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So yeah, came across this thing. Haslabs is apparently a middle ground between official Hasbro products and crowdfunded toys, I knew third party toys could be cool if expensive but WAS NOT expecting anything like this. Sadly the full color version is rather lacking, the yellow and pale blue loses a lot of detailing as well as Unicron is typically more orange.
Huh shame about that color scheme.
Speaking of toys I've just been looking into the Studio series, damn that shit looks dope. Thinking of starting out with Grimlock.
Also really can't wait till they get to Optimus' AOG/TLK look, his design in those movies is fucking awesome.
Personally, I"m more baffled by how it's supposed to transform. This is one toy that requires precise care to transform (I can easily see a lot of thin parts breaking out if handled improperly). The step process doesn't seem friendly to do a stop-motion video of Unicron's transformation. And how on Earth are they going to transform it back into a planet?
Edited by Shadao on Sep 23rd 2019 at 10:32:30 AM
Regularly Transformers toys are precisely that, they are meant for maximum play value as well as bashing into each other a little, plus relative ease in going from one form to another. This is more like a collectible statue, you can display it in a game room and can pose it in different ways but you are not letting an 8 year old play with it.
The Studio Series revived my Transformers collecting after slowing down A LOT after The Last Knight. Generally speaking some amazing sculpts with show accurate designs and great paint jobs. Grimlock is a great figure, the tail is a little sloppy but compared to his previous toys it's heads above.
I expect Grimlock to get another figure one of these days, if only to give him his mace. Maybe they'll fix some of the issues with the first toy. Hopefully the other Dinobots get big-ass toys befitting their hugeness.
I love the Megatron figures especially the changes that come with every new alt-mode tjat yet still keep the basic design. TF Jet Megs has normal legs yet ROTF Tank Megs has tank-tread legs, very cool detail.
Thinking of also getting the Arcee Sisters when they come out. 3 toys for the price of 20 bucks is a damn good deal.
Edited by slimcoder on Sep 23rd 2019 at 11:12:42 AM
Relative scaling is also a really cool detail of the series. Grimlock and Blackout are really bulky while the Arcee sisters are tiny. Ratchet is rather tall for a Deluxe figure so he matches the Voyager class Ironhide, while Bumblebee and Jazz are shorter.
Since we are talking about studio series that new Shockwave looks great.
The only Studio Series figure I have is Hauler, which I dread transforming.
Yeah he looks dope. The purple really helps him pop.
Wait do you mean Long Haul?
Edited by slimcoder on Sep 25th 2019 at 5:18:53 AM
I want a new Whirl. His last toy was too G1.
Yeah, that guy. I'm really not good with B-list Transformers names.
Ah him. Hey if you start collecting the other 7 Constructicns you can build Devastator.
Yeah seconded, that toy was not slender enough.
Congratulations, Transformers: Cyberverse for scoring a third season (with a possible TV event/movie)!
Hey look at, they finally appear to have executed that long-running continuity they've been trying since the Aligned Continuity.
Here's hoping for more obscure Transformers to appear like Sixshot or Skids.
Mae Catt reviews the fifth episode of Transformers: Cyberverse, "Trials".
"Bring Me the Spark of Optimus Prime" is out now!
Remember the Quintessons? Remember how they were a big deal in Season 3 of the original cartoon? However, they haven't been seen since, except for I think part of the Japanese-made Unicron Trilogy. Back in the day it was established that the Quintessons were the ones who built the Transformers, but most lore since establishes that the Transformers were made by Primus, and I like that origin way better, but I'd like to see the Quintessons come back in some capacity.
Edited by WillKeaton on Sep 29th 2019 at 10:38:05 AM
Yeah, I wouldn't mind seeing the Quintessons show up again. I think the Aligned continuity claimed that they invaded Cybertron early in its history and enslaved the Cybertronians. They made modifications to the population, explaining why Cybertronians can transform and have features like cockpits and seats.
Transformers: Age of Extinction kind of hinted at their existence as the true creator of the Transformers, but then The Last Knight had Quintessa who may or may not be their creator in that continuity, so who knows.
I think it'd be interesting if future works had all these different origin stories be the basis of different religions on Cyberton. You'd have the followers of Primus, those who believe in the Allspark, theories about another race like the Quintessons building them, etc. Maybe for fun, you could have one character believe the Transformers naturally evolved from gears and levers like the Marvel comic originally claimed.
Every time I hear that bit where someone claims that Transformers evolved naturally from gears and levers, I'm reminded of this one scene in the original Transformers: Robots in Disguise where Side Burn is captured. His captors asked why he has a thing for red sports cars. Side Burn then tells them how he was once a little tricycle and he fell in love with a cute red tricycle. Then, when he was older, he was a sports car and fell in love with a red sports car. Unfortunately the red sports car was in an accident, leaving Side Burn alone. This goes on for some time and his captors are all crying about these tales of lost love, until someone points out that this isn't how a Transformer's life span operates.
Edited by WillKeaton on Sep 29th 2019 at 1:52:16 PM
I sorta want to watch Cyberverse but everything I've heard about it is that it's a slightly less bland RID.
The designs are real cool though.
Edited by RodimusMinor on Sep 29th 2019 at 1:18:14 PM
I recommend it to you. You (mostly) won't be dissapointed.
Edited by Andrei_Bondoc on Sep 29th 2019 at 8:33:20 PM
That scene was especially funny because he was telling this story to another Transformer.
Honestly, the problem with the Quintessons for me was the fact that they were still robots despite being the "creators" of the Transformers. It only begs the question as to who made the Quintessons. I do like the idea that they were responsible for creating standardized models for the Transformers protoforms, which explains why the Seekers all look the same and why they have cockpits. It also has the bonus for being the foundation of the corrupt caste system that led to the rise of the Decepticons. Maybe have the robotic eggheads and spinning faces be mobile suits and their true forms to be much smaller and more alien.
In regards to the origins of the Transformers, I prefer the AllSpark origins to be the only universally accepted fact among the Transformers of how they got here, with the Primus origins being more like Greek Mythology. I mean, it has the trappings of one, with the Thirteen each representing a different aspect of the Transformers race and a big tragic war between all of them after their big victory against evil.
Also, I would keep Unicron as this terrifying Eldritch Abomination with his physical form being a Multiple-Choice Past to keep things interesting (I dislike Primacron being his creator but do find the idea of Unicron taking over a Doomsday Device and remaking it into his own body to be intriguing).
Edited by Shadao on Sep 29th 2019 at 11:19:31 AM
The show's actually pretty decent. Unlike RID which was a Monster of the Week/spinning its wheels without much of a grand scheme, Cyberverse has a very tight plot and focuses greatly on the wordbuilding & characters offering some interesting.
Season 2 gets even better for introducing a wider cast with an amazing moment between Megatron & Starscream that ranks as one of the best moments in the franchise.
Huh the Q's being human sized would explain why Cybertronians have cockpits in the first place. Like you wonder why they would even have such things due to nothing small living on Cybertron & then you find out their creators fit perfectly in them & it all makes sense now.
Edited by slimcoder on Sep 29th 2019 at 11:23:00 AM
In the Exiles novel it's revealed that the quintessons are actually a small, cowardly, squid-like organic race that wear robotic suits when dealing with others.
They also give them a more definitive origin, they were actually created by Quintus Prime who was the scientist of the thirteen primes and had an artifact that could create life from compounds present on a planet.
Edited by Kaiseror on Sep 30th 2019 at 4:45:43 AM
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