New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Thursday, July 10th, 2014 3:19pm CDT

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1 mold...2 heads...2 different sets of weapons...2 different Takara Tomy Transformers lines. This could be used to describe the next pair of subjects to be inducted into the galleries of Seibertron. Lets look at them a little more closely shall we?

Generations TG-12 Air Raid features a wildly different deco than the Hasbro offering including paint and plastic colors. This is accounted for by the fact that the Hasbro figure was originally intended to be Fireflight but changed at the last minute to Air Raid which makes Takara's offering the true Air Raid.

Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido was the first use of this mold in Japan. Shockwave has added 5mm ports on his wings to accomodate his Arms Micron partner Bido which not only serves as Shockwave's weapon but also transforms into a rhinoceros beetle. It is unfortunate however that Bido only serves as a hand held weapon instead of Shockwave's signature built in weapon hand.

If you enjoy this mold be on the lookout for our upcoming Botcon 2014 galleries which features the newest use of this mold, Brimstone. Until then click on the images below to view the full Air Raid and Shockwave galleries.

Transformers Generations Air Raid

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido


Arms Micron Shockwave

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido


Arms Micron Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido

Transformers News: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido


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Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589545)
Posted by Skywarp64 on July 10th, 2014 @ 3:51pm CDT
Funny how Hasbro's Shockwave is actually the one with the better paintjob this time around.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589550)
Posted by ScottyP on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:02pm CDT
Skywarp64 wrote:Funny how Hasbro's Shockwave is actually the one with the better paintjob this time around.


Same can be said for almost everything released under Takara's Arms Micron line where there is a Hasbro version, since AM relies heavily on stickers for decos.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589552)
Posted by Skywarp64 on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:04pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Skywarp64 wrote:Funny how Hasbro's Shockwave is actually the one with the better paintjob this time around.


Same can be said for almost everything released under Takara's Arms Micron line where there is a Hasbro version, since AM relies heavily on stickers for decos.


I guess I wouldn't know, I only recently started following transformers again.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589553)
Posted by ScottyP on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:10pm CDT
Skywarp64 wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
Skywarp64 wrote:Funny how Hasbro's Shockwave is actually the one with the better paintjob this time around.


Same can be said for almost everything released under Takara's Arms Micron line where there is a Hasbro version, since AM relies heavily on stickers for decos.


I guess I wouldn't know, I only recently started following transformers again.


Welcome back! Yeah the Takara release of most "mainline" Prime toys was pretty controversial, they traded paint for metallic stickers and microns and the success is quite hit or miss. Some of the stickers on the earlier releases have really cheap adhesive, and some are even made to go over oddly large/complex surfaces. For instance, AM-01 Optimus Prime's feet are colored in properly purely by one sticker per foot, it's not the best idea they've ever had. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this bit of unsolicited trivia :)
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589555)
Posted by xyl360 on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:18pm CDT
Skywarp64 wrote:Funny how Hasbro's Shockwave is actually the one with the better paintjob this time around.

That's debatable. I actually find Hasbro's to be a bit too dark for my tastes so I gave the Takara version the weapon from the Hasbro version and he represents FoC Shockwave on my shelf. As for actual paint apps, there's not a lot of differences between the two other than on the wings.

As for the whole Takara vs Hasbro Rhinox debate, I have both and can be counted among those who prefers Takara's. The shiny paint isn't so shiny that it makes him look 'metallic' and the color is much closer to his brown appearance in the majority of episodes of Beast Wars. The Hasbro version is far too pale for my tastes and it didn't help that they didn't paint his weapons (though those could be easily swapped between them if you've got both versions, of course).

It bothers me though that Takara didn't take the extra step of painting on the two gold lines on his shoulders even though the mold has two bits molded in that end up placed pretty much perfectly for it. It would be nice to see the mold get the 'Telemocha' treatment with a perfect/near perfect show-accurate deco one of these days.

As for Waspinator, Takara's is definitely closer to the show, although it isn't perfect and I did do some painting and parts swapping with the Hasbro version to achieve the right look. His stinger needed to be black, he needed that gold turned yellow for the stripes etc., he needed black on his head crest thingy, he needed blue for his robot mode eyes instead of white, he needed the lighter green center torso/crotch bits from the Hasbro version and he needed the 'discs' in his shoulders to be painted yellow instead of being the same green as the rest of his arms. Once that was done, he became pretty much perfect and has now replaced my customized 10th Anniversary Waspinator on my Beast Wars Season 1 Predacons shelf.

We still need proper versions of the following though, so I can replace my kitbashes and customized versions:

Cheetor (season 1)
Airazor
Tigatron
Blackarachnia (season 1-2)
Terrorsaur
Scorponok (though when painted, he's pretty much perfect)
Megatron (Season 3, he seriously needs an update as he's the coolest version of any Megatron ever, but the toy is a real letdown primarily due to his aborted 'pilot' gimmick)
Tarantulas (season 1, though when painted, he's pretty much perfect, at least in bot mode)
Optimal Optimus (if they modded the existing toy to allow those cannons to fold back and be separate from the head similar to the Titanium version, that would go a long way to fix him)

The jury is still out on Rattrap until I get both versions (Hasbro's and Takara's) in hand, and while Henkei Dinobot isn't without its flaws, with a proper sword (a silver painted version of the sword from the original Dinobot mold) he's pretty much spot-on and sizes up well with Telemocha Optimus Primal, Basics Rattrap, Telemocha Cheetor (again, custom painted) and the rest of the Axalon crew from season 1.

Anyway, I got a custom 3rd party Shapeways head for Tigatron that pretty much fixed him (along with some modding of the figure itself to fix his bot mode chest) but I'd like to see more HasTak updates (MP pleeeeeeease!!!!) and/or 3rd party Beast Wars figures to flesh out the ranks with better, more show accurate versions of the characters. There aren't that many, so it wouldn't take as long as say, trying to complete the entire G1 cast or anything so I hope someone (official or not, though I prefer official) will take up the task of doing it.

Anyway, I'm glad to see the galleries getting filled out with some of the less current stuff/lines lately. It's awesome to have this invaluable resource that is Seibertron.com become more complete.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589560)
Posted by Noideaforaname on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:26pm CDT
With how the Hasbro version's gun barrel keeps popping off, my love for bug-bots, and the color scheme not being significantly different or reliant on stickers, I kinda feel like I should've just sprung for Takara's Shockwave. *shrug* Ah well...


I like how the Air Raids look distinct from Shockwave. Like you wouldn't think repaint/retool by looking at them.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589564)
Posted by megatronus on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:39pm CDT
xyl360 wrote:Megatron (Season 3, he seriously needs an update as he's the coolest version of any Megatron ever

Really? I never would have guessed that about you. ;)
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589567)
Posted by Rated X on July 10th, 2014 @ 4:47pm CDT
Nice galleries as always Ryan. I bought the Takara Shockwave to use as a stand in for classics shockwave, but quickly replaced him on my shelf with BH Shockwave until a more G1 version comes out. Im not a fan of the Air Raid/Fireflight use of the mold. The best use so far has been Brimstone.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589626)
Posted by xyl360 on July 10th, 2014 @ 9:17pm CDT
Rated X wrote:Nice galleries as always Ryan. I bought the Takara Shockwave to use as a stand in for classics shockwave, but quickly replaced him on my shelf with BH Shockwave until a more G1 version comes out. Im not a fan of the Air Raid/Fireflight use of the mold. The best use so far has been Brimstone.

Have you seen the Takara version of Beast Hunters Shockwave? That purple metallic paint on him is quite beautiful. He's also currently my 'Classics' Shockwave.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1589627)
Posted by Sabrblade on July 10th, 2014 @ 9:25pm CDT
xyl360 wrote:
Rated X wrote:Nice galleries as always Ryan. I bought the Takara Shockwave to use as a stand in for classics shockwave, but quickly replaced him on my shelf with BH Shockwave until a more G1 version comes out. Im not a fan of the Air Raid/Fireflight use of the mold. The best use so far has been Brimstone.

Have you seen the Takara version of Beast Hunters Shockwave? That purple metallic paint on him is quite beautiful. He's also currently my 'Classics' Shockwave.
I think that's the version he was referring to. True, he only said "BH Shockwave", but I think I recall his once or twice saying how he has the Takara BH Shockwave (i.e. - Go! Hunter Shockwave).
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597034)
Posted by Mindmaster on August 6th, 2014 @ 12:13pm CDT
New gallery time! Courtesy of the photographing machine that is our site owner, Seibertron, today's subject comes from the much-revered Generations line, the newly released Voyager Roadbuster!

Roadbuster, like Whirl, is an homage to the Generation One Deluxe Vehicle of the same name, reimagined by the magic of modern engineering. Much like the earlier Generations Whirl, Roadbuster also comes with a selection of weapons that use a modular system. Want a scoped, precision-style M16-like weapon? You got it! Also included with Roadbuster is a sticker sheet, which adds even more detail on the Autobot. Check out the preliminary images below, and view the gallery by clicking the link below!

Generations Roadbuster

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Sky-Byte, that is he!
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597055)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on August 6th, 2014 @ 12:59pm CDT
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Huh, first Sky-Byte, and now Roadbuster has a peg hole for a stand like Figma and Tamashii. Do all figures have that?
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597062)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 6th, 2014 @ 1:23pm CDT
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WRECK AND RULE!
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597071)
Posted by kirbenvost on August 6th, 2014 @ 1:51pm CDT
Looking great, nice gallery! :D I'll probably leave a few of the stickers off, but he is a really awesome figure. Can't wait to display him and Whirl side-by-side.

Does the orange armor on the upper legs extend outward for robot mode? It kind of looks that way, he looks a little beefier than previous images have suggested. If so, that's a really cool feature, I'm glad they did that!
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597076)
Posted by Seibertron on August 6th, 2014 @ 2:08pm CDT
kirbenvost wrote:Looking great, nice gallery! :D I'll probably leave a few of the stickers off, but he is a really awesome figure. Can't wait to display him and Whirl side-by-side.

Does the orange armor on the upper legs extend outward for robot mode? It kind of looks that way, he looks a little beefier than previous images have suggested. If so, that's a really cool feature, I'm glad they did that!


It doesn't do that. The upper leg is one piece of plastic.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597078)
Posted by Yweggo on August 6th, 2014 @ 2:24pm CDT
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Huh, first Sky-Byte, and now Roadbuster has a peg hole for a stand like Figma and Tamashii. Do all figures have that?

I know some of the AOE Dinos have them, so... maybe?
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597084)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 6th, 2014 @ 2:35pm CDT
Yweggo wrote:
JelZe GoldRabbit wrote:Huh, first Sky-Byte, and now Roadbuster has a peg hole for a stand like Figma and Tamashii. Do all figures have that?

I know some of the AOE Dinos have them, so... maybe?

Ahhh so that's what that hole is under AoE Slugs tail. I was wondring about that.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597104)
Posted by kirbenvost on August 6th, 2014 @ 4:05pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
kirbenvost wrote:Looking great, nice gallery! :D I'll probably leave a few of the stickers off, but he is a really awesome figure. Can't wait to display him and Whirl side-by-side.

Does the orange armor on the upper legs extend outward for robot mode? It kind of looks that way, he looks a little beefier than previous images have suggested. If so, that's a really cool feature, I'm glad they did that!


It doesn't do that. The upper leg is one piece of plastic.


Ah, I see. Must just be the camera angles. Anyway, it looks great!
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597132)
Posted by Tigertrack on August 6th, 2014 @ 6:33pm CDT
I can be convinced to want this.
Re: New Galleries: Generations TG-12 Air Raid and Arms Micron AM-29 Shockwave with Bido (1597135)
Posted by Seibertron on August 6th, 2014 @ 6:35pm CDT
Tigertrack wrote:I can be convinced to want this.


Tigertrack says: "You must buy Generations Voyager Class Roadbuster!"

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