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GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Blurrz » Sat May 18, 2013 1:51 am

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The new Voyager Springer is certainly a Springer that has finally ended the pitiful repaint attempts Hasbro and others have dished out in recent years, such as BotCon and Universe. What gets me is that GDO Springer was put out and I can't help but think there's a lack of thought and communication within the company if they're doing two 'CHUG' based Springer toys in such a short time span!

The Vortex mold is a solid helicopter mold that could have easily been Whirl, Rotorstorm, or others, but rather they waste the opportunity and the money on a new head mold for a figure when the definite Springer was coming out less than a year later. WTF?

So what are you guys doing with your other Springers?
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby RhA » Sat May 18, 2013 3:29 am

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There's a load of Primes in CHUG, as wel as a load of Megatrons, several Bumblebees, a Wheelie or two... So what's a Second or third Springer? I'm keeping mine, he's still a solid toy.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Mykltron » Sat May 18, 2013 5:57 am

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Sat May 18, 2013 6:19 am

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To be pedantic, Tomahawk is the original with DotM Vortex as the pretool ;)

Seriously though, the GDO vs. Generations Springer leads me to believe that Hasbro Asia develops independently of Hasbro US as they are, legally speaking, two separate companies under the Hasbro umbrella name. Hasbro proper may have authorized Asia to develop the GDO series, without anticipating the future demand for the US at all. Let's hope they learned a lesson from that, and let's thank them for listening to us :APPLAUSE:

As for Springer, I still plan on getting both the Triple Changer and the GDO one, blame my love of repaints. Thing is, Springer (and Wheelie by extension) went above and beyond with not just the new head, but also his new weapon. The Triple Changer will go with the regular display with Rodimus, Kup and Blurr, while the GDO one will go on the Expanded Universe shelf.

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Nemesis Destron » Sat May 18, 2013 9:40 am

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When we finally got the pics on the finished voyager Springer there was simply no more need for my Botcon and GDO Springer. I'm sure many fans would have kept both and not parted ways with them but what can I say, here today...you know. It took me a while to accept the GDO mold on the fact that I hated those feet, the only flaw. And I enjoyed the hell out of Botcon Springer though range of movement could have been improved for that mold IMO.


I don't think I have any TFs to make up a expanded universe allowing me to keep the other two. Its also true that there are more than one CHUG for both OP and Megatron but those are acceptions like anything else. In my CHUG collection I need only one Perceptor, one Astrotrain, and only one Springer. :VEHI:
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Nutimus Prime » Sat May 18, 2013 1:13 pm

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Im keeping my GDO deluxe and Generations voyager. I had to hunt down GDO Springer and Wheelie last year. I wouldnt let them go, biggest reason being that my daughter really likes the 86 movie cast. She was excited as all get out when we finally found them.

Anyway at the moment my daughters playing with GDO Springer because Generations Springer is on display taking GDO Springers former spot.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby NTESHFT » Sat May 18, 2013 5:45 pm

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I, too, will be keeping my GDO Springer. I was against him, at first, like many of the "sort of Springers" that came out, but I gave this one a chance. I really dig him. This particular version of the mold is my favorite. I plan to keep him in alt mode once I get my voyager version shipped to me from my POL.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Henry921 » Sat May 18, 2013 11:20 pm

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I like his little sword and his helicopter mode. Why get rid of him?

I do wish I'd bought him when I saw him at TRU rather than pick him up secondhand after the fact, tho. I barely had the toy a few weeks before the triple changer was announced.

It's like my excess Optimuses/Soundwaves... I'll put him somewhere else, and probably display him in vehicle mode.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby robotmel » Sun May 19, 2013 5:52 am

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I wanted a nice green helicopter to call Springer, so started looking at the Universe Springer which looks great, but couldnt find him in the U.K. for a decent price; I looked at Energon Bulkhead but could never find one that was complete; I really, really wanted FansProject 'Springer' but the prices where just crazy!

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby ThunderThruster » Sun May 19, 2013 6:44 am

As with Mykltron, I've been patient and waited until a triplechanging figure was done. Now I just have to wait for it to hit UK shores!
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby xyl360 » Sun May 19, 2013 9:05 am

I don't think it's a waste. I think it's a really cool repaint of a really great mold. I love Tomahawk and I'd have bought the Springer repaint myself if I didn't already have a green repaint of that mold (I turned it into a Cybertronian Waspinator :P).

Either way, the GDO version still looks really cool and whether to be repurposed, customized or just kept around to show off the great chopper alt mode, I don't think it should bother any collector to have both in their collection.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Seibertron » Sun May 19, 2013 11:54 am

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Blurrz wrote:The new Voyager Springer is certainly a Springer that has finally ended the pitiful repaint attempts Hasbro and others have dished out in recent years, such as BotCon and Universe. What gets me is that GDO Springer was put out and I can't help but think there's a lack of thought and communication within the company if they're doing two 'CHUG' based Springer toys in such a short time span!

The Vortex mold is a solid helicopter mold that could have easily been Whirl, Rotorstorm, or others, but rather they waste the opportunity and the money on a new head mold for a figure when the definite Springer was coming out less than a year later. WTF?

So what are you guys doing with your other Springers?


Just an opportunity for them to make money. They knew a proper Springer was coming out but we didn't so it was an easy sale on a popular character as a remold with a new accessory and new head.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby RK_Striker_JK_5 » Sun May 19, 2013 3:57 pm

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby paul053 » Mon May 20, 2013 8:57 am

Market testing? Let's just make a cheap repaint to an exclusive market and see how many people cry for it. Then we will make a REAL one for real deal.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby craggy » Mon May 20, 2013 2:37 pm

GDO Springer will now be Sprung, the youthful Autobot who joins up with The Wreckers, and earns his stripes and becomes the triple-changing commando leader that we see more often in fiction.

I'd probably not have bought him had I known we were getting the Generations Voyager, but got him for an acceptable price (if only the same had been possible with GDO Wheelie) and am quite happy with him.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby MGrotusque » Mon May 20, 2013 7:06 pm

Voyager Springer is the one to have. I passed on the GDO cause it didn't sit right with me for , i would think, obvious reasons.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Cyber Bishop » Mon May 20, 2013 7:18 pm

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Seibertron wrote:Just an opportunity for them to make money. They knew a proper Springer was coming out but we didn't so it was an easy sale on a popular character as a remold with a new accessory and new head.


Yeah, makes sense to me..
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby mooncake623 » Tue May 21, 2013 12:57 am

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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby JelZe GoldRabbit » Tue May 21, 2013 4:31 am

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mooncake623 wrote:Same could be said for GDO sandstorm no?


True, but he was a straight repaint, no new head. So it was easier for people to pass on him.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby SJ21 » Tue May 21, 2013 9:36 am

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Usually, when a better representation of a character comes out it doesn't bother me at all. That's the way it goes. Springer annoys me a little bit. If I would have known about the Voyager one, I would not have purchased the GDO.

That being said, I am considering selling the GDO one. I really like the figure, but he won't be displayed anywhere. I'm sure if someone offered me the right price I would sell him.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Superwheeljack » Tue May 21, 2013 7:08 pm

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He was a waste in a way, but I kinda like his copter mode better than the new one, but I need to buy one before I judge
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Vile MK III » Wed May 22, 2013 11:21 pm

GDO Springer is a waste 'cus that mold should have been retooled into Highbrow.. :roll:
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby GuyIncognito » Thu May 23, 2013 8:18 am

If your beholden to this concept that every toy must be an accurate representation of the character's portrayal in the fiction and that there can only be one version of each character per line, then yes, GDO Springer is waste since there's now a Triplechanger.

If you're like me and you can appreciate a cool Transformers toy on its own merits, regardless of which character its supposed to be or how "cartoon accurate" it is, then no, it is not a waste. It's a cool toy that transforms from a cool-looking helicopter to a cool-looking robot and it's fun to play with and looks cool displayed on a shelf with similar toys.
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Re: GDO Springer, a waste?

Postby Banjo-Tron » Fri May 24, 2013 5:40 am

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I now have 4 Springers (Generations, GDO, Warbot: Defender and Universe) and 3 are now redundant. I just haven't decided which 3 yet. I have definitely ruled out GDO and Universe, but I see little sense in selling them since I'd imagine they are worth beans now that the Generations version is available.

I didn't realise quite how tiny GDO was, since I didn't own that mould at the time. If I had known, I would not have bought it. The mould works great for Spinister (although should have had a new head) but was pretty pants for Springer. I think a lot of people made do, thinking that there would probably not be a better official version.

I though it was commendable though that a couple of enterprising people added wheels to the GDO and made it a triple changer, it is like the many different ways people have made their own perfect Shockwave out of the Energon figure. That's the only downside of a great figure finally appearing, it discourages creativity somewhat!
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