BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

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BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby El Duque » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:38 am

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Thanks to the wonderful world of TaoBao we know one of the attendee only add-on figures in this year's BotCon 2013 Machine Wars: Termination set. Voyager class Transformers: Dark of the Moon Skyhammer has been repainted in Machine Wars Sandstorm! Check out the images mirrored from the auctions below.

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Evil Eye » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:49 am

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Nice. Skyhammer was an excellent mold with a cool weapon, this looks like a good choice.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby welcometothedarksyde » Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:49 am

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I think they went a little overboard on the stripes, but otherwise nice. I don't like how they're mixing movie and non-movie molds. They should just stick to the movie molds
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Jelze Bunnycat » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:03 am

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby DecepticonFinishline » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:04 am

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welcometothedarksyde wrote:I think they went a little overboard on the stripes, but otherwise nice. I don't like how they're mixing movie and non-movie molds. They should just stick to the movie molds


I dunno. The way I see it is: It's not COMPLETELY a movie mold unless it was in the movie. So, figures like Terradive and Tomahawk had potential to become Neo-G1 figures in my collection. I've actually really wanted them to release a figure that would finally open the door for Skyhammer to become a Neo-G1 figure.

That being said, because Darksteel is a Qucikstrike homage, and, despite what so many people here say, Skyhammer is pretty clearly an Air Hammer homage, I'm just gonna keep those two together on display.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Rated X » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:06 am

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It's nice. Not all that accurate to l figure, but cool. It needs a new less movieish head. How much could that really have cost ? Funpub is really cheap. All repaints should have new heads mandatory. Something else should be exclusive besides the deco.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Noideaforaname » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:33 am

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby RAcast » Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:54 am

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Great mold, great deco, glad to see it!
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Mindmaster » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:05 pm

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Seibertron » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:56 pm

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This would be extremely awesome ... with a new head. :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Bumblevivisector » Sun Jun 16, 2013 12:59 pm

This is weird. I mentioned a few weeks ago that the new Generations Sandstorm could be repainted into Ultra Pretender Skyhammer, and now the more recent Skyhammer gets repainted into that other incarnation of Sandstorm!

And yet...I never bought MW Sandstorm for the same reason I can't get too excited about this guy: That color combination is just really off-putting. I'm usually not one to complain about that. Hell, I never complain about "neon" because I respect any color loud enough that the toy looks like it actually wants to blind me. But something about the helmet and other accents being in that same caramel hue that Batman toys inexplicably get decoed in every few years...I love this mold, but this is the first reveal so far that I have no interest in.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby SW's SilverHammer » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:01 pm

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Seibertron wrote:This would be extremely awesome ... with a new head. :BANG_HEAD:


Seems to be a reoccurring theme with some figures this year.........
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Jelze Bunnycat » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:06 pm

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I take Mini-Cons and Microns ;;) I kid, I kid.

Skyhammer happens to be my favourite DotM mold, and I like Sandstorm as a character. And really, the head does not need changing, it's fairly accurate to the G1 toy with the crest and mouthplate.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Nemesis Destron » Sun Jun 16, 2013 1:06 pm

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Not bad, I think it would have been much better if they ditched that crappy DOTM weapon for another and painted his hands. :VEHI:
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby RiddlerJ » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:04 pm

Two toys at once for Sandstorm, and Hoist. Funny how things work out.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby El Duque » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:13 pm

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We've been sitting on a list of rumored BotCon 2013 attendee only figures for a while now, but since this morning's reveal of Machine Wars Sandstorm lends some credence to the list we've decide to go ahead and share it. Keep in mind the list below is "rumored", although Machine Wars Sandstorm appears to be confirmed and Machine Wars Thundercracker has already been hinted at by TFCC.

  • Machine Wars Prowl from Classics Mirage
  • Machine Wars Sandstorm from Transfrormes: Dark of the Moon Skyhammer
  • Machine Wars Starscream from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Terradive
  • Machine Wars Thundercracker from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Dirge
  • Classics Starscream mold repainted into the Rainmakers

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby RAcast » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:15 pm

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Oh no, not MORE Classics Starscreams! :lol:
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Jelze Bunnycat » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:20 pm

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RAcast wrote:Oh no, not MORE Classics Starscreams! :lol:


I feel really, really sorry for that mold now... Poor guy. :-(

So let's see...

Set 1: Prowl and Sandstorm
Set 2: Starscream and Thundercracker
Set 3: Rainmakers

Then Electro should be the freebie. That should complete the MW lineup except for Hubcap, Mirage and Soundwave.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Evil Eye » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:24 pm

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I'd like it if they reissued the original Electro toy, but in new, less GPS-vulnerable plastic. It's a decent toy, especially for the time, but the poopy plastic makes it ridiculously rare and overly expensive.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby LOST Cybertronian » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:33 pm

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Burn » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:42 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Then Electro should be the freebie. That should complete the MW lineup except for Hubcap, Mirage and Soundwave.


Well Cybertron Defense Red Alert is the perfect mold for Soundwave, but I doubt they'll do it.

If they do a Soundwave with another mold, it just won't be the same.
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby Henry921 » Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:55 pm

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JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Then Electro should be the freebie. That should complete the MW lineup except for Hubcap, Mirage and Soundwave.


Well Cybertron Defense Red Alert is the perfect mold for Soundwave, but I doubt they'll do it.

If they do a Soundwave with another mold, it just won't be the same.



Well, assuming UT molds are still too old and worn to make new figures from, that just leaves customs. Fortunately, the best custom Soundwave made from the Cybertron Defense Red Alert/Universe Countdown mold already exists as a template:


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Sandstorm looks okay for what he is, though I don't have a great deal of affection for the character. If indeed Thundercracker and Starscream share a package, I'll get off very cheap this year with those two and their fellow 'Cons Skywarp and Megaplex. Throw in Obsidian and I walk away with my wallet only badly wounded, but surviving.

Though if BotCon 2012 is anything to go by, the figures will be mixed up with each other, in little "versus" sets, so I may end up stuck with a few surplus Autobots... :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby megatronus » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:33 pm

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Not that I have any interest in MW Sandstorm, but a new head may have helped.

Actually, I think GDO Springer's head would have been PERFECT for this.

Meh.
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Postby RhA » Sun Jun 16, 2013 3:47 pm

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Re: BotCon 2013 Machine Wars Sandstorm Revealed

Postby SW's SilverHammer » Sun Jun 16, 2013 4:13 pm

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This list is all well and good, but hasn't Sabrblade mentioned in the past that figures before a certain year, are off limits to the club due "mold degradation" and extra fees? then again the club has proven fickle in the past; like with the use prime Skyquake mold even though some of us said it was too new for them to use.
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