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Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby El Duque » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:54 am

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Trailcutter is making news again. Just yesterday we got our first official look at his upcoming Transformers Prime "Beast Hunters" Cyberverse Commander figure, now PREVIEWSworld has revealed the IDW universe version of the character will be receiving his own Spotlight in April. No additional details, but the April solicitations should be coming out any day now.

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Mkall » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:48 am

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Wow, one of the least-remembered original G1 characters is making one heck of a comeback in 2013!
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby LordTwann » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:48 am

Maybe we can actually see a Generations figure.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby kirbenvost » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:15 pm

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What the heck, is his name officially Trailcutter now? Seems like Hasbro's just running with it if they're using it in the comics now too. Don't know why they couldn't just call him Autobot Trailbreaker on the toy packages.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby rpetras » Fri Jan 18, 2013 12:35 pm

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kirbenvost wrote:What the heck, is his name officially Trailcutter now? Seems like Hasbro's just running with it if they're using it in the comics now too. Don't know why they couldn't just call him Autobot Trailbreaker on the toy packages.



^^ This.

Trailcutter is way to close to turd cutter :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Megatron Wolf » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:03 pm

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wow not even the comics can call him trailbreaker, this name change crap is getting out of hand
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Darth Bombshell » Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:29 pm

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Megatron Wolf wrote:wow not even the comics can call him trailbreaker, this name change crap is getting out of hand


They HAVE called him Trailbreaker in the comics.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Mkall » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:33 pm

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rpetras wrote:
kirbenvost wrote:What the heck, is his name officially Trailcutter now? Seems like Hasbro's just running with it if they're using it in the comics now too. Don't know why they couldn't just call him Autobot Trailbreaker on the toy packages.



^^ This.

Trailcutter is way to close to turd cutter :BANG_HEAD:

The terms Autobot or Decepticon can only be placed in front of a word that is too common for Hasbro to lay claim to, such as Jazz or Tracks. This creates a phrase which Hasbro can lay claim to. When the word is claimed by a different company, such as Ford (I think), then adding words in front won't work.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Coptur » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:35 pm

If they can't openly use a trademark then they just can't use it. they've explained before that they can't just call them autobot (name) trademarks aren't that simple and if they do use them unlawfully then it can cost companies a lot of money. Hasbro have tried there best in most cases with the new names the best thing fans can do is accept it and move with it and stop complaining about everytime. as long as the heart of the character doesn't change then the character it self doesn't and sometimes it is just a name.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Random » Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:08 pm

For has the "Trailblazer". Not sure where the issue would be with actually calling him Trailbreaker, but it doesn't really matter. Good to see they are doing something with him.

It would be neat to have an updated figure. Wait and see, I guess.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Blurrz » Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:27 pm

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That's funny... he's Trailbreaker in MTMTE.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Hairball178 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:01 pm

Found a link with a description and covers for it & IDW's other books for April listed on bleedingcool.com.

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/01/18/ ... m=facebook
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Stormrider » Fri Jan 18, 2013 7:13 pm

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My secret hope is that each Spotlight would reveal the origin of their unique powers but that doesn't seem to be the case. For instance, how come Trailbreaker can make forcefields and no one else? What was the origin of that power? Why can Skywarp teleport and nobody else. It would be cool if these spotlights could shed some light on those unique powers.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Darth Bombshell » Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:10 pm

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Blurrz wrote:That's funny... he's Trailbreaker in MTMTE.


It occurs to me that they have to use that name to promote the comic, since they can't use the actual character name because they don't have the copyright to it.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby jordie5150 » Sat Jan 19, 2013 12:13 am

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http://healthcare.zibb.com/trademark/tr ... r/29615608


Hasbro loves to control the names of their products. And the link above is a possible reason for the change.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby leokearon » Sat Jan 19, 2013 1:58 am

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Livo has his cover for the spotlight up on his Deviantart page

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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Coptur » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:30 am

Hold on a second why do we need to know how they have special powers????? What a nonsense story arc just use the power chip rectifier tech from the cartoon :HEADHURTS:
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Stormrider » Sat Jan 19, 2013 5:48 am

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Coptur wrote:Hold on a second why do we need to know how they have special powers????? What a nonsense story arc just use the power chip rectifier tech from the cartoon :HEADHURTS:


Good point. I feel like a dounce. :D
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Darth Bombshell » Sat Jan 19, 2013 7:07 am

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leokearon wrote:Livo has his cover for the spotlight up on his Deviantart page

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I might be in the minority here, but I'm not a big fan of Livo's artwork. Really hoping the "B" cover looks better.
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Cooter » Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:45 pm

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Darth Bombshell wrote:
leokearon wrote:Livo has his cover for the spotlight up on his Deviantart page

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I might be in the minority here, but I'm not a big fan of Livo's artwork. Really hoping the "B" cover looks better.


Your in the majority on his art work, I just hope its only a cover
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Re: Transformers Spotlight: Trailcutter Coming in April

Postby Sodan-1 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:08 pm

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Cooter wrote:
Darth Bombshell wrote:
leokearon wrote:Livo has his cover for the spotlight up on his Deviantart page

I might be in the minority here, but I'm not a big fan of Livo's artwork. Really hoping the "B" cover looks better.


Your in the majority on his art work, I just hope its only a cover

For me, it's like Marmite: I neither love nor hate it. ;)

Not sure if this would be the case, but do protected names only apply if it's in the naming of a product (in this case the comic)? Couldn't IDW call the comic Spotlight: Trailcutter, but then refer to the character within its pages as Trailbreaker?
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