New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind

Transformers News: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind

Sunday, March 14th, 2010 10:58PM CDT

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Feeling like some PCC? We're talking about the Power Core Combiners, one of the new Transformers toylines to launch in 2010. Transformers Insider and Energon Pub member s250 has received images of two of the sets that we will be seeing - Smolder with Chopster, and Searchlight with Backwind. Check the figures out, along with their minifriends below!

Smolder with Chopster
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Searchlight with Backwind
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If you missed out on our fantastic coverage on the 2010 Toy Fair, then you can check out stock images of the two sets below.
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Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054523)
Posted by Blurrz on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:06pm CDT
This line was made for me. Thank you Hasbro.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054524)
Posted by Counterpunch on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:14pm CDT
I'm going to be honest. This years offerings are causing me to lose interest. :-(
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054526)
Posted by Blurrz on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:16pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:I'm going to be honest. This years offerings are causing me to lose interest. :-(

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You're not liking the mini-con crack? That's a surprise. [/color]
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054527)
Posted by Counterpunch on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:21pm CDT
Blurrz wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:I'm going to be honest. This years offerings are causing me to lose interest. :-(

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You're not liking the mini-con crack? That's a surprise. [/color]


They're fine. By comparison to the ones we've got previously, not so good though.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054532)
Posted by JRFitzpatrick7 on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:40pm CDT
liking these both a lot, i think this line is my favorite of this year, at the moment that is. i still want the classic-y stuff of coarse, but these duo sets are an affordable pair and i'm loving that these guys have so much play-a-bility! Also, i'm working on an armada collection, who's got tips for collecting all those delectable little morselcons? by "working on", i mean i have maybe 12 so far... perhaps i am in over my head

Also, Counterpunch, you usually have a snarky, well aimed and timed comment but so far today they are filled with sadness. this saddens me /sadface
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054535)
Posted by Blurrz on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:46pm CDT
JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:liking these both a lot, i think this line is my favorite of this year, at the moment that is. i still want the classic-y stuff of coarse, but these duo sets are an affordable pair and i'm loving that these guys have so much play-a-bility! Also, i'm working on an armada collection, who's got tips for collecting all those delectable little morselcons? by "working on", i mean i have maybe 12 so far

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Armada tends to go for a pretty low price in Buy Sell Trade Forums across the Transformers web. I don't think you need any help in ways of suggestions.. just know that every Mini-con is a wonderful sculpted mini-Transformer. I'd say that these PCC little guys aren't truly mini-cons, as they don't have any alternate mode![/color]
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054538)
Posted by JRFitzpatrick7 on March 14th, 2010 @ 11:54pm CDT
Blurrz wrote:
JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:liking these both a lot, i think this line is my favorite of this year, at the moment that is. i still want the classic-y stuff of coarse, but these duo sets are an affordable pair and i'm loving that these guys have so much play-a-bility! Also, i'm working on an armada collection, who's got tips for collecting all those delectable little morselcons? by "working on", i mean i have maybe 12 so far

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Armada tends to go for a pretty low price in Buy Sell Trade Forums across the Transformers web. I don't think you need any help in ways of suggestions.. just know that every Mini-con is a wonderful sculpted mini-Transformer.[/color]

The price isnt exactly the issue so much as its keeping track of all the minicons, i've seen pictures on this forum of collections that cover good sized tables. Intimidating is the word that comes to mind.

[quote]I'd say that these PCC little guys aren't truly mini-cons, as they don't have any alternate mode![/quote]


I've been thinking of them as a sort of Nebulan partner (though, rather departed from the target masters of so long ago), a weapon buddy for the 2 pack commanders. i simply view them as minicons who's alt mode is a turret, buzzsaw, whatever. Though since i don't have many minicons to compare to eachother and since we haven't seen any side by sides of old and new, I guess i don't know if I'll call them minicons either.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054540)
Posted by zenosaurus_x on March 15th, 2010 @ 12:14am CDT
While I DO love Minicons(or targetmasters or WHATEVER these things are)....there's no way these could fit with movie-verse stuff....and I don't know, they aren't all THAT cool to me...too out of scale.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054541)
Posted by Blurrz on March 15th, 2010 @ 12:17am CDT
JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:
Blurrz wrote:
JRFitzpatrick7 wrote:liking these both a lot, i think this line is my favorite of this year, at the moment that is. i still want the classic-y stuff of coarse, but these duo sets are an affordable pair and i'm loving that these guys have so much play-a-bility! Also, i'm working on an armada collection, who's got tips for collecting all those delectable little morselcons? by "working on", i mean i have maybe 12 so far

[color=teal]
Armada tends to go for a pretty low price in Buy Sell Trade Forums across the Transformers web. I don't think you need any help in ways of suggestions.. just know that every Mini-con is a wonderful sculpted mini-Transformer.[/color]

The price isnt exactly the issue so much as its keeping track of all the minicons, i've seen pictures on this forum of collections that cover good sized tables. Intimidating is the word that comes to mind.[/color]

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You've got to set your goals right now, whether or not you want to collect just Hasbro Armada. There itself, there's only about 10-15 mini-con 3-packs, repaints included, and the rest is just the toyline itself. [/color]
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054547)
Posted by Megatron Wolf on March 15th, 2010 @ 12:44am CDT
Not crazy about the clear plastic. So far i like what im seeing in this line. Ive been wanting target masters to come back and i guess they have, well kinda.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054551)
Posted by Aluus on March 15th, 2010 @ 12:54am CDT
It seems like everytime hasbro works in a gimmick the quality of the figures goes down. Haven't they learned anything yet? So far some of their best lines have been classics/universe 2.0, animated and ROTF, particularly all the non-movie figures.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054552)
Posted by Blurrz on March 15th, 2010 @ 1:14am CDT
Aluus wrote:It seems like everytime hasbro works in a gimmick the quality of the figures goes down. Haven't they learned anything yet? So far some of their best lines have been classics/universe 2.0, animated and ROTF, particularly all the non-movie figures.

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Their best? Those were the only lines last year. Historically Targetmasters, Headmasters, Powermasters, Armada and Energon, all chalk full of gimmicks, tend to be fan favourites, have all sold quite well, and have hooked new kids into Transformers. Animated was a marina full of QC problems, bad paintjobs, terrible distribution and half the cartoon cast didn't even receive toys. Universe 2.0 was a failure compared to Classics. Distribution was terrible, some figures didn't even have a chance off the assembly line (Ironhide). ROTF had repaints and remolds in the first waves. Compared to the 2007 Movie line, ROTF has been pretty awful overall, I gave up after Deluxe Mudflap shit the bed. Repaints were unoriginal, too many bloody Bumblebees, and half of the figures still shelfwarm. The only saving grace is that several of the figures aimed for 'Generations, Bludgeon for example, was released in ROTF to bring interest back into the line.

Hasbro's going back to their roots. PCC is aimed for the younger Generation, Generations for the older, and 'Transformers' for the movie-verse group. I believe all lines will sell well. [/color]
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054560)
Posted by Oilspill on March 15th, 2010 @ 2:16am CDT
The Backwind guy looks fairly nicely articulated for such a small guy. I like that.

Not really interested in the line though. It's not a bad idea, I just don't really love the look of the base figures and I dislike the clear plastic for the little partners.

If these guys are going to be in the show, I wonder if they'll be essentially made of energy? Why else have this clear plastic?
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054562)
Posted by Burn on March 15th, 2010 @ 2:30am CDT
I missed the days when a TF's only gimmick was that it transformed.

Smolder/Chopster look okay, but Searchlight/Backwind just don't work. That mini-con thing ... whatever it is, is just too large for what it's attached to.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054582)
Posted by Nekoman on March 15th, 2010 @ 5:54am CDT
Hm, I like the larger figures, but those crazy translucent mini-target-whatever mastercons aren't doing it for me. 8-}
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054593)
Posted by --B-- on March 15th, 2010 @ 6:53am CDT
Man, who the heck has been designing the face molds for this line :SICK:

They are finally getting away from the movie-robo-skeleton look, but the faces/heads are still too creature-ish.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054597)
Posted by Razorclaw0000 on March 15th, 2010 @ 7:25am CDT
I like them, and I can't wait for ten thousand crazy repaints of the minicons in Japan.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054599)
Posted by heltskelt on March 15th, 2010 @ 7:26am CDT
Smolder looks alright, but Searchlight has a lazy alt mode and a messy robot mode. I'm drawn to the mini-bots, as i was to the minicons, but Searchlight's partner looks ridiculous when attached in alt mode. Overall, i'm probably gonna skip this line.
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054602)
Posted by Down_Shift on March 15th, 2010 @ 7:32am CDT
The only thing I can say that I like for now is that smolder is a dead ringer for Inferno / Artfire. The head is very similar to Universe Inferno
Re: New Images of Power Core Combiners - Smolder with Chopster and Searchlight with Backwind (1054603)
Posted by Mykltron on March 15th, 2010 @ 7:34am CDT
That's a disappointingly small gallery. Not keen on the red one, but the other one might need buying.

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