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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby alldarker » Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:25 am

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1. Blitzwing
2. Sludge (moreso than Grimlock!!!)
3. Grimlock
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Diem » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:27 pm

Voting will end tomorrow. Probably.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby paul053 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:47 am

The vote goes to .................................

1. Perceptor
2. Devastator
3. Insecticons (although I don't really like them in cartoon)
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Diem » Tue Jul 03, 2012 9:57 pm

Voting for 1985 closed. Feel free to start voting for 1986 while I tally up.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Diem » Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:44 pm

1985

3rd Place: Devastator: 12 Points

Green and purple? It'll never catch on. Despite his articulation-destroying miniskirt he's still an incredibly popular figure to this day. Anyone who can have drills for hands is okay in my book ( Picking Your Nose In Style by Diem, available at all imaginary book stores).

2nd Place: Jetfire: 16 points
As you probably already know the Jetfire mold was not a Hasbro original but unlike most of the other early toys it was taken not from an obscure toyline but from popular up-and-coming anime Super Rainbow Adventure Macross. To put it in context, it would be as if the next FOC combiner were a repaint of the Megazord. As a result of HasTak's casual and hilarious theft the figure was one of the larger and more sophisticated early toys.

1st Place: Grimlock: 30 points

It's no surprise Grimmy is a popular guy. After all he is a T-rex, and those are so popular that our ancestors had to invent dragons just because they hadn't discovered them yet. In the cartoon he and his fellow Dinobots were basically sulky teenagers who hid in their room and only came out to help with much cajoling. After the movie Grimlock slowly developed into a stupid comedy character instead (right around the time Wheeljack died he started getting stupider? Hmmmmmmm). In the Furman-penned comics Grimlock was a super-strong, super-smart, super-skilled, super-important, super-always right character.

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Grimlock and his prehistoric playpals originated in the Diaclone Dino Robot line and they fit into the pre-existing cast of cars and planes like a monkey in an expensive-antiques-balanced-on-top-of-unpeeled-bananas exhibit. That said, the quartet had a good consistant colour scheme, decent enough articulation and (apart from Slag) smooth transformations. Grimlock in particular came out well despite his general dino-body-build resembling less an actual T-rex and more a flamingo. He had lots of moving bits, including a big snappy jaw perfect for inflicting modest torture on a younger sibling and he also had a cool sword and gun. And then one day you discovered his little flip-out chair and everything you previously knew was wrong.

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That moment...that moment when you realised dinosaurs evolved from motorbikes.


In short he's a great toy despite his failings as a character and he got a well-deserved Masterpiece figure which was a perfect scale replica of a robot dinosaur from the eighties.

1986

1986 was an exciting time for Transformers. The cartoon was airing on more channels than actually existed and the comic won a Pulitzer prize for Best Made Up Winner Of A Pulitzer, Plus A Pulitzer Is Probably For Journalism Not Fiction Anyway. For the first time toys were being made for the line rather than being appropriated from other lines. Amongst other figures the year 1986 introduced the mighty Metroplex and the Typical Trypticon. A number of combiners appeared making Devastator look like old news. Movie stars started to appear and even a Sharkticon showed up.

So 1986, let's see it happen!
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby funklizard » Tue Jul 03, 2012 11:43 pm

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Diem wrote:So 1986, let's see it happen!

Predaking - The pinnacle of G1 combiner toys. He was the most massive combiner and he actually had leg articulation.

Honorable mentions:
  • Trypticon - He was the most massive Transformer to date; had interactivity with the 5-member team combiner leaders; and he could walk. Oh, yeah, and he was a T-Rex, too. On the down side, his base mode was just not all that impressive.
  • Springer - One of the best robot modes of any triple-changer to date; and even if his car mode didn't differ greatly from his helicopter mode, the helicopter was pretty impressive. Got lots of screen time in the movie and cartoon 3rd season, too.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby That Bot » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:32 am

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Gotta give my vote to Predaking.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby quickmixed » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:36 am

:BANG_HEAD: Damn it, I missed 85.

86 was a great year. My top three are as follows.

1)Metroplex. I loved this figure as a kid and still do today. Great playability and a towering robot mode get him over the line for me.

2)Predaking. A gloroius combiner. And I loved the fact that the individual predacons were huge cons in themselves.

3)Skylynx. I believe that this one may be a little left field but as far as toys and playability go he had some pretty neat gimmicks. I was never a fan of the character in the cartoon and I never had him growing up, but after purchasing him a few years back I instantly became a fan of him.

Honourable mention - Sandstorm. A really great transformation from dune buggy to chopper IMO.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Grimlock75 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:47 am

Nice to see grimlock righty crowned king! 8)

1986
1) Bruticus
2) Metroplex
3) Superion

Just missing out Menasor and Cyclonus. hate Predaking with a passion!! ...looks more like a power ranger :P
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby RhA » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:10 am

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This is where it gets tough...

My first thought was Predaking. Though he's a statue more than anything else. So, after careful consideration...

1) Galvatron
2) Predaking
3) Trypticon
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby alldarker » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:06 am

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A lot of Transformers to choose from in 1986... Made especially hard considering lots of them are still my favorites from G1.

OK, here goes...

1. Size does conquer all (that's what she said)!: Predaking
2. Stubby arms but excellent alt modes beat out proper arms but 'futuristic' alt modes: Sandstorm
3. The first Mutant Beast (missing a robot mode): Trypticon
I'm so meta, even this acronym...
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby MasterSoundBlaster » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:46 am

Motto: "You can run,you'll just die trying"
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Yeah Predaking did always look like a Power Ranger Zord or something to me

1) Bruticus :He was always an awesome Combiner to me AND he had a TON of repaints in the future such as Ruination when RiD came along.

2) Ratbat & Frenzy :More cassettes for Soundwave? Uh Yeah! They're Awesome!!

3 Metroplex :Nuff said already.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby MightyMagnus78 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:59 am

Motto: ""Consistency is victory.""
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1) Ultra Magnus :KREMZEEK:
2) Cyclonus
3) Predaking
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Noshrok Grimskull » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:03 am

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1986. The year of the movie. The year of the first models that are not lifted from other toylines. The year of great figures...

1. Springer
He's a Triplechanger. He's a flying Autobot. He's green. And he's awesome!

2. Predaking

Just look at those colors! It's only good and proper he has the word "King" in his name!

3. Hot Rod
Much better toy than Rodimus, I think.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby MGrotusque » Wed Jul 04, 2012 9:52 am

Predaking: A proper combiner size wise. He was ground breaking for the Gestalt figures. Nothing like him has come before or after really.

Trypticon:Man was i DESPERATELY wanting him as a kid. Such an amazing figure.

Gnaw: I thought i'd chuck him in there for honourable mention. He's pretty rad!.Image


Steeljaw: Im my opinion one of the coolest cassette figures ever. Image and here he is taking a cat nap.....don't wake him. So adorable.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby PrymeStriker » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:15 am

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1. Ultra Magnus
2. Predaking
3. Mail-in Reflector (Again, I'm the only that put this here)
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Sargent » Wed Jul 04, 2012 1:27 pm

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1. Kup - party, because of him being a cool character, partly because I really do like the figure very much. The colours as well. First G1 I ever owned, so maybe I'm a bit biased, but I don't care. :-B

2. Hot Rod - the young punkster. Pretty neat cybertronian race car.

3. Gnaw - The Sharkticon. As I saw I'm not the only one to include him. Weird, but in a good way. Who doesn't like a head with another head hidden inside?
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby TulioDude » Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:58 pm

Motto: "Never doubt the awesomess."
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1-Galvatron-A menacing,big toy that give sight to things to come
2-Menasor-Proving that Decepticons dont need always be war machines
3-Sand Storm-One of the better looking Autobot Triple changers.
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Windsweeper » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:16 pm

Ultra Magnus

Honourable mentions

Hub Cap

Outback (my first Transformer)

Galvatron (my first Decepticon)

Menasor (if only he were bigger)

Metroplex (gotten a truckload of World's Smallest lately and I'm loving having them interact with them. In fact Broadside's getting some redemption too)

Springer
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Valandar » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:34 pm

Motto: "It doesn't matter if the glass is half full or half empty, only that you work to make it full."
Weapon: Particle Beam Cannon
Can i give NEGATIVE votes to any and all 1986 era TFTM Movie figures? :D I never liked them much...
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Grimlock75 » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:42 pm

I'm not liking where this year is heading!! :-? ....Go Go power rangers i guess :lol: Surprised there isn't much love for Bruticus, sounds like a Roman Gladiator!!


BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS, BRUTICUS ;)
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby craggy » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:20 pm

monstergrotusque wrote:
Gnaw: I thought i'd chuck him in there for honourable mention. He's pretty rad!.Image


I don't know what that is, but it's not Gnaw!



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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby RAcast » Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:25 pm

Motto: "Can't stop, so what! That's how I like it!"
Weapon: Rocket Launcher
I do like my combiners, and I love my Combaticons, so I'm gonna give the gun-toting Bruticus my vote!
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby MGrotusque » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:36 pm

craggy wrote:
monstergrotusque wrote:
Gnaw: I thought i'd chuck him in there for honourable mention. He's pretty rad!.Image


I don't know what that is, but it's not Gnaw!



It's all the inbreeding. Tragic really.....
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Re: Transformer Of The Year 1984 - Present

Postby Diem » Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:34 am

I have guests staying over this weekend so voting for 1986 will end on Monday.
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