To some extent it is really kind of exciting that Takara has decided to produce and actually release some Animated stuff that I just can't see Hasbro doing any time soon.
With that Transformers Prime show on The Hub out and another awful movie on the horizon I don't think they'll ever return to the animated stuff outside of maybe Botcon 2011's stuff.
So I decided to snag the Takara stuff up that I really wanted and goddamn if TF Animated
Wingblade Convoy Super Ginrai isn't the most perfect thing in the world right now.
Let's face it... the brick that is G1 Ginrai/Godbomber is really an awful toy. Even those custom parts that were made a few years back to give it decent "wings" and arms really didn't quite do it. A turd is still a turd.
I'm not sure if we have Derek Wyatt to thank for the design or Hasbro but bringing in Super God Ginrai elements into Optimus Prime for the last few episodes of TF Animated was a brilliant idea and I can only hope that the toy is just as awesome.
So looking for this figure brought me to Big Bad Toy Store and I discovered a whole shitload of Transformers or Transformers-related figures that I didn't know existed due to my general self-imposed fan ignorance of the past 2 years or so.
I was shocked to see that they brought Animated's Lugnut into the Generations line. While the Takara version is really what I wanted since it is colored like the original, I went with theHasbro one to save some money. I kind of regret it but oh well.
I have the 4-pack of Generations figures coming that includes Scourge, Kup, Cliffjumper, and Thunderwing. I really only wanted Scourge and Kup. I feel like of stupid of buying them this way when I don't need Cliffjumper or the jet. (I'll blame it on the cold meds.)
The one niche that I had decided I would still collect a long time ago was translucent figures. So seeing the Henkei Sons of Cybertron Crystal Convoy and Hot Rod set was something I just had to get. The Convoy that this comes from is a piece of shit mold but the Hot Rod is just beautiful. I picked up the Animated version of this set the other day too. Funny. I'm not a huge fan of the Animated Hot Rod but love that Prime and the opposite applies to this set.
Anyway, they are translucent so they fit into the niche.
The stuff that I didn't know about that really blew me away was some of the Fans Project stuff.
Now I was a major fan of the Ultra Magnus "City Commander" armor set and trailer. Man...did that really come out in 2008?!?!?! Seems like I just bought it.
Well I have the City Commander Upgrade Package Parts Set coming. It was on clearance and no doubt worth the $29 price tag. I love the hammer a la Animated Ultra Magnus. This should be good stuff.
I have a few more Perfect Effect items coming too.
The new collecting sure ain't gonna be about quantity. It is going to be about quality and the things I want to collect dust better than average shit collecting dust!