July 2nd, 2010

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Scorch you glad to see me?

Originally published at Shortpacked!. Please leave any comments there.

All of my favorite toys should be done in yellow and orange.

After musing over which of my BotCon 2010 exclusives I had given the least love, I realized the answer was Scorch, otherwise known as SG Ravage‘s accessory.  And with good reason, too, because he didn’t hold together very well and so I left him up in my hotel room to make sure I didn’t lose any of him.  I’m happy to report that only some of this was an actual problem.  His arm, for example, that kept falling off was actually just a matter of improper assembly, meaning I needed to pop it fully onto the balljoint.  So that’s fixed!  However, he is still a little too floppy overall and his chest/bumper/cowcatcher thing still likes to fall out.  I might try to glue that in later or something.  At least only one piece is falling out of him now instead of two.

I also don’t have much attachment to Scorch.  Hell, I didn’t even really know he existed before this set! He is a yellow/orange redeco of a toy I really really like, though, so I certainly don’t mind him.  And after seeing him in this year’s comic book, I do have an attachment to him now that I know what he’s like.  Or, well, now that he’s been written to be like something.  He was one of those blank slates, y’know.  But now I picture him as the Kup of the group, the curmudgeonly mentor to the young Second Generation of Transformers on Earth.  I like Kup, so I like Scorch.

Maybe he's driving backwards?

But the thing everyone’s talking about regarding Scorch is his hood’s flame deco.  It points backwards!  Like you know how flame deco is always blowing towards the back of the car?  Well, here it’s blowing towards the front.  Ooookay.  I think what happened is that on the original Scorch, there was this block of unpainted hood where the head popped out through or whatever, and the flames sprouted outwards from there.  And so they tried to duplicate this exactly, but the problem was the block was on the opposite end of the hood and so the flames go the wrong direction!  And then nobody noticed this and it stayed. Whoops.

(Because of this, in the comic Scorch always kinda looks like he’s wearing this orange feathered boa.)

So anyway, I guess Scorch just drives that fast.  He’s got a speed of 8, right?  That’s almost 10!

Ravage is kinda Reese Witherspoon to Scorch's Ryan Phillipe.

I do wish the gray was a little bluer and his flame deco was a little redder.  The flame deco just doesn’t stand out enough on the hood, since it’s orange-on-yellow.  And a bluer gray, I feel, might have been a little more visually attractive.  (The photos of the toy on BotCon’s tall standee display thing had a much bluer gray, and it looked fantastic.)  A bluer gray also might have looked nicer on Ravage’s tail, since that’s where they share plastic.

Overall, he’s a yellow/orange version of a toy I love (as I said), and he (technically) comes with my biggest canonical contribution to the Transformers mythos.  Plus I’ve grown to like his characterization.  It’s just too bad about the small things.

I warn you, in the coming days I am going to gush over every single other toy in this set.  Multiple boners.

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Originally published at Shortpacked!. Please leave any comments there.

Tiny tiny legs!

Hahaha, thought it’d be a robot today, didn’t you?  Lobo was waiting for me in a MattyCollector box when I got home from BotCon, so I gotta shove pictures of him into this blog some time.  Might as well be now!

I always enjoy the entirely new sculpt Justice League Unlimited figures.  They feel more “alive” than their usual plop-a-new-head-on-the-standard-body-and-call-it-a-day guys.  You can see just how nicely Mattel can sculpt these things when they’re given free reign.  In that vein, Lobo is basically perfect.  He’s asymmetrical and huge and round and angular all at the same time in different places.  Though he only really “works” in a typical standing pose, he’s a joy to look at from all angles.

Not that I wouldn’t balk at more plop-a-new-head-on-the-standard-body-and-call-it-a-day guys.  I need myself a Chronos the Time Thief, dammit.