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Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed

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Thursday, February 14th, 2013 12:28PM CST

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BotCon has revealed the third figure in their 2013 convention set, Machine Wars Strika! The figure is a redeco of the Generations Warpath Deluxe mold featuring a new head sculpt. Check out the figure in robot mode below, along with a sketch of the new head sculpt.

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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464413)
Posted by Rated X on February 14th, 2013 @ 12:33pm CST
I like it. It has nothing to do with machine wars, but it just looks cool.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464416)
Posted by NOS on February 14th, 2013 @ 12:44pm CST
I also like it and am now curious if we'll get her partner in crime, Obsidian. :-?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464418)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 12:50pm CST
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464425)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on February 14th, 2013 @ 12:58pm CST
So the actual theme this year is any prior Transformers line with "Machine" in the name.

Well, at least the theme isn't technically Beast Machines, and I'm all for rehabilitating its few decent characters by working them into other areas; Strika's brief but awesome turn in Animated reaffirmed her as the first and best choice for this treatment.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464426)
Posted by RAcast on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:01pm CST
Strika? With an awesome head sculpt? And out of the Generations Warpath mold?! :APPLAUSE:
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464427)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:01pm CST
You know, her lack of faction symbols raises an interesting question. Before becoming a Vehicon General in Beast Machines, she was one of the greatest generals of all time next to Obsidian, with her prime directive being the protection of Cybertron. Would that make actually Machine Wars Strika an Autobot, despite her Animated incarnation being a Decepticon? :-?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464429)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:06pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:You know, her lack of faction symbols raises an interesting question. Before becoming a Vehicon General in Beast Machines, she was one of the greatest generals of all time next to Obsidian, with her prime directive being the protection of Cybertron. Would that make actually Machine Wars Strika an Autobot, despite her Animated incarnation being a Decepticon? :-?
More than likely, especially considering that this is Wings Universe, which retconned this pink bot into being pre-G1 Strika:
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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464432)
Posted by PrymeStriker on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:19pm CST
Strika wishes us a Happy Valentines Day! Transformer's Facebook page jumped right on it.

Transformers Facebook Page wrote:Machine Wars Strika, the latest reveal from the 5-figure box set available exclusively at http://www.botcon.com, stopped by our page to wish all of you bots and cons out there a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Share this with YOUR Valentine and then check out her ALL-NEW toy here: http://www.botcon.com/BotCon2013/bc13exclusives.cfm


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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464435)
Posted by Rated X on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:20pm CST
Right now some Shapeways guy is designing an Impactor head for this body. :lol:
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464445)
Posted by Mkall on February 14th, 2013 @ 1:49pm CST
Unexpected, but AWESOME!

Makes me wonder if we'll see an Obsidian too.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464456)
Posted by Nemesis Maximo on February 14th, 2013 @ 2:03pm CST
That head sculpt is baller!
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464457)
Posted by Bounti76 on February 14th, 2013 @ 2:08pm CST
Well, well! This is a most excellent surprise. Adding another fembot is always good in my eyes. And I actually like the choice of mold used for this, as Strika has always been a bit bulky.

Alos, judging just from the comments above, it seems that this is the first Botcon toy this year that's gotten majority positive reaction.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464460)
Posted by RAcast on February 14th, 2013 @ 2:13pm CST
Bounti76 wrote:Well, well! This is a most excellent surprise. Adding another fembot is always good in my eyes. And I actually like the choice of mold used for this, as Strika has always been a bit bulky.

Alos, judging just from the comments above, it seems that this is the first Botcon toy this year that's gotten majority positive reaction.

Extremely so. :lol: Though I have to say that Hoist got a lot of hate for no good reason, he looks fantastic.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464479)
Posted by waaaaghlord on February 14th, 2013 @ 2:42pm CST
So...... Tank Drones for the 3 pack?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464484)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:03pm CST
waaaaghlord wrote:So...... Tank Drones for the 3 pack?
This isn't Beast Machines. Strika wouldn't (and shouldn't) have any drones in this version.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464486)
Posted by Mindmaster on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:09pm CST
Well, wasn't expecting her. Like, at all.

Wonderful use of the mold, if you ask me! Almost has me forgetting the disappointment that is Skywarp.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464487)
Posted by STngAR on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:15pm CST
Huh, how does that song go?....... "One out of three ain't bad"






Edit: Damn, just checked and its two out of three ain't bad.




:MAXIMAL:
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464497)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:35pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
waaaaghlord wrote:So...... Tank Drones for the 3 pack?
This isn't Beast Machines. Strika wouldn't (and shouldn't) have any drones in this version.


I almost bit my tongue when I wanted to say we actually may not get a Troop Builder set this year. I looked over the lists and we had one since 2009:

2009: Sweeps
2010: Sharkticons
2011: Autotroopers
2012: The Borg SG Junkions

Megaplex seems the ideal choice, with one acting like the General much like the Vehicon Generals. But that's for another thread.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464498)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:39pm CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
waaaaghlord wrote:So...... Tank Drones for the 3 pack?
This isn't Beast Machines. Strika wouldn't (and shouldn't) have any drones in this version.


I almost bit my tongue when I wanted to say we actually not get a Troop Builder set this year. I looked over the lists and we had one since 2009:

2009: Sweeps
2010: Sharkticons
2011: Autotroopers
2012: The Borg SG Junkions

Megaplex seems the ideal choice, with one acting like the General much like the Vehicon Generals.
2005 had the Virulent Clones as well.

2006's Laserbeak and Buzzsaw weren't troop builders, but they sorta count as being similar what with their sharing the same mold and such. ;)
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464500)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:46pm CST
looks good but shes from beast machines not machine wars, or am i missing something here?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464501)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:52pm CST
Megatron Wolf wrote:looks good but shes from beast machines not machine wars, or am i missing something here?


Yes you did:

JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:Wasn't Strike a Beast Machines figure, not Machine Wars?


The club has said to not only do some of the original MW characters, but also add new characters into the mix, hence "Series 2". Besides, technically she's still G1-verse, given her Beast Machines debut and the placement of Machine Wars.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464502)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 3:54pm CST
Megatron Wolf wrote:looks good but shes from beast machines not machine wars, or am i missing something here?
It has been said that this year's botcon set is going to be expanding upon the Machine Wars line, creating new MW versions of non-MW characters. This is Strika in her MW body just as any of the original 12 (barring Hubcap and Megaplex) were the G1 characters in their MW bodies.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464509)
Posted by Manterax Prime on February 14th, 2013 @ 4:13pm CST
Makes me wonder what molds they'll use for Starscream and Optimus.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464510)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 14th, 2013 @ 4:18pm CST
Manterax Prime wrote:Makes me wonder what molds they'll use for Starscream and Optimus.
That's if they do those two, that is. Not every old MW figure will get an update, and Strika shows that they're looking to do new characters as well.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464519)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on February 14th, 2013 @ 4:44pm CST
I really hope some version of this makes it to retail. Strika was the best thing about Beast Machines and one of the only good things from Animated, and she needs more than just the Universe Nemesis Strika that adorns my shelf right now.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464521)
Posted by ausbot on February 14th, 2013 @ 4:53pm CST
Now I'm interested.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464532)
Posted by craggy on February 14th, 2013 @ 5:36pm CST
as Machine Wars-y as the G2 set then?

Ah well, I'm sure some people want a new version of Strika and this is as expensive a way to get them to buy one as any.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464541)
Posted by Arctorro on February 14th, 2013 @ 6:29pm CST
Bowspearer wrote:
Arctorro wrote:I'm sure as hell not "waiting for with baited breath" =;


Then your "awesomeness" meter is broken :P

I'm thinking you need to look up "awesome" in the dictionary :P

Those things are okay, but that's about it. They seem like a step (or five) backwards to me after years of collecting toys that transform from a robot (like those things) to a vehicle of some kind ;)
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464569)
Posted by Sinnertwin on February 14th, 2013 @ 9:41pm CST
Armarauders? No.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464572)
Posted by Sinnertwin on February 14th, 2013 @ 10:01pm CST
First the blaster and soundwave pack and now this . it 's been a boring afternoon on the toys front for me today.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464575)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on February 14th, 2013 @ 10:27pm CST
Damn, this is the first botcon exclusive i've really wanted since the g2 redux box set. :grin:

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I really hope some version of this makes it to retail.


I really hope this is true in some way, shape or form, even if it's a completely separate figure that's the retail Strika.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464595)
Posted by Manterax Prime on February 14th, 2013 @ 11:55pm CST
Well, looks like I'll be heading to Botcon.

Actually, I'll save up the money and wait for all the reveal b4 I make that decision.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464598)
Posted by rpetras on February 15th, 2013 @ 12:14am CST
This isn't for me.

More $$$ I'll be saving.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464612)
Posted by Autobot032 on February 15th, 2013 @ 1:32am CST
I swear... It's like FunPub just goes out of their way to make stuff I don't give a crap about.

Congratulations, FunPub.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464631)
Posted by Henry921 on February 15th, 2013 @ 4:31am CST
I hate the cannon chest. It doesn't make me think Strika, it makes me think "Warpath is dressing in drag."

Are there really so few broad chested armored carriers we can paint purple and stick a Strika head on?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464656)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 15th, 2013 @ 7:29am CST
Since they're using Gen. Warpath in the set, would it be inconsiderate to say:

Can haz Sparkcrusher? ;;)
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464660)
Posted by Henry921 on February 15th, 2013 @ 8:05am CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Since they're using Gen. Warpath in the set, would it be inconsiderate to say:

Can haz Sparkcrusher? ;;)


...

... :BOOM:

Yes.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464692)
Posted by Bowspearer on February 15th, 2013 @ 10:55am CST
Ugh. Don't get me wrong, it works as Strika, but seriously- aren't there a STACK of G1 characters who could have been chosen before going to a BM character as a choice (even if she was technically a pre-BM character via canon retconning)......
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464739)
Posted by WiEGoP on February 15th, 2013 @ 2:04pm CST
Welp, there's a lady toy so that settles it, I'm getting a Primus package. Anyone interested in a Skywarp?

And I wouldn't be surprised if they made Obsidian one of the attendee exclusives, just to tick of the Iacon package people.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464909)
Posted by Bass X0 on February 16th, 2013 @ 6:43am CST
Bowspearer wrote:Ugh. Don't get me wrong, it works as Strika, but seriously- aren't there a STACK of G1 characters who could have been chosen before going to a BM character as a choice (even if she was technically a pre-BM character via canon retconning)......


They've already done a STACK of G1 characters before going to do a BM character. Nobody ever said that G1 characters is all they should do. They cover the whole of Transformers, except perhaps the movie continuity. Don't be surprised if next year was an Armada theme with modern toys.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464910)
Posted by Mindmaster on February 16th, 2013 @ 6:46am CST
Bass X0 wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:Ugh. Don't get me wrong, it works as Strika, but seriously- aren't there a STACK of G1 characters who could have been chosen before going to a BM character as a choice (even if she was technically a pre-BM character via canon retconning)......


They've already done a STACK of G1 characters before going to do a BM character. Nobody ever said that G1 characters is all they should do. They cover the whole of Transformers, except perhaps the movie continuity. Don't be surprised if next year was an Armada theme with modern toys.


PLEASE. DO EET. :BOWDOWN:
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464946)
Posted by craggy on February 16th, 2013 @ 10:42am CST
I think Strika might have been better as a Straxus repaint. This colour scheme on this figure just make me want Impactor.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1464947)
Posted by Bowspearer on February 16th, 2013 @ 10:44am CST
Bass X0 wrote:
Bowspearer wrote:Ugh. Don't get me wrong, it works as Strika, but seriously- aren't there a STACK of G1 characters who could have been chosen before going to a BM character as a choice (even if she was technically a pre-BM character via canon retconning)......


They've already done a STACK of G1 characters before going to do a BM character.


On the contrary, we've seen 2 G1 characters in the Botcon Machine Wars lineup so far - that's hardly "a STACK of G1 characters".

Bass X0 wrote:Nobody ever said that G1 characters is all they should do.


Except that the whole concept of this year's particular Botcon line was meant to be essentially a "Series 2" of Machine Wars. Machine Wars was always a redux on G1 characters. Granted G2 characters might have possibly shown up, but with the exception of Megaplex, who was essentially a body double and an excuse to make a recolour out of Megatron, all the characters involved were G1.

If there had've been a series 2, Strika would not have been a part of it as the character would not even come to exist for another few years. However it's highly probable that we would have seen more Autobot Cars and maybe even the cassettes and Constructicons, had there been a Series 2 of Machine Wars.

Bass X0 wrote:They cover the whole of Transformers, except perhaps the movie continuity.


Yes and this year we're dealing with Machine Wars - what's your point?

Bass X0 wrote:Don't be surprised if next year was an Armada theme with modern toys.


Yes and when/if they do, I would expect that series of convention toys to stay within the realms of that theme & not deviate wildly from it - which is exactly what throwing Strika into the mix as their first "expansion" choice amounts to.

Honestly, if this was meant to just be a complete reboot of Machine Wars rather than how Series 2 of the toys would have played out at the time (had they been released), I wish they wouldn't just said so.

Right now out of the 3 reveals, we have a lazy execution (Hoist), poor mould choice (Skywarp) and now poor character choice (Strika) based on what they initially said the line would be. If FP were actively trying to irritate people through creating false expectations, then they've wildly suceeded here.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465166)
Posted by Bass X0 on February 17th, 2013 @ 8:57am CST
I think Strika might have been better as a Straxus repaint.


They already used the Darkmount mold. They prefer to use different molds each year.

On the contrary, we've seen 2 G1 characters in the Botcon Machine Wars lineup so far - that's hardly "a STACK of G1 characters".


They've done a stack of G1 characters in previous years and have barely touched Beast Machines.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465175)
Posted by Bowspearer on February 17th, 2013 @ 9:54am CST
Don't get me wrong - by all means the Club should have Strika somewhere as a Club exclusive figure (it's not like Hasbro would ever do it), but considering the character wasn't even around in 1998, this set is a completely inappropriate place for her to show up.

That said, I really do have to deal with the utterly fallacious response you've given.

Bass X0 wrote:
On the contrary, we've seen 2 G1 characters in the Botcon Machine Wars lineup so far - that's hardly "a STACK of G1 characters".


They've done a stack of G1 characters in previous years


We're talking specifically about this year's Machine Wars theme, which according to the convention organisers themselves, was supposed to be how the line would have looked if Hasbro had've released a "Series 2" of the line circa 1997/1998 and therefore how character selection should be appropriate to that premise. What has been done in previous years is irrelevant to how character selection does or does not fit into that premise.

Bass X0 wrote: and have barely touched Beast Machines.


You mean except for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 right? All of the stories and themes from those years took place circa the Beast Machines Storyline and where 3H didn't release the toys themselves, they had a list of toys shoehorned into that universe that saw mainstream release (in a similar manner to what was done with SG by FP).
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465179)
Posted by Bass X0 on February 17th, 2013 @ 10:03am CST
Except that the whole concept of this year's particular Botcon line was meant to be essentially a "Series 2" of Machine Wars. Machine Wars was always a redux on G1 characters. Granted G2 characters might have possibly shown up, but with the exception of Megaplex, who was essentially a body double and an excuse to make a recolour out of Megatron, all the characters involved were G1.

If there had've been a series 2, Strika would not have been a part of it as the character would not even come to exist for another few years. However it's highly probable that we would have seen more Autobot Cars and maybe even the cassettes and Constructicons, had there been a Series 2 of Machine Wars.


Nope. Its Machine Wars series two but they never said they would just do Machine Wars characters. Pete@Botcon continually repeated that there are two characters from Machine Wars 1997 and the remaining three would be "game changing". This is not series two as Hasbro would have done it in 1998, but how Botcon 2013 is choosing to forward the story.

Yes and this year we're dealing with Machine Wars - what's your point?


Nope. This isn't just a Machine Wars themed set. It was only called that due to the first two reveals but now we know its Machine Wars + Beast Machines + whatever else they decide to add to this year. An Electro repaint from this year's Hoist is strongly rumored because of the head mold.
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465181)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 17th, 2013 @ 10:10am CST
Bowspearer, would it ease your mind a bit if I told you Strika was retconned into the G1 cartoon series via the Wings Universe by FunPub? If you can locate a pink hunky fembot in the Season 3 Five Faces of Darkness series, that's Strika. The screenshot should be in the first few pages of the thread.

If all you want is Machine Wars redone and nothing else added, that would make for a boring set, wouldn't you think? 8 molds, 4 repaints from those molds?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465182)
Posted by njb902 on February 17th, 2013 @ 10:31am CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Bowspearer, would it ease your mind a bit if I told you Strika was retconned into the G1 cartoon series via the Wings Universe by FunPub? If you can locate a pink hunky fembot in the Season 3 Five Faces of Darkness series, that's Strika. The screenshot should be in the first few pages of the thread.

If all you want is Machine Wars redone and nothing else added, that would make for a boring set, wouldn't you think? 8 molds, 4 repaints from those molds?


Hunky fembot?
Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465184)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on February 17th, 2013 @ 10:48am CST
njb902 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Bowspearer, would it ease your mind a bit if I told you Strika was retconned into the G1 cartoon series via the Wings Universe by FunPub? If you can locate a pink hunky fembot in the Season 3 Five Faces of Darkness series, that's Strika. The screenshot should be in the first few pages of the thread.

If all you want is Machine Wars redone and nothing else added, that would make for a boring set, wouldn't you think? 8 molds, 4 repaints from those molds?


Hunky fembot?


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Re: Botcon 2013 Machine Wars Strika Revealed (1465186)
Posted by RAcast on February 17th, 2013 @ 11:36am CST
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
njb902 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Bowspearer, would it ease your mind a bit if I told you Strika was retconned into the G1 cartoon series via the Wings Universe by FunPub? If you can locate a pink hunky fembot in the Season 3 Five Faces of Darkness series, that's Strika. The screenshot should be in the first few pages of the thread.

If all you want is Machine Wars redone and nothing else added, that would make for a boring set, wouldn't you think? 8 molds, 4 repaints from those molds?


Hunky fembot?


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It is quite the appropriate retcon, isn't it? :lol: Besides, Strika was ALWAYS G1 character, it makes sense to place her in SOMETHING before Machine Wars.

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