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TFW's Staff Top Toy Picks of 2012

Posted on 01-07-2013 at 05:07 PM by Sol Fury under Site Updates
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As is traditional, with the arrival of the New Year we have taken a moment to look back on the last year and gather some thoughts on our favorite new toy releases of 2012. 2012 was a mixed bag of a year for Transformers, with highs including the excellent comics from IDW and the Fall of Cybertron game from High Moon Studios. Transformers Prime continued with its divisive second season and as it turns out the toy line was equally divisive from the moment it launched early in 2012.

Then along came a spider. And by that we mean Transformers Prime Airachnid, who receives this special (dis)honorable mention.

On the other side, the Generations line returned to shelves featuring Transformers Fall of Cybertron based designs and while this too proved divisive - with many bewailing the measures taken to reduce costs, and other celebrating the fact that we got so many of these toys in the first place, not least our first true five member combiner in years, and our first update to Shockwave since the Shockblasts of the mid 2000s. The Collector-focused Masterpiece series also continued to impress, with the new Masterpiece Optimus Prime being released in the US to much collector acclaim and Takara-Tomy also continuing to expand the line with releases such as Red Alert and Sideswipe.

With that little retrospective of the year said and done, join us as our staff reflect on their favorite Transformers toys of 2012.
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Sol Fury
Boardwise

Soundblaster with Enemy & Wing Thing / Twincast with Stripes and Nightstalker

It's hard for me to pick which one of these two are my top pics of 2012.
Both are great reissues of previously hard to find figures (Soundblaster being released previously under the Bookstyle set and Twincast under the eHobby repaints) to have them come up again is great.
With the addition of a more screen accurate paint app and new tapes between the two, it's a great time to grab these classic figures from G1 especially with MP Soundwave so close.

Runners Up: Masterpiece Optimus Prime, Masterpiece Lambor, Arms Micron Leo Prime, Prime Vehicon & Arms Micron Jet Vehicon


Deefuzz

Masterpiece Optimus Prime (US Release MP-10)

I really REALLY wanted to put the SDCC Shockwave HISStank with Destro here because of how gorgeous that entire package is, but Masterpiece Optimus Prime is really something that cannot be ignored. When I had first heard mention of the Japanese release of MP-10 I scoffed. I already had plenty of Masterpiece Prime molds and I definitely didn't need to spend such a high price for a smaller one.

Many thanks to Hasbro for bringing Masterpiece Prime stateside at half the price (despite the questionable pricing practices by Toys R US), had it not been for that I most likely would have never had the chance to experience this toy. This new Masterpiece Optimus Prime is even more of an engineering marvel than the original release was. In fact I am shocked at how much better this figure is and how it improves on the original in every single way. This new Masterpiece Optimus Prime has quickly earned a spot as one of my top Transformers of all time, and an excellent start to usher in a whole new era of Masterpiece transformers. I am finally excited for new Transformers again and cannot wait to see what Masterpiece figures may come next.

Runners Up: SDCC Shockwave HISStank with Destro, Masterpiece Thundercracker, BotCon Kick-Over, Generations GDO Protectobot Hot Spot


Dinobot Nuva

Fall of Cybertron Generation 2 Bruticus

The G2 Combaticons were basically the majority of my bad guy TFs growing up. When I finally did find an Onslaught to complete the set I must have only been 5, but my 2 year old brother went and broke his arms off. This thing was a dream come true, the purple camo splotches, the packaging design, the art, the tech specs, and even the way the figures are displayed on that light gray background on the back of the packaging is all perfect. While Transformers goes out of its way time and again to make the children of the 80's relive their childhood memories, it warms my heart to have some of my first transformers given such special attention with a collector's piece like this.

Runner ups: United Thunder Megatron, DOTM Wheeljack, Generations GDO Swerve, Prime Dark Energon Knock Out


FreshDebesh

Masterpiece Optimus Prime (MP-10)

This figure is one of the few figures I was excited to find and own this year. At first, I wasn't sure I would like it as much as its predecessor MP-01, but wow. This figure is smaller, but much more anime accurate and the proportions are excellent! Also, the colors on the Hasbro version are much truer to the cartoon than the TakaraTomy version (which is usually reversed). The figure itself is not a difficult transformation and with the trailer, really harkens back to G1 Optimus Prime. This is the figure we all wanted back in 1984. I'll settle for getting it in 2012. It was well worth the wait.

Runner Up: Masterpiece Sideswipe (Lambor)


GogDog

Masterpiece Lambor & Alert

This figure singlehandedly got me excited about the Masterpiece line again. Take your pic, be it Sideswipe or Red Alert, this mold reminds me of why I love the G1 aesthetic and why it will always be the incarnation of Transformers closest to my heart. While the rampant QC inconsistency left a bad taste in many people's mouths, the mold itself is terrific and brings the characters to life in a way they never have been in plastic form.

After acquiring this figure, instantly my brain shot to the idea of all the other Autobot cars getting the same treatment, and my mind was blown. The cheaper price (don't blame Takara Tomy for the poor exchange rate: this is terrifically priced in Japan), the commitment to scale, this all makes me excited for what the MP line has to offer us in the future. I just pray it doesn't sputter out before it even begins.


Runners up: Prime Thundertron & Arms Micron Leo Prime, Prime Vehicon, Arms Micron Silas Breakdown, Prime Dreadwing, Gutto Kuru Minerva


Lumpy

Botcon 2012 Kick-Over

This one was a hard pick for me, as I fought my inner fanboy nerd love to choose Bruticus simply because he's Bruticus, as well as the pure badassery that is the RID Vehicon/Arms Micron Jet Vehicon. Ultimately, I went with Botcon Kick-Over.

When I first got back into TF's in early 2000, Action Masters were at the top of my list of things I wanted to collect because they were cheap and interesting. Now I've mostly gotten over that, but any new figure based on an Action Master still gets me excited.

This guy took one of the top toys of 2010 and made it feel new again. The head sculpt is fantastic and the colors just pop so well on this mold. He's a great addition to my Classics collection plus, he's a toy from my first trip to Botcon, where I met a ton of really awesome people, so that adds just a little more to his awesomeness.

Runners Up: Arms Micron Jet Vehicon, Prime Vehicon, Masterpiece Optimus Prime, Prime Dead End


optimusfan

Masterpiece MP10 Convoy Version 2

At the start of 2012 my interest in Masterpiece Transformers was all but dead. 2011's Masterpiece Rodimus Prime (v1, with all his well documented warts) and Hasbro's shoulder-exploding follow-up left a bitter taste in my mouth. The toys were too intricate for their own good, and HasTak's relative inexperience engineering high-end transforming robots had become readily apparent. When MP10 and MP11 were announced I thought to myself "good, I don't need a second Masterpiece version of either character" and moved on. As pictures were released I began to see things I liked, but I continued to disregard the figure as something I didn't need.

A few months passed, then on January 26th 2012 a seller on Newegg posted a sale on the figure -- $199.99 shipped. I bit, and the only thing I regret is not buying him sooner. MP10 is everything a Masterpiece Transformer should be.

First, it's gorgeous in both modes. No longer is the alt mode the afterthought it was on other figures that attempted to replicate the G1 Optimus look -- e.g. MP01, THS-02. The semi truck and iconic trailer are spot on, and they're fun to play with to boot. You're doing yourself a disservice if haven't pushed this guy around your living room while making <vroom><vroom> noises.

Secondly, although you can nitpick the robot mode aesthetics of MP01 vs MP10, they're both good in their own way. However, the elimination of die-cast and the overabundance of gimmicks present in MP01 really makes MP10 feel like he's doing more with less. The figure is immensely poseable, intuitive and fun to transform, and never feels like his delicate and finicky predecessor MP09.

Bottom line: MP10 is not only my favorite Transformer of 2012, I think he is one of the best Transformers ever produced. On top of that, the fact that essentially the same figure was available at TRU in 2012 for $99.99 is beyond unbelievable. Anyone who walks out of TRU after paying even the subsequently inflated $119.99 price should feel like he just stole from the store. Masterpiece Optimus Prime is just that good.

Runners up: Botcon Classics Shockwave (not SG Longarm), Prime Vehicon, Masterpiece Alert & Lambor, Masterpiece Thundercracker


ORIO

Masterpiece Sideswipe (Lambor)

If it's one thing TFW's WTF@TFW podcast does, it's make you go back and reconsider toys you had otherwise convinced yourself to pass on. As is the case with me and Masterpiece Sideswipe. I'm glad I reconsidered, as this is one helluva a figure and I can't imagine it not in my collection now. I was fortunate enough to dodge the paint issues bullet (mostly). This figures intuitive and clever transformation, poseability and overall presentation solidifies it as the number one in my spot.

Runners up: Prime Vehicon & Arms Micron Jet Vehicon, Arms Micron Breakdown, Botcon Kick-Over, Masterpiece Optimus Prime


Razerwire

Prime Vehicon

To be honest I would probably have put MP Sideswipe as my #1 but as I'm only picking from the ones I actually have on hand, I guess the RID Vehicon would be next in line.

RID Vehicon has all the attributes that make a great figure. Excellent car mode, great articulation in robot mode, minimal kibble in robot mode and a fun but easy transformation process. It looks great as well with the pairing of silver and purple with the black.

It certainly set a high standard for deluxe sized figures in both design an engineering.

Runners up: Prime First Edition Bulkhead, Prime Wheeljack, Prime First Edition Arcee, Masterpiece Thundercracker, Masterpiece Optimus Prime


Shin Densetsu

MP-11 Masterpiece Starscream V2

Having owned the Walmart Starscream, Walmart Skywarp, MP-7 Thundercracker and Ghost Starscream, I knew some of what to expect with MP-11. However I did not realize how much better it was until I actually got it in hand. This is a far more sturdier figure that is a lot easier to handle and transform. MP-3 Starscream was my favorite modern Transformer mold for years. I knew the nuances and what to work around. However MP-11 is a much more pleasant figure to handle, and definitely more than meets the eyes. The improvements go beyond aesthetics. The quality control and sturdiness make it feel like a leader class Classics figure. The coronation gear is a neat touch. I hope TakaraTomy can improve Rodimus in the same vein, like the did for MP-11. Definitely worth picking up even if you already have previous MP-3 versions of Starscream.

Runners up: Arms Micron Nemesis Prime, Prime Thundertron, Prime First Edition Shining Optimus Prime, Fall of Cybertron Soundwave w/Laserbeak



Sol Fury

Transformers Prime Vehicon

I had a hard time picking one toy to hold up over all others this year, largely because I feel 2012 has delivered a lot of "good" releases but not one that I've bought that I might consider "great" (had I picked up the new Masterpieces, I might be singing a different song). All that being said, the Transformers Prime Vehicon is a great example of a Transformers toy, and I can't think of one that better represents the best of 2012 for me. It's got a clever and intuitive design, with a straightforward transformation that belies the cleverness of its engineering - the way that nearly all the car parts neatly fold away into the legs is ingenious. You end up with a nice, streamlined robot with a minimum of "kibble" and loads of poseability. Making it even better is the fact there's a second, Japan-only jet version that takes the whole mold and reshells it as a complete new design.

It's a fantastic bit of Transformers toy engineering that deserves a place in any collection.

Runners Up: Fall of Cybertron Soundwave (and Data Disks), Fall of Cybertron Kickback, Fall of Cybertron Starscream, Arms Micron Breakdown


Superquad7

Masterpiece Lambor:

Wow. Just . . .wow. This figure is a great blend of both toy aesthetics and his on-screen counterpart. It's got the sophistication and necessary complexity that one expects with a Masterpiece figure, but the elegance any collector expects from a Transformers toy. There's enough homages with the transformation for nostalgia's sake, but enough new things to make this figure new and fresh. Both modes look fantastic! This is an officially licensed and accurately-represented Lamborghini, and the robot is simply nice! Even though the smaller size of newer figures have been bothersome, Masterpiece Lambor pulls it off nicely.

Masterpiece Lambor (much like MP Prime and Starscream before it and MP Alert after it) really symbolize TakaraTomy (and Hasbro's?) bold new move with the Masterpiece line as a whole, and I'm much like many other Transformers collectors who welcome this change in Transformers toys.

I had a hard time picking this one over GDO Wheelie, but Masterpiece Lambor has just a few things for me that edges even Wheelie out.

Runners up: Generations GDO Wheelie, Masterpiece Optimus Prime, Masterpiece Thundercracker, Prime Vehicon & Arms Micron Jet Vehicon


XJunky

Hasbro Masterpiece Optimus Prime

Like many of my fellow forum members, Hasbro's release of MP-10 tops my list for 2012! While I loved the original MP-01 mold, I found its alternate mode to be lackluster and the large size and bulk to be a bit awkward. This reinvention of the figure keeps the great robot mode and adds an awesome truck mode. The lighter frame allows me an easier time to pose the figure. In addition Tak/Tomy & Hasbro saw fit to include the trailer at launch this time around!

Thanks to this figure my love of Transformers has been rekindled after a pretty stale year for collecting. I've even bought a new Detolf Shelf just for the MP line.

Runner ups: MP-12 Lambor, Masterpiece Thundercracker, Prime Vehicon
UltimusPrime
Nice picks.

Mine goes to Vehicon / Jet Vehicon with FOC Soundwave as my runner up.
Shin-Gouki
Doing these picks was one of my favorite parts of my many years of being the Admin here.
hotrod422
My vote would be MP-10, at least for the ones I purchases this past year.
optimusfan
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Originally Posted by Shin-Gouki View Post
Doing these picks was one of my favorite parts of my many years of being the Admin here.
It was definitely one of the things I was very excited to be a part of when I "badged up" this year.
Noideaforaname
I like how most everyone picked Masterpieces and Breakdown and Vehicon and the RtS Jazz mold (the stuff that are constantly touted as "the best things ever"), and then Dinobot Nuva's picks are all out of left field.
Kaijumaster
lot of MP-10 and Sideswipe votes I see....
Bnz Toy
Mine are MP10 and MP Lambor in 2nd, i can't imagine my collection without them.
conleyh2006
mp sideswipe would be my pick as i bought the mp10 from japan cant wait to see what else is coming for 2013
Powersa
Hasbro MP Prime FTW
CrackerBoy
Now where is the staff 3rd party figure picks?
UltimusPrime
Maybe my thoughts would be different if I had opened my MP-10. I have to get a extra or a Loose one before I can pass judgment.
roguesaint
MP10 takes the cake for me. I was lucky enough to be able to get a hold of one at a decent price and am just impressed again and again with the figure. He looks great next to the other MP figures and he looks great standing side by side with most of my classic figures as well.

MP sideswipe looks great, but the size/import cost ratio didnt win me over in the long run. He's essentially voyager sized at about 3-4 times the cost stateside. If we get a hasbro release for Red Alert, and any other g1 autobot cars (Sunstreaker fingers crossed), I'd be happy to add them to the collection, but in the mean time, I'll wait and see
Shin-Gouki
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It was definitely one of the things I was very excited to be a part of when I "badged up" this year.
Enjoy it, one of the perks for dealing with the garbage that you have to deal with
moreprimeland
Good choices, especially MP Prime.

Also, at the dishonorable mention...poor Airachnid, she was a wimpy one.

Guess I'd have to say Hasbro didn't have their "Spidey Sense" this year.
Griffin73
Masterpiece Sideswipe is great. Ultra Magnus Prime is cool, but I am hoping for a Motormaster repaint. Couldn't find the new Optimus Masterpiece anywhere. Got a SDCC Bruticus too.
wrw311
I LOVE my mp-11 Starscream. They got it right! Pose ability, colors, mold all right off the cartoon. Out of all the transformers I bought this year my list would be as follows (cause everyone cares right)

1. MP-11 Starscream
2. Knightmorpher Cyclops and mini sub
3. igear Ironhide - closest thing we are getting to a mp Ironhide for now. They did a great job
4. MP-12 Sideswipe

Im interested to hear what other people's list would be!
FatalT 71
Some really good pics here, but I'd have to vote for MP-11 Starscream. Blows the MP-3 mold out of the water IMO.

Definitely the Starscream toy I've always wanted, ever since I bought my first Starscream in the '80s and wondered why the hell the toy didn't resemble the character on screen
Timothy.R
i like almost every single one of the choices here.. except bruticus. G2 bruticus is definitely the coolest out of all of them. and with how awesome 3rd party companies are making combiners, it's hard to judge hasbro's bruticus without those figures in mind.
NGW
Only one mention of First Edition Bulkhead? I am disappoint.
Liege Prime
Good choices, and I would have to agree with MP-10 Hasbro version. MP Lambor is great to.
SideswipePrime
Cool! Nice picks everyone! Mine would be Masterpiece Sideswipe.
Batman
Great choices! The newer MP figures are amazing.

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Only one mention of First Edition Bulkhead? I am disappoint.
In all fairness, all of the Prime FE figures were technically released in 2011.
optimusfan
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Originally Posted by CrackerBoy View Post
Now where is the staff 3rd party figure picks?
Mine would have been Green Giant, hands down.

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In all fairness, all of the Prime FE figures were technically released in 2011.
True, but he did have a "reissue" this year, which isn't that different than other reissues from this year like Twincast and Sixshot. I was considering him for my top 5 for just that reason (I didn't get him the first time around), but ultimately he didn't make the list. Easily in the top 10 for me though, and quite easy to defend in anyone's top 5. My guess is many of the staff already had him prior to this year though.
Mr_K
I see from this list that 3rd party items must not have been allowed
mrgalvaprime
Cool pics

Mine for this year would be G2 FOC Bruticus or FOC Soundwave/Blaster
Skeeve
MP Sideswipe, Hasbro Prime, RID Vehicon, WFC Starscream, and Bruticus make up my top 5 for 2012.
brr-icy
since i count mp-10 as 2011 (got it for christmas last year, tops the list for 2011 though) mp-12 gets my vote as best new mold, runner up mp-11, both figures are fantastic and mp-11 is very sturdy, something that mp-3 wasn't
son of jor el
Number 1 hegemon......all day long.
charsdc2
All hail RID Vehicon! Killer bot! Got a few of them because he's so fricken awesome! Gonna have to get me a few Jet Vehicons too.
Galaxy Convoy
My top pick would have be RID Vehicon too. Didn't think I'd ever get one unless I lubed up and hit ebay. But then Aldi's started selling deluxes during the holidays for $10 and I got one. But damn if Vehicons aren't like potato chips. You can't stop at just one. So I ended up with 5 of'em total, nice round number.

The figure itself truly is incredible. One of the best mainline retail figs in recent years. I've never troop builded before, but it really is a sight seeing those 5 of mine lined on display. i hope to add a couple Jet Vehicons and a Jet Vehicon General when that gets released.
Motor_Master
Even with all the negativity the Prime and FOC lines garnered this past year, there were some gems in both lines. Add to that Takara's wonderful entries to the masterpiece line and I can see where people had a hard time choosing.

One thing I would like to see is "most surprising figure", that one figure that you held it in your hands and totally reversed your opinion on.

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Now where is the staff 3rd party figure picks?
It would have to be broken into at least two categories, Best upgrade/add-on kit and Best figure.

Mine would be a double win for Maketoys with Green Giant and Battle tanker.

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Mine would have been Green Giant, hands down.
I knew there was something I liked about you
Composite Ghost
I was happy to see Encore Soundblaster get mention. That figure really blew me away with its use of painted detail instead of stickers.
dragon516
I guess Artfire is just not as good as Stepper was and didn't even get an honorable mention. Stepper was truly a great figure when I got it last year. Artfire is nice too, but Stepper was just way better. Happy to see Kick-Off get in and a honorable mention for the Botcon LongArm along with Wheelie. As you can tell I really like the RTS mold. At that pricepoint, it really blows most things out of the water for value and design.
Biggs
Anyone who didn't pick RID Vehicon or Jet Vehicon doesn't know what they're talking about when it comes to Transformers, simply can't take anyone seriously as a fan or a collector who doesn't see the greatness on display in that figure. You can ALWAYS do clever transformations and therefore, get better figures our of Leader or Masterpiece scale figures... when you get down to the brass tacks of the "Best" figure for a year, you have to judge it on mass appeal, size and price-point and it simply doesn't get better than RID Vehicon. He's a figure that you struggle to find anywhere, even on re-release waves. He's crazy show accurate for his size and a design that SHOULD be held up as a "move in this direction, Hasbro" for any future toys... hell, EVERY vehicle alt-mode bot should feature a similar leg transformation for the roof of cars, that alone is simple perfected genius.

Yeah, Masterpiece figures are great... but they're nothing compared to RID Vehicon. 10 years from now, no-one will be hunting down copies of Masterpiece Prime. RID Vehicon will be a sought-after figure, it's got at least one... if not 2 repaints coming in the next 6 months alone.

It's the new benchmark for Deluxe size, mainstream figures. Wins on price-point, design, uniqueness of character and technology on display. Paintjob, colours and quality control are above reproach. Buy 3, keep one boxed. It's gonna be worth plenty in the future....

It wins everything.
Superquad7
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Only one mention of First Edition Bulkhead? I am disappoint.
In all fairness, I don't have one yet. I've played with the toy though. As one can read from my picks, MP Lambor is my runaway favorite.

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Originally Posted by Shin-Gouki View Post
Doing these picks was one of my favorite parts of my many years of being the Admin here.
It's a ton of fun, but I have to admit that it's never been easy narrowing things down to just one figure and 4 runners up. Sadly, this year has been easier than those of years previous.

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Enjoy it, one of the perks for dealing with the garbage that you have to deal with
For real

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Originally Posted by Biggs View Post
Anyone who didn't pick RID Vehicon or Jet Vehicon doesn't know what they're talking about when it comes to Transformers, simply can't take anyone seriously as a fan or a collector who doesn't see the greatness on display in that figure. You can ALWAYS do clever transformations and therefore, get better figures our of Leader or Masterpiece scale figures... when you get down to the brass tacks of the "Best" figure for a year, you have to judge it on mass appeal, size and price-point and it simply doesn't get better than RID Vehicon. He's a figure that you struggle to find anywhere, even on re-release waves. He's crazy show accurate for his size and a design that SHOULD be held up as a "move in this direction, Hasbro" for any future toys... hell, EVERY vehicle alt-mode bot should feature a similar leg transformation for the roof of cars, that alone is simple perfected genius.

Yeah, Masterpiece figures are great... but they're nothing compared to RID Vehicon. 10 years from now, no-one will be hunting down copies of Masterpiece Prime. RID Vehicon will be a sought-after figure, it's got at least one... if not 2 repaints coming in the next 6 months alone.

It's the new benchmark for Deluxe size, mainstream figures. Wins on price-point, design, uniqueness of character and technology on display. Paintjob, colours and quality control are above reproach. Buy 3, keep one boxed. It's gonna be worth plenty in the future....

It wins everything.


It's a great toy, and in my top five. That's a very polarized opinion, though. It's not one I can share either. I will say that it was fun troop building
MythofBlackout
MP-10 (the Hasbro version) tops the list for me as well. It's my first Masterpiece figure and I'm not the least bit disappointed in him. If everything in the catch-all Classics/Generations sublines had been like this (not necessarily in terms of size, price, or complexity but mere cartoon-level accuracy) I'd have been a true completist.

My runners up would probably go to RID Vehicon, FE Bulkhead, RID Wheeljack, and G2 Bruticus.
Biggs
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It's a great toy, and in my top five. That's a very polarized opinion, though. It's not one I can share either. I will say that it was fun troop building
I see it as pretty black and white, really. When you factor in Price, Playability, Mainstream appeal and then look at over all toy design, technology and how close it is to the actual show design... it wins all the categories easily from anything else on the market. He's revolutionary, popular, great for kids and adult collectors. 99% of people who buy him, buy another. That's almost unheard of today in the current financial environment. Sure, he's troop-builder bait... but it's made easier when he's as good as he is. There's some astounding First Edition stuff out there, we've been spoiled, really... Bulkhead and Prime on the Voyager scale... but at the 'Traditional' Transformers Deluxe scale, the mainstream scale and price-point, nothing comes close to RID Vehicon.

Vehicon is going to go down as a once in a lifetime figure, on the same shelf as G1 Soundwave ...Hasbro will learn from his design and he'll motivate a new generation of design aesthetics in future vehicle toys for the new movies and beyond.

Taking in all the factors at play, he's easily the best toy in 2012, in (probably) the best toyline since Generation 1.

Simple as that, really
dirtweed
Seams like there needs to be more uniformity when deciding on which figures can be voted on and what figures can not.

Masterpiece is usually released overseas a year before it's released in the states. Does that mean that you can vote for the figure twice?

When do you make the final cut off for what's been released in the states for that year?
Even though I bought FOC Soundwave and FOC wave 3 a few days before the end of the year I would consider them 2013 figures.

I like the FOC Bruticus but technically that is really 5 individual figures, can that count?

First edition Voyagers were never released in the states in 2011. Not sure how you can't count them as a 2012 release.

Should we start counting Kre-o? The Devestator set was pretty sweet. Those Micro-Changer teams sure look cool.

I think it would make for a more intresting read if each editor had to write about a different figure. I'd rather not read 2-3 people talk about how 1 or 2 figures are so great.

Personnally I can't belive that no one voted for DOTM HA Soundwave or is that figure considered a 2011 figure?

My top 5:
5. FE Voyager Bulkhead
4. Voyager Breakdown
3. RID Vehicon
2. DOTM HA Soundwave
1. Masterpiece Optimus Prime

Figure that I total changed my mind about (in a good way) once I had it in my hand: RID Voyager Starscream
Worst figure of the year: Cyberverse Optimus Maximus.
Honorable mention: All the microns and micron capsule figures total rock!
Superquad7
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Originally Posted by Biggs View Post
I see it as pretty black and white, really. When you factor in *snip*

Vehicon is going to go down as a once in a lifetime figure, on the same shelf as G1 Soundwave ...Hasbro will learn from his design and he'll motivate a new generation of design aesthetics in future vehicle toys for the new movies and beyond.

Taking in all the factors at play, he's easily the best toy in 2012, in (probably) the best toyline since Generation 1.

Simple as that, really
I can certainly see the points you make, and I certainly can't say that it's a "bad" figure (I wouldn't have a troop of them if I though so). I just read your posts, and it's as if you're touting your opinion as "fact". You're even saying that this is all "black and white" when it's really not, since we're discussing opinions here.

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Seams like there needs to be more uniformity when deciding on which figures can be voted on and what figures can not.

Masterpiece is usually released overseas a year before it's released in the states. Does that mean that you can vote for the figure twice?

When do you make the final cut off for what's been released in the states for that year?
Even though I bought FOC Soundwave and FOC wave 3 a few days before the end of the year I would consider them 2013 figures.

I like the FOC Bruticus but technically that is really 5 individual figures, can that count?

First edition Voyagers were never released in the states in 2011. Not sure how you can't count them as a 2012 release.

Should we start counting Kre-o? The Devestator set was pretty sweet. Those Micro-Changer teams sure look cool.

I think it would make for a more intresting read if each editor had to write about a different figure. I'd rather not read 2-3 people talk about how 1 or 2 figures are so great.

Personnally I can't belive that no one voted for DOTM HA Soundwave or is that figure considered a 2011 figure?

My top 5:
5. FE Voyager Bulkhead
4. Voyager Breakdown
3. RID Vehicon
2. DOTM HA Soundwave
1. Masterpiece Optimus Prime

Figure that I total changed my mind about (in a good way) once I had it in my hand: RID Voyager Starscream
Worst figure of the year: Cyberverse Optimus Maximus.
Honorable mention: All the microns and micron capsule figures total rock!
Hopefully I can clear some of this up.

The figures chosen have to have been released some time at retail during the year (in this case, 2012). For example, I did not vote on MP-10, since the figure came out last year. I did not vote for the Hasbro version because I don't have that version, and mainly because my choice (MP Lambor) was the better figure in my opinion. Release date is dependent on actual release date and first sighting, not simply when I am able to actually own the figure. For instance, if a figure comes out during 2012, but I can only buy it sometime in 2013, I wouldn't count it in my choices.

As far as Kre-O, it's an official Hasbro product.

Each Staff member is free to pick their choice of which figure they think is "best" for them. If it happens to be the same figure, then that's what it'll be. Typically, while there are some runaway favorites, there's enough variety to make for an interesting read one way or another.

I hope that answers some questions.
Deonasis
As much as you (mods) like partaking in this thread i enjoy reading it. Always refreshing to read 10 or so positive, articulated and differing opinions all in a row like that. And all on topic!

I don't collect the Prime line but i will track down a Vechicon now. I knew it was a great figure but to see many list it right up there in a few top 5's and beside my favourite picks makes me think it must be alright.
Biggs
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I just read your posts, and it's as if you're touting your opinion as "fact".
I'm not saying anything's a fact. It's just common sense when you weigh up all the factors that RID Vehicon is an incredible figure for it's size, price-point, design and mainstream availability. Facts? He's been selling out all over the world. That's not opinion.

Hasbro gets a lot of shit from us lot, but when they get something so right we gotta be equal with praise as we are with poison, so to speak. That's all I'm trying to get out there.

...I mean, you've got some dude there picking a BotCon exclusive [read: repaint] as a "figure of the year" ...really? This list is a bit like the Oscar's, you get these "elite" group of folks picking the weirdest stuff that's forgotten in a few years, yet these classic figures live on through the mainstream. Bruticus isn't a figure, it's five of them and MP-10 isn't available to many TFW fans over the world and/or completely out of the price-range for most folk. I mean, these lists are fun and you don't want to get bogged down by having to equate economic and social factors for transformers figures, Haha... I love these lists... but sometimes coming down from the mountain isn't bad thing to do.

I was just surprised Vehicon didn't really dominate the list, I guess he did in a 'runner up' way.
Superquad7
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I'm not saying anything's a fact. It's just common sense when you *opinion snip*

I was just surprised Vehicon didn't really dominate the list, I guess he did in a 'runner up' way.
I'm really not sure if you're reading how you're posting or if you just don't see it. Three posts in a row now you've attempted to belittle anyone else with an opinion that differs from yours. If we don't agree with you we either "must not know what [we're] talking about" and now it's "just common sense"? Really?

Again, I agree with you the Prime Vehicon is a great figure, certainly one of the gems of a mediocre line. But as important as G1Soundwave? It just seems like you're overstating your opinion since there are those who differ from your own.

If you disagree with my choice and/or another Staff member, that's totally cool (and welcomed, as it makes for good discussion). However, if you want any of us on this board to value and consider your opinion, I'd just suggest you consider how you're coming across here. I mean, I've really enjoyed what everyone has posted this far, even if I disagree with choices. I just have a hard time placing value on member's post when they come across this way.
madman1366
I have to go with Vehicons. The main line version is what all collectors should be unanimously able to point to and scream to Hasbro....THIS is how to do it!!!

QC issues keep knocking down my opinion on MP Prime. TRU playing scalpers on the price didn't help matters.

Other favorites... SDCC Zombie Cliffjumper, FOC Shockwave, PRIME Dreadwing, Ratchet, both Bulkheads and Optimi, Wheeljack Thundertron, and even Arcee. Not a whole lot I didn't like, but then again, there never is.
Anguirus
I think Biggs has a really interesting thesis, and I'll eagerly await to see how it pans out, as far as future engineering and all that. But, there isn't anything inherently wrong with picking an MP as figure of the year. The admins also aren't "elites," just folks with opinions like us. This thread is for fun.
Aeronnz
Great year for Transformers. I think 2013 will be even better...
menasor73ct
Masterpeice optimus prime
Masterpeice thundercracker
Prime rid vehicon
Those I own.including what I don't own
Mp 11 Starscream
Mp sideswipe
Other figures I do like from the year like combaticons and prime rumble,but those don't belong at the very top of the list



I think mp prime is going to win this one
With vehicon being a close second (can't get over how cool that unspecified car mode is lol)
T16skyhopp
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Anyone who didn't pick RID Vehicon or Jet Vehicon doesn't know what they're talking about when it comes to Transformers, simply can't take anyone seriously as a fan or a collector who doesn't see the greatness on display in that figure. You can ALWAYS do clever transformations and therefore, get better figures our of Leader or Masterpiece scale figures... when you get down to the brass tacks of the "Best" figure for a year, you have to judge it on mass appeal, size and price-point and it simply doesn't get better than RID Vehicon. He's a figure that you struggle to find anywhere, even on re-release waves. He's crazy show accurate for his size and a design that SHOULD be held up as a "move in this direction, Hasbro" for any future toys... hell, EVERY vehicle alt-mode bot should feature a similar leg transformation for the roof of cars, that alone is simple perfected genius.

Yeah, Masterpiece figures are great... but they're nothing compared to RID Vehicon. 10 years from now, no-one will be hunting down copies of Masterpiece Prime. RID Vehicon will be a sought-after figure, it's got at least one... if not 2 repaints coming in the next 6 months alone.

It's the new benchmark for Deluxe size, mainstream figures. Wins on price-point, design, uniqueness of character and technology on display. Paintjob, colours and quality control are above reproach. Buy 3, keep one boxed. It's gonna be worth plenty in the future....

It wins everything.
Anyone who "can't take anyone seriously as a fan or a collector" for a dumb reason can't be taken seriously as a fan or a collector.
RandomFactor
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