Botcon 2013 Rainmakers (Bitstream, Hotlink, Sunstorm)
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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 Starscream (Repainted with no mold changes.)
Finally, they have done a really great troop builder! Bitstream, Hotlink, and Sunstorm look absolutely amazing. These guys were long overdue. I was a bit disappointed that we didn’t get a red one, but it has since been announced that the fourth Rainmaker, Red Wing, will be part of next year’s subscription service.
Now, there are a few little things that aren’t perfect. Sunstorm’s fists really shouldn’t be back (I think his launchers, too). But, realistically, they were able to do three different toys because all they changed between them is the one color plastic. The paint is the same on all toys. That’s just the nature of the beast, and not a big deal to me. I wish Hotlink had been lighter purple and just called “Warrior,” but hopefully they will do a generic warrior down the road. (Probably it will be one of those awful troop builders where we get three of the same toy.)
As you might note on in the jet mode picture of Sunstorm, mine is broken. The black gun on the end of his left wing and the tip on top of his left stabilizer are both cracked. I am waiting to find out from Fun Publications how I get it replaced via the guy who I bought it from.
Update: Fun Publications is replacing my Sunstorm and Megaplex head. I thought it was only fair to post that.
For it being broken, I should reduce my grade, but these are so damn awesome, I can’t. They get one plus for each toy.
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