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TF Collector's Club Nightbeat

Why the hell did I buy this ugly ass thing?

TF Collector's Club Nightbeat is the 2120th Transformer that I've acquired.

TF Club Topspin


TF Club Topspin

So there I was walking up the steps and got all excited thinking it was my Shockwave Munny but alas, it was just a Transformers Club membership figure.

Not as translucent as in previous figures. Well... at least the jet/plane one.

TF Club Topspin is the 2070th Transformer that I've acquired.

(And yes, I like him holding two guns instead of the official instructions!)

Insomia beckoned me to the computer and I saw some pics at Tformers tonight.

I was never a fan of the Energon Hot Shot mold so I was shocked (and rather surprised) that FP's retooling for the Transformers Club Nightbeat figure actually removes a lot of the suck.

The Hot Shot head really didn't do anything for the body at all but this new head sculpt definitely looks tons better.

Even in the alt mode It really does look like a totally different toy.

Amazing with a little work and a color palette change can do.

Alas, Botcon Richochet still leaves me apathetic.

Now just like the Movie Jolt repaint, I think the car looks great.

Those colors work so well but then once transformed, he just looks so awkward with the black head and hands.

He looks like a total Big Lot Chinese knock-off to me.

Stepper versus Meister

Now Richochet, aka the robot originally known as Stepper, is pretty much an exact inverse of Meister, aka Jazz.

Obviously, I didn't remove the flame sticker or anything but you can see from a simple Photoshop invert that they are opposites so to speak. (Jazz would look kinda cool with the blue flames.)

And even though I'm not a fan of that robot at all, I still think that the original Stepper deco would had been far more pleasing to the eye than what they are doing.

The whole Earth-3 theme doesn't do anything for me toy-wise, and I'm just not seeing much in Botcon Richochet to love.

I mean, FP more or less regurgitated Botcon Jazz without varying much from his G1 appearance so I can't figure out why they just didn't do the inverse here for Richochet too like the original Stepper.

If they didn't do any strange wording on him, then at least he could be used as a "Classics Richochet" for those who get off on the Classics stuff.

For the attendee figure, I guess I wish they'd have done something really unique and special since the volume is so low. Something to make you feel like you really get something for the effort and money you put out to travel and then spend hours in a line.

Hell... in retrospect, last year's translucent blue Mirage looks far more exciting than this year's figure. But I love the Mirage mold so that doesn't help me be objective here at all.

Oh well.

I just can't get over the knock-offishness of it.

And Botcon Blurr ?

Sorry. Double plus ungood bot there for me. I'd forgotten about the Armada line until they dredged this one up.

Once again though, the car alt mode looks great. The lightning paint deco is fantastic and the blue on the black is surprisingly sharp.

If for some reason these guys to make it to The Domicile without being sold off, if I even get Blurr, they'll definitely be in car mode all the time.


Twintwist next?



Wow! For a second there, the little picture over at's post about Topspin here really made me double-take. It looks like some kind of Convoy/Prime.

The plastic isn't final so I suppose we can expect the same level of translucent plastics here in like colors.

I never did sell the other 3. I always figured they'd be the first to go but for some reason, I find translucence appealing.

I suppose I've unconsciously set them aside into the "not for sale" boxes because I'm curious what they'll all look like combined.

Hopefully Barricade will be the center piece since he's very stable. If it is Storm Jet from Superion Maximus then regardless of translucence I gotta dump him. Without some new design for that shitastic tiny waist peg, he's a worthless center piece. (Then again, isn't Barricade being used for that Onslaught figure? If so I doubt it. Who knows.)

What do I love most of about these guys?

Thinking of how fast it takes Evebird to get this on Ebay the second he finds it in his mailbox!

I don't think he's ever had one of these longer than 24 hours.

Transformers Collectors Club Breakaway

Transformers Collectors Club Breakaway


Transformers Collectrors Club Breakaway

This guy arrived today.

Like his brothers, he'll stay in the bag until I get them all or decide to sell them off.

I wonder if Evebird has dumped his already. I don't think they ever stay in his possession for longer then 48 hours.

Transformers Collectors Club Breakaway is the 1975th Transformer that I've acquired.

I wish 1975 had been a bit more exciting.

2007_05_11_breakaway.jpgI'm just wondering something.

How many of you who read this here utterly pointless blog belong to the Transformers Collectors Club?

Now if so, I'm curious if any of you care about the yearly membership exclusive

This year's Breakaway is just around the corner and I find it funny that I really haven't talked to anybody who belongs to the club who gives a shit about this, the other previously released 2, or the future 2 at all.

I actually enjoy when they start shipping because I love to see how quickly it takes for a certain someone who frequents here to have it up on ebay. I think last year's was up on ebay in 5 hours from being delivered!

Now me? I've never opened them and really hated the Energon combiners for the most part. The reuse of 2 molds per combiner just didn't do it for me and the so-called hands and feet made out of the energon weapon things just made them all look kind of shitastic to me.

However, with that said, I'll be extremely happy if the center main figure is a repaint of Barricade, the Bruticus Maximus.

He's the only one I really love and his alt mode is great. Steamhammer blows and while I don't mind Storm Jet, his form as a combiner has much too weak a point of contact. My Superion Maximus just never stays together at the waist. It is just a poor design.

Oh well. What can ya do. Barricade will definitely be worth the $40 membership to me.

So. Do any of you give a shit anymore about this figure?

C'mon. I know deep down in the deepest depths of your geekage one of you must.

Why is this "character" popular?


2007_05_03_dreadwing.jpg So the final Botcon set figure Dreadwing has been revealed and as expected, it is a repainted and slightly head-retooled Classics Jetfire.

I'm no fan of this year's set.

It isn't because of FP's attempts here, I suppose I just don't give a shit about these characters.

I'm not a die-hard G1 purist at all so I can take or leave G1-inspired characters.

Dreadwing here is pretty much a non-entity to me as a character so there's absolutely nothing fiction-wise to excite me. He's just a grey toy repaint that could have been named anything.

If TF Universe was still around as a line we'd probably get a more garishly painted Jetfire repaint so I suppose the more subdued Botcon palette should be applauded here.

I suppose the apparent love some TF geeks have for the Dreadwing character comes from the Marvel US or UK comics which I just can't read for more than a few minutes.

Oh well.

Like Bugbite, Dreadwing will no doubt make a ton of people happy.

Hell, they even spent the cash on retooling the "regular" head too.

I'm now officially more excited about tracking down the Botcon 2001 Tigatron exclusive than any of this set.

Personally, I can't see how people can be more excited about the 2007 set and now say the 2006 was lame.

I just don't see it.


So I was clicking through all of my TF sites today and lo and behold the TF Club site was updated with a future comic cover for their inhouse book.

I'd imagine that this will tie into the GRC toys derived from the Classics (and possibly Cybertron) lines.

You've got Classics Ultra Magnus leading a variety of characters, some of them "based" on current toys.

From what I can see, you've got Elita-1 (from the Cybertron Thunderblast mold), Springer (from Cybertron Vanguard Hot Shot), Power Glide (from possibly Cybertron Brimstone or Cybertron Jetfire --- I think), a very blue "Huffer" (from Cybertron Armorhide), and 2 others I can't make heads or tales of.

One on the bottom right is too vague and the character between UM and Grimlock looks almost like a Grimlock himself.

I'm thinking the Primus attendee-only toy at the GRC will be another decepticon like the rest of the box set so that leaves some of these characters open to being show-exclusives like last years Megs/Waspinator and Laserbeak/Buzzsaw 2-packs.

2007_04_24_thunder.jpgSo this is going to sound a bit stupid coming from somebody who has a site devoted to Transformers and has wasted entirely too much time on them but... and I mean this... Is this a good Thundercracker?

Truth be told, beyond his appearances in the G1 cartoon, I have absolutely no real familiarity with this character. He and Skywarp are pretty much just differently colored Starscreams to me and that's about it.

My apathy for the G1 seeker toys is pretty solid and I've only ever had them given to me. I've never sought out to buy either the originals or the coneheads.

So. Is this repaint a good Thundercracker?

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