February 11, 2011

Collectible (02-11-2011): Bludgeon

Filed under: Collectible of the Day - Transformers — fairplaythings @ 1:13 am

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

February 11, 2011: 12th in a series
Toy Line: Transformers (Revenge of the Fallen)
Region, Year: North America, 2010
Essential Weblink: http://www.tfu.info/2010/Decepticon/Bludgeon/bludgeon.htm

The Rundown: Moving away from Beast Wars for a change and the first character I put up happens to be from Revenge of the Fallen, one of the worst movies ever, made even worse for destroying happy childhood memories?

I know! But here me out!

Bludgeon is an example of Hasbro taking advantage of the Movie line to really introduce new and old characters in really cool forms, in a way they didn’t avail of themselves after the success of the first movie. Yes, Bludgeon is a Movie-former, as the aesthetic very different from the Generations line that has successed Universe 2.0 and Classics. And yet here is a good example of trying to take a classic, albeit obscure character, and bringing him to life.

Bludgeon is a character that should be forgotten. There was so much working against him. He was part of the sixth and final year where Transformers actually transformed (quickly replaced by non-transforming, show accurate Action Masters). He was on store shelves for less than a year (as opposed to being featured for up to three years like some of his predecessors). There was no cartoon to feature his likeness. He was not a re-imagined classic character like Pretender Grimlock or Starscream, nor was he has large as the previous year’s Pretender offerings.

He was an ordinary little tank with an outer shell that looked like a samarai with a skull for a head.

And he would be forgotten too if Simon Furman hadn’t been turning out good comics in the dying days of Marvel’s original Transformers comic. He took the quirky shell and made Bludgeon de facto leader after the fall of Scorponok and Megatron. He made him ninja-cool with his Metallikato skills. And made him stand out among the crowd. And so he never quite faded away. He was briefly a Universe 1.0 figure in 2004, a repaint of Megatron interestingly enough. Later he was a two pack movie character, a repaint of an off-screen movie character called Wreckage.

And then he got spruced up proper like.

Alas, poor Bludgeon. He is still trapped in his plastic package. Another Transformer I have yet to free from his shackles. But that day will come. Bludgeon is too cool to stay bound for long.


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    Comment by Karin — May 3, 2014 @ 6:56 am

  2. (Paperback) It’s kinda funny, I’ve never owned this book, Nor have I ever read it from cover to cover. But I think I have read ever bit of it over the course of seearvl years (visits to various brick and mortar bookstores.)It’s a very good book. They miss a couple of things.I know ingdirect offers a weekly deposit into their accounts. No matter what you can afford $.01 to $xxxxxx.xx you can have ing move the money from your checking account straight into one of their savings accounts. I’m sure other companies offer a similar feature, please include a list in the next edition. What could be better than $5 (say) taken out of your checking account each week and deposited into a savings account. Once you’ve set this up, it’s amazing how fast it grows. Soon you’ll be increasing it to $10, $20, etc. (what’s $5 a latte? one lunch made at home instead of bought at a restaurant? You will not miss it in a month or two.)I wish they had a section on how to get the $50. (the above paragraph is a starting point)I wish they included all of the mutual funds that are available for an initial buy-in of $250 or $500, not just a select few.I wish they would explain Dividend Reinvestment in a different mutual fund. Say $500, invested in two different mutual funds in the same family (one a stock fund, the other a bond fund), $250 each. But the dividend from the bond fund diverted to buy the stock fund each month. While your monthly (hopefully) investment is sent to the bond fund each time. So the monthly dividend that buys the stock fund grows each month.**********I need to amend this review, I own the 2010 version, just acquired it. Felt bad reviewing it without owning it. This book would be an excellent text book for a High School Finance class. I wish a state would require a semester of Finance for every student. Once the state had run it for 5-6 years than the effects could be evaluated and hopefully they would be positive and more states would adopt such a class. How does the average high school graduate learn about a mutual fund? Hell, any person?

    Comment by Alicia — February 20, 2015 @ 12:04 am

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