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Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 5:08 pm
by ganon578
Earthrise Snapdragon, Prowl, Ironhide, and Runamuck

Snapdragon as a gift, the other 3 as pre-orders that came in the mail. Snapdragon is really fun, but nothing special. Easy to go between the 3 modes, and the Headmaster functionality is good. Overall very fun figure. Prowl is great! Easily replaces the Siege version on my shelf. Ironhide is meh. So much has been reused from Siege that he's a slight disappointment. He's still pretty good, but if Siege hadn't preceded it I would think more positively about it. Runamuck is good fun. I had the original as a kid, and it's great to get a newer version that isn't an exclusive. The only issue is the front wheels (not pinned) are a little rough so they don't roll well. I'm very happy with all four figures though!

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:12 pm
by Clay
Prowl and Ironhide are a two-pack, yeah? Wasn't impressed with the look of Ironhide/Ratchet, but was happy to find Bluestreak at Walgreens about a month ago. I had thought it a remold of the Siege figure(s), but I can't actually find any parts in common between him and Barricade.

As for me, I picked up Airwave and a reissue Blaster yesterday. It's interesting that they managed to replicate both of Airwave's modes from the original and still get a distinct, squat, fun robot out of it, although I imagine the parts forming helps with that.

Wasn't intending to get Blaster, but then I remembered that I already have the Encore reissues of his cassettes, and $30 for complete, boxed G1 figures isn't bad (there's certainly better value there than in Prime's cab for $50!). I hadn't handled a Blaster in decades, so I was struck by just how many flat, smooth surfaces he has. And then back in the box he went, sitting on the shelf next to his cassettes.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:55 pm
by ganon578
Clay wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:12 pm
Prowl and Ironhide are a two-pack, yeah? Wasn't impressed with the look of Ironhide/Ratchet, but was happy to find Bluestreak at Walgreens about a month ago. I had thought it a remold of the Siege figure(s), but I can't actually find any parts in common between him and Barricade.
Yes they are. It's a shame Hasbro stuck them in an exclusive 2-pack, as I would have preferred to just get Prowl and stick with Siege Ironhide. Because of this, I'm also completely content to stick with Siege Ratchet and not get the 2-pack for the Earthrise version + a color variant of Arcee I have no interest in.

Prowl is amazingly similar to the Siege mold, but as you mentioned, entirely new.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Fri Nov 27, 2020 4:29 am
by Warcry
Earthrise Race Track Patrol: I got these guys two weeks ago and didn't bother to post about it, which probably tells you how exciting they weren't. Their colours are really striking, except the pink one's legs are only painted on the front, so he looks a bit cheap from any angle except dead on. But I can't even remember their names, because we've now reached the point that they're now homaging G1 characters so obscure that even I don't care about them. And since Micromasters don't really do anything, me caring about the characters is a pretty big factor in me caring about the toys.

Beast Wars Injector: This ghastly thing, on the other hand, I can't get enough of. I tracked one down on eBay for a reasonable price, and when it arrived I was really happy to find that (one stress mark on a bug leg aside) it was as good as new. The beast mode is actually, legitimately cool. It's ugly, sure, but it's ugly in a "scary monster" sort of way. If I got attacked by an ugly fishbee like this while playing a fantasy video game, I wouldn't think it was out of place at all. It looks nasty and poisonous and deadly, just like a Predacon air commander should be.

The robot mode, on the other hand, is complete Dadaist nonsense. About 45% head, with arms and legs twice as long as its torso, and a face that looks like someone sawed off the bottom half of a normal Transformer's head and just shoved a bunch of teeth in as a replacement. I don't think I can adequately describe it because I can barely understand what I'm seeing when I look at it. I can totally understand why Takara took one look at the guy and decided to make him a cosmic horror working for Unicron.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sat Nov 28, 2020 10:29 pm
by Heinrad
The good thing about the raise and accompanying overtime at work is that I've got more money to buy Transformers.. The bad thing is the stress. Primus the stress. At least I'm not doing paperwork in my dreams yet.

Yet.

Anyway, on the up side, Black Friday came and went, and so on Dark Grey Saturday(seriously, it was pretty overcast), I went out to my local Walmart and marvelled at how quickly they'd cleaned up the carnage, then hit the toy aisle, and now that the second wave of Earthrise is coming to an end, we finally got some.

Smokescreen: He looks really good, but unlike Prowl his shoulders don't really seem to lock in properly. He still looks really good, though.

Arcee: I like the design, although I do wish they'd glued the fin/antenna/whatever it is in place. It popped off while I was transforming her.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 2:30 am
by Tantrum
Earthrise Bluestreak - Bot mode is a step up from the Siege version. The head sculpt's better. The shoulder cannons don't have giant tabs sticking out of the sides. The square hip joints look better and have more range of articulation that Siege's ball joints. The center hood tab folds down into the abdomen, giving that portion of the bot a more interesting look that Siege's plain red chunk. And I like the classic rear window shin look. The closest thing I have to a complaint is that the right fist is too small to hold his gun. So, he's left handed.

Transformation doesn't seem as smooth as the Siege version. But, I've only done it once, so maybe it'll get easier. The car mode doesn't tab together as well as the Siege version, and ER has the wheels that don't conceal the tabs.

Re: POST YOUR NEWEST ACQUISITIONS!

Posted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 4:31 am
by HeavyArms
Siege Decepticon Rumble & Ratbat & Direct-Hit & Power Punch (Battle Squad) - A club member was nice enough to buy and send me these two as they weren't appearing near me.

Studio Series Leadfoot (w/ Steeljaw) & Earthrise Bluestreak - I was in a group buy for these figures as they were easy to find in Hong Kong, but they are exclusive in America and we were not getting them in Australia.

Studio Series Blitzwing & Scavenger - Bought from Amazon with discounts (Black Friday or otherwise).

Cyberverse Seekers Sinister Strikeforce - I really like the colours on these guys and they were on clearance, so made it an easier decision.