Milanion wrote:I think I like this Battle Mode more than anything so far, even though he still looks monstrous.
True. The battle-made helmet is a huge improvement over what we've seen previously and actually looks like something of a fitting homage. It actually looks like a helmet and not just shields for the sides of his face. If they'd just get rid of the stupid teeth (how necessary are they, really?) I think I'd be satisfied.
Now what I'm wondering is, if this is going to be how he looks in the movie, why does the prototype figure and the children's book covers all have him with his 'Jazz Hands!' fish-skull face?
I have a theory: Most of what we are seeing to date via merchandise was finalized a few months ago - while the CGI render was still being tweaked. Therefore, most products aren't going to match the final CGI.
For example, the in-package toy photos. The "portaits" of some are different, noticably - the eyes. All of the bot images with small glowing blue eyes seem more concept artsy, where as images like Blackout - seem to be full CGI renders. Blackout's eyes match some of the more recent stuff we've seen, and is likely the final version. If that's the case, we haven't seen "finalized" versions of most faces yet - although I bet we will thanks to the toyfair.
Notice how different Barricade's face is on the kids book, versus the toy head, versus the portrait on the box. And I think the toys are the most behind as far as accuracy goes.