Out of the leftest field.on January 5, 2012 at 7:53 pm
I have two to talk about today! I didn’t write up a post for SG Soundwave, since he kind of bugged me. Conceptually I’d been looking forward to him more than most, if only because I want an up-to-date pal for my SG Ravage, but his execution left me cold. The head looked off to me, plus the idea that you have to buy his trademark headband separately sounds like an actual strawman scenario someone would cook up to malign Fun Publications. There may be very good reasons for it, but there’s still this nasty taste in my mouth.
Today’s SG Treadshot reveal makes up for it. My favorite things in every BotCon set tend to be the absolutely insane toy nobody else would have thought of or asked for in a million years. Treadshot is this toy. Waaaaaay back when, there was a toy in Armada called Side Swipe. It was a very terrible-looking toy. It remains a punchline amongst Transformers fans. And because Hasbro loves us very much, they redecoed it not once but twice, and just barely. They changed the blue once to maroon and once to purple. These were not desired figures.
But the maroon one’s name was Treadshot.
I have no idea what the thought process was that led FP to creating this figure, but Shattered Glass Treadshot is colored like Armada Side Swipe but with Treadshot’s hood stripe. It uses the Jazz mold’s alternate head which hasn’t been used yet at retail. And it’s pretty damn glorious. I don’t know why it exists, but now that it does I am super glad. It is craaaaaaazy. It makes the whole BotCon charade feel less cynical.
(Plus there’s this part not-so-deep inside of me that wants to believe that the original Universe Treadshot and this SG Treadshot are the exact same dude. Universe Treadshot was from a random, unspecified universe, and he was packaged versus an unspecified Ultra Magnus who seemed like kind of a tool. Plus his symbol was the same maroon as the rest of him, making it neeearly SG Decepticon red. Their stories could easily sync up. It would delight me to no end to find out this 2003 Universe guy was from the Shattered Glass universe all along.)