Dean ML wrote:It feels like the DotM line was one big missed opportunity. I really wish the line was able to have a run like the RotF line and its follow up HftD line. For my collecting purposes, Cyberverse and HA are a waste of plastic and took away from the main line.
For the most part, I agree. Cyberverse was rather wasteful. However, there were some plusses.
- Powerglide.(Fantastic figure. Not cheapish, felt like a real figure.)
- Crowbar. (Small and simplistic, but a very neat transformation.)
- Hatchet. (I don't even know where to begin. Just a fantastic figure.)
Dean ML wrote:I think that some of the movie's major characters not seeing release in toy form while Jolt, Mudflap, and Skids got new molds must be due to miscommunication between Has/Tak and the movie studio. I think I remember a Hasbro rep even said had they known how important Shockwave was they would have given him a leader figure. What could have been! Here's a list of what I think this line needed that we never got...
What could have been! Better luck in 2014!
...you know... I *do* recall something along those lines. I won't swear on it, but I'm almost 100% sure that actually happened. I just can't remember where I read it. =\
The lack of communication has been prevalent throughout all of the movies.
TF1 Optimus? His truck mode is forgivable. His transformation is forgivable, given the time frame. The detail on his robot mode, including chest details...not so much.
TF1 Megatron? Head went through revisions and it was kept a secret as to what the final product looked like, because we had been misdirected so many times.
HFTD Battle Blades Bumblebee? They had to go through the 70's Camaro, the Concept, the remolds/redecos of the Concept, to finally get a figure that was incredibly close to being accurate, but still missed the mark of being perfect. (Though, it was sooo good, it was forgivable.)
And now, Shockwave.
Granted, I realize Hasbro has to have a rather sizable amount of heads up time, to get the ball rolling for these things, and it would be nice for Paramount/the production company to help clue them in.
But...they're making movies that bring in huge bank. They're on a very hectic schedule. Bay's constantly on the move, constantly editing, constantly filming. In all of that, communication with Hasbro, for their designers, just isn't first priority. Would it have killed Hasbro to be the first to make contact and ask ILM (or Bay's CGI group) for renders to work off of?
Jolt didn't sell well in ROTF or HFTD. Why he'd come back for DOTM, when he had nothing to do with it? No idea. People say Hasbro's been playing it safe, especially with the economy and all, but none of these moves have made fiscal sense.
Jolt? Redecos of Bumblebee and Ratchet? Producing the final 3 Deluxe Class molds we're missing and not releasing them, for all intents and purposes? Just...ridiculous. It's almost like they went insane, or on a drunken bender and created a memorandum requiring these moves be made.
As you said, perhaps 2014. Which makes me wonder if this was all intentional to some degree. Since they didn't come out here, they'd be perfect line filling fodder for the next film. Might even get a Dino out of it. They'll have to change the body shell for the car (or maybe they'll do that in the film), but we might finally get one.
Just bad, bad planning.
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