The black alu wheels issue

Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by BW megatron, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. BW megatron

    BW megatron tiran

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    I have a problem with what i see as hasbro's lazynes to paint alu wheels on car transformers.

    I admit that with some designs, like movie barricade or jazz it worksn, because they are black or grey, but with just about all generations/classics/universe it does not. I hate the fact that generations cup has no painted alu wheels, it looks like he rides on 4 spare tires. Same for jazz or prowl or perceptor. I hope takara rectifies this in their line.
     
  2. Gingerchris

    Gingerchris Telly-headed Tyrant

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    Personally it doesn't bother me. I couldn't actually tell you who has them painted or not since I really don't take that much notice of them.
    I'd prefer the paint app budget be used for the robot mode rather than tires. I display in robot mode anyway.
     
  3. blumpy2000

    blumpy2000 PENGUINS CAN'T FLY!!!

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    :lol  I just bitched about this in Kup's thread.

    I can't stand unpainted wheels. It's a huge personal gripe. I'll admit that there are some cases where it's tolerable (dare I say preferred?), but in general, unless the alt mode is an asian sports car, black wheels look terrible.

    I understand that paint costs money, but to me that little bit of paint makes such a difference.
     
  4. FCatCH76

    FCatCH76 Autobot

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    I have/would paint the wheels if I didn't like it. Is this an option for you guys?
     
  5. blumpy2000

    blumpy2000 PENGUINS CAN'T FLY!!!

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    I could paint them myself, but I've never painted a toy and I'm not artistic in the least bit. I think any paint I attempt to put on a figure would probably make it look worse.
     
  6. FCatCH76

    FCatCH76 Autobot

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    understood
     
  7. knoted

    knoted Resistor Transistor

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    Black wheels are very cool imo, so I'm not complaining.

    For some figs however, I guess metallic/chrome would be nice...
     
  8. MidnightBliss

    MidnightBliss Well-Known Member

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    Paint apps cost money. Paint the wheels and something else will go unpainted. On the ones that I want silver, I use a silver sharpie. Easy to control and it produces pretty good results.
     
  9. brr-icy

    brr-icy G1 Collector

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    unpainted wheels make the vehicle mode look cheap imo
     
  10. BW megatron

    BW megatron tiran

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    I'm used to painting gundams, so i muµight give it a go, but it's really beside the point that it still not the end of the world to paint the alu rims on car transformers. Even KO toys can get theirs painted...
     
  11. QmTablit

    QmTablit Disguise: Check. Robot...

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    I display everything in bot mode anyway, and sometimes the wheels are outright hidden. So I don't mind much.

    And it cannot be that hard to take a small brush and a bottle of Tamiya Aluminum and paint the car's rims. There's nothing "artistic" about it.
     
  12. Rotorstorm

    Rotorstorm OriginalRotorstorm Fanboy

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    i just mask off and use a silver sharpy, job done.
     
  13. Murasame

    Murasame CHIMICHANGAS

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    Don't like it either. I'm waiting for the Takara releases and then decide which to take.
     
  14. nemisispringer

    nemisispringer Well-Known Member

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    Here are the figs that dont from all the classics lines
    Hound (henkei hound does)
    prowl
    ratchet (henkei ratchet does)
    ironhide
    blurr
    kup
    jazz
    Octane

    Honestly i dont think ive really noticed when i think about it it bugs me but if you had asked me which figures didnt have painted rims i could have only told you around 3
     
  15. blue death

    blue death TokuNation Staff

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    the're just wheels. its not going to affect my purchasing of a figure and its certainly not going to convince me to spend double on it to import the japanese version
     
  16. Sol Fury

    Sol Fury The British Butcher Administrator News Staff

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    I'd personally rather the paint was used on the robot mode or to bring out some cool details. Unpainted wheels barely bothers me.
     
  17. SegaGenesis

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    PIMP ALERT: Pointblank has baby blue rims!

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    Also, I never really notice Transformers' rims. I can see your point, though. This is a slightly more valid complaint than the thread way back about every winged Transformer needing rolling landing gear...
     
  18. SPLIT LIP

    SPLIT LIP Dry built

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    Agreed. Sometimes it looks cool, or in the case of trucks works.
     
  19. Bumblethumper

    Bumblethumper old misery guts

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    Not a dealbreaker for me.

    There's always gotta be some compromise, and if it comes down to rims vs headlights or rims vs facepaint, or rims vs something more essential, then it's a compromise I can accept.

    I appreciate it when it's there, but if they have to leave it out so they can have more important paint apps elsewhere, I can live with it. At any rate, it's one of the easiest fixes there is.

    What I don't get is something like RTS Jazz, where they not only leave the rims unpainted, they leave the brake lights, the grill, the rear window, and most of the bot mode unpainted. ... Generations Drift somehow managed to get enough paint for all of these, and rims, and better looking plastic to boot.

    In cases like Jazz, it looks like they just cheaped out on us.
     
  20. Grimlock_13

    Grimlock_13 Reformed Geewunner

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    Sure it would look nicer but it really doesn't bother me at all. If it did, I would just go the silver sharpie route.
     

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