Oh my merciful lord, I actually have a new toy to talk about!
My Recon Ravage arrived in the mail today, the one I sent away for with my proofs of purchase and shipping and handling and what have you a number of months ago. Yay, mail-in toy exclusive! (For the US, anyway. Elsewhere he’s exclusive to Toys”R”Us.) He comes in a big white cardboard box with N.E.S.T. markings, with a letter from Optimus Prime and a coupon inside.
He’s friggin’ pretty, is what he is. The colors are stolen from the Voltron Black Lion, and used to great effect with the chrome-plated silver they gave him. This is just plain-ol’ vaccum-metalized chrome with no additional coloring, so I can rest easy that it’s not gonna spiderweb and flake off. Other chrome-related hazards may happen in due time, but flaking is crossed off the list.
(Oh, hey, and he’s retooled a tiny bit. There used to be an extra joint in his tail, a tiny balljoint just above the middle hinge. It’s gone now. Guess tails were popping off too much? It was kind of an inconvenience on the original version of the mold, and the articulation added little.)
And, hey, guess what, he’s a Mini-Con. What, you say! Today Hasbro began unveiling the five fan-choice nominees for their new Transformers Hall of Fame, and Soundwave was nominee #1. (Surprise!) He got a entirely new bio for the occasion, and, uh, hey, his little animal partners are apparently Mini-Cons now. Ha ha. Weird, but not something that bothers me. In fact, the impotent rage from others who ARE bothered will be fun enough in itself. I’m an asshole like that.
So. Biggest Mini-Con toy ever? Naw, I guess that’d be Alternators Ravage.