Tuesday, January 16, 2018

B'boom goes the dynamite

Folks often remember those old G2 commercials for the CGI, but often the CGI in early Beast Wars commercials goes forgotten. This commercial sells the poop out of these new (at the time) Mega Beast Wars figures. B'boom was a great figure that really was the ideal early beast era figure. Cool alt mode, cool robot mode, and cool weapon platform thingy mode (this was an early gimmick in BW as was the mutant heads). Transquito was around on shelves for years to come up into the early 2000's. I'm not sure why as he's a fun toy in his own right, though I think at some point you could have built a house from stacked up Transquito boxes at the local Toys r Us. Both molds got reused in Beast Wars II, which is great that they got another chance at much deserved limelight.

Onyx Primal BotCon 1996

'...and I will strike down with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is Onyx when I lay my vengeance upon thee.'

GiG Finback

Playing with my Primemasters last night got me all excited for Pretenders. Words cannot express how stoked for tiny Pretender homages I am.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Beast Wars Metals intros 1&2

Intro 1

Intro 2

Gigastorm, Tanko Tank, and even the N.W.O I think

Playing with my Titans Return Trypticon last night and thinking about Beast Wars today guided me down the path of Gigastorm and this awesome commercial. Really selling the crap out of the line, the announcer is practically yelling and still not conveying my excitement for anything Beast Wars. I'm still kicking myself for passing over the mountains of discounted Sonokong Gigastorms in the past. They were reduced to such low prices! Playing with my new giant Trypticon last night kinda made me wish for a Gigastorm variation, but no. It's just not different enough to warrant a release. Though, in red, Trypticon would be gorgeous.

Big Convoy vs Magmatron

Since I'm talking Lio Convoy, I can't not talk Big Convoy. Beast Wars Neo had a ton of new molds that many were very frustrating to transform, but ultimately really good looking and very beloved by me. Big Convoy to this day is one of the best looking Transformers in my opinion. It's just this amazing looking robot made of kick ass. Magmatron isn't anything to sneeze at either. Just this big, imposing robot made of three dinosaurs. Beast Wars Neo was just a showstopper.

Lio Convoy vs Galvatron

A conversation in a group about Lio Convoy has got me looking back fondly at Beast Wars 2 toys. While basically a repaint line, Lio Convoy and Galvatron were original molds and pretty nice ones at that. Convoy was a bit fiddly to keep together in his robot mode due to his transformation, but still a really sharp looking toy. Galvatron was heralded as one of the best Transformers toys for years to come. I often say that beast era was my favorite time to be a fan, and I'll admit there's probably some rose tint in my memories, but I can't deny the complete joy I get from it still.