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February 15, 2011

Collectible (02-15-2011): Powerglide

Filed under: Collectible of the Day - Transformers — fairplaythings @ 12:15 am

Powerglide Hothouse
Universe 2.0

February 15, 2011: 16th in a series
Toy Line: Transformers: Universe
Region, Year: North America, 2008
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The Rundown: The second of three Voyager-scale Universe figures, Powerglide is an example of getting a good thing wrong. Here is a perfect toy mold, one that is both modern and reminiscent of the original toy mold, with all kinds of swell extras like lights, sounds, and hidden hearts. And they get the colour wrong, wrong, wrong! It’s almost like they ran out of red crayon after the head and had to leave the page unfinished.

It was little wonder then that Takara-Tomy’s release was so radically different. Even Hasbro acknowledged its mistake in a fashion. When it lent the three Universe molds (Onslaught, Powerglide, and Silverbolt) to a K-Mart exclusive release, Powerglide was the only one of the three that was not given a new identity with the redeco. They simply put him right by making him red.

What was sad about the whole exercise is that Powerglide was screaming out for a white repaint as the old Micromaster Hothouse, something the gang at reprolabels.com were able to facilitate (and thus save poor Powerglide version 1.0) with a few inexpensive stickers. As you can see from my version, comfortably sitting on a stove burner, it’s the route I took.

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