At Botcon 2012, Hasbro surprised everyone at their brand panel by announcing a Voyager Grimlock based on the game design to come as part of the Generations relaunch. And so, months of anticipation began. But at the same time, the Prime Robots in Disguise Voyagers stirred concerns about how Grimlock might fare. Read the full review
Even before the addition of the Disc Minion gimmick, Soundblaster is my favorite figure in a very long time. He's huge, satisfyingly bulky, and fun, and feels completely out of place in the 2012 toyline- in an entirely good way. Continue to full review
Every once in a while, you get a toy with ideas or executions that just come out really well. The unfortunate part is when those good aspects are buried with things that work so much more poorly that they act disproportionately to sour the overall impression of the toy. That's kind of what happens with Kickback. Read the full review.
I'm sure it was a bit of a challenge to decide on how to redeco the Shockwave mold. There's very few clear historic choices. However it came to be that they applied an Aerialbot identity to the mold, it's probably not what I would have thought of. So, who's better to buy between this and Shockwave? Read the full review.
A new Classics-friendly Starscream has been on my wishlist for a long time. What's more, I really wanted something based on the Cybertron toy's design, but with better poseability. It took a few years, but it seems like thanks to Fall of Cybertron, I may have gotten exactly what I wished for. ...and in doing probably consigned myself to gradually amassing a whole new seeker collection. Aw, cripes, this really was a monkey's paw... Read the full review
"Pre-mold" replacement parts as part of a figure's initial tooling has been a thing since 2008 when it was developed to make Universe Sunstreaker and Sideswipe possible. Though since then its use has seen expansion beyond simply getting more heads to use, FOC Sideswipe may be the craziest example of the practice yet. Read the full review.
Having an Ultra Magnus made out of an Optimus Prime mold is not itself a shocking revelation. But the execution of this one was certainly atypical. And the added weapons compared to the original releases of the reused molds was just as much of an attention-getter. Read the full review.
I love artbooks, but not every game gets one. With a game as intricate and inspired as Fall of Cybertron,
it seemed a pity that there wasn't an artbook for the game at the time of release. Luckily, a couple months down the road, IDW has obliged with a massive 200+ page artbook featuring art and commentary by High Moon Studios' talented design team. Continue to full review
I've been waiting on a set of these toys for a long while because of all the promise held in them. But with the promise comes a great deal of ambition, because these toys have to do a lot of things to fulfill their goals. While their quality on an individual level is of course an important consideration, the criteria which they're really going to be measured by is how they stack up as a multi-part super robot. Continue reading...
Early in the course of posting this series of reviews, one of my readers commented to me that he anticipated Brawl would be my least favorite. While I didn't confirm or deny that at the time, I already knew that wouldn't be the case. I'm not surprised he or anyone else might make that guess though, because while I can see the good in Brawl and enjoy the figure, it's not to say it is free of problems. Read the full review.
Everyone remembers Swindle above all the other Combaticons. He is so fixated on accumulating wealth that there's nothing he won't try to sell off to the highest bidder. Granted, it's not the deepest characterization, but in the days of the G1 cartoon you took what precious nuggets you were given. And that means there will be people who want a representation of the character without necessarily an intent to build Bruticus. There might be generally better way to accomplish that, though. Read the full review.
Vortex brings us the the mid-point in the Combaticon series. I have to admit, Vortex has always been something of a non-entity to me. Swindle is of course Swindle, and Blast Off is the one who figuratively and sometimes literally looks down on everyone else. Brawl is the one whose personality the other characters don't even care about, and Onslaught is the one who does all the planning. Which leaves Vortex as ...that helicopter dude? Well, I guess it at least gives him some sort of distinction among the other Decepticons, right? Read the full review.
I've taken an appreciation over the years for spaceship Transformers. I think Armada Tidal Wave and his Super Dimensional Fortress-style super battleship mode really locked that in for me and ever since I've been on the look out for toys that were or could be seen as interesting space vehicles if you just squint and tilt your head a little. And as ships go, Blast Off is certainly one of the more interesting designs to come along lately. Even more convenient given he's part of a full team set I needed to get anyway. Read the full review.
The first in the series of five Combaticons, I don't know if Onslaught specifically has been much anticipated, but he kicks off what is for sure one of the most looked forward to groups of 2012's retail Transformers product. Onslaught has the greatest burden on his shoulders - literally. It's easy to anticipate bad results when a figure is responsible for becoming the backbone of a bigger structure, but the actual sacrifices may not be as severe as you expect in practice... Read the full review.
"Classics Shockwave" has been a sticking point for fans of the G1-reimagining toylines for a long time. That it took until the start of the fourth such cycle to see it realized is fairly surprising, but I guess let's just be happy there was a major game launch to help motivate it this time. It may be the most anticipated individual from this first assortment of Fall Of Cybertron toys, but debuting at the beginning of smaller sizes and higher prices may be curbing the enthusiasm of some. My advice: Don't let it. Read the full review.
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