You'll be pleased to know one is showing up as an Amazon exclusive with a repaint of Kingdom Airrazor as Skywarp from BWII (part of the Japanese Magnaboss combiner). As an Amazon exclusive that (for once!) is available on Amazon UK, I've pre-ordered it. Got to be honest, the retooling they've done makes Sideswipe's alt-mode look a bit long and baggy in the rear. I'll report back once it's in hand. In October. Score one for fans unfulfilled imaginations, I guess.
Speaking of repaints, I bought
Siege Netflix Hotlink with Heatstroke & Heartburn
Now here's a fancy repaint done right. I binned Redwing to ebay and bought this guy with the proceeds, as I do quite like the Tetrajet mode. It's not great, but I think it's grown on me. Like moss. Either way, I appreciate what the designers were trying to do, even if they gave up in the end and just had the wings cover up a scrunched up robot lad. Hard to beat Skywarp's colours, but somehow Hotlink manages it, despite using the same black/ purple palette. He just looks incredible. The two Battlemasters are fine, and it's nice to have them again included with a larger figure - as they should be. The toothpaste colour they've chosen for the wee robots is definitely a choice and they only have an eye colour to tell them apart. Couple of blast effects for those easily impressed by such accessories round out the package.
Chinese KO Computron giftset
These are so naughty, but f**ked if I can be arsed paying vintage prices for slightly underwhelming combiners. Plastics are really nice and better than those used on some of Hasbro's legit reisssues (hello The Seacons and all the Platinum Reissues). Left off most of the stickers as Hasbro back in the day thought it'd be a good idea to place these over parts that scrap over them or in places that require repeat handling. I love the Technobots, but there are design choices here that spoil them. Lightspeed has one giant foot, Nosecone's arms are weird, Strafe's alt mode is a heap of nothing and Scattershot has a third mode looks like a dog's penis. The combined mode is a bit unattractive in places - Scattershot's massive legs just angled up out of the way and Lightspeed making for a bit of a rubbishy limb (ditto Nosecone, to be fair) but there's a charm to the chunky designs and Afterburner is just mega. Also came with a cheeky bootleg of the old Generations book that catalogued all of 1980s line (including the European and Japanese entries) plus Generation 2 and the concept designs/ animation model sheets.
Here decked out in white and sponsored by Dunlop tyres and Rothmans cigarettes. Remember kids - don't smoke, or you'll end up like the Gobots. Dead and forgotten.