Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by jbarmadillo, Mar 30, 2009.
It was an Omega Supremely fine Sunday for me, so Apollo gets my nod for FOTD again.
Going with Titans Return Gnaw for today:
This is what happens when you try to eat Hot Rod!
So one year in the eighties my parents wanted to go camping all summer long. I desperately wanted to take things to keep me entertained but but couldn't think of anything that would survive the ordeal. I decided a jumpstarter was the only transformer rugged enough for the trip. This resulted in ten weeks of me not having much to do but think about Topspin. I found I never tired of the robot design, I really wanted him to be more articulated. I doubted that a nicer figure would be made of the character because it was clearly a shell purpose made to house a gimmick. Very pleased with how this update turned out.
Megatron had bitten off more than he could chew this time...Optimus Maximus is my favourite for today.
I love this set-up. Seriously underated figures.
From Octane... to once again, Sandstorm
Yeah I'm enjoying him a lot, he is easy to put in good poses for pictures. Glad I could help. He was definitely at the top of my want list, but dang he was hard to find. Haha
So while Astrotrain was my favourite of the Decepticon Triple Changer toys, Blitzwing was the one who had the coolest look in the cartoons and comics. He looked like the archetypal Decepticon soldier, almost as iconic as the Seekers. In fact he kind of looked like Seeker plus in many ways. Plus he had shades! Any robot with shades was an instant hit with my little 1980's self.
Blitzwing is an oddity amongst the Triple Changers, but at the same time characteristic of his Diaclone heritage, in that his robot mode is the least fully realised of the three. It's not bad, but it's not great. The way the wings are on the same level as it arms makes it look like he's wearing a coat that just far too big for him. And of course they're very stumpy arms, only articulated at the shoulder. His hands are quirky in that the gun can only go in his right hand and his sword in the left. His head seems a little squashed and I've never been a fan of his face being the same shade of dark purple as the rest of him. His spindly little legs and tail fin feet don't really work for me either. I do like the tank barrel sticking up behind his head but that's kind of it.
But I loved his tank mode! It is an excellent little toy tank and was so much fun to roll around, spinning its turret hither and yon. there's a couple of things that could have improved it, namely hiding the pet cockpit a wee bit better and some better molding on the tank tracks either side. But seriously, if you fixed those two things I'd consider this a flawless alt mode. I can't recommend the jet so highly. It's pretty cool but it's just so boxy and un-aerodynamic. Even as a kid I knew a plane wouldn't work very well if it looked like that. I do like the diecast tail fins though.
I'm not sure what I think about Titans Return Blitzwing. In a couple of these posts I've talked about my admiration for Hasbro resisting the urge to update a character model for the sake of updating a character model. It's been great to see the likes of Perceptor, Seaspray and Trypticon stick to the old character model or toy look and just update the engineering, detail and articulation. Blitzwing almost feels too slavish to the old toy.
A lot of it comes down to that deep purple on the face. I'm obviously more used to seeing the lighter shade of face under that yellow helmet. It's such a weird look, possibly only to my eye. Casting my eyes over my G1 shelves there's very few bots that have a face that's darker than the helmet, in fact apart from Galvatron Blitzwing is the only one that catches my eye. That said, I love the super G1 toy accurate sword.
Oddly, despite this gripe, my other problem with Blitzwing in robot mode is that he's somewhat over rendered. He's got a remarkable amount of very granular detail all across his torso, legs and arms. It reminds of everything I disliked about the Image comics from the early '90's, where every single panel would be so over worked that you'd walk away from the comic with a nervous headache. What can I tell you? I grew up with Kevin Maguire's smooth work on the Justice League comics and the likes of Steve Yowell and Steve Dillon on various 2000ad strips. The OTHER thing that bothers me is those arms. They're kind of a mess! They manage to be both too think and too bulky all at the same time.
And if the robot mode is problematic...
The tank mode is really well conceived. The design is clever as far as trying to accomplish the trick of hiding both the plane and robot. I personally would have liked to have seen a bigger tank barrel but I'm glad the turret rotates. But oh my god, it tabs together so incredibly badly. It's all I see when I look at the thing. The panels that sit on the back of his calves pops up, and the shins won't tab into the thighs, which mean the under carriage is so uneven that it won't roll, the shoulder tabs constantly pop out. If I ever wanted to have some sort of diorama where there was a blown up tank this would be great. I've seen other people say that it just requires many, many transformations before it all sits flush, so I look forward to mine working well in the year 2025.
The jet is much better. It still feels like it's about to pop apart at any second, but the fact you can force it to stay together a bit better by tabbing the gun in is a bit of a consolation. It really does look good though and wit sit comfortably next to a set of Voyager class Seekers (hint hint Power of the Primes). It has the inevitable triple changer kibble with that lumpy tank track/arms hanging around under the wings, and looks super awkward in profile, but it's clear that a lot of care and attention has gone into this.
I can't help but wonder why Blitzwing is such a hard one to get right. We only have to look back at the Thrilling 30 model to see how badly it can go wrong. I can't imagine myself wanting to add a third Blitzwing to my Generations collection, so it's not like I'm eager for them to take another crack. For all his flaws, this guy is going to be standing on my CHUG shelf for years to come.
Masterpiece Bumblebee! Both of em!
Armada Megatron today.
I got this guy years ago in an Ebay lot, which is why he's missing his horns (I think he looks better without them anyway). I picked him up off the shelf today and dusted him some. While holding him I forgot how much I love this figure. Good heft, nice paint work and he's got a lot of personality.
Titans Return Misfire:
Firecons today. I like to imagine the G2 ones are drones.
I really like their unusual robot modes. I just wish their arms were on ball joints for a little articulation.
Oh boy, what a blast from the past. Excellent.
I'm thinking of picking up a few Cindersaurs to repaint as the green Japanese exclusive Guzzle drones.
I also like how the Dreamwave MTMTE profile books depicted Sparkstalker as a master criminal.
I do think the name Sparkstalker would be great for the Cybertronian version of the Grim Reaper.
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