Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Scaleface, Feb 22, 2012.
The end to the Netflix show none of us saw coming... Omega Magnus saves the day
Nightbeat missed the "guns up" memo...
“Did you just call me ‘Butt-Prime’?!”
Hee hee hee...Butt...
Is that the igear? and is it durable
Look who showed up.
"So what? This is war!"
From The Transformers #4 'The Last Stand'
Anyone else getting strong desires for a Primus update?
Not anytime soon but hopefully we get one someday to oppose Unicron
I love my Takara 2010 Primus, but I’d definitely be down for a new Primus in haslab Unicron style
"Human, you jeopardize your safety!"
From 'The Transformers'#10 'the Next Best Thing to Being There!"
So the thing I don’t get is how can someone who’s meant to be that grumpy have such a cheerful colourscheme? Something ain’t right here, man!
To be fair, I never really got to see this trait played out in the comics. But I didn’t really get to see Huffer do much of anything in the comics. He got a ‘feature episode’ in ‘The Next Best Thing to Being There’, where – with the help of ‘Bomber Bill’ he learns some mawkish lessoon about putting the needs of others ahead of his own. But in that he seemed more melancholic than grumpy.
After Ratchet, Ironhide, and Brawn, I always felt that Huffer was probably the ‘bot that benefitted most from having a revised annimation model. Who knew having actual arms and a face could do so much for one’s relatiability! It’s a bit of a shame his colour scheme suffers, with the rich orange and the deep navy getting swapped for some more washed out tones that probably worked far better in annimation.
My recollection of how I got Huffer is a bit foggy. It’s that sort of hazy memory where you’re just not sure how much of it is real and how much is imagined. I *think* I remember picking him out in a shop. I can’t remember which shop, or even which town it was (Dunfermline? Edinburgh? Glasgow? Paris? Tokyo? New York?). I *think* it was with my Mum (isn’t that Ravage and Rumble you’re thinking of?). I’m pretty sure it must have been ’85 (are you actually pretty sure?). Either way, alongside Optimus and Ironhide, he was one of the few original Ark crew guys I had as a kid.
And there’s no doubt that’s where my affection for this guy comes from. The hours I spent with that little toy felt like years. And when you connect with a toy like that any objectivity goes straight out the window. There’s a lucid part of me that knows Huffer isn’t very good. It’s a weird fucked up little robot with no hands , that often appears bow legged due to wonky tolerances, which turns into a joke of a lorry. Fucking love it, man. Best Minibot by a country mile. Says the other part of me. And you know, it’s that other part of me I trust, because it looks at this weird little toy and absolutely sees all the wonder, and indeed the strengths, in it.
Looking at it again, I can’t help but feel that much of the charm does lie in the simplicty. The face sculpt is so simple; a gap to respresent eyes, with the helmet implying a furrowed brow, and a mouth shield. The cab front creates a hood of sorts. the arms remain weird and befuddling. No hands, and the feel like they’re upside down. Anyone with a rudimentary grasp of the colour wheel will tell you why orange and blue go well together, and here they really do. Each colour compliments the other so well that Huffer just really jumps out at you.
I want to be mean about the trcuk mode, and call it dumb and hopeless, but I really don’t feel that way at all. Sure it’s nothing like any sort of real world truck at all, but it’s such a beautifully robust and characterful little toy that it just seems like an excercise in missing the point to wail on it for not doing something it was never designed to do. As someone that owned and loved some of those ‘penny racers’ back in the early 80’s, I embrace the ‘chibi-fied’ aesthetic.
So you know, I actually think that ‘lucid’ part of me is trying to hard. Sure, Huffer isn’t as impressive as something like Jazz or Prowl, who combine a realistic vehicle mode with a cool robot mode, but he’s truly an excellent toy with a shed load of charm.
Being such a fan of this guy I was, of course, incredibly eager to see the first photos. Upon seeing said photos I believe my first thoughts were ‘ah, they’ve gone with that dogshit cornflower blue then. Fucking annimation accuracy, man!”. I actually found it quite hard to look beyond that incredibly personal issue and, instead of being hyped to get a modern take on one of my favourite Transformers, I found myself feeling quite indifferent about the toy.
I’m very happy to say that all such trivial concerns pissed off when I got him out the box and saw that beautiful, near day-glo, orange. See? I’m just as shallow when I’m happy as I am when I’m angry!
They’ve almost knocked it out the park with this guy. Almost. Shade of blue aside, this looks exactly how I want my Huffer to look. He absolutely nails the look of the character without being beholden to animation accuracy. I actually got out the old ‘Ark’ compendium to look at the character model, and I was so happy with all the liberties they’d taken with the design. From his proportions, to his arms (on the animation model his shoulders are nearly below where his nipples would be), to his headsculpt. He does the old Hasui era MP trick of giving me the platonic ideal of the character.
So why only ‘almost out the park’? Well, there’s some minor issues around clearance of his cab hood, specifically with the head and arms, that really hinder poseability. Possibly nothing much worse than many a Deluxe, but we’re talking about why this guy is a peephole bra short of perfection. And in every other respect this guy is wonderfully poseable.
Another issue is those gappy back legs. I pulled out Bumblebee to compare and consider what you can do with a ‘smol’ Deluxe, and the CJ/BB mold does gap management a lot better. Also, the CJ/BB accessory fest and engineering seems to justify the price point a bit better than Huffer does (have people been complaining about this like they did with Cliffjumper? I’ve not been paying enough attention). I guess I admire Huffer’s accessories more than I like them. It seems that people are loving the tribute act the gun does (A spartan laser from Halo, I’m reliably informed. Whatever that is) and the shield certainly does form a truck bed.
I actually find myself with little to say about the truck mode. Again, it does pretty much what I’d want it to do, namely a more realistic, but still very faithful, take on the G1 vehicle mode. All the detail is lovely from the chrome on the front to the clever sculpting of the arms/pipes.
Once again I’m left with that thought ‘what on earth can they do to get me buy a new version of this character’. While I’m grateful that Hasbro are giving me genuinely definitive versions of the characters I love, there is a bit of me that wonders if they want to go a little easier on the old golden goose there.
Separate names with a comma.