Discussion in 'Transformers Toy Discussion' started by Capirus, Jul 31, 2018.
Nah, it's cool. It IS nice having a triple-changer toy, though.
My guess is they knew they couldn't do all the characters in Earthrise, so they had to cheat the Cybertronian modes for many so they could get proper updates to all the characters. Off the top of my head the most Cybertronian looking characters either already had futuristic alt modes in G1 (Shockwave, Apeface, Springer, weaponizers) or are ones that they likely knew were getting Earthrise updates - Prime, Seekers, Ironhide, Ratchet, Prowl, Soundwave - with the exception of Megatron. Characters that don't look to get updates - Sideswipe, Red Alert, Hound, Skytread - can pass for Earth modes.
I absolutely hate it when I cannot find a figure retail, so that I have to resort to online, then when the figure finally shows up in the mail, and the excitement is building, and I get super pumped that I've added to my collection, only to see that the face paint apps are effed up. I just ordered earthrise Optimus prime from Target, and the faceplate is not fully painted silver. I'm not necessarily a paint app elitist, but the one thing I'm a stickler for is the face paint apps. It really sucks. Now I've got to find another one of these damn things and considering doing an exchange at this door. but even then, I feel like I'm a short-changing the next guy a girl who wants to figure
Same thing happened to my earthrise wheel jack, and earthrise starscream. It's really getting frustrating
Is it at all possible for you to look into a silver gundam marker or something similar?
Yeah that's definitely possible, I just have to stop being so lazy haha! Still irritating none the less
Irritating for sure, but I only offer that solution to help you be lazy. Buy the pen once to avoid going to the store and praying theres a better copy to trade it with. Plus, don't gotta leave the fucked up copy with some other customer. Win win
If you have a Target near you, many of them are doing resets and putting up endcaps. That is something that they are supposed to have up starting this week, but many got a jump on it. My Target had several EROP's there yesterday.
Not really a full-blown rant or anything, but I miss the Prime Wars Trilogy's pack-in trading cards. As an excuse to have a tech-spec and/or bio or whatever on the back it was a fun way to update the clip-out package bits from the G1 figures in a manner that is nicely collectable because you can slide them into a binder. I wasn't a huge fan of the PotP versions with their "there's like a dozen different variations of every single card so if you're in it for a complete set you're screwed! And if you're in it for a particular Prime's card on a given character, you're only marginally less screwed!" gimmick but I don't like Earthrise's cut-out star map dealies at all, conceptually speaking.
I just wish that every figure (or at least every Deluxe+ figure) came with a card so I could slip them into some sleeve pages and store them in a binder with the figures that go up on my shelf.
Or if you really want to get synergistic in your marketing/branding, maybe include a character card for the Transformers TCG in each corresponding figure's box. Don't make the cards functionally different from ones you can get in standard TCG boosters or decks. Maybe just include a mark to indicate it's a figure-pack-in special or variant artwork or something. The only problem with that is that it creates a second class of scalper/reseller people hoarding figures as some people might scoop up hard-to-find figures just to get and/or re-sell the unique TCG cards.
Also a pox on whoever decided to start printing instruction sheets on black paper with dark red/purple highlights/callouts for transformation steps. One would think that the most important aspect of a good instruction sheet is that you can, y'know, see what they want you to do. I remember some of the late G1/early G2 instructions that were not only black line-art versions of the figure on white backgrounds with colored callouts, but also actual written instructions for each step so it would be extra clear. But here we are...
CW had the worst cards of the Prime Wars trilogy with the same back print for all, and the front borders were also bland. Missing cards for many characters because most deluxes were packaged with comics here.
TR had the best cards with stats on the back, they were the closest to a modern tech specs on a card. They should have done cards for each character in the boxsets, it's annoying having cards for just one clone from each pair. The sideways cards being cut at different corners also bugs me.
PotP cards looked good, but I disliked the randomness. Did anyone actually try to collect multiple variants of these? Was Hasbro trying to get collectors to buy 13 of the same figure just for the cards?
I don't like the idea of TCG cards with figures for reasons you already mentioned. The numbers for the game would meaningless to me as I don't play. Hasbro doesn't bother with cards at all now for WFC, which seems like an unnecessary budget cut. Bring back this ephemera Hasbro. I would buy packs of Transformers collector cards by the box if they were done like TR cards with an added blurb on the back. They could do several series: G1, BW, AEC, Movies, etc. It would be reminiscent of the Marvel trading cards in the 90s which I keep in a large binder and still flip through occasionally.
Speaking of trilogies, everything doesn't have to be a trilogy. I understand it's standard so there is a beginning, middle, and end, but there's no rule against additional middle chapters. It was started long ago with the LotR books, and then we have Star Wars - a trilogy of trilogies. Let's break this mold for storytelling. Douglas Adams did it with HGTTG (but still called it a trilogy in 5 parts) and others can too. This applies to more than just toys, but it has been co-opted for TF toylines now.
Ya know, it might just be this muggy day and world being on fire getting me in a funk, but I feel regret for buying into the combiners I own. I regret caring about them enough to mod them enough to be able to stand. I regret not being likely to get much money out of them, especially being retail (for the most part, the two orthia limbs being exclusive, and only one probably worth something after being discontinued). Oh well. I'll learn from this as best I can.
Wait, crap, have I ranted this specifically before? I feel like I have. Ah, whatever.
I liked the PotP cards since I could sell them to offset the cost of the toy I wanted. It's too bad there was only like three PotP figures I got.
I’d prefer cards over the map thing Earthrise has, I have a binder full of random ones. It’d be nice to get a decent consistent collection because of I felt like I needed to I’d be able to sell it off for a profit to someone that really wants it.
The map is a bit boring.
And neither the cards not the map are even a tenth as good as bios. Preferably ones that spend more time talking about the character's personality than their weaponry.
As some people may have noticed, YouTube, for some reason, feeds me almost excusively English toy reviews. Some European members don't like me commenting on that because something something dark side. Well what I want to know is why the hell somebody in England had the Sky Lynx and Doubledealer figgers in Ipril and here in the free world we're waiting until at least July? Have to wonder what's going on at Hasbro...did they decide to suddenly give a damn about the European retail market or has the "oh me, oh my, slave labor leaks are war crimes" prohibition been lifted for Europeans only?
hooo boy the fear is sinking in. with that fan first friday think actually happening for transformers that damn anxiety is coming back that "oh iruini if you don't preorder whatever store exclusive/selects figure you'll never be able to get them ever again" That damn thought in that back of my mind always seems to make me panic and devlop these what ifs "oh selects Usually restocks but what if this time they don't" and stuff like that. So yea, how do I shut that irrational fear about not being able to get transforming plastic toys up, that's the one thing about this hobby that exhausts me,
Maybe I'm just some crazed nut who needs to shut up or maybe my fears are justified, probably not
point is, help my brain won't stop worrying over plastic toys
I have to be honest, I feel like the new Earthrise Megatron looks more appealing and G1 accurate than the original Seige Megatron, I feel like the head and torso looks a lot better especially despite the drawbacks that the new Earthrise Megatron has, especially the sword, Siege wins on that regard.
Seige Megaton has a little bit of a large head, while this one looks more thinner which looks more familiar and G1 looking next to the cartoon model that I saw when I watched the show, I haven't watched the entirety of G1 but had a small collection of episodes on Dvd, but what do you guys think?
Some screenshots from the G1 cartoon
Doubledealer isn't out yet anywhere. Just some leaks.
So I’m new to this thread and I really want to get this off my chest. HASBRO STOP MISUSING CLEAR PLASTIC FOR THE LOVE OF PRIMUS. I am so sick of recent toys having large chunks be entirely clear plastic that is then painted over to match the color plastic. Clear plastic should be attached to a frame, not be the entire roof of the car. Especially when the clear plastic is on CRITICAL components like hinges for an arm. I have the Black Apple Optimus and it uses the same clear plastic door attached to a hinge as the official MPM Optimus and it chipped off and broke. I have the door glued to the hinge but I can no longer transform it or do the matrix gimmick without having to remove and reglue. And the clear plastic doesn’t even look good unless it’s VERY tinted, otherwise all I see is robot kibbel. I’d rather have 0 clear plastic used and have a bunch of unpainted windows I can easily fix myself vs being scared that the hinge or screw will break the plastic ruining it altogether.
your cartoon pix show exactly what's wrong with ER Megs head though. Megatron's helmet brow should either go straight across his forehead, or even be slightly tipped up like the Siege headsculpt: ER Megatron's Cobra Commander helmet-style/widow's peak downward pointing helmet is way off-model and makes his brow look weird (before even getting to the bug eyes and leaky paint apps that make him look like a wannabe goth)
Not that all the shots you use are low angle shots, and the toy shot is a high angle. Probably the most famous shot of Megatron's face is from the movie, even if it is leaky and beat up:
We can debate the width of the helmet, but the cheek guards should come in over the face a bit more, the crown of the helmet should be shorter, the eyes closer to the brow, and the brow should just be... not that. The chin should also be narrower. Siege isn't dead on either, but it feels closer and the expression is much better.
Are you complaining about Hasbro because a third party knock off broke?
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