Fans should have voted "Kremzeek!" (spelling?) their No.1 pick for the Hall of Fame then.
I'd love to hear Hasbro host a panel totally dedicated to him and bring in the voice-actor who would sporadically yell out "Kremzeeek! Kremzeeek!" every once in a while.
A whole 3 people (on tranquilizers) might attend that panel at BotCon.
I don't have trouble with the sword in vehicle mode but I suspect I know why you are, the instructions are woefully difficult to understand but the sword pegs into tabs on the underside of the helicopter landing legs in car mode, and aligns into a notch near the front underside, but if the sword pegs miss the landing legs' tabs then they push those legs down, or they push the nose of the car out of place.
The head doesn't need to come off, it needs to nod up or down to get clearance, the instructions are ok on this so you may need to try again looking them over - this is a fairly common thing with some Transformers over the last 20 years, heads that only pass through parts when angled a certain way. Also, on Springer, you have to watch out for the landing leg inside the bot chest/chopper nose. Hopefully it works out on your next pass, it's close but shouldn't need to be removed.
If your figure is floppy and having that many clearance issues, I'd suggest asking for a replacement or buying another one and returning this one.
In car mode, I can only get one "arm" window to stay in. I've tried several times by reconstructing the arms but only the right one stays.
I think other than these small issues, it's a nice figure. I think the yellow portions looks plastic, and that was my big problem with Blitzwing. Springers head is a great sculpt. I had him standing under the light by my laptop last night and he was pretty impressive looking.
This may be off-subject, but I'd kill to see some Hasbro-made or good customs of the zombies from RG1.
I also have that problem with the left window not staying in alignment, it's a minor clearance issue with the plastic somewhere but i haven't tracked it down, it bothers me too but doesn't bring down my enjoyment of the figure so it wasn't on my mind when you posted before.
I suspect that, though the RG1 zombies weren't entirely unaffected by the trend in zombie fiction, but they provided a way for Megatron to have a loyal army to conquer Earth while Prime was paying no attention. The Transformers on Earth at the end of the original series were Fortress Maximus; Galvatron (frozen under ice); Megatron, Ratchet, Shockwave, and Starscream (who were fighting each other when the Ark re-crashed); and a lot of deactivated Decepticons (and a few Autobots) in the Ark's cold storage. Given that two of the Decepticons on the Ark were known traitors and another (Ratbat) was a former Decepticon commander who was more effective in the past than Megatron and might not be keen on following his orders unless he was brain-dead, it made sense in the context.
Oh wow! Those zombie Transformers are awesome!
I am missing out by not reading THAT comic series.
It's one of the best out there. Trouble is, it's a continuation of the original series (that's partly why the first story arc was called "Loose Ends"), and starts at #80.5 (the Free Comic Book Day issue that sorta recaps the original series and sets up the violent end to the 21-year peace on Cybertron). It draws upon the previous 80 issues, and builds particularly heavily on the last 24, some of which had ridiculously low print runs and sell for more money than any of the comics people actually thought in 1991 would be worth anything. (And those issues won't be reprinted in full in paperback form until probably early next year.)
The guy who wrote #5-#55 (minus a couple of fill-ins) did a great job, but he left a lot of the loose ends, like several dozen Transformers who were killed when Starscream obtained a powerful artifact called the Underbase and went mad, killing Transformers right and left until he finally exploded. (Their whereabouts were never addressed, but the Autobots apparently cleaned up the Decepticons as well, and Grimlock wasn't too keen on bringing them back with Nucleon.) A few were resurrected by means of Pretender shells with advanced healing technology or Nucleon, but the rest wound up zombies.
With some help from the Wiki (and, yeah, this Jose Delbo cover sucks all kind of butt), as well as appearances in later issues as corpses, resurrected Transformers, or zombies, those killed by Starscream included:
- the Dinobots
- the Seacons
- the Aerialbots
- the Throttlebots
- the Predacons
- the Decepticon Triple-Changers
- the Terrorcons
- the Protectobots
- the Combaticons
- the three original Insecticons
- Gold Bug
- possibly Seaspray (he shows up in the next issue, but is said later to have died, so it's a discrepancy)
Also among the dead is Ratbat, killed by Scorponok while both factions of Decepticons have teamed up with the Autobots to fight Starscream.
Megatron (or someone working for him) created a super-powered Pretender shell to resurrect Starscream (apparently with memories of this incident wiped from his memory), and Ratchet used the three prototype shells to revive Grimlock, Jazz, and Gold Bug (switching him back to his Bumblebee body in the process).
Grimlock deserted later to find a means to revive the Dinobots, and brought back a super-fuel (with unforeseen chaotic consequences) called Nucleon. He pumped at least one bay's worth of Autobots full of Nucleon (which included most of the Autobots listed above, as well as Sunstreaker, who'd been killed way back in issue #4 and basically forgotten), and it's been confirmed this included at least the Dinobots, Blaster, Skids, Inferno, Prowl, Huffer, Silverbolt (and presumably the other Aerialbots), and First Aid (also likely including the rest of the Protectobots).
It's likely that every Decepticon listed above became a zombie when Megatron cobbled them together, whether seen or not. Also, it's confirmed that the Monsterbots (Repugnus, Grotusque, and Doublecross) were zombified, so I guess Grimlock didn't recognize them as Autobots when he gave them a shot of Nucleon.