1. dyemooch:

    Since the solicits went out and these two covers were shown, I figured I’d add ‘em here.

    WHO IS JETFIRE’S LITTLE BUDDY

    WHO IS

    (via crono8)

     

  2. These are awesome and I really want to see one of Grimstone built like the Kreon combiners now

    (Source: youcantpartywithyourpantsup, via fishbug)

     

  3. siphersaysstuff:

    Fuckin’ Bayformers cheating at transformations!

    I love how the animators of the G1 ‘toon would sometimes just make up whatever transformation they needed for the scene. Here we see Blitzwing’s turret unfolding into his torso (where it should just sit on his back) and the front of Astrotrain’s engine mode somehow becoming his wings.

    I LOVE THIS.

    (Source: aeonmagnus)

     

  4. one-eyed-scientist:

    Botcon 2014 Exclusive Ginrai (Fiery Classics Optimus Prime!) Revealed

    Botcon have announced the fifth member of their convention boxed set today and it is an impressive piece indeed. The fifth member of the set is Ginrai, a fiery red and orange redeco of the venerable Classics Optimus Prime figure. 

    Ginrai is the second Cybertronian Knight in the boxed set, and by way of an alternate wrist transformation is shown here holding his windvane as a shield - the windvane being adorned with the new symbol of the Cybertronian Knights

    The toy’s deco is based on the "Fire Guts" Ginrai featured in the 1988 Japanese series, Transformers Chojin (Super God) Masterforce, which in that series was the final attack of the Godmaster, Super Ginrai and his powered up form God Ginrai. An E-Hobby exclusive depicting the attack was released in the early 2000s, which is where this deco takes its cues from. 

    With the reveal of Ginrai the five figures in this year’s Botcon boxed set are known, and they are:

    Ginrai from Classics Optimus Prime
    Devcon from Generations Scourge, with a new head
    Scorponok from Energon Scorponok, retooled to use a remolded Encore Spike as his Headmaster
    Ferak from Universe Cyclonus
    Cannonball from Prime Ratchet, with a new head


    Botcon 2014 is being held over the weekend of June 19 - 22 in Pasadena, California. Visit the Botcon homepage for more information on the convention, the official 30th anniversary of Transformers convention and also the 20th anniversary Botcon!

    Holy orange creamsicle Batman, this Botcon set is going to be gorgeous.

    And that Cybertronian Knight symbol is swank as fuck

    (Source: tfw2005.com, via adelightfultedium)

     

  5. the-ankle-rocker:

    No one could ask for a more awesome room to call their own! This is the pinnicle of rad.

    IIRC, this picture was included in some catalog I used to own that was associated with either Nintendo Power or the old Nintendo Fun Club. It had a lot of pictures of Nintendo merchandise that, by the time I had that catalog, was long-gone.

    Also I note that these kids are somehow smiling while playing Simon’s Quest.

    (Source: cipater)

     

  6. bogleech:

    Whereas other geekazoids line up their figures in neat little ows, I prefer to build layered crowds incorporating the same concepts of balance and space usage I would for a group shot drawing.

    And I hate empty space.

    Beautiful and also the same philosophy I use in my toy displays, though mine have 600% more robots

    Edit: Have to point out some of my favorites. I see a carrion crawler from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons; all three editions of Mantenna (and apparently two of the original); Eye Guy from Power Rangers; Princess What’s-Her-Name; both versions of Mutagen Man; and Mosquitor.

    I even spotted a lone Transformer on this isle of weirdos, although it might just be his outer shell.

     


  7. Anonymous asked: Joes wont ever be as popular as Tformers and Heros.Hasbro tried to make them into spies and secret agents in the 2000s and now into ninja commandos and failed each time.

    But spies, secret agents, and ninja commandos have been present in the line since 1982 and probably earlier…

     


  8. titleknown asked: Speaking on Sci-Fi elements in GI Joe, for that it'd actually make perfect sense to bring back the awesome/unfairly maligned Cobra La, maybe with some defectors to the Joes who want peace with humanity; maybe combining it with Inhumanoids for good measure to boot. Plus, if you've read the awesome Bogleech article on such, you'll know that there's a lot of cool Cobra-La biotech that has yet to be made into toy form.

    Heck yes I’ve read that article, and I’d love to see Cobra-La’s triumphant return. I’d almost wager that with the current return to some of the “gross-out” play patterns of the 1990s they might even be well received. (But not by the Legacy Joe Fans, but you know I just love to see them get pissed off.)

    Cobra-La did actually have a brief revival in “Black Horizon,” one of the Transformers/G.I. Joe crossovers, and that series also featured some of the weirder late-end G1 TF characters. Much love all around.

     


  9. therobotmonster:

    dollsahoy:

    therobotmonster:

    theassortment:

    therobotmonster:

    siphersaysstuff:

    G.I. Joe is pretty well fucked, innit.

    It’s like Greg and I’ve talked about before. Hasbro has had more than a decade of writing on the wall and ignored it. This is the inevitable result.

    No one wants to be reminded that Daddy might not come home from Iraq. Terrorists aren’t the thing of childhood fantasy anymore, they’re the thing of real-world propaganda/fear mongering. And this generation sees Captain American on the big screen, and he’s the normal dude.

    As maligned by fandom as they are, a period of space-adventure or adventure-team-esq schennanigans could have saved Joe. Make the Joes more like MASK, average “joes” brought into amazing circumstances. Keep the colorful, fun and well, awesome Cobra characters (who doesn’t love CC and Destro? Who doesn’t inappropriately love the Baroness?) and give them someone worthy to fight. Make the Joes more like SHIELD, make them superheroes that makes sense in a modern context (they’ve always been super heroes, after all, every single Joe would have to be a genius to have their skill-sets), do something other than recycle 1983-85.

    Joe had two things going for it, one is a play pattern. Well, they’re right fucked now, because the average kid can get Marvel AND DC’s all-star lineups in 3 3/4ths scale, ready and able to drop right into any Star Wars vehicle they have onhand. And the Corps! and others are just lining up to seize the military thing for those that are interested. And cheaper on a by-figure basis too.

    And if a kid’s really die-hard for military stuff, there’s always the X-Box.

    The other was the GI-Joe fantasy… not that the US military could conquer all, but that you could project yourself onto a hero that you could relate to. The Joes were diverse for their time. Now kids have the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon franchise, the Avengers, the X-Men. Who wants to be Roadblock when you can be Power Man, or Falcon, or Nick Fury? Who wants to be Law when you can be be Nova? Scarlet can’t hold a candle to Black Widow. The superheroes rose up and took that niche. 

    Joe didn’t adapt.

    Maybe in 3-5 years we’ll see a rival. Maybe Joe will eventually get its Beast Wars, it’s new interpretation that eclipses the original and energizes the whole endeavor once more.

    For my part, it’s Cobra I’m going to miss.

    Ok, mostly the Baroness.

    IIRC, G.I. Joe survived through the 1970s because Hasbro gave him a beard and sent him on adventures - if Joe was in the military, he’d be fighting in Vietnam, and that probably wasn’t too fun for kids.

    G.I. Joe survived in Japan in the 1970s because Takara turned him into a cyborg. (You might argue that this isn’t exactly surviving.)

    But yeah, military toys feel like a hard sell right now.

    And it’s worth noting that “A Real American Hero” was originally a SHIELD vs. Hydra concept. Fascinating to think that now, those two entities are probably more well-known to kids than Joe/Cobra.

    Yep, the old “Son of Nick Fury” pitch that had its serial numbers shaved off to become GI-Joe. If you read those first few issues the SHIELD/Hydra roots really show through. 

    And yeah, Joe in the 70s adapted. It found the manly-man adventure zeitgeist of the age and played to that. In Japan, it evolved as well, eventually becoming, by incremental changes, Microman. Which is where most of the general Joe play-pattern is probably going to live on in the near-future. Hasbro got the license for Micronauts and I expect a big push soon.

    And Joe could have survived (and may yet, if they come back to it in a year or two) by adapting into a new concept like it did in the past. But man, the writing has been on the wall for awhile now.

    If I might jump in…  I would argue that AT Joe didn’t quite survive the entirety of the 1970s at all—by 1977 he’d been downsized to the (Mego-mimicking) 8” Super Joe, which lasted into 1978.  True, that doesn’t leave much of the 1970s to have not-survived, but, if not for the unprecedented popularity of Kenner’s 3.75” Star Wars figures, Hasbro might never have recycled revived the GIJoe name. (People who follow me have probably read my previous rants about Hasbro’s history of re-using properties they already own—either by their own creation or by buying the company that did create the property.  And, of course, Hasbro eventually did buy Kenner…and shortly thereafter starting making 12” Joes again…)  ((The caveat about my grumbling here is that I come from the sixthscale action figure side of things, and admit there’s a lot I don’t know about the little guys.))

    That’s true. Of course, the 1970s was the end of an era. Play-pattern driven toys were transitioning into the licensed-figure and character-driven-media-tie-in-franchise concepts that bloomed full in the 1980s and continue on through to today. 

    And lasting from 70-76 without a major reinvention is nothing to sneeze at. A six-year stretch is a decent run in kids’ toys. 

    Most lines now operate on a 3-to-5 year cycle, with line rebranding and reinvention at each turnover. It’s a small selection of traditional brands (Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc.) that don’t follow this pattern.  

    Wow, I totally forgot about Super Joe. I’m not that up on my prior-to-1982 Joe history! The ties with Mego there make my head spinny, especially when you start thinking about how Micronauts and Microman fit into everything.

    Personally, I’d love to see a more sci-fi oriented G.I. Joe line, with super heroes and super science, and maybe some gross monsters, and I’d SUPER love to see the older Joe fans get angry about how their real-ass military figures with laser rifles and ninjas were ruined forever. Super-super love it.

    But I guess the more realistic the military figure, the more uncomfortable they make me. I guess I like wacky 4-color stuff a lot more. That’s why I’m excited for the TF vs. GI Joe comics coming out later this year. And it’s why the more modern parts of my G.I. Joe collection have a very tenuous chance of remaining there forever.

     


  10. therobotmonster:

    siphersaysstuff:

    G.I. Joe is pretty well fucked, innit.

    It’s like Greg and I’ve talked about before. Hasbro has had more than a decade of writing on the wall and ignored it. This is the inevitable result.

    No one wants to be reminded that Daddy might not come home from Iraq. Terrorists aren’t the thing of childhood fantasy anymore, they’re the thing of real-world propaganda/fear mongering. And this generation sees Captain American on the big screen, and he’s the normal dude.

    As maligned by fandom as they are, a period of space-adventure or adventure-team-esq schennanigans could have saved Joe. Make the Joes more like MASK, average “joes” brought into amazing circumstances. Keep the colorful, fun and well, awesome Cobra characters (who doesn’t love CC and Destro? Who doesn’t inappropriately love the Baroness?) and give them someone worthy to fight. Make the Joes more like SHIELD, make them superheroes that makes sense in a modern context (they’ve always been super heroes, after all, every single Joe would have to be a genius to have their skill-sets), do something other than recycle 1983-85.

    Joe had two things going for it, one is a play pattern. Well, they’re right fucked now, because the average kid can get Marvel AND DC’s all-star lineups in 3 3/4ths scale, ready and able to drop right into any Star Wars vehicle they have onhand. And the Corps! and others are just lining up to seize the military thing for those that are interested. And cheaper on a by-figure basis too.

    And if a kid’s really die-hard for military stuff, there’s always the X-Box.

    The other was the GI-Joe fantasy… not that the US military could conquer all, but that you could project yourself onto a hero that you could relate to. The Joes were diverse for their time. Now kids have the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon franchise, the Avengers, the X-Men. Who wants to be Roadblock when you can be Power Man, or Falcon, or Nick Fury? Who wants to be Law when you can be be Nova? Scarlet can’t hold a candle to Black Widow. The superheroes rose up and took that niche. 

    Joe didn’t adapt.

    Maybe in 3-5 years we’ll see a rival. Maybe Joe will eventually get its Beast Wars, it’s new interpretation that eclipses the original and energizes the whole endeavor once more.

    For my part, it’s Cobra I’m going to miss.

    Ok, mostly the Baroness.

    IIRC, G.I. Joe survived through the 1970s because Hasbro gave him a beard and sent him on adventures - if Joe was in the military, he’d be fighting in Vietnam, and that probably wasn’t too fun for kids.

    G.I. Joe survived in Japan in the 1970s because Takara turned him into a cyborg. (You might argue that this isn’t exactly surviving.)

    But yeah, military toys feel like a hard sell right now.

    And it’s worth noting that “A Real American Hero” was originally a SHIELD vs. Hydra concept. Fascinating to think that now, those two entities are probably more well-known to kids than Joe/Cobra.

     

  11. the-ankle-rocker:

    ryugashadoenix:

    Found it while getting parody pics.

    FAMICOM PRIME!

    Given that I usually blog about Transformers and my previous post was about Famicom…strangely appropriate. Thanks, dashboard!