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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPOTLIGHT:- TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 2- HIT OR MISS?




Hi there boys and girls from around the world. Here is WSX once again posting a little musing and random thoughts, this time on the subject matter that has been seeing a mini-revival of sorts, coinciding with the release of the ever uber-cool Transformers Convention 2010/ BotCon giftset aptly dubbed Generation 2 Redux! 
Previously, Botcon also was inspired by the G2 type-cast of characters and released several figures, chiefly a neat looking and spot -on rendition of "G2 Thunderclash" Turbomaster in the form of a repainted Transformers Energon / Superlink Rodimus Prime. 




IMHO, in all honesty, the Generation 2 line of Transformers seemed some what unfamiliar and non-interesting to me, mostly because I was more into the Japanese continuity such as the Super God Master force and Victory  Transformers series. Watched and loved every episode and character, more biased I guess when it comes to being a real fan! LOL! 


REALLY NOW, WHY SO NEON?! 



The snippet of information is summed up perfectly:- Im more inclined to talk about the toy-line, since the G2 cartoon series with the same name was essentially a non-issue and pretty lame to begin with. "Transformers: Generation 2 was the first Transformers toy revamp, relaunching the line in 1993, two years after the last of the original Transformers figures were off the shelves in the United States. It began with recolored versions of Generation 1 toys, but soon consisted entirely of new molds made for the line.




Generation 2 saw more-or-less simultaneous release in the US and European markets, but Japan would not start the line (or even have any Transformers product at all on shelves, for that matter) until 1995."




SO BASICALLY, DOES THE LINE REALLY SUCK?!




Technically, there were some released molds, including the original G1 recolored molds, that really stood out for me anyway...And thankfully, I am not going to even attempt to delve into he utterly horrible-line that is the Gobots. Period. Those releases are considered the "bastard-child" of the Generation 2 line in my eyes. 






AXELERATORS ALL THE WAY! 




These little mini-cars are pretty cool! They are slightly bigger than the regular "match-box" versions of transformers, and they are pretty awesome in their own right. The toys were packaged MINT ON SEALED CARD (MOSC) and there are two which catches my  fancy. Info credited and liked--taken from www.tfwiki,net.


I MUST OWN THESE! 


Generation 1 & 2

His name is "Marks" backwards.  Communist propaganda?

COOL CAR MODE AND OVERALL DESIGN! 
  • Skram (Axelerator, 1993/1994)
    • Accessories: Engine block gun
Sold as part of the Axelerator assortment, Skram transforms into a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. His exposed chrome-silver engine block becomes a pistol for robot mode.
He was initially released in the European market in 1993, during the "transitional" time when the Transformers toys took on the newGeneration 2 sigils, but the packaging lacked the "Generation 2" line-name. He was slightly recolored for American release the same year, with the transparent pink plastic of his windows and light-pipe being replaced with a smoky gray plastic that was much harder to see through. He was released again in the UK in 1994 in G2 packaging, but the toy was identical to the original European-market release.
This toy is gang-molded with Windbreaker.



SO, WHO'S THE NEXT TO BE BOUGHT?!




Generation 1 & Generation 2

Do my car-bits make me look fat?



 GOODNESS! 
  • Windbreaker (Axelerator, 1993/1994)
    • Accessories: Engine-block rifle
Sold as part of the Axelerator assortment, Windbreaker transforms into an orange and blue Chevrolet Camaro Z28. He was initially released in the European market in 1993, during the "transitional" time when the Transformers toys took on the new Generation 2 sigils, but the packaging lacked the "Generation 2" line-name. He was slightly recolored for American release the same year, with the transparent pink plastic of his windows and light-piping being replaced with a smoky grey plastic that was much harder to see through. He was released again in the UK in 1994 in Generation 2 packaging, but the toy was identical to the original European-market release.
This toy is gang-molded with Skram.



FINAL WORD:- 




When all is said and done about the line, at the end of the day, buy only the ones that appeal to you! duh! For me Id definitely consider to gather all the AXELERATORS/ loose and mint complete if possible. Id also line up a possible purchase for the Machine Wars Optimus Prime repaint Thunderclash. All these guys would be a kickass addition to any collection. Be selective, and you WIN the day! LOL!




All images Copyright 1992 TAKARA & Hasbro Inc

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