Blog #2306: Toy Review: Transformers: Legacy: Velocitron Speedia 500 Collection Deluxe Class Shadowstrip

Transformers: Legacy: Velocitron Speedia 500 Collection Deluxe Class Shadowstrip

Shadowstrip

Previous Mold Use: Legacy Deluxe Class Dragstrip

What the fuck is a shadowstrip? I know what a dragstrip is, but I’ve never heard of a shadowstrip. Shadowstrip is a stupid name. I suppose we’ll be getting Fire-End, Sunrider, Aquadown, and then Barney-The-Purple-Truck. However, as stupid a name as Shadowstrip is, what Hasbro has done is even worse than give G2 Dragstrip a stupid name. Hasbro claims Shadowstrip is a new character. Now, I’m not opposed to new characters. It’s not a terrible idea, and for a new character, I suppose I could accept Shadowstrip as a name. The problem is, I don’t know anything about this character. There are no tech specs on the box, because as we know, Hasbro has murdered the Transformers tech spec virtually wiping it from existence. There is no animated series, so I can’t learn anything about this character from there. It Don’t Work, AKA IDW, has created new characters. They gave us the idiocy that was Faux-Stunticon Offroad and Faux-Aerialbot Alpha Bravo. Mercifully IDW is no longer licensed to ruin Transformers, thank Primus. Could the next comic company actually make Shadowstrip a real character? Potentially, but I’m not going to hold my breath. But wait, Hasbro has given life to this character via their product copy for Shadowstrip which reads as follows, “Shadowstrip is a determined athlete who’ll obliterate any obstacle in his path to victory, including other athletes.” Are you fucking kidding me? I had fewer questions about Shadowstrip when I knew nothing about him at all. They gave us one whole sentence. What sport does he play? Because personally, I find it hard to call racecar drivers athletes, but some may disagree. What kind of weapons does he carry? Does he get along with his teammates? Oh, wait, that’s right, they didn’t include instructions for combining him, so he really doesn’t have teammates, even though he is supposed to be a member of a combiner team, he’s really just a random limb without any actual purpose. So I really don’t know fuck all about this new character. People wanted G2 Dragstrip. For fucks sake, would it have been really so hard to just put “G2 Dragstrip” on the fucking box and be done with it? It’s such a simple thing and Hasbro has to get clever and make it stupid. As to the toy, Shadowfuck, or whatever his name is looks amazing, it’s just really hard for me to give a shit.

Overall: Yeah, everyone who loves G2, including me, will buy him and the upcoming his random limbs and body, and if you don’t get hung up on the name you will love him.

Thanks for reading!

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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