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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Dagon » Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:55 pm

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Chaoslock wrote:Ruined? The whole movie line suffers fom the lack of paint, so I can say that "plastic grey" ruined the whole line.

Made? Any black-based Skywarp figure. His paint scheme looks the best from all Decepticons.


I'm in agreement. Lousy paintjobs on many of the movie figures really makes sub-par lines and lackluster toys even worse.

As for Skywarp, I love the colors of all the Seekers. It really makes them stand apart from each other, even Ramjet and Thundercracker who are both primarily one color. But I'm a Seekr fanatic, so maybe I'm too biased.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby BeastProwl » Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:18 pm

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The Camo repaints of Bruticus/Ruination come to mind. Genius color schemes, them both.
As for paint ruining a figure? Id'e say Most of G2. There are a few good ones, but mostly, it's all eye searing.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby RhA » Wed Feb 22, 2012 2:03 am

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Geewun Smokescreen has great colors. I always loved the blue, white & red on that guy. Perfect.

Most brown transformers are just awfull. Robots should not even be brown.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Valandar » Wed Feb 22, 2012 3:26 am

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For me, certain molds just look better in certain colors, and it often depends on what the alt mode is. I didn't much care for Drift, mostly because the character is a Marty Stu if I ever saw one, but i really liked the Blurr repaint. Partly because of the sniper rifle, admittedly, but the point is that color scheme fit the mold better than Drift's.

On the other hand, the Allspark Blue shouls pretty much NEVER be on the mechanical parts of a bot. As the base color for the body work of, say, Blurr, yeah. But on the robotic parts not visible in alt mode? NEVER. There are those that manage to move past the hideous color, like DOTM Skyhammer (it almost fits, being an alternate middle ground between the white and the slate blue), but for the most part it just was absolutely terrible.

And finally, there's those molds that start with a nice looking color scheme (whether or not the paint apps are any good, they at least had colors that fit), and has at least one variant that is excellent, and one variant that blows donkey dung. Case in point, the Classics + Seeker mold. Thundercracker is excellent, as are Skywarp, and the second Starscream, but Acid Storm's "camo" paint job is remarkably bad - mainly in my military mind, as it's wearing what would be a ground based camo pattern, not an aerial one.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Rodimus Prime » Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:29 am

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Masterforce Grand Maximus. All that red makes him so hideous. I know it's mostly show-accurate, but the toy just looks so ugly to me. At one point I planned on owning all 3 versions, but then decided to skip on the Grand Max, because for the price he is sold, it's just too visually off-putting.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby craggy » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:21 am

Screamfleet wrote:I've never really cared for bumblebee or cliffjumper toys. I have no problem with yellow at all. Red is actually like, my favorite color. They've just never done it for me. However, ever since wasp in animated, I've longed for green repaints of bumblbee/cliffjumper toys. If they did a few in green, maybe I might start picking those molds.

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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby alternator77 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:45 am

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repaint that made the figure animated blurr hes just perfect
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Noideaforaname » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:27 am

RotF Sideways's bright red crotch "ruined" the figure for me, though the Dead End repaint made the figure (I'm a sucker for red-black-gold(en yellow) color schemes).


The excess of plain gray plastic is also a sour point with a lot of DotM molds, especially since the "core" body of the TF (i.e. everything that isn't part of the vehicle mode) tends to be entirely gray. Simply breaking up that gray with some of the kibble colors would've done wonders.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby SJ21 » Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:35 am

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I HATED the inclusion of Allspark blue to the first movie line. Hated it. They went out of their way to try to make the toys as screen-accurate as they could and then screwed it up with the "premium" line.

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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Mykltron » Thu Feb 23, 2012 5:21 am

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The only colour scheme that really ruined a figure for me was Classics voyager Megatron.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Dean ML » Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:40 pm

The red notches on the feet of RotF leader Prime drive me crazy. The mold is sheer genius but I can't stand looking at those bright red toes. I'll get around to painting him someday.

Also, I really think DotM deluxe BB is the best of the BB movie molds, even better than Battle Blades BB. But, damn, aside from the black racing stripes, I don't even think this figure has any paint apps. I'll get around to painting him, too.

Looking back on the G1 line, I remember how much I loved all the crazy day glo colors that the movie characters sported, all the way to the Headmasters and beyond (Seacons). As a kid, I thought the initial 84-85 looked dull in comparison. I loved the neon green eyes, purple legs, sky blue arms, and chrome teeth of the Sharkticon. Awesome.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby kirbenvost » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:23 pm

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Recently, I was pretty wowed by Generations Skyshadow. The new paint scheme really makes him stand out as whole different character from Thunderwing. And unlike a lot of recent Hasbro TFs, it's just an all-around great paint job. Black and any variety of colors do tend to make a figure stand out.

A great example of a bad vs. good paint scheme - Armada Unicron and Amazon Unicron. I was reluctant to buy him originally with all the clear plastic and purple bits, but with the new color scheme I'm all over it. I would have loved it even without the new head.

As for schemes that ruin figures, I'm going to agree with the consensus that the pale light grey so prevalent in modern TFs is pretty horrible, along with a lack of detail.

And a particularly ugly paint scheme was of course Classics Voyager Megatron.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby craggy » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:31 pm

the new head and chest probably help Skyshadow too.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Savage » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:49 pm

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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Windsweeper » Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:25 pm

I thought the original colour scheme on Classics Starscream was hideous. It was just so bland and unbecoming of his character. Plus, my one had a very badly painted helmet. I would have sworn off the mold had I not taken a chance on Acidstorm as I love new Seekers.

I've since gotten the more cartoon accurate Starscream, Thundercracker and the Coneheads. I've sent my first Starscream to be repainted as a purple Air Warrior. However, someone recently said that Starscream's colours were similar to G1 Tornado so now I'm uncertain about the repaint.

ROTF Dead End was very bland but I love Nightbeat. The head mold is too alien but his car mode looks fantastic.

I love ROTF Breakdown but I can't decide whether I like Oilpan. Pity they didn't give us Wildrider.

Machine Wars Mirage and Prowl are very bland but Robotmasters Mirage and RID Skidz are awesome.

Cybertron Clocker is garish but interesting. Swerve is cool because he reminds me of Hot Rod in the G2 comics. I have a Custom in Hot Rod's Movie clours and it looks nice.

I reacquainted myself with G1 Snarl recently after 2 decades. The stegosaurus mode with the gold paint is a work of art.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Delicon » Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:03 pm

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kirbenvost wrote:Recently, I was pretty wowed by Generations Skyshadow. The new paint scheme really makes him stand out as whole different character from Thunderwing. And unlike a lot of recent Hasbro TFs, it's just an all-around great paint job. Black and any variety of colors do tend to make a figure stand out.


Am I the only one who thinks that figure is very Voltron-esque?

Windsweeper wrote:I thought the original colour scheme on Classics Starscream was hideous.


Totally agree. I was excited when I first bought him, just because, hey they made a G1-inspired Starscream again but when I looked at him next to the likes of Skywarp and Ramjet, I realized just how much they had dropped the ball with him. That of course was well before all the later seekers came out. I can't believe that some people still have that one as the Starscream in their Classicsverse, especially after we got Henkei and Universe.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby craggy » Fri Feb 24, 2012 6:00 pm

I haven't updated my Classics Starscream since the original. Why? I've bought the mold 4 other times since then, in one form or another. I'd rather not buy a duplicate as a character I already own.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby bionic_radical » Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:19 pm

OG Classics Screamer was fine, outside of his translucent face. Without paint to cast shadow, that face is worthless.

Hate for Smurfhide too. There are only a handful of guys that can pull off the blue face. Actually, I pretty much hate any robot with a blue face. Treadshot is on the bubble.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Andrius » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:23 pm

Generally, I have little love for the Michael Bay film aesthetic and the related toylines disappointed me, more often than not. Despite that, I really have a soft spot for ROTF Mixmaster; he's a well-engineered toy with an interesting transformation and great articulation. Moreover, his purple, silver, and black color scheme, coupled with a beautifully oversized Decepticon Symbol, make him a great addition to my collection.

I like the mold so much, that I considered buying his G1-esque repaint, until I saw it in person. No thanks! I'm amazed how much of a difference this paint job made in my impression of the toy.

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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby fenrir72 » Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:04 am

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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Primacron's Little Helper » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:26 am

I reckon there's a few figures where the original was meh but the repaint was awesome - G1 Seacons - BWII Seacons, G2 Prime - RID Scourge, Classics - Henkei Megatron and Astrotrain all stand out for me.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Delicon » Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:21 am

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Andrius wrote:Generally, I have little love for the Michael Bay film aesthetic and the related toylines disappointed me, more often than not. Despite that, I really have a soft spot for ROTF Mixmaster; he's a well-engineered toy with an interesting transformation and great articulation. Moreover, his purple, silver, and black color scheme, coupled with a beautifully oversized Decepticon Symbol, make him a great addition to my collection.

I like the mold so much, that I considered buying his G1-esque repaint, until I saw it in person. No thanks! I'm amazed how much of a difference this paint job made in my impression of the toy.

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That huge Decepticon symbol adds a LOT to an otherwise strange toy. The black and silver mix well, too.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby Aladar » Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:30 pm

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I have a dull ass deco to thank for two of my best customs. DOTM Sideswipe's dull as **** grey paint job made me do the mold into screen accurate silver aand DOTM Sunstreaker with a gold deco. Don't ever rely on grey to make a toy look good unless the actual character is that dull ass grey in the movie and or tv show.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby ShadowBlaze » Thu Jul 04, 2013 9:53 pm

I have to echo the sentiments about grey plastic. I don't like it even when it's accurate to the character's look. Example: WFC Megatron. Awesome figure in every way, but I much prefer the gunmetal and translucent purple of the TRU three-pack version over the standard grey release.

Between Bumblebee and Cliffjumper, I'll always go with CJ, even if the head-sculpt is a lazy BB rehash (a la Classics); yellow is a colour I've simply never cared for.

Generations Darkmount (Straxus) looks damn cartoony--and not in a good way--with all the bright red plastic accents, but Skullgrin looks worlds better in somber burgundy and black.

I have five iterations of the Prime Wheeljack mold (Hasbro RID, Dark Energon, Hasbro Beast Hunters, Dead-End, and Arms Micron Wildrider). Dead-End's eye-searing deco is nearly a deal-breaker, while WJ's classic white, red, and green colour scheme falls right in the middle. The translucent royal blue of Dark Energon WJ, however, really knocks it out of the park.


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ROTF Bansaitron > ROTF Bludgeon
Energon Starscream (steel blue & translucent green) > "Energon Starscream" (G1 colours)
FOC Sideswipe > FOC Jazz
Robot Masters R-Blade > Hooligan, G2 Jetfire, et al.
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Re: Colors that totally made or ruined a figure

Postby RAcast » Thu Jul 04, 2013 10:05 pm

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What's with all the G2 hate? o_O;

I LOVE G2's eye-searing decos! :grin: I mean, on one hand I grew up with G2, but...they're just good.

My thought process with Transformers as a whole is specifically -liking- things to be different. Give me three different styles of Seeker and I'll display them together because I think they look better looking different.
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