Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by jbarmadillo, Mar 30, 2009.
These guys today...
The photos on this page are so great I can pick out the details on each bot really well. I must have 20 20 vision.
Prime wars Metalhawk for today.
I love this, the figure was rated at 95!
It’s kind of a shame that Repugnus is the last of the ‘Titans Return’ Monsterbots. Despite him being my favourite of the team, I feel like I’ve said nearly all I have to say about this lot in my Doublecross and Grotusque rambles.
So, to swiftly restate the key points; I have no memories of these guys, either from the comics or the toys, I first became aware of them from reading ‘Maximum Dinobots’, and I finally got all the toys the same day I finally got Fortress Maximus…at the tender age of 35.
So really, that just leaves me to talk about the toy. And the toy is, in my opinion, fucking fantastic. I have no idea who dreamed this guy up. He’s the most abstract monster of the three Monsterbots. Doublecross makes perfect sense if you believe in two headed dragons, Grotusque works a treat if you can hold a gargoyle, a tiger, and…some other shit in your head at the same time. But Repugnus? Fucked if I know man. He’s a big, grinning, bipedal bug with spare mandibles and arms that make me think of a praying mantis. What could make more sense?
And if that sounds like any sort of complaint, let me assure that it’s not. This is a toy that excites the imagination. I see Repugnus and I feel like a kid again. I want to put him in a bush and have him jump out and ambush some passing Decepticons, laughing all the while like a giant robot bug version of DC’s ‘the Creeper’, with whom he happens to share a colour scheme.
All three of the Monsterbots had the ‘cold spark’ gimmick, but it’s Repugnus that incorporates it best. As you press the trigger on the top of his head his mandibles chomp down. It’s a wonderful, almost unnecessary touch that adds to the feel of this toy being better than it needs to be. Every now and then you get a Transformer that’s had so much care and attention put into it’s design that you can’t help but wonder if it was someone’s pet project.
The robot mode fares poorly when compared to the monster mode, but is a really good robot. The transformation is smart and simple and gets a lot done in a few inspired steps. I’m particularly enamoured with the way that the monster arms form to fold the very distinctive looking chest. It’s far from a perfect ‘bot mode, with the blocky chest giving him some unfortunately stubby arms, but it’s still very good.
I had two thoughts when I saw the Titan Master Repugnus: “cute” and “shit, this means we’re probably not getting a deluxe to go along with Doublecross”. So glad to be wrong about that last one.
I thought that the Titan Master Repugnus was going to be one of my favourites of the Titan Masters but I was tremendously disappointed when I got him in hand. The head design is perfect, but man…it would have really benefited from just a touch of paint on the mouth. The design of the body is a bit weird, with the big wings (that have no relation to the original toy) and rather sloppy integration of the head. The other two modes are even worse. Such a pity!
I was delighted when I found out we were getting a deluxe Repugnus as one of the Prime Wars special editions. With speculation that this could be based on the PotP Rippersnapper mold, I was even more delighted when it was confirmed that Repugnus would be based on the Doublecross/Grotusque mold. Much like the Titans Return Decepticon Targetmasters, there’s something incredibly satisfying in seeing a sub-team all being based on an extensive variation of the same mold. It really does something to make them seem like a coherent unit.
Oddly, he’s a tiny bit underwhelming in person. Maybe I’ve seen the mold in action too much, but it seems to lack the wow factor that came with seeing how they pulled off Doublecross, and reinvented the mold with Grotusque. Both the robot and monster mods just seem to lack that OOOMPH that the other two had. They’re both perfectly competent and if I’d seen Repugnus before Doublecross or Grotusque I’d maybe have been more impressed.
The monster mode has some excellent details, like the hinged jaw and the clear green plastic used on the head that gives the eyes an unearthly glow. The downside is that that painted clear plastic is VERY delicate, and I’ve already had to glue a mandible back on. They’ve been smart to keep the monster-arms-to-robot-chest transformation, but beyond that there’s really not much to distinguish it.
One fun wee kink of this is that those of us that bought the Titan Master have the choice of two heads for our Deluxe; one for the animation model and one for the original toy design. My personal choice is the toy design, and not just because it matches the paint of the figure better. But how fun that we can choose?
There’s perhaps something quite cynical about the fact that we’ve got two of the three Monsterbots as high end special releases, with the attendant price tag. And of course, like the compliant consumer I am, I’ve snapped them both up without any hesitation. While I enjoy getting these extra characters that ‘can’t’ be fit into the main release schedule, I can’t help but wonder how sustainable this approach is.
Here comes the BOOM!! It’s Thundercracker!
It's magenta, dammit!
Titans Return Misfire for today.
Volcanicus is my favorite for today. Incidentally had these two figures sitting next two each other and noticed how similar the color scheme was to one another.
Still loving Starscream, but maybe some love for the 1986 G1 edition with the funky launch tabs.
All the best
First time using CW Sky Lynx as a torso, trying him out with G2 Superion limbs and daaayem! It is absolutely fantastic! The portions and colors absolutely works! I had originally picked up CW Sky Lynx recently just for his phoenix/griffin mode only, so this is like getting a bonus/new figure with the torso mode.
My iPad camera doesn't do it justice, but it looks awesome in person.
Now that he's got some serious upgrades, he's going to kick POTP Predaking's arse!
I love the Generations line Seeker mold.
You should look up his Dreamwave profile. Hopefully someday, he'll make it to mainstream fiction and the writer will channel that profile.
Nice review as always. I'm definitely picking up the Titanmaster and the exclusive figure. I plan on sticking the TM onto a Nitro Zeus body as G2 Windrazor.
Today's favourites are two old members of the Ark crew...
T30 Autobot Whirl for today.
Hope you're doing alright man, and I hate to be that guy, but I couldn't help but notice the body pillow in the back...
As for me, it's been awhile, but here's my go to fav of the day:
Have you got any of the Classics Seeker mold? I'm contemplating changing my carbots to the legends scale and I'd like to see how these stand up next to the old deluxes.
Unfortunately, I only started collecting when Combiner Wars started, so I don't have any iterations of the classic Seeker mold, but if you wouldlike to make size comparisons, I'd be happy to help. I personally love the little guy, he's such a small bundle of joy.
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