April 30, 2009

Galvatron (04-30-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 30, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Generation One (1984-92)

-Function: City Commander
-Motto: My Power Is Everything; Defeat is Absurd”
-Notable Toy: Reissue (Takara, 2005)

Notes: While I don’t quite agree with how every Megatron in the multiverse must at some point become Galvatron (and in the case of the Unicron trilogy, become him again and again and again), I love the original character. I love the figure and the transformation, the skilled warrior (in the movie) and the lunatic leader (in the cartoon). And it was more than gratifying to have him finally reproduced in proper colours in 2005.


Can you believe we’re a third of the way through the year already? I can scarely believe that we’ve gone through four months of transformers, a total of 120 ‘formers in all, and there are still so many good characters and toys ahead.

And away we go!

April 29, 2009

Optimus Prime (04-29-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 29, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
Armada-Energon-Cybertron (2002-2006)
-Function: Leader
Freedom is the Right of All Sentient Beings”
-Notable Toy: Crystal Prime (Takara, 2003)

Notes: It’s high time we had another crack at Optimus Prime and I can think of no better example than “Bendy Prime”, brought to us during the Armada years. Truth be told, Armada is a terrible cartoon for which I do not care. However, some of the toys are really nice and Optimus Prime is lucky enough to be one of them. Be it the deluxe version (or his many repaints, like the crystal version shown above), or the Leader class edition that comes with an automatically transforming trailer, Prime rules!

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

April 28, 2009

Megatron (04-28-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 28, 2009


-Faction: Predacon / Vehicon
Beast Wars / Beast Machines (1996-2000)
-Function: Predacon Commander / Vehicon Leader
-Motto: Purification is the Key to Our Salvation”
-Notable Toy: Botcon Exclusive (Hasbro, 2006)

Notes: Despite the changing in characterization between Beast Wars and Beast Machines, this Megatron is simply a great character! A megalomaniac yesssss, but one with a sense of humour and irony. I mean HE ROLLERBLADES! Admittedly, picking the right toy representation was tough because the many variations are all good (something quite rare in fact!) But I’m going with the Pre-Beast Wars Botcon redeco because the mould really does justice to his cartoon appearance in all three forms. But, as evidence below, I must also give a shout out to Moon Base Megatron just for sheer audacity of putting out a toy based on a giant floating head.

((Apologies and thanks to seibertron.com for the Botcon toy pics.)

April 27, 2009

Sunstreaker (04-27-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 27, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Movie Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Warrior
They Can’t Beat the Best”
-Notable Toy: Universe (Hasbro, 2008)

Notes: Despite his vanity, Sunstreaker is so connected to Sideswipe that, since his introduction, he is either overshadowed by his more popular brother (see absence of an official Action Master (unofficial however is a different story), G2 or Shatteredverse version), or forced to be shown as a repaint (OTFCC, 2003). At least with Universe, he can regain a bit of his pride with a unique transformation that sets him apart. It’s okay Sunny; Teresa would never dream of making you a clone.

April 26, 2009

Metrotitan (04-26-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 26, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Generation One (1984-92)
-Function: Battle Fortress*

-Motto: None Shall Stand in My Wake” *
-Notable Toy: Standard Issue (Takara, 1991)

Notes: Another great Japanese Decepticon repaint I long to have, Metrotitan (a late release repaint of Metroplex) is just a stunning. There was hope that the reissue of Metroplex would see an eHobby version as well, particularly given the existence of a knock-off Metrotitan (in pink rather than red), but to no avail. So we are left to drool and dream.

April 25, 2009

TFCon 2009 Presents TFA: Wasp!

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While I make my way through what is certainly the most impressive TFCon in terms of guests, exclusives and fans, since its inception back in 2001, I thought I would leave you with a preview of the entry in this year’s art contest.

Earth Mode Wasp came to me when I should have been working on a certain helicopter I’d dreamed up for TFCon. He went quicker than expected and turned out particularly well due to the accidential use of an enamel-based Model Master paint. For some reason, I had one bottle of acrylic and enamel in this single colour and I accidently pulled the enamel. Although I destroyed brushes in the task, nonetheless, I have to say it was worth it.

Wasp won’t be presented Mint on Card, but rest assured the card back is fully formed. It was almost as much fun doing the artwork as it was the figure itself. Even better seeing the results that can be achieved when your efforts are rewarded by a professional print job.

A full history of Wasp will be added in the coming weeks to the main site. In the meantime, fingers crossed that I rate a mention at this year’s festivities. I look forward to my grand plans for Botcon.

Powered Convoy / Powered Commander (04-25-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 25, 2009


-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Diaclone Years (1982-1984)
-Function: City Commander*
-Motto: “I Can Deal with That Now”
-Notable Toy: Diaclone (Takara, 1983)

Notes: Although he shares a body with Ultra Magnus, Powered Convoy predates the Transformers. Using the Convoy cab and a convertable trailer, Powered Convoy came with features left out or unexploited in the Ultra Magnus version. There was the chest shield that doubled as a jet for the diaclone figures that came with the line. There was also the little accessory car that came with Powered Convoy that was removed from the Ultra Magnus release. And, if you were particularly good, you got the mother of all box sets - Powered Convoy with a black Sideswipe and a Red Mirage. A holy grail indeed.

It is noteworthy to go with Powered Convoy today because, for only the second time since his first appearance (the limited eHobby reissue of 2001), Powered Convoy is being brought forward through the efforts of the TFCon organizers and FansProject, who secretly debut the figure at TFCon 2008. Certainly, it was the first reason I opted to attend this year’s show, although Dan “Bumblebee” Gilvezan’s appearance certainly was icing on the double chocolate cake.

In the meantime, enjoy this deluxe Transformer of the Day spotlighting the return of the king.

(Apologies and thanks to fredsworkshop for the rare cell image of a deleted Transformers: The Movie sequence featuring Ultra Magnus in Powered Convoy colours. Truly a rare and treasured find.)

The 2001 eHobby Reissue

The 2001 eHobby Reissue

April 24, 2009

Bonecrusher (04-24-09)

Filed under: 13 movie, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 1:01 pm

Transformer of the Day for April 24, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Movie (2007, 2009, 2011)
-Function: Warrior
-Motto: Fall Before My Blades
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 2007)

Notes: Rumour holds that the prominence given to the sweep in the promotional material sold Michael Bay on the vehicle for the movie, and he opted to modify the vehicle when he learned that the sweep was actually quite a bit smaller. Nonetheless, given fan interest, I am somewhat surprised Bonecrusher didn’t get the Leader or Voyager treatment.

April 23, 2009

Tigatron (04-23-09)

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Transformer of the Day for April 23, 2009


-Faction: Maximal
-Era: Beast Wars (1996-1998)
-Function: Reconnaissance
Let The Trails Lead Where They May, I WIll Follow”
-Notable Toy: 10th Anniversary (Takara, 2006)

Notes: Tigatron is one cool cat. I was filled with such regret when he was killed off with Airrazor, and then again when his reformatted Tigerhawk form also fell in battle. And he’s a perfect example of Takara’s dedication. Having already produced the superior white (rather than yellow) original version, they then reissue him in a more perfect form.

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

April 22, 2009

Ratbat (04-22-09)

Filed under: TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:22 am

Transformer of the Day for April 22, 2009


-Faction: Decepticon
Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Fuel Scout
-Motto: “The Road is My Dinner Plate”

-Notable Toy: Universe Two Pack (Hasbro, 2008)

Notes: Ratbat is an enigma. Why did Hasbro release a brand new toy with a pre-existing toy like Frenzy (inadvertantly given the latter the honour of being the longest produced Generation One toy?) Although the animal tapes could seemingly talk (see Ramhorn in the cartoon and Ravage in the comics), why was Ratbat the only one one who consistently did so? And how do you explain a character portrayed as such a force who is reduced to the form of a tape and a giant bat? So while I may not like the Cybertron Sideways mould, it works so well for War Within Ratbat, and allows us to better imagine him as the presence he clearly is.)

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