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This week's art auction ends in the next day! Check it out 'fore it's super-gone. Good luck to the bidders!

War Within, take 2

I've got a love-hate relationship with the Titanium Series line. Well, okay, mostly hate. I didn't like War Within Prime's quality standards much, they're made out of die-cast metal which I'm not too fond of, and .. well, okay, the quality stuff again. But they do give me awesome pre-Earth Cybertronic toys of all sorts of dudes, which is crazy. Who, when they were watching the first episode of Transformers back in 1984, when we saw those tetrajet guys on Cybertron, didn't say, "that'd be cool to have a toy of"?

Well, we got something close to that in Thundercracker. Mind, he's designed to actually transform, which means he doesn't turn from a tetrajet into a robot-that-looks-like-it-transforms-into-an-F15. He actually transforms into a robot that looks like it turns into the jet he is. So that's a compromise. One I like and encourage, but a compromise. He's also the only real... good toy out of the Titanium line so far. He has ratcheting joints, full movement, and nothing falls off or comes undone when you look at him. He's very solid, which is something the other three toys so far in the line haven't really accomplished.

For example, Jetfire's backpack, which is removed and replaced during transformation, keeps falling off. It doesn't really peg on securely, it hangs off a nub on his back. There isn't even enough clearance to move his arms. His is an innovative transformation sequence, at least, and he has a nice gun he can hold in robot mode that you create when you combine the two blasters carried under each wing. Like Thundercracker, he's based on his pre-Earth appearance in The War Within.

In the photo above, I've placed them with two other figures that can pass for War Within toys. One, the original Shockwave, who didn't have a different form for The War Within, because, dude, why? He turns into a giant flying spacegun. That's kinda Cybertronny enough, and it's not like he's the kind to change his body over time to match the fads. And then there's Cybertron Starscream, a toy which was inspired by Starscream's appearance in the War Within. They're a different scale, as you can see, but I had fun with them anyway.

In upcoming waves, we're expecting The Fallen, War Within Megatron, and War Within Grimlock. There was also a Starscream shown at Comic-Con, but as a straight redeco of Thundercracker, he's a little off-model.

The rest of Titaniums are just recreations of toys I already have and, for the most part, can happily skip.

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From:sprainogre
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)

Wow

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Huh, I actually feel sorry for Conni...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
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Sweet Sassy Molassy, a Fallen toy! Time to make more shelf space.
-Home Improvement with Space Cowboy.
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From:abrogate
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
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I agree with you on the "dont need recreations" thing. Why would I want a smaller, less posable version of RiD Prime, especially considering the poor joints so far? But I'll gladly buy all the War Within figures, even if they are riddled with problems.

Also, to the guy above me, you wont need to clear too much shelf space, these guys are not very large at all.
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From:max1975
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:42 am (UTC)
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Are there multiple versions of Jetfire?

The backpack on mine stays on pretty securely. And the wings point up. I thought for a second you had him mistransformed (no offense :), but because I don't have mine with me at the moment, I looked for some other pictures online. And in some of them, his wings sweep back in jet mode, whereas mine has forward-swept wings (which I prefer for a futuristic look), likewise in some robot mode pictures the wings point down like yours and in others they point up like mine.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
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The wings can rotate.
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From:max1975
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:59 am (UTC)
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They rotate independently of the red engine bits? I'll have to try that when I get home.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:08 am (UTC)
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They do indeed. I have mind folded down so they match the way they were drawn in The Dark Ages.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)

Cheetor?

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No Titaniums BM Cheetor for you? Aww, he's so pretty...
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)

Re: Cheetor?

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I have 3 BM-era Cheetors already, so I'm not exactly chomping at the bit. He's interesting, though.
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From:ronald_mack
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
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A... a GOOD Titatium mold? Here I was ready to kick the whole line after having picked up Megatron. What were they thinking attaching his heavy metal legs to his body with those tiny plastic things? They move forwards and back because he's got all that room but they decided to use a thin piece of plastic instead of a sturdy joint. Posability is a joke.

I'll have to keep my eye out for Thundercracker.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC)
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The die-cast is exactly the reason I didn't rush out and get the line when they started showing up. The quality issues is exactly why I haven't reconsidered in spite of the metal.

-SL
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From:deriksmith
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
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Colbert report was good today. He mentioned Jon's upcoming date with Walky.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)

WW Starscream

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Haven't they replaced Titanium WW Starscream with "WW" Sunstorm?

Plus there's that stupid "WW" Ultra Magnus, when we actually saw WW UM, and he wasn't a white Prime, so that stupid excuse for a repaint doesn't work on any level this time...
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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Well, I figger at some point in time, TWW Magnus looked like that. I mean, the two were brothers. When Magnus took off his armor, he looks just like Prime. I imagine that works backwards.
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From:the_mouthpiece
Date:October 20th, 2006 02:56 pm (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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What I don't get is the body being a copy of the one that Prime -grew- into when he accepted the matrix. Pre-matrix his body had similar details but was smaller and probably had an alt mode that looked different.

Soo... if you're going with the Magnus being Prime's brother applying to this series, then, why does his unarmored form look the same as Prime's matrix-built form? Why doesn't he look like pre-matrix prime under the armor?
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From:coffeejedi
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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Because every time you see something like that, a wizard did it.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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Prime's Matrix upgrade wasn't really all that different. It was just beefier. He grew antenna and had new pipes in front of his headlights. I'm pretty sure that's the extent of the change. If he turned into anything different, I'd be surprised.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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Actually, upon inspection, Magnus' cab in its one appearance looks like it has the chest of pre-Matrix Prime. So.
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From:chipc
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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No.

And... no. Wasn't War Within Ultra Magnus's truck mode a white War Within Prime cab pulling a different trailer? So he'd still be a white Prime redeco underneath the armor.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:55 am (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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I don't think we ever saw Magnus in vehicle mode. But then, my memories of Age of Wrath and Micromasters are pretty hazy.
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From:minorirritant
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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One flashback panel in Age of Wrath #1. The cab doesn't look quite like Prime's and, oddly, is blue.
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)

Re: WW Starscream

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Yeah, found it, thanks. Though, it's not just his cab -- he's completely miscolored. The parts that turn into the blue parts of his arms aren't even blue. The cab looks enough like Prime, though. Not detail-for-detail, but the same structure. (Considering the details on Ultra Magnus change from panel to panel, I'm not sure if we should take that one panel as Gospel.)
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From:ufo_ranch
Date:October 20th, 2006 04:56 am (UTC)
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So when are you going to take a break from this drama nonsense and write a strip about the YTMND's shenanigans with the Prime line contest? (which I'm fully in support of)
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
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I can't really bring myself to care, sorry!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
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Ah, good to have the info on Thundercracker. He's been the only titanium to interest me so far and I haven't been hearing good things about those. Maybe I'll pick him up! I'm always up for some futuristic jet action.

On the side: I really oughta get that Starscream imported or something. I missed the TRU two pack with the red one and I never wanted to pony up the cash for the giganto version. How much does he go for usually?

- Alexx
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:23 am (UTC)
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I got my Galaxy Force Starscream for 40, but that was a year ago. Chances are, you'll end up paying about the same for either of them, if not much more, for the smaller, Japanesey one.
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From:lbd_nytetrayn
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:31 am (UTC)
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Hmm, I thought they did change Shockwave's appearance slightly, as I remember it not making sense to me that they'd do so.

Or maybe I was thinking of someone else, like Springer or Kup.

LBD "Nytetrayn"
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From:bootybrown
Date:October 20th, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
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I was looking forward to a reason for Jetfire's change of physique in the Dreamwave comics, I bet there was a good story there. Ah well, Stormbringer will suffice instead.
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From:pgwfolc
Date:October 20th, 2006 08:23 am (UTC)
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Speaking of Glasso's dream...

We ever going to see a flash forward (or dream sequence or something) where his ambitions have come to fruition? A world or at least small country (something significantly bigger than a single toystore, anyway) where Glasso rules with an iron fist? And maybe a hint about how he got there from running a toy store?

Just curious...
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From:cmzero
Date:October 20th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
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See, that assumes that he has the remotest chance of succeeding.
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From:pgwfolc
Date:October 20th, 2006 09:55 pm (UTC)
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Not necessarily. I did say it could be a dream sequence instead of an actual future. That only calls for him to believe that there's a chance of success.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
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Aren't you giving just a bit too much praise for the Titanium Thundercracker? I mean, he looks nothing close to a Tetrajet. Sorry, but he just plain doesn't. Plus, compared to Cybertron Starscream, that painted on cockpit just looks plain sad.

And if you look at Cybertron Starscream in the same colors, you have to admit he looks far superior. http://f59.aaa.livedoor.jp/~tfup/imgboardphp/futaba.htm

(Please note, you have to scroll down a bit. Not sure if its a re-paint or digital edit.)

If it wasn't for Cybertron Starscream, he might be a decent toy. However, between the two I prefer the look of Cybertron Starscream.
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From:the_mouthpiece
Date:October 20th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC)
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The Titanium thundercracker is based on his appearence in the War Within comic book. No, it doesn't turn into the Tetrajet from episode 1 of the cartoon, but it does turn into the Tetrajet from the comic book.
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From:deriksmith
Date:October 20th, 2006 11:45 pm (UTC)
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I just give them poitns for actually making him Thundercracker, not a Starscream recolor. (all 3 seekers had different detailing on them.) Now Starscream gets to be a thundercracker recolor for once, Nyeah!
From:spiritofcat
Date:October 20th, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
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You neglect to mention Titanium Scourge. I got mine today and I'm quite pleased with him. Quite faithful to the original except now he actually has decent legs that allow him to stand and his wings are a lot more batlike.
He's still a very basic shellformer though.

In upcoming waves, we're also expecting Rodimus Prime, G1 Ultra Magnus & Soundwave.
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From:raptorck
Date:October 20th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)

Waitaminnit...

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Isn't that Galaxy Force Starscream? Our Voyager Starscream was colored more like the Sam's Club Starscream from the Energon two-pack.

Ah, Samscream. So pretty.
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From:the_mouthpiece
Date:October 20th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Is your shockwave broken or is the cable cleverly hidden behind the body in that pose?
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From:shortpacked
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
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He's got the wire.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 20th, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
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You'd think a plotter like Galasso would realize that the odds of his daughter being infertile at this point are insanely high. INSANELY. HIGH. Heck, there probably aren't even odds that she's NOT infertile.

-non-LJ-user
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From:denyer
Date:October 21st, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
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She doesn't want to be "replaced" and uses contraception.
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From:seiberwing
Date:October 20th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
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The Fallen makes me a happy sort of thing.
From:robert_c_c
Date:October 21st, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
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"Do a barrel roll."? Out of all the lines they picked to be voted on, why that? WHY is that particular line so popular? (last I checked, might've changed) The only thing that comes to mind is an old "Calvin and Hobbes" comic.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 21st, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)

Um yeah

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Aside from the fact that every other line is just some lame quote from G1 Prime? I kind of think Prime already stood a good chance of regurgitating a whole heap of old movie quotes, so why everyone decided in unison to write Prime saying the exact same things he's said before is predicably boring. Gosh, grow some creativity.

--Triceratron
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From:vulpisfoxfire
Date:October 21st, 2006 04:14 am (UTC)

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Yes, since, you know, having any connection to existing Transformers is such a horrible thing. Though to be honest, I can see this as a *good* thing--the more this mess is divorced from actual Transformers material, the better.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 22nd, 2006 04:27 am (UTC)

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Having a connection doesn't mean repeating previous works ad nauseum until it turns into a bad cliche. It just serves to make the new work look like it lacks originality, something which I personally abhore now. Practically every movie that comes down the pipe anymore is based on an existing work, as if no one has the imagination to make a new story. Obviously this is the case with Transformers, but at least they aren't just remaking G1 as so many people seem to be convinced they should. Honestly, I don't think I should be agreeing with you on your point about them divorcing this movie from old TF material, but yes they should. The more originality, the more actual effort to make this look more like an innovative new alternate version of the story than just riding someone else's coattails, the better and more memorable this movie will be. Too many people still see Transformers as it was two decades ago. It's time for a change.
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From:vulpisfoxfire
Date:October 22nd, 2006 04:57 am (UTC)

Re: Um yeah

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And once again, you're stuck on this 'It's just G1' kick. They're not just divorcing themselves from that, they're divorcing themselves from the entire existing Transformers line. And yes, it'll be memorable all right--memorable in the same category as Star Trek: Nemesis.
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