Blog #119: Toy Review: Botcon 2012 The Bard of Darkmount

The Bard of Darkmount is the Botcon 2012 Attendee Exclusive.

Botcon Universe: Shattered Glass

Mold Used: Transformers 2010 Generations Deluxe Darkmount

Name Origin: The Bard of Darkmount is so named because he is supposed to be a poet.  I think they should have just called him Darkmount.  The name is silly.  However, he, as a number of Botcon 2012 toys do, suffers from multiple personality disorder.  The plastic bag he is packed in says “Spraxus.”  Members of the Botcon team refer to him as Straxus, the comic character he is based on.  This really bugs me.  If you can’t use a name for trademark reasons, then don’t use the name.  Period.  For me, the name on the package (or in this case the Tech Spec since the plastic bag isn’t really retail packaging) is the toy’s actual name.

The Bard of Darkmount is done in a yellowish brownish color (that I’ve heard referred to as caramel, but it seems too light for that to me).  The green highlights look great.  I’m not a huge fan of this mold because it uses the clip on weapons that I’ve never liked.  I prefer pegged weapons that sit in a set position.  I can rarely get these things to sit straight.  It’s a very nice toy though, and leaps and bounds better than last year’s awful Attendee Exclusive Fisitron.

Grade: B

Thanks for reading!

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About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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