Obsessing about my collections, ranting about the toy business, photographing all those toys I've been amassing for the last 20 years, staying young and childish. My view from inside my plastic bubble...
Prototypes photos of Masterpiece Bumblebee were tweeted out today. Looks pretty great. Bot mode hits a bunch of animated design cues, and the alt mode is a proportional Beetle. I’m looking forward to seeing the first colored production pieces. Hopefully the seams on the car are tightened up by then.
A quick comparison shot I found on the boards of Maketoys Trashtalk next to Hasbro Swerve. The figure on the left is $35, and you can only buy him in a two-pack with his moldmate, Cogwheel (Gears) for $70 plus shipping. The figure on the right is $10, comes with a Minicon partner, and will be available at regular retail soon. Also, Gears will also be available for $10 at retail. With a Minicon. No. Brainer.
Another highly anticipated release from Mech Ideas, Animated Bluster and Trench. So these two dudes are crazy. They’re a direct reference to designs from Derrick J. Wyatt, the designer responsible for the look of the Animated Transformers universe. Wyatt designed his Huffer and Pipes to look like the Super Mario Bros.
So here we come to Bluster and Trench who are based on Wyatt’s unproduced designs, and will be painted up to look not only like Huffer and Pipes, but also like Mario and Luigi. Jesus. This is just about the best thing ever. I can’t fucking wait to see what the colored finals look like. I’ve already pre-ordered these at BBTS. You should, too.
It Mech Ideas Day, officially. This is the previously abandoned Gauntlet from Mach5, now picked up for production by MI. He’s a little short, but I like my bots to be of varying sizes. Just like people. Gauntlet is a sweet homage to Ironfist / Fisitron from IDW, so it looks like Mech Ideas is looking to fill out the ranks of The Wreckers. Which is awesome and probably causing an avalanche of nerd boners throughout the fandom. Mach5 had the preorder pricing at $45, but Mech Ideas has said that their version will be sold for less. Maybe $35? That’s what I think would be both fair and comparable to the pricing of their Demolition Crue homage to the Jumpstarters, which sold at $36 each and are a bit taller than Gauntlet here.
Aww yeah! Lego just showed off official pics of their Ghostbusters Ecto-1 set that will be out later this year. MSRP is $50, which is entirely reasonable for a Lego set. Especially one that we’ve waited 30 years to get. Simply awesome.
Generations Sky-byte from Hasbro. Oh my god, this thing is so crazy, I must own him! He turns from a vicious looking robot into a fucking space shark. Everybody knows that space sharks are the best. I’m going to display him with my also crazy Sharkticon Megatron. Who is also some kind of space sea creature. It’s nuts.
Motherfucking Roadbuster! Hasbro unveiled this dope-ass robot soldier at Toy Fair this past weekend. I can’t wait to see what the final product looks like, as the painted prototypes usually have thick, glossy paint like this one does. People are already bitching about his wheel placement, and the fact that the wheels appear to be the cheap clip-on type instead of nicer looking pinned on wheels. But that’s such a minor gripe when you look at this beauty. He’s doing what Roadbuster should do: he turns into a super-tough military vehicle, and he has a ton of guns. Consider me satisfied. Nice work, dudes!
Generations Deluxe Nightbeat. Another repaint of the IDW Bumblebee mold that, like Goldfire, looks better as a different character than it does as Bee. I actually really like this mold, plus I have no Nightbeat in my collection, so this is going to be an easy buy for me. Looks great!
Official pics of Leader class Jetfire, who was finally revealed at Toy Fair. I’m not convinced that he’s transformed properly, as the figure on the showroom floor had his backpack sitting quite a bit lower than these photos show. I’m psyched for this in a big way. I felt the Classics toy from 2006 was a bit awkward and clunky, and the secondary market prices went so so that there was just no way I was going to open a slot in the budget to buy one. This guy, however, really make that prior figure look like a dog. There’s vac metal on the weapons and the fast packs. There are two different heads, one a reference to his cartoon countenance, and the second is a nod to both the G1 toy and Jetfire’s Animated appearance without looking too much like either. He’s also big. Almost twice the height of a typical Voyager, ie Classics Optimus Prime. I’m so excited to get this guy. I really think Hasbro is giving us fans a huge high-five with this and so many other Generations toys that’ll be arriving for the 30th Anniversary.