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2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line

Transformers News: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 5:19PM CDT

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With the Dark Of The Moon toy line in full swing and many new Transformers collectors asking questions such as "Which movie characters should I buy?", I think it’s fitting that I take a look back at the toy line that started it all.

In May 2007, the first toys to accompany Michael Bay’s first live-action film were released. The movie aesthetic was not to the liking of veteran fans, but that certainly did not dismay the new wave of collectors from causing the great Transformers drought that year. While many of the characters featured in the 2007 film have superior figures from the Revenge of the Fallen or Dark Of The Moon lines, much credit is not given to many of the hidden gems released in 2007 and 2008. Yet despite the popularity of the 2007 Movie toy line, many new movie collectors have seemed to link "ROTF Leader Optimus Prime > 2007 Leader Prime" with "ROTF> 2007", and the latter, I assure you is not something I’ll agree with it.

It’s more than just 2007 being Skidsless and Mudflapless, it’s the fact that the 2007 toy line was able to take that CGI on screen and turn that into plastic form. It set the foundation for ROTF and DOTM to build on. The revenue produced from the toy line is one of the reasons why we’ve had 3 toy lines per annum for the past few years. But no, to me, the 2007 toy line is more than just a revenue or precursor success, there are actually some fine figures in the line that many collectors have overlooked and should have in their collection. Let’s begin, shall we?


Arcee (Deluxe)

The femme fatale was a shoe-in to be in the 2007 film, but was replaced by Ironhide in early production. Thank goodness, I had enough problem getting the fembot in the drought and it would not have helped if she was an on-screen character! Out of all the movie-verse bikes, this is the best figure. Scale, a category that I don’t care about, can be thrown out of the window. Many complained about her inability to stand straight, but she is no ROTF Sideswipe, and unlike the bike fembots of the ROTF line, at least she has feet. She has the body dimensions that is categorical of females of any sentient species, and that is also a part that the ROTF fembots lack. Think the face lacks feminity? Well the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree when looking at her ROTF brethren.

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All the power to those who have the ROTF bike sisters in their collection, because I understand those who wish to have what’s on the silver screen transplanted on to their shelves for ‘movie-accuracy’. But this is the superior Arcee. Already have a movie-verse Arcee? Call it another name then! There’s enough fembot names to go around; Lancer, Greenlight, Flareup, and Flamewar are examples. Whether it’s pink (original, battle damaged), black (Takara retail exclusive), or generation one themed (Wonderfest ’08 convention exclusive), I think this is a mold that every movie fan can appreciate.

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Dropkick (Deluxe)

Well this guy totally isn’t in here because his biography is freaking hilarious, as he is the first movie-verse Transformer to be portrayed as emo(tional). No, his figure is rather enjoyable. The mold might not be very high in regards to collectors following the popular trends, but I’m not one to conform. Dropkick has a tad bit of kibble in the backpack area, and suffers from the dreaded ‘chicken legs’. It is more of the little things that make Dropkick one of my favorites of the 2007 line. In vehicle mode, the flatbed cover can be removed to reveal the back of the truck, which has ample space for you to fit in a scout figure. (Hardtop sniping while riding on Dropkick is legit). While having a Decepticon logo on your vehicle is hardly a robot in disguise, Dropkick seems to have put some thought into it. Ingenious to have the symbol tattooed on the top of your hood and roof – Mr. Antisocial went to Decepticon school and realized that there aren’t too many Autobots that can fly in the Bayverse.

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The robot mode is an aspect that I like from my Transformers, a sturdy, well-engineered figure that isn’t going to fall down after being placed. There’s just a lot to Dropkick in robot mode that I like, parts that fold in and out, weaponry, and just that feel that you’re holding a Transformer, not an action figure. His main weapon is rather clumsy, but that is more or less forgotten by the two double-barrel guns he has under his forearms. A quality figure that is a great addition to your Decepticon ranks, or Autobot ranks with his 2007 repaint, Salvage, who is also a piece that I’d highly suggest. The figure was also released in the ROTF toy line under the name of Blowpipe (Really Hasbro?), for those into blue Transformers. But who’d buy that Tupac for a near identical version of Sideways?

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Cliffjumper (Deluxe)

Why not Bumblebee, you ask? Toy wise, there are much better Movie Bumblebees released after the 2007 toy line, and discussion about the other two movie lines are for another day. And If I get my way, editorial discussion on Bumblebee will be avoided entirely. But despite there being other Bumblebee figures out there, the 2007 Camaro Concept figure is actually a masterpiece in its own right. It also happens to be the only Movie Deluxe Cliffjumper we have up to now. For those wondering what’s up with the teal on Cliffjumper, Salvage, and Black Arcee, that would be the Allspark Battles sub-line of the 2007 line. Cool name. Terrible execution, as many repaints were slaughtered with copious, unadulterated, and ridiculous amounts of teal. (Check out Target Exclusives - All Spark-Enhanced Bumblebee, Brawl, Barricade and Jazz for good laughs). Luckily for Cliffjumper, his vehicle mode was left untouched from the teal, and what we get is a beautiful Red Camaro Concept. What I generally like from vehicle modes of Transformers I collect, especially the movie-verse, is for them to be spot on. And at the time, the Camaro Concept had one of the best looking vehicle modes, losing out to that sleek Corvette Stingray when ROTF rolled in.

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Robot mode has alot of articulation for a movie figure, and while it may feel like a caveman compared to the future incarnations of Bee, it is still a stand up figure. The Gun/Blade that Cliffjumper wields almost makes Mechtech look like it’s ancestor. The gaudy teal of the Allspark Battles looks far from tacky on Cliffjumper, instead highlighting some of his aesthetics and adding a bit more flare to his colour scheme. The only beef (New York cut, Medium Rare please) I have with the figure is his shoulder pads, which have fallen off as many times as I’ve said eh. Bottom line, it's the movie-verse. There are explosions, big guns, and Decepticons flying everywhere as plot-armor Autobots blow them into pieces. And this is Cliffjumper. The bot who has got enough weaponry to make explosions and blow up plot-armor Decepticons to bits. Get him!

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Longarm (Deluxe)

The vehicle modes of Autobots seem to be losing their flair in recent years. It`s a lost art for many under Optimus Prime`s command, as their vehicle mode’s function appears only to look sleek, stylish and appeal to the newer wave of Transformers fans. For Movie Longarm, it’s different. Yes, he’s in this line because he’s the tow truck that Mikaela drove in the movie. But it’s his design, his working tow, and robot mode of the figure that makes this a brute, blue-collar working Autobot. Yeah, he’s a bit chunky, and he probably walks slow, but who said all walking robots of destruction need to be agile?

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If Transformers played Hockey or Football, Longarm would be the grinder or hard hitter of the team. His face looks like he’s wearing a helmet, and the way his chest is stylized makes it look like he’s wearing armor. In a Transformers universe catering to Michael Bay’s explosions, Longarm’s got the gun to rule all guns. Eye light piping is magical, and the transparent back lights on the tow are well placed. Many Classics-verse fans delving into the movie-verse toys for good ‘homages’ would have likely picked up Longarm’s ROTF repaint, Hoist. But from a personal standpoint, a two-pack with G1 deco Mixmaster is not worth the trouble as Longarm is the better use of the mold.

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Evac (Voyager)

What I like the best of Evac, and his mold predecessor Blackout, are that they are great representations of their respective movie-verse forces. Blackout the Decepticon, who like most Decepticons, looks mysterious, has a dark color scheme, and takes the form of a militaristic vehicle. Evac the Autobot, who like most Autobots, has a chivalrous, flamboyant bright color scheme, has a nonchalant Autobot symbol screaming "come at me bro", and has the face of something that would protect mankind, not destroy it. This is more about Evac being a gem, mainly because Blackout is a popular character that everyone likely owns already in the original, Premium, or Grindor versions. Plus there’s always that little little, completely unlikely smidgen of hope that Hasbro will make a Leader Class Pave Low Heli.

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Don’t get me wrong. 2007 Evac is no DOTM Skyhammer(because Skyhammer is very good), and it’s also no ROTF Evac (because that mold is avoid avoid avoid) but this is still one mean Helicopter. The Allspark Battles teal is very heavy on the Voyager class figure, but that is contrasted by the figure’s vibrant orange. What was once Scorponok included with Blackout, is a lifeboat for Evac. And unlike Scorponok, the lifeboat can be wielded by Evac as a blaster. Evac shows that despite whatever mold you start off with, a vibrant paint job and different head sculpt can turn your evil helicopter full of death into a lifesaving, search and rescue vehicle. Movie-collectors, help your Autobots out, they are especially low in air force.

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Stockade (Deluxe)

Stockade gave me a lot of trouble because he was competing with 2007 Landmine for a spot in this editorial. Both figures have great alternate modes, and both figures have robot modes that are somewhat ruined by the gaudy teal. Luckily for Stockade, I feel that his ROTF repaint Gears is inferior to the original, and unluckily for Landmine, try ROTF Armorhide instead. I have said many times that vehicle modes of figures in the movie-verse need to be spot on. Stockade is phenomenal. Painted grill, painted wheels, clear windows everywhere, headlights, backlights, an actual sunroof, and painted door handles. Girl, it looks real. His Decepticon symbol is painted in normal purple, and not silver like the majority of movie-verse Transformers.

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Robot mode does not offer as much as the vehicle mode in terms of looks. Stockade has the foot soldier demeanour. Short, stocky and built. He’s got this extending arm gimmick, like Barricade and Bonecrusher, but it’s pretty lame. The teal is a bit too much for a Decepticon transforming from a Black SUV, but blame it on the dark, got you off the mark, blame it on the a a a a a allspark. The photo below makes him look like kibble city, don’t worry, it’s not that bad.

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Final Battle Jazz (Deluxe)

It’s a figure of your favourite character before he gets ripped in half by Megatron. Not as grimm as the mold’s fate. Don’t get me wrong, the Human Alliance Jazz with Lennox figure is fantastic and if you haven’t already, get it. *Gets back the scale that I threw out the window in regards to Arcee.* I just don’t think Jazz was that large in the movie (not going to actually check), so the Deluxe size is where it’s at. The reason this dude is on this list is not because Jazz is unpopular, but I feel that this variant is obscure. For this version to come out only for it to be snubbed a handful of times with Premium, ROTF Smokescreen and DOTM, is just not right.

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Not much to see in vehicle mode, as it’s nearly the same. Robot mode on the other hand is pretty cool. You’ve got detailed battle damage on his head and legs. It’s like energon is gushing out of those areas. Really slick paint apps, and it’s a shame that future "Battle-Damaged" figures ended up failing in comparison to FB Jazz. The best part of the toy, is the weapon. The trans-crapper sword that all the other versions have is a joke to this ‘Crescent Cannon’. Heck, buy this toy just for the weapon, and then put it on Premium Jazz. That’s what all the cool kids are doing.

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Brawl (Leader)

It’s rather odd for me to put a Leader Class figure on a ‘Hidden Treasures’ list, but Leader Brawl seems to be forgotten under the pile of other Leaders released in ROTF and DOTM. For those new collectors out there, Brawl is a figure that you really can’t miss. The 2007 Leader Graduating Class includes Optimus, who was done better in ROTF, and Megatron, who’s probably the worst Leader figure of all three movie-lines. If you want this character in your collection, it’s Leader or bust. The Deluxe class was a travesty and pales in comparison to this behemoth. Sure the figure is not at the Masterpiece level, since there’s no working treads, but it has a lot of articulation for a Transformer with a tank mode.

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When Transformed, it’s not all there either. The figure’s not as crisp as 2007 Leader Prime, but it’s still not as chunky as 2007 Leader Megatron. There’s a lot going on in the weaponry department, and what’s underrated about the figure is that it takes the CGI to heart. Sure, kibble is there, but it’s not like it wasn’t there in the movie either. This beauty is a steal right now on the secondary market, and is certainly worth it in either his original colors, or his ‘Deep Desert’ version if you dig them Tusken Raiders or Jawas.

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Incinerator (Voyager)

Who? Incinerator’s rather obscure and completely forgotten in some cases by the ongoing movie fanbase. He’s got a full-time membership to the 'no hands club' along with Voyager Starscream, but don’t let that mere flaw deter the credibility of this Decepticon. If I can recall correctly, he is the first big Osprey helicopter since Beast Machines. The vehicle mode just feels compact, solid and it almost seems like he can fly! (He won’t. No matter how much Energon you drink, he actually won’t!)

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The teal is awful on this figure, but I can't complain, I'm a Blurr fan after all! The fin hands are actually pretty cool if you think that he's wielding them. Robot mode is stocky, and I really dig how his chest is formed. He's got clown feet, but he won't fall over because of the back stand that he is. The figure just look so funky, and yet one look at the spinning blades of death reminds you that this is a ruthless killing machine made out of a mountain of metal. The Takara domestic black version of this figure contrasts the Hasbro's grey, and both are great additions to your Decepticon arsenal.

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With that, you have my bias opinion on the 2007 line figures that did not get as much limelight compared to other toys of more popular characters. Some honorary mentions here, and I’ll start off with Rescue Ratchet, as he has the best colors of all the Voyager Hummer repaints. Try to complete your movie-verse seekers in the Voyager Class size with 2007 G1 Starscream, 2007 Thundercracker, and ROTF Skywarp. The DOTM Deluxe idea is just way too small for movie seekers.

Agree to disagree with me? Who are your favorites of the 2007 line, and do you feel any figures have been overlooked by the popular eye? Leave your opinions by commenting below!

~Blurrz



2Fast 2Blurrious is an editorial series written by Seibertron.com staff member Blurrz, and is not responsible for the amount of money you will spend on Transformers in the next few hours. Nor is it responsible for your partner's shopping spree with your card because it's his/her turn after you spent an absurd amount of money on 'kid's toys'.
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Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258633)
Posted by RK_Striker_JK_5 on July 13th, 2011 @ 5:43pm CDT
Great list, here! Glad to see molds like Arcee and Dropkick and Longarm getting the props they deserve.

As for Dropkick, his legs can be straightened out to avoid the chicken legs.
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Posted by Midnight_Fox on July 13th, 2011 @ 5:45pm CDT
I want Incinerator(either color) so much. Kept passing on him due to his lack of proper hands(and not being into TF collecting during that year), and now I regret it.

Also, wish the second hand Leader Brawl I have had his tank cannon's barrel...
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Posted by i am Dj fLiP on July 13th, 2011 @ 6:03pm CDT
great topic especially for the ones who collect movieverse toys.

i actually started collecting when ROTF was rolling out. and as i collected more, i wished i started during 2007 as i mainly collect the toys that were IN the movie and prefer to be in scale [in most cases]. i got lucky and got a few 2007 toys like both leader brawls, but i'm still in the hunt for jazz, '76 bumblebee and leader megatron.
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Posted by Noideaforaname on July 13th, 2011 @ 6:07pm CDT
I've always loved how Evac looks so different from Blackout, despite being (mostly) the same mold.

Incinerator was one of those figures I was super excited to get before then got disappointed with what I got. No hands (not even articulation on the blades for 'fingers'), back/tail doesn't transform at all, and all that bright blue. He's in a box now.



Despite being totally out-classed by his RotF successor, I like the original Voyager Starscream mold. In fact, I've been looking for the Thundercracker retool to put alongside my Movieverse Seekers (Screamer, Dirge, Thrust and Terradive).
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Posted by Mr-Valkeyreion on July 13th, 2011 @ 6:09pm CDT
I have to agree with this list, I have the majority of these figures, however the irony is that i'm actually trying to sell my movie one collection (I have alot of 2007 movie figures)
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Posted by chrisc4 on July 13th, 2011 @ 6:14pm CDT
man i love cliffjumper so glad i picked him up. now i want incinerator!
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Posted by SwerveGears on July 13th, 2011 @ 6:33pm CDT
What about Voyager Prime? Especially the Robo-Vision version- it was the most accurate transformable version of Prime back in those days!
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Posted by Megatron Wolf on July 13th, 2011 @ 7:02pm CDT
i dont understand why hasbro doesnt repaint that arcee instead of reusing the ROTF mold over & over again. Id also like to see final battle Jazz get repainted instead of the normal version of that mold. And why no love for realgear, those little guys kicked ass
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Posted by thunderjacker on July 13th, 2011 @ 7:16pm CDT
definitely agree with this list, however, i believe the the 2007 wreckage mold was cheated out of it. sure, the paint scheme was weak but the mold is awesome, well articulated and well armed. i also agree with the comment about the g1 2007 voyager starscream mold and its repaints. from a scale point of view, they go much better with my classics autobots rather than the good but deluxe class alternatives.
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Posted by monarch420 on July 13th, 2011 @ 7:29pm CDT
Big Daddy is the only one not on the list.
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Posted by Galvatron X on July 13th, 2011 @ 7:31pm CDT
Blurrz, that was an wonderfully-written article! I normally nod off halfway through long articles like that - because I have the attention span of a 2-year old - but not that one. Well done; very well done.

Secondly, I loved that article because it showcased figures I've never been familiar with (I only started buying TFs again when ROTF came out). I'm now on the lookout for that EVAC, Cliffjumper, and that Salvage!
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Posted by BATTOUSAIXD on July 13th, 2011 @ 7:54pm CDT
Nice list! I really wish I would have gotten leader brawl; I'm really regretting it now that it goes for about 80 dollars on eBay... I have to disagree about leader Megatron though, I thought he was about as close to the cgi as a figure that price could have gotten. Sure the first paint job sucked but I thought the premium one was great. I was so disappointed with rotf leader megs. Hopefully we'll get one for dotm; I know they could do a great job with that.
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Posted by sabrigami on July 13th, 2011 @ 8:34pm CDT
A very enjoyable read, gj Blurrz :APPLAUSE: . This is very interesting to me because I didn't start collecting until the tail end of RotF, so I didn't know what came out before then. After reading this I'm going to have to get my hands on that Arcee mold. That's one hot figure even in the G1 Arcee redeco.
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Posted by LiKwid on July 13th, 2011 @ 8:37pm CDT
Mr-Valkeyreion wrote:I have to agree with this list, I have the majority of these figures, however the irony is that i'm actually trying to sell my movie one collection (I have alot of 2007 movie figures)


Im in the same boat. I literally have every single movie fig from that line and I cant move any of them..Really wish I had shelled out the dough for that wonderfest Arcee, damn it looks awesome...
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Posted by robofreak on July 13th, 2011 @ 8:50pm CDT
monarch420 wrote:Big Daddy is the only one not on the list.


Big Daddy used a Cybertron mold. This article focuses on the movie molds.

I like this article. It makes me wish I could pull out my movie figures and fiddle with them. I literally bought every single movie figure from 2007 except for the Target Scouts and Real Gear.

ROTF: I have every figure minus a bunch of Scouts and a few repaints.

DOTM: I've got a fair number of them.

The movie toys have definitely been an awesome set of figures. The designs are some of my favorites.
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Posted by Doubledealer93 on July 13th, 2011 @ 9:11pm CDT
awesome list, i have all but two of them, incinerator and drop kick. they are awesome toys :APPLAUSE:
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Posted by IIISOUNDWAVEIII on July 13th, 2011 @ 9:16pm CDT
LiKwid wrote:
Mr-Valkeyreion wrote:I have to agree with this list, I have the majority of these figures, however the irony is that i'm actually trying to sell my movie one collection (I have alot of 2007 movie figures)


Im in the same boat. I literally have every single movie fig from that line and I cant move any of them..Really wish I had shelled out the dough for that wonderfest Arcee, damn it looks awesome...


If you guys are looking to sell, im looking to buy. Trying to get my hands on Leader Class Brawl from the 2007 film. But ebay is averaging around $100 or above not including shipping. Let me know if your interested
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Posted by i am Dj fLiP on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:17pm CDT
IIISOUNDWAVEIII wrote:
If you guys are looking to sell, im looking to buy. Trying to get my hands on Leader Class Brawl from the 2007 film. But ebay is averaging around $100 or above not including shipping. Let me know if your interested



i have both leader brawls and i'm willing to sell one. i've been checking out crave's site. would that the best option to sell? how much commission do they charge for the buyer anyway? and plus they're doing $5 back if you buy this month. any mods care to answer my questions about crave.com?
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:29pm CDT
Stockade is now my Classics Trailbreak, hehe.
Incinerator is awesome and I have a little idea behind him that most might not have imagined yet.
His name is Incinerator... that would lead you to believe he might use fire... or flamethrowers. Well, if you remove the propellors, and store them on his back (sticking one of the fins between his back armour and shoulder, down to behind his hip, with the peg holes facing forward), the ends of his arms now look like guns with small holes... perhaps for spraying out napalm like flamethrowers. I even painted the ends silver... adds to the illusion ;)
I can't say I'm able to get into that movie arcee... I keep wishing she was more feminine, and it stops me from liking her, haha. Animated Blackarachnia set the bar too high.
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Oh, what could have been if they didn't have to stay constrained to the movie aesthetic. :-(
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Posted by xyl360 on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:32pm CDT
I picked up Incinerator recently on ebay to repaint as my pre-Beast Wars Scorponok and he looks great. I pulled off the blades (he's posed in bot mode of course) and painted the nubs that the blades were connected to in a nice red so that they resemble his missiles that are concealed in his pincers from the show and I covered up all that teal/allspark blue with purple and gray where applicable to make it match the paint layout of his Beast Wars CGI counterpart.

I also have Cliffjumper even though I have yet to own even a single movieverse Bumblebee. I always despised movie BB, but that car in those colors was just too good to pass up :).

Your article also made me want to buy an Arcee :P.
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Posted by ShadowBlaze on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:38pm CDT
Wonderful list. I picked up the majority of toys from the '07 movie line, so I understand the appreciation for almost all of the listed figures. The only one I don't have is Leader Class Brawl, as I generally prefer smaller-scaled figures (as does my wallet).

Arcee: I am in love with this mold. The face took some time to get used to, but I eventually decided it was incredibly fitting. The only thing that bothered me was the way in which the tire halves are supposed to fold across her shoulders in 'bot mode. They obstruct her shoulder articulation too much in that configuration, and they just don't stay stay in place all that well. I have mine posed with them up and out like spread wings.

Jazz (Final Battle & Original): I know I'm in a very small minority, but I absolutely love the Deluxe Jazz mold (both of them). Hasbro can paint it a dozen times, and I'll buy each and every one. While I agree that FB Jazz has a superior weapon, what I really like about the standard figure is how different he looks in the various decos. The Premium version is just incredibly sharp; the G1-inspired figure looked great on my Classics shelf until RTF Special Ops Jazz took his place; I dig him as ROTF Smokecreen, and the dark grey on Target's DOTM exclusive makes him look like the original Jazz doppelganger, Stepper/Ricochet.

Cliffjumper: I'll always like him better than Bumblebee, if only for the colour differences. The deco on this toy is far more eye-catching than any BB HasTak has cranked out, and I'm slightly dismayed that he hasn't received an update as a repaint of the newer, improved Camaro sculpts.

To add a few of my own...

Voyager Ironhide (Premium): The fragility of the windshield on his back irritates me, and his shoulders are tighter than the pegs that keep his torso together. And still, he's just a really solid, impressive toy, and I strongly prefer the more idealized, less film-accurate proportions of this figure over his later incarnations. He's highly articulated and surprisingly stable, so he can hold all the great battle stances befitting a born soldier. While the Premium version's paint job is also a little less true to the screen, it does a fantastic job of highlighting all the wonderful sculpted details of his 'bot mode which were lost in the wall of black on the original.

Wreckage: This should have been Movie Megatron. The menacing head-sculpt strongly resembles G1 Megatron, and the level of articulation in this toy is top-notch. And it has relatively little kibble, so nothing is going to keep him from taking any number of threatening poses. The versatility of his dual swords and the multiple connection points also make his my favourite weapons of all the movie-style Deluxes. The ROTF Bludgeon repaint is equally impressive and works well as a hybridized Bayverse/G2 Megatron.

Protoform Optimus Prime: Sure, the alt-mode is little more than a Cybertronian rock with thrusters. But what's so impressive is how smooth and seamless that rock appears, given the angular aesthetics of the Bayverse 'bots. Even more curious is that OP's 'bot mode looks incredibly organic, like the next evolution of something from Beast Wars, rather than the blockiness of the classic TF style. Again, this is a toy with impressive articulation and relatively little obtrusive kibble. I'm actually rather sad that HasTak never re-used this sculpt as I think it could be perfect for creating an army of generic film-style soldiers.
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:42pm CDT
ShadowBlaze wrote:Protoform Optimus Prime: Sure, the alt-mode is little more than a Cybertronian rock with thrusters. But what's so impressive is how smooth and seamless that rock appears, given the angular aesthetics of the Bayverse 'bots. Even more curious is that OP's 'bot mode looks incredibly organic, like the next evolution of something from Beast Wars, rather than the blockiness of the classic TF style. Again, this is a toy with impressive articulation and relatively little obtrusive kibble. I'm actually rather sad that HasTak never re-used this sculpt as I think it could be perfect for creating an army of generic film-style soldiers.


The protoforms are pretty sweet, I didn't care at all for them from the start, but now I really want the Protoform Starscream to stand in for a Classics Jhiaxus.
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Posted by defiantnx523 on July 13th, 2011 @ 10:42pm CDT
I have of these except cliffjumper i still cant figure out why I never bought him. Dont have stockade Incinerator or leader Brawl. I really like salvage and dropkick. The story failed to mention that salvage and dropkick were in the Transformers movie video game as drones..
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Posted by OptiMagnus on July 13th, 2011 @ 11:33pm CDT
Very well written, Blurrz!
I guess I agree with all mentioned here, as the only one I have of them is Cliffjumper. I barely bought any toys out of the 2007 movie line (WHAT? OptiMagnus has barely any '07 movie toys?). As much as I proclaim my fandom to the movies, I just never bought into this line...I wasn't a hardcore fan then.
However, I will personally suggest getting Cliffjumper. I don't care if you already have the original Camaro Concept Bumblebee, the Premium repaint, Stealth Bumblebee, the laughable Allspark teal repaint, the ROTF retool, and the upcoming store exclusives of the mold. Get this guy. He's just that cool, and he's a good companion for your many Bumblebees.
Here's my suggestion:
Protoform Optimus Prime- The original Deluxe movie Prime. Blurrz forgot about him a long while back when he hinted DOTM would feature the first Autobot to have a deluxe, voyager, and leader class figure, when Optimus Prime had already broken that feat in 2007. This guy, with his preview wave counterpart, Protoform Starscream, have nearly vanished among the voices of the fandom. Not familiar with him? He's basically a big Cyber-rock in alt-mode with munky feet in robot mode. However, he's quite well-put-together and has some great articulation. He could probably serve as a movie Optimus Primal in your collection with his physical features, but his uniqueness and the fact he's Optimus freaking Prime just makes him a must. He only has one piece of kibble, and he has extremely poseable legs via the hip joints. However, he and his counterpart figure lack any AutoMorph gimmick, or, rather, any gimmick. He includes a gun that does nothing, unless you consider a cheesy "fireblast" piece that plugs in, a gimmick. But really, the lack of gimmicks makes him that much better. If you can find him, give him a shot.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258834)
Posted by IIISOUNDWAVEIII on July 13th, 2011 @ 11:44pm CDT
i am Dj fLiP wrote:
IIISOUNDWAVEIII wrote:
If you guys are looking to sell, im looking to buy. Trying to get my hands on Leader Class Brawl from the 2007 film. But ebay is averaging around $100 or above not including shipping. Let me know if your interested



i have both leader brawls and i'm willing to sell one. i've been checking out crave's site. would that the best option to sell? how much commission do they charge for the buyer anyway? and plus they're doing $5 back if you buy this month. any mods care to answer my questions about crave.com?


I am looking for the original colours, so the green one. The desert colours was pretty cool but the blue guns threw me off lol. Also is yours still in its original packaging and un-opened?

Dont know what crave's site is, you will have to give me a link.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258841)
Posted by Nekoman on July 14th, 2011 @ 12:11am CDT
Personally, I feel that in retrospect the 2007 movie line has little worth going back to now. A few of those examples were pretty cool (Stockade FTW), but Arcee was a terrible figure in my opinion. Albeit she was better than her ROTF counterpart, a worse figure doesn't make a bad figure any better.

Plus a lot of the figures just didn't feel durable, like Longarm for example had parts that felt like they'd give too much, and if we venture onto figures that didn't make the list you have the original Bumblebee, deluxe Brawl, voyager Ironhide... Maybe I'm just too old fashioned.

On the bright side I felt they did real good on the redecos. The red Dropkick repaint was good, so was Cliffjumper and even Jungle Bonecrusher was an improvement, in some respects. Plus if you count the Walmart exclusive deluxes like Fracture, and Crankcase I'd almost say the line did have some of the best repaints ever made. Heck, Crankcase didn't even need a new head and he was still better than the Kup Funpub made.

Hope that doesn't make me sound like a downer though, it's cool to go back and think about these lines a few years later. Nice write up!
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Posted by EShadowP on July 14th, 2011 @ 12:30am CDT
I have all of these toys and I agree with most of the article but:

"The movie aesthetic was not to the liking of veteran fans"

as a blanket statement, this is absolute bunk. I've been with the franchise since day one, my "veteran fan" status is well and truly secure and I can say that the movie aesthetic was very much to my liking.

-Eric-
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 14th, 2011 @ 12:32am CDT
EShadowP wrote:I have all of these toys and I agree with most of the article but:

"The movie aesthetic was not to the liking of veteran fans"

as a blanket statement, this is absolute bunk. I've been with the franchise since day one, my "veteran fan" status is well and truly secure and I can say that the movie aesthetic was very much to my liking.

-Eric-


He didn't say all veteran fans.
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Posted by i am Dj fLiP on July 14th, 2011 @ 5:20am CDT
IIISOUNDWAVEIII wrote:
I am looking for the original colours, so the green one. The desert colours was pretty cool but the blue guns threw me off lol. Also is yours still in its original packaging and un-opened?

Dont know what crave's site is, you will have to give me a link.


fortunately i do have the regular leader brawl in sealed box. box is a little beat up though coz it was the last one i found and i took it anyway. crave.com is like the 1st ad on the very left [just above the forum links] on this site lol. it's basically ebay for toys but much easier and secure. amirite mods? :grin:
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258908)
Posted by Blurrz on July 14th, 2011 @ 5:30am CDT
i am Dj fLiP wrote: it's basically ebay for toys but much easier and secure. amirite mods? :grin:


I'm not too familiar with crave, but you can contact them at support@crave.com with any questions regarding their services.

I'll do my best to respond to everyone's questions and comments when I wake up from my slumber.

Really appreciate it though. Good to see people gunning out for some of the beauties on this list, and also good to see new collectors taking a look back at a toy line from the past.
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 14th, 2011 @ 5:34am CDT
i am Dj fLiP wrote:it's basically ebay for toys but much easier and secure. amirite mods? :grin:


Except that it SUCKS if your in Canada since most sellers don't want to ship out of America.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258917)
Posted by i am Dj fLiP on July 14th, 2011 @ 6:23am CDT
thanks Blurrz! my main concern from them is the commision cost when you buy something.

and for MINDVVIPE, i don't mind shipping to canada as long as the buyer's willing to pay for shipping cost. i just figured i'd help a fellow collector out and i thought it would give them a peace of mind for going through crave.

i read their faqs and they require a tracking # for the items. and the buyer will get his money back if he never recieved it/got lost in the mail.

i wanna do some trading in carbombya forum, but i don't wanna get jipped doing it directly #-o
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Posted by prowl123 on July 14th, 2011 @ 7:55am CDT
I love all of these! Thanks for giving the overlooked molds a day in the spotlight Blurrz!
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258948)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on July 14th, 2011 @ 8:31am CDT
I still need to finish up the Takara Allspark line. I have black Arcee, but need Black Incinerator, darker Landmine, and well, normal looking Stockade. All of them come with miniature Allspark cubes.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258954)
Posted by IIISOUNDWAVEIII on July 14th, 2011 @ 9:06am CDT
i am Dj fLiP wrote:
IIISOUNDWAVEIII wrote:
I am looking for the original colours, so the green one. The desert colours was pretty cool but the blue guns threw me off lol. Also is yours still in its original packaging and un-opened?

Dont know what crave's site is, you will have to give me a link.


fortunately i do have the regular leader brawl in sealed box. box is a little beat up though coz it was the last one i found and i took it anyway. crave.com is like the 1st ad on the very left [just above the forum links] on this site lol. it's basically ebay for toys but much easier and secure. amirite mods? :grin:


A little wear and tear on the packaging isn't a deal breaker for me, the most important thing is that the actual toy is in good condition. I took a quick look at crave.com and am happy to purchase through that. Ill send you a private message discussing the details.
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Posted by Marcdachamp on July 14th, 2011 @ 9:09am CDT
SwerveGears wrote:What about Voyager Prime? Especially the Robo-Vision version- it was the most accurate transformable version of Prime back in those days!


Great call, sir! For RotF, I bought Leader Prime because he combined with Jetfire, and I contemplated getting rid of my Robo-Vision Prime, but I'm so glad I didn't. He's a much better figure. I dug him back out and have him battling Shockwave, now. :grin:

I love that Longarm made the list. I have the Screen Battles version(or whatever they were called). Great set. Never bought Evac, but I always liked the work they put into making him a different character.

I wish the Fast Action Battlers had made the list, though. Ratchet and Starscream, in particular, were awesome toys.
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Posted by Rated X on July 14th, 2011 @ 9:21am CDT
Cool article. I got most of these figures Hasbro versions except for Evac.
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Posted by Giant Purple Griffin on July 14th, 2011 @ 9:21am CDT
I like the list, and like others, I agree that Protoform Prime should be in there. I got him from Amazon last summer for about 15 bucks since he had that form in the movie, but I didn't start collecting the toys until he was gone from the shelves in 2007. I love him! I pose him on the corner of a shelf in a Cybertronian "I'll take you all on" standoff with HftD Fallen, '07 Voy Megatron, DotM Shockwave, RotF Soundwave, and RotF Ravage :lol:
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258971)
Posted by GetRightRobot on July 14th, 2011 @ 9:29am CDT
Nice work on the article Blurrz. I am right there with you, especially on the Arcee's. HOWEVER, I can't help feel like you missed the mark on the Hoist repaint. IMO, it serves as the ideal use. Even the head sculpt shares the 4 slats and has a surprisingly Non-movieverse styled head. This guy fits in perfectly between Classics and Movie.
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Other than that, journalistic perfection :D
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1258998)
Posted by kirbenvost on July 14th, 2011 @ 10:31am CDT
^Argh, that makes me want Hoist...

Nice article Blurrz. You even managed to sneak in an 'eh' joke. :lol:

I think Wreckage should have made the list instead of Incinerator, personally, since about the only thing the latter has going for it is an impressive alt mode. And a cool head sculpt I guess... but Wreckage is just all-around cool.

I also don't know why the Deluxe Brawl figure gets such a bad rap. It's one of my favorites. Maybe people just don't like how small he is.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1259016)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on July 14th, 2011 @ 11:07am CDT
Hoist was excluded since he came out in ROTF.

Deluxe Brawl has a major flaw that prevents the arms from locking correctly in robot mode. I think they fixed it very late in his run, so almost all of them are ruined. The ROTF Desert repaint has the fix.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1259017)
Posted by BeastProwl on July 14th, 2011 @ 11:07am CDT
What about wreakage?
Swindle?
The Protoforms?
I Thought of those as "Gems" Myself. even if wreakage's paintjob made him look like the decepticon Ice cream man. he was originally supposed to be in the movie too.
not so gawdy lookin, but in it none the less.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1259019)
Posted by GetRightRobot on July 14th, 2011 @ 11:09am CDT
Razorclaw0000 wrote:Hoist was excluded since he came out in ROTF.

Deluxe Brawl has a major flaw that prevents the arms from locking correctly in robot mode. I think they fixed it very late in his run, so almost all of them are ruined. The ROTF Desert repaint has the fix.


OHYEA he did come with ROTF didn't he? Toys R Us 2pack.... My bad. Still, superior application. 8)
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1259112)
Posted by Autobot Genocide on July 14th, 2011 @ 1:24pm CDT
I also think that Wreckage should have been in there .
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Posted by Autobot-Hellstriker on July 14th, 2011 @ 3:41pm CDT
I own 2 of those figures, namely Dropkick and Final Battle Jazz.

Although i'm not pleased with the fact that you didn't let any of the important characters onto the list and only went after very obscure characters.
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Posted by MINDVVIPE on July 14th, 2011 @ 4:24pm CDT
Autobot-Hellstriker wrote:I own 2 of those figures, namely Dropkick and Final Battle Jazz.

Although i'm not pleased with the fact that you didn't let any of the important characters onto the list and only went after very obscure characters.


Uhm... I think that was the point. That hoist definitely flew under my radar tho!
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Posted by ShadowBlaze on July 14th, 2011 @ 5:33pm CDT
Autobot-Hellstriker wrote:I own 2 of those figures, namely Dropkick and Final Battle Jazz.

Although i'm not pleased with the fact that you didn't let any of the important characters onto the list and only went after very obscure characters.


Jazz, Arcee, Cliffjumper, and Brawl are hardly 'obscure' characters.

The idea, rather, was to highlight figures with particularly strong molds or decos which may have sailed under many collectors' radars. Also, keep in mind that this article focuses only on toys from the first film line. Many of the more popular characters (Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Starscream) who returned in the sequels received better incarnations in the later lines. I expect there's a greater chance they'll be featured when Blurrz--or somebody else--gets around to compiling a list of the best toys from ROTF and HFTD.
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Posted by theraffia on July 14th, 2011 @ 10:10pm CDT
Dropkick IMO deserves the spot for the best 2007 movie figure, namely because of his amazing alt mode.
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Posted by Prime Riblet on July 14th, 2011 @ 10:27pm CDT
Nightwatch Leader Prime and Leader Class Brawl are fantastic imo. I picked up Brawl with Bonecrusher and Concept Camaro BB. That was my introduction to the movieverse, so I ended up getting several of that line. I still think Leader Brawl holds his own with current movie figures and he looks amazingly screen accurate in both modes. Bonecrusher is just amazing except for the size. Nightwatch Prime was one that I got because I never once saw a standard Leader Prime-I found many later but never thought they looked any better than Nightwatch. Cliffjumper is great. He has been sitting on my desk at work for about 3 years.
Re: 2Fast 2Blurrious - Treasures of the 2007 Movie Toy Line (1259853)
Posted by Blurrz on July 15th, 2011 @ 4:47pm CDT
Thanks for reading, everyone!

RK_Striker_JK_5 wrote:As for Dropkick, his legs can be straightened out to avoid the chicken legs.


Haha, I’ve gotten way too used to the way he looks now, couldn’t do it without the chicken legs!

SwerveGears wrote:What about Voyager Prime? Especially the Robo-Vision version- it was the most accurate transformable version of Prime back in those days!


Robo-Vision’s a great figure, and the paint application is all-star, but ultimately the mold is inferior to HFTD Battle Blades Optimus Prime. In turn, the Voyager Prime molds are inferior to the Leader versions, IMO.

Megatron Wolf wrote:i dont understand why hasbro doesnt repaint that arcee instead of reusing the ROTF mold over & over again. Id also like to see final battle Jazz get repainted instead of the normal version of that mold. And why no love for realgear, those little guys kicked ass


RG are great office desk toys, but they’re just not my type.

thunderjacker wrote:definitely agree with this list, however, i believe the the 2007 wreckage mold was cheated out of it. sure, the paint scheme was weak but the mold is awesome, well articulated and well armed.

ShadowBlaze wrote:
Wreckage: This should have been Movie Megatron. The menacing head-sculpt strongly resembles G1 Megatron, and the level of articulation in this toy is top-notch. And it has relatively little kibble, so nothing is going to keep him from taking any number of threatening poses. The versatility of his dual swords and the multiple connection points also make his my favourite weapons of all the movie-style Deluxes. The ROTF Bludgeon repaint is equally impressive and works well as a hybridized Bayverse/G2 Megatron.

Autobot Genocide wrote:I also think that Wreckage should have been in there .



As much as I want to put Wreckage on the list… he looks bloodthirsty and all, but nothing stays place on the figure. His automorph does not lock, his limbs are flimsy, and his alternate mode is snooze worthy. Plus, the way his horn is being honked here, he’s far from obscure :P

monarch420 wrote:Big Daddy is the only one not on the list.


He’s a phenomenal figure, but he just doesn’t fit into the movie aesthetic. He’d be a great addition to a Classics collection, mostly because he’s a G1 homage, but also because his robot mode is chunky and just doesn’t fit in with the movie aesthetic, unlike some other Cybertron/Classics Movie-repaints, like Fracture.

Galvatron X wrote:Secondly, I loved that article because it showcased figures I've never been familiar with (I only started buying TFs again when ROTF came out). I'm now on the lookout for that EVAC, Cliffjumper, and that Salvage!


Thanks for reading. You’ve been Counterpunched Blurrz’d! :P

BATTOUSAI XD wrote:Nice list! I really wish I would have gotten leader brawl; I'm really regretting it now that it goes for about 80 dollars on eBay... I have to disagree about leader Megatron though, I thought he was about as close to the cgi as a figure that price could have gotten. Sure the first paint job sucked but I thought the premium one was great. I was so disappointed with rotf leader megs. Hopefully we'll get one for dotm; I know they could do a great job with that.


Then let us hope he gets a DOTM version. Looking back on what I said, I honestly can’t list any reasons why the ROTF Leader is better than the 2007 Leader…

sabrigami wrote:A very enjoyable read, gj Blurrz :APPLAUSE: . This is very interesting to me because I didn't start collecting until the tail end of RotF, so I didn't know what came out before then. After reading this I'm going to have to get my hands on that Arcee mold. That's one hot figure even in the G1 Arcee redeco.


There are a ton of great figures that you may have overlooked! There’s 25+ years of Transformers that deserve to be looked at. Arcee’s a fantastic mold and you won’t be disappointed. The Black/G1 versions are rather expensive though…

robofreak wrote:
Big Daddy used a Cybertron mold. This article focuses on the movie molds.


Not necessarily. I would’ve put some of the Cybertron/Classics molds into this editorial, but I just don’t think they fit. Plus Wal*Mart exclusives were horrid to find in 2007. I don’t even want to talk about it…

MINDVVIPE wrote:Oh, what could have been if they didn't have to stay constrained to the movie aesthetic. :-(


If that was what we got originally, that would have been so legit.

xyl360 wrote:I picked up Incinerator recently on ebay to repaint as my pre-Beast Wars Scorponok and he looks great. I pulled off the blades (he's posed in bot mode of course) and painted the nubs that the blades were connected to in a nice red so that they resemble his missiles that are concealed in his pincers from the show and I covered up all that teal/allspark blue with purple and gray where applicable to make it match the paint layout of his Beast Wars CGI counterpart.

I also have Cliffjumper even though I have yet to own even a single movieverse Bumblebee. I always despised movie BB, but that car in those colors was just too good to pass up :).

Your article also made me want to buy an Arcee :P.


Incinerator as Scorponok is a pretty slick idea! Are you done repainting the figure? Show us if you are, or when you’re done!
I wish I just stopped at Cliffjumper in terms of the Camaros too man. And best of luck hunting Arcee!


ShadowBlaze wrote:Voyager Ironhide (Premium): The fragility of the windshield on his back irritates me, and his shoulders are tighter than the pegs that keep his torso together. And still, he's just a really solid, impressive toy, and I strongly prefer the more idealized, less film-accurate proportions of this figure over his later incarnations. He's highly articulated and surprisingly stable, so he can hold all the great battle stances befitting a born soldier. While the Premium version's paint job is also a little less true to the screen, it does a fantastic job of highlighting all the wonderful sculpted details of his 'bot mode which were lost in the wall of black on the original.


Voyager Ironhide was phenomenal, but at the same time, I just felt that it was over the top. Anyone from a winter city would know that snow does not build up on the top of windows, and the fact that there is snow on the windows of Ironhide is a bit absurd. Even if it isn’t meant to be snow… it looks like snow to me! I feel that the Leader version is a great representation of Ironhide, and even at the Voyager scale, it’s a mix and mash of a couple of Voyager figures that make an ideal Ironhide..

ShadowBlaze wrote:Protoform Optimus Prime: Sure, the alt-mode is little more than a Cybertronian rock with thrusters. But what's so impressive is how smooth and seamless that rock appears, given the angular aesthetics of the Bayverse 'bots. Even more curious is that OP's 'bot mode looks incredibly organic, like the next evolution of something from Beast Wars, rather than the blockiness of the classic TF style. Again, this is a toy with impressive articulation and relatively little obtrusive kibble. I'm actually rather sad that HasTak never re-used this sculpt as I think it could be perfect for creating an army of generic film-style soldiers.


Giant Purple Griffin wrote:I like the list, and like others, I agree that Protoform Prime should be in there. I got him from Amazon last summer for about 15 bucks since he had that form in the movie, but I didn't start collecting the toys until he was gone from the shelves in 2007. I love him! I pose him on the corner of a shelf in a Cybertronian "I'll take you all on" standoff with HftD Fallen, '07 Voy Megatron, DotM Shockwave, RotF Soundwave, and RotF Ravage :lol:

Protoforms were decent, but I dunno, they weren’t that great of a representation of Prime, and their alternate mode doesn’t give me the feel of a Transformer.

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Now if you want to talk about these Protoforms, then by all means, let’s talk about these Fusion Cluster Protoforms. =3. These exclusives are beauties, and if you like Protoforms so much, then these are something you might want to check out. These would’ve been on the list, but y’know, I don’t want to drive the prices up on exclusives that some might still have a problem finding. ^_^


Nekoman wrote:Personally, I feel that in retrospect the 2007 movie line has little worth going back to now. A few of those examples were pretty cool (Stockade FTW), but Arcee was a terrible figure in my opinion. Albeit she was better than her ROTF counterpart, a worse figure doesn't make a bad figure any better.

Plus a lot of the figures just didn't feel durable, like Longarm for example had parts that felt like they'd give too much, and if we venture onto figures that didn't make the list you have the original Bumblebee, deluxe Brawl, voyager Ironhide... Maybe I'm just too old fashioned.

On the bright side I felt they did real good on the redecos. The red Dropkick repaint was good, so was Cliffjumper and even Jungle Bonecrusher was an improvement, in some respects. Plus if you count the Walmart exclusive deluxes like Fracture, and Crankcase I'd almost say the line did have some of the best repaints ever made. Heck, Crankcase didn't even need a new head and he was still better than the Kup Funpub made.

Hope that doesn't make me sound like a downer though, it's cool to go back and think about these lines a few years later. Nice write up!


What makes Arcee terrible? Give me some reasons why, because all I see is a fantastic figure, with a great dimensions.

If you’re putting Longarm on the stake, then you might as well put the rest of the line on their too. Longarm is sturdy, sure the plastic isn’t “hard, durable, I can knock my younger cousin out with this” plastic, but it’s still plastic.

And you’re never a downer Nekoman, not everyone is a sugar coater like me =3.


EShadowP wrote:I have all of these toys and I agree with most of the article but:

"The movie aesthetic was not to the liking of veteran fans"

as a blanket statement, this is absolute bunk. I've been with the franchise since day one, my "veteran fan" status is well and truly secure and I can say that the movie aesthetic was very much to my liking.

-Eric-


Apologies if I offended you. The statement was never meant to be interpreted the way that you are interpreting it. Plus, I’m not one to generalize a fanbase that has who knows how many in it

i am Dj fLiP wrote:
i wanna do some trading in carbombya forum, but i don't wanna get jipped doing it directly #-o


Buy/Sell/Trade Forums are great, you just need to do research on who you’re buying from. And if the one here doesn’t float your boat, the B/S/T at TFW2005/Cybertron.ca might be to your liking.

GetRightRobot wrote:Nice work on the article Blurrz. I am right there with you, especially on the Arcee's. HOWEVER, I can't help feel like you missed the mark on the Hoist repaint. IMO, it serves as the ideal use. Even the head sculpt shares the 4 slats and has a surprisingly Non-movieverse styled head. This guy fits in perfectly between Classics and Movie.


Haha, perhaps I did undermine Hoist in my article, but man, he was awful to pick up. TRU thought i'd be cool to troll fans by spiking those prices up on their two-packs. Bludgeon/Whirl was monstrous expensive, and so was this one.

kirbenvost wrote:I also don't know why the Deluxe Brawl figure gets such a bad rap. It's one of my favorites. Maybe people just don't like how small he is.


Small figures are great. But my beef with Brawl was that arms problem that my figure had. And I’m not going out of my way to sculpt some plastic out, or pay $15 now to get the figure again. Leader had none of those problems, and everything wasn’t green on the Leader either..

BeastProwl wrote:Swindle?


Swindle? We talking about Swindle? Not even a real face, not even a real face, but Swindle? We got great Deluxe figures like Bumblebee, Longarm, Arcee, Barricade, Bonecrusher, Stockade, Wreckage, Scorponok, and we’re in here talking about Swindle? Swindle? Man, I don’t want to talk about Swindle. :P
/Allen Iverson out


Autobot-Hellstriker wrote:Although i'm not pleased with the fact that you didn't let any of the important characters onto the list and only went after very obscure characters.

Even if did put in, as you say, popular characters, It wouldn’t gel with me well. It would be like selling someone a used car when the newer, better version is only a few hundy more.

Barricade got a better figure in ROTF, both in Deluxe and Human Alliance. Ironhide as well, and Optimus Prime too. Bumblebee’s seen so many incarnations that I’d rather not count. Megatron’s ’07 figures might be the best figures that he’s gotten in the past 3 toy lines, but they’re still questionable. Leader Starscream is the way to go, and Ratchet’s much like Megatron. I did put Jazz and Brawl in this list, and Bonecrusher… everyone knows about Bonecrusher, and he hates that. But yeah, if one were to read through my entire editorial, one would know why some of these obscure characters made it into the list, rather than their predecessor paint scheme.

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