wow, that's a whole lotta awesome there. thanks for keeping us updated. mostly just having my initial thoughts on these guys confirmed, but there are a few I'm maybe having a second look at. Not sold on Ruination in total, but if they're single packed I might get Roadbuster and maybe Whirl. Topspin and Twin-twist have nice new heads but I'm no fan of the colours. Likewise Impactor.
Blaster and his...wee dudes...are awesome. Got to get them, even though the mini-guys basically just change into draughts pieces. Not much different from the originals tape modes though, and the robot/animal modes are pretty cool. Plus, there's nowt cooler than a jive-talkin' robot with a zoo in his chest.
Grimlock. Yeah, he's pretty awesome. The China-Gen deluxes will be bought. Swerve's awesome head and robot mode are selling me on him. Sandstorm looks pretty good here too, but not sure I'll splurge on the Scout class guys unless they're at retail here. Legends and Voyagers are mostly easy passes for me. Wheelie and Springer get better every time I see them, especially Wheelie. First IDW, and now Hasbro...why/how do people keep making Wheelie cool? All this needs is a 3rd party to do some Wild Boy Of Quintesson add-ons and I'm in heaven.
The Prime figures aren't my cup of tea here. I'd pick up Slicer and maybe Skywarp at a local shop, or maybe even a UK mail order place, but don't think I'll pay for international shipping and the rest don't really interest me. Skyquake would do, if I knew Reprolabels were going to knock out an awesome thermo-nuclear neon set of stickers to make him look more G1. Botshots and The Other Kiddie TFs are not for me, but I do like a couple of those Cyberverse guys. Tailgate espeically. Also...this is now the...3rd? 4th? version of Knock Out that looks better than the normal Hasbro Deluxe. Really?
So, regardless of some misgivings and some (actually blessed) things that I'm in no way interested in, there's a fair bunch of goodies coming.
assembling a Neo-G1/TF:TM cast. Please PM if you have (or know of) the following at a reasonable price: Classics or Henkei Astrotrain, Ramjet, Sunstreaker, Sideswipe, Blurr, or 3rd Party Motobot Arcee, iGear Ratchet and Ironhide.
Also looking for Universe Repugnus and Overbite, Frostbite and Longhorn and any Webdiver toys.