Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by jbarmadillo, Mar 30, 2009.
You scream I scream we all scream for Starscream. Have to go with Starscream today.
Big Dinobot Energy
Better than the mpm? Studio series ironhide for today
He is waaaaayy more fun than the MPM, that's for sure! One of the best in the Studio Series line! I highly recommend the DNA kit for him! Makes him near MP level!
Cannon fodder action.
TF: Prime RID deluxe Vehicon for today.
Been toying with this guy a lot more since I no longer consider him to be "irreplaceable".
I used to think his transformation was complicated, but now it seems so intuitive in comparison to more recent MP entries..
Sounds like my ex.
'Why I loved Prime Wars (inc.T:30): part 4'
So, I've said it a few times, but one of the things that got me back into collecting TF's was the IDW comics, particularly MTMTE. Inevitably, I really loved every nod the toys gave in that direction, whether it's something as small as Rewind and Chromedome's headsculpts, or incredibly faithful renditions like Skids, Springer and Magnus (or even just getting Chromia at all). My CHUG shelf has always been my IDW shelf, so it really has made collecting the CHUG stuff that more pleasurable for me.
When the IDW continuity wound down around the same time that the new WfC toys were being released, I felt a little sad. Looking at that very non-IDW Magnus it really did seem like the days of the IDW homage were behind. How nice then to see we're getting Rung! I hope we'll get a few more nods as the years roll on.
1988 Headmaster Fangry for me, with his utterly mindblowing colours. So pretty.
All the best
Combiner Wars Computron with PotP Landmine/ Alpha Trion for today.
Cyberverse Spark Armor Shockwave...
Have to go with shockwave today.
On an Animated kick
Siege Magnus........hammer now included!
The Scourge of Optimus Prime today...
Siege Zetar, my first Powerdasher twice over! I only just bought the G1 figure last weekend, having never even seen one before, and his new figure just arrived today. G1 or Siege, I can’t wait to get the rest of the doofy bastards.
I actually handled the other two Powerdashers as a kid and I think I would have preferred Zetar had I ever sent out for a TF mail away figure. Elbows and a less ridiculous vehicle mode for the win!
Isn’t great to buy a yellow Transformer and have it not be Bumblebee?
Nothing about his alt mode makes any sense but he was my only choice from the small Decepticon Headmasters. He was just too weird not to get. I hope they redo all the small Headmasters after Apeface and (hopefully) Snapdragon.
Love seeing this. I have neither the G1 Powerdashers, or the Siege updates, so it's really nice to see how they line up against each other.
Ok, Now you're just taking the piss Hasbro. I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm enjoying it, but seriously? Brunt?
So, Brunt. Brunt was a little tank that turned into towers and shit for Trypticon. Any questions? No, he didn't have a character. Well, I wouldn't call it a transformation. He just kind of disassembled and plugged into stuff. No, shut up. that's nothing like Omega Supreme. #NOTALLPARTSFORMERS.
Now, I like G1 Brunt. I probably like it more than Sixgun or Cog. It's not even making the pretence to be much more than some bits, and it's a step up from Slammer (who's a much closer analogue to the original Brunt than either of the other weaponisiers). It's just a way to maximise some of the kibble that comes with Trypticon and it totally works. It's a little purple drone with a nice bit of orange see through plastic at the end of the it's cannon. Fantastic!
But an unlikely candidate for an update.
However, yer WfC Brunt may well be my favourite of the weaponisers. He's just...well, more fun than the others. There's something kind of unhinged about him. He almost feels like something the 'Cons would keep in a cage to unleash onto the battle field like a rabid dog. That bulky, top heavy physique and the big Hulk hands make him seem a bit further down the evolutionary chain than the rest of the Siege 'cons. But beautiful with it. This is a superbly detailed and deco'd figure. And of course they were going to, but I love how nicely the've colour matched him with Trypticon and Fulltilt. It's a cosey little family vibe!
And, with that gun on his back, his stout physique, cyclopean eye and big ol' claw hands, I get a serious Beast Machines Tankor vibe from him. I do find myself wondering how present Tankor was in the minds of the design team when they were doing Brunt. Maybe I'm delusional, but there just seems to be so many commonalities between the two that I can't help but wonder.
I doff my cap to Hasbro for seizing on the drone thing and making the connection to those Centurion droids from the old IDW Stormbringer comics. It's a move that, as any self respecting and appropriately pretentious chef would say, elevates the dish. It also gives us a few more Battlestar Galactica nods. Unless I'm literally the only person that gets a Cylon vibe from that robot mode.
So while the robot mode, somewhat inevitably, draws influence from a few different places, the tank mode is where they really hew closely to the G1 toy. I mean, obviously they've jazzed it up by introducing a lot more detail, and even a third colour, but yeah....this is where I start to actually recognise the character.
Which leads me to a peculiar question...is this Brunt? I mean, there's so little actual relationship with the original figure that it almost feels like they took a few disparate design elements, bolted them together into something compelling, and then made sure the alt mode had the same general silhouette as G1 Brunt. It's no bad thing, but it does raise the question about what you can legitimately consider an 'update' and what becomes a new character altogether (answer: Whatever Hasbro want to call an update instead of a new character, but you'll hopefully take my point).
As much as I like Brunt it does feel like barrel scraping. Inspired barrel scraping, but barrel scraping nonetheless. Fast Track would be a much more obvious choice for a weaponiser, and that omission really feels like he's being saved for WfC Chapter 2 to be go alongside the seemingly inevitable Titan class Scorponok. But then where do you go? How many citybot attendants are you left with? Or do we just start picking random characters to be weaponisers? If so, give me Rack'n'Ruin plz.
And then (this is a total tangent) how many more Titans can we get? It really does feel like we're rapidly ticking off all the candidates with name recognition. Between the perpetual discountisation of the Titan class toys and the introduction of the Commander class I can't help but wonder if we're seeing the end of the Titans. And their wee buddies.
Oh well, we had a laugh, right?
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