Styled the wig for my TFCon Chicago costume tonight :3
I’ve always tried to stay on the lighter side of the fandom but yeah, TF fandom can be pretty volatile. (Speaking from about 20 years of experience in it.) Hope it comes to mean something less stressful :)
Man, I don’t know whether it’s comforting or dismaying that TF fandom’s kind of always been like this, but it really has, hasn’t it?Thank you for the kind words!
Anonymous said: Wait, Starscreamian left? Is that why their blog is using the not found page like a theme? I was hoping to hear their take on Age of Extinction since it's been out. Did something happen?
It’s not really my place to talk about Theo’s experiences or why ey left Tumblr, but yeah, ey left.
Anonymous said: Oh goody, I'm glad I could cheer you up! (it's that anon again) Yeah, Tumblr TF fandom is very toxic, especially lately, it seems. It's why I don't have a blog of my own, I just know I'd keep getting into trouble, I'm angry and I have a big mouth, I'd never be able to handle the fallout. xD Stay safe and take care, nobody needs this kind of harassment, I hope starscreamian is alright, too. It's just sad, because I see the few voices of sanity disappearing one by one, people being silenced-
(character limit sucks) -I wish there’d be something one could do to create a safer space. Anyway, you are not alone. I’ve been lurking on Tumblr for more than two years, but I have social anxiety, talking to people is getting easier, though. I’m a faithful but very quiet reader of your blog (I’m secretly Soundwave, lol) and your wonderful KO fic. Right now I see a lot of good people get treated badly and I had to say /something/. The best one can do is ignore the little shitheads, I suppose-
-but it’s hard when they attack en masse like that. Heaven help you if you dare say anything about Starscream, yikes. They’re so deeply invested in their skeevy headcanons and their shallow reading of the show that they’ll attack in droves, and then claim /they’re/ being bullied, what the everloving- But now I’m spamming you, sorry. Just wanted to say you rock, too. xD
WOW sorry it took me so long to get back to this anon (I actually suffer from social anxiety too, which makes keeping up with “formal” correspondence like emails and PMs and messages exhausting and difficult).
Anyway I wanted to say thank you again, I may not have responded but I was definitely thinking about this message a lot. Thank you for your support and kind words, you’re super-awesome!
TF fandom is definitely kind of a hostile place to be, especially if you hold opinions that challenge the greater fandom zeitgeist, and right now sort of withdrawing from it all has really been the safest and best option for me. That’s why I’ve mostly just been using Tumblr lately to post my own stuff, instead of reblogging and engaging in discussion or anything. It really is criminal the way dissenting voices get shouted down and bullied into silence, though.
Anyway, nonny, thanks again for your kind messages, and if you ever want to talk privately, let me know? I’m on AIM and Skype and I’m always happy to have someone new to talk TF with!
33 of 52 Transformers: TFA deluxe Prowl
Unlike G1-y Primaxian Prowls, TFA Prowl is a character I love in concept and execution. His character arc as he struggles with being a team player, with balancing his ego and pride with his search for peace and serenity, is really fascinating to me— and he’s droll and deadpan and sassy, too, which is always great.
Like the rest of the TFA deluxes, Prowl is a really solid toy. He looks just like the show, and his sculpting and colors are both great. He’s posable. The ninja stars that pop off his hubcaps and unfold are one of my favorite TF accessory weapons to date. (He also came with a traffic-light thing that’s. In a box somewhere, IDK about that.) He does have fused wrists, and since his alt is a motorcycle his transformation is tricky, but all in all he’s a great little figure.
PS Prowl and I both almost fell in the pond getting this picture.
32 of 52 Transformers: Hasbro Masterpiece Prowl
I’ll admit, I waffled over getting this guy for a pretty long time. MPs are expensive, even the Hasbro versions, and Prowl is honestly a character that I like a lot more in concept than execution. (I basically stopped reading RID when it was revealed that Prowl had been mind-controlled by Bombshell all along, because that Prowl is the Prowl concept I’m interested in; having Barber/IDW/Hasbro feed us this big cop-out about how he wasn’t a fascist authoritarian all along was a major fucking disappointment. Aren’t MTMTE and RID supposed to be the grown-up Transformers stories?)
But when he showed up in our local TRU, I had to snap him up. We got one wave of the MP Soundwave sets in, and once they sold they were gone, so I didn’t want to risk missing him, and I’m honestly glad that I did.
He’s a really nice figure. They managed to balance retro styling with modern engineering, so even though his feet are nothing more than the rear end of his car mode split in half, they’re incredibly posable. The whole figure is incredibly posable, honestly; about the only thing I’m missing is a ball-joint on the wrist as opposed to the swivel that the toy has. And the really impressive range of motion through his shoulders just about makes up for it!
Being a Masterpiece, his transformation is really hard. His alt-mode is a licensed likeness of a Nissan Fairlady, which is pretty cool, but I don’t think mine’s going to see that mode again. Getting him into it is tricky, and almost all of his white is paint not plastic (that’s why it looks so nice), so I’m afraid to fiddle with him too much. I don’t want to scrape him up.
All in all, though, I really do recommend him. Now I just have to figure out which of my toy shelves this little dictator needs to go control for its own good.
31 of 52 Transformers: PRiD deluxe Rumble
I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to like this guy as much as I do. His proportions are strange, I thought he’d be clunky, I figured I’d hate the kibble on his arms/shoulders— but he’s actually really nice? He’s a lot more poseable than I ever thought he’d be, for one thing, even despite the kibble. His shape is also really appealing to me? Again, despite the kibble, which my mind kind of mentally edits out.
But this little guy’s biggest plus for me is his head. I don’t know what it is about his headsculpt but I really adore it, and I’m glad they gave this version this head instead of the alternate head sported by the Takara redecos of this mold. I love the light piping and the incredible range of movement it has too.
This guy definitely doesn’t feel like a classic cassetticon Rumble to me, although they tried to call out to that version with his pile-driver weapons, but that’s okay. I like him for what he is; I like to imagine him as a squad leader, with a little loyal troop of Vehicon soldiers under his command. All in all, a total cute.
30 of 52 Transformers: Generations deluxe Blurr
Four years ago I thought this mold was friggin’ awesome, snapping up both the Blurr and Drift decos without hesitation. Now, I’m not quite so impressed by it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad mold, but it’s clunky. The legs are huge, the shoulder pauldrons interfere with the head really easily, and the hip kibble/scabbards make the whole thing look fat and chunky.
That said, it makes a pretty good IDW Blurr. His design in the comics actually has the huge shoulders and feet that the toy ended up with, and if you pop the hip scabbards off like I did, it gives him a nice waist and streamlines his look a whole lot. Plus his headsculpt is really, really nice.
So I wouldn’t put this mold at the top of my favorite molds anymore, but I would put this Blurr up there among my favorite toys. And luckily for mine, favorite toys tend to get lots of fun accessories to play with~. So there you go, Blurr, you’re halfway to opening up a toy-sized bar on my display shelf!