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Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews

Transformers News: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews

Sunday, July 30th, 2023 11:06PM CDT

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Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron is out there... a bit. Him and Rhinox are slowly being distributed across both the US and Canada. Some specialty retailers got their copies in, and smaller retailers too, which is why some Americans may find this wave at Gamestop. If ever you are curious about this Megatron, we have a video review and pictorial review for you below. The pictorial review is from out very own Kanrabat, and we have a nice shot comparing him to the previous version. You'll let us know what you think!

-Kanrabat- wrote:Got Gamer Megatron!
Here's my impressions.

The bot is fantastic looking. I love his arm canon but his mace is ridiculous. The overal proportions of the bot are on point and his colors are superb.

But there's one glaring flaw. He just have ONE hard click of articulation in his knees! As if those are no knees, but transformation joints. In today's days and ages, it's baffling.

That's the ONLY way the knees can bend. No further than that. Unless you start transforming the legs.

Compared to the original Generations deluxe (in all its yellowed glory), the SS Gamer Megatron is barely any bigger. He still looks way better.

Contrary to the original, Gamer Megs have NO hollow parts. At all! Even the "hollow" on his back don't count because the multi-headed mushroom peg act as a "spinal column". There is not even any hollows inside of his legs nor his arms. A true miracle.

The transformation was easy to figure out despite the altmode being Cybertronian. There's many interesting steps and the transformation was very satisfying to do.

The only hollow part of the vehicle is an "exhaust port" at the back. Much less egregious than on Gamer Optimus. Of course, storing the giant mace on top of the vehicle ruins the look.

The vehicle is barely bigger than the deluxe original, but it's more cohesive all around.


Overall, Gamer Megatron is worth getting at full price. I was blown away by him. I don't think he'll need any upgrade kits to be truly complete like for Gamer Optimus. But I'm looking forward the Reprolabels to make him look even better.


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Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166054)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on July 31st, 2023 @ 4:35am CDT
I adore my Gamer Megs, but I really wonder what's up with that knee design? :-?
And if those are indeed misassembled, they are held in with a pin, making any modding very difficult.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166075)
Posted by Emerje on July 31st, 2023 @ 10:24am CDT
Often when talking about Studio Series and the progression from live action movies to animation to video games the question of what exactly is a "studio" comes up. Thanks to a Q&A held by TFW2005 with the Hasbro Transformers team (and thanks to Seibertronian Munkky for bringing this to our attention) we get some insight into just what qualifies as a studio. The short answer is, well, basically everything including comic books.

Q: So we kind of hit on this with the comic talk, but just to elaborate – first we had 86, now we have Gamer Edition expanding Studio Series even more. What sort of other things could happen?
A: Anything that’s technically a studio could be on the table. We’re trying to look at that and make sure that it’s authentic to what Studio Series is. We don’t want to just shoehorn everything into Studio Series, but we do know that there are opportunities to grow the brand. We always say from screen to toy. And a lot of people read comic books on screens now.

Q: Hasbro turns the tables! Asks us if we’d consider comic publishers as studios, and that they could live in the Studio Series segment?
A: Led to a small back-and-forth on this subject, but in short it seems Hasbro may be interested in something like this.

On that note, they also talked about what games they're open to doing in the Gamer Edition line.

Q: For Gamer Edition, is it limited to just WFC or will FOC (Dinobots, Bruticus, etc) and all the Transformers games be included?
A: Pretty much all of it. Think the clear winner will probably be, everybody wants some Devastation stuff, we need to figure out how to do some cell shading for it. Continuing from WFC, think FOC is on the table. Team has even joked about doing Mystery of Convoy, doing some sort of dot deco or something like that. We have the Ultra Magnus now and we have the Rodimus from Kingdom, it’s like why not. Why not some N64 Transmetals too? We can get some of that in there, there’s a lot of options. If it’s been in a video game, we have the opportunity to look at it, taking a little bit of a cue from what the Star Wars team did with their gamer stuff. There’s no licensing issues, we own all of that, it’s all on the table for us. But with the live action movie stuff, there’s always that stuff going on, you still have to deal with Paramount and the licensors.

Could we really see the Studio Series line become the home of Beast Wars Transmetals figures or future and former Commander Class figures done up for Mystery of Convoy for the Nintendo Famicom? Time will tell!

Final big piece of news that's currently making its rounds on video game news channels is the current status of Activision's Transformers games. It's a mixed bag, but the team seems optimistic about these being available again. Turns out licensing was never the issue as has long been speculated.

Q: Possible to re-release the Activision TF games to coincide with Gamer Edition?
A: Sadly, apparently Activision’s not sure what hard drives they’re on in their building. When a company eats a company that eats a company things get lost, and that’s very frustrating. Hope is that now that the deal is moving forward with Microsoft and Xbox that they’ll go through all of the archives and every hard drive to find it all, because it’s an easy Game Pass add. We want those games back up for people to have a chance to play.

Q: How did that impact the process of making Gamer Edition?
A: Sam had to load up the games on older platforms because there were some deco details we couldn’t find – we have the CAD, but it’s not colored. So we had to find some of the character details within the games themselves.

Q: So you do have some of the game assets then?
A: We do, but it’s very interesting. FOC, we have everything. For WFC, we had to rip it ourselves, because they could not find it – they kept sending concept art instead, which we didn’t want, we need the CAD. So we booted up an old computer and ripped them all out from there. Which was a learning experience and a long weekend, because we just wanted to get it right, so that’s why we did it like that.

Hopefully Activision finds those hard drives, fans have been begging for new opportunities to play those games for years now.

TFW2005 also did a very lengthy solo Q&A with Evan where he talks about figures he'd like to make, what is and isn't possible, and whatever happened to that Takara Armada Optimus Prime prototype among many other things. It's a very extensive read so check it out the link at the top of the page.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166079)
Posted by Bumblevivisector on July 31st, 2023 @ 11:14am CDT
N64 Transmetals?

Which could, in theory, mean Transmetal reissues with shiny paint instead of flakey vac-metal chrome?!?

And here I started the article thinking I'd be most excited about the "studio" definition being stretched to include comic stuff, opening up the possibility of more Marvel book characters.

They could even do monochrome repaints of G2 stuff and claim it's accurate to that Tiger LCD game!
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166081)
Posted by DeathReviews on July 31st, 2023 @ 11:21am CDT
Based on the reviews, I actually cancelled my pre-order for Gamerverse Megatron. Even though I'm a fan of Megatron as a character, this just didn't seem like enough of an update to be shelf-worthy. It's really small, and the only thing that might include enough plastic to make it a voyager is that big mace. And I don't think the mace looks all that good. The alt mode has a lot of gaps, the robot mode has articulation issues. Maybe if I find it on discount someplace, but I didn't see this being worth full price. It's even less of a 'voyager' than SS 86 Ironhide.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166092)
Posted by blackeyedprime on July 31st, 2023 @ 12:01pm CDT
Cell shaded runamuck and runabout generics seems only a matter of time now :)

or there was the Super Nintendo Transformer at one point in Japan


from tfw2005 question about collabs answer from hasbro. What, where and when or was that an answer given by the guy that really should have more/some product knowledge? :(

On the bright side googling stuff, g1 megatron custom in NES zapper colors is amazing.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166094)
Posted by -Crossfire- on July 31st, 2023 @ 12:50pm CDT
INJECT DEVASTATION-RELATED ITEMS DIRECTLY INTO MY VEINS PLEASE

It would be really nice to get updated FOC figures. 2011-2012 were such poor years for mainline figures quality-wise.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166095)
Posted by Razorbeast88 on July 31st, 2023 @ 1:10pm CDT
Sign me up for studio series idw and n64 transmetals, pls and thx
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166096)
Posted by Razorbeast88 on July 31st, 2023 @ 1:11pm CDT
Studio series straxus and rack n ruin from comics would be nice too
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166097)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on July 31st, 2023 @ 1:12pm CDT
Anyone remember the PS2 Armada game that came out in the early 2000's? Such a great game, and honestly still holds up even by today's standards. With Armada getting so much attention again (finally), I would love to see something come out of that. The Decepticlones from that all sport awesome designs that could span various size classes. Also, a perfect opportunity to create some army building like they mentioned. The Mini-cons in that game also had some badass and interesting designs as well.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166098)
Posted by Razorbeast88 on July 31st, 2023 @ 1:13pm CDT
Studio series Beast wars the gathering ahaha
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166099)
Posted by Stormshot_Prime on July 31st, 2023 @ 1:17pm CDT
Razorbeast88 wrote:Studio series Beast wars the gathering ahaha


THIS right here. I'm such a sucker for Beast Era characters in cybertronian/vehicular bodies. That comic had SO many good designs.

Still sad I'll never be able to own that BotCon set with the pre-Earth Maximals and a couple preds.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166100)
Posted by Rtron on July 31st, 2023 @ 2:17pm CDT
Stormshot_Prime wrote:
Razorbeast88 wrote:Studio series Beast wars the gathering ahaha


THIS right here. I'm such a sucker for Beast Era characters in cybertronian/vehicular bodies. That comic had SO many good designs.

Still sad I'll never be able to own that BotCon set with the pre-Earth Maximals and a couple preds.


Agree on the Botcon thing, but Hasbro could do new ones of those if they wanted: Studio Series Hot Rod repainted as Cheetor would be awesome. The other day I saw a custom of Iguanus as Rattrap, it looked excellent. A slightly remolded Galvatron would make a great Cybertronian Megatron too. Or, hey, maybe even entirely new molds, now that the beast boys are a little more widely recognized.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166104)
Posted by NotFrankeSisto on July 31st, 2023 @ 3:18pm CDT
"Why not some N64 Transmetals too?"

Ho. Ly. CRAP. Honest to God the LAST thing I expected to read clicking on this article. :michaelbay:

I thought for sure Hasbro would forget that game even existed - I still have the working cartridge for my N64 and I still boot it up from time to time.

Honestly? I'd say its likely they go to this particular well when you consider that (IIRC) we seemingly don't have any Beast Era figures on the horizon.

Yeah they'll likely just be reissues with updated decos at best... but I'll still be honest and say that this was day-making news for me - I even let out an audible "WOW" when I read it.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166122)
Posted by Emerje on July 31st, 2023 @ 8:43pm CDT
Bumblevivisector wrote:N64 Transmetals?

Which could, in theory, mean Transmetal reissues with shiny paint instead of flakey vac-metal chrome?!?

I don't know that they would go that far, not in Studio Series anyway since that line doesn't do vintage reissues, but if they were ever to do Legacy (or whatever) Transmetals I could see them maybe getting a Buzzworthy Gamer Edition repaint.

blackeyedprime wrote:
or there was the Super Nintendo Transformer at one point in Japan


from tfw2005 question about collabs answer from hasbro. What, where and when or was that an answer given by the guy that really should have more/some product knowledge? :(

On the bright side googling stuff, g1 megatron custom in NES zapper colors is amazing.

Yeah, there was a couple times where he misspoke a bit. I think he got confused thinking the transforming Playstation or Genesis was an SNES. Of course if they did do their own PS or Genesis it would be a new character and not Op or Megs.

Emerje
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166133)
Posted by noctorro on August 1st, 2023 @ 3:44am CDT
This is good news people!

It looks like there are still some devoted and passionate people up in the Hasbro's.
Would be awesome for more War For Cybertron / Fall of Cybertron Transformers toys.
And hopefully a relaunch of the two games with online play (I LOVE WFC Escalation).

Everybody with me, WFC Slipstream in Studio Series, WFC Slipstream in Studio Series!
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166135)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 1st, 2023 @ 4:36am CDT
A remake of FOC Bruticus is long overdue.

Also, if Commanders are now in SS, why not TITANS?

A proper FOC Omega Supreme, Trypticon, and Metroplex, would would be their own molds, would be awesome. But we all know that a proper G1 Metroplex would take priority over all of this.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166172)
Posted by Emerje on August 1st, 2023 @ 5:19pm CDT
-Kanrabat- wrote:A proper FOC Omega Supreme, Trypticon, and Metroplex, would would be their own molds, would be awesome. But we all know that a proper G1 Metroplex would take priority over all of this.

In Evan's portion of the Q&A he says he wants to do FOC Trypticon so there's a chance! I think if he can get the higher ups onboard it could happen.

Q: Overall, what is the Gamer Edition fig you’d most like to do?
A: Titan Trypticon, or Fall of Cybertron Combaticons.

Emerje
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166179)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 1st, 2023 @ 5:51pm CDT
Emerje wrote:Final big piece of news that's currently making its rounds on video game news channels is the current status of Activision's Transformers games. It's a mixed bag, but the team seems optimistic about these being available again. Turns out licensing was never the issue as has long been speculated.

Q: Possible to re-release the Activision TF games to coincide with Gamer Edition?
A: Sadly, apparently Activision’s not sure what hard drives they’re on in their building. When a company eats a company that eats a company things get lost, and that’s very frustrating. Hope is that now that the deal is moving forward with Microsoft and Xbox that they’ll go through all of the archives and every hard drive to find it all, because it’s an easy Game Pass add. We want those games back up for people to have a chance to play.

Q: How did that impact the process of making Gamer Edition?
A: Sam had to load up the games on older platforms because there were some deco details we couldn’t find – we have the CAD, but it’s not colored. So we had to find some of the character details within the games themselves.

Q: So you do have some of the game assets then?
A: We do, but it’s very interesting. FOC, we have everything. For WFC, we had to rip it ourselves, because they could not find it – they kept sending concept art instead, which we didn’t want, we need the CAD. So we booted up an old computer and ripped them all out from there. Which was a learning experience and a long weekend, because we just wanted to get it right, so that’s why we did it like that.

Hopefully Activision finds those hard drives, fans have been begging for new opportunities to play those games for years now.
Hasbro has released an official statement on this. The "lost game code" statement in the Q&A was an error, and Hasbro reached out to The Allspark to clear the air on this since other gaming news sites are spreading it like a rumor and reporting it as fact.

“To clarify, comments that suggest TRANSFORMERS games have been lost were made in error. We apologize to Activision and regret any confusion; they’ve been great partners, and we look forward to future opportunities to work together.”
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166182)
Posted by Emerje on August 1st, 2023 @ 6:09pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Emerje wrote:Final big piece of news that's currently making its rounds on video game news channels is the current status of Activision's Transformers games. It's a mixed bag, but the team seems optimistic about these being available again. Turns out licensing was never the issue as has long been speculated.

Q: Possible to re-release the Activision TF games to coincide with Gamer Edition?
A: Sadly, apparently Activision’s not sure what hard drives they’re on in their building. When a company eats a company that eats a company things get lost, and that’s very frustrating. Hope is that now that the deal is moving forward with Microsoft and Xbox that they’ll go through all of the archives and every hard drive to find it all, because it’s an easy Game Pass add. We want those games back up for people to have a chance to play.

Q: How did that impact the process of making Gamer Edition?
A: Sam had to load up the games on older platforms because there were some deco details we couldn’t find – we have the CAD, but it’s not colored. So we had to find some of the character details within the games themselves.

Q: So you do have some of the game assets then?
A: We do, but it’s very interesting. FOC, we have everything. For WFC, we had to rip it ourselves, because they could not find it – they kept sending concept art instead, which we didn’t want, we need the CAD. So we booted up an old computer and ripped them all out from there. Which was a learning experience and a long weekend, because we just wanted to get it right, so that’s why we did it like that.

Hopefully Activision finds those hard drives, fans have been begging for new opportunities to play those games for years now.
Hasbro has released an official statement on this. The "lost game code" statement in the Q&A was an error, and Hasbro reached out to The Allspark to clear the air on this since other gaming news sites are spreading it like a rumor and reporting it as fact.

“To clarify, comments that suggest TRANSFORMERS games have been lost were made in error. We apologize to Activision and regret any confusion; they’ve been great partners, and we look forward to future opportunities to work together.”

OK, but then what's the truth? Is it a license issue after all and if not then what's the hold up?

Emerje
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166188)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 1st, 2023 @ 7:35pm CDT
Emerje wrote:
-Kanrabat- wrote:A proper FOC Omega Supreme, Trypticon, and Metroplex, would would be their own molds, would be awesome. But we all know that a proper G1 Metroplex would take priority over all of this.

In Evan's portion of the Q&A he says he wants to do FOC Trypticon so there's a chance! I think if he can get the higher ups onboard it could happen.

Q: Overall, what is the Gamer Edition fig you’d most like to do?
A: Titan Trypticon, or Fall of Cybertron Combaticons.

Emerje


My vote for the Combaticons. They deserves justice after being merely a CW prototype.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166189)
Posted by RotorstormNZ on August 1st, 2023 @ 7:57pm CDT
1) the clarification does not make things clearer to me!
2) another vote for Gamer Edition Combaticons. They were a big highlight of the game for me.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166190)
Posted by TulioDude on August 1st, 2023 @ 8:14pm CDT
Transformers Devastation may be their way of making a toon Megatron without having to worry about the gun mode.

Day 1309 of waiting for Transformers Armada Masterpiece news.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166205)
Posted by william-james88 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 1:08am CDT
Hasbro has been quick to reach out to us personally (and to other news sites) to inform us that the news going around about the Activision Transformers games being lost is false.

Here is the official statement on behalf of Hasbro (below).

“To clarify, comments that suggest TRANSFORMERS games have been lost were made in error. We apologize to Activision and regret any confusion; they’ve been great partners, and we look forward to future opportunities to work together.”
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166206)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 1:09am CDT
Ya think somebody at Hasbro is got bitched out?
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166208)
Posted by Emerje on August 2nd, 2023 @ 3:42am CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ya think somebody at Hasbro is got bitched out?

Probably, but I think this is more about sharing inside info and using negative language when referring to a company they want to work with (the whole companies eating companies thing). This sounds less like a correction and more like a public apology.

Emerje
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166213)
Posted by TK415 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 5:24am CDT
Who originally said it?
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166217)
Posted by william-james88 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 6:27am CDT
TK415 wrote:Who originally said it?


Evan, the designer who works on the legacy core class figures.

Emerje wrote:
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ya think somebody at Hasbro is got bitched out?

Probably, but I think this is more about sharing inside info and using negative language when referring to a company they want to work with (the whole companies eating companies thing). This sounds less like a correction and more like a public apology.

Emerje


Yes, more an apology than a correction
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166222)
Posted by ScottyP on August 2nd, 2023 @ 7:19am CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:Ya think somebody at Hasbro is got bitched out?

Since it's Twitter I don't know if the intended tone is one of annoyance or just matter-of-fact, but the CCO at Activision got wind of the comments and posted this, which appears to have prompted the Hasbro apology: https://twitter.com/lulumeservey/status ... xhlNQ&s=19
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166224)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 2nd, 2023 @ 7:24am CDT
Megatron and cliffjumper are in stock at Pulse, I ordered mine and they should be here soon.

As for GE figures: do proper Dinobots. But please do the live action dinobots first, let those get finished before we start GE ones, which I really want too
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166229)
Posted by -Kanrabat- on August 2nd, 2023 @ 8:22am CDT
Both of the original Activision WFC and FOC games deserves at the very least a Steam port.

I'm sure that many would buy them even if they already have the originals on PS3 or X-360.
Myself included.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166230)
Posted by Rtron on August 2nd, 2023 @ 9:09am CDT
I hope Evan doesn't get in too much trouble, he's a designer, not a PR guy. And he's always come across as genuine. If anything, it's Activision's fault for not giving them the assets... I wouldn't be surprised if what Evan said was something someone from Activision told the design team so they'd stop asking for the 3D files, and he just parroted it(which I always find funny the Hasbro team calls "CAD", as they'd never call it that in the context of videogames, probably neither they would be in movies).
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166233)
Posted by Crillan on August 2nd, 2023 @ 10:33am CDT
I was wondering about this whole thing myself. Software developers don't generally store their code on "hard drives" that get lost. They use version control tools that store the entire project somewhere remotely. You can't just "lose" that. It's pretty hard to just lose an entire software project.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166235)
Posted by blackeyedprime on August 2nd, 2023 @ 10:59am CDT
Rtron wrote: And he's always come across as genuine.


Maybe, but he has a continuing streak of lack of brand knowledge on which ever brand they assign him to, definitely needs to be out of the lime light when it comes to talking about products.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166239)
Posted by Rtron on August 2nd, 2023 @ 11:36am CDT
blackeyedprime wrote:
Rtron wrote: And he's always come across as genuine.


Maybe, but he has a continuing streak of lack of brand knowledge on which ever brand they assign him to, definitely needs to be out of the lime light when it comes to talking about products.


I actually think he's one of the most interesting designers to hear talking about the toys.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166240)
Posted by o.supreme on August 2nd, 2023 @ 11:45am CDT
Oddly enough, I skipped that whole era. Went from PS 2 to begrudgingly getting a PS4 when a few import games came out and I couldn't resist.

My son really wanted to play those games though, so he bought himself a PS3 I think he has a total of 5 games including WFC & FOC.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166245)
Posted by TK415 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 1:00pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
TK415 wrote:Who originally said it?


Evan, the designer who works on the legacy core class figures.


Awesome thanks WJ!


Rtron wrote:I hope Evan doesn't get in too much trouble, he's a designer, not a PR guy. And he's always come across as genuine. If anything, it's Activision's fault for not giving them the assets... I wouldn't be surprised if what Evan said was something someone from Activision told the design team so they'd stop asking for the 3D files, and he just parroted it(which I always find funny the Hasbro team calls "CAD", as they'd never call it that in the context of videogames, probably neither they would be in movies).


I second this. I hope he doesn't get in trouble, and I hope they don't tell him to say less. I agree Rtron, someone must have told him that from Activision.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166246)
Posted by william-james88 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 1:03pm CDT
blackeyedprime wrote:he has a continuing streak of lack of brand knowledge on which ever brand they assign him to


Can you give an example?


o.supreme wrote:Oddly enough, I skipped that whole era. Went from PS 2 to begrudgingly getting a PS4 when a few import games came out and I couldn't resist.


What couldnt you resist? Persona 5?
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166248)
Posted by blackeyedprime on August 2nd, 2023 @ 1:45pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
blackeyedprime wrote:he has a continuing streak of lack of brand knowledge on which ever brand they assign him to


Can you give an example?


Hasbro pulse thing way back:
Zoids - he said Zoids Wild toys was generation 2 of zoids...erm...90s and chrome was an actual thing, an actual thing called Zoids 2.

Fair enough if he is a designer and doesnt have to do much with toys that another company has designed but at least hype them right and respect the long history.

Most recent with the transformers comment on a super nintendo transformer released in Japan...which semantics aside would have been a super famicom transformer but it would have actually had to exist.

With transformers in the past some of the paint choices and explanations of why a character had to be this or that, cant remember the specifics. I know I havent watched that many pulse things or design talks with him in it but I'm pretty sure in near all of them there has been a lack of knowledge with the subject matter.
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Posted by BATTLEMASTER IIC on August 2nd, 2023 @ 3:31pm CDT
I believe it's entirely possible that designers like Evan may not even be exposed enough to the brand itself in their positions. They may be told "design this" and that's what they do - they design it. They probably get reference images from other media their designs are supposed to represent, but that doesn't necessarily mean they know the story behind the media or the characters they're working on. That job probably belongs to someone else on the team who specializes in that - you probably wouldn't want that guy actually designing Transformers figures like asking the designers and engineers to write stories :lol:

This comes from my experience as a professional number-cruncher and researcher who feeds the results of my work to other people who can use it better than I can for what the organization does.

I don't have any PR experience, and I don't mind that. That can be pretty scary, and there's also a department in my organization that specializes in that so that no one else has to.

This applies to every career, skill, and talent: If it were so easy, everyone would be doing it!
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166251)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 2nd, 2023 @ 3:35pm CDT
I dunno about Evan being all that unfamiliar with the brand, since some of the Hasbro Pulse livestreams have shown him to have a vast personal collection of figures from all across the past 39 years of the brand. One video even saw him hold up to the camera his copy of RID 2001 Landfill fully combined, and saying he'd like to see a new modern version of it made someday.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166252)
Posted by Rtron on August 2nd, 2023 @ 3:47pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:I dunno about Evan being all that unfamiliar with the brand, since some of the Hasbro Pulse livestreams have shown him to have a vast personal collection of figures from all across the past 39 years of the brand. One video even saw him hold up to the camera his copy of RID 2001 Landfill fully combined, and saying he'd like to see a new modern version of it made someday.


Seriously, he once literally had a shelf of his own filled to the brim with various old Optimus toys behind him while showing Ironhide.

And as Battlemaster says, PR is a pretty scary job and the transformers "lore" is super extense, the guy is a designer, which is an extensive enough discipline, if he's a fan on top of that and is even competent in front of a camera, then that's a nice bonus.
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Posted by william-james88 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 3:51pm CDT
blackeyedprime wrote:With transformers in the past some of the paint choices and explanations of why a character had to be this or that, cant remember the specifics. I know I havent watched that many pulse things or design talks with him in it but I'm pretty sure in near all of them there has been a lack of knowledge with the subject matter.


Ok yes, this rings a bell. And now I remember that in that same interview he said he chose Nacelle to complete a trio, which is an odd thing to say if one is nitpicky.

Sabrblade wrote:One video even saw him hold up to the camera his copy of RID 2001 Landfill fully combined, and saying he'd like to see a new modern version of it made someday.


How is that a flex?
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166254)
Posted by Sabrblade on August 2nd, 2023 @ 4:02pm CDT
william-james88 wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:One video even saw him hold up to the camera his copy of RID 2001 Landfill fully combined, and saying he'd like to see a new modern version of it made someday.


How is that a flex?
Landfill ain't exactly something an ignoramus would know about.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166258)
Posted by SpaceEagle on August 2nd, 2023 @ 6:31pm CDT
Yeah, Landfill is something I've heard a lot of even casual fans to go "Huh, who's that?" here and there.
Transformers is a pretty big brand split pretty noticeably across various regions, can't blame a guy for not being super familiar with every nook and cranny - especially as just the designer. Cool that he still does know some of the more "out there" things, though.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166269)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on August 2nd, 2023 @ 11:53pm CDT
Check your Cliffjumpers. Like Brawn the small gun that comes with CJ can fall out of the tray and if you're lucky end up in the shipping box.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166409)
Posted by AllNewSuperRobot on August 6th, 2023 @ 9:57am CDT
It's probably come up already. But if these re-releases happen, what are the odds of sequels/continuations?

Devastation did end on a cliffhanger. Arguably so did Fall of Cybertron. Unfortunately a pseudo-sequel did kill that momentum outright.

Also interesting to think that the Genericons of both games (and the Armada game) could in theory be represented in this line. Also Nemesis Prime ala Devastation's design.
Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166450)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 7th, 2023 @ 7:01pm CDT
So i got Cliffjumper and Megatron this weekend.

i found the Bee mold acceptable, and it can be fun, especially since I didn't get very many WFC/FOC molds back in the day, since I was a highschooler. Cliff continues that. He is decent, and I like the headsculpt. I need to pair him up with Jazz now.

As for Megatron, he is a legitimately bad figure in hand. The sculpt looks good, but that is about it. The knees really are terrible, they can lock in 2 positions and there is no inbetween or further movement. He also feels small in hand, compared to Prime. And considering his big ass weapon, I really thought he would have wrists, and he doesn't, which sucks. I don't like him, he's not good.

He does pull off some nice blast effects shots though

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Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 10th, 2023 @ 12:52pm CDT
the squad so far, and the squad with more WFC-esque figures

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Re: Studio Series Gamer Edition Megatron Reviews (2166682)
Posted by Emerje on August 10th, 2023 @ 9:18pm CDT
Am I the only one that hasn't found any of these in stores or is that basically how it is for everyone?

Emerje
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Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on August 10th, 2023 @ 9:21pm CDT
Emerje wrote:Am I the only one that hasn't found any of these in stores or is that basically how it is for everyone?

Emerje

All of mine came from Pulse, i have not seen any SS figures that have come out this year in store outside of Cheetor and Battletrap

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