OFFICIAL TRANSFORMERS TOYS NEWS

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Re: OFFICIAL TRANSFORMERS TOYS NEWS

Post by Skyquake87 » Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:26 pm

Odd that they're doing this when '86 Movie characters have already popped up in Generations recently. Wonder if these will be new toolings or just repaints of figures we've had before?

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Post by CharlizeBaker » Fri Jun 12, 2020 7:33 am

I also am curious about that....

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Post by Warcry » Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:00 pm

Exhaust and Greasepit are coming as Selects releases.

https://news.tfw2005.com/2020/06/25/gen ... ook-413410
I really like the colours on Greasepit! I'll have to try and track him down. Exhaust is nice but I was more hoping we'd get Slicer this time around. Still, a good option for the mold if, like me, you have enough good Wheeljacks.

I'm far too amused by how the character's official name on the instructions is "Decepticon Exhaust" but he's got a big-ass Quintesson badge or whatever that is front and centre on his chest...


Also, we seem to be getting a Marvel Legends-style line of non-transforming six-inch figures.

https://news.tfw2005.com/2020/06/24/new ... ron-413371

https://news.tfw2005.com/2020/06/24/mor ... way-413396
Not even vaguely interested in yet more Sunbow pandering, but it makes sense that's what they lead with. My first thought after seeing this is how the line would be the perfect outlet for Pretender shells, but I really don't see this lasting long enough to get into that. Because, honestly, who's the target market for this stuff? People who don't like transforming Transformers? Casual fans who don't want to pay for MPs? I can absolutely see the Optimus, Megatron, Soundwave, Starscream and Bumblebee selling like hotcakes, but beyond that? Are people going to buy a non-transforming Powerglide or Gears?

But if it lasts long enough to get me a badass Wildman/Baskerville-style Bludgeon I'll consider the line a success!

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Post by Denyer » Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:13 pm

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Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:00 pm
Exhaust is nice but I was more hoping we'd get Slicer this time around. Still, a good option for the mold if, like me, you have enough good Wheeljacks
Pretty nice. I can see that working as part of a merc team.

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Post by Warcry » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:40 pm

More Selects!

https://news.tfw2005.com/2020/06/26/tra ... der-413589

That's definitely not what I think of when you say Centurion, but it's a nice reuse of Brunt. The accessory pack is nice, but mostly just reminds me how ridiculously stingy they are with accessories for the actual figures.

Tigertrack kinda does the same, since he comes with the rifle AND the rocket launcher like both Sideswipe and Red Alert should have in the first place. I guess Hasbro figured they could deign to do the figure properly since they're not trying to sell us overpriced Targetmasters this year? He'll feel a lot more complete than the retail figures, that's for sure! The colours look really nice, and it seems like it'll be popular with pre-TF or eHobby fans. Not really my thing, though if I'd known this way coming I may have grabbed it instead of Sideswipe.

Rotorstorm is pretty disappointing. Not being satisfied with the two cockpits the mold already has, Hasbro pained a third on his chest! That mostly serves to remind me how Rotorstorm and Spinister look absolutely nothing alike. Not even bothering to change the head is pretty disappointing too, considering both Exhaust and Greasepit just above got the new tooling they needed to make them stand out.

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Post by Denyer » Sat Jun 27, 2020 5:51 pm

It's like they don't get any feedback first, isn't it? Most people will have thought a) green Centurion droid, and b) Spinister's head is too distinctive so for a repaint that'll sell include one in the original mould.

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Post by Skyquake87 » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:26 am

...Yellow and Silver was my first thought for Centurion. Then I remembered everyone's only interested in the cartoon. Not really interested myself. Brunt is probably my least favourite of the Weaponizers, and the box of things that should have come with other figures isn't enough of a draw for me.

I'd be more excited for Tigertrack if I didn't already have the Masterpiece to scratch that itch and I'm a bit disappointed by Rotorstorm. It's just Spinister dressed up in Autobot colours. Although I appreciate the early '90s Transformers are probably going to have extremely limited appeal (although I could go for the Decepticon Stormtroopers using the Sideswipe mould - that would be neat, so long as they at least got new heads and weapons).

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Post by Denyer » Sun Jun 28, 2020 1:02 pm

Not sure you could get a passable Centurion out of existing TFs unless it was a pretender shell, regular action figures might be a better base.

Rotorstorm's been in comics recently enough for some crossover sales. This is just half-arsed planning when they've gone to the trouble of weapon paint apps. Alternate heads clearly aren't out of the question as Exhaust got made from Wheeljack.

[Personally I got a KO 3P Vortex in blue and attached some junker Rotorstorm parts (head and cockpit) to it for a very rough voyager-size display piece mostly concealed behind other Wreckers.]

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Post by Denyer » Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:49 pm

Anything reckon Sunstreaker's going to be the basis for the other battlecharger?

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Post by Warcry » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:46 pm

So...this is what passes for Transfomer engineering these days.

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(Pic stolen from TFW, who stole it from a YouTube reviewer)

And don't forget that half the alt-mode just comes off to be a lame hoverboard! I know Arcee is a tough ask since her original robot mode was never designed to transform, but that is just a sorry effort in this day and age. Did Takara hire back the guys that did RiD Side Burn?
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Anything reckon Sunstreaker's going to be the basis for the other battlecharger?
Considering how utterly in love Hasbro seemed to be with the "two wheels per foot" thing, to the point where they talked about having a great solution to make it work at some convention (said solution turns out to be "fake parts and hiding the rear wheels in his torso") I sort of expect them to just halfheartedly retool Battlecharger #2 from Battlecharger #1.

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Post by Tantrum » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:29 pm

I think I saw a prototype Arcee posted on this forum years ago, before the T30 came out. My memory may be wrong, but I recall it being much better than any Arcee released since. I think the key was letting Arcee's legs form the rear of the car, and not getting hung up on the curves not matching the boxy look of the toon. The only mass release Arcee that's interested me at all is the TR one.

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Post by Denyer » Fri Jul 10, 2020 11:24 pm

This prototype? -- https://i.imgur.com/ukFOsqK.jpg -- I'd definitely have bought one.

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For my money of the ones that have actually been produced, the iGear Delicate Warrior is a lot better than the photos here suggest; http://wikialpha.org/wiki/Delicate_Warrior

Actually, here's mine...

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The new one is very much actionmaster in a shell. Which I suppose is alright if someone wants an actionmaster.

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Re: OFFICIAL TRANSFORMERS TOYS NEWS

Post by Skyquake87 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:15 am

Bit disappointing to see how hollow Sunstreaker is. I thought they'd just do Runabout using the Runamuck mould, tbh. Their original vehicle modes were similar and Sunstreaker's alt-mode is a bit too slick for a Battlecharger IMO.

As for Arcee, well I haven't seen shellforming that extensive since BW Neo. Is this to make Transformers more action-figurey or something? Agree the old prototype is superior to the ER design.

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