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New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Thursday, May 15th, 2014 9:15AM CDT

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Once again the Transformers Columbia Facebook group bring us word of new figures! This time it's a new set of Transformers Hero Mashers, Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave. For those that may be unfamiliar with these they are a new line of figures that was debuted at Toy Fair back in February. While they don't transform, they can be disassembled and "mashed up" with other figure to create our own custom characters. Interestingly, Autobot Heatwave is not based on the Rescue Bots character, but the TFCC Timelines Shattered Glass version. Check out the images mirrored below:

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave

Transformers News: Re: Hero Masters Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave
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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574252)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:22am CDT
Another Club-original has gone mainstream.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574255)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:25am CDT
So... with this Heatwave (which looks really neat) coming out, what are the odds of us getting an official retail-release version of Nexus Prime?

The rest of them I could care less. They just don't look all that good to me.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574258)
Posted by Rated X on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:29am CDT
Thats a first...G1 inspired kiddie crap. And what the hell does "mash" mean anyway ? When did it stop meaning "crush" ?
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574271)
Posted by Janus Prime on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:39am CDT
I´m pretty sure they got the wrong Heatwave.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574276)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 15th, 2014 @ 9:47am CDT
Rated X wrote:Thats a first...G1 inspired kiddie crap. And what the hell does "mash" mean anyway ? When did it stop meaning "crush" ?
Hero Mashers have been around for a while. Marvel has had them, and now Transformers will too.

We've already seen a good number of these posted on here before:
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/first-look-at-hero-mashers-age-of-extinction-grimlock-drift-bludgeon/29275/
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/toy-fair-2014-coverage-transformers-hero-mashers-and-battle-masters/29432/
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/toy-fair-2014-coverage-official-hasbro-product-images-robot-mashers/29441/
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/age-of-extinction-hero-mashers-official-images/30016/
http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/official-inpackage-images-transformers-hero-mashers-optimus-prime-starscream-bumblebee-bulkhead-drift/30031/


As for the word "mash" as used in this context, it refer to things being "smooshed" or "mashed" together.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574298)
Posted by ScottyP on May 15th, 2014 @ 10:07am CDT
Mindmaster wrote:So... with this Heatwave (which looks really neat) coming out, what are the odds of us getting an official retail-release version of Nexus Prime?


Of the character? Low.

A reissue of the club version at mass retail? 0% >:oP
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574300)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 15th, 2014 @ 10:09am CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:So... with this Heatwave (which looks really neat) coming out, what are the odds of us getting an official retail-release version of Nexus Prime?


Of the character? Low.

A reissue of the club version at mass retail? 0% >:oP


Well, obviously not a reissue at mass retail. I was thinking more along the lines of a new-mold combiner group.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574301)
Posted by Autobot tap out on May 15th, 2014 @ 10:10am CDT
So um when is a shattered glass decepticon Listed as an Autobot. May be its the part that heatwave is apart of the thirteen primes meaning nexus prime :BOT:
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574372)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on May 15th, 2014 @ 12:46pm CDT
they just had to make a rodimus, was going to avoid these but now ill have to get one.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574410)
Posted by craggy on May 15th, 2014 @ 3:20pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Thats a first...G1 inspired kiddie crap. And what the hell does "mash" mean anyway ? When did it stop meaning "crush" ?

Mash is a way of serving potato. Everybody knows, Badger loves mash potato. Badgers are animals. The Beast Wars Transformers toy line had mostly animals in it. These are also Transformers toys. It makes perfect sense!
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574411)
Posted by Mindmaster on May 15th, 2014 @ 3:22pm CDT
Autobot tap out wrote:So um when is a shattered glass decepticon Listed as an Autobot.


Well, it wouldn't make very much sense if they solicited Heatwave as a Decepticon, but with the traits of an Autobot. While you and I know he's a Decepticon from the Shattered Glass fiction, the general public doesn't know any better.

craggy wrote:
Rated X wrote:Thats a first...G1 inspired kiddie crap. And what the hell does "mash" mean anyway ? When did it stop meaning "crush" ?

Mash is a way of serving potato. Everybody knows, Badger loves mash potato. Badgers are animals. The Beast Wars Transformers toy line had mostly animals in it. These are also Transformers toys. It makes perfect sense!


Potatoformers? More than meets the fries?
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574417)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 15th, 2014 @ 3:46pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:Well, it wouldn't make very much sense if they solicited Heatwave as a Decepticon, but with the traits of an Autobot. While you and I know he's a Decepticon from the Shattered Glass fiction, the general public doesn't know any better.

craggy wrote:
Rated X wrote:Thats a first...G1 inspired kiddie crap. And what the hell does "mash" mean anyway ? When did it stop meaning "crush" ?

Mash is a way of serving potato. Everybody knows, Badger loves mash potato. Badgers are animals. The Beast Wars Transformers toy line had mostly animals in it. These are also Transformers toys. It makes perfect sense!


Potatoformers? More than meets the fries?
We got those with Optimash Prime, Bumble Spud, and the new tinier ones coming out for this movie. ;)
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574573)
Posted by El Duque on May 16th, 2014 @ 7:43am CDT
We official images of Transformers Hero Mashers Electronic Optimus Prime via the Transformers Columbia Facebook page. He comes with multiple accessories and a light up feature. Take a look at the images mirrored below:

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574577)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on May 16th, 2014 @ 8:07am CDT
The return of the Great Brave Boots :lol:
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574579)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 16th, 2014 @ 8:11am CDT
Optimus finally trades in all those Super Modes he's had over the years for a Battlizer. :P
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574600)
Posted by STngAR on May 16th, 2014 @ 9:01am CDT
I am really thinking about getting some of this line. Looks like it might be fun interchanging a bunch of different parts.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1574621)
Posted by Metroplex79 on May 16th, 2014 @ 9:48am CDT
El Duque wrote:We official images of Transformers Hero Mashers Electronic Optimus Prime via the Transformers Columbia Facebook page. He comes with multiple accessories and a light up feature. Take a look at the images mirrored below:

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Why can Hasbro do stuff like this for their main line figures?

A carded package with just add-ons and weapons, for deluxe price. Electronic gimmicky weapons and add-ons in a box for the voyager price.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579746)
Posted by Seibertron on June 5th, 2014 @ 5:33pm CDT
Earlier today, I found the brand-new Hero Mashers Transformers products from Hasbro at the Golf Mill Toys R Us in Niles, IL. The first wave of figures includes Starscream, Bumblebee, Drift and Springer in the basic assortment and Megatron, Optimus Prime and Bulkhead in the more expensive deluxe assortment. The basic figures retail at Toys R Us for $9.99 and the deluxe assortment retails for $14.99. Pictures of the items on the shelf can be seen below. Full galleries to be posted soon! Make sure you share your Transformers sightings in our official sightings and meetup forum as well as in our sightings section.

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579760)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 5th, 2014 @ 6:23pm CDT
I just went to my local Walmart. If anyone is interested, they have 2 Megatrons, 4 or 5 Optimus Primes, and one Bulkhead.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579764)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on June 5th, 2014 @ 6:35pm CDT
Look at starscream, it's super adorable he looks like he wants to be someones buddy
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579770)
Posted by jasonarnold on June 5th, 2014 @ 6:53pm CDT
Wall to wall transformers at my tru. Never seen so many. Yet not a single toy remotely worth it. Whats with the extraordinary amount of random toys - power attack, flip change, one step, etc. How about just stocking some actual things people will buy???
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579787)
Posted by Grendelspyce on June 5th, 2014 @ 8:18pm CDT
So... Much... Wasted... Plastic :-(
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579900)
Posted by VioMeTriX on June 6th, 2014 @ 8:39am CDT
one day, as our planet is dying, we will look back and feel guilty about all the wasted plastic that Hasbro has dumped on the planet.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579947)
Posted by Va'al on June 6th, 2014 @ 1:25pm CDT
Ever wondered what Bumblebee would look like with Megatron's arm cannon and Optimus Prime's truck chest? Well, thanks to the Hero Mashers line, now you can create your own Transformers combinations, and here at Seibertron.com we are proud to present not one, not three but six new galleries for the mix and swap toys! Check out below a sample of the galleries for Optimus, Megatron, Bumblebee, Starscream, Springer, Bulkhead and Drift, all from different continuities of the franchise in terms of aesthetics, from Age of Extinction to Animated, via Generation 1 and IDW; as always, click on any image to view the full gallery.

Hero Mashers Transformers Megatron

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Hero Mashers Transformers Starscream

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Hero Mashers Transformers Optimus Prime

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Hero Mashers Transformers Springer

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Hero Mashers Transformers Bulkhead

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Hero Mashers Transformers Drift

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Hero Mashers Transformers Bumblebee

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579950)
Posted by Noideaforaname on June 6th, 2014 @ 1:40pm CDT
There's been quite a bit of focus on customization lately, hasn't there? Between Kre-O, Construct-Bots, and these.

I'm rather surprised there doesn't seem to be any re-use of parts here. Not even thighs or feet or anything. I'm sure they'll come eventually, but still it's kinda strange.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579955)
Posted by Doubledealer93 on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:01pm CDT
Do these things use 5mm ports and pegs? I wanna get drift for the swords and bulkhead for The guns.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579956)
Posted by mblase75 on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:02pm CDT
Anybody tried to build Autobot X / Autobot Spike out of these things yet? He's always the first thing I think of.

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579957)
Posted by Fifo on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:10pm CDT
More "Transformers" that don't transform! What is the point?!
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579961)
Posted by NovaSentinel on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:20pm CDT
Va'al, I think you may need to take some Maths classes... :lol:

I'm interested to know whether Ultra Magnus, Cliffjumper and Skywarp will be released without their respective arms, or whether they'll be available as parts with each of the larger figures as a collector incentive, similar to the Marvel build figures like Iron Monger.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579963)
Posted by Optimizzy on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:32pm CDT
Doubledealer93 wrote:Do these things use 5mm ports and pegs? I wanna get drift for the swords and bulkhead for The guns.



I second the inquiry
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579968)
Posted by Erailea on June 6th, 2014 @ 2:46pm CDT
Fifo wrote:More "Transformers" that don't transform! What is the point?!


I dunno. Personally I really enjoy the revoltech Transformers figures and they don't transform. These Mashers just look like a dumbed down, less detailed (and cheaper) version of the Revoltechs. 'course I haven't gotten my hands on one to know for sure, but that's what they look like.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1579995)
Posted by Seibertron on June 6th, 2014 @ 4:58pm CDT
Optimizzy wrote:
Doubledealer93 wrote:Do these things use 5mm ports and pegs? I wanna get drift for the swords and bulkhead for The guns.



I second the inquiry


Unfortunately, they don't fit in his hands. :( I thought it'd be cool if Drift could hold HM Drift's swords, but alas they aren't compatible.

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580017)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 6th, 2014 @ 7:31pm CDT
It's a good concept, but the figures themselves just look cheap as hell. Wouldn't be so bad if they actually took the time to give them better paint detailing.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580024)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 6th, 2014 @ 8:39pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:It's a good concept, but the figures themselves just look cheap as hell. Wouldn't be so bad if they actually took the time to give them better paint detailing.


Obviously, it all depend of the price point. You get what you pay for.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580030)
Posted by Seibertron on June 6th, 2014 @ 9:10pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:It's a good concept, but the figures themselves just look cheap as hell. Wouldn't be so bad if they actually took the time to give them better paint detailing.


Obviously, it all depend of the price point. You get what you pay for.


Yah, they are what they are. I knew what I was getting when I picked them up. They're basically just Transformers versions of the existing Marvel Hero Mashers.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580053)
Posted by Burn on June 6th, 2014 @ 10:48pm CDT
Tried to like them, and Prime and Megatron look good ... but then along comes Springer who is just plain boring, and the rest ... meh.

They will however, be great for the kids.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580054)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 6th, 2014 @ 10:53pm CDT
If I get any Hero Masters figure, it'll probably be Heatwave.

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Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580055)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 6th, 2014 @ 10:54pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:If I get any Hero Masters figure, it'll probably be Heatwave.

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Yeah, that's probably the only one I'd be willing to go for. I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580058)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 6th, 2014 @ 10:57pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?
It's even got RB Heatwave's Energize dual-nozzle cannon.

Another point of weirdness from the new design team, on top of:
  • Generations Whirl and Roadbuster based more on their G1 toys and not as updated as other "Classics-style" toys
  • G2/IDW-esque Generations Jhiaxus colored like the RiD toy.
  • AOE Evolution 2-Packs using Energon Grimlock and the DOTM dino Mini-Cons
  • G1 Strafe box art on the AOE Strafe Evolution 2-Pack to represent the G1 Swoop-esque toy
  • Walmart getting exclusive AOE redecos of Beast Wars molds from over a decade ago
  • MP Sunstorm not colored like G1 Sunstorm
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580061)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on June 6th, 2014 @ 11:03pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?
It's even got RB Heatwave's Energize dual-nozzle cannon.

Another point of weirdness from the new design team, on top of:
  • Generations Whirl and Roadbuster based more on their G1 toys and not as updated as other "Classics-style" toys
  • G2/IDW-esque Generations Jhiaxus colored like the RiD toy.
  • AOE Evolution 2-Packs using Energon Grimlock and the DOTM dino Mini-Cons
  • G1 Strafe box art on the AOE Strafe Evolution 2-Pack to represent the G1 Swoop-esque toy
  • Walmart getting exclusive AOE redecos of Beast Wars molds from over a decade ago
  • MP Sunstorm not colored like G1 Sunstorm


Hey, that's a copy-pasta from the AoE thread. [-(
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580086)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 7th, 2014 @ 7:35am CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?
It's even got RB Heatwave's Energize dual-nozzle cannon.

Another point of weirdness from the new design team, on top of:
  • Generations Whirl and Roadbuster based more on their G1 toys and not as updated as other "Classics-style" toys
  • G2/IDW-esque Generations Jhiaxus colored like the RiD toy.
  • AOE Evolution 2-Packs using Energon Grimlock and the DOTM dino Mini-Cons
  • G1 Strafe box art on the AOE Strafe Evolution 2-Pack to represent the G1 Swoop-esque toy
  • Walmart getting exclusive AOE redecos of Beast Wars molds from over a decade ago
  • MP Sunstorm not colored like G1 Sunstorm


Hey, that's a copy-pasta from the AoE thread. [-(
Nay. It's from the MP Sunstorm thread, but still no less true since the info is still accurate.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580786)
Posted by QBKiller94 on June 10th, 2014 @ 9:49am CDT
mblase75 wrote:Anybody tried to build Autobot X / Autobot Spike out of these things yet? He's always the first thing I think of.

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Brilliant! I almost spit my coffee on my keyboard.

I saw these at ToysRUs in Middletown, NY yesterday. Megatron and Bulkhead are pretty cool. Bumblebee is horrible. These are a pass for me, even though I love the Marvel Mashers.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1580789)
Posted by GuyIncognito on June 10th, 2014 @ 9:58am CDT
As an adult collector I have no interest in these, but the 10-year-old me would have LOVED these.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581050)
Posted by Metro Prime on June 11th, 2014 @ 6:01am CDT
Mindmaster wrote: I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?

My guess is that he's supposed to represent a non-kiddie, G1 equivalent of Rescue Bots Heatwave.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581054)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 11th, 2014 @ 7:12am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:
Mindmaster wrote: I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?

My guess is that he's supposed to represent a non-kiddie, G1 equivalent of Rescue Bots Heatwave.
It's more likely that the new design team members wanted to make a Heatwave Hero Mashers figure, looked for the name in the archives, found the Timelines/SG toy before the Rescue Bots toy, and went with that instead.

Same thing happened with Generations Jhiaxus's orange RiD deco despite the mold clearly being designed to resemble G2/IDW Jhiaxus (they looked in the archives and found the RiD toy first and used that for reference instead of the comics' deco).

After all, this Hero Mashers Heatwave even has the dual-water cannon tool that belongs to Rescue Bots Heatwave.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581234)
Posted by KREOFAN85 on June 11th, 2014 @ 4:25pm CDT
for those who say kre-o fails, are dumb as dirt. ya'll have no idea how many collectors of kre-o continue to buy them. same for construct-bots. over on tfw2005 forums, there are threads for those two type of sublines. i myself love kre-o and contructbots. if people buy them, they sell. and they sell well with fans of these two lines.

i AM tempted to buy a masher figure. never was into the marvel stuff, but this tf shit might be good. i am confused as to why rime comes with an ultra magnus hand. i do hope to see an ultra magnus in the future.

as for those saying dumb down toys are for stupid kids, well, maybe its you who are stupid with a superiority complex.

you know what toyline was great but everyone hated them with a passion, but still gain a huge fanbase of collectors who LOVED the style and posability? ----GI JOE SIGMA 6.

And these are what they remind me of, in style, both transformers and marvel mashers........hasbro...make GI JOE version of these mashers. PLEASE!
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581396)
Posted by Metro Prime on June 12th, 2014 @ 5:14am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Metro Prime wrote:
Mindmaster wrote: I still find it very odd that they used this Heatwave as opposed to Rescue Bots Heatwave. :-?

My guess is that he's supposed to represent a non-kiddie, G1 equivalent of Rescue Bots Heatwave.
It's more likely that the new design team members wanted to make a Heatwave Hero Mashers figure, looked for the name in the archives, found the Timelines/SG toy before the Rescue Bots toy, and went with that instead.

Same thing happened with Generations Jhiaxus's orange RiD deco despite the mold clearly being designed to resemble G2/IDW Jhiaxus (they looked in the archives and found the RiD toy first and used that for reference instead of the comics' deco).

After all, this Hero Mashers Heatwave even has the dual-water cannon tool that belongs to Rescue Bots Heatwave.

It seems like the new design team has been making some weird double homages, like the new Protectobot Groove's deco being based on the G2 version, or the Jhiaxus thing, along with a bunch of other stuff that you posted in the MP Sunstorm thread. I might be giving them more credit than they deserve, then.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581435)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2014 @ 8:15am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:It seems like the new design team has been making some weird double homages, like the new Protectobot Groove's deco being based on the G2 version, or the Jhiaxus thing, along with a bunch of other stuff that you posted in the MP Sunstorm thread. I might be giving them more credit than they deserve, then.
G2 Groove was orange and teal, not blue.

They seemed to have based this Groove's deco off of Universe Groove instead.
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And I really would give the new team too much credit since, when they admitted to basing Jhiaxus's deco off of the RiD toy because that's what they found first, the whole reason they had to go looking in the archives for a Jhiaxus deco was because they weren't even aware that the Generation 2 comics Jhiaxus deco existed.

The new team is comprised mostly of freshly new people who came from other brands like Star Wars and G.I. Joe, and aren't really that familiar with the Transformers brand's 30 years of history. There are simply a lot of things that they aren't aware of, and thus keep making these kinds of awkward decisions not knowing that the fans are going to be raising a few eyebrows over each of these choices they make.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581463)
Posted by Metro Prime on June 12th, 2014 @ 9:21am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Metro Prime wrote:It seems like the new design team has been making some weird double homages, like the new Protectobot Groove's deco being based on the G2 version, or the Jhiaxus thing, along with a bunch of other stuff that you posted in the MP Sunstorm thread. I might be giving them more credit than they deserve, then.
G2 Groove was orange and teal, not blue.

They seemed to have based this Groove's deco off of Universe Groove instead.
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And I really would give the new team too much credit since, when they admitted to basing Jhiaxus's deco off of the RiD toy because that's what they found first, the whole reason they had to go looking in the archives for a Jhiaxus deco was because they weren't even aware that the Generation 2 comics Jhiaxus deco existed.

The new team is comprised mostly of freshly new people who came from other brands like Star Wars and G.I. Joe, and aren't really that familiar with the Transformers brand's 30 years of history. There are simply a lot of things that they aren't aware of, and thus keep making these kinds of awkward decisions not knowing that the fans are going to be raising a few eyebrows over each of these choices they make.

I did some research. It seems the Jhiaxus we're getting is based on the IDW design, which is actually orange and grey. Then again, I may be reading too far into it and the new design team is just not that knowledgeable when it comes to Transformers. .
Some of them coming from G.I. Joe makes sense, considering we're getting figures like Whirl and Roadbuster who are essentially G1 figures with more posability. I have Whirl in hand right now, and he really does feel like a transforming G.I. Joe vehicle. The decals, the opening cockpit, just everything about it just seems different from the other Generation Voyagers.
Re: New Transformers Hero Mashers Revealed: Rodimus, Jetfire, and Autobot Heatwave (1581464)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2014 @ 9:26am CDT
Metro Prime wrote:I did some research. It seems the Jhiaxus we're getting is based on the IDW design, which is actually orange and grey. Then again, I may be reading too far into it and the new design team is just not that knowledgeable when it comes to Transformers. .
Yes, the Jhiaxus mold is sculpted to take inspiration from the IDW version of the character, but said version still used a deco akin to his G2 self. Red head, even.

The new guys just didn't know at the time.

It's also likely why the Strafe Evolution 2-Pack uses G1 Strafe's art for the Swoop-looking Mini-Con toy.

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Transformers Podcast: Twincast / Podcast #98 - Combiner Wars
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