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Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images

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Thursday, April 11th, 2013 6:52PM CDT

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The official BotCon 2013 website has posted new images of Obsidian in his new updated color scheme. Obsidian will join Strika, Hoist, Megaplex, and Skywarp in this year's convention exclusive Machine Wars: Termination box set. Check out the images mirrored below.

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For comparison here's a side by side with the initial reveal:

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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478304)
Posted by Rated X on April 11th, 2013 @ 7:01pm CDT
I do like this much better. Although it is very similar to G2 Powerdive, they wont be on the same shelf.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478305)
Posted by Mkall on April 11th, 2013 @ 7:02pm CDT
I like this a lot better. Finally, The Club scores some positive points.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478310)
Posted by Poyguimogul on April 11th, 2013 @ 7:23pm CDT
I honestly wanted the green one... I have never seen the BM show so I have no connection to those colors...
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478311)
Posted by Noideaforaname on April 11th, 2013 @ 7:23pm CDT
Much better.

Didn't notice it before, but the rotors are evidently translucent.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478315)
Posted by TK415 on April 11th, 2013 @ 7:46pm CDT
Old color scheme = hurts my eyes
New color scheme = beautiful!

Lime green can make a fun toy but it’s a bit bright on the screen, though it has been a long day at work. He looks pretty wicked in dark green. And I don't mean "wicked or wizard," I mean he looks intimidating. You don't get intimidating from lime green. Rated X is right, he is now pretty similar to Powerdive, but the purple guns on Powerdive’s hips work to diminish his wickedness.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478325)
Posted by RAcast on April 11th, 2013 @ 8:32pm CDT
I still have a soft spot for the toy's colors, but it makes more sense to do the screen-accurate colors I suppose.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478326)
Posted by Henry921 on April 11th, 2013 @ 8:45pm CDT
And his eyes turned green. Um, why?

While I like the new color scheme better overall, I do think the head looks a bit less menacing now.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478329)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 11th, 2013 @ 8:54pm CDT
Poyguimogul wrote:I honestly wanted the green one... I have never seen the BM show so I have no connection to those colors...

Well, I DID see all of Beast Machines, and therefore have trouble saying anything about BM that doesn't turn into some sort of incitement to violence, so I'll just leave it at that...

...but before I watched the show all the way through, Obsidian was one of the few toys I had from the line, and there was something I always liked about it, so I would've really preferred the bright green too. I guess it came out around the time he debuted on the show, but because his toy came out so long before Strika's, his blinding color scheme carries a prehistory connotation in my mind, like black Ironhide, so it would've made more sense to me in that respect if these are Obsidian and Strika's bodies back in G1-ish days. Despite how much happier I'd be if the 'toon never existed, I did sort of appreciate the later toyline's attempts at show-accuracy out of general principle, but a show-accurate color scheme on a mold that's not exactly more show-accurate isn't necessarily better...but the new head makes it work, I suppose. I don't have Power-sack yet, but I was also looking forward to an Obsidian as different from him as possible. But again, the new head compensates...is three approaching a record for the number of different official heads a mold has had? I've lost track of all the new heads Fun-Pub has done.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478334)
Posted by Sabrblade on April 11th, 2013 @ 9:56pm CDT
Henry921 wrote:And his eyes turned green. Um, why?
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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478335)
Posted by Henry921 on April 11th, 2013 @ 9:58pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Henry921 wrote:And his eyes turned green. Um, why?
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Fair enough.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478336)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 11th, 2013 @ 10:01pm CDT
...Now I'm even more willing to buy this (never going to happen, though), seeing Obsidian in that deco. =P~
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478338)
Posted by Heckfire on April 11th, 2013 @ 10:10pm CDT
OK, NOW I want him.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478360)
Posted by rpetras on April 12th, 2013 @ 12:53am CDT
Heckfire wrote:OK, NOW I want him.


^^
This.

I may actually pick this guy up on the aftermarket.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478445)
Posted by g1grimlock on April 12th, 2013 @ 12:14pm CDT
I really like the new color. Not only is it better on the eyes but it's more accurate to the show. It' a win win! :KREMZEEK:
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478497)
Posted by El Duque on April 12th, 2013 @ 3:19pm CDT
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The official BotCon 2013 website has posted the box art for this year's Machine Wars: Termination convention exclusive set, which features Obsidian, Strika, Skywarp, Megaplex, and Hoist. The box will feature a cut out window reminiscent of the original Machine Wars packaging along with General Obsidian artwork. Check out he box art below.

The five-figure boxed set, which includes General Obsidian, General Strika, Commander Megaplex, Clone Warrior Skywarp, and Autobot Hoist, will be presented in an illustrated display box but, for the first time ever for BotCon, will also feature a cut out mimicking the style of the original MACHINE WARS packaging. This set can be displayed alongside all of your previous BotCon sets and/or your classic Machine Wars toys! Also included with the set is a certificate of authenticity, tech specs and figure weapons.


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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478498)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on April 12th, 2013 @ 3:21pm CDT
With only Obsidian as the packaging art for 5 figures? Weird move.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478499)
Posted by rpetras on April 12th, 2013 @ 3:25pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:With only Obsidian as the packaging art for 5 figures? Weird move.



I'd showcase him too.
He's the only one of the bunch that doesn't suck out loud.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478506)
Posted by Seibertron on April 12th, 2013 @ 3:46pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:With only Obsidian as the packaging art for 5 figures? Weird move.


I agree. I would've preferred the "scene" artwork depicting the 5 characters in an action shot or moment similar to previous years. It would've been interesting to see a mock-up of the box done in a hybrid G1 Combiner giftset with Machine Wars styling.

What I don't like about this style is too much emphasis on one character when it should be about the set as a whole. Hopefully this point doesn't get lost on the comics like it has during the past 4 or 5 BotCons since the 2010 sets onward.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478520)
Posted by Hoitytoity on April 12th, 2013 @ 4:15pm CDT
I get where they're going, and like it. What I don't like is the only characters/figures visible in the art aren't Machine Wars characters >____>

Beast Machine Wars all the way, apparently.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478527)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on April 12th, 2013 @ 4:21pm CDT
Hoitytoity wrote:I get where they're going, and like it. What I don't like is the only characters/figures visible in the art aren't Machine Wars characters >____>

Beast Machine Wars all the way, apparently.


Technically speaking, only MW Hubcap was a Machine Wars original character, the rest was a collection of returning G1 characters. Obsidian and Strika, while Beast Machines originals, had their backstory roots in pre-Beast Wars (read G1) time if we're to believe their fame in the show.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478539)
Posted by g1grimlock on April 12th, 2013 @ 5:04pm CDT
It looks good and bad, hopefully this isn't the final product because it could definitely use some or a lot of adjustments. One thing that would make it look better is some actual box art instead of just Obsidian looking silly. I do like the fact that they are showing some of the toys in the box unfortunately Obsidian steals the show again! :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478579)
Posted by Henry921 on April 12th, 2013 @ 7:50pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Hoitytoity wrote:I get where they're going, and like it. What I don't like is the only characters/figures visible in the art aren't Machine Wars characters >____>

Beast Machine Wars all the way, apparently.


Technically speaking, only MW Hubcap was a Machine Wars original character, the rest was a collection of returning G1 characters. Obsidian and Strika, while Beast Machines originals, had their backstory roots in pre-Beast Wars (read G1) time if we're to believe their fame in the show.



What about Megaplex?

While Obsidian is probably the best figure of the set, I'd argue that Megaplex is the one they should be highlighting, as in this storyline, he's the guy leading all the carnage and throwing Cybertron into conflict.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478587)
Posted by Seibertron on April 12th, 2013 @ 8:15pm CDT
Henry921 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
Hoitytoity wrote:I get where they're going, and like it. What I don't like is the only characters/figures visible in the art aren't Machine Wars characters >____>

Beast Machine Wars all the way, apparently.


Technically speaking, only MW Hubcap was a Machine Wars original character, the rest was a collection of returning G1 characters. Obsidian and Strika, while Beast Machines originals, had their backstory roots in pre-Beast Wars (read G1) time if we're to believe their fame in the show.



What about Megaplex?

While Obsidian is probably the best figure of the set, I'd argue that Megaplex is the one they should be highlighting, as in this storyline, he's the guy leading all the carnage and throwing Cybertron into conflict.


Megaplex with a new Megatron head should've been the showcased figure.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478591)
Posted by Henry921 on April 12th, 2013 @ 8:23pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Megaplex with a new Megatron head should've been the showcased figure.


If wishing made it so...
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478658)
Posted by ILL-Star on April 13th, 2013 @ 12:28am CDT
I think Obsidian's vehicle mode over Megaplex's typical jet mode is a more interesting look. Plus it has a more steam punk kind of appearence which in my opinion says Machine more than the smooth stream lined jet.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478660)
Posted by Henry921 on April 13th, 2013 @ 12:35am CDT
All this talk of Obsidian... I just noticed something.

It isn't visible in the stock photography, but in the box in vehicle mode, it looks like he's got faction symbols on his frame. Kinda hard to tell what... it looks almost like a G2 Decepticon sign.

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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478675)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on April 13th, 2013 @ 4:09am CDT
Henry921 wrote:All this talk of Obsidian... I just noticed something.

It isn't visible in the stock photography, but in the box in vehicle mode, it looks like he's got faction symbols on his frame. Kinda hard to tell what... it looks almost like a G2 Decepticon sign.

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That wouldn't make sense as Obsidian and Strika are Autobots in this case, in charge of the protection of Cybertron (something that's carried to the extreme in Beast Machines).

And I did forget Megaplex, stupid me #-o And supposedly he's a new clone made by Jhiaxus, separate from the original Megaplex (original clone? Oxymoron central right here). That would explain away his new noggin, as his G2 Go-Bot clones (the G1-named ones) looked nothing like the originals.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478678)
Posted by gothsaurus on April 13th, 2013 @ 4:52am CDT
Oh... I bet they used his pic because he's the one you can see thru the window. It's always a bit of a puzzle to cram them into the box. Could have just ended up that layout? Who knows... Still looks pretty good, though I miss the big battle scene. I hope they do a litho.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478681)
Posted by Henry921 on April 13th, 2013 @ 5:24am CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
That wouldn't make sense as Obsidian and Strika are Autobots in this case, in charge of the protection of Cybertron (something that's carried to the extreme in Beast Machines).

And I did forget Megaplex, stupid me #-o And supposedly he's a new clone made by Jhiaxus, separate from the original Megaplex (original clone? Oxymoron central right here). That would explain away his new noggin, as his G2 Go-Bot clones (the G1-named ones) looked nothing like the originals.


Perhaps this story will fill in that blank. Maybe Obsidian started out on the wrong side before Strika showed him the path of justice?

It may just be an unrelated sigil, but it looks like a G2 Decepticon logo to me.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478736)
Posted by Dagon on April 13th, 2013 @ 9:33am CDT
Henry921 wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:
That wouldn't make sense as Obsidian and Strika are Autobots in this case, in charge of the protection of Cybertron (something that's carried to the extreme in Beast Machines).


Perhaps this story will fill in that blank. Maybe Obsidian started out on the wrong side before Strika showed him the path of justice?

It may just be an unrelated sigil, but it looks like a G2 Decepticon logo to me.


That's a good point. Maybe they were the greatest generals on opposite sides of the conflict, before joining up together. They could both be loyal to Cybertron before any faction loyalties, but just took different routes in order to serve Cybertron.

Could Strika and OBsidian be the warring machines of the title, seeing as they are the two figures shown and are facing each other on the boxart? Perhaps this story is about them fighting each other before teaming up to repel a greater threat?

I know, JelZe, I know the Jihaxus thing for the storyline this year. I don't need any clarification or whatever.It's just an idea.

I also really like the box design.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478888)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on April 13th, 2013 @ 9:20pm CDT
If you look really close, those symbols on Obsidian's tail fins are Highbrow's pretzel thingies, not G2 decepticon symbols. he even has the "P+10" tampo

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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478894)
Posted by RAcast on April 13th, 2013 @ 9:39pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:If you look really close, those symbols on Obsidian's tail fins are Highbrow's pretzel thingies, not G2 decepticon symbols. he even has the "P+10" tampo

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That explains why the art on the box looks NOTHING like Obsidian's actual colors. It's presumably just a mock-up at this point?
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1478934)
Posted by Henry921 on April 14th, 2013 @ 1:25am CDT
Ah, pretzel things. Of course! :lol:

Shows what I know, I never owned the mold.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1479062)
Posted by Mindmaster on April 14th, 2013 @ 12:29pm CDT
Henry921 wrote:Ah, pretzel things. Of course! :lol:

Shows what I know, I never owned the mold.


Join the club. After ROTF, I stopped getting toys based off the films. That includes HFTD and the film-themed portion of RTS.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492884)
Posted by El Duque on June 5th, 2013 @ 1:25pm CDT
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The Official Transformers Collectors' Club has received a final sample of this year's BotCon convention Machine Wars: Termination box set. The set features Obsidian, Strika, Skywarp, Megaplex, and Hoist. Check out the image mirrored below.

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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492887)
Posted by JelZe GoldRabbit on June 5th, 2013 @ 1:29pm CDT
Down to the KB Toys price sticker look-a-like :lol:
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492891)
Posted by Mkall on June 5th, 2013 @ 1:37pm CDT
My lack of interest notwithstanding, that's a nice looking box. I much prefer Obsidian in this colouration than that hideous neon green we saw at the start.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492902)
Posted by Seibertron on June 5th, 2013 @ 2:16pm CDT
The KB Toys price tag is a nice touch!
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492917)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 5th, 2013 @ 3:00pm CDT
I like them, but I'm still not thrilled with Skywarp's mold.

Shame I can't afford this. :-(
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492932)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 5th, 2013 @ 4:14pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:The KB Toys price tag is a nice touch!
If its removable, I'm never taking it off. :D
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492976)
Posted by Henry921 on June 5th, 2013 @ 6:46pm CDT
Mkall wrote:My lack of interest notwithstanding, that's a nice looking box. I much prefer Obsidian in this colouration than that hideous neon green we saw at the start.


Looks like Obsidian's final deco has removed the numbering and "pretzels" from the Highbrow mold.

I'm amazed they managed to fit all the figures in that box, given how much space Obsidian takes up...
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1492998)
Posted by Flux Convoy on June 5th, 2013 @ 8:34pm CDT
The comments on Facebook confirm the "sticker" IS actually a sticker. Pretty neat touch. I dig it. Can't wait to be there. :)
:BOT:
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493170)
Posted by El Duque on June 6th, 2013 @ 12:27pm CDT
Thanks to the facebook page of the official Transformers Collectors' Club we a look at Strika from this year's BotCon exclusive Machine Wars: Termination box set. The figure is a redeco of Generations Warpath with a brand new head mold. Take a look below.

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Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493172)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 6th, 2013 @ 12:30pm CDT
Much better head design than the first one we saw when she was first teased.

If this set had been available at regular retail, I would pick this up with out a doubt, along with Obsidian, to start building a neo-Beast Wars/Machines shelf, if we get some figures that homage Beast Wars characters in the Thrilling 30 subline.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493176)
Posted by MGrotusque on June 6th, 2013 @ 12:37pm CDT
Great head sculpt. As ugly as it is.
Seriously though......that's a face only a mother could love.

Great choice of molds as well. I'm particularly fond of that sparkly blue plastic in the shoulders and hands.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493184)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 6th, 2013 @ 12:57pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:if we get some figures that homage Beast Wars characters in the Thrilling 30 subline.
I wouldn't get my hopes up, since the Thrilling 30 toys are themed around IDW G1 characters. Waspinator's toy made sense since he appeared in "Spotlight: Thundercracker".
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493185)
Posted by YoungPrime on June 6th, 2013 @ 12:58pm CDT
This figure is the only saving grace to an otherwise corny Botcon lineup.

It's still a pass but Hasbro would've been wise to sell this figure at retail.

The rest I think are crap.
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493186)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 6th, 2013 @ 1:04pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:if we get some figures that homage Beast Wars characters in the Thrilling 30 subline.
I wouldn't get my hopes up, since the Thrilling 30 toys are themed around IDW G1 characters. Waspinator's toy made sense since he appeared in "Spotlight: Thundercracker".


True.

But I kinda wanted a bigger Waspinator though...
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493187)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 6th, 2013 @ 1:06pm CDT
Mindmaster wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:if we get some figures that homage Beast Wars characters in the Thrilling 30 subline.
I wouldn't get my hopes up, since the Thrilling 30 toys are themed around IDW G1 characters. Waspinator's toy made sense since he appeared in "Spotlight: Thundercracker".


True.

But I kinda wanted a bigger Waspinator though...
Good thing the Waspy that appeared in the comic was basically in his BW 10th Anniversary toy body. ;)
Re: Updated BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Obsidian Images (1493189)
Posted by Mindmaster on June 6th, 2013 @ 1:13pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Mindmaster wrote:if we get some figures that homage Beast Wars characters in the Thrilling 30 subline.
I wouldn't get my hopes up, since the Thrilling 30 toys are themed around IDW G1 characters. Waspinator's toy made sense since he appeared in "Spotlight: Thundercracker".


True.

But I kinda wanted a bigger Waspinator though...
Good thing the Waspy that appeared in the comic was basically in his BW 10th Anniversary toy body. ;)


Which, on the life of me, I cannot find anywhere at a reasonable price. :BANG_HEAD:

Plus, I've got other priorities, so until those are fulfilled, Waspinator, like many past figures I'd like to get, isn't on my list.

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