Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Lady Slipstream, Nov 20, 2015.
Titans Return Misfire by Brandon Farrelly, on Flickr
Sdcc is merely days away now in the words of sponge Bob square pants I'm ready!!!!
Is there a Meetup planned for us TF fans? I'm doing a pub crawl Friday night but free Saturday night, be nice to do a little energon cafe.
her transformation mirrors G1 misfires more than misfires does!
that titanmaster is amazing, a return to paint.
Finally gave my Decepticon display a much needed change.
I left a little space for some new additions. Grand Scourge will go back over to the Unicronian/S4 display, and I think I might just put Straxus and Jhiaxus away for the time being. Astrotrain will be shifted over to their postion, with Blitzwing being on the left and Slugslinger infront of him. Octane and Tidal Wace can go infront of Sixshot, with Misfire, Krok, and Quake infront of them. I suppose Pounce and Wingspan could go Infront of Triggerhappy.
Pretty sure I'll add Liokasier directly behind Megatron. That will work perfectly.
Have anyone ever thought of using Tidal Wave as a "G1 version of the character" and having him with the Decepticon Triple Changer group?
What a beautiful collection.
Thats actually my exact intention with the TR figure! Though, granted I thought that was a given seeing as how he appears on the boxset and used a CHUG mold. He will be my G1 Tida Wave, and I will love him dearly since nobody ever bought me one when I was a kid.
Thanks! I put a lot of money, money, and time into it! I also have a Unicronian/S4 display too.
I plan to but both Sky Shadow and Overlord at opposite angles behind Galvatron, G2 Menasor will be replaced with Mega Empress, and I guess I'll throw in some other chaps at some point. I'll also maybe eventually trim down my Sweeps to just Scourge to make room for whatever POTP throws my way.
Well there technically was a "G1" version of the character that appeared in the Wings Universe if that counts.
Tidal Wave (G1) - Transformers Wiki
He also appeared in IDW. He was a member of Taranulas and Carnivas group that took on organic beast modes, and was thus a whale. He most likely turned into a ship before that.
Da'www that's cute
And Sixshot will be part of that group of "Phase Sixers"?
Nope. Sixshot will remain in Megatron's company. I never cared for the "Phase Sixer" concept, they're all just naturally that badass in my mind. Anywho though, there was originally supposed to be a picture attacthed to the post you quoted. I fixed it now.
This is crying out for a "deal with it" meme.
Bring on Slugslinger
I believe so wouldn't have a clue as to where to look though. I'm in north Florida I wish we would we would get a convention
Ya'll's photos give me life!
(*Absorbs your life force secretly to stay young forever*)
Er, I mean...
... nice photos.
So while Astrotrain was my favourite of the Decepticon Triple Changer toys, Blitzwing was the one who had the coolest look in the cartoons and comics. He looked like the archetypal Decepticon soldier, almost as iconic as the Seekers. In fact he kind of looked like Seeker plus in many ways. Plus he had shades! Any robot with shades was an instant hit with my little 1980's self.
Blitzwing is an oddity amongst the Triple Changers, but at the same time characteristic of his Diaclone heritage, in that his robot mode is the least fully realised of the three. It's not bad, but it's not great. The way the wings are on the same level as it arms makes it look like he's wearing a coat that just far too big for him. And of course they're very stumpy arms, only articulated at the shoulder. His hands are quirky in that the gun can only go in his right hand and his sword in the left. His head seems a little squashed and I've never been a fan of his face being the same shade of dark purple as the rest of him. His spindly little legs and tail fin feet don't really work for me either. I do like the tank barrel sticking up behind his head but that's kind of it.
But I loved his tank mode! It is an excellent little toy tank and was so much fun to roll around, spinning its turret hither and yon. there's a couple of things that could have improved it, namely hiding the pet cockpit a wee bit better and some better molding on the tank tracks either side. But seriously, if you fixed those two things I'd consider this a flawless alt mode. I can't recommend the jet so highly. It's pretty cool but it's just so boxy and un-aerodynamic. Even as a kid I knew a plane wouldn't work very well if it looked like that. I do like the diecast tail fins though.
I'm not sure what I think about Titans Return Blitzwing. In a couple of these posts I've talked about my admiration for Hasbro resisting the urge to update a character model for the sake of updating a character model. It's been great to see the likes of Perceptor, Seaspray and Trypticon stick to the old character model or toy look and just update the engineering, detail and articulation. Blitzwing almost feels too slavish to the old toy.
A lot of it comes down to that deep purple on the face. I'm obviously more used to seeing the lighter shade of face under that yellow helmet. It's such a weird look, possibly only to my eye. Casting my eyes over my G1 shelves there's very few bots that have a face that's darker than the helmet, in fact apart from Galvatron Blitzwing is the only one that catches my eye. That said, I love the super G1 toy accurate sword.
Oddly, despite this gripe, my other problem with Blitzwing in robot mode is that he's somewhat over rendered. He's got a remarkable amount of very granular detail all across his torso, legs and arms. It reminds of everything I disliked about the Image comics from the early '90's, where every single panel would be so over worked that you'd walk away from the comic with a nervous headache. What can I tell you? I grew up with Kevin Maguire's smooth work on the Justice League comics and the likes of Steve Yowell and Steve Dillon on various 2000ad strips. The OTHER thing that bothers me is those arms. They're kind of a mess! They manage to be both too think and too bulky all at the same time.
And if the robot mode is problematic...
The tank mode is really well conceived. The design is clever as far as trying to accomplish the trick of hiding both the plane and robot. I personally would have liked to have seen a bigger tank barrel but I'm glad the turret rotates. But oh my god, it tabs together so incredibly badly. It's all I see when I look at the thing. The panels that sit on the back of his calves pops up, and the shins won't tab into the thighs, which mean the under carriage is so uneven that it won't roll, the shoulder tabs constantly pop out. If I ever wanted to have some sort of diorama where there was a blown up tank this would be great. I've seen other people say that it just requires many, many transformations before it all sits flush, so I look forward to mine working well in the year 2025.
The jet is much better. It still feels like it's about to pop apart at any second, but the fact you can force it to stay together a bit better by tabbing the gun in is a bit of a consolation. It really does look good though and wit sit comfortably next to a set of Voyager class Seekers (hint hint Power of the Primes). It has the inevitable triple changer kibble with that lumpy tank track/arms hanging around under the wings, and looks super awkward in profile, but it's clear that a lot of care and attention has gone into this.
I can't help but wonder why Blitzwing is such a hard one to get right. We only have to look back at the Thrilling 30 model to see how badly it can go wrong. I can't imagine myself wanting to add a third Blitzwing to my Generations collection, so it's not like I'm eager for them to take another crack. For all his flaws, this guy is going to be standing on my CHUG shelf for years to come.
More Misfire! He looks really nice with Triggerhappy
Decepticon Targetmasters by Brandon Farrelly, on Flickr
Decepticon Targetmasters by Brandon Farrelly, on Flickr
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