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Old 2004-01-21, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default New Energon Toys: Tow-Line and Downshift

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Old 2004-01-21, 02:50 AM   #2
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Downshift right, why didn't they call him Wheeljack!! It has the same color scheme, he's an Autobot, and their faces are almost identical?!?! Tow-Line looks pretty cool too.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 02:58 AM   #3
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Sorry didn't even see it there. Guess I got a little to excited.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 03:05 AM   #4
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Towline reminds me of the Mystery Machine...
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 03:20 AM   #5
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Tow-Line's vehicle mode is chunkier than most of the Playskool toys. Downshift's not bad, but the last thing I wanted to see now was more Autobots. Once again, the Decepticons have so few figures that they hardly look like a threat to the huge Autobot army Hasbro is building.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 03:26 AM   #6
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Towline reminds me of the Mystery Machine...

Agreed......Its to make its Big Screen Debut in Scooby-Doo 15: the search for Scooby



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Downshift right, why didn't they call him Wheeljack!!
Nah couldnt do that....it might make since..
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 03:53 AM   #7
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Other than making a "yea - he does look very Wheeljack-ish" comment... but I'm convinced that Tow-Line looks more like the Ghostbusters car than anything else...

That aside - add Whee...err...Downshift to the list of Energon 'bots I'll be getting thus far... That is of course, when they actually release them in Australia...
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 06:08 AM   #8
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Yeah - is it just me or is it rather bizzare that in a show where the Autobots are supposed to be massively out numbered (that's why they use the "spark of combination") that there figures are running at a 2-1 or maybe even 3-1 in favor of the Autobot army?
Strange.

I can see tow-line nicely redone as Ratchet though.

And the wheeljack thing is beyond me - but look at it this way: Armada had a crane truck named smokescreen, an excavation machine with a dinobot head named hoist (yeah, switch those and there might have been alittle more logic) and a sports car that really looked like Sideswipe named Wheeljack. Do they actually look at the toys when they name them, or does it come out of a hat?
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 06:42 AM   #9
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Yeah...Downshift should definitely be called Wheeljack, but then since this is a continuation of Armada.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 07:55 AM   #10
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Ok, Downshift's the next on my potential aquisition list.

Somehow, I don't think the ranks of my 'Cons will be boosted by Energon as much as I thought...
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 01:44 PM   #11
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Hang on... You people are encouraging name reuse? Honestly...

Downshift looks pretty cool. Not so much a fan of Towline though.

They both seem to have rather boring vehicle modes though.

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Old 2004-01-21, 02:07 PM   #12
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Hang on... You people are encouraging name reuse? Honestly...
Let's face it, the originals didn't get a lot of love...
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 04:08 PM   #13
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Let's face it, the originals didn't get a lot of love...
Scattershot might.

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Damn you admins and your 60 second rule. Now you get 1 extra line of bull****. Now look what you've done.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 05:13 PM   #14
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to be honest i havent seen a single energon figure that ive liked, why cant they make the windows from clear plastic?
downshift is ok i suppose but nothing amazing... towline is possibly the most repulsive figure of the line.


man am i glad they r doing alternators
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 05:25 PM   #15
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Default Energon toy names and Continuity

These new names make no SENSE!! Hasbro should seriously think before they name! I am getting sick of seeing tf shows with no continuity too. I wish Hasbro and Takara would seriously consider a Generation 1 continuation or a prequel. Think of the awesome toys that would come out of a War Within toy line! The G1 comics are doing great and so isn't War Within. Personally I think a G1 releated cartoon would do a WORLD OF GOOD!!!! Am I the only one who thinks this?!
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 05:29 PM   #16
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It would also be nice to see Masterpiece editions of the more famous chars ie. Magnus, Megatron-Galvatron, Starscream, Prowl and Soundwave but thats another story.

Downshift - To me i think his robot mode is a bit bulky and his vehicle mode is a little flat although its a nice flat vehicle mode.

Tow-Line - Yeah he is pretty bad. His face looks like it belongs to a seeker and has A REALLY horrible robot mode. Vehicle mode reminds me of the um... transformer with the wings. Can't remember the name but it was longer with a similar colour scheme. And why can't the ladder be a seperate colour i mean its not as if its blended into the thing... well it shouldn't be....


You aint the only one.. Toywise it would be nice but i don't thhink a series would work too well. TWW works well in comics and it would confuse younger audiences if it were broadcast.
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 05:41 PM   #17
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Why does Tow-line have a metal detector as his energon weapon?
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 05:47 PM   #18
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all will be revealed... unless he's an archeologist of some sort
 
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Old 2004-01-21, 06:22 PM   #19
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Personally I think a G1 releated cartoon would do a WORLD OF GOOD!!!! Am I the only one who thinks this?!
Points against it:
  • Hasbro have lost a lot of the trademarks.
  • Question of which continuity to follow.
  • G1 is already basically told. Where do the stories fit?
  • On-going storyline; line "resets" (a la Power Rangers) sell better.

 
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Old 2004-01-21, 06:35 PM   #20
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As I implied, it would've been sensible to name the character Wheeljack if only because of the colorscheme, except they just had a character named Wheeljack in Armada and this is a continuation of that story.
 
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