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SDCC 2015: A Quick Quick Look at Devaststor

In case you missed it, yesterday I tweeted my review of Hasbro’s SDCC Devastator:

There you go.

In all seriousness, Devvy is a big toy in more ways than one, a toy that deserves a lot of attention. But I know that tonight is Preview Night and there may be someone still on the fence on whether or not to buy him.

This post did nothing to help with that. But maybe it made you laugh.

SDCC 2015: A Look at the Kreon Class of 1985

If you’re looking for good photos of this toy,um, sorry. I don’t have a good photo setup at the moment, but I hope to change that in the future. Enjoy these official press photos, won’t you? Review sample provided by Hasbro and Hunter PR.

When Hasbro announced that there would be a follow-up to last year’s Comic Con Kreon exclusive set, I got giddy. While I’m not a huge collector of Kreons, I understand their appeal. I also can get behind themed sets that are just fun, if not completely goofy. The Yearbook Kreon sets are just that – whimsical presentations of the characters kids of the 1980’s grew up with.

Last year’s inaugural set was the class of 1984, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the Transformers. Naturally, this year would have to be the Class of 1985, presenting characters that (mostly) had toys released in 1985.

The cool thing about this set is you can enjoy it both in and out of the box, it can be enjoyed. The packaging is a big part of the fun, as it’s designed to look like a yearbook.  The front cover features Grimlock, the back features Devastator,and “Cybertron Class of 1985″ adorns both.  The top and bottom are printed to look like book pages with the ttext “Property of Cybertron High” stamped as if owned by a school library.  Open it up, and there you see all the Kreons smiling back at you, all lined up and ready to be displayed in their protective case.  It does remind me of the senior pictures that we had in our yearbooks,complete with name and Senior Award.

If you wanted to stop there, nobody would fault you for keeping the Kreons in the book packaging.  But if you take the Kreons out, then you can have more fun with the included accessories.  Each Kreon has a weapon, but there is also a handful of extra bits, called Artifacts, all tied to some of the best movies of 1985.  We have Unicron Cereal, jackets, a map, and gold coins, but my favorites are the Back to the Future homages — a newspaper, a sports almanac, and the wild, white hair of a certain time travelling scientist.  These little touches of whimsy add to the notion that Kreons are all about fun, with nary a thought of doom or gloom.

You don’t need the previous year set to enjoy this one, but I’ll admit, it will look nice having both sets together. Now I just have to prepare my display setup for eventual classes of 1986 and beyond.

If you are heading to the show, I recommend you take the time to go to Hasbro’s booth and pick a set up. If you aren’t going to Comic Con, either have a friend grab one or pray the Internet gods are on your side when Hasbro Toy Shop gets their limited supply in stock. I love fun exclusives, and this set fits the bill. Well done, Hasbro.

 

Late to the Party: Review of Gunslinger and Brake-Neck

I realize I’m extremely late to the party here.  Combiner Wars gestalt limbs and torsos have been on shelves for months, and Gunnslinger and Brake-Neck were released online about a month ago.  A lot has been said about these toys, about how wonderful they are, how awesome it is to be building a combiner, and more of the like.  Sure, CW has its flaws, and it isn’t everyonen’s cup of tea, but for the most part, everyone likes the toys.

So what can I say about Gunslinger and Brake-Neck that hasn’t been said already?

How about — I finally understand what everyone has been talking about.  These toys are the most fun Transformers I’ve played with in a long time. To be able to intuitively deducce transformations without resorting to the instructions, to marvel at the nifty bits of engineering, to just all around wish for more of these things — this is great.  I never had a full combiner as a kid, and I definitely never had the original versions of these toys.  But I suspect this is a bit like what it was like to get a full combiner toy as a kid.

Right now, I’m going to concentrate on the two online only limbs – Gunslinger and Brake Neck.  You’ve read everyone else about them, so I wont bore you to death with details.

Gunslinger the Aerialbot has a great looking robot mode. He has a nice head sculpt, a very faithful deco, great poseability.  His jet mode is pertty good, although mine has a tendancy to lean to the left a bit.  Still, it’s a pretty good design. Like most Transformer airplanes, you have to ignore the robot pieces underneath, but it’s still decent.  His gun felt a little loose in his hand, but that could just be my particular figure.

The transformation has some nifty bits — while not integral to the robot to jet change, I do love how his head and middle pivot around for use as a limb.  Pieces fold in and out nicely, and the only thing I had to check was the position of the arms to snap into the jet.

Brake-Neck is also a marvel of toy engineering.  Things just WORK.  I intuitively got him into car mode on the first try, and I love how his legs come apart and rotate to become the rear of the car.  The panel that flips up from his chest to cover the head doesn’t lie as flat as I like, but it’s not too bad.  The car mode has seams from panels coming together, but I hardly notice them. As for the robot mode, again he as great poseability, his weapon fits in his hand nicely, and he has a nice grey and purply-maroon color.

If you can still find these guys online, get them. You can never have too many Combiner Wars deluxe figures, what with Optimus and Cyclonus needing team members.  I will hopefully get to review Superion and Menasor in the near future.  If they are like these two toys, I will be ecstatic.

 

 

 

 

Transformers Fans, Get Ready to Celebrate MAY MAYHEM

Tomorrow is the first of May, and do you know what that means?  (Besides everyone online saying “May the Fourth Be With You” in a few days.)

It means we are ready to kick of MAY MAYHEM for Transformers fans!  This month, you and I will be able to celebrate the ongoing Combiner Wars toyline with comics, online participation, new toys, and other fun ways.  The highlight of May Mayhem is the release of two new CW toys – Quickslinger (a/k/a Slingshot) and Brake-Neck (a/k/a Wild Rider), the two toys you need to recreate your Generation 1 experience with Superion and Motormaster.

Two new toys is just the beginning.  Here’s a rundown of what we can expect in May Mayhem:

Mid-May – The celebration kicks off with the latest round of fans’ choice voting for the TRANSFORMERS Hall of Fame. Who will be a part of the Class of 2015 and join the ranks of Optimus Prime, Megatron, and other legendary TRANSFORMERS? You decide!

May 13 – IDW Publishing releases TRANSFORMERS #41, the latest chapter of their epic COMBINER WARS storyline.

May 22 – AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK will be available exclusively through participating online retailers, such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, ToysRUs.com, Entertainment Earth, BigBadToyStore, Diamond Comics and Hasbro Toy Shop. With these two new figures, fans are finally able to complete their G1-accurate SUPERION and MENASOR figures! In addition to these all-new toys, several vendors will be running special promotions on TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS figures, providing fans with an ideal way to complete their collections.

Late May – TRANSFORMERS fans will come together on the official TRANSFORMERS Facebook page (Facebook.com/Transformers) for an exciting new product reveal.

May 27 – The COMBINER WARS battle comes to a head in IDW Publishing’s TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE – COMBINER WARS #3.

That’s good stuff, isn’t it?  I just hope come mid-May I can completely go nuts in a campaign to get Vince DiCola in the TF Hall of Fame.

May is going to be big, Transformers fans.

A Quick Look at Quickslinger and Brake-Neck…. Sort Of

Thanks to the fine people at Hasbro and Hunter PR, I was given Quickslinger and Brake-Neck early so that I could get time with them to give you, valued ASM reader, my thoughts.

However, life as a parent means things don’t go to plan.  I will sadly have to postpone my reviews of these toys until later (I hope to do a full breakdown over the next few weeks), but that being said, I do want to share some quick thoughts:

  • You know you’re going to want to buy these.  For the G1 “purist”, you need these toys to make Superior and Menasor the way you remembered them as a kid…. or adult, I won’t judge.
  • Even if you like the new characters (and believe me, I’m all for introducing new characters), you’ll want these toys.  Extra limbs can be used with Optimus, and I’m sure Cyclonus wouldn’t mind having them either.
  • While it would be interesting to see what Hasbro could have done with all new molds for these toys, what they did do with minor remolds is great.  The headsculpts are quite nice, the decos chosen hearken back to the original toys.

Look for more in the coming weeks!

Hasbro Bringing G1 Combiner Members Back — In Spirit If Not In Name

When Hasbro first showed the Combiner Wars Superion and Menasor, many fans lamented the loss of Slingshot and Wildrider. However, Hasbro is bringing these characters to our shores (much like Takara Tomy will do for Japan)… although trademark loss means each has a new name.

So meet Brake-Neck and Gunslinger! In the upcoming weeks, we will learn which online stores will stock them in May.

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Four with Phil – Episode 9: The Man Who Tolerated Powerglide

In this episode, Phil talks about the new Humble Bundle with up to 86 Transformers comics (updated total as of press time: about $16 to unlock them all). And he rants about Combiner Wars Powerglide.

http://www.humblebundle.com/books


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S5kGR9dlSs
Download the MP3 (5 MB)

Hasbro at SDCC 2014 – Official ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Images

Along with Generations, Hasbro previewed toys and a clip from the 2015 cartoon – “Robots in Disguise”.  Taking place sometime after “Transformers Prime”, the new RID is a cel-shaded animated show featuring Bumblebee, Sideswipe, Strongarm, Fixit and other characters.  And maybe Opti-Wan Primenobi.  Or something.

Anyway, check out the images of upcoming “Robots in Disguse” toys!

HYPER CHANGE

LEGION

ONE-STEP CHANGERS

WARRIORS

Hasbro at SDCC 2014 – Official GENERATIONS Images

Today, Hasbro revealed that the new theme for its Transformers Generations line is “Combiner Wars”.  In other words, it’s Scramble City updated to today’s design aesthetic and playability.

Holy ****.

Today, they unveiled Menasor and Superion, two of gestalt combiners from Generation 1.  Some of the names are different, some of the alt modes have changed, but holy crap, these look great.  The Stunticons look slightly different but damn if the Aerialbots don’t look like their robot modes stepped right out of the cartoon.  And upcoming Legends figures will be able to interact as weapons and armor.  Jeez, just take my money.

Motormaster is a remold of the upcoming Optimus Prime figure — as predicted, it looks like Prime can combine.  But with whom?

Anyway, check out the pictures!

Hasbro teams up with Nuclear Blast, ESP and Kirk Hammett to continue the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary celebration

Hasbro is excited to continue its celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the TRANSFORMERS brand at Comic-Con International in San Diego with fans from around the world!

The TRANSFORMERS brand has teamed up with Nuclear Blast,  ESP, and legendary heavy metal guitarist Kirk Hammett to delivery the hardest rockin’ special edition item TRANSFORMERS could imagine—an ESP LTD M-10 Electric Guitar fully decked out with unique “TILL ALL ARE ONE” graphics to honor the TRANSFORMERS 30th Anniversary.

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Two of these epic guitars are being given away at Comic-Con International in San Diego!

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