Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone

Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 3:31pm CDT

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As these Wave 5 voyagers slowly start to creep onto toy shelves all around America, one kindly owner of Blitzwing and Octone; Twitter user Seth Longmire has taken the time to photograph the back of their boxes (containing their bios) and upload them to Twitter. They also took a picture of the cross-sells on Octone's box, but unfortunately it reveals no new product - Sky Shadow, Ramhorn, Misfire and of course Blitzwing were all previously confirmed. Though it is rather interesting that the Wave 4 Leader-class is appearing on the back of the Wave 5 Voyager's box, seemingly indicating he's packed in that Wave's Leader cases. In addition, if you were wondering; the same twitter user confirmed that the cross-sell is the same on Blitzwing's box, just with Octane in the Voyager spot of course. In any case, take a look at the bios below and tell us what you think in the forums!

Transformers News: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone

Transformers News: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone

Transformers News: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone


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Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881030)
Posted by Bumblebee21 on May 11th, 2017 @ 3:32pm CDT
it wouldnt mean that hes being sold in the case. wave 3 voyagers have soundwave on them. iirc
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881031)
Posted by Kurona on May 11th, 2017 @ 3:32pm CDT
Of course, the main reason I'm uploading this is to make note of the fact that Blitzwing can blow up everyone else's head with his mind.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881033)
Posted by Deadput on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:00pm CDT
So bios your saying that Octone kills Autobots with his farts?
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881034)
Posted by Seibertron on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:00pm CDT
Dear Hasbro and/or Takara,

Can we get the other two animated heads for blitzwing and the goofy marvel comics goggle eyes version of octane? That would be fantastic! Thanks!

Sincerely,
Ryan
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881035)
Posted by Kurona on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:02pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:Dear Hasbro and/or Takara,

Can we get the other two animated heads for blitzwing and the goofy marvel comics goggle eyes version of octane? That would be fantastic! Thanks!

Sincerely,
Ryan

Talking of Animated, I'm surprised the bio didn't give him the Ice/Fire powers he's had since Animated and even got transplanted onto the G1 version in Devastation. I'd be disappointed, but his new power is so awesome I don't find myself minding that much.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881040)
Posted by Deadput on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:29pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
Seibertron wrote:Dear Hasbro and/or Takara,

Can we get the other two animated heads for blitzwing and the goofy marvel comics goggle eyes version of octane? That would be fantastic! Thanks!

Sincerely,
Ryan

Talking of Animated, I'm surprised the bio didn't give him the Ice/Fire powers he's had since Animated and even got transplanted onto the G1 version in Devastation. I'd be disappointed, but his new power is so awesome I don't find myself minding that much.


A cool way to combine both powers would be something like.

"Decepticon Hazard gives Blitzwing the ability to take over the system's of other Bots and cause them to either super-heat their processors to self destruct or to overload their cooling systems freezing their sparks cold."

Something like that I bet someone could write that better.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881043)
Posted by EchoKing on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:31pm CDT
About that voyager soundwave...

Anyways I can't tell you how good these look to me, I can't wait to reprint Blitzwings purple smirk to a more g1 accurate gray.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881047)
Posted by WreckerJack on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:36pm CDT
Octone looks suspiciously like Cyclonus. Wonder why they didn't just call him Octane?
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881051)
Posted by Targetmaster Kup on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:59pm CDT
Good alternate heads for Blitzwing:

Skytread: http://amzn.to/2q6XZa2

Crashbash: http://amzn.to/2ppLlUj

Apeface: http://amzn.to/2q9QBbK

Links given so you can check how they would look.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881053)
Posted by Kurona on May 11th, 2017 @ 4:59pm CDT
WreckerJack wrote:Octone looks suspiciously like Cyclonus. Wonder why they didn't just call him Octane?

They can't for legal reasons; presumably for the same reason they can't just call Jazz Jazz or Ratchet Ratchet without a prefix - it's too general of a name and is what a specific real-life thing is called rather than having a made-up or mixed name like Optimus Prime or Starscream. Hence why in recent years he's been called Tankor more often than not in both toys and IDW. I suppose this design team wanted to be more accurate so much they found a name he's been called by that's one letter off.

Deadput wrote:
Kurona wrote:
Seibertron wrote:Dear Hasbro and/or Takara,

Can we get the other two animated heads for blitzwing and the goofy marvel comics goggle eyes version of octane? That would be fantastic! Thanks!

Sincerely,
Ryan

Talking of Animated, I'm surprised the bio didn't give him the Ice/Fire powers he's had since Animated and even got transplanted onto the G1 version in Devastation. I'd be disappointed, but his new power is so awesome I don't find myself minding that much.


A cool way to combine both powers would be something like.

"Decepticon Hazard gives Blitzwing the ability to take over the system's of other Bots and cause them to either super-heat their processors to self destruct or to overload their cooling systems freezing their sparks cold."

Something like that I bet someone could write that better.


That would be pretty cool too
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881065)
Posted by Qwan on May 11th, 2017 @ 6:01pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I haven't checked my local TRU yet, but the one I went to in AZ, the "Brand New" display for TLK was pretty unimpressive...I remember AoE had the shelves bursting with toys, maybe Hasbro & TRU are being more conservative thinking they overproduced last time, which they did...The only reason why I am mentioning TLK here is I am curious if/how it may choke out TR for a while. I hope not, but in 2014 I wasn't collecting and cant quite remember how T30 fared when AoE was dominating the shelves that summer and into the end of the year.

I admit that's something that had been on my mind for quite a while. My fears are still not quite fully assuaged but the fact that TR Wave 4 Legends just turned up near me, about two weeks after TLK stuff hit the same store, helps me feel like a lot of these stores do have a fair idea what they're doing.

In fact, as frustrating as the "premium" price hike is for TLK stuff, chances are it helps too - two different price points of Transformers are probably more likely to both get put out, than two Transformers products with the same price but just a different prefix (in their eyes).
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881068)
Posted by Optimum Supreme on May 11th, 2017 @ 6:14pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Octone looks suspiciously like Cyclonus. Wonder why they didn't just call him Octane?

They can't for legal reasons; presumably for the same reason they can't just call Jazz Jazz or Ratchet Ratchet without a prefix - it's too general of a name and is what a specific real-life thing is called rather than having a made-up or mixed name like Optimus Prime or Starscream.


Sometimes that's it, but as often as not, it's not that they can't use the name, it's that they can't secure the trademark for the name and keep others from using it. That's why the prefix loophole is used so often. Anyone might be able to call a toy Jazz or Ratchet, but add the already trademarked Autobot and it's clearly Hasbro's toy.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881077)
Posted by Kurona on May 11th, 2017 @ 6:37pm CDT
Optimum Supreme wrote:
Kurona wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Octone looks suspiciously like Cyclonus. Wonder why they didn't just call him Octane?

They can't for legal reasons; presumably for the same reason they can't just call Jazz Jazz or Ratchet Ratchet without a prefix - it's too general of a name and is what a specific real-life thing is called rather than having a made-up or mixed name like Optimus Prime or Starscream.


Sometimes that's it, but as often as not, it's not that they can't use the name, it's that they can't secure the trademark for the name and keep others from using it. That's why the prefix loophole is used so often. Anyone might be able to call a toy Jazz or Ratchet, but add the already trademarked Autobot and it's clearly Hasbro's toy.

I should've included that, yeah. You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881078)
Posted by bodrock on May 11th, 2017 @ 6:46pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
Optimum Supreme wrote:
Kurona wrote:
WreckerJack wrote:Octone looks suspiciously like Cyclonus. Wonder why they didn't just call him Octane?

They can't for legal reasons; presumably for the same reason they can't just call Jazz Jazz or Ratchet Ratchet without a prefix - it's too general of a name and is what a specific real-life thing is called rather than having a made-up or mixed name like Optimus Prime or Starscream.


Sometimes that's it, but as often as not, it's not that they can't use the name, it's that they can't secure the trademark for the name and keep others from using it. That's why the prefix loophole is used so often. Anyone might be able to call a toy Jazz or Ratchet, but add the already trademarked Autobot and it's clearly Hasbro's toy.

I should've included that, yeah. You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.


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Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881092)
Posted by Dr. Caelus on May 11th, 2017 @ 7:39pm CDT
Deadput wrote:
Kurona wrote:Talking of Animated, I'm surprised the bio didn't give him the Ice/Fire powers he's had since Animated and even got transplanted onto the G1 version in Devastation. I'd be disappointed, but his new power is so awesome I don't find myself minding that much.


A cool way to combine both powers would be something like.

"Decepticon Hazard gives Blitzwing the ability to take over the system's of other Bots and cause them to either super-heat their processors to self destruct or to overload their cooling systems freezing their sparks cold."

Something like that I bet someone could write that better.


Blitzwing, the Decepticon triplechanger brings three times the threat with his trio of Titan Masters!

In jet mode, Blitzwing is piloted by the cold-blooded and aloof Titan Master Overchill, who arms him with dual thermal reductor cannons, allowing him to ice over the wings of flying Autobots! When combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, Overchill saps the willpower of their enemies by draining the energy from their processors!

In tank mode, Blitzwing is commanded by the brutal Hot-Tread, who vents Blitzwing's excess heat energy through the Decepticon's armor plating, melting anything Blitzwing's treads don't crush! When combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, Hot-Tread overloads the processors of their enemies, causing blind rage!

Perhaps most powerful of all is the Titan Master Hazard, who triggers unpredictable, spontaneous upgrades in either of Blitzwing's alternate modes, and when combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, sews confusion across the battlefield by injecting a stream of random data and codes into the processors of anyone nearby!


Also, Octovirate Forge on Shapeways has had all three of the Animated faces up for Titan Master Blitzwing for a good long while, so it's totally doable if you don't mind sacrificing a few of your Titan Masters.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881104)
Posted by Zobovor on May 11th, 2017 @ 8:25pm CDT
Kurona wrote:You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.


That's not how trademark law works.

Words found in the dictionary are sometimes more difficult to defend as trademarks, but you absolutely can trademark them. The trick is to use the word in a unique and distinctive way. This is why you can have Apple brand computers, but not Apple brand apples.

Bowtech, Inc. currently uses the trademark Octane for a brand of archery arrow. That's the only reason Hasbro isn't able to currently use the name for Transformers (toys and sporting goods equipment are lumped together into one trademark category).
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881106)
Posted by Qwan on May 11th, 2017 @ 8:26pm CDT
Caelus wrote:
Deadput wrote:
Kurona wrote:Talking of Animated, I'm surprised the bio didn't give him the Ice/Fire powers he's had since Animated and even got transplanted onto the G1 version in Devastation. I'd be disappointed, but his new power is so awesome I don't find myself minding that much.


A cool way to combine both powers would be something like.

"Decepticon Hazard gives Blitzwing the ability to take over the system's of other Bots and cause them to either super-heat their processors to self destruct or to overload their cooling systems freezing their sparks cold."

Something like that I bet someone could write that better.


Blitzwing, the Decepticon triplechanger brings three times the threat with his trio of Titan Masters!

In jet mode, Blitzwing is piloted by the cold-blooded and aloof Titan Master Overchill, who arms him with dual thermal reductor cannons, allowing him to ice over the wings of flying Autobots! When combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, Overchill saps the willpower of their enemies by draining the energy from their processors!

In tank mode, Blitzwing is commanded by the brutal Hot-Tread, who vents Blitzwing's excess heat energy through the Decepticon's armor plating, melting anything Blitzwing's treads don't crush! When combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, Hot-Tread overloads the processors of their enemies, causing blind rage!

Perhaps most powerful of all is the Titan Master Hazard, who triggers unpredictable, spontaneous upgrades in either of Blitzwing's alternate modes, and when combined with Blitzwing in robot mode, sews confusion across the battlefield by injecting a stream of random data and codes into the processors of anyone nearby!


Also, Octovirate Forge on Shapeways has had all three of the Animated faces up for Titan Master Blitzwing for a good long while, so it's totally doable if you don't mind sacrificing a few of your Titan Masters.

That is... incredible. :shock: :BOWDOWN: Of course, it'd require more than two and a half sentences to print that on the back of a box so of course it wouldn't happen, but it's some totally fantastic bio work! Makes me want to buy those Shapeways faces now, even though I don't even have Blitzwing yet...
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881107)
Posted by Kurona on May 11th, 2017 @ 8:27pm CDT
Zobovor wrote:
Kurona wrote:You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.


That's not how trademark law works.

Words found in the dictionary are sometimes more difficult to defend as trademarks, but you absolutely can trademark them. The trick is to use the word in a unique and distinctive way. This is why you can have Apple brand computers, but not Apple brand apples.

Bowtech, Inc. currently uses the trademark Octane for a brand of archery arrow. That's the only reason Hasbro isn't able to currently use the name for Transformers (toys and sporting goods equipment are lumped together into one trademark category).

Huh, interesting. Shows what I know :P
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881117)
Posted by Seibertron on May 11th, 2017 @ 9:06pm CDT
Kurona wrote:
Zobovor wrote:
Kurona wrote:You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.


That's not how trademark law works.

Words found in the dictionary are sometimes more difficult to defend as trademarks, but you absolutely can trademark them. The trick is to use the word in a unique and distinctive way. This is why you can have Apple brand computers, but not Apple brand apples.

Bowtech, Inc. currently uses the trademark Octane for a brand of archery arrow. That's the only reason Hasbro isn't able to currently use the name for Transformers (toys and sporting goods equipment are lumped together into one trademark category).

Huh, interesting. Shows what I know :P


And sometimes Hasbro's legal team likes to err on the side of caution, hence Outback hasn't been used for years because of Outback Steakhouse, if I recall that reason from Hasbro or Fun Pub at a Botcon at some point in the past 12 years.
Re: Bios for Titans Return Blitzwing and Octone (1881130)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on May 11th, 2017 @ 10:15pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
Kurona wrote:
Zobovor wrote:
Kurona wrote:You can easily trademark Starscream as that's a made-up nonsense word that isn't the name of a real thing; but you can't trademark Octane as that's a word of a real thing you can't claim ownership of.


That's not how trademark law works.

Words found in the dictionary are sometimes more difficult to defend as trademarks, but you absolutely can trademark them. The trick is to use the word in a unique and distinctive way. This is why you can have Apple brand computers, but not Apple brand apples.

Bowtech, Inc. currently uses the trademark Octane for a brand of archery arrow. That's the only reason Hasbro isn't able to currently use the name for Transformers (toys and sporting goods equipment are lumped together into one trademark category).

Huh, interesting. Shows what I know :P


And sometimes Hasbro's legal team likes to err on the side of caution, hence Outback hasn't been used for years because of Outback Steakhouse, if I recall that reason from Hasbro or Fun Pub at a Botcon at some point in the past 12 years.


Outback Steakhouse have their name trademarked in most, if not all, categories available, just 'cause they can. Kinda like how Hasbro trademarked "Machine Robot Rescue" back in 2003, in case Bandai decided to import that line (they never did).

I'm toying with the idea of recording trademarks over the years actually, what's no longer viable, which have replacements and the like.

And curious that Sky Shadow is on the Wave 5 box instead of Overlord. That could mean he'll be released a bit later, in between Waves 5 and 6. Expect a Tail-ender Syndrome sufferer.

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