July 18, 2012 11:29 pm
Look, I have a lot of toys to talk about, but we have to get this little thing out of the way first. In the "Are We Sure This Isn't A BotCon Exclusive Idea?" Department, Hasbro's retooling Fall of Cybertron Bruticus as, well, the Wreckers. The torso is now Impactor, with a new Impactor head and a new handheld harpoon gun. Impactor's never gotten a toy before. He was a Marvel UK-only character that recently got new exposure in Last Stand of the Wreckers. The limbs are the Jumpstarters and the Deluxe Autobots. Topspin and Twintwist haven't gotten new toys since 1985. Roadbuster and Whirl have had plenty of new toys since then, but none with their actual heads.
And the head of this combiner, dubbed Ruination, is based on Emirate Xaaron, another previously non-toy guy.
And and the chest of Ruination has the old BotCon Wreckers logo, the blue Autobot symbol with the hammer forehead.
Plus with a dark blue helicopter, a green jeep, a light blue tank, and a white shuttle, the toy seems to serve as an homage to Robots in Disguise Ruination as well, with the orange/golden chest of the Car Robots version seen in the animation. This thing is an homage within an homage baked inside another homage. An homage turducken.
Seriously, what in the hell. Mind, this is a good "what in the hell," but what in the hell regardless.
My only reservations are that Xaaron is not the best head choice for a giant combiner thingy of murder. He was a politician at worst and a resistance movement figurehead at best. But still. Xaaron head. It's hard to complain. (Plus no matter what continuity we're talking about, at least two of these guys are dead.)
But, yeah. I will buy this. I will lick it. It makes no sense, but I don't care. Rule of Cool overrides all else. Why is it not next spring yet, I put to you folks. I think TFWiki needs a new category for "Things That Should Not Be Normal Retail Releases Yet Somehow Are."