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  1. I'm loving that pink. Just not so much on the shoulders. That is rather unfortunate looking and I might actually paint over that like what was done on Laser Prime so that only the missiles are unpainted. I can live with it on the chest even if it's not ideal for there. But for the actual windshield and weapons though, I love it.
  2. No thanks. I'd rather not get rid of the cab's sword storage just to fill in the backs of the legs. I'm not always going to have the trailer next to Prime in order to store the weapons when I transform him to truck mode. So for me, it's more important to be able to store the sword without needing the trailer than it is to fill in some non intrusive gaps on the backs of the legs. Gap fillers in general are usually a waste to me though. Did the fandom cry about them this much back during original mold G1, G2, Beast Wars, Machine Wars or Beast Machines when the gaps were just as prevalent? I was there but I didn't have the internet at the time to know if any early pages had people complaining about them. I mean, I have figures from back then that have the gaps on the fronts of their arms and legs yet nobody seems to want gap fillers for those figures. I just don't get where all this hate for the gaps is coming from when they've been there since the 80's. Selective memory perhaps like the people who think that Hasbro only does redecos now to steal our money? The gun looks good though. It's just that I never liked the short barrel look of the original. So I'll be looking for a long barreled gun when I go to get one for him. Or I'll just take the ones from Battle Tanker or something. The trailer has a lot of empty space in it though. I'd be interested in a missile launcher and disk launcher that can store in it for base mode.
  3. This mold (Impactor) has three different heads, two different chests and two different cannons and yet they're all for the exact same character in the same color scheme. Road Rage only got a new head and nothing else to make HER different than Tracks (especially when compared to what the MP got or even the CW Victorion gals and PotP Elita) but Impactor can get so many alternate parts for his four different releases in two years with all being just him in the same colors even though one release had no new parts. I preordered a set though. I want three of that damn Fossilizer but I don't want three more Impactors to have to off load two of them like how I'm stuck with two extra Netflix spoiler Megatrons at the moment. Thankfully I skipped the Netflix Impactor. So with this new one I'll have all the remolded parts in all the allegiances it can come in. I imagine that Spindle won't be too difficult to find later. Either people will be selling them off as they hate Fossilizers for some reason or the set won't sell well and will go on clearance (like Netflix Megatron and Skellivore) due to people not wanting a forth Impactor and they still hate Fossilizers for some reason. That's funny, just like Impactor, Siege Megatron had four releases as Megatron in the same color scheme with the fourth coming with a Fossilizer. Siege standard retail, Walmart cell shaded, Netflix with the Battlemasters and the Netflix Spoiler pack. At least that mold also includes G2 Hero Megatron and SG Megatron to get it in different colors. Oh wait no, Megatron has five releases as Megatron in the same color scheme as I forgot about the Takara Premium finish version. So that just means we'll be getting yet another Impactor as Impactor in purple and yellow in the Takara Premium line lol.
  4. Didn't get the set for the Kingdom version and won't be getting these either. DNA is dropping the ball on so many of these kits lately. But it doesn't matter as everyone will keep praising them and buying these mediocre to bad kits since Hasbro is supposedly the worst toy company ever and all that. I would still like to know who asked for Galvatron to be taller to begin with though. If the mold needed the extra height to be better proportioned then it needed thigh extenders as those are the areas on almost every Transformer that need to be extended. They go from being the longest single bones on a human to the shortest areas on a Cybertronian. At least Kingdom Galvatron has longer thighs than AOE Galvatron in any event.
  5. Kinda mad I skipped that one. Oh well. I hope Legacy Bulkhead gets retooled into Beast Hunters Optimus Prime. The rumor is that the Bulkhead mold was always meant to be an Optimus Prime. And looking at how that shield/cover piece works and connects to that back hinge, you can easily replace that with the wing pack from the original BH OP voyager figure. You might even be able to work that cage in and onto the legs as well like the second BH OP Voyager and the Cyberverse commander figure. In any event, at least the Rise of the Beasts Optimus kind of looks like BH OP. So I'll be able to get something that looks like an updated BH OP one way or another.
  6. How do I know any of what exactly? And why would you care about why I would want to own so many redecos? Skywarp, Thundercracker, Sunstorm, Bitstream, Hotlink, Sandstorm, Acid Storm, Nova Storm, Ion Storm, Clamp Down, Deep Cover, Tigertrack, Cordon, Spinout, Burnout, Lift Ticket, Over Air, SG Ratchet, SG Optimus Prime, Twincast, DK-02 Guard, T-Wrecks, Soundblaster, Centurion Guard, Bluestreak, Nemesis Prime, Skellivore, Black Roritchi, Hot House, Night Prowler, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on and I didn't even touch on redecos of the same toy into the same character like Kup, Cliffjumper, Optimus Primal, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Rattrap, Cheetor, Terrorsaur and another long list of names. They're all just redecos. Why does anyone need to own redecos? To borrow form you: "How do you know all that?" Where was it ever stated that Generations Selects is for redecos and new head retools? That's just as much speculation as my statements. But I'm fully aware that what I said was speculation and typed it as such. And besides, this is Takara, not Hasbro. They have no such limitation to anything they release for Takara Generations Selects. They're two different lines. Takara designed both Star Convoy and Armada Optimus Prime with absolutely no plans on how they were going to release them and with no involvement from Hasbro. Super Megatron, the Seacons and the additions to Abominus and Volcanicus were also done without Hasbro's involvement. Going back further, Runabout, Override Gregevor, Adventure white Drift, Blackarachnia, Nightbird, Slipstream, Defensor with deluxe Groove, Bruticus with spaceshuttle Blast Off, Computicon, Devastator, Grand Galvatron and how many others are all retools, or new molds outright in Groove and Blast Off's cases, without any involvement from Hasbro. They released them however they wanted. However now they don't seem to be able to do that with the brand unification. So that's where Takara's Generations Selects comes in. It's the place where they can release whatever they want again. Had the brand unification been around back during Combiner Wars or anytime then you best believe that Computron, Devastator, Defensor and Bruticus all would've been released in Takara Generations Selects. But they would also have had to release the standard CW versions at retail like they did the PotP Dinobots and Terrorcons.
  7. I cancelled my preorders for this years ago when I realized that they weren't anywhere close to releasing them and were just trying to fuck with Planet X. Seeing these now, I'm glad I cancelled the preorders. The proportions in robot mode are just awful. The robot mode looks like it's made of parts from figures of different size classes. The arms are just way too bulky and long and the hands are comically large. Seriously, his hands are bigger than his thighs. Glad I kept my preorder for Planet X though as that's how it should be proportioned. Even if this one does the alt mode feet kibble on the arms better. Or so it appears.
  8. There's no way they could've done any of it from Siege UM/GUOP. There's nothing similar as the trailer needs to become the entire super mode from the waist down. It's kind of like Legacy Motormaster in a way. The trailer needs to form quite a bit of the combined mode. Too much for any leader priced trailer to accomplish. Laser Prime's trailer is pretty good compared to Earthrise Prime's trailer but even then that's still not enough plastic to properly pull off Armada Optimus Prime's trailer. And that Earthrise trailer is just garbage and I have four of the damn thing. I hate it lol. Although, they could get a pretty decent RID 2001 OP, UM and Omega Prime from those Siege molds. Siege UM is almost RID 2001 UM as it is and would only need a little more work to complete the look. RID OP coming from GUOP wouldn't be too difficult to do. Omega Prime could just be RID OP base figure with RID UM's armor and a new head/chest which wouldn't be too difficult to pull off. Which would then leave the RID UM base figure to have RID OP's armor to put on. He can even have a new name. Leftovers Prime or something like that lol. Not every Optimus with a super mode needs to be a commander class as proven with GUOP, Star Convoy and even going back to TR PMOP/TL Super Ginrai but Armada Prime just has too much going on to fit into a leader price point. Energon could also work as a leader set too. It could also be a voyager or even leader base figure and four deluxe Weaponizers/Modulators if they wanted to go a different route with it. That would put it in the commander range though. It's just that Energon OP can easily go to either price point and still work out just fine whereas Armada OP would only work as a commander.
  9. Not having that figure and the trailer to combine him with is one of the biggest let downs that has ever happened from the Transformers brand. Unlike Star Convoy, there's no way it could've been any kind of leader class figure as the trailer is too intricate. And yes it is designed to form the super mode as there are hands for it stored in the legs that will become the arms. However they made the commander class sometime after this and it would fit perfectly with that. It can very easily slip right into the Generations Selects line and not mess anything up. There's even two redeco options for the whole setup and at least two more if you count the deluxe mold's redecos. I'd take at least the standard Armada version, a Nemesis version (or two as there's two different decos) and an Ultra Magnus version. Then I'd go after the Powerlinx and Costco versions with the Cybertron and G1ish versions after that. No crystal version for me though. It's just crazy that they went that far with the prototype and then didn't do it when they have the size class and toy line for it read to go. And Legacy wasn't even an idea when this was worked on. Like I said, if it got as far as it did, then they were working on it for quite a while. It looks ready to be made as far as prototypes go. Meaning that they must have started around 2017ish. It's not like they couldn't rush to change a few things to make it work with the War for Cybertron Trilogy to have extra Weaponizer or blast effect ports since Takara rushed to change the PRID figures to have Arms Micron ports and pegs all over them for better or worse.
  10. But it's not an Autobot sigil and it's not purple. It's a Wrecker's sigil and the basic one of those is blue. The blue sigil on the red plastic makes it look purple. It's not a sigil that comes up often and not one that really makes it to official figures either. As an example, the sticker sheet from Generations Thrilling 30 Roadbuster came with a blue Wrecker sticker as well as a red Autobot sticker.
  11. I already have both sets of TR and TL Topspin and Twintwist and I'll gladly get these as well. Parasite is new though. There's rumors of Paralyzer (the Bugbite colored one) coming out in a Buzzworthy four pack that I also hope beyond all hope that will actually be TR Squeezeplay with a new name instead. But seeing Parasite makes me think otherwise. The rumored Paralyzer will indeed be a Kingdom Waspinator redeco if this Parasite redeco is real. I guess they have to make up for Rhinox not having any redecos or retools yet. So Waspinator gets four redecos and one new head retool. Cheetor gets two redecos, one new head retool and one major retool along with a reused design for Tigatron and his new head retool. Primal gets two redecos. Rattrap gets a redeco? Did that or the Primal redeco really count? Megatron gets a redeco and new head retool. Blackarachnia gets a new head retool. Dinobot gets one new head retool and a rumored redeco. Airazor gets a new head retool and major retool and that mold's redeco and we all know there's going to be at least a few more Terrosaur redecos to be done. Inferno better get a retool into Antagony and Tarrantulas should at least get something but maybe he's another one without any reuses. I don't know why they haven't done anything with Rhinox though. There's the Fox Kids deco to be done as well other than the original toy deco. Maybe retool it into Transmetal Rhinox and do his three decos. I want all four Armada Transmetals done and it wouldn't be too difficult with the molds we have now. But besides all that, Rhinox would make the perfect base for Polar Claw. Hasbro knows we're mad he got cut from Kingdom. It could be a reshell like Legacy Knockout is of SS86 Jazz. It wouldn't be perfect but it would be very serviceable. Then we'd get the redecos of Polar Claw too. So that's at least three from the reshell.
  12. If you rotate the backpack you could get some kind of an Arcee from that Wild Rider. It would put the front fenders and wheels up behind the shoulders like Arcee's pylons. IDW Earth mode Arcee or Terminator Arcee. I don't know what to call if as I don't follow the comics, I just know I seen some Arcee designs that a Wild Rider retool could work for. Hell, even Authentics Bravo Arcee looks similar to that too. Dragstrip looks like he could be easily reworked into two different figures. Both GoBots. The obvious one is Crasher. Just put one wheel on each side up front and extend the front scoop. But instead of separating it and turning them sideways, just angle the whole thing back and downward to make Crasher's iconic look. The chest area would work similarly too. The second GoBot is Turbo. The front scoop thing while turned sideways as it is for Dragstrip looks just like Turbo. Again, the chest area would work similarly. Just with a complete roof and windows instead. It would need a more serious reshell but it's doable. Crasher's and Turbo's legs are rather generic looking so nothing would need to change from how Dragstrip's work. With these new Stuticons not having "comboners" like the old CW/PotP figures, they'd be easier to retool and reshell without needing to worry about the combine-ability of the figure. And damn do I want some updated GoBots that don't cost twice what they should.
  13. "New". That Bumblebee came out several years ago already. Mech Planet Hot Soldiers Centurion. ExVee posted about it back in March 2018 (https://tformers.com/hot-soldiers-legends-scale-unofficial-hearts-of-steel-bumblebee-color-photos-plus-new-not-optimus-teaser/33399/news.html). The track and hammer are new though. The original hammer was a solid piece whereas this new one looks like it transforms for some reason. Probably to better peg in underneath in train mode. The original hammer just kinda loosely slotted in by the lower part of the handle. It would sometimes come out if hit by something. This new hammer looks like it has two pegs that flip out and the hammer head rotates so that maybe the hammer head plugs in underneath the train. This way it's secured at both ends and won't fall off anymore. The pickaxe does something similar. They're not going to to act as train car connectors as they're not long enough to. Not unless they changed where they go underneath the train. Centurion (that's that character's actual name in IDW) has a new head. Shame they didn't give him his cowcatcher battle mask that he sports later. Thomas obviously has some very illegal retooled parts on him. Cliffjumper has a new head as well. Both Thomas and Cliffjumper have new weapons. But the Bumblebee exists already for the most part. The colors might be different though but it's difficult to tell with the lighting used for these product shots. It's a good figure loaded with articulation. I love how the hands transformation hinge works so well with the hammer. I think I paid under $30 for him on Ebay but I would imagine it's going to be more like $50 or more now. I also think that this might be a way to help fund the rest of the line. Reissue figures from an old mold or rather one purchased from another company and use that to quickly get some easy money to finish other projects. It could all be the same company though as it's difficult to keep up with their constant name changes for different reasons. Mech Planet, MechFanToys, Mechanic Studios, they all sound like the same company to me.
  14. How and/or why is this the first third party/knockoff Airachnid? I would throw so much money at a few different takes on Airachnid. She's an awesome character that got shafted when it came to their main, mainline figure. I get why most third party companies don't take chances with "lesser known" characters but Airachnid would be easy money. There's no way that she wouldn't sell out if the major third party companies put her in rotation. I can't stand the vast majority of third party figures but I would purchase one of every Airachnid-alike figure made. Give me a "legends scale", an MP, a retro future, a FOC, a Fanstoys, an MMC, a 52 Toys, a whatever TFC is doing lately, a KFC, a cassetticon, a Headmaster head, a Targetmaster weapon, 12 combiners from different companies made from only Airachnids, an IDW, a Dreamwave, a War Within, a Hearts of Steel, an episode one to go with Bumblebee and the Tetrajets, an Animated, oversized knockoffs, undersized knockoffs, a Flame Toys model, a Big Firebird too sexy for my money, a Figma, an SH Figuarts, a Play Arts Kai, a Titanium, an Alternator, a Minicon, a PotP Leader Evolution, a Diaclone reboot, a Gobot, a Megazord, a Gladiator Voltron, a Haslab, a My Little Pony, a Lite Brite, a Monopoly edition, an Easy Bake Oven, a Creepy Crawlers, a MASK, a TMNT, an AEW Elite, a NJPW Bullet Club, an NWO Black and White, an NWO Wolfpac, an NWO 2000, a Hart Foundation, an Owen Hart tribute, a NECA Ultimates, a Marvel Legends, a Pokemon, a G Frame, a Gundam Universe, a Dragon Stars, a McFarlane Toys, a Fansproject Protector armor, a fighting evil by moonlight, a Nintendo Switch, a Playstation Vita, Carebear Stare, a BAN...KAI, these hands of ours are burning red, their loud cry tells us to grasp happiness erupting burning finger Sekiha Love Love Tenkyoken version and everything else. Just Give me all the Airachnids...and more G Gundam figures.
  15. I have two of the Ion Rifle from the Centurion Drone set so maybe I'll give him one. Right now I gave him the gun from the voyager upsized KO of the T30 IDW style legends Optimus that I got at the same time. Now that Optimus sucks. The whole chest thing never worked right on the Hasbro figure let alone a double oversized KO with diecast chest panels held by screws and not flat headed pins. I've had the voyager sized T30 Legends Megatron and Starscream for a few years and those are good so I thought the Optimus would be too but it's not. It isn't just the Authentics line either. The Cyber series as well as the tail end of Beast Hunters also have what were smaller molds upsized into deluxe, voyager and even leader sizes. The problem was that when those figures were first shown off, the vocal minority of the fanbase did nothing but cry and complain about them. So Hasbro gave up on them almost immediately. Only the one wave of four deluxe molds with one redeco and two voyager molds were made for Beast Hunters with the deluxe wave not even being released in the US and that one redeco being an Eastern European exclusive of all things. The Cyber series only has two "leader" class Cyber Commander molds in Optimus and Bumblebee with one Optimus redeco. The voyager size Cyber Battalion molds are the ones that were eventually sold at Walgreens a few years later. Not that they ever reissued the two best molds though in Megatron and Grimlock. I love that upsized Transformers Prime Cyberverse commander Predaking as well as the upsized Cyberverse legion Sinnertwin and Cutthroat. I even got that Eastern European exclusive redeco of Cutthroat. I snagged all three from Ebay for about standard retail several years ago. I didn't get Bumblebee or Smokescreen though as I didn't like the figures they were based on from the Prime Cyberverse Legion figures. They were literally the two worst Prime legion size figures. I wish they had done Arcee, Cliffjumper, Ratchet, Airachnid, both Vehicons and the rest of the Terrorcons but due to that fan backlash they were never done. I think Prime legion Arcee and Cliffjumper might actually be better than either of their deluxe counterparts from Prime First Edition or Prime Robots in Disguise. The Cyber series from Walgreens were okay too. Shockwave is amazing and is actually the only wholly original mold from the line. Prowl/SIdeswipe are okay and were based on RTS Scout class Windcharger. Starscream/Jetfire are okay and were based on the T30 Legends Starscream. Optimus kinda sucks and is based on the RTS Legends/Legion class Optimus mixed with the T30 Legends Optimus. Bumblebee I don't have and is based on Prime Legion BB which I already said I didn't like. Megatron is amazing and is based on Classics G2 Legends/Legion Megatron. Grimlock is also amazing and is based on RID 2015 Deluxe/Legion Grimlock. I don't have the larger Optimus but he looks okay and is based on RID 2015 Legion Optimus. I don't have BB either but he's based on RID 2015 Legion BB which was an okay mold at the small size but kinda looks bad as a leader size. Sorry for the ramble but yeah, Hasbro should keep doing the upsized cheaper figures like they used to. They made some really good molds that wouldn't be too bad at larger sizes for the kids...and those of us who don't hate everything Hasbro does. Yeah they'd have to make new molds but at least everything else would be done already. With the way they design figures lately, there shouldn't be a stability problems making them larger either. So the designs shouldn't need reworking when upsized.
  16. "Strange new gun design". AKA: Null Ray. Though it really does suck he doesn't have his Ion Rifle. I got mine in two weeks ago. It's not too bad. I think the only thing I wish they'd have added that could've realistically been done easily would've been getting the back kibble to fold up a bit. Otherwise anything else would've required major reworking like adding ankles. I'd love to see more of the core class upsized too. Core class Soundwave might be better than the actual voyager figure and they could even upsize the foot upgrade too. Vertebreak would be awesome as a larger figure. Megatron wouldn't be all that much better than either voyager though but would benefit greatly being about as tall as Galvatron though. Hot Rod shouldn't be done at all as it's best to leave that design as a core class. The Seekers maybe even though we have enough at the moment. I'd love Iguanus done as a larger figure. The base design looks like he'd look great at any size as he's very well designed to begin with. BB Shockwave would be cool too, especially if they don't get around to doing a leader or voyager version any time soon. Rattrap would be interesting if not comically large at the same size as this Optimus. He'd be okay if done as a deluxe though. I'd get a comically oversized Exo Suit but that would be another one better off as a deluxe. So I guess I'm saying that I'd like a few size options like was done with the T30 Legends class figures. They had deluxe and voyager oversized knockoffs done.
  17. She looks naked without her shoulder pylons. Unless this is actually Lifeline and not Arcee they're showing.
  18. So instead of a shoulder gun like the original toy and maybe a tail filler, as the gun can be stored on the dino mode in other places, they add in random pieces to turn the tail into a shield? I mean, it's interesting and a part of me really likes it but what is going on with DNA designers? lately. There's been as many misses as there are hits with their upgrade kits lately. But it doesn't matter as there's a very vocal minority of the fanbase who thinks everything Hasbro does is shit and that every single upgrade kit is the best thing ever and if you have an opinion at all about anything then there's something wrong with you. Yet this is the company that changed their Siege UM/GOUP leg kits for the better after people like me told them the original design was lackluster. I can get a tail filler and a shoulder cannon from Ebay but I was waiting on this to get everything from one place made of plastic that I don't have to worry about when I put Slag into a storage bin.
  19. The sketch almost looks more like Ransack than Kickback. I rather like that pod gun. I'd like it more if it were supposed to clip around the arm in robot mode somehow. Too late now unless they use that design as a Ransack retool. I do like the swords the figure comes with though as it reminds me of the FoC figure. I just wish they clipped onto the center of the wings instead of the sides. Then it would've made the wings look a little more cohesive in alt mode with the swords attached. Even if there were 5mm ports molded into the backs of the wings for the swords to plug onto it would've worked. The wings by themselves would look a little weird but it would be more than worth it once the swords were plugged into them. I wish I knew how to design stuff myself to make a set of wings like I want as I doubt we'll see any upgrade sets that do that.
  20. indeed, but all after the Omnibots come out first. I have CW Windsweeper and DotM Guzzle so I can wait a little bit for new versions of them. CW Dogfight is really expensive unfortunately so I haven't gotten one yet. I'm surprised we never got a redeco of PotP Jazz for Backstreet. It would've been nice to keep the Triggercons and Trigger bots all CW/PotP based molds if you use Offroad as a stand in for Crankcase. For new versions of the Sparkabots and Firecons I'd like to see them as Weaponizers and Fossilizers respectively. But also have them designed from the start to have each team of three become a perfect combined robot. It's nice that at the last minute they gave Wingfinger a combined mode head but the pieces for the three Fossilizers don't really come combine well enough to really make use of it. Even the combined mode Hasbro showed off is just a random combination with a bunch of parts left out. Hell, Guzzle can be a retool of Slammer then Fizzle and Sizzle can be retools of Scamper and Fulltilt if they ever remake them as Weaponizers and they should. But since the last two will have to be new molds anyway, they can be designed from the start to work with Slammer and/or Sixgun and/or Cog and/or Brunt and/or Fasttrack to have an official combined mode or something. Then the Firecons can be retools of the Energon Monsters that we don't know anything about yet but I suspect will be more Fossilizer like figures. At least I hope they are. The Fossilizers might have been the best of those style figures. There's just a few more G1 figures I'd like updates to and they seem to be the same ones you keep bringing up. Maybe it's because they keep getting forgotten about from Hasbro. There's something about those later G1 figures that appeal to me more than the earlier ones. Though I don't know if it's because those are the ones I opened up myself for my birthday or Christmas instead of getting my older brother's hand me downs or it's because they haven't been redone though. Maybe it's because they had more interesting designs and gimmicks that can work well with what's being designed now. Maybe it's because I don't need any more figures of G1 Optimus, Megatron, Jazz, Starscream and everyone else. Regardless, I too want new versions of those later G1 characters. And yeah, Hasbro seems to be pretty good at giving out good apologies to bad QC figures. At least to me anyway. But it might have to do with the fact then the only times I do have bad QC, it's on expensive and rare figures. Broken fist on Fangry, two left hips on Autobot JP-93 making the vehicle mode not line up and it ended up breaking something in the leg while it was sitting in vehicle mode from being in package, Earthrise Ironhide had two driver's side rear windows on the roof piece so that it doesn't sit flush for vehicle mode, they pushed a pin through the plastic instead of the pin hole for my Takara Generations Selects Volcanicus Swoop's knee making that leg almost unusable, two right fist on my TR Siege on Cybertron Magnus Prime, missing wheel on Generations Selects Exhaust, and two sets in a row of the Reflector 3 pack that had issues. It's even more odd as I almost never have issues with standard retail figures even though I purchase multiples of some figures. I have one or two with a missing paint app here or there but nothing worth complaining about except my Micromaster Storm Cloud had to left thighs making his transformation to jet impossible. I didn't even complain about that, I just bought a new one. The funniest thing is when they tell me that one of the options is to send the figures back and get a full refund. Yeah hold on, let me send back my Earthrise Ironhide and Prowl set to be refunded the retail price when trying to get another set would've cost me three times as much. I'll stick to my messed up Ironhide thank you. And every time I do tell them about my problem, the figures in question are sold out at the time so they can't even send a replacement. When I got the Jurassic Park set in, there wasn't anymore in stock for several weeks. Same with Exhaust and Volcanicus. I wanted to just get a replacement and send them back the problem figures but they couldn't do that and instead sent me the apology figures. Except for the Reflector three pack that is. They sent me the first set and it had problems. They made me send that back before they sent me the replacement only for that to also have problems. So they let me keep that second set and gave me a third set which finally didn't have any problems. But if they let me keep the first set and replace the messed up parts with the second set it could've all been done faster. Oh well, I got a free set out of it even if one of the three is missing the front pelvis piece.
  21. I got one set for retail on Ebay. And Fangry's left fist broke during the first Transformation. I got a free Kingdom Megatron from Hasbro as an apology. I already had one but who am I to complain about a free leader class figure? Then I went and grabbed a second figure on Ebay in a lot and replaced the lower left arm. I'm thinking of giving my extra one to TJ Omega next time I stop by the store he works at. I hope they do Squeezeplay and Horri-Bull as well. I have a theory that the Paralyzer in one of the rumored upcoming Target four packs is really Squeezeplay's new name and not the Botcon Bugbite colored Waspinator named Paralyzer. I think it's possible since Squeezeplay wasn't one of the names Hasbro was able to use anymore as it's too generic and they didn't seem to be able to use one of the workarounds by naming him Decepticon Squeezeplay when they released Crashbash in Titans Return. Paralyzer would be a decent new name for Squeezeplay like Twinferno is for Doublecross. Paralyzer is one Funpub figure I DON'T want another of using a new mold. I actually wish I kept my Botcon Lift Ticket even though it's such a small deluxe. As for the design itself, I'm glad they didn't use Twinferno as the base and instead used the Grotusque tooling instead. While I don't really like using the same arms for both modes with different pairs of the same color 5mm port hands for each mode, it's much better than having the arms just flopped onto the back of the beast mode. At first I thought the beast head was going to become the arms like Transmetal Cheetor but then I noticed the robot arms just out in the open on the back of the beast mode. I really do hope it's Squeezeplay and not Botcon Paralyzer in that set. Then next year they can do Horri-Bull as another retool of Twinferno. There's no reason why they couldn't get it from that mold if they were able to get Repugnus from it. It would be pretty easy actually if they finally retool the rear beast legs along with the front beast legs/robot arms. Then have a new tail area to become a weapon instead of having no weapon or something. I just hope they don't do something stupid and use Skullcruncher instead for Horri-Bull. Skullcruncher has the overall body type for beast mode which is why so many people use it for custom Horri-Bull figures but it would need far more retooling than the Twinferno retools would to do it "right" from Hasbro.
  22. I'd rather see Studio Series Wreck Gar be reworked into Cy-Kill but I'll take both.
  23. Gotta love when the stock photos are slightly mistransformed. It looks like Iguanus' knees should tab into the tail for motorcycle mode to help solidify the back end. As much as I wanted BW Iguanus, this is everything I expected when it was leaked that it was G1 Iguanus and I love it. Iguanus was one of my favorite Pretenders back in the day for some reason. I think I'm going to miss having the wheels as a "weapon" though but I guess Arcee has that covered. Just kind of wish the tail had a hinge or something. He looks loaded with articulation though. Ball jointed shoulders, elbows, hips, knees and ankles as well as sockets in the feet to allow ankle pivots as part of the transformation and a waist swivel also due to transformation. Maybe the head can move as well. The backpack looks to clean up pretty nice too. A very well designed little figure. Odd that Skywarp doesn't also come with the Null Rays as it's a very Hasbro thing to have redecos come with the older weapons with the new ones. I guess the eventual flood of black Null Rays on Ebay will actually have a purpose unlike the flood of grey ones currently. Like what is actually wrong with the ones that come with Starscream that new ones needed to be designed? Those weapons are odd though. They look like they should combine into something but these two don't seem to be able to combine with each other in any meaningful way. One looks like a sword guard and the other looks like like the start of a trident. Maybe wave 2 will have two more pieces that are similar that will combine with these two. Then wave 3 will have a third piece for each. So the one that comes with Iguanus would need a hilt and blade. The one that comes with Skywarp would need the pole and the center prong.
  24. Nice. TL/DR. I said some stuff about some stuff. I'm as happy and sad for Clamp Down as I was with Deep Cover and Tigertrack. Siege Sideswipe, Red Alert and G2 Sideswipe were so cheap and readily in stock for quite a while that I went and customized my own. Yellow plastic beats yellow paint any day so I'm very glad to get a real Tigertrack but Deep Cover wasn't any better than my custom. Clamp Down will be somewhere in between those two I would imagine. It's all good though. I have Botcon Burnout already but am interested to see if she's retooled to be female. I doubt it as they didn't for Road Rage. I'll get it anyway as I know if I don't, I'll regret it later. Blurr is interesting. I'm going to guess Cybertron Blurr but could just as easily be Armada Blurr knowing Hasbro but maybe not as they'd have to make a new head for that one. It would be cool if they used Punch/Couterpuch instead of SS Blurr so they could get the shoulders right. I seen a few customs and the P/CP mold looks amazing as other characters. Odd that a seemingly new mold like Cosmos will be in a line like this. Unless it's a retool of something like Origin Bumblebee or something. Maybe it's an alternate color. Maybe it's just an oddball like Netflix Bumblebee. Road Rocket is another one I want. Retool of Legacy Prime Arcee from what everyone keeps speculating. I hope they leave it feminine looking still as I love female figures due to the lack of them in the 80's and 90's except for April O'Neil and Power Rangers that were just recolors and a select few others from Toy Biz Marvel stuff. Road Hauler is Road Hauler. Second toy of him? Awesome to see him get remembered. I hope Override isn't a SS Hot Rod anything like people are speculating. I like the mold but that one is clearly Hot Rod and that's about it. I don't think even Sideburn would look good in that mold. I'll get it regardless as again, I'll regret it if I didn't. Prices on things people claim to not like or skip shoot up later. Scourge is Scourge. Can't wait. Wan't Silverstreak supposed to be a Walgreens exclusive?...Wait, that's BLUEsteak. So Silverstreak will maybe be the all silver deco. So we'll get all three versions then. Goldbug from a version of Bumblebee. Maybe they can reuse the Netflix version this time. Ransack is one I thought too hard about. I went with another retool of Legacy Prime Arcee as Cybertron Ransack as it would explain the leg wheels but then thought it would've been best to release that in the Walmart Velocitron wave instead of Road Rocket. It's much simpler than that though, It's G1 Ransack from Kickback. Derp. Toy Scorponok? Obviously using Kingdom Scorponok. Toy colors of which version though? G1, BW, 2007 or RiD 2015? I kid of course. It'll be BW toy colors as with Blackarachnia before. I wouldn't mind the others too though. Paralyzer though. They really going to go for the white Botcon redeco of Waspinator? I don't mind but why the one that's based on Bug Bite? I would've went with Parasite instead as then it would've worked with Nightprowler and we could've gotten both Horrorcons. Or better yet, it's Squeezeplay's new name and it's another retool of Doublecross to go with Fangry. Strange the four pack is seemingly four deluxes this time instead of three and a voyager. Maybe someone forgot Primal was a voyager the first time or something. Maybe I'm speculating wrong. Toy deco Terrorsaur is toy deco Terrorsaur. Red Cog who's not Aragon. Grand Maximus' Cog? Dammit, another one I customized myself already. I even did Brave Maximus' Cog (blue on blue and also known as a Lucky Draw or something). It'll look better than mine and be easier to use and I can get three. Odd that they're not reissuing Grand Maximus though instead of doing Guardian Robot then. I didn't get it the first time around. I kinda forgot. I knew of a site that still had some for normal price and when I went for it, they were gone already. They sold out the day Black Zarak got announced it seemed and I was just too slow as I was at work when it was announced. Or maybe he's just one of the background Cogs. Either way I love Weaponizers/Modulators/Fossilizers. Minerva is supposedly a retool of Legacy Elita One. Curve ball is though that they're both based on Cybertron Thunderblast as they all technically shared that mold. Thunderblast herself, Botcon Elita One and then Galaxy Force Chromia white who was based on Minerva. I have all three and they're awesome. I got so lucky when I got that Chromia white version too. I went so far as to customize a PotP Elita into Thuderblast. It's scary how well it worked too. Almost like it was planned. I want an offical one now. What are they going to do different for Impactor? I even skipped the Netflix version as all it did differently was be more shiny or something. I have the two different head sculpts/factions. Is there a need for another one? I hope they do something cool or different. Topspin and Twintwist in one of their Saltman Z color schemes are cool. I got lucky and found the TR versions at retail. I also never cancelled my preorders of the TL versions as I also wanted the Targetmasters so I have all four so far. Leadfoot is Leadfoot. Again, what are they going to do differently for Springer? I don't even care about "clean" versions as I have so many figures now with battle damage that I just don't care anymore. Yet again, what are they going to do differently for Buikhead? Especially as the standard retail version isn't even had yet. They might share digital shelf space too. I hope it's different enough looking to justify it this time unlike Impactor. Fractyl? That's new. With three versions of Terrorsaur now it really makes me wish they did more when retooling Airazor. Or even gave him his own unique mold or something. For retooling it would've been cool to see something like what they did for Pipes from Huffer. Make the backpack be able spin around to the "correct" orientation. I also wanted them to utilize that oddly official taller mode from Airazor in which the torso doesn't get compressed down. With the new chest plate added, they could've made it big enough to lock the pelvis in place, solidifying the robot mode. Would've needed longer arms though and I have an idea on how to do that and have it still transform almost exactly the same. I wish I knew how to design stuff and had a 3D printer. Or knew someone who did. What happened to the Fossilizers? I'm looking forward to those. BW Sandstorm is BW Sandstorm. I like the base mold but that one upgrade kit looks really good on it. I almost don't like liking it as much as I do to HAVE to get two more. It's jut not an option to not get these two reuses upgraded. I got mine for cheapish but I hope by the time these other two reuses come out they drop in price a bit. Those sellers really do charge way too much for most of the different upgrades. I'd get more if they were priced better. Instead I get very few because of the high prices for what little you actually get. Most also don't really do much so I ignore most of them too. Nightprowler is Nightprowler. Again, would be cool if they redeco a Waspinator to match. Buzzsaw is Buzzsaw. DK3. I got nothing. I don't know enough about old numbering conventions to guess as Diaclone No.3 is Cordon and we already have that. Assuming DK3 is referencing Diaclone that is. Guard is supposedly black Ironhide. But the black Ironhide that was shown on this site last along with a Ratchet was a custom as I already pointed out. So if it is black Ironhide then it won't look exactly like that. The Buzzsaw photo was legit though as the shoulders for Waspinator aren't painted and there's no way someone would think about the parts layout of Waspinator to photoshop the shoulders of Buzzsaw to have a paint line before the mushroom pegs. Let alone photoshop that clean a line. The shoulders would need to be painted as they're not on the same sprue as the other parts that color. SImply photoshopping them that color would've been the giveaway that it was a fake picture. To me anyway. Lift Ticket is Lift Ticket. I'm glad we're getting one as I sold my Botcon figure a while back in anticipation of this release. I was almost worried that it wasn't going to happen. Although, now I'm regretting having sold all three of that mold as I really liked it. I wish I had gotten the oversized versions as I wouldn't have sold them. I've since stopped selling older versions as almost everything I have in my collection right now are things I like. I'll still like them even after getting another version. Cyclonus' Armada...I picked up a second Kingdom Cyclonus for this as I thought they wouldn't do it. There's never been anything to distinguish them ever unlike Scourge and the Sweeps even though they look the same in the show and movie but several toys looking different. I got the second one for cheap on EE though so I don't feel too bad. I don't like SS Kup enough to want a Pax from it. I'm fine with my TR Pax...and TL Kup. Alpha Trion from SS Scourge would be cool though even though I have TR and Cyberverse Trions. I'll get them to not regret them. Packrat will be too small but that's not his fault. At least he'll be cheap. Even though it is a good mold I think Rattrap should've been a deluxe. A small one like Cliffjumper with a bunch of weapons. Again, I hope Antagony will be retooled slightly to be more feminine but I doubt it. Still awesome to see. Especially if Inferno is good as we haven't actually seen it yet. That "Legacy Inferno" that keeps getting shown has long since been disproved. Omega Supreme is really good and so will be Guard Robot. I just wish it was a Hasbro run of Grand Maximus instead as I already said for red Cog. People are much more receptive to him now with Black Zarak coming out any week now. I wonder how they'll redeco Countdown.
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