Yesterday I mentioned that Soundwave was the first of five nominees for the Transformers Hall of Fame. Nominee number 2 is Grimlock, who is equally unsurprising. I mean, yeah, once voting opens, Soundwave has this locked up, but Grimlock is the only guy who could possibly ever steal it from him. Even though he won't.
Just like Soundwave's Hall of Fame bio, Grimlock's also drops some new information about him. His speech impediment has been explained various ways before. In the Marvel stuff, he didn't talk right because talking right was for prissy losers. He talked badly because he wanted to. In the original cartoon, he didn't talk very well because he was a primitive creation of Wheeljack. (In fact, one could say that without a trip to Vector Sigma to endow him with life, he wasn't actually truly alive, but merely a complex machine.)
The Hall of Fame bio claims that his speech is fucked up because Scorponok damaged his voice processor during a battle. Well, okay, let's add that one to the pile, I guess.
Hopefully, Dinobot will be tomorrow's nominee. If not, I may be kind of fucked (I'll explain later), but if he is revealed to be a nominee sometime this week, I wonder what crazy retconned trivia we'll learn about him. Is he Megatron's son? Did he earn his rigid grill structure for pulling off a successful heist? Will we finally learn what a steses pod is?
Who knows. Other than us, potentially sometime tomorrow morning.
So as we were debuting the new site this weekend, Frumph says to me, hey, guess what, this is awesome. See all those folks with no avatars? Well, what if I told you that if you uploaded your own avatars to a certain directory and did some Comicpress magic, they'd be randomly assigned to unavatared users?
So I says, holy balls!
And so after crankin' out a handful every day since then, there are now a total of 24 avatars in the pool. If you don't have an avatar and you post, you'll get randomly assigned, say, Sodomuffin. And then every time you post, you'll keep that Sodomuffin avatar. (... at least until I upload a new image into the pool, which restarts the math and they all get switched around again)
Since I have so many, and I put so much work into them despite being tiny 64x64 things, I thought I'd show them to you big as a wallpaper. You are also free to crop them out and make your own avatars on other boards, so long as you give me credit. I am also wondering if maybe I should try to do this a print or a poster or something in the meager number of hours I have remaining before C2E2, but we'll see.
Since I no longer have to link my blog posts to my comics, what with having a real RSS thing now, should I still post these blog posts at update time? I guess I could do them at any time of the day, really. But hey, let's have tonight's at update time, for old time's sake.
(Update time is midnight EST now, in case you ain't noticed. Bet you were refreshing for an hour, weren't you?)
Anyway, I promised some images ofBeast Wars IIThrustor, and here they are. I bought one back when he first came out, and he was really awesome then and he's really awesome now. So why did I get rid of him if he's so awesome? Well, I was trying to ensmallen my toy collection and it's not like I have a Beast Wars II display. He'd probably never see the light of day, despite his awesomeness, so I sold him. Little did I know that a decade later I'd have a new need for him.
So let that be a lesson, kids. Don't sell any toys because you might want them later to fulfill some weird unforeseen compulsion.
Thrustor was the first retool of the original Dinobot toy and by far the most extensive of the two. Sure, Hardhead got a new robot head, a new beast head, and new legs, but that's small potatoes compared to Thrustor! Thrustor's an asymmetrical "Cyborg Beast." Half of him is robotic and the other half organic, but never the same half. So he's got an organic left dinoarm and a new mechanical right dinoarm. His right dinoleg remains unchanged while his left dinoleg has mechanical parts. His head is retooled to be half mechanical as well. He's got new robot thighs, a new inner robot body, and a new tail that looks like it could kill you just by pointing in your direction.
His tail is no longer just any ordinary rotate blade. Instead of a sword being concealed inside it, there's a spring-loaded clawed missile. There's a saw sculpted into the launcher, but it sadly doesn't spin. The halves of the tail still do, of course, and it looks way more threatening with all the additions.
He's got an entirely new weapon, as well. Since he doesn't have the old segmented tail sword anymore, he's given a new serrated blade. Instead of storing inside the tail, it stores in between his robot legs while in cyborg-raptor mode. I like to keep it pointing out and forward in this mode. It reaches just beyond his jaws.
This toy is by far the best version of the original Dinobot mold. The toy's biggest weakness was its primitive, First Wave Beast Wars sculpt and the prominence of his robot legs in beast mode. The retooling negates or at least reduces both of those. He's a cyborg raptor, so he can have as many mechanical chunks hanging off his chest as he wants, and the newly sculpted cyborg parts obscure how dorky the original raptor mode looks. Plus, again, the better, spring-loaded rotate blade and the extra serrated blade.
It's a crime, really, that neither Hasbro nor Takara ever redecoed this version of the toy.
Hot damn, I lucked out. You know how I was just one Thrustor shy of having every single use of the original Dinobot mold? Well, I gave up looking for him for a while while trying to conserve cash, and then just the other day I looked him up again on a whim. $25 boxed on Amazon! Holy cow, that's less than what I paid for him in 1999 or whatever. (And stupidly sold him.)
And he arrived today.
And I have so many Dinobots.
(Well, they're not all Dinobots. Some are Grimlocks. And there's a Thrustor and Dinotron and Hardhead.)
Man, Hasbro and Takara sure loved this mold.
I'll get some better pictures of him for you later! Thrustor is, really, the best of all of them. He deserves your attention, though at a later time.