Swerve meets Swerve
Never mix drinks and guns, kids, no matter how preschool-harmless that gun looks.
29 of 52 Transformers: Generations legends Skrapnel
I picked this guy up at a Stateside TRU on my way back from TFCon and boy am I glad I splurged. He’s really impressive for his size class, IMO; he’s got a lot of points of articulation and poseability, and to my surprise the bug kibble doesn’t actually interfere with his posing at all. His head even moves, it’s on a swivel, which I really don’t even expect out of legends-class toys, so that was awesome to find out.
He’s also a lot more faithful to his G1 toy than I’d realized, until I put the two of them next to each other. The designers on this one went to a lot of effort to make Skrapnel as faithful an update of the G1 Shrapnel as possible.
I do have to ding him for Reflector, though. The mini-Reflector he comes packaged with is pretty bad, probably the worst one I’ve seen out of all these two-packs. His camera mode is by far the best, and even then it’s too big and bulky for Skrapnel to effectively hold. Maybe if you gave it to a bigger toy? But as an accessory for Skrapnel, he’s worthless. I kind of just wish they’d packaged him with a proper gun, instead.
28 of 52 Transformers: G1 Insecticons
I don’t like G1 toys. If you’ve been following along with this series, you know that I value sculpting and poseability above everything else; if you’re familiar with G1 toys, you know they lack both of those qualities, at least in a caliber comparable to modern Hastak engineering. Add on to that that G1 toys can be hella spendy to acquire in any sort of decent condition, and I honestly just don’t find them worth my time.
Nice haul, I still have to post mine.
Ahh thank you~ I hope you do!
Man, I had a blast at TFCon this year!
I met a ton of cool new people (hello new followers! Please don’t hesitate to say hi or message me or whatever, you are all cool but I don’t get on Tumblr a whole lot) and got to reconnect with long-distance friends, which is like always the biggest draw of TFCon for me. I bought some really cool stuff for myself (fluffbots Perceptor probably wins the day as most delightful to me on that count) and for other people (all the Bay Megatrons are going to Theo), received that Megatron ornament in the back as my honorable mention prize for Elegy in the art contest (ahhhhhhh), and then found that Skrapnel at retail in Chicago on the way back home. Whoo!
I didn’t make as much behind the Nostalgia Bomb table this year as last, but I didn’t bring as much merchandise, either, so I expected that. A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth and bought something, or just looked, or stopped to chat!
And now, T-minus 95 days and counting ‘til TFCon Chicago! Am I going to see you there?
Anonymous said: Hi there! Because I only see jackasses commenting on that Ratchet thing, I just wanted to say you're totally right, and that most of this fandom wouldn't know logic if it hit them in the face with a two-by-four, it's embarrassing. I love your writings, and I understand how hopeless it must feel to have anything you say be deliberately misinterpreted or ignored by people who basically just attack you because starscreamian isn't around and they're bored, ew. Your words mean a lot to /me/.
Thank you for the support, anon! This message made my day yesterday, so I really appreciate them— and YOU for sending them!
I was really upset at first by the nasty reblog chains, but now I’m just shaking my head at people falling all over themselves to justify why Ratchet’s a good guy and KO isn’t— and calling me a hypocrite while they do it! Okay, guys. Okay.
I definitely don’t begrudge starscreamiam getting out when ey did; this place and so many of these people are kind of toxic. I definitely know I’m going to be limiting my interactions and limiting their control over my mental well-being in the future.
Anyway, thank you again, anon! You rock and it’s nice to know I’m not alone out here.
Wow I’m lmfao forever at “well, Knock Out is the bad guy doctor and Ratchet is the good guy one, right?” as a justification for why KO’s a sadist but Ratchet isn’t.
Even if you equivocate it with ‘well sometimes Ratchet is grumpy and sometimes KO is nice’, you’re still wrong.
If Knock Out is a sadist*, then so is Ratchet. Period. Remember that Knock Out is the one who is only trolling when he’s threatening to vivisect a prisoner of war**, whereas Ratchet was completely and sincerely ready to open up Soundwave to get data out of him in “Minus One”. The only thing that stopped him in the moment was Soundwave’s own actions in erasing the data he carried and crashing his own drives.
And to forestall the inevitable howls of “Knock Out apologism”, YES, he does some really cruel, nasty stuff during his time on the Nemesis. YES, he is selfish and can be violent (something I’ve talked about before on this blog) and he definitely unethically kept and tortured Silas for a really long time. That is not something a good person does!
But Ratchet does this kind of shit too. Need I mention his multiple refusals to give aid to a neutral, injured Starscream unless Starscream has valid info to barter? Need I mention sewing a bomb into Laserbeak? I’ll even throw you a bone and not mention the Decepticon non-combatant he chased down and tortured, since I can already hear the excuse of ‘he was on synth-en’ echoing down to me.
Setting up a false dichotomy where Ratchet is the good doctor and Knock Out is the bad one and using their respective factions to justify reading KO as a cruel irredeemable sadist and Ratchet as justified in his actions is so completely wrong that I don’t understand how anyone can come by this kind of conclusion.
Ratchet is a sadist too.
Ratchet is a sadist too.
Ratchet is a sadist too.
It is not Knock Out apologism or Decepticon apologism or Knock Out woobification or Rakshaism or whatever dismissive, derailing buzzword attack you would apply to point out that Ratchet does just as many morally bankrupt, sadistic things in TFP as Knock Out does.
*And you know what, I won’t even argue this one. If you want to think KO is a full-on predatory sadist, you’re welcome to your opinion. It’s a valid read of his actions in the show, I just happen to think it’s a shallow, boring, and uncritical read.
**Sorry, “if the show had been rated higher, he would have gutted Smokes for realz" is not a valid, canon-based proof of KO’s sadism, since, in the actual show that actually aired, he did not actually gut Smokescreen.
- Look up the definition of sadism. Ratchet doesn’t fall into that category at all, except possibly when he’s on Synth-En. And that’s still a stretch.
- There’s no false dichotomy. You seem to think Ratchet being “bad” negates the horrible things KO did. All I did was point out that you can’t go “B did worse than A, so A isn’t really a bad person.”
- Reading KO as a predatory sadist isn’t shallow, boring, or uncritical. The interpretation is clear as day. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that.
- The Synth-En episode and Minus One are really the only questionable actions, and I’d argue that Minus One is only bad if you’re looking for the (morally) worst possible reading. Otherwise, Laserbeak and Starscream? Are indeed justified.
27 of 52 Transformers: TFP RiD deluxe Vehicon
Last week was a custom Vehicon; this week is Hasbro’s standard retail one! I really like Vehicons. And I really like this Vehicon!
I don’t have the FE version of this but my girlfriend does, and having been able to compare the two, I like this one a lot better. Part of it is personal bias— I like slender robots a lot better than thick ones, and the PRiD Vehicon is hella svelte— but I honestly think the PRiD one is a better toy.
If nothing else, it’s a lot less kibbly. I am to this day impressed by the way the hood, windshield, and roof of the car break down and fold up into the Vehicon’s legs; it’s got to be the most clever elimination of backpack kibble I’ve ever seen. It means the trim silhouette of the Vehicon’s main torso sculpting isn’t broken up or lost in a hood hanging off its back, and that’s just the coolest thing to me.
It even makes up for the fact that the toy’s forearms are just door panels, and the frustrating combination of hinge, balljoint, and swivel that makes up this Vehicon’s weird elbows. Nothing’s perfect, after all, but the PRiD Vehicon is pretty good.
Elegy the Coptercon
Some more pictures of my Vehicon helicopter~. She is not, as I cheekily but ambiguously implied here, an official release; what she is is a custom. My first kitbash, in fact!
I wasn’t kidding when I said I really liked the Vehicon helicopters from the TFP Wii game, so obviously that was my inspiration for Elegy here. When I saw Jin Saotome’s superlative Cyclocons, I knew I wanted to do something like that for the helicopter design; when I remembered that the DotM Tomahawk toy had lovely digitigrade legs, I knew what I was going to be using as a base.
For my first kitbash, I think she came out pretty well. I learned a LOT while I was working on her, and I’d probably do a couple of things very differently if I were to make another— like to clearcoat her before I put the faction stickers on, and to mix a TON of a custom color if I want to use it— but I’m still pretty satisfied with the outcome. She’ll be coming to TFCon with me to be entered in the customs contest!
That’s… about all I got, so I’m just gonna shout out to Dirge the Inexhaustibly Patient Paint Mixer and KC the Master of Power Tools for their assistance in getting Elegy put together, and wrap this up.