Wednesday, 31 October 2012
Monday, 29 October 2012
Ratbat has always been one of my favourite characters of the G1 Transformers. I suspect it has to do with me actually having his cassette form from when I was a kid, and a little story that goes with that toy (which I will save for when I get to him) and the fact that I still have it in fairly good condition. So with that in mind, I am pleased to see him show his face whenever possible.
He did this rather respectively in the War Within (WW) comic, which was based on Cybertron before the Transformers came to Earth and the premise was that Ratbat was a politician. They gave him a new form and it looked kind of regal and pretty cool. This Universe Ratbat toy came in a two pack, and the toy he was up against was a version of triple changing Springer. Sadly Springer wasn’t half as well done as Ratbat, as they used the Cybertron (Galaxy Force) Evac (Live Convoy) mode which turned into a very Earth like helicopter. He didn’t even have a new head, so I ended up selling that one. Plus I only wanted the pack for Ratbat.
Can the history of the character live up to my expectations, after all it is only another recolour? No new accessories or anything fancy, just different plastic and bio which was on the back of the box.
Read on to find out…
Thursday, 25 October 2012
After doing my little review of the Botcon’s version of Metalhawk and it having gotten me in the mood for some Pretenderin’ I thought I would have a look at a real G1 Pretender. Naturally, I wasn’t going to pick someone obvious like Landmine or Cloudburst. That would be too easy (Plus I don’t have Cloudburst), so I have chosen Chainclaw, who is still a Pretender and is more exciting than the normal Pretenders, because he has a beast mode!
So what exactly is a ‘Pretender’? Well it was a series of Transformers towards the end of G1 that featured a small robot that also came with a shell for them to hide in. Usually the shell is a monster of some sort for the Decepticons and a humanoid type for the Autobots. There were also 2 sets of beast shells for both Autobots and Decepticons. Chainclaw here is one of the Beasts from the Autobots.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Oh my, the previous day’s practise with my new camera was all for now. Let’s just hope that the controls are under my understanding… For a trip to Niigata was on the cards. Why, for some impressive fireworks. We were booked onto a tour bus and had to meet in Tokyo with the guide for another shinkansen ride to the hotel.