Posts tagged with "streetwise" - 1
Posted May 13, 2015 at 3:01 pm

Streetwise, yo!  Otherwise known as "the Autobot police car guy who isn't Prowl."  For serious, they even both originally transformed into the same Nissan Z police car altmode.  They just transform differently and one of them also becomes a leg.  So, yeah, they don't make a lot of Streetwise toys, because Prowl already exists.

Funny thing about this new Combiner Wars Streetwise is... he's also friggin' Prowl.  From the neck down, if you pay attention to the sculpting, he's just Prowl.  Sure, he transforms differently, making him look passably Streetwise because "police car who transforms differently from Prowl" just kinda says Streetwise in the brain, but check him out.  His chest is sculpted to look like a car hood.  His toes have Prowl's tootsie taillights sculpted in.  And, well, Prowl's name has shown up in solicitations, so a Prowl is coming.  He's probably this toy with a new head and somehow a color scheme that doesn't look like this but still looks like Prowl.

Streetwise:Prowl::First Aid:Ratchet

That aside, Streetwise is a "reshell" of Dead End, meaning nearly everything on him is new except some innards and he transforms the same.  He's this offwhite color rather than the original Streetwise's gray, but not as cream as Breakdown is.  This and his slightly desaturated red give him a kind of grizzled look I like.  Instead of Dead End's pipe weapon, Streetwise now has a shotgun.  His new head is also crisp and sharp and interesting.  

I like him a lot.  I'll probably also like him when he's got a new head and he's Prowl.

Posted April 23, 2010 at 12:13 am
So, woo!  The BotCon 2010 site is up!  It's beautiful.

Funny story: This morning, folks found images of one of the BotCon 2010 set's toys, Streetwise, on the server.  D'oh!  But then later in the day, a second image was found on the server, this time a badly photoshopped image of Universe Tankor as Clench.

And oh, some websites thought they had an awesome scoop!  And man, were people angry.  What a terrible choice for Clench!  And why doesn't he have a new head?  BotCon is RUINED!

Of course, it was all a joke played by Fun Publications.  (At least, the second part.)  And about half an hour after the image was "leaked," the site updated to reflect the theme of the year's set, plus an awesome new Guido Guidi illustration of Spark and the real Clench toy.

The real Clench is apparently a redecoed Universe Onslaught with a new head.  Suitably large, since he's Decepticon leader, and the little details we can spot in this illustration make him look super rad.  The blue on his legs sparkle, which is very important for Clench, and there's his Tron-like circuit patterns on his abdomen.  Here's hoping for his anti-wolf deco and his Texas license plate!

Streetwise Streetstar, the other reveal, is okay.  It's cool that we're getting a toy of an unreleased Generation 2 character, but I really wish the toy had more detail.  I mean, it's super-accurate to the original toy, but the original toy was kinda dull, too.  He just needs some more color somewhere.  But hey, at least it reminds folks that G2 wasn't all dayglo playskool neon.  And the tampograph on his windshield is awesome.
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