Standard best and worst of the year thread. Includes a bit of leeway into the end of last year as thats always murky.
If you feel like adding catagories or not submitting a catagory others do, be my guest. I am not adding my own choices yet, because I got Arcee, Chromia, Cloud Hotrod, and Combiner Wars in the mail, and some may or may not influence my choices, or even arrive before '15.
So to clarify then, is this now *the* thread for the year, or will there be another one post 25th? cos we need to add the non-TF categories too. Also, is there a non-toy general best of the year type thread? I can't remember. For things like games, music, books, films etc?
I like both these sets of categories. They make you think in different ways.
'Cos I haven't bought many TFs I've found Jetty's original list the most relevant for me to use, so I'm sticking with my original list me thinks. (my problem is I can't always remember what I've bought in that year! I've also bought this year some of last years toys! What's a girl to do?!)
I was the one who let you know, I was your sorry ever after, '84, '85. Give me new toys and I'll decide, but I'm really only after, '84, '85.
Probably should wait till after Christmas once the CW, MP and Dinobots have been opened, but will be interesting to (to me at least) to compare.
Best- Best Hasbro: Rhinox Minicon/Arms Micron Companion Legion/Old Style Legend Commander BH Bludgeon Legend Swerve - I'll be honest I cant remember anything about Cosmos. I really should have another look. Deluxe Rattrap or Armada Starscream/Jhiaxus Voyager Rhinox Leader Jetfire
Best Takara: Don't think I have opened any Takara yet.
Best Exclusive: (store, convention, Cloud, et cetera) Hmm I suspect if I were to get it I would be saying Cloud Rodimus, but it is hard to ignore Botcon Scorponok, which is a genuinely good effort at making something really unique.
Best Generations: Hardest choice of the lot. I like so many of them. I think Rhinox, but Rattrap, Waspinator, Swerve, Armada Starscream, Jhiaxus and so many others are strong.
Best Movie:Still haven't opened any, but based on pictures Evasion Prime still looks great.
Best 3P: Ironfist, great little mould that properly captures his LSOTWs look.
Best Alt Mode: Rattrap?
Best Repaint: Jhiaxus or Platinum Prime.
Best use of a mold: Botcon Scorponok. Energon Scorponok to G1 Scorponok is an obvious but frankly slightly underwhelming concept, just look at Doublepunch for evidence, so full credit to FP for going a step further. It still not perfect, but it looks just right among a classics display.
WTF?!?: (so left field or messed up that you love it) er Botcon Scorponok as an actual Headmaster is certainly a candidate again. Jhixaus and the neon orange colour scheme. Or Platinum Prime
Best overall: Rhinox???
Worst- Goldfire Bumblebee, the mould continues to grow on me, but it does not make a good bumblebee.
Nice Try: (it failed, but it was an interesting attempt. Or interpret how you wish)I hope I'm wrong, but the choice to go with a real VW Beetle mode on MP BB has seemed a bad choice ever since it was announced/first prototypes surfaced.
WTF?!?: (Made you wonder what they were smoking when they tried this)
Best- Best Hasbro: (taken as pre CW) Minicon/Arms Micron Companion Cosmos' Payload Legion/Old Style Legend Ace Vehicon Commander Ultra Magnus Legend Swerve Deluxe Skids pre CW. .... Fireflight or Sky Dive post CW Voyager Brainstorm pre CW. Optimus Prime post CW Leader Jetfire, but the Takara version is better...
Best Takara: Jetfire .... and indeed is my top Takara release this year
Best Exclusive: (store, convention, Cloud, et cetera) Has to be the Wal*Mart Dinosaur packs, and a toss up between the Slug and Strafe packs. Cloud Rodimus is fab but I think Shouki is a better exclusive
Best Generations: Swerve
Best Movie: Junkheap. Not enough TF Dustcarts
Best 3P: -
Best Alt Mode: Junkheap
Best Repaint: ..... gonna have to think about this one. Been a few good ones mentioned already.
Best use of a mold: -
Best overall: Swerve. Small but they got it so so right
Tankor's rubbish in tank mode. Windblade won't hold together in jet mode even before I look at it oddly. Those are the two real disasters this year.
Best Exclusive: (store, convention, Cloud, et cetera) While I don't have him, I DID get to admire him in person, so I choose Botcon Scorponok.
Best Generations: Rattrap
Best Movie: Scorn
Best 3P: Unique Toys Ordin Troll
Best Alt Mode: Rattrap
Best Repaint: MP G2 Sideswipe
Best use of a mold: Cloud Rodimus
WTF?!?: (so left field or messed up that you love it) Cloud Rodimus?
Best overall: Generations Rattrap. I really feel this is the best toy of the year. Spot on rattrap, neat beast mode, and better than most MPs.
Nice Try: (it failed, but it was an interesting attempt. Or interpret how you wish) Generations Nightbeat. A deeply flawed mold, terrible paint quality. Going from a porche to a muscle car is suuuuchba downgrade for the character, too. And they overlooked the one strength the mold had as nightbeat, being failing to give him a new chest, or at least painting it yellow.
Worst Deco: Generations Jhiaxus. How could they get this soooo wrong??? And I wish people would stop saying it's the RiD deco, because it's not. Dayglo orange is soooo out of the blue.
WTF?!?: (Made you wonder what they were smoking when they tried this) Generations Arcee. Her anatomy is sooooo screwed up, her sculpting is terrible, and her deco fails to represent G1 as it's too different, and it fails to give us a new take as it's not different enough.
Worst overall: Arcee. We waited nearly thirty years for this toy, and it's one of the worst molds ever made.