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Old 2006-05-29, 09:26 PM   #41
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Seekers that have pyramid jet transformation? Wouldn't that be brill! Memories of old Cybertron there! I have to expect, though, that these toys may be purchased by persons who have no idea (gasp!) what they are buying into, and will wonder at a vehicle that in no way resembles an Earthly one. Oh, heck - my husband has even criticised the cartoon for not getting the jets just right, but lots of his kit-building compadres are all number-of-rivets retentive.

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Old 2006-05-30, 12:46 PM   #42
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any hope for these to be released in the uk (or just england even)

i'd love to get the hot rod toy, but surely there are enough versions of optimus prime out already which are well worth getting
 
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Old 2006-05-31, 11:26 AM   #43
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Well, I’ve looked them over, thought about it, looked them over some more and now it’s time to pronounce judgement…

Megatron: I expected this guy to be one of the worst things in the line and he completely surprised me by turning out to be the best in this initial bunch! He’ll need a few modifications to the paint apps when he shows up but overall a great looking rework of the old buckethead. Definite buy!

Optimus: Another successful update. This guy has claimed the #2 spot in the ‘best OP ever’ charts – right behind RiD’s Op and just ahead of Bendy Prime. Another ‘must buy’!

Hot Rod/Rodimus: Roddy is hot again! Excellent altmode – no complaints here (unless I particularly feel like bemoaning the absence of rubber tyres). The robot’s thighs are a bit skinny (although that was a reasonably common G1 feature) and I’ll probably paint over the yellow ‘eyebrows’. I’ve seen a few complaints about the shoulder design but I like it personally – it reminds me a lot of the first ever TFs back in ’84. Definite buy again!

Astrotrain: Nice to see they opted for the toy colours over the dull grey and purple I noticed a lot of people hoping for. The robot is clearly the classic character but with that mould’s inherent problems rectified; the shuttle looks superb but the train is more of a train-wreck unfortunately. This one’s a ‘maybe’.

Starscream: Very disappointing – I prefer the original Diaclone mould over this one TBH. The fancy ‘air display team’ livery does nothing for me and the robot mode appears very poorly proportioned – the gaping holes in his sides do little to help either. I’ll pass on this one.

Bumblebee: Biggest failure in the bunch. I’ve never been a fan of his ‘cute’ animation model (the toy looked really cool, why did the artists feel compelled to wreck him?) and this design looks like it’s taken that and tried to out-cute it resulting in an ugly, malformed, dumpy little bot with ‘comedy sidekick’ written all over him. Total pass!

So, three ‘definites’ and a ‘maybe’ out of six. Impressive ratio there, Hasbro – well done!
 
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Old 2006-05-31, 07:22 PM   #44
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Pics of Bumblebee don't seem to be on the Hasbro site. Are they public anywhere else?
 
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Old 2006-05-31, 07:47 PM   #45
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Pics of Bumblebee don't seem to be on the Hasbro site. Are they public anywhere else?
Not as yet, sadly.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 03:03 AM   #46
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Funny enough, the only picture I've seen is at TFans in the kitbashing section. And it's a digibash into Cliffjumper.

http://www.tfans.com/talk/index.php?...=post&id=27237

At least you can get the idea.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 03:22 AM   #47
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Hmmm . . . I won't be surprized if we actually see that in a later wave.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 04:43 AM   #48
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Hmmm . . . I won't be surprized if we actually see that in a later wave.
There's a shot in Master collector this month that has a 'concept piece' supsciously like a red classics Bumblebee... (hard to see, though, it's in the 'funny' GI Joe... thing.. crap)

Aaron almost promises several repaints , depending on how the line does and how the movie does.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 09:48 AM   #49
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Pics of Bumblebee don't seem to be on the Hasbro site. Are they public anywhere else?
Someone scanned the pic of Bumblebee from the Club newsletter and slapped a false "TakaraTomy" watermark onto it (so it would look as if it was a genuine TT promo image), and then posted it at a Japanese message board. That pic is currently floating around the web, but since it's scanned form the newsletter, it's not permitted to post that image on most TF websites.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 03:16 PM   #50
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Yeah, just found that pic. Someone linked it over at Allspark.

Looks like he comes with a little four-wheeler. (Minicon?) Not too shabby-looking.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 03:25 PM   #51
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Yeah, just found that pic. Someone linked it over at Allspark.

Looks like he comes with a little four-wheeler. (Minicon?) Not too shabby-looking.
a jet ski in fact, turns into a weapon.
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 05:46 PM   #52
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Funny enough, the only picture I've seen is at TFans in the kitbashing section. And it's a digibash into Cliffjumper.

http://www.tfans.com/talk/index.php?...=post&id=27237

At least you can get the idea.
I really like that, even as a Bumblebee (yellow, different head design, I'd guess?). Mini-Alternator - fantastic, as my main problem with Alternators is that half of my house can't be given over to pretentiously displaying "action figures" like trophies...
 
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Old 2006-06-01, 06:18 PM   #53
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I really like that, even as a Bumblebee (yellow, different head design, I'd guess?). Mini-Alternator - fantastic, as my main problem with Alternators is that half of my house can't be given over to pretentiously displaying "action figures" like trophies...
it's the same head.
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 01:17 AM   #54
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Yeah, that "Cliffjumper" is only color-altered. It looks like the one that Allspark put up.


http://www.tfans.com/talk/index.php?showtopic=48297

Further down that thread, you'll see the normal Bumblebee as a guy's sig/link.
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 10:56 AM   #55
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Hasbro have just updated that news item with a pic of Astrotrain's train mode!
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 11:58 AM   #56
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Originally posted by Bluecatcinema-- ...pic of Astrotrain's train mode!
My mind soooo wants to wander into the gutter when describing that alt. mode.
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 12:14 PM   #57
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My mind soooo wants to wander into the gutter when describing that alt. mode.
you mean like everyone else did when the proto pics appeared?
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 12:28 PM   #58
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His train of thought is still at the station...dahahahhaahhahaha

I guess my puns could do with some training

Nah I guess these puns have run out of steam
 
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Old 2006-06-02, 03:18 PM   #59
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THIS Pun's gonna kick your butt in a minute.


...okay, not really.
 
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Old 2006-06-04, 08:38 PM   #60
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i like the train version a little to long, but a bullet train was a goog choice being tha the bullet train team in r.i.d. did so good.
 
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