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Transformers Purchased in October 2013

October 31st, 2013 No comments

Once again it is the end of the month, where I count up the Transformers that have come into my possession for the duration. In contrast to September, I received all these TFs in the first half of the month. And in direct contrast to October of last year, where I set a record number of TF figures purchased in a single month, this October is quite modest in terms of figures bought.

  • Masterpiece Acid Storm, Toys R Us, $74.99

  • Generations Thrilling 30 Optimus Prime and Roller, amazon.com, $10.94

  • Generations Thrilling 30 Bumblebee and Blazemaster, amazon.com, $10.94

  • ToyWorld Aurora, bbts.com, $49.99

  • Mastermind Creations Bovis, bbts.com, $89.99

This comes to a total of 7 figs for October. 4 figs from Generations Thrilling 30, 1 Masterpiece fig, and 2 third party products.

MP Acid Storm was a pleasant find (though that same day, he was also available online). I have been hunting at TRU for about a month on a regular basis before I found him early in October. I really like the new Seeker MP molds. Acid Storm is an exact repaint of MP Thundercracker, and I have already mentioned what a awesome figure that is. Acid Storm certainly does not disappoint. I really wish Hasbro would also re-release Starscream and Skywarp in the US in the new MP molds.

The little Generations Thrilling 30 figures were ordered from Amazon. I have never seen these in store. So when I saw them on Amazon for only $1 more than MSRP, I wasted no time buying them. Technically they were not from Amazon, they were from TFSource selling through Amazon. That particular arrangement worked out quite well for me. I don’t live in the same state as TFSource so I don’t have to pay tax, and this is sold through Amazon so it qualifies for free ship with Amazon Prime (which I have). Anyway, the OP fig is just ok. The Bumblebee fig is not half bad. They are fun distractions, and they pose well with Metroplex.

The two third party figs are nothing short of incredible! Aurora by ToyWorld is an homage to Searchlight, a G1 Throttlebot. This figure transforms quite well. He looks nice in both modes, and the construction is solid. ToyWorld does intend to make all 6 Throttlebot homages, and supposedly they will combine! I know G1 Throttlebots never did this, but it’s nice to see ToyWorld go out of their way to make this happen. Now that I’ve seen how cool Aurora is, I plan on getting the rest of them. I got Trace (Chase homage) on pre. Now I need to get Grind Rod (Rollbar).

That leaves Bovis. Fans have been gushing left and right on TF sites and forums about how well Mastermind Creations products are. They are right. Words alone cannot do justice to the quality that MMC have put into this figure. Bovis is a homage to Tantrum, a G1 Predacon. MMC is making the whole team. If the rest of the figs turn out as well as Bovis, then we are really in for a treat. Anyway, I transformed Bovis from robot to bull. He is a really solid piece that any G1 fan needs to own. Bovis is certainly large for a figure that can combine. Predaking will be massive! I love it.

Happy Halloween! Transform and Roll Out!

Categories: On The Hunt, Pics

Fall of Cybertron Air Raid Alternate Interpretation

October 23rd, 2013 4 comments

I love when TransFans purposely mis-transform a figure to make it look better, or simply make it look different from a repaint that it came from. Such is the case with Fall of Cybertron Air Raid. He is a repaint of FOC Shockwave. Hasbro did make some minor mold changes to make the two figures distinct. However, their alt modes still look very similar. Fans have come up with alternate ways to transform the figure to give Air Raid a distinctive look.

First let’s look at the official alt mode configuration.

Now let’s look at an alternative way to transform this figure to its jet mode. Gemini showed me this interpretation.

I like this alternate configuration quite a bit. I think it looks just as good as the official form, if not better. At the very least, it differentiates Air Raid from Shockwave a tad more.

Transform and Roll Out.

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Transformers Roll Out Four Year Anniversary

October 9th, 2013 2 comments

Happy Birthday to this blog! It is that time again, when I reflect back on what happened in the world of Transformers since the previous year. I can’t believe it has been 4 years already since I started this blog. A lot has happened since then. Transformers are always evolving and transforming like their namesake, and I’m glad to be along for the ride.

This blog managed to get over 100,000 hits in the past year. I think that’s pretty good, considering I do no advertising or marketing campaigns whatsoever. The huge spike in July of 2011 is because of the last TF movie, Dark of the Moon. The next movie will be summer of 2014. So can I expect another spike in hits? Only time will tell.

I do have some tentative future plans for this blog. Among them is to move it off WordPress, and host it on my own domain. I’ve been meaning to do that for some time now, but just can’t find the time. I think I’ll make that a goal for year 5.

Anyway, I’m happy to still be blogging. Long live Transformers. Now and forever… Transform and Roll Out!

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