Minor/Repaint: History of the Jumpstarters, from G1 to Diaclone to South America

Discussion in 'Radicons Customs' started by allew, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. allew

    allew Well-Known Member

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    The 3rd party Mech Ideas Apex and Geminus (Demolition Crue) figures are a fantastic homage to the G1 Jumpstarters Topspin and Twintwist. MI made the G1 pair as well as one set of exclusive repaints representing one of their South American variants but there was quite a few more color schemes they could have made.

    Of course the most recognizable is in their G1 colors, even though they were never on the cartoon, they did make appearances in the old comics as well as the modern IDW series as members of the elite Wreckers team. I swapped in chrome parts from MI's Robot Manuel X/Prototype X and Robot Basil Z/Project Z exclusives to better resemble the G1 toys. Also added some reprolabels.
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    These two represent their Diaclone "Baku-ten" (Blast flip) color schemes. I got the originals at Botcon 2016 and knew I had to repaint the Mech Idea figures into these colors.
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    These are their alternate Diaclone color schemes as seen in this nostalgic pre-TF commercial.
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    The Jumpstarters were sold in different colors in South America. Salt Man X from the Topspin mold was available in red/white as well as green/white colors. Salt Man Z from the Twin Twist mold had three possible color schemes, blue/yellow (Argentina), black/yellow (Brazil) as well as blue/orange. I'm still working on the third color variant!
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    Robot-Man X from the Topspin mold was available in red/yellow or green/white color schemes. Robot Man Z was only available in black and white. They were sold in Generation 2 styled packaging by a company called Antex exclusively for the Argentinian market. I didn't do too much customizing on these two, as Mech Ideas had made this pair as a Auto Assembly 2013 convention exclusive - I just added some Reprolabel G2 Decepticon faction symbols and some paint/stickers for their eyes.
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    Hope you enjoyed this brief history of the Jumpstarter molds using Mech Ideas Demolition Crue!
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  2. Novaburnhilde

    Novaburnhilde ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    This is great. :D 

    Awesome work!
     
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  3. autobot prowl

    autobot prowl Well-Known Member

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    Really cool man, shame I never picked these guys up...
     
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  4. allew

    allew Well-Known Member

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    With the announcement of the upcoming Titans Returns Topspin, now I kinda wish I waited to repaint him instead of the 3rd party figures :)  Would have been cheaper for sure!
     
  5. shiftypenguin

    shiftypenguin Fancy-Pantsless Dancer

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    This is a rally cool idea for a set of customs. Great work!
     
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  6. jame5y

    jame5y Till All Are One..In the UK Thread

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    Nah dude, you know deep down these will be so much nicer! It's always a funny one because way back in the early 80s a red/silver/blue OS KO of the jumpstarters was one of the first robits in my collection I remember my nan getting me the two from an proper old style tat shop in what was the bullring in Birmingham

    Absolutely love these mate, thanks for reminding of the memories
     
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  7. j.a.f.o.

    j.a.f.o. Just Looking, Not Buying

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    I loved the G1 Jumpstarters as a kid. Fantastic work!
     
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  8. Hooper_X

    Hooper_X pro wrestling, anti fascism

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    Yeah, I think everyone who was a kid in the 80s had that one flimsy oversized Topspin knockoff with the nosecone that folded up in front....
     
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  9. primalxconvoy

    primalxconvoy グーグル 翻訳は素晴らしいです!

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    Nice repaints. You could always continue repainting the official version/s, once they're out, as other versions.
     
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  10. geekatron prime

    geekatron prime Keep on truckin'!

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    Very nice, always thought the jumpstarter toys were underrated. Finally we're getting official updates from TR(not counting the FOC repaints). Hopefully Twin Twist as well. The mech idea ones are great to. Also thanks for the history lesson. :thumb 
     
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  11. King Glurch

    King Glurch You're a fool, Starscream!

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    I'm personally hoping on tune Titans Return versions.
     
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  12. destrongerlupus

    destrongerlupus TFW2005 Supporter

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    I <3 this so so so so much
     
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