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Naming Rights Be Damned! - Images of Solar Storm Grappel

Posted on 10-02-2010 at 03:51 AM by Kickback under Transformers Generations Classics 3.0
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We're not really sure how a construction crane vehicle can be "solar storm" powered, but we all love and collect cars that turn in to robots, so yay, and enjoy these images of the upcoming Generations / Reveal the Shield / Autobot Alliance / Insert Random Promotional Name Here release of Solar Storm Grappel, who just happens to be both a repaint and a retooling of Universe 2.0 Inferno.

Maybe he hangs out with Sunstorm or something.

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Grappel" ... are you freaking kidding me?!
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Wyvern
Oh mama. I want this naow!
exclusacon
Nice....inferno brother...but nice
Valkysas
very nice. I like the hands too.
exclusacon
The crane looks removable
MasterpieceMP33
must have
Waverider
I'll buy this. Why post this here? You should have posted this in the news discussion.
influence82
Oh so that is what reveal the shield means: rubsigns. This is Generations Voyager Class.
AndreyOfDoom
The forearms are rounded too! Inferno's were boxy! He is more of a remold than repaint.
grimlock1972
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Originally Posted by Wyvern View Post
Oh mama. I want this naow!
This I missed out on Inferno i will not miss out on this!
The_Black_Sheep
Oh Grapple will be bought on sight! He looks great, & I'm glad they got his shade of yellow/orange right. Come on HasTak, Release him already!
wolfe
This looks sharp. Must buy.
Tigermegatron
I guess this means,the "SOLAR STORM" isn't referring to a voyager midwipe repaint like a few fans thought it was reffering to.

I'm impressed with this figure. all the remolded parts & extras make this toy a bit better than inferno.

I don't love this mold enough to have 2 characters/color schemes based off it. I'm also trying to cut back. So now I've got to decide whether to keep/sell inferno or buy/not buy Grappel.
Gilgamesh
Who's this Grapple everyone's talking about. All I see in the pictures is Grappel.
Sammael
The paint scheme is horrible. I'm waiting for the TF United version.
Tigermegatron
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Originally Posted by Gilgamesh View Post
Who's this Grapple everyone's talking about. All I see in the pictures is Grappel.
it's based off the 1985 G-1 Grapple figure. hasbro probably couldn't use the name so created "Grappel".
ExVeeBrawn
And clearly even "Grappel" wasn't quite cutting it, since they had to add the "Solar Storm" to manage a trademark.

I hope this use of the mold has less floppy shoulder swivels than Inferno did.
Tigermegatron
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
The paint scheme is horrible. I'm waiting for the TF United version.
for the price it's not bad. the only thing that looks bad "to me" is the grey painted faux windows in alt mode on the sides of the alt mode.

buying the Takara versions. bacically means spending double maybe tripple. then paying shipping fees. no thanks,I ain't spending $50+ with shipping fees included for the takaa version.

on a good sales week,I can buy the hasbro version for for under $18. regular price cost around $21.99. which is the only price i'm willing to shell out for this figure.

spending double/tripple +added shipping fees for the takara version. basically means I could have bought (hasbro) a/few extra toy/toys in various sizes.
Gilgamesh
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Originally Posted by Tigermegatron View Post
it's based off the 1985 G-1 Grapple figure. hasbro probably couldn't use the name so created "Grappel".
Oh, I know. I was just joking on how they had to change the main name AND add "Solar Storm" to it as if it just wasn't enough.

Name copyrights must be a b**** if they have to do things like these.
Wheeljack_Prime
Now THAT'S a remold!
ExVeeBrawn
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Originally Posted by Gilgamesh View Post
Name copyrights must be a b**** if they have to do things like these.
See also "Special Ops Jazz" and "Turbo Tracks". Remember, kids: Even if you can trademark a common-use word, defending it is gonna be a bitch. Much easier to add specific words with it and make it as distinct as you can.
Gilgamesh
Well, I admit it's more creative that just adding "autobot" or "decepticon" to the name. Still, what about characters like Motormaster, apparently they coldn't modify his name so they just call him menasor sometimes.
Houndvoice
Looks nice, and I get the name change, but why the prefix solar storm exactly...?
ExVeeBrawn
Basically it's like this:

If someone else has trademark on a name/phrase, there's pretty much no way around it by fiddling with the wording. That's most likely the situation with Motormaster, and I'd guess Trailbreaker as well for as many times as Hasbro has tried to use the name in the past decade.

If it's not in use by someone else, but is too common of a word to be able to trademark, that can sometimes be dealt with by adding to the word to make a specific phrase. Like how we now get "Autobot Ratchet", for example. But Aaron Archer is on record as saying he doesn't like prefixing the names in that particular way if it can be helped. So in this case the end product is Solar Storm Grappel.

This is also a considerable simplification of things, but it's good enough for a basic understanding of why the hell some stuff gets renamed/comes out with weird-ass adjective'd names.

As for why Solar Storm, anyone's best guess is that it's to reference the solar energy tower in The Master Builders. Plus his yellowy-orange color is kinda sunshiney...? ;D
Rahal Stmin
Waaahaahahaant.
Sizzle
Well, that shatters my hopes that "Solar Storm" would end up being a CHUG Sunstorm seeker, but oh well.
Deceptichage
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Originally Posted by Gilgamesh View Post
Who's this Grapple everyone's talking about. All I see in the pictures is Grappel.

Wow! First Auotbot and now this!
guard convoy
this needs in the news section!

man oh man does it looks nice, the head is not that great to me, but minus color, it is cartoon accurate, i would of been happier with just the original head, since it would of been toy accurate, but this will do just fine (i just love that head haha)
Sammael
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Originally Posted by Tigermegatron View Post
for the price it's not bad. the only thing that looks bad "to me" is the grey painted faux windows in alt mode on the sides of the alt mode.

buying the Takara versions. bacically means spending double maybe tripple. then paying shipping fees. no thanks,I ain't spending $50+ with shipping fees included for the takaa version.

on a good sales week,I can buy the hasbro version for for under $18. regular price cost around $21.99. which is the only price i'm willing to shell out for this figure.

spending double/tripple +added shipping fees for the takara version. basically means I could have bought (hasbro) a/few extra toy/toys in various sizes.
If you live in the US, that may be true (if you can find the figure before scalpers clean out the isles). However, here in Nowhereland, we're lucky if the figures show up at all (no Generations here, no HTFD, and I have it on good authority that we're only going to get 4 more TF figs until the end of the year). When they do show up, Deluxes cost about $20, and Voyagers are close to $40.

If I import from the US, I have to pay customs and expensive shipping, if I import from Hong Kong (which seems to get all of Takara's toys), I can get it for approximately 20% more than the US version, and the paint jobs of (most) Takara figures are sufficiently better (IMO) to warrant that 20% markup.
Razorclaw
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Originally Posted by Sammael View Post
However, here in Nowhereland, we're lucky if the figures show up at all (no Generations here, no HTFD, and I have it on good authority that we're only going to get 4 more TF figs until the end of the year). When they do show up, Deluxes cost about $20, and Voyagers are close to $40.

If I import from the US, I have to pay customs and expensive shipping, if I import from Hong Kong (which seems to get all of Takara's toys), I can get it for approximately 20% more than the US version, and the paint jobs of (most) Takara figures are sufficiently better (IMO) to warrant that 20% markup.

I like to call our country "the ass end of nowhere", when things like these are concerned.

As for Henkei prices and future AA figure prices, all I can tell is that the general popularity of the C/H/U/G line has skyrocketed in the last 2 years. I bought Henkei Prowl and Silverstreak MISB for the same price as universe versions, on ebay in 2008. I've seen other Henkei releases going for roughly the same prices as their Universe versions that year. Now you're lucky if you find it for a %50 markup.
Ktulu
Grappel. Sounds like cologne. Looks like a will-buy though, of course
Bass X0
Looks good.


EDIT: Why is news about toys now being posted in the Toy Discussion sub-forum? Makes it harder to know what has not yet been reported on tfw2005 and what news is reported on a forum that isn't the news forum.
Paxtin
Looks very good.

They actually remolded his forearms and feet. That's interesting.
NGW
Dig the remolding done, but the name is pretty lame.
Treadshot A1
I thought Solar Sotrm was going to be a Mindwipe repaint. This is just unnecessary to put on the front of Grapple's name. Fitting, but unnecessary.
guard convoy
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Originally Posted by Treadshot A1 View Post
I thought Solar Sotrm was going to be a Mindwipe repaint. This is just unnecessary to put on the front of Grapple's name. Fitting, but unnecessary.
it like what they did with jazz and tracks
Omnius
Wow, that looks really nice - much more remoulding than I was expecting. That said, does anyone feel like they're going to pronounce his name as "Grapp-el" from now on?
Superquad7
Hasbro, I love you This figure looks incredible, and I'm REALLY looking forward to this!
Sol Fury
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Originally Posted by Valkysas View Post
Threads merged.

It would help us tremendously if new news items were posted in the news forum, and not buried in the back of huge existing threads.


Great pics though, I'm loving how this toy is remolded. Naming be damned, I'm getting this one for my Classics shelf!
Beastbot X
The toy itself looks great, but man... "Grappel"? Does he have dyslexia or something? The really odd "Solar Storm" prefix isn't enough?
a person
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Originally Posted by Wheeljack_Prime View Post
Now THAT'S a remold!
Yep, it looks fantastic!
Bass X0
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Originally Posted by Beastbot X View Post
The toy itself looks great, but man... "Grappel"? Does he have dyslexia or something? The really odd "Solar Storm" prefix isn't enough?
Its an actual word. They don't want to use Autobot Grapple for this line and Grappel by itself is not enough. They had to use this slight alternate spelling otherwise they would have to rename him something completely different.

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barrelks
Looks great, but really hoping for a darker (more orange) version from Takara. Really, really want an exclusive Hauler from this and Artfire from Inferno.
Auto Morph
I'll buy this on sight, then wait to see if Takara's Autobot Alliance version has a darker orange. If it does, I'll do swapsies.
If not, I'll keep the Hasbro one and have an AWESOME CHUG version of Grapple. Can't lose.
Rigas
I was looking forward to getting this guy, but that name is so fudging stupid I might just pass on it. I mean Solar Storm? Hed a crane. Unless the bio says he absorbed the power of a million exploding suns or something, and even then it would be pretty stupuid.
jametron
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I was looking forward to getting this guy, but that name is so fudging stupid I might just pass on it.
If you've been anticipating this figure, the name should be the last thing to deter you. Cause ya know, once he's in your hands.... uh, come close... ya listening? You can, uhm... you can call him whatever you like!
Skylock
Dear Hasbro, go ahead and take this straight from the factory and put it in my heart, thanks.

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