Toy Images of Alternity Mitsuoka Orochi Skywarp

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Re: Toy Images of Alternity Mitsuoka Orochi Skywarp

Postby kirbenvost » Mon May 31, 2010 1:49 pm

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DevastaTTor wrote:If they'd gone with Manga looking Autobots versus Samurai/Asian inspired Decepticons, it may have made an interesting line and made a little sense depending on the storyline Takara created. But just seems to be no rhyme or reason to the looks of these characters.


Actually, this makes a lot of sense to me, and I can see it. Chubby proportions aside, BB & CJ do look quite manga/anime-eque. Just look at the details, on the head and knee-pads for example. Kinda does fit in with Convoy if you look at it that way. And I could even see a weird organic samurai-ish vibe from Starscream, what with the head crest and four eyes and all. It kind of actually does fit the classic Japanese themes, where the good guys are often very angular and futuristic looking, and the bad guys are more organic or tradition-inspired.

It almost seemsthey're the first line developed purely for Japanese appeal. Small, high-quality design, high detail, very displayable even in the packaging, price is not really an issue. This heavy targeting towards the Japanese market could explain why they're not as popular to most of us on this forum. Traditional Western and Japanese interests are quite different.

Huh. That kind of makes me look at the line in a new way.
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Re: Toy Images of Alternity Mitsuoka Orochi Skywarp

Postby goshjosh95 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:34 am

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Jenus wrote:How I wish I did not have to cancel my pre-order for this. :-(

Right there with you. I had to cancel my preorder, as I'm trying to cut back & focus my TF spending habits on neo-G1/Classics and screen-time Beast Wars figs (instead of any random TF that catches my eye)... That being said, I think the Skywarp Orochi is a fantastic-looking bot and hot car.
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Re: Toy Images of Alternity Mitsuoka Orochi Skywarp

Postby Diem » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:58 am

DevastaTTor wrote: And worst in my opinion is the total lack of theme across the line.
I can't help but feel the fans are more to blame than Takara for that. Convoy and Megatron were both very experimental and original. However Bumble and Starscream are clearly far more G1 inspired, and I do think the fan reaction had a lot to do with that.

kirbenvost wrote:It almost seemsthey're the first line developed purely for Japanese appeal. Small, high-quality design, high detail, very displayable even in the packaging, price is not really an issue. This heavy targeting towards the Japanese market could explain why they're not as popular to most of us on this forum. Traditional Western and Japanese interests are quite different.

Huh. That kind of makes me look at the line in a new way.


This I think is very true.
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Re: Toy Images of Alternity Mitsuoka Orochi Skywarp

Postby Flux Convoy » Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:09 am

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Diem wrote: Keeping a car alt mode and getting an unmistakable Seeker robot mode out of it? That's genius.

This is exactly why I was excited for these when the first images popped up. I like the line. Would I have preferred Alternators to continue? Certainly. I have no complaints about any of these yet though. I'd love to get Thundercracker with the Skywarp headsculpt eventually too. I'm really hoping they branch into some of the Beast characters with the same attention to bot modes as the seekers got.

Also, little side note. From my understanding, Starscream's bio states that he has four optics. It would explain his "insect" eyes.
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