Combaticon Awareness Week! Day 4: Bruticus Revived - G2
RAC - Friday, November 20, 2015
We've looked at Bruticus Reimagined, but that was not the first Combaticon comeback. No, that happened in 1994 with the advent of Generation 2! Keep reading for purple camo splotches, infamous metamorphin' dudicus Onslaught and, yes! - the Cybernet Space Cube.
G2: The Toys
Transformers: Generation 2 began in 1993, bringing us old favorites in extremely early `90s new color schemes. The line wouldn't last long - and its failure would bring a much-needed injection of new ideas to Transformers in the form of Beast Wars - but it left its mark in many ways.
The Combaticons return in the G1 bodies, unchanged for the experience! Well, you might think so if you're color-blind at least, because the G2 Combaticons are all kinds of `90s awesome in terms of coloration.
G2 Bruticus is the opposite of the dark, somber colors of the G1 version, and it is glorious. Is the chestplate purple with black splotches, or black with more purple splotches? I'll never tell... but the black ramp will. Oh well.
G2: The Cartoon
Transformers: Generation 2 is the original The Transformers lightly edited with a new CG opening taken from the earliest G2 toy commercials and with the added magic of the Cybernet Space Cube.
Combaticon episodes were indeed included in the G2 run, including their debut appearance, "Starscream's Brigade." Which you can see the ending to above in German!
It Never Ends
Generation 2 is fondly remembered by fans - both in its early stages of wild & wacky G1 recolors and its new additions to the Transformers universe from nearer the end of the line. But with Bruticus already being popular, I bet you won't be surprised to learn that the G2 version in specific has seen some love in the years since.
An Amazon exclusive, a new G2 Bruticus boxset was released using the Fall of Cybertron Generations molds. Hasbro went to the trouble of hiring the classic G2 packaging artist to do the new image for them, and researched G2 packaging extensively to get just the right look. It is a thing of beauty.
Amazon also had an exclusive G2 Bruticus skin for use within FoC for those who preordered the game with them!
And of course, just yesterday Hasbro announced a brand new G2 version of Combiner Wars Bruticus!
New to the team is Shockwave, who becomes a gun for Bruticus to use. Cybertron's four-million-year babysitter makes his "G2" debut in a color scheme influenced by his Action Masters design.
As I said at the beginning, this was the first US reuse of the Combaticon molds... but not the first in the world, and definitely not the last. Tomorrow, we'll get into the rest!
Transformers At The Moon has posted the latest in their series of deleted audio and extended scenes from the original 1984 The Transformers cartoon series! This time, they've got over ten minutes' worth of dialogue from "Heavy Metal War," featuring the first appearance of the Constructicons. Keep reading to see the video along with a transcript of the dialogue.
The closure of ToysRUs provokes a lot of emotions - sadness, frustration at the circumstances, and in some a misguided sense of satisfaction stemming from their latter-day pricing habits. But at some point in our lives a great many of us were ToysRUs Kids. And so longtime Transformers fan and ASMzine proprietor Phil Zeman has created the site I Didn't Want to Grow Up, which is accepting submissions of your stories and reminiscences of visiting what was once the premiere source of action figures for children and collectors. Click through for a link!
Few would guess the last piece to be reissued from the original Transformers Generation 1 series would be the music scores. Even thought the original cartoons have been reissued, updated and restored multiple times. Fans that have been asking for copies of the Original Sound Tracks (OST) masters have finally gotten theirs, on vinyl of all things. IF, they were fast enough to buy one of the 2,000 copies that sold out in less than 10 minutes. The good news is a second pressing is in the works.
ALL GOOD THINGS…! Rodimus and the Crusadercons have reached their final destination. The trouble is, it’s not Cyberutopia. In fact, it’s not ANYWHERE. But they’d better get used to it, because they’re going to be there until the end of Time…
After selling out their limited run within minutes, Enjoy The Ride Records has announced that their vinyl G1 soundtrack LP will be heading back to the presses later this year! Details and an exact timeframe are not known at this time, but it's good to know that access to this (at present) vinyl-only release will be expanding somewhat. Keep reading to see the announcement!