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    Homemade Alternator "Gauge"

    By Soundgear,

    Finished one of my latest homemade Have a look here



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    What's more important in a Transformer?

    By BotCollector,

    There are so many diffferent kinds of collectors now; crazy insane completists, people who only do the cars, or even a specific kind of car, people who only want G1 or G2, or even just the toys of characters from the movie, and EVEN those who only collect all the possible variations of one particular dude.


    So what makes you like one toy or character over another? Does a character's Tech Specs or character/performance in the shows or movie influence your liking of the toy? Will you get a guy who doesn't really look so good because you relate to his Tech Specs data? What's the driving force of your appreciation of or desire for a particular figure, or line of figures?


    I would love it if people had time to discuss the eccentricities of their collections and what made them come about. Who do you keep in a storage box and who's in the carefully set up display? Why don't you collect [whatever] and only get [whatever] instead? Who did you break the rule for and why?


    If you find it mostly has to do with the properties of the toy itself and not anything to do w/ the show/comic character, I'd like your feedback in this other topic too.

    What makes great Transformers great?

    By BotCollector,

    In managing Botcollector, I of course admit that all of the opinions, reviews, etc. of figures, especially in the GUIDE, are very subjective. I have my own very specialized love of Transforming Robots and opinion of what makes the good ones good and the sucky ones suck. In determining how figures are judged in the Reviews, for instance, I was confident in addressing only:


    - Appearance: both (or all) modes. Does it look just like a car, or just like a futuristic vehicle/animal, etc.? Does it ALSO look excellent as a Robot? To me, a perfect appearance in one Mode and a crappy appearance in another means no good. They are robots in disguise, not cars that are pretty obviously robots some of the time, or awesome cars that look like awesome cars standing on their rear bumper with short little arms as robots.


    - Poseability: This was one I never saw much focus on whenever anyone else who was a collector discussed their own reviews or opinions. I think it's a HUGE part of the coolness of the figure. I think this is proved quite easily when showing a non-collector a really awesome Transformer. Jetfire, Optimus Primal (Ape, not bat), BT Smokescreen; I'll sell one of these to people who don't even collect toys just because of how insanely badass it is when posing. If you can't pose the guy, that's a collectible black hole; not even coolness escapes it.


    - Durability: If part of the transformation involves repeatedly attaching limbs and accessories, that's not so much fun. Likewise, if something's prone to break after 30 or 40 transformations, that's a weakness and a flaw in the coolness of the figure. Plus, I'm a very active participant in collecting; I'm always pulling guys out of the display cabinet to mess with or show people, and some things invariably get dropped. Loosening is also part of this. If a guy can't hold his gun up anymore after a few transformations, he's ill. Todd McFarlane really lost a potential loyalist with that. I normally only do transforming toys, but he had a few figures that really were quite kick-ass in appearance. But I got some, and after posing them like 2 times, they stopped standing up and being able to hold their arms up. *thunk* (that's the sound of me not buying any more McFarlane stuff). A figure that maintains structural integrity as well as tightness is where it's at.


    - Transformation: Closely related to appearance, probably, but still an important aspect of the enjoyment of the transforming robot concept. A few flips and turns isn't really a great play experience for me. Usually, the crappier the transformation, the crappier the appearance (ie. Throttleb*retch*,*gag*...ahem, sorry, I always have a tough time saying it because they're so freakin' ill...THROTTLEBOTS). A nice complex transformation, or a few surprising little gimmicks really make the toy enjoyable. Ie., Masterpiece Prime's little arm hatches that you fold out and use to push his fists in; that's cool. Optimus Primal's robot feet sliding out on those pistons; that's cool. The way you pull the G1 cars' belt/codpiece up and rotate the entire upper torso around, then lock into place with the belt/codpiece again; that's cool.


    - Overall appeal: There are some things that defy categorization, or have to be put into a vague category like "gimmicks." Lights, sounds, flip-out communicators, compartments, cool ways to store stuff in a guy, Armada Op's self-transforming mechanisms, Air Attack Primal's jetpack sound that changes depending on his position in space, even non-tangibles like momentous history or place in the line's story, can apply here. For instance, I was slightly kinder to the original G1 Megatron in Botcollector's Review because of his role in the toyline; one of the first, and certainly very cool, but I never got him as a kid because he looked so ill in Robot Mode (my tastes have become slightly more refined, and I like Megatron a lot more now)


    But anyway, these were THE things I found most important, as a kid when I first got into them and through to today. Do other people find aspects of the figure that are more important when deciding if you want one, or what place it holds in your collection, or whether you decide to get it as a present for a potential fellow fan, etc.? Keep in mind we're only talking about the toy's qualities, not the character from shows, movies, comics, etc.


    I would be interested in seeing some well-thought-out input on this.

    G1 Optimus Prime

    Shin God Convoy
    By Shin God Convoy,

    A couple of my own drawings I've colored using photoshop...










    bumble jumper

    king poseidon
    By king poseidon,



    this guy doesnt realize he is sitting on money,he really thinks it is cliff.



    btw,did anyone notice the name change in issue #1 to bumper

    gunman_sr5's Collection

    By gunman_sr5,

    Just to save me on bandwidth. We will go back to TNI to see this.

    Univers sideswipe a con?

    By gunman_sr5,

    Transformers vs. GI Joe

    By sixstringsamuraix,

    Whoelse is a big fan of the Series? I abosolutly love the Art. Another home run for Jae Lee. Post Your comments on the series, but alert if you think your post may contain spoilers. Some people may be an issue behind or may be waiting for a Trade.

    More New TF Listings @ Meijer

    By Silverbolt,

    Cosmic Rust has listed several new Energon listings found in the Meijer computer system. The listings and UPC's are as follows:


    Ultra assortment group upc: 07693080290

    Landmine 076930 80233

    Bulkhead 076930 80254


    Deluxes assortment group upc: 076930 80270

    Sharkticon 076930 80246

    Downshift 076930 80247

    Energon hot shot 076930 80251 (different from the first Hot Shot)

    Slugslinger 076930 80252

    Tow-line 076930 80954



    Shockblast 076930 80257

    Ironhide-redeco 076930 80256



    Megatron 076930 80307

    Galvatron 076930 80308


    Read the Full News Story Here

    Universe Sideswipe ... A Decepticon?

    By Silverbolt,

    In a recent auction on Ebay, an apparent repaint of Armada Sideswipe was shown, said to be slated for release with the Universe line. However, something is very different about this Sideswipe ... it has a decepticon symbol! See the sideswitching Sideswipe here


    Read the Full News Story Here

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