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Less Than Meets the Eye: The 12 Most Ridiculous Transformers of All Time

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Sabrblade at 2008-08-25 3:13 pm

GeekDad has brought to us an article called Less Than Meets the Eye: The 12 Most Ridiculous Transformers of All Time.

At first glance, one would believe the author to be an anti-Transformers type who focuses on finding TF stuff to bash. But surprisingly, this list may make sense to some, and not so much to others.

The 12 TFs he lists (in no particular order) are G1 Cosmos, BW Waspinator, G1 Kup, G1 Arcee, Victory Deszaras/Deathsaurus, BWNeo Heinlad, G1 Huffer, G1 Ultra Magnus, RiD Optimus Prime/Fire Convoy, G1 Shockwave, G1 Ratbat, and Movie Frenzy.

While you may be thinking: "WHAT?!! HOW DARE HE SAY THAT ABOUT (insert name here)!!!" read the author's reasons why each of these Transformers made the list (before going crazy). See it here.

Knightwing said,  - 2008-08-25 16:21:14
I hadn't really thought about all the time Shockwave had to fix Cybertron before. He makes some good points, and it is a bit humorus.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-25 16:21:31
I would have to disagree, Sabr. He really sounds like he's just bashing it.
rhinoxfan said,  - 2008-08-25 16:37:32
i agree.. dudes trashin on transformers and its all a personal opinion cause most loved the characters he trashes. he prob mad cause he cant find em and add them to his own collection lol
Sabrblade said,  - 2008-08-25 16:44:45
Well, the only ones on that list that I can somewhat understand are Cosmos, Deathsaurus, and Heinlad.

Cosmos chose a UFO as his altmode. Not the best disguise if one wanted to blend into everyday life.

While Deathsaurus is cool and all, I still don't understand why anyone would want to make a smaller transformer turn into a larger transformer's "breast".

And as for Heinlad, he is cool with his time powers, working clock on the toy, and the only TF to come with sake. But he, like some of the other BWNeo Maximals, turns into an animal that is a rather awkward choice for smeone involved in a war.
Slashwing said,  - 2008-08-25 17:09:12
I think the article is too unobjective. these are all subjective "my definition of what is cool" and obviously fails because of a BIG lack of research. I mean come on! read a little before dissing about the characters!
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-25 17:38:25
The whole thing with the Breastforce is the smaller Transformers become their breastplates and can also become weapons. They're just living armor, so to speak. As for Cosmos, he didn't pick his alt mode. None of the G1 Autobots did, cartoon or comic. The probe picks them because it thinks the machines are the dominant race. Cosmos had no say in the matter. And Heinlad(Heinrad) is actually a really cool character. He does some really interesting stuff in BWN and actually provides for a lot of the comic relief in the series. This guy is really just being a jerk and bashing on something and it's characters that he really doesn't understand.
Darkton said,  - 2008-08-25 18:42:42
Man, this guys got some high standards.

For one, he's a GEEWUNer, so he hates the live action film with a passion, as he does Animated; for another, he has odd standards of ridiculous (accusing Arcee of being a vessel for perverted purposes, when we all know she's a vessel to draw in female Transfans).

I only agree with his reasons for taking on Cosoms (odd altmode), but that's about it.
quickfire said,  - 2008-08-25 20:09:27
Hey guys, I'm back and here's another reason to put Frenzy (2007) and Cosmos (G1) on the list: one is COMPLETELY INSANE! (yet funny), While the other IS AN ODDBALL! I still like them, though because I've been a Trans-Fan since about 2001. I don't mean to brag but I know just about every thing transformer in U.S and a little from Japan.
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-25 20:57:51
Join the club, quickfire, lol.
Autobutt said,  - 2008-08-25 21:12:00
Im sorry guys, but that was too funny. Yeah he was bashing on TFs and all, but hes got quite a few good points and a sense of humor. Id love a discussion topic about our choices for the most ridiculuous tf.

Another thing, im surprised that he didnt add Wheelie onto that list. Its either he doesnt think that Wheelie is ridiculous, or that he forgot about him completely.
ilovetransformers said,  - 2008-08-25 21:15:00
i agree with him.the frenzy toy was a waste of time
megatrong1 said,  - 2008-08-25 23:56:56
i was diging in my barn and i find g1 burs gun devastators head gun and g1 hoist hand and gun heres the thing i dont own any of them and have never seen those part befor and my friends dont own them
budgrimlock said,  - 2008-08-26 00:51:39
Funny article by someone who is not well-versed in his subject matter.
1. Kup- I always liked the toy, but Ratchet on Animated is a way better geriatric bot. Kup was a little better on TV, he did nothing in the movie but talk and get hurt.
2. FIre Convoy- he's off his gourd. Optimus was "Convoy" in Japan, and that RID FIRE CONVOY toy is one of the best primes to date, if you have it you know this. Rumor is they are releasing a Universe Scourge in that same mold. I'd buy it in a heartbeat.
3. Waspinator- he made the show. Great toy mold as well. A fan favorite if I'm not mistaken.
4. G1 Shockwave- WTF? One of the coolest of the original toys. He was an EXCELLENT manager on Cybertron- he was loyal to Megatron for "millions of megacycles" and kept the place going with no energon; after all, Megatron and Optimus had left because of the energy crisis in the first place. Would Shockwave have been better if he'd done a George W. and gone to war with everybody for energy?
5. Huffer- why pick on a minibot? Huffer was a cool, cheap little toy; and we all nearly cried when he had to tow Optimus' trailer back to HQ after Megatron beat him in the "fair fight" by stealing all the Decepticons' powers. $2 toy originally, leave him alone.
6. Ultra Magnus- He had nothing to do with Hot Rod getting the Matrix. He was a decent leader until Galvatron disintegrated him. The matrix didn't choose him because "Ultra MagnusMus Prime" sounds silly and Judd Nelson was supposed to be the star. His toy was way cool for 1986 as well, being the largest Autobot in robot mode until Maximus.

To me, the stupidest transformers by far are the ones that didn't transform, or the ones whose forms were essentially the same thing. Sky Linx made no sense to me, and I feel sorry for Optimus Primal because turning into an ape offers little to no advantage over being a bipedal, humanoid robot. It's like everybody transforms and they can fly or do something different, and Optimus Primal, I guess, just gets toes on his feet, a gorilla face, and hair. Poor guy. All the other animals had unique skills related to their alt modes. Optimus Primal could flip you off with his feet and crawl fast. Also, Armada Scavenger was a really bad toy. Not even good by 1988 standards.
Knightwing said,  - 2008-08-26 04:56:42
Budgrimlock you seem to have missed the point of this guys article. Not once did he complain about the actual toys. He was complaining about the characters, and the things that those characters did.
deceptifan said,  - 2008-08-26 11:21:33
That guy is a moron. He pulled them out of a hat randomly, and then mocked them.
Slashwing said,  - 2008-08-26 13:26:14
I agree deceptifan. like I posted earlier,there´s just a big lack of research and a great ignorance of the character´s basic profile data. I´m not saying that he shouldn´t write transformers humor, what I´m saying is that please do it right!
Jumpercliff said,  - 2008-08-26 16:40:38
I don't care, I still like these figures. If only we had time travel, and if one would go back in time, he/she could convince those Hasbro designers to create an Arcee figure for the 1986 lineup. Then we'd have so many kinds of her, including Botcon, Energon, and Movie.
Synical Prime said,  - 2008-08-26 16:57:09
Man, some folks need to buy a sense of humor. What was almost as funny as the article was the flaming "nerd rage" that ensued in the comment section for it! That was a riot! And, oh, the irony of people trying to defend "comic relief" characters, yet blasting this guy's attempt at humor! Dudes, if we can't laugh at some of this stuff, which really is absurd to "outsiders", and allow others to dislike parts of the universe, then it's time to step away from the keyboard.
veeble ftezer said,  - 2008-08-26 18:10:20
um, reflector?Wheelie?
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-26 19:56:33
Yeah, but Synical Prime, he didn't really make fun of anything to humorous. And, I'll tell ya, I'm the first to admit that Heinrad/lad's Tanuki Beast Mode was stupid along with everybody else from BWNeo, but the guy was clearly bashing on something he knew nothing about. For example, I know nothing about Thundercats, so I'm not going to go and make fun of Thundercats, becasue I'm not going to be funny. And the thing is, we've seen examples of people making fun of TFs and been really funny, such as lilformers. Those were great. This guy just didn't do anything except state random facts that can be obtained through wikipedia.
Overhaul said,  - 2008-08-26 22:03:08
TF bashing? Yes he was. But I do think he has some valid points, although on some of them, they don't earn the specific character the "most ridiculous" title.
I always thought Shockwave was cool. Cold, calculating, driven by his own specific version of logic. He was left behind by Megatron to manage a planet. An entire PLANET. Which was still in a state of civil war. Who knows what he did specifically.
Kup? I think he came into his own better after the movie, and to me is without a doubt one of the best G1 characters starting from the movie era (actually is still one of my favs).
Waspinator? You're trying to hard if you list most ridiculous characters, mention some of these others for "logical" reasons (some of which I do obviously find questionable), and then include Waspinator in that list. He was among the best characters of Beast Wars!

His points aren't specifically invalid with Magnus, except for the fact that Magnus proved to be ill-suited for the Matrix while Hotrod didn't.
But for that brief time, Ultra "I can't deal with that now!!!" Magnus did prove to be a lame leader. But then, it was for so little a time and he really didn't have many options.

According to the way this guy was looking at things, I would think he'd include StarScream on the list (sorry StarScream fans).
The guy with a voice box like THAT who keeps saying he will rules the Decepticons, and has even made a few attempts to do it (and failed).

And then, there are the obvious omissions of Wheelie and Blur...
Synical Prime said,  - 2008-08-27 17:47:51
I realize this is a dead horse, but I still feel like taking one last 'thump' on it for the sake of appealing to intellectual honesty. Just because some folks don't 'get it' or don't like it doesn't mean that it wasn't funny. It just wasn't funny to *those* people. And secondly, it's again ironic that folks who don't really understand this guy's flippant (and yes, somewhat uninformed) poke at these characters are ripping on him for not understanding the characters as well as some robo-philes do. Glass houses dude...
TriPredRavage said,  - 2008-08-27 19:52:45
Did you spell "Cynical" wrong on purpose or was it a mistake?
Synical Prime said,  - 2008-08-27 23:48:12
It's on purpose. All the clever names were already taken... said,  - 2008-08-28 21:19:30
Have you GUYS ever heard of these TF's: LIFTOR,MIGHTY-MAN,DROMO,SURF-FINDER,COMMAND VAN,WAGON MASTER,EXCELLOR and PROTON???? They are(were)the 1st.species of the TRANSFORMERS. They made a brief appearance in NOV/77 to JAN./FEB./78. and that was IT. Regards: les chung.
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