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October 13, 2009

Air Hammer (10-13-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 13, 2009

AIR HAMMER

-Faction: Maximal (Fuzor)
-Era: Beast Wars (1996-1998)
-Function: Aerial Reconnaissance
-Motto: “From the Sky, I See; From the Sky, I Strike”
-Notable Toy: Basic (Hasbro, 1998)

Notes: Air Hammer almost makes you wonder why a hammerhead shark and a hawk evolution never came about. Everything from the choice of animals to paint applications seems so natural and smooth. It’s enough to make you wish she had made it onto the silver screen.

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

October 12, 2009

Airwave (10-12-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 12, 2009

AIRWAVE

-Faction: Decepticon (Micromaster)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Aerial Defense
-Motto: “My Price is Too High and You’re Going to Pay”
-Notable Toy: Deluxe (Hasbro, 1989)

Notes: Given their size, Micromasters introduced us to the concept of bases and platforms that had not been previously available to the Transformers. Of course the basis transformered themselves, but what was really fun was their ability to link up to form a kind of Transformers City in their “disguised” form. Airwave’s little airport seemed to work particularly well with him, providing him a massive gun battery as well as a natural hiding place to land.

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

October 11, 2009

Fortress Maximus (10-11-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 11, 2009

FORTRESS MAXIMUS

-Faction: Autobot (Headmaster)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Headmaster Leader
-Motto: “Prepare for War but Strive for Peace”
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Notable Toy: Supreme (Takara, 1987)

Notes: Adjusted for inflation, Fortress Maximus was a behometh of a purchase. Costing over $100 back in the day, and sitting at more than two feet tall, he comes with his own crew, namely Cerebros, Cog and Spike. He’s a must buy, particularly if you can get your hands on the Japanese version that comes with a master sword. Because nothing says victory like a giant sword!

October 10, 2009

Thunderwing (10-10-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 10, 2009

THUNDERWING

-Faction: Decepticon (Pretender)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Aerial Espionage
-Motto: “Cover Yourself With Lies and No One Will Find You”
-Notable Toy: Mega (Hasbro, 1989)

Notes: Joining the animated Scourge, Thunderwing was also corrupted by the power of the Matrix, which made for an interesting storyline in the U.S. comics. As a result, he has emerged as one of the most memorable of the pretenders. It’s a nice touch that his pretender shell itself is a transformer, of which he can become a part. And of course, he is the basis for the brilliant redesign known as Black Shadow that was available in Japan.

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

October 9, 2009

Optimus Primal (10-09-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 9, 2009

OPTIMUS PRIMAL

-Faction: Maximal
-Era: Beast Wars (1996-1998), Beast Machines (1999-2000)
-Function: Commander / Spirit Guide
-Motto: “The Seeds of the Future Lie Buried in the Past”
-Notable Toy: Supreme (Hasbro, 2002)

Notes: Before Transformers: Animated retroduced a neophyte Optimus Prime, Beast Wars brought us Optimus Primal, a commander who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, taking an undisciplined crew into a war and coming out a leader. Though his metamorphosis into a Transformers shaman was not the transformation fans had hoped for, the delayed release of the Supreme toy under the Robots in Disguise banner was most welcome. The boss monkey fits in perfectly in scale with Takara’s Masterpiece line, as well as Supreme Cheetor, Ultra Nightscream and Mega Rattrap.

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

October 8, 2009

Slog (10-08-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 8, 2009

SLOG

-Faction: Decepticon (Monster Pretender)
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Combat Artist
-Motto: “Destruction is the Highest Form of Art”
-Notable Toy: Basic Pretender (Hasbro, 1989)

Notes: True confession here for a moment. While I love saving tech specs and file cards, and bemoan their absence in their purest sense from more recent issues (or their inclusion as foldout scraps of paper in trilingual packaging in order to avoid the costs of individualized packaging), I very seldom read them on their own. And even when I do, I only skim. So nine months (and counting) of TFs of the Day has been an education at least with respect to mottos and functions. What’s this got to do with Slog, you ask? Two words. Combat Artist. Who came up with that one? Was warrior taken? Still, best job description ever! It alone warrants his inclusion into this list!

October 7, 2009

Skyblast (10-07-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 7, 2009

SKYBLAST

-Faction: Autobot (Omnibot)
-Era: Armada-Energon-Cybertron (2002-2006)
-Function: Tactician
-Motto: “My Greatest Ally is the Sky Itself”
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Notable Toy: Built-to-Rule (Hasbro, 2004)

Notes: It is reported that Skyblast is a homage to Skyfire, the problematic Generation One jet based on the Macross Valkyrie that left him in limbo as far as the show was concerned. And certainly you can see that in his face. The original Skyblast mould has seen a few repaints for the movie line, but we’re running with the hard-to-find Built-to-Rule version here. This lost second series got a lot of the bugs out of the concept and might have offered more to fans had Hasbro not dumped the line and run away.

October 6, 2009

Decepticharge (10-06-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 6, 2009

DECEPTICHARGE

-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Mayhem
-Motto:I Will Leave Nothing but Wrecks in My Wake
-Notable Toy: Alternator (Hasbro, 2005)

Notes: Decepticharge is one of those few characters that doesn’t neatly fit into a specific category. Having been cancelled by Takara, he only really exists as part of the North American Alternators line (and even there, he is quite rare), but following on Dead End, he seems a natural fill-in for Drag Strip. But I don’t think Hasbro lost the name to Drag Strip given the recent Asian market exclusive. So he’s a puzzle. But a good toy needs to go somewhere, so since the Alternators (or more specifically, the Binaltech) seem to be Generation One revised, G1 it is!

October 5, 2009

Kup (10-05-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 5, 2009

KUP

-Faction: Autobot
-Era: Generation One (1984-1992)
-Function: Warrior
-Motto: “The Past is the Greatest Teacher”
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Notable Toy: Reissue (Takara, 2005)

Notes: Kup, the “flinty old warrior,” whose main purpose seems to be keeping Rodimus out of trouble, and regaling one and all of war stories a million cycles old. And yet, he is at his best when he is at a loss of words. The Takara reissue of 2005, with Wheelie and his targetmaster partner, is the easiest and best way to get your hands on a classic.

October 4, 2009

Dirt Boss (10-04-09)

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Transformer of the Day for October 4, 2009

DIRT BOSS

-Faction: Decepticon
-Era: Armada-Energon-Cybertron (2002-2006)
-Function: Scientist / Special Projects
-Motto: “My Size is My Deception”
-Notable Toy: Exclusive (Hasbro, 2006)

Notes: Ordinarily, Dirt Boss should be one of any number of nameless Decepticon cannon fodder filling out television screens everywhere. And he might be (admittedly I don’t know - the Unicron Saga is so unwatchable that I’ve only gotten into the first disc of Energon and that is by force of will of alone) except for the monocle. Looking more Dr. Mindbender than he should, Dirt Boss is in one masterstroke elevated to possible evil genius. An evil genius that looks like he might float with those wheels? Whatever gets him to the show, I suppose…

(Apologies and thanks to shmax.com or the toy image.)

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