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Thursday, December 31st, 2009 10:15PM CST

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We are about to embark into an incredible year of Transformers in 2010. From our knowledge we know that Transformers Animated will finish in the first half of the year, with figures such as Arcee and Rodimus Minor. Revenge of the Fallen's N.E.S.T. Global Alliance will consume some time, notable with releases of Human Alliance Barricade, Mudflap, and Leader Starscream. Newcomers such as the rebirth of Transformers Universe and Power Core Combiners are also in our horizons.

While we are absolutely excited about the upcoming year, the staff of Seibertron.com also wants to reflect on the great 2009 that we've experienced. Both the cartoon and toy line for Transformers Animated kept us busy until the eventual release of Revenge of the Fallen. The beginning of 2009 also experienced the final push from the Universe 2.0 toy line. ROTF finished off the last 7 months of the year. The movie also brought a boom in Transformers popularity much like it's predecessor.

The staff of Seibertron.com have been given a handful of categories related to 2009 to weigh in on. Mkall, Nekoman, tigertracks 24, Delicon, First Gen, Burn, Dead Metal, Cyber Bishop and myself have all participated. While the nine of us are all dedicated Transformers fans and hard workers on this website, our opinions on Transformers tend to differ. While we can agree on some aspects, you'll see below that our opinions are on each side of the spectrum! Our ages range from mid teens to early parenthood, so we've all been brought into the Transformers from different eras.

Take a look at the year through our eyes, and feel free to share your opinion in the forums by clicking the 'Discuss This Topic' link above!



FAVOURITE NEW MOLD OF 2009
Transformers would be nothing without new creations. With 3 major toy lines in 2009, we recieved several new figures from Hasbro and Takara. Here are the ones that we thought were the most impressive.

Universe Cyclonus

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Mkall: He's simple, and very close to his G1 persona, and in a rare divergence Hasbro and Takara both made completely different decos of the figure, allowing for the differing tastes of the collectors.

Blurrz: Among the numerous choices of figures this year, I believe that Cyclonus stands out. I'm an avid Armada collector and a Targetmaster fan, so this release fits my tastes. Hasbro and Takara's versions of Cyclonus basically give you two different figures. The reuse of the figure as Henkei Strafe was simply dynamic.

Nekoman: Universe Cyclonus was a toy that was very deserving of the high anticipation that surrounded it. Both Hasbro's and Takara's version of the toy were very accute to two different portrayals of the character. He was highly articulated, but maintained a simple yet satisfying conversion.

Delicon: Cyclonus wins this for me, although I like the Henkei version colors better than the US release. Still one of the best new molds in any line in a very long time.

First Gen: Universe Cyclonus and ROTF Prime are a dead tie for me.

Masterpiece Grimlock
Tigertracks 24: I think this choice means that the line has a viable future. Not many repaint options that will sell like hot cakes, and a fan-favorite character, he is pretty durable for such a highly detailed, and massive figure. I like him a lot.

Revenge of the Fallen Bludgeon
Dead Metal: Universe Cyclonus is great but this guy just takes the biscuit for me.

Device Label Ravage
Burn: I absoloutely love this little guy, as does everyone at work who I showed him too. Sure his alt mold may be ... well a stick, but his robot mode is everything G1 Ravage was and then some. And I needed a new memory stick too, may have cost a bit but he's got the coolness factor!


FAVOURITE REPAINT OF 2009
Repainted Transformers have been a mainstay ever since the existence of Generation One. While some dislike repainted Transformers, some are great homages and can bring out the figures aesthetics if the original issue did not. Take a look at the ones that have caught our attention this year.

Universe Hardhead

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Nekoman: To me, a repaint that works the best is a repaint that in some form improves the original toy. The way I see it, Universe Hardhead does just that. He bares a striking resemblance to his original Generation 1 toy, but at the same time does not sacrifice a gimmick as great as what made Generation 1 Onslaught a fun figure. The toy is creative, best exemplified by the anti-Decepticon emblem on his shield.

Universe Darkwind
Mkall: I know Hard Head will probably win, but I'm going to throw my hat in with Darkwind. This was a repaint which no one had even thought of before it was announced, unlike the Onslaught --> Hardhead demands which popped up every other week for a while. In the galleries, this figure matches his G1 counterpart shade for shade, making him a brilliant homage.

Universe Skyfall
Tigertracks 24: I'm a sucker for black repaints, and ones that represent obscure G2 characters you never saw coming are awesome in my opinion. A nice way to get a third paint job out of the Universe Silverbolt mold.

Animated Purple Shockwave
Blurrz: I think all of us Animated fans were asking for this when Shockwave was released. After Cartoon Network made Shockwave's true colors Purple, it was simply a figure that everyone needed to have. The colours aren't stunning per se, but homages are homages - and this is one of the best.

Universe Starscream
Delicon: Starscream (Universe version) is my favorite here. When Classics Starscream came out a few years back, I was one of the fanboys who salivated when I saw him on the shelf. However, as the rest of the seekers were eventually released and I saw how G1 accurate they were, I started hating some of Screamer's funky colors, especially on the wings. The Universe version takes care of those flaws nicely, so much that I might end up getting rid of my Classics version.


FAVOURITE REMOLD OF 2009
What is old can easily be new again. Remolding can make or break a figure. Whether it's a slight retake on the cast of the head or an entirely new look on the figure, here's a few that stood out for us.

Animated Samurai Prowl

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Blurrz: For me, the original Animated Deluxe Prowl was really flimsy and just not my cup of tea. Add some 'upgrades' and you have one of the most brilliant remolds of the year. Samurai Prowl was pretty beastly in the cartoon, and it's reincarnation into plastic was played well.

Botcon Scourge and Sweeps Two, Six and Seven
Delicon: The best remolds for me are usually the ones that have new heads which better fit their characters so my choice is Scourge and the Sweeps.

Animated Activators Cliffjumper
Dead Metal: Look at that head!


FAVOURITE EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
Exclusives are a bit of a challenge for us Transformers fans. If we don't like it, we can easily avoid it. If we like it and don't live close to where the exclusive is, then we're in a lot of trouble. Here are a select few that were worth the challenge.

Gentei Ghost Starscream

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Mkall: I'm going to make the case for Gentei Ghost Starscream, even though I don't have it yet. Transparent figs aren't released en-masse so every one is special to the collectors. Not many actually represent a character that appeared in G1, but Ghost Starscream was, and did rather well. This figure matches that awesomeness in an updated Classics/Universe feel for those of us that enjoy that.

Amazon Black ROTF Optimus Prime
Tigertracks 24: All the sweetness from the original, but with a sweet black, blue, grey, paint scheme with orange, yellow, gold, flame highlights! Black variant collectors rejoice!

Target Titanium Hotzone
Delicon: Target Titanium Hotzone is the clear winner for me. He's the perfect update to G1 Hot Spot.

Target/Zellers Purple Shockwave with Activators Bumblebee
Blurrz: I don't want to sound like a broken record but Purple Shockwave.... Purple Shockwave.... Purple...


FAVOURITE BOTCON EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
Botcon 2009 was in Pasedena, California this year, and it was a dashingly impressive event. The box set went back in time as it focused on the Elite Guard of the past. Attendee figures were also integrated to fit with the set, some were funky repaints, others payed homages to Generation One characters. Below are our favourites.

Scourge

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Delicon: While they didn't have the resale value of some past sets, I liked most of the BotCon exclusives this year. I would say Scourge is my favorite as the head on that figure is awesome and his color scheme fits pretty well, also. He's not perfect in vehicle mold but when you have such an odd alt mode you are trying to emulate, your options are going to be limited in what you can work with. I like Scourge slightly better than his Sweeps because I thought the Sweeps would have been better as a slightly different shade of blue than Scourge, instead of the teal that they ended up with.

Blurrz: As a starving University student I can't exactly afford anything from Conventions like my fellow staff members, but I'll go out on a limb and say that Botcon Scourge was the best Botcon Exclusive this year. It completes the trifecta of Post Movie G1 Baddies with Universe Galvatron and Universe Cyclonus being released within the past and current year.

First Gen: Scourge, the tracker was phenomenal, along with his henchmen, the Sweeps.

Banzai-tron
Mkall: They took an awesome mold to the next level with this figure. They even went so far as to transcribe his motto into Cybertronian and place it on his hull. The colours and the mold pay an awesome tribute to the original figure. No new head was even required.

Leozack
Tigertracks 24: The often overlooked Energon Starscream mold gets a fun repaint as this Japanese G1 Breastforce team member. While the character himself may not be the most popular member of this group, the idea and execution were well intentioned, and well completed.

Skyquake
Dead Metal: Skyquake closely followed by Elita one, a quirky Euro exclusive guy gets a new toy and is a double homage to Machine Wars Starscream and the colours are awesome!


FAVOURITE REVENGE OF THE FALLEN FIGURE OF 2009
Without a doubt, Revenge of the Fallen brought in many new fans and many new figures. While the popularity of Revenge of the Fallen is not so high with all the old farts on the staff *wink*, a few of us weigh on which figure impressed us the most.

Leader Class Optimus Prime

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Mkall: I don't have one so I'm going by what others have said, and this guy wins in terms of poseability and features.

Tigertracks 24: Plenty of poseability, plenty of gimmicks, plenty of weapons, and plenty of kick ass. I am not a fan of movie toys, but this was a very nice addition to my Optimus Prime collection.

Deluxe Sideswipe
Blurrz: In the initial release of Revenge of the Fallen back in June, Sideswipe was one of the forerunners for being best of the line. Six months later I still feel strongly that Sideswipe is the best. The figure isn't trying too hard to pull off the character's aesthetics, which was exactly what the Human Alliance class figure did and failed badly. Be it the twin swords, interesting wheel feet, or sleek paint job, Sideswipe's a figure every ROTF fan needs in their collection.


FAVOURITE ANIMATED FIGURE OF 2009
The cutting edge of Animated was established back in 2008 and excelled in 2009. While the toy line was short-lived, it brought a variety of new figures, repaints and remolds. The majority of the figures were all for cartoon characters. While 2010 looks to be a better year for Animated, here's what 2009 Animated did for us.

Animated Shockwave

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Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Nekoman: A rather interesting figure that came out of Transformers Animated was Shockwave. Unlike most other figures, Shockwave was slightly unorthodox, with two alternate modes, as well as two robot modes, accurate to his portrayal as the spy, Longarm in the series. The Target exclusive version was colored purple like his Generation 1 toy, and his later appearances in the TV series. These colors were more vibrant and attractive on the mold as opposed to the the stark gray the regular release came with.

Dead Metal: He rocks hard

Animated Samurai Prowl
Tigertracks 24: Interesting new take on a the stale old G1 bot, this version includes a lot of added weaponry and armor that is added in alt mode as a sidecar to his motorcycle. Cool.

Burn: While I didn't like Animated all too much, I did like Samurai Prowl. Prowl on his own wasn't a great figure. But then they introduced a side car that acted as add-on armour. This is a concept sorely missing from TF's and it worked well. Taking a pretty bland figure and giving it a fun gimmick that made him look better and gave him a unique look.

Animated Jetstorm/Jetfire
Blurrz: No, Purple Shockwave does not get the Hat-Trick, and it's not going to be Blurr either. I believe Jetstorm and Jetfire are the best Animated Figures released this year. Yes, they are flying bricks, and yes they combine into a bigger flying brick, but they're just fun toys. They aren't trying hard, they fit the line's aesthetics and Safeguard is a pretty impressive combiner.

Animated Blurr
Mkall: I don't collect TFA figs, but I'm going to say, based only on what I've heard that this would go to Blurr. Very poseable and a very nice homage to his G1 self.


FAVOURITE TOY LINE OF 2009
For all the marbles, we get to choose our favourite line of 2009. North America had Revenge of the Fallen, Universe 2.0, and Animated. Takara had some interesting lines with Alternity, Encore and the dead to a halt Device Label. Check out which line impressed us the most.

Revenge of the Fallen

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

First Gen: Its literally thrusted TF's into the stratosphere and the kids love them.

Cyber Bishop: Have to say this since it was the dominant line this year.

Alternity
Tigertracks 24: I like the idea of BT style Transformers toys coming back into the territory, and I think that TT are taking a chance to try to reach back out to the BT/Alternator collectors of a few years past with this line.

Burn: For the simple fact the RotF and Animated toy lines had not impressed one bit, to the point i've nearly given up collecting. Alternity however takes me back to what I like about TF's. Robots with non-insect heads and decent proportions.

Animated
Blurrz: Ultimately I feel that Animated gets the job done. Even though it was the later half of the toy line, I still feel it bests the other lines. And it's not really what Animated did, but it was what the other lines lacked. Universe 2.0 was short lived in 2009 and distribution was sketchy. Revenge of the Fallen was teeming with repaints since Wave 1 - Store Exclusives were dry and repaints uninspirational. On the other hand, Animated never tried too hard. It kept us busy until the release of Revenge of the Fallen.

Universe 2.0
Mkall: Universe 2. Some of the best repaints of the line came out in 2009, and the best figures such as Inferno and Cyclonus

Encore
Delicon: I'm gonna go with Encore, it is nice to see these G1 molds still being produced, even if it is not stateside.



FAVOURITE TRANSFORMERS MOMENT OF 2009
We had a lot of transformers news in the past year. Several members of the staff were more excited about announcements for events in 2010, then what actually happened in 2009. But no one could really blame them, as most of the news has been down right awesome. 2009 is also highlighted by the release of Revenge of the Fallen, and Transformers conventions - noticeably Botcon, SDCC and TFCon have grown in popularity. Take a look at what's been our favourite moment of 2009.

Revenge of the Fallen

Seibertron's Finest of 2009

Delicon: Whether you loved the movie or hated it, the box office performance of Revenge of the Fallen, especially over the first couple of days was pretty incredible.

First Gen: Not much can top what Revenge of the Fallen has done.

Cyber Bishop: Without a doubt, it has made a lot of money!

War For Cybertron
Burn: The announcement of the upcoming War for Cybertron game is my favourite. While I enjoyed Revenge of the Fallen and was one of it's few supporters, I did have my dislikes, mostly the designs of the TF's themselves. WFC, like Alternity, is giving me the look I like in Transformers

San Diego Comic Con 2009
Blurrz: I never attended, but wow, maybe it was all the hot chicks cosplaying or the fact that we got the low-down on Human Alliance, N.E.S.T. Global Alliance and so many Transformers releases for 2009 and 2010. It was definitely a great event to watch - not only for Transformers, but for every genre of geekdom. SDCC almost rivaled Botcon this year, and we Transformers fans were well aware of that in July!

Universe 3.0
Mkall: I'm going to say that it is the announcement of Universe 3 starting up again in the back half of 2010. There are a few like me who only collect "traditional" style figures, which means no Animated and very few ROTF figs decorate my shelves. Universe 3 give me hope that there will be figures that satisfy me in 2010, and I won't have to pay 80+ dollars for them like the Japanese henkei exclusive repaints.

TFCC Counterpunch/Punch
Tigertracks 24: The announcement that the Transformers Collectors club will indeed create a figure that collectors will want in the upcoming Punch/Counterpunch exclusive from one of my favorite 2008 molds, the Sideswipe/Sunstreaker mold.


So there you have it, a look at 2009 from the eyes of the staff! Think we missed out on something special? Sound off your opinion in the Energon Pub!

I think 2009 showed us that no matter where are opinions lie, there was always something Transformers related the brought us all together as one. On behalf of the staff of Seibertron.com, I wish everyone the best of holidays, and a prosperous year in 2010.

~Blurrz
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Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032384)
Posted by PhunkJunkion on December 31st, 2009 @ 10:47pm CST
Wow, Mkall's got some great taste in action figures. I agree with all his picks/ coments. Thanks for throwing Universe Darkwind out there; I think that he deserves some props.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032385)
Posted by LiKwid on December 31st, 2009 @ 11:07pm CST
This was a great read..It's nice to see how the guys behind the scenes think.. I tried alot of the other transformers websites but something about Seibertron just kept me coming back.. Like Delicon's sig states..Other sites just lack the meat :P

Good call on Best new mold..I got both US and Takara and it's just the secks...LoL@ the comments on the ROTF movie.. Classic..Nice work fellas ;)
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032386)
Posted by Supreme Convoy on December 31st, 2009 @ 11:10pm CST
Great year for molds.

Plus, it was the first year I attended BotCon. I loved how the room went bananas over the Bludgeon mold!
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032388)
Posted by Mkall on December 31st, 2009 @ 11:45pm CST
PhunkJunkion wrote:Wow, Mkall's got some great taste in action figures. I agree with all his picks/ coments. Thanks for throwing Universe Darkwind out there; I think that he deserves some props.

You sir, are my new best friend.

Also mad props to Blurrz to getting this orginized
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032394)
Posted by Venomous Prime on January 1st, 2010 @ 12:24am CST
Blurrz wrote:Leozack
Tigertracks 24: The often overlooked Energon Starscream mold gets a fun repaint as this Japanese G1 Breastforce team member. While the character himself may not be the most popular member of this group, the idea and execution were well intentioned, and well completed.


Were you meaning not the most popular from the Breastforce or from that line of exclusives? The way its always come across to me was he was the most popular from the Breastforce, with Hellbat coming in at a close second. Excluding Deathsaurus.

On the topic of Scourge and his Sweeps. Was there any reason the Sweeps were numbered like that? I can't see any difference in the figures. I know they're supposed to be an army of faceless clones or whatever, but the two, six, seven thing kinda throws me off. I know its sort of off topic, but hey, doesn't hurt to ask.

I did like a lot of the choices on here though.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032396)
Posted by mattyc1007 on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:09am CST
Its nice to see what the thoughts and feelings are from those who are in the front line of the news. But, what about the big guy, Ryan, anything you want to share? As these celebrations are for everyone, but are concentrated more on those who brought us together :mrgreen:

All Hail Megatron, Seibertron (website and himself) and the jolly good Ol staff :wink:
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032398)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:23am CST
Didn't Cyclonus come out in 2008? I got mine just after xmas last year. I guess the release date wasn't set in stone, so it's hard to call.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032400)
Posted by Blurrz on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:30am CST
Evil_the_Nub wrote:Didn't Cyclonus come out in 2008? I got mine just after xmas last year. I guess the release date wasn't set in stone, so it's hard to call.


Card says '09.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032413)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on January 1st, 2010 @ 2:33am CST
Blurrz wrote:
Evil_the_Nub wrote:Didn't Cyclonus come out in 2008? I got mine just after xmas last year. I guess the release date wasn't set in stone, so it's hard to call.


Card says '09.

That works for me, I guess I got mine early.
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Posted by Tigertrack on January 1st, 2010 @ 7:36am CST
original sin wrote:
Blurrz wrote:Leozack
Tigertracks 24: The often overlooked Energon Starscream mold gets a fun repaint as this Japanese G1 Breastforce team member. While the character himself may not be the most popular member of this group, the idea and execution were well intentioned, and well completed.


Were you meaning not the most popular from the Breastforce or from that line of exclusives? The way its always come across to me was he was the most popular from the Breastforce, with Hellbat coming in at a close second. Excluding Deathsaurus.

On the topic of Scourge and his Sweeps. Was there any reason the Sweeps were numbered like that? I can't see any difference in the figures. I know they're supposed to be an army of faceless clones or whatever, but the two, six, seven thing kinda throws me off. I know its sort of off topic, but hey, doesn't hurt to ask.

I did like a lot of the choices on here though.


I meant the Breastforce in general. See I always thought Hellbat was the more popular member, and of course the never created, and short-lived Deathcobra may be the most popular.

As far as the Scourge questions, I have no idea. I guess I would have to read the accompanying comic book and file cards to see if there was some story there.

Perhaps it was covered in the TFCC Club Panel at Botcon last year?
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Posted by JediJerseyJoe on January 1st, 2010 @ 8:10am CST
Heeeey I was really looking forward to

FAVORITE 3RD PARTY TOY OF 09

while I'm assuming most would vote for city commander, I'm casting my vote for Nemesis commander.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032481)
Posted by Overcracker on January 1st, 2010 @ 11:15am CST
I got to say, Mkall has excellent taste in figures. Bar Darkwind, which actually I think Skyfall was a better repaint everything else is exactly as I would have picked it out.

Cyclonus is probably one of the best looking new molds in a long time.

Great work guys. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032484)
Posted by fowlowl2626 on January 1st, 2010 @ 11:37am CST
Overall, what were the top 5 figures of 2009. List can include any figure that came out this year including repaints. My top 5 are: (5.= 5th place, 1.= 1st place)

5. ROTF Deluxe Icecream Twins

4. Universe Cyclonus

3. ROTF Voyager Starscream

2. Universe Hound and Ravage

1. ROTF Leader Optimus Prime

Honorable Mentions:

- Universe Prowl

- ROTF Voyager Megatron

Most Disappointing

- ROTF Deluxe Soundwave

- ROTF Voyager Ironhide
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032485)
Posted by Tigertrack on January 1st, 2010 @ 11:46am CST
Overcracker wrote:I got to say, Mkall has excellent taste in figures. Bar Darkwind, which actually I think Skyfall was a better repaint everything else is exactly as I would have picked it out.

Cyclonus is probably one of the best looking new molds in a long time.

Great work guys. :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE: :APPLAUSE:


Thanks, I picked Skyfall...
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Posted by Overcracker on January 1st, 2010 @ 12:22pm CST
Let see for me they'd have to be:
Henkei Dinobot
ROTF Leader Optimus Prime
TFCC Nexus Maximus (technically speaking, since his last component heatwave was released this year)
ROTF Deluxe Sideswipe
Universe Cyclonus
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Posted by Chaoslock on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:00pm CST
5. Universe Hound

4. BotCon Banzai-Tron - the reason for last years BotCon.

3. Robot Heroes Predaking - awesomeness in small size

2. Universe Cyclonus

1. Masterpiece King Grimlock
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Posted by zodconvoy on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:26pm CST
5) Animated Shockwave (Target's Purple "Grapewave")
4) RotF/Universe 2.0 Bruticus (superior deco is SUPERIOR!)
3) Universe Dinobot
2) RotF Bludgeon
1) RotF Optimus Prime

I really didn't want to be like everybody else and put Optimus on the list but lets face it, this is the Optimus Prime we've all wanted since 1984! A perfect toy truck that transformers into a perfect toy robot!
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Posted by RiddlerJ on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:37pm CST
Tigertracks 24: The often overlooked Energon Starscream mold

On the topic of Scourge and his Sweeps. Was there any reason the Sweeps were numbered like that? I can't see any difference in the figures. I know they're supposed to be an army of faceless clones or whatever, but the two, six, seven thing kinda throws me off. I know its sort of off topic, but hey, doesn't hurt to ask.

I did like a lot of the choices on here though.


I think two Sweeps were mentioned by number in Call of the Primitives. The third I'd imagine was a random number since they were going with that theme.

I always felt bad for the Sweeps that not only do they all look the same but they don't even get their own names. It would suck to loose your identity like that.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032510)
Posted by freaky777 on January 1st, 2010 @ 1:58pm CST
For me:

5. ROTF Ice Cream Twins Deluxe
4. Alternity Megatron
3. RoTF Leader Jetfire
2. ROTF Leader Buster Prime
1. EZ Collection Devastator
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Posted by DevastaTTor on January 1st, 2010 @ 2:45pm CST
Adding my two cents to the year in review favs, my picks for the best of 2009 are:

MP Grimlock - Overpriced yet still an outstanding figure and addition to the MP line-up
Universe Cyclonus - Simple an amazing figure, perfectly executed, and Nightstick is fun too
Henkei Ghost Starscream - Hopefully the bookend to the Classics/Henkei Seekers releases, a very beautiful figure in both modes
Fansproject G3 trailer - Not a figure but an a very cool accessory for Classics/Henkei Prime, proving once again why FP is the leader in third party toy makers
Buster ROTF Leader Prime (either version) - I'm not a fan of the Movie line but this figure was simply too well done to pass up. I consider this a Movie MP figure.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032548)
Posted by Nekoman on January 1st, 2010 @ 3:48pm CST
I had fun participating in this, but all in all I must say, not a great year in my book.

Universe had some gems (like the ones mentioned in the list), but a lot of turds too. Cheetor was a terrible toy, in fact, I'd say one of the worst toys I've bought in years. Dinobot was a great mold, but what's up with the colors?

ROTF has been fun, but the excitement died on me quickly... Haven't felt like bothering with lines like Human Alliance and all that. I guess I'm really only interested in a few pieces from the regular line (I love anything to do with Skids and Mudflap). Plus, seems to me like it's payed to wait anyways with stuff like the red Rampage coming out.

Dunno, these days the only thing that really excites me though is Classics, which at that turned out so-so in Universe.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032578)
Posted by Counterpunch on January 1st, 2010 @ 5:33pm CST
Moving and combining...

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Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032585)
Posted by Naked Magnus on January 1st, 2010 @ 5:42pm CST
My pics:

FAVORITE NEW MOLD OF 2009
1st: Leader Class ROTF Optimus Prime - Amazing engineering and looks like the movie! The 3D animated model cannot physically transform, as they did all sort of cheats for the movie, like changing the size of the pieces and adding and removing pieces off camera. Yet, Takara was able to engineer something that looks almost exactly like it!
2nd: Masterpiece Grimlock - Great engineering and solidly built. Very high quality components. Great articulation and very fun gimmicks.
3rd: Universe Cyclonus - The best mold of the Universe series.

FAVORITE REPAINT OF 2009
1st: Leader Class ROTF Optimus Prime Buster version - I am not sure if this category needs a figure that was produced from the previous year and then repainted this year, but Buster's paint job is just awesome.
2nd: Hasbro MP Skywarp - Much more G1 accurate in bot mode compared to the Takara version (with exception of the eyes)

FAVORITE REMOLD OF 2009
1st: Botcon Scourge and the Sweeps

FAVORITE REVENGE OF THE FALLEN FIGURE OF 2009
1st: Leader Class Optimus Prime
2nd: Human Alliance Bumblebee

FAVORITE ENCORE OF 2009
1st: Perceptor

FAVORITE THIRD PARTY RELEASE OF 2009
1st: Fansproject G3 trailer - incredible detail!
2nd: Gears of War set 2
3rd: Universe Roadbuster Upgrade Kit
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032615)
Posted by Delicon on January 1st, 2010 @ 8:17pm CST
LiKwid wrote:This was a great read..It's nice to see how the guys behind the scenes think.. I tried alot of the other transformers websites but something about Seibertron just kept me coming back.. Like Delicon's sig states..Other sites just lack the meat


Haha, thanks. Interestingly enough when I got the original idea to use the store sign in my singanture, I was really struggling with what phrase or slogan to use.

I was at Counterpunch's place one day with a few other Seibertronians and was trying to get ideas. CP kept mentioning "MEAT" repeatedly and things just went from there.

Also, I'd like to send a big thank you to Blurrz for assembling what might have been the most fun Seibertron.com site article of the year. It's nice to see so many of us get together on something like this.

By the way, I forgot to include The Ice Cream Twins amongt my favorite ROTF toys. Even though it is only 2 figures, it may well be the most fun original "combiner" in many years.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032687)
Posted by Forgotten on January 2nd, 2010 @ 8:27am CST
I have just got to say that i've enjoyed this year quite a lot being a member of Seibertron.com. I've had a lot of changes in my life this year: death of friends, moving, having to disown family, do things I prayed i'd never have to do again, nearly dying. It's been a funky year to say the least, and my company pretty much went belly up for a while as well. But my girl and our son stuck with me through it all, and believe it or not, being able to come on this site and just discuss my love for the franchise and find out lots of new things has helped a lot. Y'all assisted in keeping me sane, even if you don't know it. I'd just like to say thanks to ALL OF SEIBERTRON for being the great people that you are. Now onto the TOYS!!
ROTF best:
5. Demolisher ( I love the concept and it was executed pretty well)
4. Long Haul (Just pure awesome)
3. Leader Megatron (it's a hell of a lot more accurated than last movie's leader figures. and I dig the leg design.)
2. Leader Prime (He's great, i'll agree with all on that, but he's Prime, so he'll never be #1 to me)
1. Skids & Mudflap Ice Cream Truck (Great design, great play value, just all around great, I can't look at those two without smiling, Reprolabels knocked them out of the park with their sticker set.)

Universe:
5. Hot Shot (he just blows, but I don't have many Uni. figs from this year so i'll put them all in.)
4. Cheetor (crap toy)
3. Dinobot (good homage, just proportions bug me and I think they could have done a better job of concealment on the dino chest. That would have knocked it up a notch or two.)
2. Cosmos (I had the original when I was a kid and this was a great update to him.)
1. Cyclonus ( JUST AWESOME, NO MORE, NO LESS)

Alternity:
2. Bumble ( Peaugh made me do it)
1. Megatron Silver (It's the secks)

Masterpiece:
Grimlock (is the s#!^)

And i'm going to put in ROTF Supreme Devastator for most memorable combiner of 2009, because I don't think anybody will ever forget when we found out about him. :wink:
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1032900)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on January 3rd, 2010 @ 9:24am CST
Awesome article guys!

I definitely agree with a lot of the choices (though I had several in '08, like Target Shockwave, Cyclonus, and so on ;-)).

I'm really happy with Tigetracks on the black Amazon Prime. He's gorgeous.

Leozack, Skyquake, and Banzai-tron are great figures and look really awesome with one another.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033216)
Posted by SlyTF1 on January 4th, 2010 @ 7:21am CST
I never got around to buy universe cyclonus, the Universe line dropped me when I got Prowl, Hound and onslaught. All 3 of them had poor quality, broke too easily, and they all felt "incomplete". I admit ROTF and Animated have figures that feel incomplete, but every universe i got felt like that. I had ROTF optimus, but I took him back and got megatron, I still regret that(even though I love rotf megatron). HA BB is my second fave TF EFFOR besides Optimus, making ROTF my favorite line EFFOR! Plus Voyager and Leader Megatron Devistator (even though he wont shut the ass up! And has horrible posability)and Jetfire are some of my fave TFs of all time too.

And Transformers ROTF was the greatest time I have ever had in my life! We went to the midnight premere and brought my cousin and we were going to see the 12:30 show, cuz there wasnt enough room for my dad to get in. But he went in, and there were lots of empty seats. Then they started to fill up. Then the movie started! Honestly, those were the greatest 2 hours and 35 minutes of my life!!! Even though 2009 was one of the worst years ever
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033492)
Posted by Evil_the_Nub on January 4th, 2010 @ 10:46pm CST
I'm with SlyTF1, I think the RotF line is my favorite. The only figure that was a disappointment to me was the Fallen and that's due to his lazy alt mode. I thought the movie was great, it was a huge success and established Transformers as a mainstream franchise. IMO 2009 was a great year for Transformers.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033514)
Posted by dai1902 on January 4th, 2010 @ 11:56pm CST
My personal favorites in 2009 are (top 10)

1. Universe Astrotrain
2. Antimated Skywarp
3. Universe Silverstreak
4. Universe Jetfire
5. Universe Cyclonus
6. Universe Inferno
7. Antimated Ratchet
8. Universe Hound
9. Universe Bumblebee
10. ROTF Bludgeon (Transformers film toys are not my favorate, if I have to put one, then it's this one)
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033515)
Posted by Blurrz on January 4th, 2010 @ 11:59pm CST
While you may have gotten some of those in 2009... Silverstreak, Astrotrain, Bumblebee, Jetfire and Ratchet were released quite some time ago. The basis of the article that I wrote were for figures released this year
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033522)
Posted by dai1902 on January 5th, 2010 @ 12:14am CST
Blurrz wrote:While you may have gotten some of those in 2009... Silverstreak, Astrotrain, Bumblebee, Jetfire and Ratchet were released quite some time ago. The basis of the article that I wrote were for figures released this year


Oh, yes, you are right. I got them in 2009, but many of them released before 2009.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033524)
Posted by Blurrz on January 5th, 2010 @ 12:16am CST
Hehe, yup. And I forgot, Welcome to Seibertron.com, dai1902!
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033825)
Posted by Delicon on January 5th, 2010 @ 8:54pm CST
To finally clarify the Cyclonus debate, the figure actually was released in late December of 08 under packaging that said 25th anniversary 84-09 but didn't hit a lot of stores until the new year so that's why I counted it as an 09.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1033986)
Posted by Counterpunch on January 6th, 2010 @ 9:37am CST
FAVOURITE NEW MOLD OF 2009
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Classics Inferno, unconventional? Yes, well, my choice is anyway.

This figure is the..., now this is a science term here: bomb-diggity. Classics is all about capturing the essence of G1 in new improved packaging with fancy new flavors. Inferno does it best, period. He's big, blocky, and brutal. Old School check in? Present. He's detailed, intricate, and articulated. New School, you around? Hell yes.

Also? He's a pump truck, not a ladder truck, so take all your stupid 3rd party ladders somewhere else. The little update to his alt mode, done in a tasteful way considering his size is also a nice bonus.

Above all, I love the transformation. Everything locks, clicks, panels, and generally gets the F out of the way making for an incredible piece of TF engineering.

FAVOURITE REPAINT OF 2009
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Henkei Smokescreen, is the paragon of "You're doing it right Takara/Tomy". In my mind, this (along with Hound) is one of the shining examples of "WTF, how could things have gone so wrong for us?" that makes me thank our Japanese overlords for correcting an injustice to my fav G1 car guy.

Not only does Henkei Smokescreen make a beautifully painted representation of the coolest Prowl-y mold variation, but he is easily and vastly superior to the US release. The detailing is superb, the color choices are perfect, and the total package is something that should not be missed if you care at all about your Classics toys.

FAVOURITE REMOLD OF 2009
Henkei Hot Shot

In the land of blind men, the man with one eye (or two guns in this instance) is King.

FAVOURITE EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
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Ghost Starscream

God Damn, this is a nice toy...

Hey, my list is filling up with Japanese toys. I think I'm an elitist douchebag. Also, Henkei Inferno is better than Universe Inferno.

How about that Ghost Starscream? Yea? What do you want me to say? He's perfect. Buy one. Is he $80+? Yes. You can't afford that?

Donate blood, plasma, or sperm.

Whatever.

FAVOURITE BOTCON EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
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Leozack

Heeeeey...an American exclusive toy based off a Japanese character. Otaku? Me? No, I mean, I'm down with Hentai (No, I did not mean Henkei.), but that's about as far as it goes.

Leozack is the bee's knees, perfect color balance, wonderful use of clear plastic, great mold, just a great package all around.

I hope yours came with both is feet. I mean, mine did; some people's did not though. That's China's fault though.

FAVOURITE REVENGE OF THE FALLEN FIGURE OF 2009
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Long Haul

I considered choosing Supreme Devastator because, well, it would be funny. Long Haul deserves to have his praises sung though. Essentially, he's the Universe Inferno of the RotF line. He does it all, does it well, and without fail. Bulky, posable, detailed, perfect.

This is what a Transformer should be. This height of quality should be what all the other movie toys reach towards. I am concerned that we did not show this toy enough love and praise this year. I blame you.

FAVOURITE ANIMATED FIGURE OF 2009
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Blurr

Wonderful, if not a bit tight in the design department. This toy played a large part in convincing me to give Animated a fair shake. His shape defines his purpose and is at the same time a reflection of it. He mirrors the G1 toy well with his shield and head-fin. Even if I hated Animated (which I don't anymore), I would own this toy. That's high praise from an elitist prick like me.

FAVOURITE TOY LINE OF 2009
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Encore

Sometimes, a line can do one thing, one little thing to make it incredibly memorable. Encore gave us Ratbat. Damnit, that's incredible. Don't think your little SDCC Soundwaves would have had Ratbat included if it were not for this line. Ratbat, for those that don't know was an $80-140 piece of 1.5 ounce plastic that was often missing horrifically small parts. Encore gets you Ratbat and three other jerks for @ $50. Great Justice, Great Burning Justice indeed.

FAVOURITE TRANSFORMERS MOMENT OF 2009
Opening my G3 trailer.

I can't explain how much fun it was to open this thing and just run through the features while my wife sat watching just engrossed at all the little gimmicks. I got to play with a toy in a manner which I don't often get to just to try out all the crap this thing can do. Opening up this toy led to a complete re-envisioning of my Classics Autobots display.

Good times.
Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1035079)
Posted by mattyc1007 on January 9th, 2010 @ 6:51am CST
Counterpunch wrote:FAVOURITE NEW MOLD OF 2009
Image
Classics Inferno, unconventional? Yes, well, my choice is anyway.

This figure is the..., now this is a science term here: bomb-diggity. Classics is all about capturing the essence of G1 in new improved packaging with fancy new flavors. Inferno does it best, period. He's big, blocky, and brutal. Old School check in? Present. He's detailed, intricate, and articulated. New School, you around? Hell yes.

Also? He's a pump truck, not a ladder truck, so take all your stupid 3rd party ladders somewhere else. The little update to his alt mode, done in a tasteful way considering his size is also a nice bonus.

Above all, I love the transformation. Everything locks, clicks, panels, and generally gets the F out of the way making for an incredible piece of TF engineering.

FAVOURITE REPAINT OF 2009
Image
Henkei Smokescreen, is the paragon of "You're doing it right Takara/Tomy". In my mind, this (along with Hound) is one of the shining examples of "WTF, how could things have gone so wrong for us?" that makes me thank our Japanese overlords for correcting an injustice to my fav G1 car guy.

Not only does Henkei Smokescreen make a beautifully painted representation of the coolest Prowl-y mold variation, but he is easily and vastly superior to the US release. The detailing is superb, the color choices are perfect, and the total package is something that should not be missed if you care at all about your Classics toys.

FAVOURITE REMOLD OF 2009
Henkei Hot Shot

In the land of blind men, the man with one eye (or two guns in this instance) is King.

FAVOURITE EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
Image
Ghost Starscream

God Damn, this is a nice toy...

Hey, my list is filling up with Japanese toys. I think I'm an elitist douchebag. Also, Henkei Inferno is better than Universe Inferno.

How about that Ghost Starscream? Yea? What do you want me to say? He's perfect. Buy one. Is he $80+? Yes. You can't afford that?

Donate blood, plasma, or sperm.

Whatever.

FAVOURITE BOTCON EXCLUSIVE OF 2009
Image
Leozack

Heeeeey...an American exclusive toy based off a Japanese character. Otaku? Me? No, I mean, I'm down with Hentai (No, I did not mean Henkei.), but that's about as far as it goes.

Leozack is the bee's knees, perfect color balance, wonderful use of clear plastic, great mold, just a great package all around.

I hope yours came with both is feet. I mean, mine did; some people's did not though. That's China's fault though.

FAVOURITE REVENGE OF THE FALLEN FIGURE OF 2009
Image
Long Haul

I considered choosing Supreme Devastator because, well, it would be funny. Long Haul deserves to have his praises sung though. Essentially, he's the Universe Inferno of the RotF line. He does it all, does it well, and without fail. Bulky, posable, detailed, perfect.

This is what a Transformer should be. This height of quality should be what all the other movie toys reach towards. I am concerned that we did not show this toy enough love and praise this year. I blame you.

FAVOURITE ANIMATED FIGURE OF 2009
Image
Blurr

Wonderful, if not a bit tight in the design department. This toy played a large part in convincing me to give Animated a fair shake. His shape defines his purpose and is at the same time a reflection of it. He mirrors the G1 toy well with his shield and head-fin. Even if I hated Animated (which I don't anymore), I would own this toy. That's high praise from an elitist prick like me.

FAVOURITE TRANSFORMERS MOMENT OF 2009
Opening my G3 trailer.

I can't explain how much fun it was to open this thing and just run through the features while my wife sat watching just engrossed at all the little gimmicks. I got to play with a toy in a manner which I don't often get to just to try out all the crap this thing can do. Opening up this toy led to a complete re-envisioning of my Classics Autobots display.

Good times.


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Re: Seibertron.com's Finest of 2009 (1035086)
Posted by Exic on January 9th, 2010 @ 7:46am CST
Yea! Animated Blurr deserved to be in Seibertron's Finest of 2009
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