I know what you mean. I finally got around to opening the Walmart G1 issues I bought this year. The 30+ year old Astrotrain design rolls better in space shuttle and locomotive modes than any of my modern sports car figures. With the cheap modern wheels, I'll often get 3 wheels per figure that roll OK and one total dud, which means the overall figure rolls poorly. I'd prefer if 3 out of 4 figures I buy have 4 good enough modern wheels, and the 4th have 4 duds. It'd be the same level of QC, but I'd get 3 decent car modes.Skyquake87 wrote: ↑Sat Dec 12, 2020 8:28 pmEarthrise Runamuck...Transformation is really cool and I like the look of the vehicle mode...but it doesn't roll because the plastic clip on wheels are garbage. I hate these things. Such an obvious cost cutting measure, but it means all your vehicular Transformers just don't play well. Boo.
My other "new" figures are some Autobot mini-vehicles: Bee w/toon face, Gears, Swerve, Outback, Warpath, and Tailgate. I owned all these molds as a kid, but not all these characters, and not toon face Bee.
I also opened Soundwave and his cassettes. I already have the TRU Soundwave from a few years ago, with the extended chest that holds two tapes. But, that extended chest also looks bad in both modes, and it can be a pain to get the 2nd tape out. So, I'm glad to have a single tape figure. It's not like you can see both tapes in the double deck, anyway.
I already had Ravage and Laserbeak from that older reissue, but had to buy them again to get Frenzy and Rumble. At least the older reissue had the longer Lazerbeak barrels, so it's not a total write-off. Plus, I can keep a tape in SW's chest while displaying all 5 characters.
when I was a kid, I thought the sticker on each cassette bot was supposed to be a space scene showing parts of two planets, what with TFs being aliens and all. It wasn't until much later when I realized that they're supposed to represent reels of audio tape. So, I go to put Laserbeak in my new SW with the tape label out. And, it's completely blocked by SW's Decepticon symbol. So, I've got Lazerbeak in there bot side out, since it looks cooler.