I will say this... I remember when trolling through Kay-B Toy store and seeing Machine Wars YEARS after they were released STILL on the shelf. Even back then before I really became a true collector I thought "What a bunch of crap!"
I recently went and looked at the galleries on here to make sure my memory wasn't failing since Botcon decided to pay Machine Wars homage...Nope, STILL crap. SOOooooo, I find it facinating they are trying to get us to buy something that little to none of us have affection for. I am all for reimaging a character, but the bastardizations Machine Wars created of our beloved characters even way back then were laughable. The ONLY redeming figures I recall are...
- Optimus: The mold overall is pretty cool, but that face...ugh, NOT OP.
- Soundwave: Cool Overall, but they could've colored him more like G1
- Sandstorm: Personally, I don't ever remember seeing this mold, but looking at it now, I am impressed...I would be interested in seeing Botcon do that one.
- Starscream: Overall cool mold, but personally it irks me that he got the badass mold and Megs got that crap dollar store mold.
So after that little tirade, count me in on the "haters" of this years exclusives...Not that I am going to waste money buying them anyways...Honestly, they could've found something better for Botcon and did these MW homages as a Generations exclusive to TRU or Amazon. Just my two cents for what its worth.