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Old 2012-01-05, 11:55 PM   #41
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Armada Sideswipe? ... That's all sorts of bizzare.

So, SG Treadshot comes across the 'verse to become Classics Armada Stepper? (Since both Nightbeat and Sideswipe already exist of course.)

Walky will be happy. (And, let's face it, BotCon is pretty much pandering to him and his group.) ... I think everyone else is going to be confused.
 
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Old 2012-01-06, 12:13 AM   #42
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...Erm, okay.

Looks fine, I guess. Is it suppose to be a Nightbeat analogue?
 
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Old 2012-01-06, 12:51 AM   #43
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...Erm, okay.

Looks fine, I guess. Is it suppose to be a Nightbeat analogue?
It's SG Battle in a Box Treadshot, homaging the original character of that particular mold, which was Armada Sideswipe, who oddly looked like the original Nightbeat in vehicle mode and in his colors.
 
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Old 2012-01-06, 01:43 AM   #44
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Fitting as Ultra Magnus his counterpart from that box set is part of this box set.
 
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Old 2012-01-06, 02:05 AM   #45
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Ah, I see. Serves me right for not giving a shit about the Unicron Trilogy to get the reference, I guess.

Still, pity they didn't just go with the red deco. In the same way Evil Tracks works as Road Rage, it could've doubled as the Dead End folks were wanting
 
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Old 2012-01-06, 11:39 PM   #46
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Final Look at the the boxset as the registration is open now.


 

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Old 2012-01-06, 11:59 PM   #47
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Well, for me, personally, 2 1/2 for 6 (SG Tracks/Road Rage, SG Treadshot/Stepper, and Metalhawk's Pretender mode). But I'm not paying the heavy amounts cash on these puppies, so live and let live anyway.

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SG Tracks/Road Rage: Nice figure, nice Diaclone homage, works very well as Road Rage (for obvious reasons) except for the big honking symbol on her. I really wish FP had played up the repurpose aspect here and left it clean and included a reprolabel set just for her...

SG Treadshot/Stepper: Very pretty, if a bit bizzare with the homage. It's Battle in the Box Treadshot taking on a new body and nightbeat's colors, and he's Shattered Glass, and he visited Equestria to defeat Unicron with Mach Kick and Battle Unicorn! ...

Metalhawk: Pretty much as expected, the Pretender mode is very nice and should please fans looking for him. The jet mode is weak and poorly colored, but it's better than the original's jet mode. A mild positive for me.

Overlord: All the bitching aside, this one still does little for me. It's not really Overlord, it's "New Character Overlord" with G1 Overlord head strapped on Bludgeon's body after he took a bath in a blueberry vat. It's actually pretty in tank mode, but fails solidly as the homage it's meant to be.

SG Ultra Magnus: Doesn't do anything for me. It's evil Ultra Magnus with Scorge's body. What would have worked would have been to either have Ultra Magnus BE G1 Nemesis Prime, or a transition SG Optimus... Can't really repurpose this guy, and SG has active negative appeal to me.

SG Soundwave: Awful new headsculpt, and add-on purchase for the bandana, and worst mold of the entire Classics/Universe line-up, in nearly all white with a couple of tampos. Seriously, what's not to love about this guy? This is, perhaps, the second most idiotic exclusive to come out from the clubs - with the first being Cindersaur.

All in all, this is a pretty weak set. Other sets had a weak figure or two (like the Insecticon Drones, or Animated Motormaster's head) but either had good concepts or amazing figures to back them up. This has one outright awful figure, a pretty bad homage misfire, a bizzarely-chosen homage, a rather lame SG 'leader' attempt, and a couple of decent but not amazing figures.

All for the amazingly low price of $Way The **** Too Much.

Again, glad I went over to Gundam.
 

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Old 2012-01-07, 12:15 AM   #48
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Win : G2 Powered Convoy, Metalhawk (tho he is a bit of a fat t!t)
Win : Road Rage (the purple logo means it's a girl)
Lose ? Gigatank (maybe movie-verse fans dig it)
Draw : Soundwave (I'm not feeling the Desert Heat like I want to be.)
Draw : Treadshot. Cool fig but.. (Brain can't process the amount of )
 

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Old 2012-01-07, 12:23 AM   #49
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A big miss for me. Even at normal retail prices, I'd pass on all of these.

While, granted, Metalhawk is not a bad homage, he was a pants design to begin with, confounded by the gratuitous use of overhwhelming prime colours and gold.

So, to sum up, about the most obscure character is the best homage, and he's a hideous design to begin with.

I see this as a big win...

Oh, wait, it actually will be.



Only kidding around. Not my cup of tea, but sure it floats some collectors' boats. Botcon rarely hits my spot. (Although I would LOVE tp get hold of Botcon Clench [Universe Onslaught remould].)
 
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Old 2012-01-07, 11:31 AM   #50
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Overlord actually works in tank mode, suddenly that's a choice that makes sense. So that's him, Red Tracks (the purple-Autobrand doesn't bother me in terms of repurposing it as either Road Rage or Backofpackagingtracks, it actually makes sense to differentiate it from the all red body).

The others remain meh though. Mind, Classics have never just been G1 stuff so Sideswipe shouldn't be all that surprising in and of itself, even if it has to be something nobody in the world was waiting for.
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 01:53 AM   #51
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Metalhawk. Larger and clearer images, anyway.

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The scheme more or less says 'Metalhawk' to me, but that head sculpt...

Yeah, kinda creepy.
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 09:49 AM   #52
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By the Great Mongoose, that head sculpt is freaky!
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 03:28 PM   #53
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By the Great Mongoose, that head sculpt is freaky!
The Great Mongoose wants to know what you're bothering him with this crap. He has other things to deal with, like the Great Serpent, for instance.

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Old 2012-01-20, 04:29 PM   #54
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A fellow Mongoose worshipper? It's the alternative religion of choice!



(Damn, I hope I'm still on good terms with Him - I didn't mean to distract from the Great Serpent business... Nor the great dustbath or raiding of the other God's campsites for nummy morsels.)
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 05:35 PM   #55
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Well, on the positive side it's a fair representation of Metalhawk's pretender shell.

But on the negative side, it's a fair representation of Metalhawk's pretender shell.
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 07:19 PM   #56
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Yeah, kinda creepy.
Yeah. There's something just fundamentally wrong about having a human head on top of such a robotic body, isn't there?
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 11:03 PM   #57
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He looks like he wants to molest you.
 
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Old 2012-01-20, 11:18 PM   #58
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He looks like he wants to molest you.
Metalhawk, or the Great Mongoose?

Anyway, Metalhawk isn't bad, but it's not something I would fork over for a convention set. Granted, part of that is because Masterforce never worked for me, and part of that is that it's a metric shit-load of money to justify on toys these days.

I can get six toys, or pay for my daughter's classes this semester. Hmm.. tough choice.
 
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Old 2012-01-21, 06:07 AM   #59
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Yeah. There's something just fundamentally wrong about having a human head on top of such a robotic body, isn't there?
To me, it looks like it's trying to parody something.

...Like the photo of that Metalhawk cosplayer I've seen floating around the web.
 
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