Hey all, it's been awhile.
I've been unemployed for a good while now & Transformer collecting has taken the back seat to retro game consoles, my current addiction. However, I'm still quite interested in the Transformers Prime toys and have been ever since the FE figures were announced. One of the figures I was most looking forward too was the Voyager Optimus Prime figure.
I'm sure you can all relate to my disappointment that we never really got that figure, and got thoroughly screwed over on all the other FE's. Then I heard about the RID line coming soon, and thought to myself "okay, maybe Hasbro will redeem themselves for their screw up."
The RID line is now out in full force, and their epic failure is in no way redeemed. Let me start with the Deluxe toys...
I'll go ahead and say that I really like Ratchet and Soundwave, from what I've seen. They seem to be pretty solid toys, as does Wheeljack, but as for all the others...
Cliffjumper was given a great vehicle mode, and a potentially great robot mode that seems to have been completely ruined by the arms. Not only was the show-accurate hand-weapon transformation removed, but the on-the-whole arm configuration was completely botched, and we're given a lame-ass hammer/blaster for an accessory.
Arcee's toy seems okay, except for the stupid weapon. Hasbro, who the hell told you that cumbersome, gimmicky weapons were better than show accuracy??
Bumblebee is...well, he's bumblebee. At least his weapons are mostly accurate.
And now, for my biggest gripe...the "Powerizers."
The Deluxe toys were a mixed bag. Some were good, some were meh, and one seems downright awful. The Voyagers, unfortunately, don't seem too much better. Bulkhead seems like he might be okay, but he's not my main concern. If you haven't figured out by now, I don't much care for RID Optimus & Megatron. Why, you ask? Well, the main reason is the clear fooking plastic. Who thought this would be a good idea!? Having seen the figures in person, I can safely say that it completely ruins the figures' aesthetic...or at least, in Optimus Prime's sake. I find the translucent purple to be rather suiting for Megs. The next complaint I have, which seems pretty standard for the RID figures, is with the weapons. Both of Prime's weapons are crap. Megatron's arm cannon is pretty bad, too, with the stupid flip-out blade gimmick.
Why, Hasbro? Why??
And THAT is the reason I've distanced myself from Transformer collecting. I'm not claiming any of this as gospel; it's just my opinion, and I'm sorry if I've offended anyone with that. This is just a rant, and an invitation to post your rants as well. I haven't been lurking very much recently, so forgive me if there's already a thread like this. So how are you all dealing with Hasbro's blatant shortcomings?