Useless Gimmicks

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  1. awesomem131

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    Throughout the TF movie lines they always came with a gimmick that either worked for the toy or didn't automorph was great but mechalive and mechtech are two gimmicks I don't think contributes to the toy at all .That's just me though. What gimmick do you guys like the most/least and do you haVe any in mind for the not-top-distant-future?
     
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    i thought mechalive was fine, it didnt interfere with the toy at all.

    my favorite gimmick were headmasters. i just couldnt get enough of the smaller robots turning into heads. close behind that id say rubsigns. i really dont like recent gimmickry that totally takes over the figure, like some cybertron toys, the movie 1 toys with automorph, (the gears are very sensitive components prone to breakage) and the recent mechtech, even though its a completely seperate peice, it still subtracts a good deal from the size of the toy in general
     
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    Although not a "kinetic" gimmick, Allspark power blue was a pretty terrible gimmick viscerally.

    Cyber keys were slightly annoying too.

    I also dug Headmasters, also liked how they gave tech specs on the chest of the main body robot.
     
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    Yes. Buy this toy because it has ugly clashing light blue paint on it!
     
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    I personally like the Minicon gimmick, but think it could be done better.
    Mechtech is a fun lil gimmick that lets you customize your figures a little
     
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    Movie line seems to be the best and worst of gimmicks. Automorph and Mechalive weren't intrusive but Mechtech is just too out there for me. It makes the toys smaller, the weapons only ever really have one decent mode with rare exceptions like Megatron, and in all honesty they're just the standard 5 mm weapon system we've had for years, except now it has a name and springs.
     
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    Effing Power Core Combiners. Worst. Gimmick. Ever. IMO.
     
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    no, the WORST GIMMICK EVARRRR!! was movie 1 Payload's belly claw.
     
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    I find that Payload claw awesome.
     
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    The concept was awesome, but the big thing sticking out of his back was less awesome.

    Also, I liked Power Core Combiners :( 


    For me, the worst gimmicks are light & sound. It always manages to interfere with a toy somehow, and it's one of the few I never use after the initial play around with it. Sort of mess with it, hehe that's cool, then batteries come out and never go back in.
     
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    Waiting patiently for the Classiverse pidgeonholers to freak out and say this isn't movieverse, though we all know it was.
     
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    Agreed.

    I think because of the lights and sounds is why ROTF Leader Optimsu Prime doesn't a waist joint.


    My Fav gimmick is Minicons/Targetmasters and the Cyber Key gimmicks while my least favourite is Headmasters. Seriously why do people want to ripoff a robots head.
     
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    Agreed

    I always had a liking for light pipeing cause i looks cooler IMO and it dosnt annoy the hell outta you when u have a problem transforming it and u have multiple sounds triggering and i dosent take away from articulation where as the light and sound gimmick has to compensate for the speaker and battery pack

    my favorite gimmick has to be the whole headmaster, target master and power master mostly power master though look at double dealer
     
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    Worst gimmick? Armada Megatron's arm Minicon gimmick that reveals a silly eenie meenie blade. Waste of plastic, waste of time, waste of gimmick, really.

    Fave gimmick would be the Headmasters, Targetmasters etc. And I cannot forget BW OP's king kong chest-beat. It's epic.
     
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    Oh so many - PCC fails, that's a given.

    I think it's wreck gar that has lightpiping...with painted eyes...that sure counts as useless in my eyes. (pun intended)

    Armada smokescreen has a completely useless gimmick too though when I think about it - "yay...it has a huuuge gun...which he aims at the ground..." *sigh*

    Action masters - sorry kids, it doesn't transform, but here's a gun that does - now good luck getting your action master to hold it.

    G2 recolors...no...just no.

    Beast wars weapons...I'm sorry but high tech lazer guns just shouldn't look like big furry bodyparts.

    etc, etc
     
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    Walking Trypticon. I LOVED that as a kid.

    I liked PCC too.

    I also like Mechtek.

    Some Automorph was great, some ruined figs.

    Best transformers gimmick...HAS to be Walking Trypticon.
     
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    Since the big one for me has been done (Lights and Sounds) I'm going to say weapon gimmicks.

    Note: not just Mechtech. I'm talking any large weapon system that may or may not integrate into the robot. Voyager Blackout is the one that springs to mind as a ruiner. Half the toy is sacrificed to give him this rubbish... thing... that he can't hold and looks stupid. The net result being that he is a tiny figure with a broken accessory that replicates something that was seen for five seconds and not in the way presented. I'd have much prefered it go into his arms and they spend the money on a flip out chest gun.
     
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    Best Gimmick- Targetmasters. Always good to have another transformer.

    Worst- Headmasters. You can lose the head. What kid wants to play with a character that doesn't have a head?

    Lights and sounds are 2nd most useless gimmick
     
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    Worst Gimmick?
    Either Automorphing or Allspark blue.
     
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    For me a useless gimmick is one that hurts the figure.

    It's the execution that matters. I'm sure there are a number of ones that could be mentioned.
     

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