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Ugh

"Firefly"

Heavyarms's picture
Posted by Heavyarms on 16 April, 2015 - 09:24
Just think of him as

Just think of him as Fireflyyyyyyyy...t.

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Posted by VF5SS on 16 April, 2015 - 10:46
You made the [planes] too good!

I'm in a funny spot with these new Aerialbots.

One of my clearest childhood toy memories is getting the Aerialbots gift set for Christmas, and how thrilling it was to have a complete combiner team of jet planes (I was an aviation buff from as soon as I could talk). But it didn't take me long to realize that those original toys had some serious flaws. With the exception of Slingshot's arms, the transformation of all the smaller bots was basically identical. They all turned into realistic, identifiable jet fighters... that were clearly carrying folded-up robots underneath. And don't even get me started on the disaster that was G1 Silverbolt. So, while I have a huge nostalgic connection to this particular team, I also have to admit that they weren't great toys.

Now, along come these Generations versions, and they clearly improve on the originals in size, style, and articulation. Silverbolt is worlds better (although he remains an airliner in a team of warplanes), and I appreciate the variety that Alpha Bravo brings. But I can't help feeling that the smaller bots still have dull and largely identical transformations, and all of them except the new guy still become cool jets sitting atop giant, inexplicable boxes. It's as if the designers did too good a job of reproducing the originals, down to including their biggest flaws.

I also have a bone to pick with Mr. Fireflight in particular. While his G1 version was clearly inspired by the F-4, this "Firefly" fellow is a strange sort of futuristic Harrier design that seems to closely match RotF Dirge. Neat for what it is, but no surprise that it will be re-used as Slingshot, because it plainly is an updated Slingshot in everything but the head design and color scheme. This mold wasn't ever meant to be Fireflight!

So, yeah... I'm really excited that Hasbro is doing combiners again, and doing them pretty damn well from what I've seen. But somehow the new Aerialbots, which ought to be my most beloved team, are reminding me more about what I didn't like in the originals than what I did. I'm actually most curious about what we will see from "new" combiners, like Galvatronus.

Thanks for reading.

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Posted by Corduroy Bear on 16 April, 2015 - 20:22
 
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