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Alpha Bravo


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This whole line has saved Transformers for the fans

I think you're right that Hasbro finally realized they were losing a lot of fan money to the third party toymakers. They certainly took a few design cues (it's more apparent in the upcoming Devastator). But now I can get an entire Superion at local stores for approximately the price of one component of a TFC combiner AND I won't have to wait a month for a replacement when something breaks.

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Posted by atom smasher on 8 March, 2015 - 13:08
Design cues

I'd disagree with the idea Hasbro is taking design cues from Third Party combiners. The majority of the unofficial ones are still done in the style of the old Crossfire set for Energon Bruticus. Even Titan Class Devastator is just a modern version of the original.

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Posted by VF5SS on 8 March, 2015 - 17:32
That's very true. I meant

That's very true. I meant more along the lines of how some of the parts are engineered, like the transforming Devastator fists which look a lot like the trailer fists from Maketoys' Giant. That they're putting the work into designing the new combiner fists/feet instead of those awful Energon weapon versions is a sign to me that Hasbro actually does care about the design process this time around.

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Posted by atom smasher on 8 March, 2015 - 18:54

I passed this guy over on the peg recently. I really love the style of his robot mode, but I just can't get around how he's so clearly a commuter helicopter in civilian colors with giant missile racks on the sides. It's even more egregious in the planned Blades repaint, where he is supposed to be an ambulance helicopter. Maybe it will look ok for Vortex, but I would have expected Hasbro to do a little remolding and hide the fists some other way for Alpha Bravo and Blades, like as sponsons or fuel tanks or something. The Airwolf reference was a good one, but even Ernest Borgnine had the sense to keep those armaments hidden most of the time.

In spite of that misstep, I completely agree that Combiner Wars is making great strides to bring solid playability and excitement to Transformers. I may personally be a fan of the most complex designs like MPs, Binaltech/Alternity, and the RoTF disasterpieces, but I can appreciate that those are bad toys, and these are great ones.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 8 March, 2015 - 20:57
Combiner Wars did the trick

Since Animated ended, I haven't been inclined to buy any official Transformers from local toy stores. Prime and Age of Extinction especially seemed like toys that weren't worth the MSRP. But after reading your reviews of Alpha Bravo and Dragstrip, I decided to take a chance on the now and hit my local Wal-Mart. And I'm glad that I did.

Skydive is kind of eh, but Alpha Bravo, Fireflight, and Silverbolt are pretty cool. Looking forward to snagging Air Raid and Powerglide. Next month, I'll hunt down the Stunticons.

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Posted by Optimal III on 23 March, 2015 - 13:21