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  1. Here are my thoughts: Good Morning, As a place to start: let me re)introduce myself. I'm a 43 year old avid fan of the franchise. I have a wife, kids, dog, cat, cars, mortgage and a good job/career that pays the bills and is fulfilling. I have a hobby or 2 other than, say, collecting action figures or specifically transformers. And honestly I think I'm slowly moving away from being a fan or more correctly moving toward other things in life. So basic intro out of the way let's talk transformers. I grew up watching cartoons and playing with toys in the 1980's. And I didn't just love Transformers, I adored it. There was nothing better to me than watching the second season with all the new settings and characters and the world building. It was wonderful, it was joy, it was phenomenal. Sunstreaker was one of the few transformers I was lucky enough to have; Sideswipe looked cool and was one I desire but it wasn't until later in life that I'd get one. Sunstreaker really cemented my love of the Lamborghini Countach design and to this day prefer Lamborghinis over other car designs. I was even lucky enough to have Breakdown for a short time and I liked the clean and simple car design, maybe even more so than Sunstreaker. Just reminiscing about it: it was arguably the most faithful Lamborghini Countach design of the initial Generations 1 run. My fandom was so strong that the existence of G2 made me happy and I could nostalgically enjoy the old cartoon again, revamped. And I loved Beast Wars. I got into collecting all the old toys I never had as a kid when I had income and have since collected just about some variant of all the characters from the first 3 seasons of the show plus 4th and beyond and much of Beast Wars. And while my life is such that I don't have time to just play, I do enjoy looking at them on my shelf, I get a hit of dopamine, and I get a little energized. Now regarding the toys themselves: I enjoyed how the toys could appear like completely different vehicles and even transform completely different but have the same function or even the same vehicle but different robot designs, for example: the original Dead End looked and transformed exactly like Breakdown but the cars looked so different as cars that to me they were different cars, and Sunstreaker and Sideswipe had similar alt modes but completely different transformations and robot modes. I own both Sunstreaker and Sideswipe masterpiece and respectively earthrise and kingdom and I'm amazed at the attention to detail that took 2 very similar cars and through engineering and good design gave us faith robot designs that matched the show model more so than the original toys could (noting here that the show designs were derived from the toys, but since the cartoon was an advertisement to buy the toys, having things match would have been optimal) Combiners were my favorite gimmick. I liked how both Silverbolt and Scattershot were flying plane spaceship, things that looked completely different but could have the same function and they both worked well enough. And this was a disappointment with the combiner wars designs. One thing I loved about the designs as a kid was not recreated: instead of selling/creating a Scattershot with a completely different design then Silverbolt they gave us the same basic toy with a new wing, plane nose, and head shape. I had the original g1 designs of both back in the 1980's, and Scattershot was such a solid amazing toy and probably a better overall toy than Silverbolt. And while the CW Silverbolt was an upgrade to the G1 in almost every way the CW Scattershot was not, so much was lost like the turret mode and the nose gun function, not to mention a unique blaster design was not included and they just used a repainted Silverbolt blaster. But, since Scattershot came with the entire Computron set, he became a small piece of a greater whole, and as a piece of Computron he was amazing in that respect. This new Legacy Breakdown is giving me the same feeling I had with the CW Silverbolt and Scattershot, but maybe even more so. He has a disappointing alt mode, he isn't really a representation of a Lamborghini Countach, which I'll reiterate is one my if not my favorite car designs. And if the rest of the Stunticons were similar and stylized it wouldn't be as much of a thing. But the rest of the Stunticons are faithful to the original toy/show designs. So why did Breakdown not get his alt mode, why is it a glorified repaint of Wild Rider's Ferrari? And really does it matter why? In the big scheme of things it doesn't matter, this is just a toy, and piece of interjoined plastics that's supposed to be fun to play with and look at. But, in that same sense, it's a toy and it's supposed to represent something, and in this case it is supposed to represent and be derived from a Transformers character called Breakdown: a design and character that's a living robot that turns into a car, and this character is made unique because it wasn't the same car as the others, the colors were different, as were the surface details. These details provide value and a reason to buy it and the rest of the crew, otherwise, why not just buy duplicates of the others if they're a lower price to complete the combiner function? A Lamborghini Countach was once called the Darth Vader or cars: and it is such a popular design that Lamborghini just made an updated electric version. I wanted another Lamborghini Countach robot that also completed the Stunticon set. And based on the G1 historically faithful other Legacy Stunticons I was really looking forward to seeing this design and picking it up as soon as it was available. In fact, at the time of this writing I have Drag Strip and Wild Rider, the latter of which I scoured the internet and stumbled across a store that had it available, and I purchased it there despite a $5 up charge for shipping. So it does matter what alt mode Breakdown has, it matters to me and if it matters to me, then it probably matters to someone else. When doing any task it should be completed well and in this task of designing and creating Breakdown, Hasbro did a poor job. And it's not just disappointing because of this ideal I have. It's disappointing because I have purchased 3 of 5 and I want the fourth one as well. 5 of 5 to me wasn't just completing a set, I wanted the whole package: the white and blue Robot Lamborghini that becomes a leg of a bigger robot named Menasor. And while this Legacy Breakdown has most of that it's only 75% of what it should be: I'd be ok with 90%, but now instead of getting Breakdown because I want Breakdown, I'm getting a piece of Menasor: so as an individual toy, Legacy Breakdown is less then it should be, but as a piece of a greater whole, maybe it'll be excellent? I really feel like that because this is the last toy of the set that they skimped, and cut corners. And empathically the company may have had logical reasons or even needed to cut corners, but really I can't buy that as an excuse. WIth all the love and obvious effort on the rest of the Stunticons this one stands out as not matching the original toy. People are going to buy it regardless because they want to finish what they started. But many people, including me, won't be ok with the design. This has caused me to reevaluate future team purchases. And more than that: I've been considering investing in Hasbro as a company and to me this screams as a tactical move to maximize profit instead of making the hard and right choice of giving the customer what they wanted. And at the end of the day, the customer is right, the customer is always right, because the customer is buying the product and service. And I feel like this move will reduce costumer'. Hasbro did a big thing and while it started well, it ended badly. And I will remember that. My last thought on this is: It seems coincidentally relevant that the toy name is "Breakdown". And here's a few phots that show off my love of Lambos and combiners. Putting my money where my mouth is so to speak
  2. I'm just wondering wear I can pre-order this. I saw one site that has it, but their shipping is pricey. BBTS still has my wave pre-order listed as "secret figure". If hastak would just list the figures they were selling and but me on some list to ship them to me. This supply vs demand has to go. I demand that supply = demand
  3. I'm starting to wonder why HasTak doesn't include more accessories. The G1, G2, and Beast Wars came with a ridiculous amount of extras. Yet the generations line (which is derived on the old lines and based in nostalgia) has skimped on that with CW and onwards. Maybe in 10 years they'll have figured out how to get everything "right": And sell set of scramble city style Sunticons (individually and a combined boxed set) that look like the best representations of both toy and cartoon with all the accessories from the G1 toys and the show and as a bonus: the CW melee weapons to boot.
  4. Thank you guys. Looking at that photo makes me miss my Dead End gun. It's weird how recognizable it still is to me, even after 35 years. I have another challenge for you A question really: Has anyone found a similar upgrade kit for the Technobots? I have the CW crew and I would like to have upgraded weapons for the individual bots. I'd specifically like the 3 guns Lightspeed comes with: I have the original Lightspeed complete and having the newer version decked out with a similar arsenal would be nice. I suppose I could just give him the 3 guns that came in the set instead, but that just won't be my style.
  5. That's really nice. Kuddos to you. If only more married people were like that, the world would be better.
  6. Thank you. I'll keep my eyes open. Last I checked they were on TFstudio.com too. That's where I purchased my Sunstreaker, and Ark upgrade kits. And It's where I found the Aerialbot hand weapons as well. There's a few upgrade kits on Amazon too: a Menasor gun was available (there was a version of that on ebay too). I tell you what, a person can go poor on upgrade kits alone. Most of my CW combiners have upgrades, and I don't even want to calculate the cost, but they do look good.
  7. Very nice! I wish they would re-release this guy. Mine is sitting on the shelf as the centerpiece of my Maximal crew. Compared to the PotP release this one is still on top.
  8. You are a lucky individual. Not all wives are that cool or helpful. (collecting)
  9. You're making me want to buy them now....I have a softspot for specifically Dead End as he was one of my first Transformers back in the day, and he was one of the few Transformers that I lost the weapons to. And sure, with the rest of the stunticons it makes sense for them to have melee weapons, but Dead End just seems to be a guy that would be fine standing back and using his gun: reference: Trans-Europe Express...poor Sunstreaker (and Sideswipe) !!
  10. Thanks for the heads up. I was tempted to pick that jet pack for Sideswipe but I wasn't sure it'd work. Fun fact the Rocket Pack that comes with the KBB MP-10V (Not Optimus) sort of fits perfectly on siege Sideswipe: I haven't yet tried it on Kingdom. Cool photo btw: that's quite the talent and the eye. And speaking of the MP-10V, have you seen that? I picked it up years ago when I was looking for a good voyager sized Optimus. It's a pretty amazing shrunk down MP-10. I have the trailer and everything. It's basically the reason I haven't purchased a siege or kingdom Optimus, it's just so good. There's a few flaws but I'm overall happy with it and all its accessories. And even though it's not Hasbro/Takara I highly recommend it to anyone that likes Optimus Prime figures. The KBB MP10V is one of those third party figures that beat Hasbro/Takara to the market (I try not to pick up third party otherwise). Can't wait for the G2 Stunticon photos!
  11. And photos. If you ever want some TF photos let me know. Or if you have any requests I might have some interesting items. Example: I have both the G2 boxed set of the Stunticons and the CW versions. And I know they look great with RID Scourge. And by great I mean that the G2 colors makes the crew look just that much extra crazy. Sometimes I miss the '90's with the bold colors and "let's try everything" mentality and ability.
  12. I feel the same way about the Drone too. But the one thing that really bugs me about not having it is the jet back. I really want one for my Kingdom Sideswipe. I've been looking for a good alternative to it: I have the black-version Sixgun and was cool with using that with siege Sideswipe, but when I tried to transfer it to the kingdom I found the connection to be very loose. So now I'm on the lookout for a reasonable drone or a third party rocket pack. And what is it with those scalpers anyway. I conceptually understand the concept of supply and demand but wow: $100+ for something that should cost $20-$30, upwards of 5 times the cost is just crazy, to me. Maybe Break-Neck will go down in price after the Legacy Wildrider is shown, or around the time the whole team is. Hopefully you can get one for a good price when the demand goes down. Sometimes I wonder why Hasbro doesn't do more re-issues.
  13. Hey, Thanks for that (I can't watch it at the moment). I don't see X-9 in the photo though. Were you able to do a comparison with X-9 and the original G1? There are actually some differences between the G1 and this re-issue of it (more than the Decepticon sticker vs paint). Would you be interested at all at a lengthy (personal) review (that I have yet to post anywhere)? Also the only Ravages I have are G1, X-9, Siege, and Decepticons Forever pack. I skipped a lot because once I got X-9 I was really happy with it. My siege Soundwave needed a Ravage, obviously. (and I skipped the MP, although that might have been a mistake)
  14. I came late-ish to the CW party and picked up both Break-Neck and Quickslinger for higher than deluxe prices, what I think is sane may not be what you think is sane. What's a price range that you could live with? Another example would be the centurion drone: I'd be willing to pay double the retail. But over tripple is too much. Another example for me would be Superion and the Aerialbots, I already mentioned Quickslinger, but I also got the Superion upgrade kits because Superion has to have white feet and hands...just has to, and the chest update looks nice. But I also got the individual G1 robot guns: and those are interesting because I have left the Aerialbots in Superion form since I've had all 7 Aerialbots. I've just figured out ways to place the individual guns on to Superon in interesting ways. So the little guns, just to have them was worth it to me. I got all those guns and upgrades because the Aerialbots are worth it to me. And if you think that's something, you should see my ER Suntreaker
  15. To each their own. Although you make a good point, what's up with the melee weapons? Bringing a pipe to a gun fight just seems a little unwise and maybe crazy. That said it probably fits Wild Riders personality: and really all their personalities and they way they framed the Stunticon combat tactic of ramming the autobots in vehicle mode. That FF8 style gunblade that came with Breakdown/Sunstreaker/Wheeljack ect. was just so much fun.
  16. Sure right, What I was curious more about was wondering, artist to artist, where the Break-Neck / Wild Rider wonderfulness was? Also showing the 7 bot Stunticon team gives a possible bonus to the CW concept: pushing the theory that there are things about CW that give it benefits over what the Legacy version may include. Maybe it's just a person preference thing, but I've fan moded a way to combine all 7 Stunticons in to Mensor, keeping the total team together is my thing. Also, if you don't have the Break-Neck / Wild Rider "wonderfulness" I'd highly suggest picking one up someday.
  17. Nice photo, the execution looks great. I was just curious. Any reason that "Wild Rider" was left out of the family photo? And what's with the weapon swapping, is it just a preference thing? Also, how are the G1 style guns; do they work well: are they sized nicely and fit will into the hands, do they look good?
  18. Indeed. I avoid HP unless it is an exclusive because of the Drone. I give my business elsewhere. This is a case where I can count the official TF starships on one hand: the Ark, Axalon, ‘Darksyde’, Autobot shuttle. As a tf fan and a starship collector I’d be remiss if I didn’t get it. It’s just all these hoops. I have all these real life stresses that makes thinking about these plastic things is just so silly but it still gets to me. This should be fun and easy and it could be. Hasbro is making this specific item difficult on purpose. They would get so much good will if they were like: “since you were a Unicron backer, here is a free set of ships to go with it”, or “here is a link to order it early” or even “preorder temp window where selling out isn’t an option”. And if wishes were horses…
  19. I agree for the most part. Exclusives on Hasbro Pulse have stuck around mostly. Although the Pit of Judgement sold out so fast last year. It wasn't until they gave later opportunities that I could acquire one. I also skipped the Weaponizer Drone initially because I didn't care about a Blunt repaint. It wasn't until it was too late that I found out that it came with a bunch of accessories that i actually wanted. I've still yet to find one of those that aren't $200. So I'm cautiously optimistic. I'm curious how things are going to shake out with the new Ravage as well. I really wish they'd make things to order sometimes: Like have a pre-order up for a while to make sure everyone that ones want gets one and then have some extra's. Sometimes life is so silly, you know.
  20. Good Morning, I've been collecting miniatures starships for years: It's my thing, above TF collecting. When I see something like this that's going to become rare and sell out installantly I'm excited, but also a bit concerned and a little annoyed. While I know that some people, most people here are going to display the ships with their Unicron, I'll be putting them with my dedicated starship cabinet. I'd really like to get this, and if anyone has any advice or a line on where I could acquire specifically the ships (with or without the galvatron) I would like to hear about it, and it would be very appreciated. You'd be making a fast friend. My ship collection has a whole deciated subsection ships dedicated to the allies of Earth: Star Trek's Federation, Human Ships of Halo, Terran Ships of Starcraft (a bit of a stretch for 'allies'), Macross, Space Above and Beyond, Battlestar Galactica, and Autobots to name a few. I even have a dedicated cabinet for Star Wars. Examples for weird or rare things I have: CC9800 Frigate from the Star Wars Rebellion video game, Saratoga from Space Above and Beyond, Enterprise-E Micro Machine from Star Trek, Protector from Galaxy Quest, Axalon from Beast Wars 10th anniversary Optimus Primal. So I'm excited for this, but I'm also annoyed at the way Hasbro has been handling these special items. So if there's anyone out there that has any ideas, advice or even wants to trade things up I would be up for going into a business agreement. Also, I have little desire for another Galvatron as the Kingdom one is good enough for my collection, but I would like the ships. So I'd be cool with sharing the cost of this Galvatron multi-pack with someone just to get the ships. Please feel free send me a message. Thanks for Reading -W
  21. I agree in premiss, that I don't like the crowd funding. I meant that if there was a way to guarantee that all the Trainbots would get made and put in an order for all of them, that'd be beneficial. The crowd funding model is the only way Hasbro has set up currently to make this an option Someone getting some, but not all the bots could be frustrating, it'd frustrate me. And I also agree that the Takara versions (in general) are better than the Hasbro versions. So I agree with you on the crowdfunding front, in fact I'll go a step further: when giving this company money, there should be a way to have some say in what's being created and be able to pull the funds if the project goes another way you disagree with. I'd like to avoid feeling like I need to pick up all the HasLab products. For example, I haven't backed Victory Saber and I probably won't.
  22. Indeed, it'll be nice to put those financial resources into something else. I initially purchased the thrilling 30 Metroplex because I have the G1 Fortress Maximus, and well, having a comparably sized set of Autobot Bases just made sense, G1 Metroplex while awesome, is just so little in comparison. I let myself fall into Hasbro's trap of getting all the "counterparts" and I've been picking up the Titans ever since: Scorponok was a long time coming, finally having Fortress Maximus's Decepticon Counterpart. I pre-ordered the Black Zarak and then canceled it: while it looks great, I'm out of space, and I really would prefer to save the money or spend it on things I'll love. (I also missed the Grand Maximus release) Anyway, I pre-ordered the Ark and every single third-party addon I could find and I love it. And speaking of addons: I did that with Fort Max and Scorponok too. But that Metroplex, other than the slow release of his buddies (Sixgun and Slammer) he was perfect as released. (I did get the SDCC version with 2 red guns). The R&D is out of the way, so I wish Hasbro/Takara would help out the fans, I'm baffled. It's weird, Hasbro has been giving the fans what they've been craving over the last few years and this release appears to depart from that.
  23. I have to wonder with something like this, why wasn't this (or something similar) a HasLab product. I'd like to pick this up and the rest of the Trainbots. And just thinking things through: I'd be nice to place all of them on pre-order at once. The next question is: will all of them be produced? Some sort of HasLab should guarantee all the team members are created, and that you'll receive them. I'll probably pick this up because I'm a sucker for the combiner teams, I just hope the entire team gets created.
  24. I heard about this rumor months ago and was hoping it to be false, mostly because I have the Generations Metroplex from the thrilling 30 line and it's perfect. I wish they'd just re-release that for all the people that didn't get it. I figured this new version was coming, but I was still hoping for a Nemesis to go along with the Ark. And a Titan or Commander class subline of TF spaceships would have been great. A few ideas: From G1: The Nemesis, Decepticon underwater HQ, Meg's ship from Ultimate Doom, Autobot Flagship from Dark Awakening; From TF: the Movie: Autobot Shuttles, Galvatron's ship, Junkion Ship, Quintesson ship; From Beast Wars: Axalon, Darksyde. They could have release a Titan and a commander every year: I'm guessing part of this release stems from trademarking the name "Metroplex" I suppose this means that the Titan's of the past won't be re-released for new generations.
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