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Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Transformers News: Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch
Date: Saturday, February 7th 2009 8:46am CST
Categories: Toy News, Reviews, Site Articles
Posted by: Skowl | Credit(s): Jeep

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The year 2009 marks the 25th anniversary of the Transformers franchise. To celebrate this incredible milestone, Seibertron.com will look back at a quarter-century of great Transformers toys, bringing back into the limelight some brilliant figures that have fallen through the cracks over the years. Once a week, a fan (be it a member of the staff or a user on the site) will have the opportunity to write about one of their favourite "hidden gems" of the Transformers Universe, and have their review posted on the site's front page.

We hope this feature will be a great success, and that many of you will be encouraged to look back at the last 25 years of Transformers and perhaps take a worthwhile second-look at some real unsung classics of the Transformers universe.

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Buried Treasure - Octopunch (Generation 1 series - 1989)

By Jeep

Octopunch. The man who shot Primus right in the bloody face. What’s not to like about this guy already? As far as the character goes, he’s got a pretty impressive CV going on. He was a pretty important Decepticon in the Marvel Comics series of the late 80s, even being a member of the prestigious Mayhem Attack Squad. And he’s a Pretender, which is probably one of the most interesting of all the gimmicks Hasbro has ever tried on Transformers, but there’ll be more of that later. He’s also a noted treasure hunter, so perhaps he should be doing these Buried Treasure reviews instead of me. But most importantly, he shot Primus in the FACE. What have you done lately that’s so manly?

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Picking up Octopunch’s robot toy, you’d be forgiven for being a little sceptical. Standing a paltry two inches tall, he can see eye to eye with most of today’s minicons and is positively dwarfed by the legends size class. But he manages to pack quite a lot of awesome into that little stature.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Being slightly more articulated than most toys of his size at the time, he’s capable of quite a few interesting positions, and that arm-mounted gun of his just seems to ooze authority, with his raised-fist, menacing-look appearance.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Flip him over, slap in his beast mode legs and gear up those pincers, and you’re presented with probably the best-looking crab in the Transformers range, complete with back-mounted rifle for extra kick. The pincers are nicely articulated, too, and clever use of the shoulder joints can achieve a few nifty ‘scuttling’ poses. This is not the kind of crab you want to wake up with after a shifty encounter. But wait – he’s a crab? Well, that’s just the worst naming disaster since the wheel-free Flywheels. Or… is it?

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

The true beauty of Octopunch comes not from his neat, but titchy, inner robot, but from his being two toys at once. And, since the Transformers are technically two toys at once anyway, I guess we’re looking at three ways to have your Octopunch and eat it. One look at the Pretender Shell and you’ll know exactly why the lad’s named what he is.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

But first, a note on Pretenders. Originally, the Pretender line was created to market simple action figures and Transformers at the same time, with the robotic transformer being stored inside the organic shell, which opened in two pieces. The first range of Pretenders featured tall, lanky, incredibly simple Transformer toys, whose alternate modes tended to look a bit less like planes, trains and automobiles and a lot more like a robot doing some very, very simple yoga. However, by the time Octopunch and his Mayhem Attack Squad buddies came around, the overall toy had been reduced in size, but the quality of the robots increased dramatically, albeit at the cost of a bit of ‘parts-former’ additional piece interplay. Go ahead, compare Octopunch or his contemporaries, such as Pincher or Bludgeon, to the earlier efforts such as Submarauder, Bomb-Burst or Skullgrin, and the improvements should be clear. Of course, this game of one-upmanship just went too far when the pinnacle of the line appeared, with the shells transforming into alternate modes of their own and fitting inside even larger shells which transformed too. Yes, my head hurts as well.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Anyway, let’s get back to specifics. One look at Octopunch’s Pretender shell, with its gruesome Scooby-Doo villain appearance, and you’ll see where his name stems from. Each of his arms is accompanied by two additional tentacles, although each three-limbed cluster moves at the shoulder as one piece. The olden-days deep-sea diving helmet is removable, but please, for the love of God, don’t do it. Under its enticing mystery, there’s a whole world of frighteningly terrifying in there. Octopunch’s face can probably be best described by imagining the following words all at once – tusks, brains, bolts and plates, and that episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog with the space-dudes with foreheads supported by sticks on wheels.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

I warned you.

Upon regaining composure after than initial shock, you’ll be pleasantly surprised that not a single piece of Octopunch should ever go missing if you pay attention – those beast mode legs that didn’t store inside his shell actually attach to the back of the shell’s backpack, while the smaller red gun affixes to the inside of the rear half of the right leg.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

When holed up inside his Pretender shell, Octopunch is armed with a bizarre gun-like contraption, which I have to admit is a huge disappointment for anyone who was expecting the brutal-looking trident he often carried in the comic series – for some reason, the Decepticon Pretenders (Octopunch, Stranglehold and Bludgeon) were all illustrated with mêlée weapons, but came packaged with ranged weaponry. Ah, Hasbro, how you mocked our childish enthusiasm.

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Unfortunately for the shell, it features another let-down, but one that was ubiquitous to the entire Pretenders line – it displays a range of motion similar to that of myself with a hangover: little more than flailing arms and a blank stare. Due to the position of the shell’s halves, only the (oddly rubbery) shoulders feature any articulation, with everything else being solid hard plastic.

Overall, however, there’s something deliciously charming about Octopunch, and I don’t mean as a fried entrée. The Pretender line, with its novel approach and delightfully different appearance, means that any of its components are a welcome addition to any collection, but it’s truly the smaller, later Pretenders who show off the best of the range – and if you’re going to go looking for a real ‘buried treasure’, you really can’t go wrong with a man who shot his own god right in between the eyes. So what if it was by accident...

Links:

Visit the Octopunch gallery by clicking here
Visit the Bludgeon gallery by clicking here
Visit the Stranglehold gallery by clicking here
...Or find your own buried treasures by visiting all the toy galleries here!

* If you would like to write a review for our "Buried Treasures" feature, please send a private message to Skowl on the Seibertron.com forums!

Previous Buried Treasure Reviews:

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Cannonball by Skowl

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Snapdragon by Jeep

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Cybertron Downshift by Chuckdawg1999

Buried Treasure Review - Octopunch

Frostbite by Duke of Luns

New Images of TF2 Legends Bumblebee

Transformers News: New Images of TF2 Legends Bumblebee
Date: Saturday, February 7th 2009 5:40am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Down_Shift | Credit(s): yizhi521 of TF08.net

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TF08 has a few new images of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Bumblebee that will most likely end up in the hands of a video reviewer within the next week or so.

New Images of TF2 Legends Bumblebee

New Images of TF2 Legends Bumblebee

A sharp eye will notice Activators Soundwave in the mix. To see the original thread, click here

Gear of War set update - all three missiles now included

Transformers News: Gear of War set update - all three missiles now included
Date: Friday, February 6th 2009 2:03pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Mkall | Credit(s): DavidT, BBTS

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The following message has been received by BBTS customers that have a preorder on the Gear of War upgrade set:

Hello!
We just wanted to let you know that the manufacturer has agreed to include one of each missile launcher set - black, sliver and red - at no additional charge. Instead of getting two randomly, you will now receive all three.

Thanks,
http://www.bigbadtoystore.com

Hasbro Toy Shop.co.uk: No Longer Operating.

Transformers News: Hasbro Toy Shop.co.uk: No Longer Operating.
Date: Friday, February 6th 2009 11:38am CST
Categories: Toy News, Company News
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): Hasbro Toy Shop.co.uk

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For Transformers fans in the United Kingdom, this news one might find both frustrating and saddening. By going to Hasbro Toy Shop.co.uk, you will see a message which reads the following:

Dear Valued Hasbro Customer,

This site is no longer operational, contact our Customer Services department for any questions either by:

  • Freephone on 00800 2242 7276.

For future purchases of Hasbro Toys and Games please visit your local retailer.

For all Hasbro’s latest Toys, Games & News continue to visit our corporate site at:
http://www.hasbro.co.uk

Thank You


As one may see, no reason is given for their closure, but it is most probably due to low sales and the current state of the economy.

'Gear Of War' Weapon Set- Reduced Missile Size Images

Transformers News: 'Gear Of War' Weapon Set-  Reduced Missile Size Images
Date: Friday, February 6th 2009 11:15am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Oilspill, hk-tf.com

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hk-tf.com- The new TFC toys 'Gear of War' set that promises to enhance the weaponry of our beloved Universe and Classics figures has met with a lot of cheers, but a few jeers.

One of the main jeers was that the missiles and their launchers looked too large for the robots, and thus, were possibly not worth a purchase.

Well, apparently this is being rectified because new images of the reduced missiles compared to the original versions have shown up on hk-tf.com. Click the link to view the thread, but the images of the comparisons are also posted below.

'Gear Of War' Weapon Set-  Reduced Missile Size Images

'Gear Of War' Weapon Set-  Reduced Missile Size Images

'Gear Of War' Weapon Set-  Reduced Missile Size Images
Has seeing these issues changed your mind on whether you would like to purchase this set from an online retailer. Speak up and discuss!

New Animated Activators Soundwave Images

Transformers News: New Animated Activators Soundwave Images
Date: Friday, February 6th 2009 6:54am CST
Categories: Cartoon News, Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): iamguest@ACtoys

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ACtoys- There hasn't been a lot of new information in the Transformers Animated Activators toy line lately.

The last items we heard about were upcoming Cliffjumper and Dirge repaints (Cliffjumper head remold though).

Finally, for those interested in this style, size, and representation, there is news of a new character and mold to be released at some point in this line.

Transformers Animated Soundwave looks to be making an appearance in this line at a point to be determined. No reference to any Lazerbeak, but he does not like to be included in any way.

Check out the original thread here, and the images below.

New Animated Activators Soundwave Images

New Animated Activators Soundwave Images

New Images of JUSTITOYS WST Blaster

Transformers News: New Images of JUSTITOYS WST Blaster
Date: Friday, February 6th 2009 6:37am CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Tigertrack | Credit(s): Narc

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TFSource- New comparison images of the JUSTITOYS Blaster have been released by TFSOURCE and JUSTITOYS.

These images creatively show Blater's details, and size by teaming him up with Binaltech/Alternator Tracks in homage to their great team up in some of the most fun Transformers Generation One episodes.

The focus is really on Blaster's alt mode, and shows the great detail it will have. And this is an uncolored prototype.

Enjoy the images below, and check out the update at TFSOURCE.

Re: New images of WST Blaster
Re: New images of WST Blaster
Re: New images of WST Blaster
Re: New images of WST Blaster
Re: New images of WST Blaster

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

Transformers News: More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot
Date: Thursday, February 5th 2009 10:32pm CST
Category: Toy News
Posted by: Nekoman | Credit(s): Comus, TF08.net

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Comus of TF08.net has posted several high quality images of the upcoming Universe Hotshot figure from wave six. Here we can see him in both modes with several close-ups, to view the images click here.

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

More High-resolution Images of Universe Hotshot

Alternity Megatron Update

Transformers News: Alternity Megatron Update
Date: Thursday, February 5th 2009 7:36am CST
Categories: Toy News, Store News
Posted by: Stormrider | Credit(s): Rakuten, e-Hobby

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More colored images of Alternity Megatron, this time on the Japanese Manga Shop, Rakuten. These pictures reveal his alt mode in color. This figure is a 1:32 scale model of a Nissan Fairlady Z and features die-cast metal parts. Megatron comes in two colored versions – Silver and Monterey Blue.

Unfortunately, the Alternity line is suffering more set backs. Just like Alternity Convoy, Megatron has been delayed. According to Rakuten and e-Hobby, the release date has been pushed back to May.


Silver
Alternity Megatron Update


Monterey Blue
Alternity Megatron Update

All Hail Megatron's "Drift" not getting a Toy? UPDATED

Transformers News: All Hail Megatron's "Drift" not getting a Toy? UPDATED
Date: Wednesday, February 4th 2009 3:15pm CST
Categories: Comic Book News, Toy News, Rumors
Posted by: i_amtrunks | Credit(s): Hasbro AU, OTCA, TFormers

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After a various number of hints and even Hasbro not refuting the rumours that they planned to make a Toy of Shane McCarthy's "Drift" Character from his Comic book series "All Hail Megatron", comes an indicator that Drift may not actually be receiving the toy treatment.

Thanks to a Q&A Session with Hasbro Australia, posted on the OTCA Boards it seems that for now there has been no indication that a toy version of Drift is in the pipeline:

A comic book website last week with writer Shane McCarthy confirmed the upcoming 'Autobot Drift' toy. Will this be in the 25th line, and when is it likely to be released?

No, there is no character named Autobot Drift or any toy designed after the comic character coming out in our 25th Anniversary or any other Transformers line.


So not only does it appear that Drift will not be part of the 25th Anniversary line, as yet there are no plans for a Drift toy in any upcoming Transformers line. However this does not rule Drift out from getting the toy treatment in the future.

For more of the Q&A Session with Hasbro Australia, please click here.

Stay tuned to Seibertron.com for more information as it comes to hand.

UPDATE!

Thanks to our friend over at TFormers for letting us know that Chris Ryall, IDW Editor & Chief has stated that a Drift figure is still in the pipeline. He goes on to say that it may be as simple as branches outside of Hasbro US not being fully aware of future products are. (It has happened in the past).

To quote Mr. Ryall: "All indications are that it's still coming,"

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