As we work our way to Legacy Evolution and Rise of the Beasts in 2023, we’re taking a look at some late year 2022 drops. I’m a bit strapped for time so I was unable to dig in and do full galleries for any of these – or for pretty much anything this year except a select few. However the fine folks at Hasbro PR sent through a care package with some recent stuff and I felt the need to crack those boxes and play around a bit. Read on to check out just a few shots of :
Studio Series The Fallen, Studio Series TF5 Hot Rod, Studio Series 86 Ironhide, Studio Series 86 Rumble, Legacy Skullgrin, Legacy Pointblank, Legacy Dead End, Legacy Armada Starscream, and Legacy TM2 Megatron.
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After you check out my glorified play sesh, we invite you all to head over to the 2005 Boards and share pics of your favorite 2022 figures after the break!
Rapid Fire Thoughts:
The Fallen – Very sharp head sculpt and paint.
TM5 Hot Rod – thought they fumbled the character in the movie, but this toy is bonkers. Alt mode and transformation to get there is perfection, kudos. Somehow I did it without instructions (mic drop).
SS86 Ironhide – Good colors. Head is too happy, need a mean mug on IH. Overall he seems loose & floppy in hand. But on shelf in final pose, fine. Brawn’s dead off camera there, if you are wondering.
SS86 Rumble – YES. Just yes.
Skullgrin – Not my cup of tea, I’m pre-movie G1. But skulls are cool.
Dead End – I’ve had a pile of Menasor parts sitting around for about 8.5 years now. Come on already. They are all great. But I refuse to do Menasor till they are all here. So hurry up. 🙂
Pointblank – See above. Happy they did the Targetmaster proper tho.
Armada Starscream – Wait, Armada is now as old as G1 was when I started TFW? WTF.
TM2 Megatron – I still argue that the TM guys in modern times need some form of fancy paint apps or plastic type to differentiate them from the standard BW characters. Doesn’t have to be vac metal, but raw plastic doesn’t do it for me. Mold wise, sharp, great range of movement. Where’s my RID 2001 Universe Cryotek? Don’t front.
Quickie Pants shots below, share yours on the 2005 Boards!
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All my new figures I got in 2022
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Somewhere in another universe, Ultra Magnus smiles, for his death in Headmasters has finally been avenged.
Oh man, I think the MP looks like absolute poo, just terrible proportions. (Skids and Co. aside, MP has been dead to me since they went with the “animation accurate means no detail” Sunbow look)
Based on most of the recent ones though, doing yellow and/or blue Trailbreaker with a toy head though seems incredibly likely.
Here's my most favorite toys of the year. Huh, a lot of them are red.
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And my favorite 3rd party toy is Commander Stack
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I hear you, I had the original Trailbreaker as a kid. Something about the blue, though. Wonder what your thoughts are on the MP. He comes with the same animation-style head, another head with an alternate expression, but no original toy head. Missed opportunity, IMO.
The Earthrise version is commanding a decent amount online these days.
Definitely Haslab Victory Saber.
Love hauler too, but salty they whiffed on making the windows purple, such an easy shot away from glory.
Ah, nice never considered him as Marvel TB, that’s nice. Honestly, the lack of head update is part of what’s made me drag my feet on him, if he’d just gotten the toy head he’d be legendary, as is he feels a little bit like a miscoloured knock off. At least Lift Ticket got some alternate tampos.
There was a lot I liked this year, but if I had to name some:
Definitely adding Dragon Megs to the list.
VS is definitely the best of the year.
I have most of these for my gobots collection.
There's one last TF I've bought this year but I don't know if it'll show up before 2023, so maybe Legacy Inferno would've made the list otherwise.
HasLab Victory Saber. Now, yes, there do be QC issues and I had to sort out the annoying Wing Saber moulding error, but, my goodness, this set do be quite fantastic.
Legacy TMII Megatron. When it was initially revealed it didn't wow me, without any frame of reference to the size or anything he just looked weirdly small. Luckily after seeing actual size comparisons and now having him in-hand he's definitely not smol, in fact he's a certified Big Boi. Amazing update. Can't wait to see the other Transmetal/TMII updates!
Legacy Jhiaxus. I mean, just look at him. How could he not be ranked as one of the best TFs of the year?
Legacy Iguanus. There aren't many Pretenders I care about, but this guy just looked way too good to pass up on and despite being the lil' price point managed to set the bar absurdly high for Pretenders updates.
Selects toy deco/Marvel Galvatron.
Holiday Optimus Prime. Now I really got kicked in the balls in the QC department what with mine having a completely snapped ab panel, but independent of that he's just a really cool take on Optimus. Transformation does some really cool things to get from truck to robot and I love the Christmasy/Father Christmas colour scheme (I'm a sucker for green clear plastic).
Nice!!! I need to catch up…
(I do have Breaker. Bonus: he looks like a Marvel comic Trailbreaker given the tone of blue used in those comics to represent black and no other changes.)
Okay so I got Wreck n Rule Springer n Crankcase for Christmas… they’re both very, very good.
Two favorites that I got are probably Legacy voyager Jhiaxus and Bulkhead. Two characters I had no attachment to yet these toys have so much petsonality.
Runner up is Legacy Menasor though I still only have Motormaster and Dragstrip (and the G2 repaint). Deadend is in my BBTS POL though.
View attachment 29762321 Merry Christmas Everyone! May all your Holiday Dreams Come True!
These figures. This is my latest haul
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always nice to meet another person of taste.
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appreciating they're not all diaclone, but ones that I feel fit the vibe correctly. I affectionately like to call them "The Nobodies."
Still need Breaker and Magnificus. Loud Pedal, when, Hasbro???
lil society vert
Armada starscream is absolute peak I got mine in a few days ago and I literally can’t put it down
So here's my list:
10: WFC Nemesis Prime
I never had a Nemesis Prime in my collection so I searched around for one and ended up getting the Netflix version! By character alone he wins the #10 spot
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#9: Studio series Soundwave
I got this guy when I was really sick with Covid so he brightened up my day a lot, such a cool representation of the character on screen.
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#8: Velocitron Cosmos
It's a shame that this guy is so hard to get as he's one of the best figures out of that line, I hope that in 2022 Walmart starts putting out solid cases for him like they did in the U.K
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#7: Beast wars Reissue Cybershark
Man what a fun toy, I can't tell you how much fun I had with this figure when I first got it, dead easy to transform quickly and loaded with so much play features. I never was able to experience the original beast wars toys so cybershark really was a nice introduction
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#6: Legacy Armada Starscream
Glad to see my childhood Transformers series getting love again, This is a fantastic figure of one of my favorite incarnations of Starscream.
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#5: Animated Megatron
In memory of Derrick J. Wyatt, I decided that this year I was going to track down an Animated Megatron as I was never financially able to afford this toy growing up. I distinctly remember during Christmas I saved up enough money to get one but no store around me carried one or had it on sale.
Thankfully after several years I got this guy and he is just as good as I remembered.
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#4: Legacy Menasor
Menasor while he does have his problems, I still think is way better than the combiner wars version, He and all the stunticons are great, especially motormaster. I really hope that we get more combiners in this style, I'd really like a Bruticus or Defensor.
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#3: Legacy Transmetal 2 Megatron
This guy was a recent purchase of mine and he automatically made it onto the top 10 for me. He has such a presence in both modes that I can't help but stare at him. I always wanted more dragon transformers and this figure definitely scratches that itch.
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#2: Legacy Jhiaxus
Even though I don't have much of an attachment to Jhiaxus as much as others do, I still think he's a great figure and a good representation of the Big baddie of G2.
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#1: Haslab Victory Saber
My most Anticipated figure of the year. He's everything I ever wanted out of a Star Saber figure. He's one of my favorite Japanese characters and Hasbro really knocked it out of the park with him despite his QC issues, I know for a fact Deathsaurus is going to be on my top 10 list for 2023 so LET'S SAY GO!
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Honorable Mentions go to G1 Cosmos and Menasor as 2 vintage figures I wanted since I was a kid!
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