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August 31, 2009

Quickswitch (08-31-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:31 am

Transformer of the Day for August 31, 2009

QUICKSWITCH

-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Assault Warrior
-Motto: “A Confused Enemy is a Defeated Enemy”
-Notable Toy: Six-Changer (Hasbro, 1988)

Notes: One of the trickiest things about this exercise is finding the right picture. While it is relatively easy to find pictures for those characters introduced in movie or cartoon format, it’s something else to have any kind of choice for off-screen characters. Even including the Japanese cartoons, this includes North American toys like Quickswitch. However, tfwiki.net has an incredible picture of the character from one of the Lady Bird books that just fits perfect!

August 30, 2009

Smokescreen (08-30-09)

Filed under: 03 generation two, TF365 — fairplaythings @ 12:30 am

Transformer of the Day for August 30, 2009

SMOKESCREEN

-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Generation Two (1993-1995)
-Function: Sneak Attack Specialist
-Motto: “When You Least Expect It, Expect Us”
-Notable Toy: Reissue (Takara, 1989)

Notes: Smokescreen is certainly among the stranger of toys in the Transformers Universe. He represents the first time that a pre-existing name has switched factions and forms. Interestingly enough, his body appears to foreshadow the transformation of Energon Starscream. And he is one of the few transformers whose combiner form is that of a vehicle, rather than a robot. How he forms his particular gestalt, however, is best kept off the written page. Although the tech spec almost reads as if Smokescreen and the larger Dreadwing are one and the same, I imagine him as an independent brains of the operation.

“What are we going to do today, Smokescreen?”
“Same as we always do, Dreadwing, try and take over the world.”

August 29, 2009

Blurr (08-29-09)

Filed under: 14 animated, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:29 am

Transformer of the Day for August 29, 2009

BLURR

-Faction: Autobot
-Era:
Animated (2008-2009)
-Function: Elite Recon
-Motto:
Eat My Dust, Decepticons”
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 2008)

Notes: Question: Is Blurr the only Transformer to actually die in Animated? Oh, I know there were plans for his spark chamber to survive the trash compactor to which Shockwave delivered him, but that’s off-camera. Anyway, it’s nice to see him show up in the new show and leaves us hungry for the upcoming Hot Rod... er… Rodimus… and hoping for a Kup one day.

August 28, 2009

Megastorm (08-28-09)

Filed under: 05 beast wars ll, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:28 am

Transformer of the Day for August 28, 2009

MEGASTORM

-Faction: Predacon
-Era: Beast Wars II (1998)
-Function: Duke of Destruction
-Motto: “Loyalty Comes with a Price”
-Notable Toy: Leader-class (Takara, 1998)

Notes:  While Hasbro first used the mould as a suitable replacement for Megatron as part of Generation II, Takara reused the figure in the late 1990s for its anime Beast Wars II. Brother to that universe’s Galvatron, Megastorm would be reimagined as Gigastorm, a remoulded version of Trypticon, later in the series. But it’s the original tank that’s the ranking toy in this case. Because can you really go wrong with a giant green tank in a land full of animals?

August 27, 2009

Sandstorm (08-27-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:27 am

Transformer of the Day for August 27, 2009

SANDSTORM

-Faction: Autobot (Triple Changer)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)

-Function: Reconnaissance
-Motto: When the Smoke Clears, I Clear Out”
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 1986)

Notes: Like his Triple Changing buddies, Sandstorm showed up in the old Generation One cartoons more than his toy probably warranted, but nonetheless left a relatively rich legacy for toy produced for a single year. Given the reintroduction of triple changes in Universe 2.0, here’s hoping that Hasbro and Takara-Tomy give some thought to bringing Sandstorm back to toy shelves. Octane could really use a friend.

August 26, 2009

Carnivac (08-26-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:26 am

Transformer of the Day for August 26, 2009

CARNIVAC

-Faction: Decepticon (Pretender Beast)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Hunter / Tracker
-Motto: 
A cunning smile is more devastating than the fiercest weapon
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 1988)

Notes: Never underestimate Hasbro’s willingness to exploit a new concept. Combiners? Hello aerial/ protecto/ techno bots and your decepticon counterparts. Add a robot partner? Here comes target/ head/ powermasters. Pretenders were no different, and thus pretender beasts joined their humanoid pretender counterparts. The shells, like those of Carnivac, were blocks, and would have been really nice with some leg articulation. But still, somehow a rabid wolf seemed a little more appropriate for Earthen combat than scaly monsters.

August 25, 2009

Fire Convoy / Optimus Prime (08-25-09)

Filed under: 09 rid/car robots, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:25 am

Transformer of the Day for August 25, 2009

FIRE CONVOY / OPTIMUS PRIME

-Faction: Autobot
-Era:
Robots in Disguise / Car Robots (2000-2001)
-Function: Autobot Commander
-Motto:
“We Will Put out the Fires of Evil
-Notable Toy: Exclusive God Fire Convoy Set (Takara, 2000)

Notes: I think Fire Convoy’s motto and battle cry should have been “no more MONKEY,” as he marks the return of Optimus to vehicle mode. Yes, the Fox-Kids dub of the cartoon was silly, but the toy was something to behold. Even better, Fire Convoy brought combiner technology with him, bringing even more fun to the toy.

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

August 24, 2009

One of those days where other stuff gets done not on your list

Filed under: collecting — fairplaythings @ 4:44 pm

Sunday was one of those days. I had a list of things to accomplish but, other than the first round of dishes and some very limited munny painting, I don’t think I checked much off the list.

I did, however, consolidate several boxes of Transformers in the basement. This alone doesn’t sound like much but I actually used the occasion to catalogue the contents. This is really good because it means that, at the end of the exercise, I will know:

  • What gaps need to be filled,
  • What doubles have crept into my collection and are suitable for purging (e.g. trading), and
  • Where the cool collectibles are.

The last point is important because I’m contemplating fresh blog craziness in 2010. I’m envisioning a “cool collectible of the day”. Since one has to have 365 worthy collectibles (I do) AND be able to find them (not right now…), I have some work ahead of me.

But fun. Of which I have a weird sense.

Scowl (08-24-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365, nostalgia — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:24 am

Transformer of the Day for August 24, 2009

SCOWL

-Faction: Decepticon (Monster Pretender)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Sonic Saboteur
-Motto: 
Control Sound, and the Faintest Whisper can be the Fiercest Weapon
-Notable Toy: Basic (Hasbro, 1990)

Notes: Scowl is the Soundwave to Icepick’s Megatron. And yet I’ll always remember him from the Transformer sale at the Stedman’s in Weymouth that was a sign of its implosion in the face of the retail blitzkreig undertaken by the Weymouth Variety Store. It might not be Wal-Mart versus K-Mart or Target, but in a wee Atlantic Canadian town, it was just as epic. And blue monsters are cool!

August 23, 2009

Hound (08-23-09)

Filed under: 01 generation one, TF365 — Tags: — fairplaythings @ 12:23 am

Transformer of the Day for August 23, 2009

HOUND

-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)

-Function: Scout
-Motto:
Observe Everything, Remember Even More”
-Notable Toy: Henkei (Takara, 2009)

Notes: Although the original Hound toy was probably among the closest first year toy in resemblance to his on-screen appearance in the original cartoon, you got to give it up to Takara-Tomy / Hasbro for bringing an even better version to toy shelves. And with Ravage to boot! How about that for a nod to the original “More than Meets the Eye” episodes!

(Apologies and thanks to tf-1.com for the character pic.)

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