June 17th, 2009

I'm Batman

Of Bats and burning.

Shortpacked!: This may involve some trial and error.  Mostly error.  Deadly, deadly error.

Many Robot Heroes waves were cut short as retailers dropped all product in favor of Revenge of the Fallen stuff.  Booo!  Stupid retailers, preferring what makes them the most money!   It gets in the way of what I want.

Miraculously, two sets of the otherwise-canceled Robot Heroes figures showed up in places like Germany.  Well, a comrade in Germany named Nevermore was able to track them down for me!  And so I gleefully paid European retail + shipping, because I must have these things.  

After all, the two sets included Tigatron and Inferno, who help round out my Beast Wars Robot Heroes collection.  The Beast Wars ones are by far my favorite.  So I was all "YES PLEASE."  (What is extra nice is that in the show, Inferno was introduced as Tigatron's rival.  Snow versus fire!)

Tigatron is a redeco of Cheetor, which was inevitable enough.  His expression looks a little too giddy as a result of this, but whatcha gonna do.  What's interesting to me is that he's in the original toy's colors.  The show reversed the silver and green and changed the off-white to a shock white.  So he looks a little strange to me (I've only ever owned the show-accurate Japanese Tigatron, not the original American toy), but it's a reference that I can appreciate.  Tigatron seems to have traded in Cheetor's smoke clouds with... dirt?

Inferno is a whole new mold!  Unsurprising!  In contrast with Tigatron, Inferno is definitely in show-inspired colors.  He's got way too much dark gray and silver not to be.  Mine was a little warped coming out of the packaging, which in this case means his right leg sort of bends too far inwards, but if I spent some time, I could probably fix that.  Just ain't, yet.  

We've been told by Hasbro that non-Movie Robot Heroes were pretty much done, at least for the forseeable future.  Again, booo!  Perhaps they'll come back in a year, after the movie.  And by "perhaps" I mean "they had damn well better."  I need Terrorsaur, Scorponok, Dinobot, and Airazor!  And all the other guys that were announced but canceled.  Grarrrrgh.

I repeat:  Greaaaaaaaarrrghgh.