Legacy Sideburn First look

Discussion in 'Transformers News and Rumors' started by ZetcaReturns, Apr 4, 2024.

  1. Jazz of Staniz

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    The more I think about the Sideburn/Shadow Striker situation, the more I just think it's such a shame what happened. I'm sure the designers figured they could knock out two fan favorite updates with one mold while simultaneously pulling a Skyquake (blending the original namesake's design with that of the modern incarnation) with Shadow Striker, but in the end it just led to both characters being incredibly underwhelming.

    The mold was clearly meant for both of them, with the robot mode being more Sideburn and the alt mode being more Shadow Striker, but in the end that ended up compromising both of them. The alt mode is one of the most hideous car modes I've seen on a mainline TF figure, and the robot mode doesn't fit Cyberverse Shadow Striker and doesn't hit all the beats that were necessary for Sideburn to look right. So in the end, not a single one of the modes between either of the characters looks right.
     
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  2. John Titor

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    That’s right, they dont. Collectors are a finicky bunch, so its only worth catering to them on high priced items. For retail products like this, you arent the target audience and so the designer does whatever works for them and Hasbro.
     
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    Yeah think I'm just gonna ebay the original trio, especially if prices aren't that high (yet anyway). Will keep an eye to see if aftermarket upgrades save this (and any potential others), but the originals will no doubt look better with the Haslab set than this. More power to those liking it, it's just not for me.
     
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  4. John Titor

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    I gotta say, I’m surprised people dont like the headsculpt, its show accurate and easily the best looking element of this figure
     
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    It's a really sharp looking sculpt, far higher resolution than the original figure's. But it looks just a tad bit off, with the mouth being situated maybe a millimeter too low. And I think like Kingdom T.Rex Megatron and Armada Megatron, people would have preferred a more emotional expression, instead of Generations' stock dourness.
     
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  6. NexMix

    NexMix Gives Cybertron too much credit

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    Bro is aged
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  7. Datsun87

    Datsun87 Doomed shuttle casualty

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    Not gonna lie, the reception has made this figure more appealing to me. Originally I was only looking at the car bros as HasLab Magnus accessories. Now though it's like the perfect representation of how vast the difference is in character priority to HasTak.

    SB's alt next to HasLab Magnus's car carrier is going to look like an engineering shit post. Like, what the fuck happened here? I pay $25 as a G1 fan and I get a Brawn that looks perfectly fine next to any G1 MP. I do that as an RiD fan and somehow a Tesla Cybertruck is rolling up next to Magnus.
     
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    exactly, it's not like it's miles off, it just looks like Side Burn, But If He Ate A Bee
     
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  9. Vanya

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    I just don't like being told with a cocksure attitude that I'm wrong about something when I'm factually not.

    And as far as their height being noticeable, I wouldn't have brought it up if I hadn't noticed it.
    If it doesn't bother y'all, that's fine.
    It's no skin off my back.
    Just don't tell me my level and rulers are lying.
     
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  11. Vanya

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    If they actually re-shelled the alt mode and fixed the shoulders, I'd be down for that retool.


    I've noticed that, too.
    I think as a group of designers they mostly do ok, but it's like there's always one guy that can't do a face to save his life.
     
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    signals3 Frightfully Important

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    SideBurn looks like he\'s got braces on with his mouth closed.
     
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    This actually looks awesome, I'd love an official repaint like that!
    Reminds me of the scrapped Chromedome repaint concept art.

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    Anything you can do, I can do better:

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    True, the original figure is at least as good if not better, there are arguments for a lot of figures from the 21st century being the same (though many of the Gimmick laiden Unicron Trilogy figures are limited by those gimmicks, so could be done better in Generations), and for those who have those figures, you can probably easilly pass on the new figure, however finding 20 year old figures for sale without missing parts and for a decent price is not nescisarilly plausible for everyone, these updates are a decent alternative for those of us in the latter camp.
     
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    Datsun87 Doomed shuttle casualty

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    The OG RiD/CR toys were the best of the classic era but they still had issues with stability and tires disintegrating after a few years. This SB is a good bot mode stand in for those that don't want to gamble on aftermarket quality.
     
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    Knock on wood, but my Sideburn tires are still good. Ultra Magnus was too. Optimus had two cracked tires though. And I haven't checked on Prowl or X-Brawn yet.
     
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  20. Aigis

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    My X-Brawn and Mach Alert's tires are perfect still, but the rear tires on my Sideburn are warped and don't sit on the rim all the way.
     
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