So this mould is going to get a lot of use compared to some in the Siege line. Prowl is retail, Barricade retail, Smokescreen Select and Bluestreak this 35th line. This makes Barricade seem an odd choice to me. Not a character that fits with the others, a fourth use of the same mould. Why don't we have Sunstreaker from Sideswipe instead?
True. Do you think they're hoping Refractor is his own repaint, so they flog that mould three times to fans without having to do anything to it at all? Cheeky. He should come with alternate face sculpts.
Yeah but Stepper holds a different reverence in fandom than Artfire does. Because for some reason everyone believes Stepper is this ultra rare, massively in demand and extremely valuable character that everyone must have. And it doesn't help when his updates actually are high priced limited run exclusives, like United(?) Stepper.
Stepper has a beautiful deco; his entire existence as a character had passed me by until the TFC reissue, so I didn't have any of the omg-super-rare-Japanese-g1-character stuff going on. I just think he looks great.
Red Wing owes his entire existence to a series of miscomunications between Hasbro, TakaraTomy, e-HOBBY and Fun Publications, coupled with a slight coloring error: FunPub's original plans for the BotCon 2013 exclusive toys were to have a souvenir three-pack featuring redecos of Classics Starscream with color schemes based on the "welcoming committee" from the Generation 1 cartoon's first episode. However, at the time, FunPub had just entered a partnership with e-HOBBY in Japan, and since e-HOBBY were the ones who had originally turned the generic orange Seeker into an actual character and given him the name "Sunstorm", and e-HOBBY had plans to release their own Sunstorm redeco of the figure, FunPub decided to exclude Sunstorm from the set, and instead replace him with a new character named "Hotlink" (at that time, the purple Seeker would have been named "Nacelle") that would have sported a more red-ish orange color scheme, with the BotCon 2013 exclusive comic intended to feature both Sunstorm and "Hotlink". However, TakaraTomy subsequently denied e-HOBBY the permission to release their version of Sunstorm, because according to their information, Hasbro themselves were planning to release a new Sunstorm toy. After a while, FunPub realized that Takara might have very well been referring to their own (since shelved) BotCon exclusive figure… so they eventually decided to go ahead and change the figure to be included in the set back to Sunstorm, while the name "Hotlink" was reassigned to the purple Seeker (the name "Nacelle" was later given to yet another Seeker). Because that change was made at the last moment, the comic still ended up featuring both the more yellow-ish orange Sunstorm and the more red-ish orange Seeker… however, in the final printed comic, that latter Seeker ended up looking very red and not much orange due to the lighting effects and contrast with the background. Following the convention, one fan kept inquring about the identity of the mysterious "red" Seeker both online and offline, and thus Fun Publications finally ended up naming the character "Red Wing" via Twitter. Prior to this, Pete Sinclair wasn't even aware (or at least feigned ignorance) of his existence in "Termination" due to his extremely minor role and the number of other Seekers present within the story.