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For a collector, there is nothing quite like being surprised when browsing your local toy store. So much of hunting is knowing which case assortments have been sighted across the country or tracking down that one specific figure to finish your collection in vain. But to stumble across a new line you didn’t even know existed? It is like being a kid all over again! Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago, a handful of us toy collectors in the Boston area met up to exchange stories and have a few beers. Then we all opened our trunks in hopes of doing some trading, only to find each of us seem to collect completely different lines. But Josh from CollectionDX gave me his Optimus Prime Kreon exclusive because he doesn’t collect them (and the box was crushed). Read the rest of this entry »
Now with many of my favorite toy lines finished and Super Hero Squad in a form that is barely considered alive at this point, I’ve been looking for some other smaller lines. But then yo go re over at OAFE wrote up a brief review on the newest Transformers miniature line, Bot Shots, and I was hooked. Read the rest of this entry »
The first two of the Transformers Robot Heroes multipacks just hung around on shelves for years and it seemed like the second series was never going to show up. Then sometime after Christmas, Toys “R” Us and several close-out stores seemed to randomly discover cases and cases of the second wave. So if you really want these, they are still plenty of them available! Read the rest of this entry »
The Fallen was an odd choice for the second Transformers movie. He’s relatively new to the series, debuting back in 2006. So instead of giving us the planet devouring monster that could still be Galactus, we instead got a very odd villain that still doesn’t feel right in the Transformers continuity to me.
The Fallen has returned to Earth to claim the Matrix, if he can, then the entire universe will fall to him. With Megatron by his side, he is nearly invincible. Luckily, the two most powerful Autobots are ready to stop them!
One thing about Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen that really bothered me was Optimus Prime’s fetish for ripping off faces. When he did it to Blackout in the forest fight, it was awesome. But when he did it to The Fallen and yelled, “Give me your face!” it got kind of awkward.
The first wave of the Transformers movie Robot Heroes seemed a little off, like the style was still trying to find its sweet spot with designs. Sure, some of the figures looked good but others didn’t fare nearly as well. So with the release of Transformers 2, Hasbro went back to the drawing board and took a classic scene from the first movie to release as a multipack.
The final battle for the Allspark explodes as Autobots and Decepticons descend on Mission City. Each side is determined to leave this city victorious. No quarter is given as the mighty robots bring every ounce of their power to bear on the battle. They very air crackles with the energy of their weapons as the streets are blasted to pieces in the all-out fight.
The original Transformers Robot Heroes line was based completely on the Transformers animated movie from the 80s. It never made a whole lot of sense to me, release figures for 3 year olds but based on designs that are over two decades old. Or it was an elaborate ploy to get parents who remembered loving the Transformers to buy the toys for their little kids.
But the other side was the upcoming Transformers movie! At the time, I was rather excited because as long as vehicles transformed into robots, I was happy. Plus seeing a line in the credits saying the movie is based on action figures made me giddy. Well, that and the fact that Peter Cullen came back to voice Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime lays a trap for Megatron and the Decepticons and if all goes according to plan, the evil robots will be defeated once and for all. Mirage creates a holographic replica of an important rocket base to lure the Decepticons in, but as the battle begins, the Autobots discover only a few of their enemies are real. Megatron has tricked them, and the real rocket base is under attack as they speak!
Good work there Optimus, I didn’t think it was possible to be outsmarted by a Transformer who turns into a handgun that can only be fired by another Transformer. But while the plot behind this pack is rather contrived, the packaging isn’t. Much like the Super Hero Squad 5-Packs, this set is excellently done with a whole miniature cityscape in the diorama.
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The legend of Unicron has grown over the years. The Transformer the size of a planet that devours moons and home worlds whole, Unicron faced almost two decades of difficulty getting made into a toy. His sheer size made it near impossible, but Transformers Armada finally took the plunge and released a giant Unicron figure. So when he came out for Robot Heroes, I don’t think anyone was expecting him to be so small.