Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Superquad7, Jan 15, 2012.
Micromasters Roughstuff and Flattop
And now for the only other Omnibot I currently own, and my favorite of the two, Camshaft.
Ooohhh, this bot is so slick. The sleek and sexy spy of this particular group, Camshaft is a beautifully silvered Mazda RX-7 Series 2. I had to clean him up a little and gave him new stickers, but this figure has held up wonderfully over the years. Shiny is sexy!
Camshaft cuts a very nice figure of an Autobot. It’s too bad he likes to keep to himself so much. Being a spy has made him a little paranoid and he doesn’t like it when people stare. But how could you not when you see something this damn hot? He looks even better when he accessorizes.
The chrome is still so so so so nice on Camshaft. He’s got really cool weapons. I love the missile on his back. It really provides a nice silhouette of the figure.
Now, I’m aware of the controversy surrounding his name. But for those who aren’t, the particular model of car that Camshaft is, doesn’t actually have a camshaft. The Mazda RX-7 Series used rotary engines and many of them had manual transmission. It would’ve made more sense to name this Omnibot Downshift. Apparently, they were aware of this discrepancy in Japan because the names were actually switched between the two bots for their release over there. Oh well, at least he still looks good.
Now I’ll admit that his alt attack mode is somewhat awkward, but honestly, I kinda like it. It’s definitely got some charm and style to how it’s actually pulled off. It would be less awkward if his hands could retract. But, I still get a James Bond vibe from it. BTW, the firing mechanism for the missile still works in my copy. It’s not that strong, but the spring still works. Bonus!
Overall, I really love this figure. This particular Omnibot lives up to the mythos of the group better than Overdrive. Camshaft just has a powerful presence to him with his strong legs, the robust chest, and all that gorgeous silver and chrome. His transformation is so cool and satisfying. He’s really fun to play with. Camshaft is closer than Overdrive to the vision I had in my head of these bots as a kid. They’re both great figures, but Camshaft is the clear favorite so far. I can’t wait to get a Downshift figure to complete the set. Omnibots are cool!
Scene from G1 cartoon
Astrotrain transporting Starscream and Bruticus to a far way asteroid after Starscream's failed coup.
Next on my nostalgia purchases: Hosehead/Cab
Unreal how much the 1989 Headmasters are going for complete. Stupid head guns.....
I want Earthrise Omnibots SO BAAAAD!!!
Yeah, I’ve pretty much accepted that my Junior Headmasters will never have the head guns.
Finally got around and re-stickered Reflector & Octane. Now to fix Shockwave's right leg. It's been sticking alot.
Indeed. ER Runamuck would make a pretty good Downshift. Some black apps, a new head, and you’re done.
How much? I think I paid around 90 dollars for Nightbeat.
That reminds me, I still need to loosen up my Kup's feet. They're permanently retracted. And buy a junker Astrotrain while I'm at it.
Head guns for them are like $30-40 and they're left and right. Not even the same mold as another kick to the balls.
Complete with decent stickers it was $130.
Nightbeats are going for like $160-$175 complete on Ebay with decent stickers. INSANE! Luckily I don't need him for my nostalgia. Need Siren though...
Just try finding G1 Minerva on eBay. I once saw just the seat/helmet without the head guns for a few hundred dollars.
Seriously. I dunno if it's the pandemic, but I don't remember all this stuff being so expensive last year, not to mention this hard to find.
I'm looking for an original G1 Stepper and Artfire, but I'll die of shock to see the price if ever one's for sale.
The pandemic's definitely part of it. I guess alot more people are at home and have way more time on their hands. Also just to take their mind off things. Even comics and trading cards are going through the roof right now. Alot of stuff that was somewhat affordable this time last year suddenly is'nt.
Damn. I kinda want a Hosehead at some point, but mostly I just want a Decepticon one. Like Fangry. I like Fangry.
I lucked out and found a Minerva body with helmet for $120 at TF Expo in Kansas City a few years back. Body was slightly yellowed, but just slightly. Arms are a little loose. Helmet is legit. It came with a crappy resin cast repro head. I eventually bought a Nightbeat head and gun to display with it. I just can’t bring myself to pay for the head guns. Stickers were crap so I got repro stickers. It’s rough, but with my budget, it was my one and only opportunity to own a Minerva.
Some 1989 Decepticons
Pretenders Starscream, Thunderwing, Bludgeon
Bad Boys for Life.
Picked up a G1 Gears and Walmart Blaster reissue last week.
And I just secured a life-long grail - Powermaster Optimus Prime, the Commemorative Series reissue that's the Ginrai version with Godbomber, on ebay. For $110 shipped.
I'll be sure to post pics when it arrives.
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