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TOP 5 UPCOMING TITANS RETURNS TOYS I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT

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5. TITANS RETURN TRIPLECHANGER MEGATRON

A good looking Megatron with a nice jet mode and “meh” tank mode that is passable, but unspectacular in any way. I love the bot mode, but he is a bit plain looking. I guess Takara will add some nice flourishes here and there with their version – but I will be quite satisfied with the vanilla Beige-Bot from Hasbro that I already pre-ordered. He looks like another fun toy along with Astro Train and other voyager class dolls. I mean action figure super-robots, or whatever you want to call them.

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4. TITANS RETURN DOUBLECROSS (A.K.A. TWINFERNO)

If you’ve read this blog, then you know I love Doublecross. He’s the character I use as my Avatar picture for this blog, and my favourite Generation 1 toy. The new update has a cool Headmasters cartoon look to him, rather than the look of the toy. I really dig it, and like Megs and a certain ninja six-changer – have already pre-ordered him. Can’t wait for this one to arrive! The dragon heads look just like the carton, and the bot mode is pretty cool, if I’m going to nitpick, his back is strangely hollow and empty, looks a bit rubbish, but I don’t display my figures backwards so I don’t care.

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3. TITANS RETURN BLACK SHADOW / SKY SHADOW

I’ve wanted  a nice modern Black Shadow / Sky Shadow toy that looks more like the IDW comics version for ages. The G1 toy is nice, but I don’t want it. This new version ticks the right kind of boxes for me. He looks like a total bad-ass, and I am equally excited for his inevitable retool into everyone’s favourite IDW sadist – Overlord!!!!! Who saw that coming (pre-tease/reveal) NOBODY that’s who. Black Shadow is a definite buy for me. Look at him! He’s friggin awesome! Check out that head, those details, that paint scheme! He’s kind of my number one most wanted, except two other toys somehow pushed him back to #3 on the list and man is he PISSED about it, look at that face! **drool** I’ll be all over him like jam on toast.

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2. TITANS RETURN SIXSHOT

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The original bad-ass six changing (actually seven modes, but the 7th mode is just as shit as his other modes) ninja bad-ass robot you send for when you absolutely, positively have to kill ever last mother fucker in the room. When it’s time for scorched earth baby and no survivors, you call Sixshot. Loyal, lethal another total bad-ass. The opportunity to have Sixshot, Megatron and Sky Shadow (and Overlord!!!) together in one modern toy line is like a dream come true.  I think Sky Shadow looks better as a toy, but man Sixshot would eat him for breakfast and shit him out by lunch.

Yeah, he’s awesome. I’ve preordered Sixshot already. I was tempted by DX-9’s very toon accurate Sixshot which is undeniably gorgeous, but I want a TOY to play with, rather than a MP style super-detailed statue of Sixshot that scales with nothing I own.  Who wants a six changer that you never change for fear of breaking it? No thanks. Titans Sixshot is chunky and cool, he’s a bit basic but he’s clearly going for the G1 toy look, and not so much the cartoon or comic book look as Dx9’s equally awesome toy is. If I was an MP collector, I’d be getting both, you can’t go wrong with either toy imo.

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Why did I use a render of Sixshot and not a photo from one of the toy convention press? Well on the day of the event (as EVERYBODY already knows…*sigh*) they lost his head and had to make another one, so the pictures on display show a model-makers last minute effort head, and not his actual head so THAT’s why.

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1. TITANS RETURN TRYPTICON

Will Titans Trypticon be gigantic and epic and awesome?

Probably.

Will he scale with…anything?

Unlikely.

Do I even care?

Hmmm. No.

Will the original Dino Tripper-CON be of a better build quality than Titans Return Fortress Maximus (a.k.a. the leaning tower of Iacon) – I sure hope so.

WHAT I WANT TO SEE: My fingers are crossed that Titans Trypticon will not only be worth owning, but something to get excited about. Not just another slavish remake/reimagining but a toy that actually screams “HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME BUY ME YOU BASTARDS!” – a toy so exciting as to defy all logical sense and inspire sub-literate gibbering and foaming at the mouth, and misuse of the english language.

THINGS I DON’T WANT TO SEE: Naked Donald Trump with a dinosaur face. A giant ZOID-alike with Trypticons head. A boring alt-mode. A boring Dino-Godzilla bot with nothing that makes him unique. Lazy paint apps. No cool accessories.

What if anything could Trypticon be retooled into I wonder? Only one thing comes to mind – another Trypticon such as the Beast Wars Gigatron version of the Generation 1 toy. Mostly it was the same toy re-released with a few different bells and whistles and an overly inflated price tag. You know – like every Fanboy pants wetting variant ever. IT’s kind of cool, I dig the bigger horn – but what’s up with the green racing dots down his back? UGH!

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So far we have seen a teaser of a leg (WOW!)  for Titans Tripper-DON, which may or may not be indicative of his final scale. I’m guessing he will shorter than Titans Fortress Maximus, as Trypticon and dinosaurs/Godzilla in general tend to be longer than they are tall.

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So I’m guessing Trypticon will we rather long, and maybe hunched down a bit more like say the T-Rex in Jurassic Park, than the more upright Generation 1 toy that resembles Godzilla/Mechagodzilla. But who knows, he could end up being just as tall as Fort Max, while being long as well, making him a total pain in the ass to find a spot for in just about any collection space-wise.

I want him to be epic and awe-inspiring and scary and give you that HELL YEAH HE’S BACK!!! both fists pumping in the air Rocky type moment when the final toy is revealed and I’m cautiously optimistic we will get something like that.

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Unlike Titans Fort Max, who I knew I would buy the moment he was announced, I’ll be waiting for final reveals and possible reviews before buying Trypticon, especially seeing as there is a third party War for Cybertron Trypticon toy right around the corner, and I will likely choose one rather than both of these toys. Unless they both happen to be phenomenal. Then I gotta catch em all.

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He’s Bad He’s Cool…He’s Nobodies Fool

Fortunately I just purchased the Platinum Edition G1 reissue of the original Trypticon, so after several decades of “gotta have that” I will finally be able to enjoy the original toy. Really, if you are  a Trypticon fan, it’s good news all around, as soon enough there will be something to satisfy just about everybodies tastes. I guess the next sensible thing will have to a Legion class or Deluxe/Leader Trypticon, most likely from another third party just to keep things interesting. Iron Factory have done a FANTASTIC representation of Scorponok, and I really hope those guys are the first out the gate with a small scale Trippy-CON in the same size as their Scorponok. I’d buy the fuck out of that.

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Well that is another bunch of words sent off into the ether, some more posts on Marvels’s TF Comics will be following shortly. Already written them, but you know, editing and stuff.

Enjoy BOT-FANS!

TOP 5 TITANS RETURNS TOYS (so far)

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MY TOP 5 TITANS RETURNS TOYS (so far)

Playing with Transformers toys for a kid is a chance to walk in a fictional world, even if for a moment, a chance to see the world through the eyes of their favourite character, to imagine their own battles and stories taking shape. In a kid’s imagination, characters come to life, reality bends a little and we find ourselves in the place where pure imagination, fiction and fantasy meet, it’s an in between place that is its own kind of magic, neither fully here, nor there.

As adults we have so many other considerations in our daily lives, and all kinds of boring “serious” stuff (as well as the good stuff). But messing about with Transformers is an excuse for valuable and often neglected “play time”.  In that spirit, here are my personal TOP 5 TITANS RETURNS TOYS (so far), the ones that to me are the most fun. It’s not about what is slavishly accurate to this or that, or the toy with the best paint job (hey it’s not a fashion contest alright), it’s a list of the toys that are not afraid to be toys.

5. TITANS RETURN CHROMEDOME

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I’ve only just started watching the Headmasters cartoon for the first time this year, and getting familiar with characters I’ve only seen previously in toy catalogs back in the 80s.

The Chromedome toy is a welcome surprise – as in how much I am enjoying this toy. I’m not a car guy, I love G1 and MP Sideswipe, he’s cool, sexy and red and goes fast – but other than that I don’t care for cars. Chromedome is not a character I expected to care for or like, but he is really growing on me. I like him in both the Headmasters cartoon and the IDW comics. How a weird two tones of Brown-mobile has captured my imagination so much, I don’t know.

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His head sculpt is wonderful, the details on such a budget priced toy are so very welcome and surprising with the overall trend of cheaper plastics, less detail etc than the glory days of the higher quality CHUG toys. Sure his limbs feel light and cheap and pop off far too easy like all the other Deluxes, but I don’t care. He’s awesome and I really dig this toy. He has so much personality to him. I like him so much so I’ve already pre-ordered his repaint character in the Wave 3 Deluxes. I also really like the drivers cockpit for the titan master, it’s my favourite out of the bunch, the little headmaster driver guy looks very cool in his sporty weird two-tone brown car.

4.TITANS RETURN HARDHEAD

Hardhead is just such a great looking toy – both the HASBRO and Takara versions look gorgeous. You really can’t go wrong with Hardhead. his cool long cannon gun can be held in hand or shoulder mounted, the gun fits well on his vehicle mode, he has loads of options for little Titan Masters climbing aboard, helming weapons.

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Hardhead is just such a fun Transformers toy to play with, with plenty of options for fan modes including a 4 legged mech or 2 legged Diaclone style battle suit. Hardhead is fun to pose and has loads of options for how to display the little titan masters. My favourite so far is the Space Jockey Mode from Alien. Plus if you put a green KO Megatron head on him, he looks pretty sweet.

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3. TITANS RETURN CEREBROS (the head of Fortress Maximus)

Fortress Maximus arrived before his other headmaster buddies, so I’ve had him the longest. I bought him as I’ve always wanted a Fortress Maximus, and the Titans Return version is much more affordable then the vintage or reissue Fort Max’s.  As cool as he is, I was pleasantly surprised by how nice Cerebros is. He’s a very nice desk-bot!

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Two dudes, who turns into bigger dudes, who turns into bigger dudes

His transformation is simple, clean and fun. His colors and head look cool, even if they are very different to the cartoon character. Overall he is just a great Retro-looking, feeling and transforming bot. He’s been on my PC desk for a while now with other headmasters, and he’s even staring at me with a stoic expression as I write this post.

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2. TITANS RETURN ASTROTRAIN

Titans Astro is not quite G1 Astro, not toy or toon, he is his own kind of thing.  A fresh new take on an old favourite. Amid the cries of “he’s too this” and “NOT ENOUGH OF THAT YOU CHEAP BASTARDS!!!” – it is easy to miss how great a toy he is.

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To look at him for what he is, rather than what he is not is to see a really well designed toy, with fun alt modes, and fun transformations between those modes. He is by far my favourite toy of the line so far. I also have Sentinel Prime, and enjoy that toy a lot too. They both have loads of cool poses, places to attach weapons and accessories (like the titan master mini vehicles) and Astro looks good with a good range of different heads.

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Astro Train has been my favourite character to play the head swap game with, he looks good with Galvatron’s head and my favourite head swap so far is Cerebros, with the grey and black head matching Astro’s colors nicely. It’s a bit of robot cosplay, or a new character altogether if you fancy a repaint, a head swap and bit of imagined fiction.

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1. TITANS RETURN BLASTER

I wanted to put AstroTrain at number one this list, he’s my favourite by far out of the line for so many reasons, particularly his very fun transformations. However Blaster wins out partly for sentimental reasons (I like him way more as a character over Astro) and partly because I really wanted a Marvel Comics style Blaster, in a modern style, with the bulk and size of the Generation One toy. Titans Return Blaster is all of those things. Fun to pose, a great looking toy, cool transformations, and an updated boombox mode that makes those Device Label and Fall of Cybertron Blaster toys look even more silly. Titans Blaster is cool, and he knows it. He’s got style, class and attitude. What is not to love?

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5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT TITANS RETURNS BLASTER

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5  TRANSFORMATION

Generation One Blaster has the same simple transformation as Soundwave. It’s simple fun and intuitive. Personally I’m a big fan of simple transformations, rather than needlessly complicated – these are kids toys after all – not rubiks cubes. Then again, some fans enjoy more complex transformations, no doubt people who may enjoy slide puzzles or the dreaded rubiks cubes (I hate both of those things), and Titans Return Blaster has enough complexity to satisfy that crowd, while still simple enough that once you learn how to switch between Bot, Base and Boom-box, it’s still fun and challenging without being a headache.

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4. PLAY VALUE

Blaster is now a triple changer, along with many other Voyager and Leader class figures in the Titans Return line. The base mode is a fun battle station, or in my mind, a night club with upper floor, the little Titan Masters enjoying the groove and phat beats. The base mode configuration is already proving popular with various fan modes popping up online.

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As fun as it is seeing Blaster fighting Soundwave in the cartoon, I like the idea of a music based battle in  a nightclub even more. So much so that I turned a bit of one of my favourite G1 episodes where Starscream and Soundwave run a nightclub into a 12 page parody comic (I’ll post the full 12 pages in another blog soon). Click on the below image to see it at full size.

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Sound-Dave vs the OughtNOT-Obots by Batfan John [click to see full size image]

3. PROPORTIONS AND AESTHETIC

Titans Blaster has a great overall aesthetic to him. He’s big and blocky like his G1 brother, he’s got nice modern articulation, and best of all he looks the shit. He’s stylish, has his own look that just can’t be beat, and is all around one classy Bot.

Check out the pics below to see him with my KFC Mirrorverse Transistor, Generation One Blaster and FOC / WFC Blaster. I think he fits in great with a Titans Return collection, a classics collection or just as a cool stand alone figure. He’s in that great place where he just works in almost any type of collection.

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2. BUILD QUALITY

Leader class figures are obviously more expensive than Voyager and Deluxe figures. For the price you want something a bit MORE. Not all figures manage it, some are still a bit crap even at the higher price point. But Titans Return Blaster feels nice and solid, his joints are lovely, there is a sense that you are getting a classy looking figure that compares favorably to upmarket expensive toys, but still with the play value of the cheaper toys, toys that look great but you can also play with without fear of breaking them.

T.R. Blaster ticks all the right boxes for me. KFC Blaster is gorgeous, but I don’t transform him simply because I don’t want him to break, and value him as more of an action figure than Transformer. WFC Blaster is kind of fragile too, and his chest gimmick thing constantly jams. T.R. Blaster however I can’t wait to Transform repeatedly and take some silly photos with like this Chthulu inspired Blaster pic below.

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1. THE HELMET a.k.a. MARVEL COMICS STYLE BLASTER

The single feature that at first put me off the most Titans Return Blaster was the big mask over his head, along with being a Headmaster rather than just a regular robot. but the mask/helmet came to be the feature I now love the most.

The mask face is more like the Marvel Comics versions of Blaster than the G1 toon Blaster. Having just read the entire Marvel US Transformers run for the first time this year, I can say that I loved reading those comics, and one of the best stories in the entire run, was Blaster on Cybertron, as a pseudo-leader, soldier and with a very different characterization than the cartoon.

The US Marvel Comics Transformers issue #17 was a very dramatic action packed issue written by Bob Budiansky (who also wrote character profiles for toy boxes and created many names for the original G1 characters along with comic legend Denny ‘O Neil). Bob did not watch the cartoon, and was free to make up his own interpretation of the characters, personalities and stories within certain limits, such as the initial loose ideas and character bios written down  and shared between Hasbro / Marvel / Sunbow.

I love vanilla G1 Blaster just fine, and this new Titans Return version appeals to me as the Marvel version of Blaster, that is who he is to me. It’s cool to have a G1 Ultra Magnus, and IDW (Combiner Wars) style Magnus AND a movie style MP Ultra Magnus. As fans we can enjoy any or all of those interpretations of our favourite classic characters. It’s great to have options to choose between for different toy representations of character we love – or we can choose to buy them all.

Titans Blaster is a nice mix of the G1 toy, the cartoon model and the Marvel Comics version.

In this image below you can see Blaster’s face as he appeared in the G1 show and 1986 movie.

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Here is KFC Transistor, a third party MP style Blaster that has the white face of the cartoon model, but with the helmet and yellow eyes of the toy version.

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The Generation One toy has yellow eyes, pointy Prime-like antenna ears, and a silver helmet/visor that sits over the top half of his face.

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Marvel Comics Blaster has a yellow face, and full red helmet and visor with blue overlay on top of presumably his eyes and the top half of his face, and longer antenna ears, but with the slight curve on the end of the antenna’s like the cartoon model. Or maybe the visor is meant to be clear and blue is the glow of his eyes underneath. Hard to tell with the simple color palette of 80’s newsprint comics.

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The Titans Return version has a mix of these elements. The cartoon style ears which bend outward at the tip, the silver top half mask like the toy, a full visor overlay like the Marvel Comics version, and silver (or white) face under the helmet. All together it gives Blaster a cool unique look that faithfully blends previous different versions into a cohesive whole that works.

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Here’s a final face comparison with Titans Blaster, KFC Blaster, Generation One Blaster and the cartoon Blaster, all of which I dig, as Blaster is my all time favourite dude along with Prime, Grimlock, Shockwave and Soundwave.

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Thank to TFW2005.com for the base mode pic.You can find their full HD gallery of photos here

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Blaster – Cool as Ice and Ready to Rock ‘n Roll

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One of my all time favourite Transformers (Blaster) is being released this year in a shiny new Headmaster version as part of the Titans Return toy line.

I was kind of weighing up whether to get it or not, but man it’s fucking Blaster!

YEAH I’m getting it. Decision made.

I’ve had a G1 Blaster for a while, I’d say 25 years at least. Don’t remember exactly when I got it. My grandfather gave it to me, and I’m pretty sure it was second hand then, as it was missing some bits and was loose, with no box. For whatever reason, I love the chunky G1 aesthetic. Metroplex, Blaster, Soundwave, I just adore their toy designs, the characters and the character art. Loved them then, and now, my taste in robots has never really changed.

 

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For some people those collections of squares and rectangles are a bit of an eyesore. I get it. Some people love nice curves like Galvatron, Cyclonus or Arcee. Some folks like super-duper-sexy robots or mecha like Gundam, Robotech, Neon Genesis Evangelion or Virtual On type designs. Or even just other modern Transformer toy designs. I admire all those designs too, but I LOVE my old school Transformers – big ‘n burly boxy weirdos that they are.

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As far as robot designs go, I love big, blocky and brawny. The wrestler look, no neck, all muscle baby. That I grew up a skinny underweight weak kid certainly plays a part in it.

It’s part of the same appeal when you watch Ah-Nold films, you see a big tree of a man and want to grow big and strong too.

 

TRANSFORMERS ARE CRAP MATE!

Some people feel like Blaster is  a crap character and a crap toy. But not me.

I think G1 Blaster was a decent toy design back when it was released, and it’s a decent toy design now. My old one still transforms perfectly. LOVE the aesthetic. It stands up, the limbs work fine, nothing has ever broken or fallen off in all those years. He’s been transformed literally hundred of times.

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When I spotted a more complete, better condition Blaster on ebay last year going dirt cheap, I grabbed it right away. Now I had a Blaster with the handle on top in boom box mode, his ears antennas were longer (I never noticed they were half snapped off, I’d never seen another one before) and he was bit a brighter, having not absorbed as much sunlight as my old one.

Ebay Blaster sits proudly on top of the closet, next to my other old timey Blaster. I’ve never owned two of the same Transformer toy before, (in this scale) having him in both modes at the same time is really cool, and still a novelty and total luxury to me.

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We grew up pretty poor, so I never had more than 3-4 Transformers when I was a kid, and all but two of them were really boring ones I didn’t care for.

The best two I had as a kid were Blaster and Doublecross (a two headed dragon monsterbot) and both of those came from my Grandfather, except Doublecross I actually chose myself in the shop, he came with the box, the weird red piece of plastic for “tech specs”, instructions and everything. It’s still my number one favourite Transformer toy, and favourite toy, period. Well I also had Beachcomber, he’s tiny, but very cool. Still have him too.

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WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN

I’ve bought new Transformers, and toys made from the most recent decade of toy lines that were falling apart either in the packet, or bits fell off after you opened it, and to me there is a BIG difference in quality from the G1 and G2 toys, to the modern day toys.

The G1 toys were strong toys, they lasted, they stood up to being played with. They rarely broke, with rare exception. Modern Transformer toys tend to be made of thinner plastic, they don’t hold together so well, bits fall off, all too often the limbs are hollow, their joints go loose and floppy in under a year of play, rather than taking a decade or more to get loose as a goose.

Some people write this off as nostalgia.

I tend to go more with “observable reality” that anyone can test for themselves by comparing toys from different lines, and seeing the difference in build quality first hand. Modern Transformer toy  by and large have more and more cost cutting measures applied, leaving them feeling cheap and hollow. Not every toy and not every toy line suffers so much from this, but it is distinct trend that any long term fan has noticed over the years.

Sometimes I see comments online such as “But modern Transformers have so much better articulation, sculpting, yadda yadda yadda, they’re better” and I think, sure they have those things, but a decently sculpted toy can ALSO have good quality joints, plastic and other things that made those G1 toys last build-wise.

The truth is that Transformers are TOYS, not models or die-cast or whatever, they are toys made for kids. That sell (relatively) cheaply in chain stores around the world. So there is always going to be an element of cheapness to them.

 

DESTROY ALL ROBOT DESIGNS

Nothing beats quality, great toy design, and cool art design.
I’ll be happy to pick up a Titans Return Blaster and most likely KFC Transistor/Blaster at some point too.

Coolest most laid back bot in the galaxy if you ask me… well next to Beachcomber.

As far as robot designs go, I love big, blocky and brawny. The wrestler look, no neck, all muscle baby. Check out Metroplex, Soundwave, Blaster and Overlord in the picture below, you can see the toy on top and art based on the toy underneath. Love those chunkimus proportions. Arr-ARGG-AHH!

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Your contestants ladies and gentlemen, for the the 2016 SUMO ROBOTO TOURNAMENT

 

I’ve got nothing against other types of  robot designs, but the big Gladiator / Titan look just excites me. It’s the same basic appeal to those old Godzilla movies, where Godzilla would fight MechaGodzilla or some other monster of the week, just two giant bad asses knocking seven shades of shit out of each other. Who doesn’t want to watch that?

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Godzilla vs King Kong? Nope – Trypticon vs Metroplex

 

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JAN! KEN! PO! – Best of 3!

 

So yeah, I love the big ‘n boxy look. And Blaster pulls that look off perfectly.

Blaster also received a Generation 2 fresh coat of paint and was re-released as the toy Twincast. I didn’t care for that color at first, but seeing more pictures of it recently – it has really grown on me, and I would like to pick one up at some point. Being an exclusive Japanese release, it is of course silly expensive to buy.

But there have been various reissues of the toy over the years… also silly expensive to buy.

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Can you hear us, pump-ing on your stereo oh!

While there is not yet an official MasterPiece Blaster by Takara/Hasbro, there have been three unofficial MasterPiece Blaster toys by Keith’s Fantasy Club (KFC).

Well more like three variants and one mould to rule them all.

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He’s bad, he’s cool, he’s nobodies fool!

KFC’s Blaster is called “Transistor”. It is a damn sexy toy, and while I don’t own any of them, I am determined to pick up at least one of them.

KFC have made the regular G1 RED/YELLOW/GREY colored Blaster, his Generation 2 toy (and cartoon) variant Twincast in primary BLUE/YELLOW/GREY and another really cool variant. an evil Mirrorverse Blaster in GREY/BLACK/BLUE.

All three are fantastic looking highly detailed toys, and super-duper expensive, as most 3rd Party limited production run Unofficial Transformers toys tend to be.

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He may be Blue, but he’s smiling on the inside baby
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Wonder Twins Activate! Form of… Empty Wallet. Shape of…Toy Induced Bankruptcy

 

So I look forward to picking up Titans Return Blaster this year, and hopefully a KFC Transistor, maybe that cool evil version, just for something different.

No doubt I’lll have more to say about one of all time favourite TOP 5 Transformers character/toy and  you’re gonna hear it right here on this fan-gushy blog.

Next I’ll be looking at some G1 era box art, vs the animation models vs the toys, and seeing where they differ or are similar.

Stay tuned Bot fans!

**Thank to TFW2005 and Brr Icy’s blog for some of the excellent toy photos used for reference in this post. Images remain property of their respective owners.**

You can find Brr Icy’s fantastic blog at http://brr-icy.blogspot.com.au/