October 13, 2011 12:38 am
Within the past couple days, TakaraTomy, the folks who do Transformers over in Japan, have been doing crazy, crazy things. Crazy things that I love. Let me list you toys that we are getting early next year:
"Enemy" was what some Hasbro licensee called their Rumble's-head-shaped electronic voice changer back in the 80s. It was red, unlike Rumble or Frenzy, which was also the color of Rumble/Frenzy's toy back in pre-Transformers Microchange. We are getting that toy in red as Enemy.
Wingthing was Soundwave's Action Master partner. He transformed from a bat to a gun. Now he's going to be a redeco of Ratbat, just like Animated Wingthing was.
Nightstalker was a Micro-Cassette kitty similar to Ravage that featured only in a Marvel UK text story. He was likely based on a contest design that a British kid submitted to the magazine. He is now going to be a redeco of Steeljaw in Ravage colors.
Wipe-Out was Trypticon's little sycophantic buddy in one issue of the American Marvel comics. Until now, he was a toyless character, visually based on Tailgate's toy. He's going to be a redeco of Windcharger, who in G1 shared some tooling with Tailgate.
Stripes was a Mini-Cassette of Blaster's that was only mentioned in an early draft of The Transformers: The Movie. He's going to be a redeco of Ravage as a tiger. This is absolutely as obscure as one can get, even counting the UK text story cat and the guy who was just a head.
Seriously, you guys. Whatever it is TakaraTomy's smoking over there, I want them to keep at it. I'm rapidly running out of hypothetical Transformers holy grails. I really think Stripes is absolutely untoppable when it comes to obscurity. I mean, to get more obscure than him you'd have to start referencing Transformers fanfiction.
Pardon me, geekspasming out over here.