With hindsight, given seven slots per subservice, it would have been nice if each year featured at least one of each of these themes.
Classics (this includes G1 styled non-g1 characters like Movie Blackout, TFP Knockout, NuRid Strongarm, and TFA Bulkhead) G2 SG Beast Era (prebeast, updated, or original Beast Era molds) Animated
This isn't a nitpick, more like wishful thinking. Each of these are the most popular types of toys they've done, and generally most people find more than one of these themes appealing. (I also get hasbro meddling such as demanding everything be CW can throw things. So that'd be beyond their control)
Now I have it hand, Starscream is really annoying me.
As I've said previously, see the Skydive/Air Raid review, I think the Air Raid version of the mould would have made a better CW Strike Plane. With the wings folded out he looks more like an F-16 than this does.
But having done Skydive as Starscream I'm finding it annoying that they've gone and slapped a Shattered Glass deco on the toy instead of doing a proper CW Limb Starscream in 1984 Starscream colours. The presumed combiner core Starscream rather puts the kibosh on it ever happening, though I wouldn't be surprised to see Starscram/Darkwing/Dreadwind completed with Thundercracker and Skywarp.
But further annoying me is the realisation that this deco on Air Raid would have made a half way convincing Jetfire. And that would have been a much more worthwhile toy than this is. (Yes, I know the SG Starscream deco is based on Jetfire anyway)
Well, as I said somewhere, I've repurposed mine into R-Blade, who is canonically a Jetfire fanboy. And as R-Blade, I actually think the deco and mold works magnificently. Sure, the Air Raid mold would have worked better for even that, but the "just slightly off" aspect works even better for a cosplaying fanboy.
I thik it's the being slightly off in several different ways that's annoying me. Starscream colours on this, I could have gone for because of the Ghost Starscream. SG Starscream colours on Air Raid I could have gone for because nearly Jetfire. This is the worst of both worlds.
Yes and no. FP lost the license in 2016. TR launched 4th quarter 2016.
With Hasbro essentially using the club as a dumping ground and forcing them to do what Hasbro wants instead of exclusives that make sense to what FP would otherwise do, there is enough wiggle room here that it could be authentic.
And since FP had *just* done a Devcon two years prior, this seems like it would be Hasbro's directive.
Honestly I doubt this has anything to do with FP. It seems more in place with the TR box sets.
The photos come from The Allspark Full explanation for those who havent read it.
During my time as a contractor for Fun Publications – organizers of the Transformers Collectors’ Club and official collectors’ convention, BotCon – I was tasked with generating hundreds of digital concepts for potential Transformers exclusive product. Different colors, different characters, different toolings… whatever was needed to “sell” the ideas to those in authority to approve the final production of the pieces.
Occasionally, though, I would go beyond a digital mock-up in attempt to more fully convince that a redeco or retool would be possible or would capture the character. The first time I created one of these mock-ups was for a concept that eventually was produced in 2011 – Shattered Glass Galvatron. Although that mock-up has long since changed hands and is in a private collection elsewhere, I’ve found a number of other mock-ups in storage and wish to share images with fans!
The first mock-up that I wish to show has already been seen publicly at RoboCon 2016 in Cincinnati. However only the robot mode was displayed, so you’ll get a little “treat” seeing the alternate mode here!
In 2015 when Titans Return was hitting store shelves (and Fun Publications still held the Transformers license), I was eagerly waiting to buy two Deluxe toys in particular. Blurr and Brainstorm. Seeing the two figures being based on the same toy and visualizing how the parts might be able to be swapped to create a composite, I set to work. I wanted to prove that Brainstorm’s wings and forearms could be placed on Blurr’s body, resulting in a more wedge-shaped space craft with rear-mounted wings and a scoop-like funnel on top. I wanted to make G1 Devcon’s spaceship mode! The figure being a Headmaster-type and thus allowing for a Slizzardo companion mini-figure was also a big factor in my pursuing the concept.
Sometimes, though, retooled parts are not compatible with previous uses of the mold. The RiD Grimlock based on FoC Grimlock being an example (I’d wanted to put the Transmetal Megatron alternate head from the FoC use on the RiD tooling, but alas…). And so I had to show that it was possible. I also wanted to do an alternate assembly by attaching the folding seat in the opposite orientation from Blurr and Brainstorm so that the sculpted detail could be used to mimic Devcon’s stomach grill, and wished to clearly indicate this as well. I completed the mock-up, submitted images, and poised myself to fight for Devcon as the 2017 Club Incentive figure (the figure that collectors received for “free” after paying for Club Membership). Unfortunately, Hasbro passed on word that the license was not going to be renewed and my chance to push the concept further never happened.
That’s not to say that the idea didn’t get into official material, though. Writer Jim Sorenson was influenced enough by the photos to include mention of a Headmaster Devcon and Slizzardo in one of his text-based stories published by Fun Publications in 2016 during the waning hours of the Transformers license. The concept found life! More or less…