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zigzagger
2011-10-04, 11:35 PM
For those of you who may have missed out on their reissues the first time around, Big Bad Toy Store and TFsource have listed pre-order pages for Encore Soundblaster and Twincast...

And they brought some new cassettebot redecos with them.

Soundblaster will be released with Enemy (a red and blue redeco of Rumble/Frenzy) and Wingthing (a orange and black deco of Ratbat). Twincast will be released with Nightstalker (a black redeco of Steeljaw) and Stripes (a orange redeco of Ravage).

Encore # 21: Soundblaster @ Tfsource (http://tfsource.com/products/view/product_id/2998) & Big Bad Toy Store (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK11349&mode=retail)
Encore #22: Twincast @ Tfsource (http://tfsource.com/products/view/product_id/2999) & Big Bad Toy Store (http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=TAK11350&mode=retail)

inflatable dalek
2011-10-05, 06:09 AM
I can see me getting a Billy, just to annoy Star TV detractors by waving him up and down and quoting his many memorable lines from the dub...

Blackjack
2011-10-05, 11:00 AM
Nightstalker, Wingthing, Stripes and Enemy... they're scratching the bottom of the obsure Transformer barrel, ain't they?

numbat
2011-10-05, 11:11 AM
Nightstalker, Wingthing, Stripes and Enemy... they're scratching the bottom of the obsure Transformer barrel, ain't they?
Erm... Who are they?

Bluecatcinema
2011-10-05, 11:28 AM
"Nightstalker" and "Stripes" aren't too bad, as names go, and "Wingthing" was already used for Action Master Soundwave's partner. Granted, "Enemy" is pretty weak...

Blackjack
2011-10-05, 12:51 PM
-Stripes: a preliminary Autobot cassette in the script of the 1986 movie. Eventually replaced by Ramhorn or Steeljaw.

-Nightstalker: a character in a Marvel UK exclusive text story. 'State Games', I think.

-Enemy: a simplified version of Rumble/Frenzy released as an accessory to a Transformer merchandise in the 1980's, and later had a voice changing toy or something similar.

-Wingthing: Soundwave's Action Master partner.

Cliffjumper
2011-10-05, 01:00 PM
Nightstalker: a character in a Marvel UK exclusive text story. 'State Games', I think.

And nicked from a 12-year old to boot.

Nightstalker should've been packed with a reissue of Overlord for maximum head****ery.

numbat
2011-10-05, 01:20 PM
Thanks guys.

They're all nobodies. I get it.

:swirly:

Blackjack
2011-10-05, 03:11 PM
Nightstalker should've been packed with a reissue of Overlord for maximum head****ery.

This would be kind of awesome. In a twisted sort of way.

Skyquake87
2011-10-05, 04:27 PM
Soundblaster or new soundwave for star tv fans is awesome.i like him just a little more than soundwave,he looks proper evil in all that black.the alt mode with the double capacity door looks silly though.i already own the tfc reissue but those 'new' cassettes making him tempting. Twincast i am not fussed for.the blaster mould is horrible,all fat limbs and tiny head.its huge as well,towering over everyone else.dreadful.

StarscreamX
2011-10-05, 06:55 PM
I can see me getting a Billy, just to annoy Star TV detractors by waving him up and down and quoting his many memorable lines from the dub...

Don't you call him Billy. His name is Blaster!;)

Nightstalker, Wingthing, Stripes and Enemy... they're scratching the bottom of the obsure Transformer barrel, ain't they?

Isn't Enemy the guy who Steeljaw ate in Shattered Glass? Making him Ravage's favorites

http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/thumb/d/d3/RecordiconsRavageandSteeljaw.jpg/200px-RecordiconsRavageandSteeljaw.jpg

And nicked from a 12-year old to boot.

Nightstalker should've been packed with a reissue of Overlord for maximum head****ery.

:eyebrow:

Nicked from a 12 year old?

Tetsuro
2011-10-05, 10:39 PM
I can see me getting a Billy, just to annoy Star TV detractors by waving him up and down and quoting his many memorable lines from the dub...
"Billy! Are you alright!?"
"Not really. Find the power pack!" *dies*

Blackjack
2011-10-06, 07:50 AM
Isn't Enemy the guy who Steeljaw ate in Shattered Glass? Making him Ravage's favorites

That is the shattered glass version of Enemy. Because that strip was made by Walky, it means that obscure characters must have even more obscure mirror universe counterparts.

Nicked from a 12 year old?

IIRC Nightstalker was the prize winner of a make-your-Transformer contest, and was drawn by a 12 year old. He got inserted into the State Games story as a background character afterwards.

My memory is foggy but I think he died trying to save the Autobot overlord.

Cliffjumper
2011-10-06, 05:27 PM
IIRC Nightstalker was the prize winner of a make-your-Transformer contest, and was drawn by a 12 year old. He got inserted into the State Games story as a background character afterwards.

My memory is foggy but I think he died trying to save the Autobot overlord.


Aye; it's more a half-truth exagerrated for the purposes of TEH LULZ. One Jason Yeo submitted art for the UK comic's Design-A-Decepticon competition, and was one of the 'winners' - http://tfarchive.com/comics/gallery.php?g2_itemId=14213 (though Marvel most likely printed the majority they received as the prize was something like a Minibot; note the traced Macross Valkyrie above...) with a design that's basically Ravage as a wolf.

Year or two later, UK Annual text story "State Games" featured Ravage and his identical 'twin' Nightstalker, bodyguards of an aging Autobot overlord on pre-war Cybertron. Nightstalker self-destructed protecting the old duffer; Ravage chose not to bother, instead siding with the dissident gladiator Megatron (IIRC making him the first Decepticon recruit, and fitting with his genuine friendship with Megatron often shown in the UK comic).

No-one really asks why they're cats.

Despite a couple of oddities (it predates the idea of Primes being a rank, so Optimus Prime is called Optimus Prime when he's just a simple athlete), State Games is well worth a read - it's probably still the best "early days" story we've been given about Transformers.

StarscreamX
2011-10-07, 06:26 PM
Aye; it's more a half-truth exagerrated for the purposes of TEH LULZ. One Jason Yeo submitted art for the UK comic's Design-A-Decepticon competition, and was one of the 'winners' - http://tfarchive.com/comics/gallery.php?g2_itemId=14213 (though Marvel most likely printed the majority they received as the prize was something like a Minibot; note the traced Macross Valkyrie above...) with a design that's basically Ravage as a wolf.

Year or two later, UK Annual text story "State Games" featured Ravage and his identical 'twin' Nightstalker, bodyguards of an aging Autobot overlord on pre-war Cybertron. Nightstalker self-destructed protecting the old duffer; Ravage chose not to bother, instead siding with the dissident gladiator Megatron (IIRC making him the first Decepticon recruit, and fitting with his genuine friendship with Megatron often shown in the UK comic).

No-one really asks why they're cats.


I guess Cybertron had metal animals and those were their "Beat Modes" ? Straxus probably hunted them all to extinction just to be a tosser.


Despite a couple of oddities (it predates the idea of Primes being a rank, so Optimus Prime is called Optimus Prime when he's just a simple athlete), State Games is well worth a read - it's probably still the best "early days" story we've been given about Transformers.

It's a better origin for Megatron in a few pages than Megatron: Origin was in four issues. Though I'd say that James Roberts origin stories for Prime and Megatron in the IDW stuff might give State Games a run for its money as best "Early days" Transformers story it IS really good.

Ravage and Megatron both really benefitted from the UK material back in the Marvel days, didn't they? It even managed to make "Craaaaazy Megatron" from the later Budiansky stuff more interesting

The Reverend
2011-10-07, 11:55 PM
I figured "Enemy" was named after the nondescript Robo Force character :)

Decepticon Spike
2011-10-10, 02:13 PM
My love of all things Soundwave related demands I get Soundblaster this time around.

Twincast, I'm not sure about. I've never had the Blaster mold, but I think ATM, I'll wait to see if I can find find a Blaster first.