Sunday, 31 May 2009

Revenge of the Fallen Sideswipe

One of the first wave Deluxes from the new movie line is controversial for several reasons - not least that, while it's a popular character choice, the make and colour of his alternate mode don't match the G1 original, being more suited to another G1 character, Tracks. The design of his robot mode - particularly the animal-style legs and wheel feet - has given him a 'love him or loathe him' element and, for the record, I love it.

Revenge of the Fallen Optimus Prime

It's rather unfair that I'm blogging about this toy before the original live-action movie Leader Class Optimus Prime because, as good as that model was, this one is far, far better. From the shaping and sculpted detail to the engineering of the transformation, this thing easily represents something near the pinnacle of TransFormers toy design. A good part of this is the fact that the designers at TakaraTomy had only pre-production artwork to work from for the toys in the first movie. They had to guess which robot parts became which vehicle parts, and figure in the limitations of toymaking back in 2006/7. Now, for the second movie, they have the luxury of having already seen most of the robots in action, and have improved likenesses and worked out upgraded transformation schemes for the new characters and returning players such as Optimus.

Sunday, 3 May 2009

Irregularly Updated...

Um, yeah.

Well, now I've semi-moved in to my new place, I should be able to start doing a bit more photography in what little spare time work leaves me. Which would mean the weekends when I've got nothing else to do. I still don't have a light tent, but can make do with what I've got for the time being.

I actually have a backlog of photos - Animated Blitzwing, Optimus Prime and Megatron, Energon Treadbolt, Alternator Rumble, Henkei Lambor, Legends Red Alert, Classics Grimlock and Megatron, and a few I took this morning of THS-01 Galaxy Convoy... Just need some time to clean up the images (just like I didn't with some of those already here) and get them written up.

It's coming. Honest.