-Kanrabat- wrote:So, exclusively Leader Class as a base and the rest to scale? That a way to severly restrict a collection.
LOL, that's the whole point! If I didn't put any restrictions to my collections, I'd be renting storage units to house my TF's.
Combined with the various random Japanese model kits and figmas I collect, my room is already full to capacity. Some are already back in their boxes and in storage to save space. Everything is now displayed on a rotational basis, except my Hot Toys figures.
-Kanrabat- wrote: To each their own like they say. As for perfect scaling, it will be hard because HasTak change scales all the time. Some voyagers are bigger than some leader, some characters in the same size class outscale each others, ect. I prefer to enjoy the toy as is. It's much more simpler.
And I totally agree with that; in fact, I used to do the exact same thing. Didn't care if ROTF voyager Starscream was out of scale with leader Megatron--I just gave him his own display space. But as the space shrunk, I had to consolidate my collection to only include one single representation of a character in a given continuity, and no out-of-scale characters or "no-showers".
Movieverse - leader class: Megatron, OP, Starscream, Jetfire
- voyager: Ratchet, Ironhide
- deluxe: BB, Jazz, Sideswipe, Arcee sisters, Twins
NOTE: Since I still had a ton of space back when I started out collecting in 2007, I also bought deluxe Brawl and Boncrushes, as well as voyager The Fallen, Longhaul, Blackout and Starscream. When space started getting scarce, I had to put those in storage.
Nowadays, I have to restrict myself to mostly G1-esque figs that help boost my MP collection, and even among those, I try to skip the more obscure ones.
-Kanrabat- wrote:Even though I like Leader AoE Optimus, his backpack prevent him from being "MP" quality. However, you could always display him in his PERFECT vehicle mode. As for Leader AoE Grimlock, his bot mode is good, but his dino mode look derpy.
I really wonder how the toys for the next Movie will be...
That's exactly what I thought. Get rid of his truck shell, and you basically have a screen-accurate model of his CGI likeness AND a truck on the side!
I thought of going that route myself, but the DMK kit makes it much easier to paint, with everything in separate parts. Also, I got a commission from an old friend who pre-ordered a DMK AOE OP kit but got cold feet about building it himself. I just thought I'd get a DMK kit myself, try it out and then work on his kit.
I also wonder what the next movie's toys will look like.
What I HOPE will happen is that they'll get ILM and HasTak's designers to work together, so that there won't be such a massive gap between CGI and toy. The way things are, ILM simply designs the TF's any way they please, transformability be damned. HasTak designers then have the unenviable task of turning the untransformable into something not only transformable, but also fits the maximum number of allowed parts and plastic volume, as well as being easy to transform AND child-safe.
ROTF leader class OP was a small miracle, and as with most miracles, they don't happen all that often.
For TF5, I hope that they'll try to go for an "armored" theme, as in bulky, squat military plating. That way, even with HasTak's "simple is better" policy, the CGI bots will also have simpler "practical" transformations, but with some added effects to make them look fancier. What I mean is that the CGI bots' armor will go into a sort of exploded view, exposing the internal gears and whatnot, and show the internal parts moving around and shifting, before the armor rearranges and compacts into alt mode. That way the actual transformation remains simple, but looks complex.
It may be borderline shellforming, but it can't possibly be worse than "floating lego-forming".
And the best part of this is that, unlike with AOE OP and gang, there's no need to "hide" their car parts, as the armor ARE their car parts. It also brings back a more nostalgic form of transformation, where it's the robot's limbs (encased in armor) that make up the car parts, instead of just a shell.