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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Bowspearer » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:11 pm

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.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Dagon » Wed Feb 13, 2013 6:29 pm

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The sell-out of a set does not mean that it is popular, especially when you are dealing with limited runs of 1,500+ for some figure sets or sets that are basically required to be purchased in order to enjoy the entirety of the convention because of what is available for Primus packages versus the other packages.

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I feel the need to agree. I think that the 2005-2008 sets were rather well thought out....while the more recent ones just feel lazy. LAst years' being perhaps the worst offender, and honestly, I love SG.

As for the sets selling out, and that not being an exact measurement of popularity, well, that's true in everything. But in truth, we're supposed to accept a lot in this fandom based solely on sales. The Bay movies are these great summer blockbusters and make lots of money, so we should be thankful for them. Children allegedly purchase Bumblebees in enormous numbers, so despite them clogging stores everywhere we're supposed to think BB is the heart and soul of the franchise. Last years' Botcon set sells out, so we're supposed to accept that whatever the Club did is obviously right. I think the 05 set is much better than the last few years worth of sets (just me personally) and that didn't sell out until what, two years ago?
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Bowspearer » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:19 pm

Dagon wrote:But in truth, we're supposed to accept a lot in this fandom based solely on sales.


Swap "this fandom" out for any consumer group these days and you've hit on a fairly universal truth. Quality tends not to matter these days sadly, just profit margins. One common criticism of the toy industry for example is that these days, they don't create trends like they used to in the 80s, but simply follow them trying to cash in on a fad whilst they can.

So you have this double blindness. The toy companies themselves don't see what will generate long term sales, or simply don't care.

Meanwhile consumers don't see the realities of what's going on in the toy industry. The reason prices have been cheap for so long is because they've been made essentially under sweatshop conditions in China of course. The kicker is that wages are now going up, which means prices go up for the consumer. The consumer doesn't realise that this is because wages and conditions have been improved and so when they complain about price rises they have no idea that they're actually complaining about toy factories moving away from sweatshop labour practices (although even that is far from uniform from an article I was reading on it today). Ironically many of these people would normally oppose sweatshop labour practices if they were directly aware of them.

Of course one of the big ironies of all this, is that Alan Hassenfeld (ala Hasbro) has made policing working conditions in Chinese factories servicing the toy industry a mission of his. Of course the irony that Hasbro is arguably the largest player in the toy industry, shouldn't be lost on anyone.

The upshot of all this of course is that consumerism is a raw deal for everyone but those at the top of the food chain. Those making the goods are generally trapped in a form of economic slavery, the consumers are generally reduced to passive consumption - devoid of any genuine choice, and ultimately the companies themselves lose out because the first casualty of chasing fads, is innovation, and therefore secure longevity.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby MINDVVIPE » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:04 am

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Bowspearer wrote:
Dagon wrote:But in truth, we're supposed to accept a lot in this fandom based solely on sales.


Swap "this fandom" out for any consumer group these days and you've hit on a fairly universal truth. Quality tends not to matter these days sadly, just profit margins. One common criticism of the toy industry for example is that these days, they don't create trends like they used to in the 80s, but simply follow them trying to cash in on a fad whilst they can.

So you have this double blindness. The toy companies themselves don't see what will generate long term sales, or simply don't care.

Meanwhile consumers don't see the realities of what's going on in the toy industry. The reason prices have been cheap for so long is because they've been made essentially under sweatshop conditions in China of course. The kicker is that wages are now going up, which means prices go up for the consumer. The consumer doesn't realise that this is because wages and conditions have been improved and so when they complain about price rises they have no idea that they're actually complaining about toy factories moving away from sweatshop labour practices (although even that is far from uniform from an article I was reading on it today). Ironically many of these people would normally oppose sweatshop labour practices if they were directly aware of them.

Of course one of the big ironies of all this, is that Alan Hassenfeld (ala Hasbro) has made policing working conditions in Chinese factories servicing the toy industry a mission of his. Of course the irony that Hasbro is arguably the largest player in the toy industry, shouldn't be lost on anyone.

The upshot of all this of course is that consumerism is a raw deal for everyone but those at the top of the food chain. Those making the goods are generally trapped in a form of economic slavery, the consumers are generally reduced to passive consumption - devoid of any genuine choice, and ultimately the companies themselves lose out because the first casualty of chasing fads, is innovation, and therefore secure longevity.

:APPLAUSE:
Although its a sad clapping, as the loss of innovation is the worst loss of all. I think we, as consumers, should always ensure we do our share of research before buying anything. Seems like the only way to affect change on our side. We need to support the businesses that are taking the measures to deliver innovation without resorting to cut-corners or consumer gouging based on a trending fad. This is why I love to support 3rd party companies that take the effort to do this. Hell, it's good for business (or should be), so why not.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Bowspearer » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:23 am

MINDVVIPE wrote: :APPLAUSE:
Although its a sad clapping, as the loss of innovation is the worst loss of all. I think we, as consumers, should always ensure we do our share of research before buying anything. Seems like the only way to affect change on our side. We need to support the businesses that are taking the measures to deliver innovation without resorting to cut-corners or consumer gouging based on a trending fad. This is why I love to support 3rd party companies that take the effort to do this. Hell, it's good for business (or should be), so why not.


Honestly, the 3rd party stuff is a messy situation and then some. The problem is that the moment 3rd party companies start copying G1 character designs, then you're in the realms of one company ripping off character designs from another company. Add on kits should be simple and straightforward for Hasbro to give their official blessing to, but as they're not authorised, there's no licensing going on. I blame the 3rd party companies for theft and Hasbro for not doing anything definitive about the situation to resolve it.

Honestly, I'd have so much more respect for 3rd party characters if their figures were both original designs and original characters.

That said, one innovative idea which is on the horizon is Armarauders which I think we're all waiting for with baited breath.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Arctorro » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:36 am

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Bowspearer wrote:That said, one innovative idea which is on the horizon is Armarauders which I think we're all waiting for with baited breath.

I'm sure as hell not "waiting for with baited breath" =;
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:03 am

I think it's a bit presumptuous to assume "we're all waiting for [Armarauders] with baited breath". I'd never even heard of them. I Googled them and checked them out, and they look cool, but I'm not really interested in them. I'm way more excited about the upcoming Transformers figures.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Skywarp Revealed

Postby Bowspearer » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:49 am

Arctorro wrote:I'm sure as hell not "waiting for with baited breath" =;


Then your "awesomeness" meter is broken :P
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Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby PrymeStriker » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:12 pm

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TFCC gave us caught wind of Machine Wars Strika. It's the Generations Warpath mold, and she's got a new head.

Yeah...Strika. Who'da thought?

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:14 pm

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:15 pm

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*spittake* *cough cough* Strika?! Seriously?! I never would have expected that. Well done Fun Pub!
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:18 pm

Wasn't Strike a Beast Machines figure, not Machine Wars?
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby PrymeStriker » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:22 pm

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GuyIncognito wrote:Wasn't Strike a Beast Machines figure, not Machine Wars?


Not only a Beast Machines figure, but a Beast Machines character. She wasn't even in Machine Wars, which makes it all more awesome.

But they told us we were getting some new Machine Wars characters anyway. Therefore, we're not limited to Optimus, Megaplex, Sandstorm, and co.


This is the only figure I like out of the BotCon 2013 Exclusives so far.
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:22 pm

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GuyIncognito wrote:Wasn't Strike a Beast Machines figure, not Machine Wars?


The club has said to not only do some of the original MW characters, but also add new characters into the mix, hence "Series 2". Besides, technically she's still G1-verse, given her Beast Machines debut and the placement of Machine Wars.
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby PrymeStriker » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:25 pm

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby El Duque » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:28 pm

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BotCon has revealed the third figure in their 2013 convention set, Machine Wars Strika! The figure is a redeco of the Generations Warpath Deluxe mold featuring a new head sculpt. Check out the figure in robot mode below, along with a sketch of the new head sculpt.

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby Rated X » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:33 pm

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby NOS » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:44 pm

I also like it and am now curious if we'll get her partner in crime, Obsidian. :-?
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby Bumblevivisector » Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:58 pm

So the actual theme this year is any prior Transformers line with "Machine" in the name.

Well, at least the theme isn't technically Beast Machines, and I'm all for rehabilitating its few decent characters by working them into other areas; Strika's brief but awesome turn in Animated reaffirmed her as the first and best choice for this treatment.
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby RAcast » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:01 pm

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Strika? With an awesome head sculpt? And out of the Generations Warpath mold?! :APPLAUSE:
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:01 pm

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You know, her lack of faction symbols raises an interesting question. Before becoming a Vehicon General in Beast Machines, she was one of the greatest generals of all time next to Obsidian, with her prime directive being the protection of Cybertron. Would that make actually Machine Wars Strika an Autobot, despite her Animated incarnation being a Decepticon? :-?
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:06 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:You know, her lack of faction symbols raises an interesting question. Before becoming a Vehicon General in Beast Machines, she was one of the greatest generals of all time next to Obsidian, with her prime directive being the protection of Cybertron. Would that make actually Machine Wars Strika an Autobot, despite her Animated incarnation being a Decepticon? :-?
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

Postby PrymeStriker » Thu Feb 14, 2013 1:19 pm

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Strika wishes us a Happy Valentines Day! Transformer's Facebook page jumped right on it.

Transformers Facebook Page wrote:Machine Wars Strika, the latest reveal from the 5-figure box set available exclusively at http://www.botcon.com, stopped by our page to wish all of you bots and cons out there a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Share this with YOUR Valentine and then check out her ALL-NEW toy here: http://www.botcon.com/BotCon2013/bc13exclusives.cfm


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