Posted November 18, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Because God loves me, he gave the world a version of Fall of Cybertron Bruticus in Generation 2 colors with Generation 2 symbols in Generation 2 packaging, so that I may buy the hell out of it. Honestly, I am not super-familiar with Bruticus's Generation 2 colors -- like, before this fall, I probably couldn't have told you Blast-Off was white or Vortex was blue off-hand -- but despite this, this version of these guys is really setting off my happybrains. And, really, there is a huge deficit in yellow/purple Transformers, so thank you, G2 Onslaught.
Since this guy is G2 colors with G2 symbols in a G2 box, that makes him a new iteration of the original Combaticon characters from the Eighties, rather than an iteration of the new Fall of Cybertron/Aligned characters the first releases of the toy represented. (Continuity families are a tricky business.) This means that as a special bonus, even though this is just another set of Combaticons all with the same names and personalities, they still count as separate, different characters in my brain. These guys'll go on my G1/G2 shelf, with the San Diego Comic-Con version hanging out with my Aligned/WFC/FOC/Prime guys.
Earthy beigeness be damned, this guy's way prettier than the original. Yes, I'm talking about an entity that includes a space shuttle that has purple camo. Realism doesn't really enter into my appreciation of this guy. It's all tingling nerve endings. A perfectly visual stimulus, absent from reason.
This guy's an online exclusive in North America. He's sold out at Amazon, which is where I got mine, but Big Bad Toy Store still has some.