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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Caelus » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:25 pm

Cybershark wrote:And making characters that literally Nobody wants or cares about in Machine Wars and Beast Machines?


Actually, I really want Obsidian and Strika, and I'd want Dreadwing if they'd painted him like MW Starscream.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Shadowstream » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:33 pm

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If by "Machine Wars Themed" they mean a bunch of random exclusive repaints that no one in their right mind would give a second look, then yeah that sounds about right.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Mkall » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:40 pm

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I will say this in The Club's defence about their Machine Wars themed set: They chose molds from different lines. Remember that the small figs were new articulated molds and the bigger figs were all G1.5 molds, so in that they're celebrating the line's diversity...

...yeah even I can't convince myself of that one.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Seibertron » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:42 pm

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Mkall wrote:I will say this in The Club's defence about their Machine Wars themed set: They chose molds from different lines. Remember that the small figs were new articulated molds and the bigger figs were all G1.5 molds, so in that they're celebrating the line's diversity...

...yeah even I can't convince myself of that one.


I'm right there with you. I don't think anyone actually cares about that. It was a retail exclusive line full of repaints and molds that were never used in G2 or released in the US for G1.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Mindmaster » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:42 pm

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Cybershark wrote:And making characters that literally Nobody wants or cares about in Machine Wars and Beast Machines?


"Nobody" seems to be a bit of an exaggeration. There are a some people who are excited for this set. I've never owned a BotCon set ever, and I would love to get my hands on it, just to have 1) the thrill of owning a set and 2) Classics-ish Strika and Obsidian. Plus, Megaplex would be somewhat interesting, if it wasn't for the laziness on FunPub's part and not doing a new head for him.

Show me a chart with all the statistics, and citations, then I'll yield. >:oP
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby ILL-Star » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:13 pm

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I agree with FunPub. Even before the Machine Wars theme was revealed I thought Dreadwing's head resembled Megatron's. Plus G2 Soundwave is a clone of G1 Soundwave and he looks entirely different, including his head. Same with G2 Mirage and Bumblebee. In this Universe, being a clone doesn't mean that they look identicle. They carry over iconic traits and personalities. And remember that they're also modified by Jhiaxus. And though I feel that everything in this set makes sense, what does it matter anyway? I'd rather have characters Hasbro's not likely to release again than another stupid Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and all the other typical names.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Rated X » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:37 pm

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Rated X wrote:
Seibertron wrote:This would have worked with a new G1 styled Megatron head. But without it, it doesn't look like a clone of Megatron at all. It looks like a recolored Dreadwing. Megaplex with a new head would have sold the set alone. I thought reveals 3 through 5 were supposed to be the ones that wowed us all?

:HEADHURTS: :HEADHURTS: :HEADHURTS: :HEADHURTS: :HEADHURTS:

And for good measure ...

:michaelbay:

And they wonder why there's such an explosion of 3rd party products over the past 1/2 decade. These poor decisions/choices to save a buck are really frustrating. Believe in your products, do them right so that no explanations are needed, toss in a modified weapon for Hoist so he's got a tow hook, a new head for Megatron Megaplex, and charge us 20 to 50 bucks more for the set.


So if Dr. Wu makes a Megatron head that installs easy without damaging the figure, are you in ?


Of course not ... just saying they should do it right the first time.



I agree they should get it right the first time. But seeing as how the Funpub heads arent original to the Hasbro mold anyways, Im suprised you wouldnt support someone righting this wrong. Wasnt the Longarm 2012 custom class Shockwave head and cannon not made by the Hasbro factory ? Werent they 3rd party parts added to the kit by Funpub ? Maybe if we create a buzz on these fansites we can get them to do something like that. 4 months is enough time for any resin artist if the money is right...
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Manterax Prime » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:44 pm

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Welp.....there's $400 I won't be shelling out....yet....

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:52 pm

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Rated X wrote:I agree they should get it right the first time. But seeing as how the Funpub heads arent original to the Hasbro mold anyways, Im suprised you wouldnt support someone righting this wrong. Wasnt the Longarm 2012 custom class Shockwave head and cannon not made by the Hasbro factory ? Werent they 3rd party parts added to the kit by Funpub ? Maybe if we create a buzz on these fansites we can get them to do something like that. 4 months is enough time for any resin artist if the money is right...


My resin accessories are not with my Longarm figure. I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Rated X » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:03 pm

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Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:I agree they should get it right the first time. But seeing as how the Funpub heads arent original to the Hasbro mold anyways, Im suprised you wouldnt support someone righting this wrong. Wasnt the Longarm 2012 custom class Shockwave head and cannon not made by the Hasbro factory ? Werent they 3rd party parts added to the kit by Funpub ? Maybe if we create a buzz on these fansites we can get them to do something like that. 4 months is enough time for any resin artist if the money is right...


My resin accessories are not with my Longarm figure. I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.



So Im guessing one of these two things...

A. You disapprove of Funpub adding the resin Shockwave head to the kit behind Hasbro's back ?

OR

B. You just prefer the Longarm Jazz head ? (I know you dont like SG purple Autobots)
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:15 pm

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Rated X wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
Rated X wrote:I agree they should get it right the first time. But seeing as how the Funpub heads arent original to the Hasbro mold anyways, Im suprised you wouldnt support someone righting this wrong. Wasnt the Longarm 2012 custom class Shockwave head and cannon not made by the Hasbro factory ? Werent they 3rd party parts added to the kit by Funpub ? Maybe if we create a buzz on these fansites we can get them to do something like that. 4 months is enough time for any resin artist if the money is right...


My resin accessories are not with my Longarm figure. I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.



So Im guessing one of these two things...

A. You disapprove of Funpub adding the resin Shockwave head to the kit behind Hasbro's back ?

OR

B. You just prefer the Longarm Jazz head ? (I know you dont like SG purple Autobots)


I don't disapprove of it. They can do whatever they want. Not sure what you mean by not liking SG purple Autobots.

Please don't turn this topic into something it's not. This topic is not here to discuss my views on 3rd party products.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Sabrblade » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:24 pm

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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby RAcast » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:26 pm

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XD Except that Botcon Machine Wars Megaplex =/= Megatron's stand in, according to his bio at least.

Of course, the original MW Megaplex was still a different color than Megatron... still not inconspicuous. >.>;
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Bounti76 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:36 pm

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Seibertron wrote:I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.



What do you feel are the poor/bad decisions here, the Machine Wars theme, or the way the molds are done? What would you have done differently? Just wondering.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby KNM2012 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:51 pm

Yeah... No. Hasbro? I know that you supply the molds, but I think you would have been wise to recommend it with a more "MW" Megatron style head. So yeah... I'll stick with my Takara Tomy stuff, and seek out a Ginrai instead of being disappointed with the laziness of this piece. >:oP
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:49 pm

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Bounti76 wrote:
Seibertron wrote:I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.



What do you feel are the poor/bad decisions here, the Machine Wars theme, or the way the molds are done? What would you have done differently? Just wondering.


I've had a problem with the "mixed" theme sets such as G2 Redux and Machine Wars.

Here's what I'd do different with how this is presented to help avoid the public relations fiasco that happens each year with the Club and BotCon exclusive reveals ...

1. No more slow drip tease. Announce the location far in advance so people can plan their lives around the event. They actually accomplished this goal this year.

2. Announce the set's theme, reveal the pictures, and post the BotCon brochure at the same time. This gets rid of them announcing the theme far in advance which leads to massive fan speculation that never pans out and turns into a negative thing. Fan's discussing their ideas publicly or privately for months at a time turns into wild fan speculation which gets crushed when the actual products are revealed. This would help keep expectations in check and eliminate a lot of the negativity that resounds from fan's being disappointed.


Here's what I would've done different with the set (albeit not knowing all of the politics involved or the business side of all of this, though I'm sure I come pretty close to hitting the nail on the head about a lot of these decisions coming down to financial reasons).

1. Starscream or Megaplex should have been the star of a "Machine Wars" set. Megaplex should've been it, in my opinion, because he was the only "original" character to come out of a cheaply done KB Toys exclusive repaint/mold reuse set. If you go with Megaplex, he has to have a Megatron head and that mold has to also be used as Megatron in the same series to sell the idea that Mexaplex is a clone of Megatron. The reuse of the head should have helped pay for the costs for the new Megatron and Megaplex head.

(If Starscream was used instead to have a key anchor character in the set, I would have understand that need. As one of the core Transformers characters, Starscream should have a new head prior to other characters and to help sell the connection of it actually being Starscream since MW Starscream was basically just a name reuse and not an accurate depiction of the character.)

2. Strika and Obsidian ... if you want them, fine, but then don't call this Machine Wars. If you want to call this theme Machine Wars, save them for the Collector's Subscription line or something.

If you want to fit them into some master storyline that gives us some history about them, stays true to Beast Wars/Machines and gives us updated versions of them, then I guess we'll have to wait for the BotCon comic. But use the BotCon comic right and give us a reason to believe that these characters fit in with the rest. The fiction for BotCon and the Club has really gone down the tubes the more convoluted the stories have become. Whoever the convention exclusives are should be the primary focus of the comic to help "sell" the idea of these characters.

3. I'm all for Hoist and Hubcap getting updates. Easy BotCon mold reuses to save on costs ... same head. I would've been very happy with a MW colored Movie 2007 TRU exclusive Hoist. It probably would've doubled as a Trailbreaker or a Diaclone figure in some collections. Hoist has to be a tow truck (He's always a tow truck except for that Spychanger version).

4. Skywarp or Hoist should've been last on the list to get new head updates if Megaplex was a must in this year's set. I'm not a big fan of ROTF Dirge mold but whatever. If that's what they had to work with then so be it. Skywarp seems like a no brainer because you get an easy Thundercracker repaint and you could do something cool like a MW clone army set colored as G1 Seeker rainmakers or something alone those lines.


Things that I would like to see with the remaining attendee only exclusives ...

1. Classics Mirage as MW Mirage and MW Prowl. Kind of lame doing that mold again as a BotCon exclusive but that was 6 years ago so it could've worked with nice paint apps.

2. Dreadwing as Megatron with the most convincing Megatron paint apps you've ever seen to really sell that as Megatron. Complete with Megatron "eyebrows" and I'd love to see the G1 toy's chest design's swirlies and other design cues as paint apps to help sell it. They still haven't shown us his weapon. Maybe they went all out and gave us a new weapon instead of a new head. The only thing that could make a figure more of a nod to Megatron than a Megatron head is a cannon on his right arm.

3. Sandstorm and Soundwave have got to make an appearance. The Tomahawk mold would've worked nice for this but Spinister had first dibs on it last year.


My ideas aren't perfect either. I know not everyone would like what I've suggested. Admittedly, that's one of the biggest challenges that the Club has. However, poor decisions about head choices have plagued Fun Pub ever since they started back in 2005. I keep hoping that the pattern will end, but it just seems to continue unfortunately.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:07 am

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Seibertron wrote:Megaplex should've been it, in my opinion, because he was the only "original" character to come out of a cheaply done KB Toys exclusive repaint/mold reuse set.
But Hubcap's bio had him as a different character than G1 Hubcap (which is one of the reasons why some people seem to really like MW Hubcap).

Seibertron wrote:I would've been very happy with a MW colored Movie 2007 TRU exclusive Hoist.
I agree, but all of the 2007-2008 Movie 1 molds are sadly off limits to the Club.

As are the Unicron Trilogy molds, apparently, given what was said about their not using them last year. So no Cybertron Armorhide mold, who's too small anyway since the Club's lately been steering clear of anything smaller than Deluxe class.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:20 am

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Seibertron wrote:Megaplex should've been it, in my opinion, because he was the only "original" character to come out of a cheaply done KB Toys exclusive repaint/mold reuse set.
But Hubcap's bio had him as a different character than G1 Hubcap (which is one of the reasons why some people seem to really like MW Hubcap).


There is no Hubcap bio. If FunPub made one years later in the comic, that doesn't count.

Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:I would've been very happy with a MW colored Movie 2007 TRU exclusive Hoist.
I agree, but all of the 2007-2008 Movie 1 molds are sadly off limits to the Club.

As are the Unicron Trilogy molds, apparently, given what was said about their not using them last year. So no Cybertron Armorhide mold, who's too small anyway since the Club's lately been steering clear of anything smaller than Deluxe class.


Then you don't do Hoist and Hubcap or you modify the weapon accessory so that it turns a pickup truck into a tow truck.

Don't buy into that "off limits" stuff either. That probably translates into having to pay a fee to Paramount or giving them a percentage of the profits for the product, however that deal works. Would love to know why they can use Dirge but not Hoist since both are made-up vehicles even though Hoist/Longarm was supposed to represent a GM truck.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Rated X » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:03 am

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Rated X wrote:I agree they should get it right the first time. But seeing as how the Funpub heads arent original to the Hasbro mold anyways, Im suprised you wouldnt support someone righting this wrong. Wasnt the Longarm 2012 custom class Shockwave head and cannon not made by the Hasbro factory ? Werent they 3rd party parts added to the kit by Funpub ? Maybe if we create a buzz on these fansites we can get them to do something like that. 4 months is enough time for any resin artist if the money is right...


My resin accessories are not with my Longarm figure. I just want them to do this set right. Frustrating to see poor or bad decisions being made.



So Im guessing one of these two things...

A. You disapprove of Funpub adding the resin Shockwave head to the kit behind Hasbro's back ?

OR

B. You just prefer the Longarm Jazz head ? (I know you dont like SG purple Autobots)


I don't disapprove of it. They can do whatever they want. Not sure what you mean by not liking SG purple Autobots.

Please don't turn this topic into something it's not. This topic is not here to discuss my views on 3rd party products.



My apoligies if I was getting too off topic. I thought we agreed in the past that SG is just a gimmick to justify and sell lazy repaints, so I assumed you arent much of an SG fan. I always felt the "Longarm" kit was intended to be SG Jazz if you dont use the resin parts. My point was Funpub does have the connections to get custom heads made without going through Hasbro. I wonder what is the possibility of Funpub releasing a new Megaplex head in the future if they get enough "fan rage" ? Hell, Id buy one for 10 bucks if funpub offered them...
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Fri Mar 01, 2013 2:15 am

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Rated X wrote:My apoligies if I was getting too off topic. I thought we agreed in the past that SG is just a gimmick to justify and sell lazy repaints, so I assumed you arent much of an SG fan. I always felt the "Longarm" kit was intended to be SG Jazz if you dont use the resin parts. My point was Funpub does have the connections to get custom heads made without going through Hasbro. I wonder what is the possibility of Funpub releasing a new Megaplex head in the future if they get enough "fan rage" ? Hell, Id buy one for 10 bucks if funpub offered them...


that's just a cop-out solution. Fragile, unpainted, fan-made resin "kits" aren't what I'm looking for either. It's OK for the custom class figure since the class is about making a custom figure, but not for a main figure that's in a box set that I'm paying $350+ for.

As for the Shattered Glass part of your comments, you're right. I don't like Shattered Glass, though I think the 2008 was the last real good set (though they wasted a head on Blurr). I was thrown off by the purple and Autobot specifications.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Henry921 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:08 am

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Mindmaster wrote:Plus, Megaplex would be somewhat interesting, if it wasn't for the laziness on FunPub's part and not doing a new head for him.
>:oP


This. There go any plans of me getting the Iacon package on this one.

Might get Obsidian on ebay. Have no interest in the others. If Thundercracker gets a mold at the show, I might go out of my way to get the two seekers and pretend they have a mass produced army at their backs (old army building habits there).

A shame. The fiction for this series sounds interesting, but I have only a passing interest in two of the five announced toys, and am not enthused at all. Of course, I felt the same about last year's box set and really liked the at-show souvenir exclusives.

So keep on disappointing, FunPub. I have enough TF toys to pay for this year.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Megaplex Revealed

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:05 am

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Seibertron wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Seibertron wrote:Megaplex should've been it, in my opinion, because he was the only "original" character to come out of a cheaply done KB Toys exclusive repaint/mold reuse set.
But Hubcap's bio had him as a different character than G1 Hubcap (which is one of the reasons why some people seem to really like MW Hubcap).


There is no Hubcap bio. If FunPub made one years later in the comic, that doesn't count.
I mean his original 1997 bio:

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Seibertron wrote:Don't buy into that "off limits" stuff either. That probably translates into having to pay a fee to Paramount or giving them a percentage of the profits for the product, however that deal works. Would love to know why they can use Dirge but not Hoist since both are made-up vehicles even though Hoist/Longarm was supposed to represent a GM truck.
Understandable, though here's a breakdown of which Movieverse toys are and aren't up for grabs:
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  • Non-film character/non-Paramount-designed character molds molds from ROTF, 2010, and DOTM are okay (like how Bludgeon and Dirge have been)

So, that leaves the following Movieverse toy molds (Deluxe and up) available to use:

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Dirge/2010 Jetblade
Lockdown/2010 Axor
Brawn/2010 Fallback

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Mindwipe/2010 Strafe

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Voyager:
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Bass X0 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:31 am

Machine Wars Termination will be ignoring certain aspects of the original 1997 bios in favor of new bios that work with the story they have planned.

If Megaplex is no longer an identical stand-in for Megatron and that MWT Hubcap is in fact the oriignal G1 Hubcap and not some creepy new dude, then I'm fine with that.
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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Manterax Prime » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:22 am

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Bass X0 wrote:Machine Wars Termination will be ignoring certain aspects of the original 1997 bios in favor of new bios that work with the story they have planned.

If Megaplex is no longer an identical stand-in for Megatron and that MWT Hubcap is in fact the oriignal G1 Hubcap and not some creepy new dude, then I'm fine with that.


But Megaplex IS a stand-in for Megatron.

As far as I'm concerned, these molds would've worked better for this set:

Hoist- 07 Movie Longarm/ROTF HOIST!!!!!

Strika- As I said before, Energon Demolishor

Obsidian- Any helicopter.......any!

Skywarp- Amarda or Energon Starscream

Megaplex- If this guy wasn't getting a new head they could've gone with, oh, Idk....POWERIZER MEGATRON!!!!!!!!!

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Re: Botcon 2013 "Machine Wars: Termination" set revealed

Postby Sabrblade » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:27 am

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Manterax Prime wrote:As far as I'm concerned, these molds would've worked better for this set:

Hoist- 07 Movie Longarm/ROTF HOIST!!!!!

Strika- As I said before, Energon Demolishor



Skywarp- Amarda or Energon Starscream
And none of those were available to use.
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