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Happy Chinese New Year! Top 15 TF Cats: No. 1

February 28th, 2010 1 comment

Happy Chinese New Year! Today I’m concluding the countdown of the top 15 big cats of the TF Universe during the 15 days of the celebration in honor of the year of the Tiger. We have finally arrived at No. 1!

No. 2 appears here.

Number 1: Ravage
Series: G1
Allegiance: Decepticon
Sub-Group: Mini-cassettes
Function: Saboteur
Cat Alt Mode: Jaguar

Those of you who followed this countdown regularly over the last 15 days are probably not surprised at seeing Ravage in the top spot. Ravage needs no introduction. He is among the first TFs to have a beast mode, the only other two being Laserbeak and Buzzaw. Ravage made regular appearances in G1 up to the Movie. In the cartoons he is portrayed as someone who operates purely on animal instincts, and other Decepticons treat him as human beings treat their pets. However, in his tech spec bio, it is suggested that he is no different from ordinary Decepticons, capable of independent thought and speech. We would indeed see this in Beast Wars, where he appears more humanoid but still with the jaguar head. Many TF toylines include a figure of Ravage, including G1, Universe/Classics, Binaltech/Alternator (2 separate figures), ROTF, and the upcoming Device Label where he transforms from jaguar to a USB drive. The Ravage in the banner of this blog is from the Alternator line, where he transforms from a jaguar to a Jaguar XK (oh so very appropriate). Heh, I guess that was a giveaway all this time that I would put him at No. 1. But I can’t think of another TF cat more deserving.

Well, that’s all for the cool TF cats. I had fun doing this countdown. The countdown was meant to coincide with Chinese New Year, but interestingly enough, these last 2 weeks was also the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Today is exactly the last day of competition as my countdown comes to a close. It was pure coincidence that my countdown would take place over the identical period as the Olympics. Over the last 2 weeks, I generally kept the TV on the Olympics as I wrote my blog entries. So I managed to watch a lot of it, and for the first time in my life I actually enjoyed some figure skating. I’m a pretty big sports buff, and like typical sports guys, up til now I did not consider figure skating a “real sport”. However after watching these Olympics I have more than changed my mind. Watching them do what they do, I realized it takes real skill and real commitment. And being Chinese myself, I guess I was partial to seeing the Chinese do well. I’m glad China took both Gold and Silver in the pair skating. I also really enjoyed watching Kim Yu-Na. She’s just amazing! Right now as I write this, US and Canada are playing for the Gold in Men’s Hockey. Canada is now up 1-0 but I have faith. Go US! I’m kinda sad that the Olympics are ending, but next month is March so I got March Madness to look forward to!

I hope you enjoyed the countdown of cool cats. And I hope in the year of the Tiger, you will… Transform and Roll Out!

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