I love the comparison to the Venus de Milo when the seller is discussing the missing combiner head!
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
A few years ago I worte a G2 article for a magazine that Andu produced. In it I argued that everyone remembered G2 as "the line with the crap repaints" but there was so much more to it than that including some of the best stuff in the line:
Combat Heroes Cyberjets ATB Laser Rod Prime
We get Megatron as a tank for the first time, albeit heralded by Action Masters, we get vastly increased articulation with the coming og the ball joint and, by the end of the line, we're starting to get weaponry that's concealed in robot mode. The Line took a HUGE leap forward during 94/5.
I'd agree there. The "Generation 2" moniker was very appropriate happenstance really, because the line was a generational leap forward in design. New materials and new manufacturing techniques had come along in the years since the line launched, but it feels like it is only with late G2 that they really get to grips with what these things let them do. Kind of like jumping up a tech level and finding a whole new set of options you didn't have before.
I do agree. The original moulds are fine if oddly coloured and Laser Rod Prime is a hole in my collection, but the repaints of the older moulds just degrade the majesty of the originals. The Dinobots are horrible.
I see the transformers as characters. I don't get why any of them would want to colour themselves like that. It's like seeing boy racers driving round in blacked out cars with bright orange wheels. Why make yourself look like an idiot?
That's EXACTLY what makes them so awesome! The sheer absurdity of it! Besides, it was really mainly the combiners that went to such extremes. The rest had some really, genuinely nice decos. The autobot cars were very tasteful: -Sideswipe was merely a color inversion. -Jazz had some fun music stickers on him, but otherwise unchanged. -Inferno was unchanged. -Optimus had a hue shift, with most of the major changes done to his trailer. -Minibots were just vac-metalized, with Bee and Seaspray being the exact colors the originals were. Hubcap changed to red to make him different from bee, and Beachcomber... No one knows why he's green, but it's not horrible.
-Seekers were some odd changes, but Starscream was still pretty tasteful. -Dinobots were really nice looking. -Constructicons in yellow were actually MORE realistic and sensible than their G1 selves. (That orange though is a left fielder)
-Laserrods were realistic colors, with no contrasts. -Skyscorchers weren't terrible -axellorators, ditto. They had some sharp contrasts, though. But it actually works. -Cyberjets were a mixed bag, but usually were very grounded decos.
So it was mostly the combiners who bore the brunt of the most garish colorschemes.
G2's deco choices, even the really sensible ones get a really bad rap for not being exactly the same thing as their G1 releases. Largely due to it just being different. They're not used to seeing Grimlock in blue (though he looks better than more recent Grimlocks), or Sideswipe in black.
-Sideswipe was merely a color inversion. -Jazz had some fun music stickers on him, but otherwise unchanged. -Inferno was unchanged. -Optimus had a hue shift, with most of the major changes done to his trailer. -Minibots were just vac-metalized, with Bee and Seaspray being the exact colors the originals were. Hubcap changed to red to make him different from bee, and Beachcomber... No one knows why he's green, but it's not horrible.
There's a distinct not using the same colour twice in an assortment going on here, hence Sideswipe's colour swap, though for me the red doesn't really work on the head and hands.
The same would appear to be true for Bumblebee and Hubcap, though they might have been aiming for Cliffjumper there, and Seaspray & Beachcomber.