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Botcon 2012 Shattered Glass Longarm Customising Class Figure In-Hand Pictures

Posted on 04-25-2012 at 07:26 PM by Sol Fury under Conventions
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Following on from this morning's newsbit on the identity of the 2012 Botcon Customizing Class figure we have some in-hand pictures and pictures from the customizing class itself for you. We've got here pictures of Longarm in-hand, as assembled and painted by myself, as well as an in-hand look at those resin add on parts that were given out at the class to enable class attendees to further customise their Longarm into a full-on Classics style Alternators Shockwave.

Last but not least, we also have some pictures of class tutor Shawn Tessmann's completed custom with the Shockwave head, the Longarm vehicle mode, and Shawn's personal pick of the deco for the head (I varied mine up a bit as you will see, such is the spirit of making a custom). Last but by no means least we've got a photo of the color version of the profile art for Longarm. Read on and check it all out friends!
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BraveMax
... Longarm?

Normally I'm all over Classics stuff - and yes, I'm upset that there will be this permanent hole in my Classics collection...

... But LONGARM? WTF?
Automaster
Can someone explain the meaning of Longarm? Was he a Wrecker and what does a purple paintjob mean? Is it hearkening back to Animated that Longarm Prime was really Shockwave and that the Alternators Jazz and Shockwave shared the same molds?
Cal
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Can someone explain the meaning of Longarm? Was he a Wrecker and what does a purple paintjob mean? Is it hearkening back to Animated that Longarm Prime was really Shockwave and that the Alternators Jazz and Shockwave shared the same molds?
Yes, Longarm (Prime) was Shockwave's Autobot alias in Animated. I like how the speakers have been painted like Shockwave's eyes.
Computron34
Yeah not gonna lie. I saw this and went WTF? Looks like Alt. Shockwave to me.
WhiteMocha
Makes roundabout sense.... he's a Classics version of Alternators Shockblast. Since he doesn't have a remolded Shockwave head, and has a human face instead, he must be Shockblast's Animated-based alter-ego, Longarm.

So he's a.... bad guy with a good guy cover, in a universe where evil and good are flipped, which makes him a good guy with a bad guy cover. So he's a heroic Decepticon taking a car mode and a human face to blend in with the evil Autobots.

I like the insane, line-spanning logic behind it. And I can already tell I'll be sad not to have a pretty purple Jazz on my shelves. Sigh.
Rodentus prime
And also alt Meister and alt shockblast shared a mold so that's another connection
Girl Pants
Looks pretty neat. I like the homage in a homage in a homage too.

I might have considered it if it wasn't the custom toy, but I can't pay those sort of prices for this.

Oh well, at least it's not like the last 2 years where I was VERY mad that I could never afford the custom class toys.
Soundwinder
Deliviously roundabout reference to Alternators Shockblast. I love it.

One step closer to a Battle Ravage remold of Turbo Tracks... yessssss...
SearchmanDS
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Makes roundabout sense.... he's a Classics version of Alternators Shockblast. Since he doesn't have a remolded Shockwave head, and has a human face instead, he must be Shockblast's Animated-based alter-ego, Longarm.

So he's a.... bad guy with a good guy cover, in a universe where evil and good are flipped, which makes him a good guy with a bad guy cover. So he's a heroic Decepticon taking a car mode and a human face to blend in with the evil Autobots.

I like the insane, line-spanning logic behind it. And I can already tell I'll be sad not to have a pretty purple Jazz on my shelves. Sigh.
Man, my head is spinning trying to comprehend the logic. But I think it's crazy enough to work.
Boardwise
It looks terrible.
G1Wheeljack
I hope this doesn't stop a possible Generations Alternators Shockwave by Hasbro in the future if they wanted to do one, after all they did do Classics Overkill.
optimusfan
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BOTCON 2012 Custom Class Exclusive: Shattered Glass Longarm w/ super secret special bonus.
Please tell me the "super secret special bonus" is that the head is two-sided so I can make this Shockwave or Longarm. That would totally salvage this for me.

e.g., if this is "Shattered Glass Classics Alternators Animated Longarm Shockwave" then I'm all in on this guy, if for no other reason than the fact that it's preposterously brilliant.
Secretcode
Just talked to Brian about it as he was waiting for the last tour dude. Apparently the toy has so many named internally, as he couldn't remember/didn't know what the final name ended up being.
Macross7
Um...OK?
StayingInTheBox
http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...on-2012-a.html

Okay, my brother in law is texting me from the class right now. If you do not wanna be spoiled SKIP OVER THE SPOILER TAGS!!!

"We can use either the Jazz head or ... a custom Shockwave head! Bio: he's a SG Autobot secret police. He's an Autotrooper. Leads them actually."
Automaster
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Please tell me the "super secret special bonus" is that the head is two-sided so I can make this Shockwave or Longarm. That would totally salvage this for me.

e.g., if this is "Shattered Glass Classics Alternators Animated Longarm Shockwave" then I'm all in on this guy, if for no other reason than the fact that it's preposterously brilliant.
Could be, or that his gun is painted to resemble G1 Shockwave's gun alt mode.

Edit: I saw above, a Shockwave head!!!!
gen1fan
Not my choice of the mold but it is what. Most like will be selling mine


If anyone think that you will see unbuilt kits for sale that will not happen. All kits must be built
Maverick Hunter Christian
Man, that's a streeeeeeeeeeeeetch.
Squall42080
Worst. Botcon. Ever.
payton34
From 2013 onward, they should just rename the convention "Shattered Glass-Con".
Computron34
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Worst. Botcon. Ever.
I would still argue with you on that point. Though this one is looking kinda bad.
StayingInTheBox
I actually like the figure choice ...
Soundwinder
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Man, that's a streeeeeeeeeeeeetch.
If this were a mass-release, or even a regular con-exclusive I would've expected a third-party Shockwave head, which would've made this a must-buy for anyone who owns an Alt. Shockwave, I think.

As-is, the class figures are way too rare for anyone to do that.

But it does make me wonder... would FoC Shockwave's head fit on Jazz?
[Wing_Saber-X]
uhh, I totally did not see that coming!
Alt. Shockblast/ Longarm/ Shockwave homage?
Squall42080
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I would still argue with you on that point. Though this one is looking kinda bad.
I guess you're right. At least they are using "Classics/Universe/Generations" molds.

Second. Worst. Botcon. Ever.
Computron34
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I guess you're right. At least they are using "Classics/Universe/Generations" molds.

Second. Worst. Botcon. Ever.
Hahaha. Agreed.
Bass X0
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Man, that's a streeeeeeeeeeeeetch.
Shockblast was repainted from Alternators Jazz.

Shockwave was repainted from Universe Jazz.

BUT they can't use the name Shockwave here so they used the name of Animated Shockwave's Autobot alter-ego instead.

It works.
Cax6ton
If I had a slot in the class I wouldn't have been disappointed, but this is something I could live without. I would still have wanted to go to the class, but this isn't something I'll have envious nerdrage over.
StayingInTheBox
I'm not sure why there's such a mixed reaction to this figure. It's probably one of the better planned figures from this year. The exclusive surprise makes it even better (if you don't wanna be spoiled, skip over the tags).

"We can use either the Jazz head or ... a custom Shockwave head! Bio: he's a SG Autobot secret police. He's an Autotrooper. Leads them actually."
optimusfan
I'm really liking this, but a lot of it is going to be determined by how good the Shockwave head looks. This is one of the few "multi-purpose" Shattered Glass figures they did this year that works for me:
  • Classics Jazz to Classics Shockwave to homage the Alternators - Nice!
  • Converts between Shockwave and Longarm (sounds like you might have to head swap, which is a bummer) to homage Animated - Nice!
  • It's Shattered Glass - Meh.

Looking forward to building one tomorrow! Hopefully he'll be an easy add to my classics shelf.
Bass X0
I'm surprised they would make a new head for a mere custom class toy.
payton34
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I'm not sure why there's such a mixed reaction to this figure. It's probably one of the better planned figures from this year. The exclusive surprise makes it even better (if you don't wanna be spoiled, skip over the tags).

"We can use either the Jazz head or ... a custom Shockwave head! Bio: he's a SG Autobot secret police. He's an Autotrooper. Leads them actually."

I wonder if the custom Shockwave head violates their own "no 3rd party" policy...
optimusfan
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I wonder if the custom Shockwave head violates their own "no 3rd party" policy...
They do custom heads every year and are licensed to do so. So, no.
StayingInTheBox
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I wonder if the custom Shockwave head violates their own "no 3rd party" policy...
Na. FunPub is licensed so it's no big deal.

I'm excited to build this tomorrow. I like the choice.
flywheels
Pass.
Crystal Convoy
Ugh. Why does so much of this year's set suck? I would think this was cool if I hadn't seen a Radicon already do it, and do it a lot better.
[Wing_Saber-X]
I just want more Botcon reveals, dammit.
payton34
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They do custom heads every year and are licensed to do so. So, no.
I know, just a failed attempt to be snarky.

Kudos to those who will enjoy this. I just think the 'con is getting way too SG heavy.
aprim
easy pass for this one.
Bass X0
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I know, just a failed attempt to be snarky.

Kudos to those who will enjoy this. I just think the 'con is getting way too SG heavy.
Its a homage to Alternators Shockblast in Alternators Shockblast colors.

The only thing Shattered Glass here is the title and the backstory. Just words. Nothing to do with the toy itself.
WhiteMocha
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If I had a slot in the class I wouldn't have been disappointed, but this is something I could live without. I would still have wanted to go to the class, but this isn't something I'll have envious nerdrage over.
This is exactly the kind of feelings the customs class fig should generate, I think. As the most unobtainable of the Botcon figs, the sweet spot seems to be something that is a fun bonus but not indispensable for most people.

Soooo.... for all those who don't like it, who wants to sell me theirs?
optimusfan
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Kudos to those who will enjoy this. I just think the 'con is getting way too SG heavy.
I definitely don't disagree with you there. The thing that I like about this is there's precedent set for a Jazz to Shockwave repaint with Alternators. They kept the coloring in-line with what I'd expect from a non-SG Shockwave toy, so I should be able to slap a giant 'con sticker on him and have him be very passable as a Classics Shockwave.

My only concern at this point is the execution on the head sculpt.
Deceptigtar
damn it.
Stepper
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Yeah not gonna lie. I saw this and went WTF? Looks like Alt. Shockwave to me.
That is what i am about to say,Shockwave's brother in the making.
payton34
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Originally Posted by Bass X0 View Post
Its a homage to Alternators Shockblast in Alternators Shockblast colors.

The only thing Shattered Glass here is the title and the backstory. Just words. Nothing to do with the toy itself.

True, but where would the average person place it in their collection? It's too small for Alternators, so the default would be to place it in the classics SG group.
Bass X0
Its not supposed to go in Alternators. Its only based on an Alternators toy. Its still a Universe Classics mold so it goes in the same lines that Jazz fits into.
SAF7
Cool!


I mean, it isn't "Botcon Custom Class aftermarket price" good (then again, I don't think anything is), but it's still really cool! It helps that Alt Shockwave is one of my favorite toys.
payton34
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Its not supposed to go in Alternators. Its only based on an Alternators toy. Its still a Universe Classics mold so it goes in the same lines that Jazz fits into.
I disagree, but whatever. To each their own.
process
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Its not supposed to go in Alternators. Its only based on an Alternators toy. Its still a Universe Classics mold so it goes in the same lines that Jazz fits into.
I agree. SG Shockwave - SG symbol = Classics Shockwave, assuming the alternate head works. He's still purple, after all.

Although it's not like most of us will ever have the luxury to have that problem.

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