There have been plenty of Transformers named Red Alert over the years, and I’ve looked at a couple here on FigureFan, including the Armada version and the Generations version. Today we’re checking out one of the Cybertron versions, which is supposed to be the same as Armada and the Deluxe Cybertron Red Alert only reformatted into a kick ass new body. Confused? Don’t worry, I hate the Unicron Trilogy cartoons, so that’s the last reference you’ll see about the origins of the character. Let’s just look at the toy…
Opening the first tote of Transformers for the first time in about a year, I wanted to first tackle the ones I was most excited about seeing again. Apparently 2004 was a great year for Transformers, because so far the first two figures that jumped out at me were both released that year. Last time we checked out the Autobot, Landmine, so let’s be fair and look at a Decepticon today. It’s Scorponok, and he is in a word: Awesome. Scorponok is a much simpler figure than Landmine, and I no longer own the inevitably released repaint, so this one shouldn’t be nearly as long winded as yesterday’s entry. Let’s check him out…
We’re kicking things off the week with a look at one very cool toy. He’s Landmine, and he’s one of those Transformers that I would have absolutely adored to own as a kid. He was on the shelves back in 2004 and despite being one of the more pricey assortments, I loved the mold so much I still picked up his repaint Landquake. Ok, in fairness, I was pretty much buying every Transformer released back then, but suffice it to say I still adore this pair to death. The only difference is the coloring, so I’m going to focus on the original release, Landmine, for the purposes of this feature, and I’ll toss in some comparison shots at the end.
No new feature today. Yesterday’s St Patty’s Day festivities were epic and right now I’m focusing on lying in bed, moaning, and trying to coax my liver into processing the quarts of Jameson, Bud Light, and Bailey’s & Guinness cocktails that are seeping through my system. I crawled out of bed long enough to write this and then I’m going straight back to bed for the rest of the day to play a little game called, “Oh god, Oh god, I don’t wanna throw up any more.” sleep it off.
“Victory of the Daleks” is probably one of the most maligned episodes to come out of Series 5. Personally, I don’t mind it much at all. Sure, the story was crap, but it had its moments and one of them was Bill Paterson’s performance as Professor Bracewell, the tragic Dalek android who was programmed to believe he was human. The Daleks have snuffed out plenty of lives as they’ve rampaged across the small screen over the last 50 years. They’re evil, I get that. But I don’t think the scope of their cruelty was ever driven home as well as when they blew off Bracewell’s hand just to illustrate that he was a mere mechanical pawn in their plot against The Doctor and that his entire existence was just one big work of fiction. Oh, and by the way… he was a bomb too. Yep, the Daleks aren’t just evil, they’re also dicks. He was a great character, and I finally got starved enough for NuWho figures that I decided to pick him up.
Yep, here’s one from out of left field. Once upon a time I was a real fighting game whore, and while SNK and Capcom were my mainstays, I used to really enjoy me some Tekken. I spent a ridiculous amount of time with Tekken 3, but the seminole moment for me was being totally blown away by the introduction of Christie Monteiro in Tekken 4. By the time Tekken 4 came out, I was more of a casual gamer and didn’t have the time or motivation to dig deep into the move sets and that’s where Christie came in. Not only was she animated perfectly, but she brought a fierce and furious style to my gameplay that felt really comfortable, accessible and looked outrageously cool on the screen. I got my first Bishoujo statue a while back [See my feature on Ghostbuster Lucy] and have been meaning to pick up another for a while. When Koto showed off Christie here, I pre-ordered her right away.
And today is the payoff. After collecting the six figures of Wave 17, I can finally build the amazing Anti-Monitor C&C figure. There were only three figures in this wave that I would have bought otherwise: Scarecrow, The Atom, and Wonder Woman. I didn’t mind so much having to pick up The Flash. But Lex and Hal were only for the pieces. Was it worth it? Oh yeah! Obviously, Anti-Monitor is a character most fans and collectors are going to want to have in their collection, and Mattel did a bang up job with him.
And here we go… its the last packaged figure of Wave 17, and its probably no surprise that it happens to be my favorite. Scarecrow being deputized into the Sinestro Corps is still one of my favorite concepts of Blackest Night and while I still wound up liking a number of figures in Wave 17, Scarecrow is the only one of the packaged figures that I was actually excited to own.
We’re over the Wave 17 hump, with only two packaged figures and the C&C left. Today we’re checking out one of my favorite figures in this assortment, The Atom as he appeared after being deputized into the Indigo Tribe. Cool!
Pressing on to Day Three of this look at DC Universe Classics Wave 17, let’s check out Blue Lantern Flash! I should be able to knock this one out pretty quickly, in a flash one might say, as he is basically just a repaint. Lets go!