I had a feeling you'd say Maximus is a separate entity. In fact, it makes me feel better that you say that.
I try to tell myself the same thing whenever I see him... but it still begs the question of "Why?" This conversation has given me quite the epiphany: the BB/Optimus insanity can be said to have reached a fever-pitch when Hasbro is officially releasing BB's riding inside of BB's, and Optimi riding inside of Optimi.
It's so epic fail you'd think I was making this up...
Is it wrong that your description of an accurate-scale Metroplex made me drool uncontrollably?
Can we have a cosplayer go to a convention as Metroplex, and I bring my deluxes, and then I just station the hell out him??!?
You must be half-right about my Prime watching - I only had access to the first 2 seasons via Netflix, and am forced to resort to YouTube for the newer season (cable is expensive, foo!
). I've only watched Ep. 1 of S3, so I am in the dark about how big Predaking is. Course, I can't imagine 12 episodes to be enough to warrant a toyline to the guy...
And Prime is officially my fave TF now. I'm as shocked as anyone else, but it's actually BETTER than G1 - if that gives you some reference as to where I'm coming from. I would prefer a Leader Meg's because I think Prime actually depicting him with TEETH, for a change (and I don't mean that literally - the sharp fangs are a bit silly). I like the G1 Megatron a lot, and Prime's Megatron is like the G1 with the parental controls removed. Imagine if they made a big Meg's that could station some legion figs? Might be kinda neat...
Ehhh, but you're probably right about Predaking - when I see him in S3, I might be all, "F*CK YEAH! I'M BUYING EVERY PREDAKING I MEET FROM NOW ON!!!!! NO MORE SURPLUS IN ILLINOIS!!! I'VE GOT THIS!!!!"
I can't remember clearly...I think wave 1 is BB, Airachnid, and Twinstrike. If you haven't seen Twinstrike, it's because he's the only figure worth a damn in that lot!
And that's not really my opinion -it's proven by local sales. I actually wondered if Hasbro purposefully released Twinstrike in limited quantities. But nowadays, I see Twin enough, so maybe my local TRU's ordered too much of Wave 1? I think it depends on the TRU I go to: some stores will put the small legion-classes at the very top of the display rack - so kids have no chance of buying them, as they can't even reach them. If a store does that, it's likely you'll find the whole assortment of wave 1. Or maybe it's lazy collectors who are so used to bending down, and thus prematurely end their search if legions are at eye level?
Dang!!! I haven't seen any Commander Shockwaves yet!
The BH Voyagers are supposed to include Voyager Shockwave now - but he's pretty rare. Buy on sight, cause they sell out. Optimus and Predaking shelf warm.
Hence my original tangent - out of all the characters to turn into Ultra class, they chose two of the worst ones (in terms of actual sales potential).
That's not knocking anyone's personal attachment to Predaking, or the very valid argument that Predaking SHOULD be large. My confusion is to why Predaking needs to be both VOYAGER and ULTRA. Especially with how they've been released almost back-to-back like this (it'd be better if Ultra Pred came out later, IMO).
Mark my words, in a few weeks, you'll start seeing THREE versions of Predaking warm the shelves... and that's a pity. I'm dying to see how a giant G1 Classic will do in stores (i.e. Metroplex). My theory is that they'll sell pretty well - probably to a lot of prospectors (scalpers). On the one hand, if retailers order Metro in bulk, we'll see some decent prices and mark-downs. On the other hand, if they order limited Metro's like they have been Springer/Blitzwing, they'll not only sell out, but fetch heavy prices on eBay.
(Roger Rabbit is an awesome movie! I was just asking my wife why they didn't sequel that sucker back in the day! I see the characters now... for some reason, one of them looked like Scooby Doo before you told me all of that!
Still, you COULD custom your Hubcap - just print that image on a glossy sticker and apply?
I mean, if Reprolabels can do it...)
So while Hasbro might be scratching its head about why they aren't selling more TF figures, the real tragedy is that the scalpers are making double/triple on some of these figures - money that Hasbro should earn and put toward making more classics/generations/Masterpieces. And I say that because I see more adults buying TF's now than I see kids. When they buy from eBay, they pay more than the figures are worth - what if Hasbro made better quality figs (i.e. Takara-style) and charged eBay prices?
And thankfully, it should be added that Michael Bay will once again pump a lot of blood into the TF brand with his next movie, much to my dismay.
I've read his statements about the franchise, and I'm disappointed (as always) to learn he's another arrogant director that wants to "fix" an 80s brand by making it good. It's too bad TF Prime isn't doing as much for the franchise as Bay has, as Prime is actually intelligent, witty, and well-animated. Bay mentioned doing something in the next movie that fans will be happy with, and I'm dying to find out what he thinks that means.
More BB action? Maybe they'll consider that idea of combining BB and Optimus? SUPER MODE???
As crazy as it sounds, I can totally see Bay doing that. Might even turn out to be cool. It's too bad he'd be stealing the idea from previous TF series and taking credit for it, though.