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  1. #1601
    I never picked up Energon Downshift (Wheeljack), but I'm thinking he'd fit in nicely with the Classics. I'm worried about his leg articulation though.

    JT, you have a nice sense of what good articulation is, and I like how you describe a joint's design. Here's your old Downshift review for reference:

    Quote Originally Posted by JediTricks View Post
    Downshift is clearly supposed to be Wheeljack, I can barely keep from typing "Wheeljack" every time I mention the fig's name. The alt mode is an homage to the G1 Wheeljack's Lancia racecar design and looks slick yet beefy. The white plastic calls for a paint wash to bring out the sculpted details, but it doesn't look cheap unlike a lot of white parts on Transformers. The doors open gull-wing style, it's a little tempermental because of some clips at the bottom of the doors that don't want to let go and the roof being connected only to the front of the car and not the back. The spark crystal on the wheel is the only thing I really don't like. The translucent red plastic used for the accessories, doors, roof panels, headlights, and eye/ear lightpipe is the same strawberry color as Energon Arcee, it's a little grating but not at all a dealbreaker.

    Downshift's accessories aren't terrible, but they're not great either and I don't like them connected to alt mode at all. One is a twin-barrel rifle and the other is an oversized pistol with a spring-loaded projectile, they both attach to the car as side-mounted exhaust pipes. I would like them a lot more if they had bottom-mounted handle pegs, but they only have side-mounted pegs which means they have to be held sideways. The car's spoiler can be removed and the guns can be pegged sideways into it with the figure holding this arrangement from the spoiler's middle peg, I like having the guns come in and back a little when in regular bot mode and out and forward in powerlinked modes, gives a little extra contrast.

    Transformation reminds me a little of Armada Hot Shot, except here it's more satisfying and there's more going on. There's no pulling down of the legs or folding out of the head, it's more of a reveal design, but there's plenty to do. Like his case-mate Towline, Downshift's transformation is fairly intuitive, but using the instructions actually hurts this some because they tried to show the transformation from the side of the car in every frame and it just ends up confusing matters.

    Bot mode is very nifty, some wonky articulation at the hips but the overall effect is neat and not a brick or badly-restricted. Downshift's head is so G1 Wheeljack that it's impossible not to think of him that way. Downshift can hold his weapons individually or together leaving him quite well-armed, and the small exhaust pipes on the shoulders even fold down to become guns.

    The pants mode is very basic, just fold the uppermost part of the body backwards and if you want it to look a little less like a very long torso you can split the waist slightly similar to Hot Shot's pants mode. Downshift's pants mode looks very cool with Hot Shot as the shirt, and works ok with Rodimus too, though I don't like Prowl that much here and Inferno looks really bad because of how much difference there is between the sizes of the torsos. Shirt mode is interesting, the uppermost part of the body swivels around and places itself between the figure's now-split-apart waist which become shoulders. As shirt, I like Downshift best with Prowl as the legs, yet Hot Shot and Rodimus both work here too - once again, Inferno is just left in the dust.

    Overall, this is a can't-miss figure and very recognizable homage too.
    Are you still as happy with the leg articulation today as you were then? Pictures suggest to me that the "hips" only swing out to the left or right, but don't swing forward or backward. I see there's a joint just below the pelvis, but it seems too low to be considered part of the hip joint, and looks more like a knee that's too high. Reminds me of Alt Sideswipe almost.

    I'd love it if Hasbro just knocked out the powerlinx section of the torso and replaced it with a more normal pelvis, then released him under the Classics line. Doesn't seem like it'd be too hard.

    While I'm wishing, does anyone think Hasbro would ever consider putting out the Botcon '05 versions of Ironhide and Ratchet (Tow Line repaints) under the Classics line, or would that peeve the folks who get all wet over owning rare exclusives? They look pretty sweet, and they totally have a Classics look to them. I'd buy 'em.

  2. #1602
    Quote Originally Posted by El Chuxter View Post
    Funny, mine didn't have a problem with the cockpit locking in place. You're only the second person I know to have picked him up, though, so I'm not sure which of us has a fluke.
    I was lucky enough to find him yesterday at a local TRU and the nose pieces on mine seem to lock in place. They don't have pegs that lock into the cockpit, but the hinges on the extendable arms (holding the nose pieces) are so tight they clamp them down tight.

    EDIT: The nose pieces lock down on two little "fins" located on the extendable arms, still works out very nicely though.

    Absolutely the single best Transformer I've bought since MP Prime. Although, I hate that the legs don't have more articulation, the arms I can deal with but it's hard to pose him with his current lack of leg movement.
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  3. #1603
    There's a really good thread in MySpace's Transformers group about the Transformers' political affiliations and whether they could run for American office and so forth. It's not so silly when you read the ingenious ideas I came away from it with.

    http://forum.myspace.com/index.cfm?f...70587941336094
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  4. #1604
    Quote Originally Posted by figrin bran View Post
    that's right, brimstone's the name. i wouldn't mind the size differential...after all, i've got a giant manta ray (BW Depth Charge) and a giant tiger with wings (BW Tigerhawk) in my collection. not to mention a rat (Transmetal Rattrap) that's just as big as a rhino or cheetah.
    To me, Grimlock HAS to be the largest of the Dinobots, it's just somehow a necessity and I'm not even a G1 purist.


    DarkArtist, Target had 20th DVD Prime on sale recently for $52 and change down from the regular price, I'm not sure it's still in effect but worth checking for. Either way, good luck getting him, don't let the jolly fat elf drop it down the chimney though, it'll break for sure.


    Quote Originally Posted by seanmcfripp View Post
    I never picked up Energon Downshift (Wheeljack), but I'm thinking he'd fit in nicely with the Classics. I'm worried about his leg articulation though.
    It's a good idea, he's got a lot of Wheeljack character in both modes, he's not quite Classics quality but he has the look which is a start.

    Are you still as happy with the leg articulation today as you were then? Pictures suggest to me that the "hips" only swing out to the left or right, but don't swing forward or backward. I see there's a joint just below the pelvis, but it seems too low to be considered part of the hip joint, and looks more like a knee that's too high.
    To be honest, my opinion of the faux-hips has dimmed, especially with this application, Astrotrain is in the same boat yet even he gets real knees as well. It does kill some dynamic posing on Downshift, but for more neutral poses it does alright (especially if you splay the hips slightly).

    I'd love it if Hasbro just knocked out the powerlinx section of the torso and replaced it with a more normal pelvis, then released him under the Classics line. Doesn't seem like it'd be too hard.
    It's an interesting idea, but he's so leggy that I'd rather see them just try again, something more in line with the Classics motif. They've proved themselves quite capable on this line and I think they could do Wheeljack all new with great success.

    While I'm wishing, does anyone think Hasbro would ever consider putting out the Botcon '05 versions of Ironhide and Ratchet (Tow Line repaints) under the Classics line, or would that peeve the folks who get all wet over owning rare exclusives? They look pretty sweet, and they totally have a Classics look to them. I'd buy 'em.
    Definitely like to see that, and those aren't the only Botcon exclusives that got new headsculpts I'd like to see in a main line. I think Hasbro's made the wrongest decision possible with new headsculpts, I feel strongly that repaints should at least have new headsculpts if not other sculpting changes - new headsculpt REALLY means new character and more sales. And as for the Towline remolds, those looked great, I don't really care about exclusivity, just means most fans aren't getting good toys - if it's a huge issue, then change the paint apps.


    Quote Originally Posted by matthewilw
    I was lucky enough to find him yesterday at a local TRU and the nose pieces on mine seem to lock in place. They don't have pegs that lock into the cockpit, but the hinges on the extendable arms (holding the nose pieces) are so tight they clamp them down tight.

    EDIT: The nose pieces lock down on two little "fins" located on the extendable arms, still works out very nicely though.
    Really? I haven't had that happen with mine, in bot mode nothing locks down, the tabs fit into their slots but don't grab against anything, and nothing else holds down the cockpit.
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  5. #1605
    A friend of mine just sent me this link, tell me, what's wrong with this image?

    http://img510.imageshack.us/img510/58/tf03vz5.jpg

    (and no, the answer isn't "this is a Transformers book yet the only thing drawn competently is Spider-man" )
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  6. #1606
    Well it looks like Ironhide's head is on Megatron's body.

    Spider-Man actually appears to be Venom.

    And I have no idea if I stumbled upon what you were getting at.
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  7. #1607
    Quote Originally Posted by Tycho View Post
    Well it looks like Ironhide's head is on Megatron's body.

    Spider-Man actually appears to be Venom.

    And I have no idea if I stumbled upon what you were getting at.
    The problem is that, even with the black suit, there's no way in hell Spidey is going to be able to defeat MEGATRON!!!
    Darth Vader is becoming the Mickey Mouse of Star Wars.

    "In Brooklyn, a castle, is where dwell I"
    The use of a lightsaber does not make one a Jedi, it is the ability to not use it.

  8. #1608
    He doesn't. He doesn't even try. It's typical of the super-sensationalist covers of the time.
    Tommy, close your eyes.

  9. #1609
    If spiderman can beat Juggernaught, spiderman can beat megatron. He's got the power of writers on his side.

    And I've been watching through all the cartoons on DVD... Megatron aint that hard to beat.

  10. #1610
    I found the Classics Mini-Cons at TRU today. Since i'm a sucker for dinosaur toys, i picked up the Dinobots set.

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