Transformers Daily News Source for Transformers 5, Titans Return, Robots in Disguise, Combiner Wars, Generations, Third Party, G1, Beast Wars, Reviews, Comics, Games & More Than Meets the Eye!
TFormers Transformers News and Reviews
facebook twitter Pinterest Tumblr Google+ youtube podcast rss
Generations
Combiner Wars - What's Wrong With Devastator's Head?
ExVee - Saturday, June 13, 2015


This is a question I've been trying to work out since Toy Fair, when I immediately knew I didn't like the face for the retail release of Titan Class Devastator. But for as much as I knew I didn't like it, I had the worst time working out exactly why that was. Much later when the SDCC version was first revealed, my problem was compounded when I liked its head much better but still couldn't say just why. That is, until now. Keep reading!

It was recently brought in to focus for me what issue I took with Devastator, and why the SDCC version seemed to be so much better despite the difference between them only being separate eyes versus a visor. While the eyes themselves do change the way the face reads, the difference they bring is ultimately minor. It was when long time fan LiquidVelcro noted that SDCC Devastator lacked the silver paint on the forehead that I finally got what was wrong. Until then it had escaped me entirely that the exclusive Devastator was missing that element, but as I started examining the two versions of the combiner, it all settled in for me. Okay, let's take a look back to when we first saw Devastator, at Toy Fair this year.


Admittedly, it's not the most flattering light, but it would turn out very soon after to not have been a big part of making the face look bad. But having the giant silver forehead with only the visor strip to delineate it from the face makes Devastator look like... well, like it has a high forehead and receding hairline. The thing is? This is kind of cartoon accurate. I say kind of because Devastator had a lot of different looks in the old cartoon, most of them also bad. But one consistent element was a big silver plate on the forehead. Where this originated I can't say - it's certainly not an aspect of the toy. Likewise with the visor. That was a hallmark of some of the "better" instances of Devastator, including the movie, which is probably Devatstaor's most iconic appearance anymore. From this, we can establish at least that Hasbro's retail Devastator has a head meant to evoke the cartoon, not the original toy. Meanwhile, the SDCC version is more toy-leaning with the forehead color the same as the surrounding helmet and the separate eyes. Plus the individual Constructicons have new paint imitating sticker detail from the original toys which the retail Constructicons lack.


Thing is, even with the specific intent to make the retail one a cartoon-derived look, what they did isn't the only option. In investigating this issue, I digitally recolored Devastator's head. First taking cues from the toy just to see if the forehead really was the major problem. That satisfied me, but then I got to looking at cartoon shots and realized something: The forehead and face weren't always the same color. Going back to the "better" looking Devastators I mentioned before, a common trait in them was the face being a dark grey while the forehead was light. I was actually surprised when I went back to give that a try how much it helped the look of the retail head.


Of course for the purposes of science, I wanted to try going in the opposite direction. What would happen if I made the SDCC Devastator look like the separate-eyed cartoon model? While the result I would up with I feel like isn't as off-putting as the unmodified retail toy is, it's certainly not something I would call appealing.


I suppose in the end the good news for me is that I don't need to pursue SDCC Devastator and deal with extraneous chrome I don't want just to get a head sculpt I can tolerate. As it turns out, all I need to do is get some dark grey paint on the face and it seems like it'll solve my biggest aesthetic gripe with this huge, expensive toy. Maybe you've also been dealing with an unclear dislike for Devastator's face. If so, maybe this will help you to pin down what offends you and give you a minor redeco plan for when you bring a Devastator in to your home. Of course the final option is that Devastator's face just photographs terribly and in person it'll look just fine and I won't feel like I need to do anything with it at all. But man, that dark cartoon face is really speaking to me now.

TFormers Member Comments

NO COMMENTS YET - Start the Coversation by Posting Yours Now!

»  POST A COMMENT ON THIS STORY - CLICK HERE!  «
     (Membership Required)

More Generations News
As of writing, the brief voting period in the 2018 Transformers fan vote event is nearly over with. While we await the results of the choice of one of three Deluxe VS sets to be released next year (from which Impactor vs Mirage appeared to be taking a lead at one point), Hasbro has released via Facebook a post clearing up some small details, such as the incorrect identification of Impactor as a Decepticon in the sample art. For the most part it doesn't offer much, but one of the answers actually does give us something to work from. Keep reading to find out what!
Nick Roche, writer and artist of Last Stand of the Wreckers and Sins of the Wreckers, has announced that he will be finishing his Wreckers story in a one-shot to be titled Requiem of the Wreckers! Reuniting with colorist Josh Burcham, Roche has also announced that fellow Transformers artists Guido Guidi and Geoff Senior will also be contributing to the book! Keep reading to see the teaser image and announcement.
The official Transformers pages on Facebook and Instragam have posted a video announcing the new Fan Vote for 2018! Using the hashtags in this article's title on either of those sites and those sites only, you can vote for one of three two-packs to come in 2019's first chapter in the War For Cybertron trilogy: Spinister vs. Wheeljack, Impactor vs. Mirage, or Needlenose vs. Tracks! Keep reading to see the video.
Hasbro's people said during Toy Fair they have exclusives planned for Generations for this year, though they didn't reveal any specifics. Blast Off and Repugnus had both been discovered via leaked materials and distributor information, but it looks like at least one more figure may be joining their Special Edition ranks this year. Amazon.ca has a listing page for Deluxe Counterpunch, and while the currently attached price and some of the product info are a bit wacky, the associated product code makes sense compared to Repugnus and Blast Off. So what could we be looking at? Keep reading for another round of speculation!
We're capping this year's Toy Fair 2018 with the official images Power of the Primes Transformers action figures shown at this years show. Get the full sized view of the stock product images for the Legends,Prime Masters, Deluxes, Voyagers and Leader class figures in our handy to view gallery after the jump.












Toy Fair 2018 Transformers News!


Optimus Prime Issue 15
Generations IDW Comic Book
Battleslash
Generations Power of The Primes Legends Class Figure
Roadtrap
Generations Power of The Primes Legends Class Figure
Transformers Vs. Visionaries #1
Generations IDW Comic Book
Lost Light Issue #12
Generations IDW Comic Book

Images: Takara LG-61 Clone Drone, LG-62 Target Master Windblade and LG-63 G2 Megatron
Images: Takara LG-61 Clone Drone, LG-62 Target Master Windblade and LG-63 G2 Megatron

May 2018 Transformers Comics Solicitations From IDW
May 2018 Transformers Comics Solicitations From IDW

First Looks at Wizards of the Coast Transformers G1 Trading Card Game!
First Looks at Wizards of the Coast Transformers G1 Trading Card Game!

RADIO FREE CYBERTRON






ENI
About
Entertainment News International (ENI) is the popular culture network for fans all around the world. Get the scoop on all the popular comics, games, movies, toys, and more every day!
Sites
Action Figures
Entertainment
Marvel
 
Podcasts
Star Wars
Transformers
Links
Support
© 2018 Entertainment News International - All images, trademarks, logos, video, brands and images used on this website are registered trademarks of their respective companies and or owners. All Rights Reserved. Data has been shared for news reporting purposes only. All content sourced by fans, online websites, and or other fan community sources. Entertainment News International is not responsible for reporting errors, inaccuracies, omissions, and or other liablities related to news shared here. We do our best to keep tabs on infringements. If some of your content was shared by accident. To have it removed right away, please [ Contact Us ].