My only complaint so far is that clearly he comes packaged in combined gestalt mode. Which is understandable, but still annoys me - taking a giant robot out of a box and taking it apart is nowhere near as exciting as taking several smaller robots out of the box and building a giant robot. But still, it looks promising...
Genuinely curious, what makes you conclude that? I can't see anything in the photograph to suggest one way or another as to how it is packaged myself.
Multi-packs tend to get packaged in whatever makes it either look more dynamic, or what will save the most space. What mode a toy is pachaged in boils down to what hasbro sales thinks is most exciting to kids. This is why they package every "normal" toy in robot now, to show the kids "Hey, look at this kickass robot! It's totally not a normal car!" You notice this mentality most when the alt mode is something very unique, like the predacon dragons. "Kids! Look at this neat robo-dragon toy!" Example: every western masterpiece was released as a robot, except Grimlock.
The "farmageddon" set, optimus and the decepticon are in robot, while rollbar is in vehicle, to look dynamic. The aoe autobot fivepack they're all vehicle, simply for space. (I think they are, at least) If there's no windows, this is all likely to go out the door, and the visual sale rules don't apply.
For Devastator, the most "exciting" way they could package it would be AS Devastator. Though personally, I would package all the componants in devastator mode, but not combined. If Dev didn't have a window box, then he probably would be packaged in a way to save space.
Yep, it's the box to the left and below of Devastator's stand that looks like his box - the one with the six rings down the side, one for each Constructicon, I'd guess. And yeah, I understand the mentality of making a toy look appealing and dynamic, but, dammit! When I saw a toy car in a shop with a picture of an awesome robot next to it (because, come on, the G1 box artwork was gorgeous, wasn't it?), I had to get the toy so I could find out what it was like myself! There's no sense of mystery or anticipation these days. But then, I guess we live in the age of t'Interwebs and t'instant gratification. Youngsters. Why, when I were a lad...
I attended the Hasbro booth and can clarify some points.
Devy consists of 6 parts with individual robot modes. He is nearly the same height as Metroplex. It's going to be a TRU exclusive and will be officially revealed at New York toy fair. He is very G1esque and looks great. The only thing that's kind of a bummer, is that the individual robots look a bit upscaled, like the upscaled cyberverse Beast Hunters deluxe figures. But Devastator is an entirely new mold. He also has his own kind of combining ports as far as I could see.
The head was boxy, but not in a bad way. Very G1 toy/animation model. Red eyes, on a simple pivot.
Forearms were entirely black, you can see that in the picture. The fingers were on a single hinge, thumb was fixed. There appeared to be some sort of transformation with the forearms, but it was hard to tell exactly what they did. I'm pretty sure they're separate pieces from the figures, so they're not integrated into Bonecrusher/Scavenger.
Chest had the big purple wing piece, just like G1 but bigger. It had some silver and red details on it, which you can just barely make out in the photo.
The feet were straight up G1. Scrapper forms the foot pretty much the same way as the original toy, with his arms as the heels and the bucket as the toe. The big departure is Mixmaster, he still forms the foot pretty much the same as G1, with the cement drum as the shin, but the foot of the combined mode is the rear of the cement truck instead of the cab.
No Prowl on display, and the combined mode wasn't scramble city type, so I don't know how they would add a Prowl if they wanted. Hook was folded in half and sitting on top of Long Haul just like G1."
What I'm loving on TFW are all the people who take every possible negative comment or opinion as fact and then begin whining about it until it is disproved, but then pick up on a poorly phrased sentence and start on that
"they look a bit simple2 = "OMG!!!!! they dont have individual robot modes" "they look like they could be up scaled like Beast Hunters" = "Arrrrgghhhhhhhh! They are up scaled legends toys"
its as though they are incapable of hope or joy.
The current on is that Mixmaster is up side down in leg mode, based on one blurred photo, admittedly it could be, but could just as easily be mistransformed. As you know, its Hasbro who are unable to transform their own products.
TFW network is a hive of scum and villainy throughout the galaxy.
Or is that foolishness and trollery? Eitherway, their threads are fun and irritating to read at the same time. Virtually completely devoid of common sense, with those few who DO provide a bit of common sense get railed on until driven out.
They do love to jump onto every little throwaway opinion as absolute fact, don't they? And rumor as well.
Nope. I've just had a quick look in the mirror, and I don't think that that's quite normal. It's definitely not as bad as some...
As to Devastator himself... Yeah. I'm not a fan of the head - it looks too small. Somehow. And I want to know where the wings on the chest come from. I know that that was an original feature, but I like it when all the toy parts are contained, and not accessories. Although I realise that with CW the horse has already bolted on that one...
Still, all that said... It's an official Devastator! And it actually doesn't look bad at all. Yes please.
Taking in to account Hasbro convention people can't pose or Transformers for love or money I think it looks pretty good.
As is in the photo the proportions look a little off. The head is too small, the arms are ever so slightly too small, but I prefer that to CW deluxes that make slightly too large arms. A quick photoshop job shows that with just biger forearms and head the rest looks absolutely fine, at least for me.