transformers: Super-god Masterforce

    Minerva is a character defined by the firsts she brought to the franchise. Super-god Masterforce was a dramatically new direction for the Transformers franchise, borrowing heavily from the Sentai genre and introducing a lot of the stranger gimmicks from the later part of G1. It also was dramatically different, in that while transforming and transformers still played a major part in the show, the core of the cast were HUMANS for the first time, among them Minerva. As a member of the Headmaster Juniors, Minerva stepped out of line from the human females of the past in Transformers, and got involved in the action. As such, her toy (seen above) represents the FIRST FEMALE TRANSFORMER FIGURE to receive a mass release. And as previous headmasters had been Nebulons and Cybertronians with Transtector bodies, this figure (along with her Headmaster Junior compatriots) represent the FIRST HUMAN FIGURES released in the main Transformers line.

    Minerva's character was strong, brave and smart, while still being feminine, and brought a unique touch to a team filled with more hot-blooded characters like Shuta and Ginrai. Along with acting as a medic and rescue specialist, Minerva fought to defend herself and the people she cared for, overcoming initial apprehensions about her powers to become a confident member of the Cybertron forces on earth. While she needed rescuing and help from time to time from her teammates, Minerva was no damsel in distress, saving the day for her comrades just as often. Minerva drew no boundaries in who she helped, be they human, animal, Cybertronian, or even Destron. Time and time again, Minerva reached out to the Destron Headmaster Cancer, despite the feelings of her teammates, eventually bringing him over to the Autobot side and to redemption, a feat seen only a handful of times in Transformers history. Minerva helped to embody one of the central themes of Masterforce, that "You are a Transformer", in both a literal and a metaphoric sense. She showed the audience that being a hero wasn't about having giant robot powers or laser weapons, it was attainable even for human beings, and was more about seeing the good in others, facing our problems and overcoming them, and becoming something greater than we were the day before.

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    Minerva is a character that's never truly been forgotten, especially in Japan, even if she may not be particularly well known in North America. She was included in the Super Figure Collection line of PVC figures, later adapted as the Heroes of Cybertron line in North America (though she was one of many figures left out of the HoC line), and also received a homage redeco on the Cybertron Thunderblast mold as a DVD exclusive. More recently, Minerva was the subject of an Animated update at last years Botcon Custimization Class, using the Animated Arcee mold as a base. Sadly, this means Minerva's toys are all Japanese exclusives or otherwise extremely difficult to obtain. Minerva has also been the subject of a 3rd party model in the Guttu Kurru line, slated for release soon in her Transtector suit.

    Acknowledgement for Minerva would be a day well due not only for her character, but for Masterforce as well. Only very recently released in North America, Masterforce remains a somewhat obscure series, but one that dared to push the envelope of what Transformers could be. In a time when Transformers was starting to lose steam and wind down in North America, and when there was no longer any new episodes on television, Masterforce carried the torch in Japan, bringing new stories to new fans, and at the same time bringing life to many of the amazing figures from that period that otherwise would have only known a few minor comic and commercial appearances. Masterforce remains to this day a completely unique take on the concept of Transformers, and a part of it's history well worth investigating.

    It also represents a nod to the Headmasters, and to a lesser extent, all the other gimmicks from that time. For all their derision, the Headmasters were brilliant in terms of toy design. Small, self-contained robots that interacted with the overall figure in both modes, and who could alter the figure's "statistics" depending on which head was chosen, adding even further play value once other headmasters were used. This element of collectability and gestalt play was one unseen to a large degree since the advent of the combiners. Headmasters were a gamble for the brand, and they may not have paid off as well as hoped, but they're still damned interesting and worth acknowledging.

    So please, join me in supporting Minerva for the Hall of Fame in 2012. Help show the world there's more to the franchise and it's fandom than G1 and Beast Wars, that humans, male AND female, can help kick AND save Decepticon ass, and that there's way more to the history of Transformers than meets the eye!

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    See Also: Why Masterforce Matters

    See Also: Minerva's Place At The Start of A Strange Transformers Trend

    See Also: What's In A Name: The Etymology of Minerva
     
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  4. GogDog

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  5. GogDog

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  6. WTDylio

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    Minerva's one of 3 characters i'm supporting, hope she gets nominated
     
  7. jackgaughan

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    This is apporpiate right?
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    She's so damn cute! She better get a retail Hasbro release!
     
  8. GogDog

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    It's all appropriate except for that redhead bimbo version. :) 
     
  9. Chykin

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    YES. *Goes to change sig*
     
  10. guard convoy

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    I vote for minerva and swindle proudly!

    but when it comes down to it, the lovely minerva gets my vote (eagerly awaits the KO minerva to come in)
     
  11. mrdecepticon

    mrdecepticon Decepticon Leader

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    I have never heard of her,shes not getting my vote.But good OP
     
  12. rattraprules98

    rattraprules98 AKA Chr0nus

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    I support this!
     
  13. Aernaroth

    Aernaroth <b><font color=blue>I voted for Super_Megatron and Veteran

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    For her supporters, here's some Minerva sigs created by some very talented members of the community (which I hope they won't mind me encouraging the sharing of):

    By the illustrious Gogdog

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    By Silvershot

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    For those supporting the Minerva/Swindle Doublebill, here's one by Guard_convoy:

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    By Megatronski:

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    And another by board member Sidewayz:

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    Hey... wait a minute... that's not minerva...




    EDIT: WOW! That really escalated quickly! Definitely some heroes using their Masterforce in this thread.


    EDIT-G2: Here's some blank templates if people want to have a go at their own:

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  14. doomboy536

    doomboy536 Universe Onslaught fanboy

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    Aernaroth's post convinced me to support the Swindle-Minerva combination. Both of them will be getting my votes if they make it through to the final round.
     
  15. SouthtownKid

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    I don't follow HoF stuff, but is Minerva the first human character with fan support for a nomination?
     
  16. KnightHawkke

    KnightHawkke Flynn Lives TFW2005 Supporter

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    Ohh, I think a few people were tossing Kicker around last year..:lol 
     
  17. GogDog

    GogDog Logic's wayward son Veteran

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    Minerva is also technically a full fledged Transformer, post-Masterforce.
     
  18. Demonss

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    I support minerva!
     
  19. Boardwise

    Boardwise There are no strings on me Super Mod

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    If you are going to have a HoF banner as your signature then please remember the limits of 500px wide, 300px high and 40KB or less for non-supporters.

    Supporters are allowed 700px wide, 300px high and 200KB or less.
     
  20. SouthtownKid

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    I guess. That whole thing of transtectors spontaneously gaining sentience has always seemed a little sketchy to me.

    TF shows have always played a little fast and loose with the definition of what constitutes an actual sentient life form as opposed to a simple machine programmed with a personality, especially in the years before the introduction of the concept of Sparks...but the Masterforce transtectors really blurred the line to the extreme.
     

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