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Old 01-30-2013, 04:28 PM   #1
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I'm loving 2013

WARNING: contains personal opinions, if you are easily offended then please stop reading

I may have very specific tastes, but 2012 was a pretty shitty year when it comes to transformers in my opinion.

Prime was a decent show, but wasn't too fond of the design choices (Anyone else think they have a similar aesthetics to that of Supreme cheetor?) and no toy felt like I really had to have it.

Kreo and Botshots had zero appeal to me, and new releases didn't really register on my radar.

TFCC had 2 solid releases in Runamuch and Runabout;
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...but I got them.

The rest of the TFCC toys like the botcon set well...how to put it...it felt like it held the same standard and quality as that of the TFCC website.

The FoC stuff was a swing and a miss as well, the toys was blasted for size and quality and much like Prime I didn't feel I wanted anything from the toyline.

Takara shone bright releasing some amazing encore toys and MPs, but I was a bit disapointed in the old repainted molds from other series that was released as United.

Third parties was what kept the flame burning with several amazing releases, like Ratchet, Ironhide, Photron...and of course the awesomeness that is Hercules topping the list of what now felt like a whole new level of 3p toys.



That was then...now, it's 2013 and I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

We have almost as many MP releases scheduled for this year as we've gotten the last 10

We are getting a real generations toyline again (by that I mean they look G1), with what many speculate will fill some of the gaps of our classics collections (trailbreaker/cutter, I've got a feeling you're in there)

The Encore series has picked up momentum, in a BIG way: Fortress Maximus - I am very optimistic about the future for encore toys. I don't like to speculate, but if the big guy sells well...man, we could be in for some amazing releases.

TFCC is stepping up to th...erm...ok, you need one exception to every rule I suppose.

Third party companies are raising the bar yet another notch by releasing 2 predakings, a Superion, a Menasor, several headmasters, Six shot, a tripple changer, topspin, twin twist, etc, etc, etc - the list just goes on and on and every new figure is looking even more amazing than the last.

With all of this pure awesomeness for someone of my tastes this is looking to be an absolutely amazing year - it has allready surpassed 2012 in my mind...and it's only January!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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If anyone's offended by personal opinions on what little plastic robots another prefers, they probably shouldn't even be here in the first place.

And yes, 2013 is awesome so far. I can't wait for that next toyfair!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:38 PM   #3
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I have to agree here. 2013 is shaping up to be pretty dang spectacular.

2013 looks also to bring some very good Transformers comics, which I am pretty happy about.


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Old 01-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #4
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:43 PM   #5
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I'm inclined to agree.

Prime was... a disappointment. I don't think any non-Cyberverse Prime figures I have so far will really have a spot in my collection, long-term. With a possible exception of TC Cliffjumper. Oh, and Vehicon. And a couple of the Microns (The Darkness Calibur, specifically).

Kreo has zero appeal to me, but Kreons do. The focus on them was nice. Bot Shots are kinda fun, too.

MP Prime and TC were amazing. I'm so happy about that.

FoC: Crap. The Combaticons were mediocre to awful, Jazz is the single most pointless figure I've ever seen, and Prime and Shockwave were made redundant by their own repaints (which didn't really come out in 2012).

Really, the shining line for me was GDO. All the Voyagers appealed to me, Powerdive was my TF of the year, the Deluxes were solid (... except for Swerve), the Scouts were great (though I would've swapped Sandstorm for Rumble, and probably Brawl for Frenzy), and the Legends were GREAT.

2013? Well, it begins with MP Soundwave. Therefore I am happy.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:45 PM   #6
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Unlike other years, we have a lot of cool stuff announced right off the bat. There's at least something to please any subgroup of fans this year, be it from Hasbro, Takara or 3P. They'll still complain and moan constantly, of course, but there's plenty of good things ahead.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:08 PM   #7
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The MP line is definitely worth getting excited about. However until I see pictures of this supposed return to realism-based vehicles for Generations I'm not getting excited. The 40 releases are quickly getting chisled down by FoC stuff I couldn't care less about for the most part. I'm definitely excited about upcoming third party items though.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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The MP line is definitely worth getting excited about. However until I see pictures of this supposed return to realism-based vehicles for Generations I'm not getting excited. The 40 releases are quickly getting chisled down by FoC stuff I couldn't care less about for the most part. I'm definitely excited about upcoming third party items though.
I aim to please: New Generations G1 Optimus Prime Teaser - Transformers News - TFW2005

A lot of people seems to have missed this article, and whilst it doesn't reveal much, it does seem promising.

A lot of people think that FoC are part of the generations for 2013, me I'm carefully optimistic about the prime in this pic heralding in the 40 generations toys that we were waiting for for 2013 (I mean, if FoC was counted as Generations in Hasbros eyes, then why not mention that Generations toys were going to be released in 2012, but that we had to wait until 2013?)

I guess we don't know for sure yet, but I am optimistic.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #9
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I guess that the announced FOC Springer and Astrotrain will be in the Generations line.

Hasbro said that they have something in stored for the IDW fans and with the Prime teaser picture looking like the IDW Prime design, the fact that the RID comic uses WFC/FOC character designs so the toys can double as the game and comic designs I think that chanses are Generations will mostly be earth + cybertornian vehicle forms.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #10
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BBTS catagorizes FoC figures as Generations, and it says Generations on the packaging. My guess is that FoC is part of Generations.

I just started collecting TF's last year, so to me 2012 was a pretty good year. I am excited about 2013 too, mainly because of the upcoming Beast Hunters and FoC releases.
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