My experience was actually the opposite. But to tell this story, I need to tell one of 5 years earlier.
I was walking through the local World 4 Kids (that should tell people in Australia my age lol) when they had Constructicons on the shelf. I picked up Scrapper and Bonecrusher from memory and they were a fun nostalgia trip to a few years earlier. There were no Devastator parts to them, the card back was a little generic, but it was nice to have them again.
After applying the stickers on them though, I checked out the toy catalog/comic that came with it and I was blown away. There staring me in the face were 4 Autobot Cars. They were unknown characters, but they looked the size of the original Autobot Cars. Also there was a vibe I was getting from them - something I hadn't gotten since G1.
The years would go on, but it was because of that nostalgia moment, right when I would otherwise have probably moved on from Transformers, that the Euro G1 line has gained a special place in my heart.
Anyway, it was a few years later - 5 to be exact, when I saw the Machine Wars toys. I wouldn't say I was in the "Trukk not munkey" crowd when BW hit (it took Michael Bay to bring out a TF series I truly despise), however I remember seeing the MW stuff and feeling nostalgic for vehicles, something, as much as I loved BW, that I was sorely missing at the time. The fact that they were also reusing Predator and Turbomaster moulds,probably didn't harm their appeal to me either.
I lapped them up - until I got them home. At this point, I need to go into the love I have for the concept and the setting (which I imagined was somewhat futuristic/post-apocalyptic for some reason) but the love/hate relationship I have with the toys themselves. In fact ever since Machine Wars came out, I've been waiting and hoping that some day we'd see something for the line - to the point where at the initial announcement, I'd told myself it was gooing to be awesome and that I had to have the Botcon set this year.
First up, the small figures are wonderful - they still hold up well to this day, have decent articulation, and the auto-transform gimmick and hidden weapons (they were the first TFs to have both if you know your TF design history). Those guys I loved and still love - even if they got lazy with the card artwork.
However then you get to the medium and large figures. At this point, I need to defend the moulds themselves and say they're amazing moulds when they're done right - however that is the operative phrase. I understand US child safety standards were the fly in the ointment and accept that. However as a result, the figures, having their gimmicks gutted, are sadly shadows of their former selves. I don't hate the larger figures, but I almost feel sorry for the treatment the moulds got - in the same was a chef might feel pity if meat is cooked in a way which doesn't respect the animal it came from.
All in all, that's my sticking point here - it honestly seems like the line and the characters haven't been respected here. At this point, even though there have only been 2 reveals, we can already write off Thundercracker and Hubcap as well as Hoist and Skywarp. Hopefully Prowl/Mirage, Megatron/Megaplex, Soundwave, Prime, Sandstorm and Starscream have been done well. However with the designs of 40% of all the characters having been revealed, I'm not holding out hope for it.
Fanboy wrote:You need to see the figure, feel the figure , lick the figure , be the figure,
And only then can you love mp 01 the way I have.