Transformers: The Cybertronian Enquirer 4-11-07

Opening Salvo

I like taking a few days with the CE. That way all the rumors I was going to print have been proven as fact. Well on with the show.

Toys: What I got, what they got, and some news too

OK let’s start off with the big one, Megatron should be in my hot little hands by the end of the month so we’ll have a party then. E-Hobby THS G1 Convoy is all that and a bag of chips; it’s true what they say, everything is better in black. I really love the big nod to G2 Convoy with the extra heads and double blasters. I finally got around to buying Cliffjumper as well as the SW/TF clone pilot remold but haven’t had a chance to open either. I think I have all of the Classic Mini-Cons now or at least missing one set. I opened Kiss Play Hot Roddimus only to discover a few mold imperfections and some SMS issues. Don’t get me wrong though; damn good figure and a really cool mold. Speaking of the Kiss Play line, the exclusive cassette set is well done although the colors are a little girly. I do believe that’s about it; so lets get on with the news!

As Mike mentioned the 2007 Bot-Con set is going to be based on Transformers Classics molds. Basically we’re going to get the rest of the Seekers and a few new guys. It’s also been confirmed that one of the new characters “Bug Bite” will be a leader type character NOT a leader class figure. As of right now I’m not 100% sure if he will be a repaint/remold of Bumblebee, but I am 100% pissed that I’m going to have to pay in excess of $300 to get the rest of the Seekers.

Some folks have already gotten MP Megatron with the “Safety” plug. Well it turns out that depending on whom you got it from the plug either falls out of the barrel as soon as you remove it from the box or is kept in place by a light adhesive. I should have seen this coming since most online stores understand the way things are but the fear of dripping paint put me on edge. Still you are paying MISB price for a toy that has been opened and touched. BBTS announced on their web site that the plug used to modify the TFC 06 reissue does affect the use of the Silencer attachment. Although the plug can be removed this must suck for those who ordered the item in the first place. Speaking of Megs’ silencer, JustIToys are going to make a Silencer/Stock set that will be designed for MP Megatron. Now the question becomes do you spend $70-$90 now for a glorified knock off or wait a year and a half for the complete Masterpiece Megatron set?

Takara/Tomy are looking to buy more toy companies in Japan. Normally I wouldn’t report something like this but I had to, just so I could mention how excited I got for about three seconds as the possibility of a Bandai/Takara/Tomy merger danced in my head, until I found out that Bandai is a much larger company and would probably buy Takara/Tomy out. I guess not G1 Jetfire reissues this year.

A web site named Comic Book Resource posted an interesting news blurb about the Transformers recently. In the blurb they mentioned the name of the cartoon set to spin off from the TF movie, Transformers 2. It also mentioned that licensors are being told that the movie robots look so drastically different as to keep the movie line separate from the original G1 line, which will be picked up after the movie line dies out. The belief is that this is being done so Hasbro will not have to share profits from any future TF lines with Paramount.

The big news of the week is that Peter Cullen AND Frank Welker have signed on to do the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron for the new movie game. This is surprising since we all know Hugo Weaving got the nod for Megs in the movie itself.

The Pros and Cons of Being a Transformer Fan: The Glory Days

Since I shamelessly plugged my blog on MySpace only to get sick and drop the ball I feel I better pony up and deliver the goods. As promised here is a special edition Pros and Cons of Being a Transformer Fan.

Most of you are too young to remember. Only a handful of us on the net can remember that far back. Hulk Hogan was the WWF world champion and bringing wrestling into the mainstream, Ronald Regan had been elected to a second term, and Hasbro began releasing a toy line based on designs that they created along with Takara 10 years prior; Transformers.

Hasbro never expected what happened. They caught lightning in a bottle with the release of their 3 and ¾ GI Joe line two years prior, but this was different. Transformers captured the hearts and minds of young and old. In terms of marketing and sales a line was drawn before Transformers, and after. In a small way Transformers changed the world.

By 1986 every single toy line on the market had some sub set that featured some sort of transforming feature. GI Joe had vehicles that could alternate between two molds and then join with other vehicles to make mobile bases and such. Barbie had strollers that became carriers, (My sister collects.) I think the one I liked the most was a girls line called Polly Locket or My Sweet Locket; basically it was lockets that became figures or animals and then could unlock special features on larger accessories. Keep in mind these are only main line toys I can’t even begin to touch the KO toys. Toy stores were just giant warehouses for anything that could become something else.

The Transformers cartoon ushered in the afternoon cartoon block that took off in the mid to late 80’s. In some markets kids could watch Transformers five days a week, sometimes twice a day. It also helped Japanese robo anime get a foothold in the American market since the demand of anything with robots was so high. No Transformers no Robotech; it’s as simple as that.

I could go on but I don’t think words could even begin to touch upon how huge things were back then. Let me just say this in conclusion; for a good five years Transformers touched every aspect of childhood, and it was good.

Surfing The Space Bridges

So are you guys going to wait the year for the complete Megatron or are you going to rush out right away and get the JustIToys Scope and Silencer set?

Parting Shots

Well that was fun; see y’all in two.

The King of the Fanboys,

Charles

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