Posts tagged: transformers
IT TOTALLY HAS A STEAMPUNK FLAVOUR, THIS MOVIE!
THAT CLUNKY TECH DOING CRAZY SHIT IN A WEIRD OLE-TIMEY WESTERN TOWN
THE BUILDINGS JUST TRANSFORMED INTO BLOCKS WHAT THE HELL
I SUDDENLY APPROVE OF THIS SHOW WAY TOO MUCH
according to wikipedia there is a two-parter later where they go back to earth and london is super victorian steampunk future and //sherlock holmes shows up via time travel//. and here it is in spanish and watson is some kind of space walrus and //what the hell is going on the 80s were on drugs//. i thought sherlock holmes in the 22nd century had pioneered the concept of ‘animated sherlock in the future with space pipe’ but NOPE BRAVESTARR.
I SAW THAT EPISODE it was TOTALLY RIDICULOUS and kind of amazing
but there was way too much Sherlock, kinda overshadowed BraveStarr
also there was Very Bad Singing involved in the episode by some cosmic being
it was kind of disturbing
it’s really weird, like all the Filmation SF cartoons with the space opera/fantasy feel have the same aesthetic: lots of desert, occasional pockets of forest (and the forests also tend to look the same) and metal stuff all over the place, swords AND laser guns. Galtar and the Golden Lance also has the same feel. I wonder if anybody’s written anything on the aesthetic sense of Filmation’s FSF stuff yet….
i wrote a thing about the time-travel episode of jem, and basically jem transformers and gijoe were all by sunbow / marvel, and kind of implied to be a shared universe, and i decided that techrat is secretly actually cobra commander, on his days off from conquering the world he helps the misfits fuck with jem.
you know, i was going to get on and complain that i thought megan fox being cast as april o’neil in michael bay’s tmnt movie had been a joke, and that i couldn’t really see her in that role, but you know what, yes i can.
not only was she the most important character in the transformers trilogy after bumblebee, literally black widowing her way to secretly actually being more of a hero than the dude heroes? but my shitting on her and saying ‘she’s too maxim hot to play a real person’ plays into the exact same sexist boys club bullshit that was so nauseating during the shia labeouf and michael bay dark of the moon promo tour, where all anyone wanted to ask was whether megan fox really got fired bc she was a bitch and they spent an entire sumner saying ‘well i wouldn’t say //bitch// but since //you// brought it up…’ and then you finally watch dotm after all that and find out //they didn’t even rewrite her lines//. they just added a bonus scene where sam meets the new girl they slotted in, and had one of the little transformers call mikaela a bitch, //in the movie//.
so actually, april’s problem has always been that the only people who take her seriously and treat her with respect are the turtles. megan fox is literally perfect for that.
so #beasthunters soundwave comes with #ravage who can peg into his chest, or his hand, or his arm. #SOUNDWAVE HAS A #KITTEH. #transformers #hasbro
Joe Colton: WHO STUFFED A TINY ME INTO THIS BOX??? Was it YOU, Fred????
still love the car brothers, they were the first modern autobot cars after five years of beasts and space tanks (and actually the first transformers i ever had that turned into any kind of realistic vehicle since i grew up on pretenders). they were kind of a mess, but they also had giant red-chromed autobot logos molded onto them and beast wars articulation. x-brawn’s giant hand can give a thumbs up and that is basically always cool.
pretty well the entire transformers fandom declared cyberverse optimus maximus to be worthless garbage for babies, but i think a lot of that was that hasbro didn’t bother letting anyone know about his totally rad micromaster base mode.
(i mean, also, the most outspoken element of the transformers fandom is the focal point of a venn diagram overlapping ‘white nerdy dudes with a persecution complex’, ‘totally adult mature 14 year olds’, and ‘the kind of people who write scathing one-star reviews of a $90 android netbook complaining that it’s not a macbook air’.)
so there was whinging about how maximus is just a big playset for the little cyberverse dudes and not a revoltech powermaster optimus trailer in scale with voyager prime prime, and i won’t lie, that would have been totally awesome, but as it is he is a $30 optimus prime shaped e-frame that holds nine cyberverse dudes, and either you are into that kind of thing or you aren’t.
then there was the whinging about how he’s hollow and lightweight instead of having die-cast metal legs or huge masses of plastic, which is a wierd complaint because he is basically a mid-90s gijoe vehicle with a ton of places where dudes can ride in or on him, covered in ports for cyberverse weapons, and loaded with turrets, lights and sounds, and firing missiles. he’s hollow and lightweight so he can have all those features at this size and not cost $100, and i don’t even know how internet dudes thought a $30 playset was going to be masterpiece optimus with paint washes and super-articulation and die-cast metal and shit when //six inch deluxe figures// cost $17 now.
also there was all the whinging about how he only has 90s kenner articulation, which is mostly true, but again, this is a playset first and that he can move at all is impressive, that his elbow joints are limited in range but strong enough for his raised arms to still hold dudes in them is kind of the point.
but then i actually i got this dude and nobody bothered to mention that he has ball-jointed hips! dude can high-kick it up, and that felt ridiculous given that his shoulders don’t move at all and the entirety of his official transformation is to sit down. and i also noticed he has these weird extra ankle joints where his feet swing down to the sides which don’t do anything useful in robot or ‘roller’ mode. so i tried swinging his legs out to the sides like powermaster prime’s microbase mode and they ratcheted almost into a locked position, meshing neatly with his arm platforms, with his feet now flat on the ground extending the base mode laterally on both sides. swing the calf panels forward for extra stability and give this to me in 1990 because HELL OF YES.
near as i can guess based on how well this mode comes together is that he was originally designed as a triple changer, but someone decided that was too much complexity for the target audience of five year olds so hasbro never told anyone about this part. but they left in the engineering for the ankle hinges, so i got a $30 autobot city for $20 at marshalls.
Generations Voyager Springer and Blitzwing official photos.
Wave 3 Micro-Changers! More coming. I’ll add in the Wave 2 stragglers then as well.
Beast Hunters Deluxe: Ratchet, Skystalker, and Dreadwing.
i love that beast hunters is basically musha gundam. i am all about that dreadwing.