Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Monday, August 6th, 2018 8:50pm CDT

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I got the Walmart G1 reissue Devastator, ripped him open, and have thoroughly done all my "tests". The last time he was released (Encore #20 and #20A) the QC was pretty poor, so I'm sure a lot of people are wondering how this one will measure up. Also due to his steep price tag (100 CAD/75 USD) buying one of these might be considered quite a leap of faith.

For once folks, our faith has been rewarded.
He. Feels. GREAT. And I seriously hope it's not just my copy.
Each individual figure looks and feels fantastic. The plastic is top notch, and everything is tight and solid. The only thing so far that's worried me was Longhauls right arm was hard to pull out the first time, but since then its felt fine. Everybody transforms nicely and everything works (which is nice because one of the heads on my 20A broke and got lost inside his body).

Put'em all together, and you also get a pretty solid Devastator. I mean, he's not that solid to begin with but I doubt he could be any better than this one. All this kinda makes me sad that the beautifully painted 20A was such a dud.

But is he worth the steep cost of admission? I really think he is. The only negative I can come up with it the two shades of green plastic he seems to have, but I personally have no idea how Encore #20 (proper) or the original was. For a crisp quality G1 Devs, you can't do better than this unless you're dead set on proper vintage. I highly recommend him ;)^

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

Transformers News: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue

*Don't mind my dusty 20A*

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Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976929)
Posted by Quantum Surge on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:03pm CDT
I'm actually interested in getting the G1 reissues (mainly to go with CHUG versions of characters I own that have an affordable G1 counterpart, and right now I have Optimus and Motormaster), but I want to wait for these to go on clearance. I don't think that they'll sell as well in my specific Walmarts, but we'll see.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976930)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:07pm CDT
Quantum Surge wrote:I'm actually interested in getting the G1 reissues (mainly to go with CHUG versions of characters I own that have an affordable G1 counterpart, and right now I have Optimus and Motormaster), but I want to wait for these to go on clearance. I don't think that they'll sell as well in my specific Walmarts, but we'll see.


Don't get your hopes too high. The SCALPERS will snatch all these sets up before any sale ever happen. My only hope is that there's a silly over production of those reissues, just to shaft the scalpers good.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976931)
Posted by shajaki on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:14pm CDT
Scalpers or not, I hope these reissues sell well. Because I want to see at least ONE of these reissue lines survive long enough to get through the same old "must haves" before it dies. That way we can get some good stuff that deserves to see the light of day again!
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976932)
Posted by Quantum Surge on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:14pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:
Quantum Surge wrote:I'm actually interested in getting the G1 reissues (mainly to go with CHUG versions of characters I own that have an affordable G1 counterpart, and right now I have Optimus and Motormaster), but I want to wait for these to go on clearance. I don't think that they'll sell as well in my specific Walmarts, but we'll see.


Don't get your hopes too high. The SCALPERS will snatch all these sets up before any sale ever happen. My only hope is that there's a silly over production of those reissues, just to shaft the scalpers good.

I mean yeah, the slagging scalpers are one concern, but don't they already have enough G1 reissues? I mean I get someone wants to have as many variants of the same G1 toy as possible (Commemorative Series, Collection, Encore, Platinum Edition), and yes I am sure that there's G1 fans that don't buy Takara, but judging by at least the Walmart closest to me, Black Series, Marvel Legends of even popular characters, and the legacy 5 inch MMPR figures (as well as the 6 inch ones) were still on pegs for a while. I know they're different toys with collector market values than the G1 toys, but I'm only going by what my stores have. I can't speak for anyone else's stores unless they have something to say, but pipe up if you want to bring up how distribution on your stores treats collectors' items.

So yeah, I'm not keeping my fingers crossed knowing scalpers, but I'm confident to say judging what warms pegs in my place, I faintly expect a small clearance sale.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976934)
Posted by DeathReviews on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:17pm CDT
Fans of the G1 Constructicons will be pleased. But I'm sticking with the newer, bigger, superior CW set.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976935)
Posted by Cobotron on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:20pm CDT
shajaki wrote:Scalpers or not, I hope these reissues sell well. Because I want to see at least ONE of these reissue lines survive long enough to get through the same old "must haves" before it dies. That way we can get some good stuff that deserves to see the light of day again!

HEEEEAAAADMASTERS!!!!!!! :BOOM:
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976937)
Posted by Tommy T. on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:22pm CDT
I'm hoping they sell well too, I will pick them up if I see them in store. But probably wont buy them online. But I still hope they give us g1 rainmakers and other obscure guys . Clampdown, tigertrack, soundblaster ext.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976938)
Posted by shajaki on August 6th, 2018 @ 9:29pm CDT
Cobotron wrote:
shajaki wrote:Scalpers or not, I hope these reissues sell well. Because I want to see at least ONE of these reissue lines survive long enough to get through the same old "must haves" before it dies. That way we can get some good stuff that deserves to see the light of day again!
HEEEEAAAADMASTERS!!!!!!! :BOOM:
Right?! Like, literally anything past Season 2 please. I'm more partial to Powermasters (BESIDES Prime) as I had more of those. For Headmasters I think I only had Siren :-?
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976959)
Posted by nycPrime on August 6th, 2018 @ 10:38pm CDT
I totally want more G1 reissues. I only started collecting fairly recently, so only have a few G1 reissues from the Platinum Series line. I don't think I'll get them all, but I'm all in on Devy, Starscream, Hot Rod, and Bee. I really hope they reissue more.

I've come across news/rumors that some of the old molds are no longer available. Do we know if Optimus, the Datsuns, and the dinobots molds are still available? Would love me some of that!
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976960)
Posted by Burn on August 6th, 2018 @ 10:41pm CDT
shajaki wrote:
Cobotron wrote:
shajaki wrote:Scalpers or not, I hope these reissues sell well. Because I want to see at least ONE of these reissue lines survive long enough to get through the same old "must haves" before it dies. That way we can get some good stuff that deserves to see the light of day again!
HEEEEAAAADMASTERS!!!!!!! :BOOM:
Right?! Like, literally anything past Season 2 please. I'm more partial to Powermasters (BESIDES Prime) as I had more of those. For Headmasters I think I only had Siren :-?

I think it's high time the US got releases of the European G1.5 figures.

Because everybody needs a Stalker in their life.
8-)
(But really I'm down for anything past S3 as that's where my stragglers are)
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976961)
Posted by william-james88 on August 6th, 2018 @ 11:07pm CDT
nycPrime wrote:I totally want more G1 reissues. I only started collecting fairly recently, so only have a few G1 reissues from the Platinum Series line. I don't think I'll get them all, but I'm all in on Devy, Starscream, Hot Rod, and Bee. I really hope they reissue more.

I've come across news/rumors that some of the old molds are no longer available. Do we know if Optimus, the Datsuns, and the dinobots molds are still available? Would love me some of that!


Optimus and Datsuns yes. But the dinobot molds are long gone
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976962)
Posted by Jelze Bunnycat on August 6th, 2018 @ 11:51pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
nycPrime wrote:I totally want more G1 reissues. I only started collecting fairly recently, so only have a few G1 reissues from the Platinum Series line. I don't think I'll get them all, but I'm all in on Devy, Starscream, Hot Rod, and Bee. I really hope they reissue more.

I've come across news/rumors that some of the old molds are no longer available. Do we know if Optimus, the Datsuns, and the dinobots molds are still available? Would love me some of that!


Optimus and Datsuns yes. But the dinobot molds are long gone


Lost, not gone. :) Mirage is one of them as well (though the cigarette ads on his toy may be another factor preventing his reissues), and Sunstreaker is rumored, but not confirmed, lost. One mold that's definitely confirmed broken is G1 Wheeljack.

However, as the SDCC Dino Cassettes have proven, if the master 2-up model is still intact, new molds can be created from it.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976965)
Posted by fenrir72 on August 7th, 2018 @ 12:35am CDT
shajaki wrote:I got the Walmart G1 reissue Devastator, ripped him open, and have thoroughly done all my "tests". The last time he was released (Encore #20 and #20A) the QC was pretty poor, so I'm sure a lot of people are wondering how this one will measure up. Also due to his steep price tag (100 CAD/75 USD) buying one of these might be considered quite a leap of faith.

For once folks, our faith has been rewarded.
He. Feels. GREAT. And I seriously hope it's not just my copy.
Each individual figure looks and feels fantastic. The plastic is top notch, and everything is tight and solid. The only thing so far that's worried me was Longhauls right arm was hard to pull out the first time, but since then its felt fine. Everybody transforms nicely and everything works (which is nice because one of the heads on my 20A broke and got lost inside his body).

Put'em all together, and you also get a pretty solid Devastator. I mean, he's not that solid to begin with but I doubt he could be any better than this one. All this kinda makes me sad that the beautifully painted 20A was such a dud.

But is he worth the steep cost of admission? I really think he is. The only negative I can come up with it the two shades of green plastic he seems to have, but I personally have no idea how Encore #20 (proper) or the original was. For a crisp quality G1 Devs, you can't do better than this unless you're dead set on proper vintage. I highly recommend him ;)^

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What were your issues with 20 and 20A?

My 20A had lots of fingerprints on the chrome. And the "anime" color was a bit more anemic acovado green. Aside from that, the fig overall was good. same with 20.

Does your Hb have functional missile launchers?
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976982)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 7th, 2018 @ 4:28am CDT
shajaki wrote:
Cobotron wrote:
shajaki wrote:Scalpers or not, I hope these reissues sell well. Because I want to see at least ONE of these reissue lines survive long enough to get through the same old "must haves" before it dies. That way we can get some good stuff that deserves to see the light of day again!
HEEEEAAAADMASTERS!!!!!!! :BOOM:
Right?! Like, literally anything past Season 2 please. I'm more partial to Powermasters (BESIDES Prime) as I had more of those. For Headmasters I think I only had Siren :-?


If they ever reissue some headmasters or powermasters or even targetmasters, I wouldn't mind if those reissues would be different from the originals. First, no stickers. Tampos only. This way, it will set them clearly appart from the originals. Second, they could fix various issues like too fragile tabs for the powermasters and for Trigger Happy. Plus that infamous floppy wing on Brainstorm.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976991)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 7th, 2018 @ 7:21am CDT
Wait, why is Mixmaster's vehicle mode front black?
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1976994)
Posted by carytheone on August 7th, 2018 @ 7:25am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Wait, why is Mixmaster's vehicle mode front black?
Looks like an unfortunate lighting situation combined with a reflection from the shelf. The in tray pics appear normal. Most of the silver and chrome bits look pretty dark in the pics.

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Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1977013)
Posted by Delicon on August 7th, 2018 @ 9:31am CDT
Calling $75 steep for this is just silly considering what the originals and past Devy reissues go for. I was very pleasantly surprised that it was only that much.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1977022)
Posted by ZeroWolf on August 7th, 2018 @ 10:18am CDT
Delicon wrote:Calling $75 steep for this is just silly considering what the originals and past Devy reissues go for. I was very pleasantly surprised that it was only that much.

I don't know, in shaj's review, devy is only a little bit taller than generations scavenger who is roughly voyager sized. As I said, this is good for those that want him but not for me.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1977030)
Posted by Black Bumblebee on August 7th, 2018 @ 11:02am CDT
When it comes to G1 reissues... unless it's an extremely hard to find toy (like those Japan exclusive dino tapes), I want it to be "different." G1 Devi, Hot Rod, Starscream... they're pretty easy to find, and with no significant changes, are an easy pass. Giving SS the Megatron gun would be a pull if I didn't already have that, so kudos there.

I want to see Devie done in Diaclone colors. I want to see a Shattered Glass Perseus color scheme. The anime version from a few years back? Gimmie. Hell, I'll even go for an arctic camo battle color. Just something "different." But just standard same old same old... meh. That's what ebay's for.
Re: Pictorial Review for 2018 Transformers G1 Devastator Reissue (1977036)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 7th, 2018 @ 11:26am CDT
Different like the latest Astrotrain and Blitzwing. Those were unique plus a nice niche hommage. We need more like these.

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