I had picked up the odd Universe figure here and there, but started going all-in on Combiner Wars. I ended up with Superion, Bruticus, Defensor, Devastator, and Optimus Maximus. I bought upgrade kits for most of them, too. I’ve been collecting heavily ever since.
I’m really thinking about selling most of my Generations and just keeping a few that I like and my Masterpiece figures. I havent bought anything in a long time due to $$ so maybe its time to pare down. I have most of Combiner Wars and Titans I think, after that i kinda stopped.
War for Cybertron is an awesome line and got me back into buying figures.
This is actually the first Optimus I ever owned. I never found one as kid and the Primes that came over the years never interested me. Well maybe Primes' Prime. The Beast Hunters Optimus looked good but became expensive fast ( and I was stupid and not fast enough to pick one up). Anyway, this time I knew I had to get him and I'm super happy with this G1 looking guy.
And than Hasbro released the Earthrise version. Oh well.
I love upgrade kits, especially when they make a significant difference. Normally, Combiner Wars Defensor looks like this - squat and a bit dopey.
This is mine, with the C+ Customs kit. It was the most expensive upgrade kit I’ve ever gotten, but I think it was worth it.
He looks so much better. It was quite a project too. I had to disassemble Hot Spot and install new parts. The basic leg ratchets that come standard can’t handle the extra weight from the combiner pieces. Now the stands like a champ.
Any thoughts on the upcoming figures? I don't think I will get all of them but Trailbreaker and Sunstreaker will be an instant buy for me. Not sure about Smokescreen yet. I already have Siege Smokescreen. I will also buy Arcee. Yes, even if she is riding part of her alt mode as a "hoverboard".
Oh, Runamuck, too. There are not many deluxe Decepticons in WFC and he looks really interesting.
I saw that a german online store I ordered from before has the decepticon clones for preorder. So I did a bit of research and found out that some online stores here in Europe also sell the exclusive toys. Found two from the Netherlands and one from the UK. The UK store Kablow Toys ships to Germany. The prices are good, even cheaper than ordering locally and the shipping rate is low ( £9,75). The seeker two pack is sold out right now but maybe I'm lucky enough to get a notification and fast enough to preorder.
New Generation Selects Rotorstorm, Tiger Tracks, and Centurion Drone up for preorders at Hasbro Pulse. The Centurion, a repaint of Brunt, comes with a special accessories box with pieces for multiple figures.
This is also the first time Tiger Tracks, a repaint of Sideswipe, is being released outside of Japan. Rotorstorm is a repaint of Spinister. Perhaps a 3rd party company will make a replacement head, because it’s the perfect figure for that repaint.
I’m waffling right now on “Alternate Universe” Prime right now. I preordered it, but it’s a dead Optimus figure. It’s the Earthrise figure with a different head and paint job. And he’s a robot corpse. I’m...feeling like I don’t really want that.
I have also mixed feelings about "Alternate" Optimus. Earthrise Optimus Prime is a good figure (I haven't bought him yet) but he they call him "Alternate Universe" Optimus as much as they want but a will still be a corpse. I'm not sure what the play pattern is suppose to be. Play with him like he is a zombie? Or "Weekend at Bernies" style?
Why not make a true alternate version of Optimus and make a Shattered Glass one?