What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

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What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby william-james88 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:39 am

When you deal with the big names, its easy. Optimus has similar characteristics and themes in all his toys so its easy to see what counts when thinking of his best toys. Same for BB (a younger character who turns into yellow car) and Grimlock (a big T-Rex that doesn't make the most of sense when he talks), Megatron (the big bad guy with lots of Firepower) and Starscream (the jet villain).

But then you get into Sideswipe, Smokescreen, Prowl and Wheeljack and it all falls apart.

Like lets say I am making a top 5 Wheeljack toys list, what counts?
Armada Wheeljack? Armada Downshift? Cybertron Downshift? Movie Q?

What about Smokescreen? He's a fairlady z guy, but in Prime he becomes a totally different character. So would he still count in a list of best Smokescreen toys?

Just things I have been wondering and wanted your input!
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Re: What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby GuyIncognito » Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:04 am

I think you're overthinking it. If you're ranking the top Wheeljack toys, then the list should only include toys packaged/sold with the name Wheeljack. That'a a simple criterion that will make things easy for you. Related toys that aren't technically "Wheeljack" could be menioned in the "Honorable Mentions".
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Re: What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby william-james88 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:08 am

GuyIncognito wrote:I think you're overthinking it. If you're ranking the top Wheeljack toys, then the list should only include toys packaged/sold with the name Wheeljack. That'a a simple criterion that will make things easy for you. Related toys that aren't technically "Wheeljack" could be menioned in the "Honorable Mentions".

Thanks for the input. But does that mean Beast Wars Inferno would be on a top 5 Inferno list?
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Re: What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby DangerousFat » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:20 am

william-james88 wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:I think you're overthinking it. If you're ranking the top Wheeljack toys, then the list should only include toys packaged/sold with the name Wheeljack. That'a a simple criterion that will make things easy for you. Related toys that aren't technically "Wheeljack" could be menioned in the "Honorable Mentions".

Thanks for the input. But does that mean Beast Wars Inferno would be on a top 5 Inferno list?


I feel like you're trying to be thick here. lol Beast Wars Inferno is clearly a completely different character... being Predacon Fire Ant as compared to the G1 Autobot Fire Truck. So no, they would not be on the same list together. Now I'd personally allow the Wheeljack / Downshift thing if Downshift was clearly intended to be an analog for Wheeljack.

In the end, it's up to you. People are gonna complain no matter what you decide, so just go with it and have fun. All I'd say is whatever criteria you decide on, be consistent and state that clearly at the beginning to set expectations.
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Re: What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby william-james88 » Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:46 am

DangerousFat wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:I think you're overthinking it. If you're ranking the top Wheeljack toys, then the list should only include toys packaged/sold with the name Wheeljack. That'a a simple criterion that will make things easy for you. Related toys that aren't technically "Wheeljack" could be menioned in the "Honorable Mentions".

Thanks for the input. But does that mean Beast Wars Inferno would be on a top 5 Inferno list?


I feel like you're trying to be thick here. lol

I was :lol: But it was to show that the name sometimes might not mean anything, hence why i brought this topic up. I too would include Downshift for Wheeljack and I would not include Armada wheeljack in a wheeljack list. I just wanted to know what people would think of that.

What about scorponok? its all different characters, but they have the same theme. then again, for that I might as well just say Top 5 scorpion toys.
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Re: What Counts for a list of a character's best toys? (need community input)

Postby MrBlack » Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:21 pm

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I think that characters that don't exactly match their G1 archetype can count, even if they don't have the same name and exact look, as long as they are intended to fill the role of the G1 character.

As you said, when making a Wheeljack list, the Armada character of that name wouldn't make the list because he shares nothing in common with his namesake. The same might not be true of, say, Armada Prowl or Animated Prowl. Neither exactly look like their G1 namesake, but they both fulfill similar roles, and both have alt-modes that reference G1 Prowl's police car.

Ultimately, it's admittedly a judgment call. Smokescreen is a bit of a toss-up, but the Prime version is close enough that I'd let it slide.
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