February 28, 2009

Rewind (02-28-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 28, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Archivist
-Motto: “Too Much Information Is Never Enough”

-Notable Toy: Cassette Two-Pack (Hasbro, 1986)

Notes: Although never rivalling the size and diversity of Soundwave’s army, Blaster started to even the odds with his own cassette warriors. Rewind, packaged with Steeljaw, first appeared in the animated story and received limited television time compared to his Decepticon counterparts. Still, you can’t have too many cassette warriors, particularly when they come in pairs. Soon to be re-released, Rewind is at his best in his original package.

(As a special bonus, here is Rewind sharing screen time with his faithful companion, Steeljaw.)


It is appropriate that the archivist brings an end to the month of February, spotlighting the North American Generation One releases. We now return to a more random selection of the heroes and villains that inhabit the Transformers multiverse.

February 27, 2009

Devastator (02-27-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 27, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Constructicon)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992), Generation Two (1993-95)
-Function: Warrior
Thinking and Winning Do Not Mix
-Notable Toy: Giftset (Hasbro, 1985)

Notes: Devastator. Although his animated origins are in doubt, there is no mistaking the coolness of a combining robot that could destroy everything in its path. While we wait to see how he is pulled off in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, there is no doubt he retains a place here. In Constructicon green, of course!

(For more information on Devastator, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible here, here and here.)

February 26, 2009

Ratchet (02-26-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 26, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Medic
-Motto: “You Break It, I’ll Remake It”

-Notable Toy: Japanese Mail-In Edition (Takara, 1986)

Notes: You’d scarcely recognize the cartoon Ratchet next to his toy. Despite this, there is just something to the old diaclone repaint. Certainly it shines through in Botcon’s impressive reproduction. And the doc strangely looks better in his Japanese mail-away box, particularly if you grabbed a proper head for him.

(For more information on Ratchet, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible.)

(Apologies and thanks to the toyarchives.com for the toy images.)

February 25, 2009

Hey! Isn’t he dead?

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Just a little random weirdness. From Carnage in C-Minor (from Transformers, Series 3), I present a reanimated Huffer and Brawn, fighting alongside the Constructicons.

I can’t make this stuff up.

Scourge (02-25-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 25, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Constructicon)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992), Generation Two (1993-95)
-Function: Warrior
Thinking and Winning Do Not Mix”
-Notable Toy: 6″ Titanium (Hasbro, 2006)

Notes: Is it from the ashes of Thundercracker, he comes? No longer the discarded warrior of past battles, now he leads his own armada (of varying size), claims the matrix and takes a targetmaster pet. Now if only he could get some Universe love. In the meantime, we’ll make due with his transformable Titanium, just expensive enough to prohibit an army of Sweeps from joining him. Which, like the good insecticons from which they come, travel in packs.

February 24, 2009

TF:A Psycho-Out

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I have fallen hard for the Transformers: Animated-style (in terms of the style of the toys and the reimagination of classic and new characters), and rumours of its demise fills me with a vast sense of loss. I figured the best I could hope for is the faint possibility that Botcon 2009 would use these molds to create exclusives of unmade characters, while waiting for the line to close up on the shelves. Given the limited announcements at Toyfair (Soundblaster and Arcee being the two notable TF:A editions), I honestly don’t hold out for a continuation of the style when it comes time to move beyond Transformers II: Electric Fallentude.

But last week, after finally getting a hint of what was to come in terms of this year’s Botcon set (Kup, Thunderclash, Landshark, Flak and Scourge), I was really excited that hope was real and we’d see more TF:As. Given the use of the Elite Guard, a wholly Transformers: Animated invention, it really looked like they were going to go with a TF:A-style for the toys. Most promising was the prospects of Kup and Scourge, for which there are existing molds that work (as demonstrated by serious kitbashers) in the form of Cybertron Mode Optimus Prime and Cybertron Mode Megatron.

And while a Thunderclash in any form would be cool, the prospect of a TF:A version wet my lips with anticipation!

So already upset to read that Voyager Bumblebee was getting canceled, I went on to learn that Andrew Wildman had drawn a mock-up of Energon Starscream as Skyquake. Not because the convention toy was going to be a rarely used G1.5 character only seen in Europe, or even because of the mold, but because it meant some or all of the line would be in a different style. Given that TF:A is so distinct, I feared it would cheapen the set to have such a mish-mash set - like packaging 25th anniversary G.I. Joes with original RAH figures.

It also twigged me to the prospect that this line might go a different route. Something that has been subsequently borne out.

This afternoon, the first Botcon figure, Kup, was previewed. You would think that using what I consider one of the rare gems in the Cybertron (Red Alert / Cannonball) with a very accurate face sculpt (minus the glitter), would leave me excited. Instead I just feel sapped. Although the figure looks okay in robot mode, with its orange striping and hatchback, it’s looks off in vehicle mode. Particularly when you put him back to back with a Classics Rodimus. And I can’t say I am a fan of bringing the Elite Guard into a G1 universe at all.

So we’ll see how the rest of the set turns out then. Landshark may well end up as a beast at this point, since there are many possibilities to work from. Flak could be almost anyone (although I really hope they resist using the Cybertron Defence Hot Shot mould again). And things can still go well depending how Thunderclash turns out. Still, from my perspective, they missed a big opportunity here. Nonetheless, there is at least hope from the fan community, with the announcement that unicron.com has stepped up with a very TF:A accessory pack. So thanks to them, today is not a total wash.

I just need to add a Cybertron-mode Optimus Prime to the shopping cart next time and add a Kup-repaint to my list of projects…

Cosmos (02-24-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 24, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Reconnaissance and Communications
-Motto: “Reach for the Stars but Never Leave Your Friends”

-Notable Toy: Mini-Spy (Hasbro, 1985)

Notes: Could there be a cuter Transformer than Cosmos? I always thought he seemed particularly lonely for some reason. He also seems to be one of those characters who gets left on the drawing board, as was the case with the Titanium line and the first reiteration of the Classics line. Our loss. Even with the Legends-scale Cosmos, I have to go with the original here.

(For more information on Cosmos, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible.)

February 23, 2009

Dead End (02-23-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 23, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon (Stunticon)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Warrior
We Are All Just Food For Rust”
-Notable Toy: Alternator (Hasbro, 2005)

Notes: Dead End is the fatalist in the room. One of his shining animated moments was testing Energon gifts for toxins. His garish Generation Two mould nixed by Hasbro, he somehow returned to shelves miscoloured as an Alternator. In fact, he came into being appropriately by accident: as a means of rounding out the Decepticon ranks. It probably makes him the first repaint in the world to actually precede his original. How strangely appropriate!

February 22, 2009

Tracks (02-22-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 22, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Warrior
-Motto: “Looking Good is What Life is All About”

-Notable Toy: Binaltech (Takara, 2005)

Notes: Who can beat a flying corvette? With Tracks, it really was a choice figuring out which toy to spotlight. The original that transferred so perfectly to the silver screen, or the European Action Master that so nailed the character? In the end, I had to go with the Binaltech version, with the essential Autobot flame front and center.

(For more information on Tracks, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible.)

February 21, 2009

Laserbeak (02-21-09)

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Transformer of the Day for February 21, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Interrogation
The Only Point I Like In Autobots: Melting Points”
-Notable Toy: Japanese Release (Takara, 1984)

Notes: Laserbeak, along with Ravage and Rumble (cartoon), got the most show time of the cassettes. He can even be seen in the opening sequence on Cybertron in a more unusual condor form. Clearly, tape technology remains important there. Rather than share the spotlight with Frenzy (toy), we admire the simplicity of his individual Japanese release.

(For more information on Laserbeak, check out the Generation One Transformer Bible.)

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