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Saturday, July 3, 2010

WING SABER TOYZ SPECIAL: TRANSFORMERS HEADMASTERS C-103- HIGHBROW! HEAD ON!













Autobot
Sub-group
Function
Electronic Warfare
Rank
6
Partner
Motto
"War is the playground of the ignorant."
Alternate Modes
Cybertronian Helicopter
Series




English voice actor
Japanese voice actor






Hello there ladies and gentleman! First off,  a very warm welcome once again to the home of uber slacker and blogger Adam aka WSX! This time, I am here to blog about a really cool piece of a Vintage Transformer which I managed to grab off Ebay from a very understanding and super seller by the name of Grimlock's Paradise !  A minor note of appreciation:- Many thanks to the seller for letting me get this wonderful piece, not least because it is the harder to locate Japanese MISB (Mint Sealed In Box) version with the super-cool Japanese Graphics and wow factor. While the Character was somewhat underused in the short-lived American Transformers cartoon series "Rebirth", the Japanese Continuity really gave the series new life by injecting a solid and satisfying storyline to the venerable franchise. 


BINARY BONDING?  



Text credited to Wikipedia.org







"The details of the binary-bonding process have never been fully explained. As the end result, though, the human or Nebulan is able to wear a special armor, which gives him/her a telepathic link with the Transformer, and also allows him/her to transform into a mechanical object that can be used by the Transformer. In the latest IDW Publishing version, the transforming technology is built into the Nebulans themselves.


Pictures linked, credited to www.Seibertron.com

When connected with each other, the human or Nebulan and the Transformer essentially share a single mind and can work together seamlessly, but when separated from each other, both retain their individual minds and bodies. This allows for greater cooperation, and with twice the experience, a better understanding of possible combat or other dangerous situations. The binary-bonding process does not damage the body of either party, and both parties are able to carry on with their normal lives, but it does generate a permanent, irreversible bond between their minds. However, the Headmaster component can find themselves with increased strength.


The process does have a few weaknesses. Some partnerships on both sides suffer from issues partners have with one another. For example, Vorath is a scientist while his Decepticon partner, Mindwipe is a believer in the supernatural, leading the two to bicker over conflicting ideologies. Also, headless Transformers can be stuck in vehicle mode when the Headmaster component is separated.

Highbrow's G1 American Instructuions linked and credited to www.botchthecrab.com

Most of the organic creatures that underwent the binary-bonding process in the Transformers TV show and comic were Nebulans. The most notable exception is the human Spike Witwicky, who is binary-bonded to Cerebros, who is in turn part of Fortress Maximus. In the TV show, Spike's son Daniel was also binary-bonded to the female Autobot Arcee, but neither Daniel nor Arcee ever appeared in the American comic. (In the American Transformers: Headmastersmini-series, an Autobot resembling Arcee in convertible mode was shown in an Autobot convoy, but never identified as her.)"


ONE COOL CYBERTRONIAN  HELICOPTER!



As his primary colour is grey and blue, this is how Highbrow is depicted in the Transformers Headmasters cartoon. It carries on in both robot and double-blade rotor helicopter mode, complete with a clear reed molded cockpit for the piloting Headmaster Gort. In my opinion, the design is rather nice and futuristic, and its appeal lies in the overall sleekness and coolness of the design. As with most toys of the era, although the transformation is pretty straight-forward, however its the "Headmaster" function and gimmick of changing the "head-robot" in the form of the pilot, and seeing the specific power and strength meter readings when it is plugged on the main robot body is the main attraction of playing and owning it. The designers came up with such a neat and wonderful gimmick that is fun and simple, yet it doesn't seem to go out of style, 20-odd years on! A+


THE INTELLECT HEADMASTER!


Of all the other Headmasters present in the show, Highbrow was my favorite, closely followed by Chromedome, then Brainstorm and finally, Hardhead.  However, it was Highbrow's combination of intellect, rather than his strength on the battlefield which almost always won the day for his Autobot comrades. His robot mold is one of the best looking, brick or no brick! To complement his very form fitting design, his toy came with twin rifles which makes the toy even more badass! A++ 

FINAL THOUGHTS


AGAIN, THIS IS A PRETTY EASY VINTAGE TO OBTAIN, IF MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, HE IS ALMOST AVAILABLE IN MOST ONLINE STORES AND AUCTIONS SITES. MOST COLLECTORS WOULD HAVE YOU KNOW THAT IT IS EASIER FINDING A LOOSE, SEMI USED AND
"PLAYED" WITH TOY OF HIGHBROW RATHER THAN A COMPLETELY BOXED SPECIMEN.   AS FOR YOURS TRULY, I AM SOMEWHAT AN ADMIRER FOR THE  MORE RARER AND HARDER TO FIND JAPANESE C-103 INCARNATION. IT'S MAGNIFICENTLY PACKAGED IN A CLASSIC BOX. YOUR BEST BET IS TO GET HIM IN DECENT CONDITION ON THE CHEAP. IN CONCLUSION, HIGHBROW NATURALLY GETS A RESOUNDING HELL YEAH! MUST BUY! 



Highbrow, Headmasters Copyright 1988 Takara * Hasbro Inc. All rights Reserved

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