Botcon 2013 Mirage
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I really like the Machine Wars concept this year. I’m not crazy about the inclusion of Strika and Obsidian because I really never liked them as characters and they have nothing to do with Machine Wars. If they had to be included, I would have preferred they be Decepticons instead of Autobots. Since the toys are both molds that I really like that doesn’t bother me too much though.
What does bother me is ridiculous coloring on some of the toys. Let’s be honest, the reason Machine Wars was created was so that Hasbro could maintain trademarks. Some names like Optimus Prime, Soundwave, Hoist, Hubcap, Skywarp, Thundercracker, and Starscream hadn’t been used in several years. The toys were all reuses of existing molds (though a few had not been seen before due to the cancellation of G2). The art was all reused and didn’t match most of the toys. I don’t see how you can conclude that it was anything other than a bunch of random toys and art thrown together to maintain the trademarks on the names. This being the case, it’s clear they didn’t put much thought into the color schemes. That’s why we have toys that do not match the characters color schemes in any way. (Even if they are supposed to be different iterations of the characters, they should still have had the correct colors.) What Fun Publications really should have done is make the “second wave of Machine Wars toys” match the proper color schemes for the characters rather than continue to do them wrong. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Mold Used: Transformers Classics Deluxe Mirage (Repainted with no mold changes.)
Mirage is repainted as Mirage. Early reports were that this mold was going to be Prowl, and I would have preferred they did that, I think. We already got this mold in G1 colors, we don’t need it in the incorrect Machine Wars colors too. What they should have done is put a G2 logo on it and had it be Generation 2 Mirage. That would have made a lot more sense to me.
Having said that, while I don’t like the concept, it is an awesome looking toy. I really love the colors and it is a great mold.
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