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Perceptor at 2009-03-04 9:44 am   (site update)
Moving on to (slightly) bigger and better things.  Another trio of all new character pages is available for your viewing pleasure in the 1988 Section, the Decepticon Triggercons: CRANKCASE, RUCKUS and WINDSWEEPER.

Sabrblade. said,  - 2009-03-04 10:26:47
More non-show characters.

These guys actually kinda look alright considering the time they were released. Perhaps a few more paint apps and some more articulation and these would probably be some pretty decent figures.
Perceptor said,  - 2009-03-04 11:11:46
Yeah, even by today's standards, they're pretty cool toys.
lord megatron said,  - 2009-03-04 11:43:14
Crankcase, if I recall, recently had a new figure produced back in '08 right? Even though he was a part of the "Bay-Formers" would you still consider him to be a part of classics/Universe? Seriously considering picking his figure up.
Bass X0 said,  - 2009-03-04 13:09:15
LM: Movie Crankcase (along with the other repaints sold alongside him) was originally intended to be a part of Universe until stores said they wanted movie branded toys and so they were shifted to be sold as movie toys instead. So says Joe Kyde, a Hasbro designer.

Perceptor: Crankcase also appeared in U.S. #48 and appeared on the cover of that issue. He also appears on the cover of #63 even though he did not appear in the comic itself. As well as several U.K. issues. It helps to check Seibertron's character appearances for finding out comics that rarely used characters were in.

And I love these three little guys. They bring back memories of a vacation I went on as a child during the summer of 1988 where I picked these up.
Jumpercliff said,  - 2009-03-04 15:54:12
Ah, the Triggercons! Again, in need of a Universe update. Voice actor ideas:

-Crankcase (Jon Lovitz, 'cause some guy on the Collector's Club forums gave me the idea, along with the infamous "It stiiiiinnnnnnkkkssss!" quote)
-Ruckus (Kevin Nealon)
-Windsweeper (Dana Carvey)

So, in other words, a mid-80s SNL trio reunion.
Sabrblade said,  - 2009-03-04 17:13:03
>>"Voice actor ideas:"

Yeah but in what show? The Rebirth ended the G1 cartoon in America and Masterforce has no place for them.
Overhaul said,  - 2009-03-04 18:26:26
I guess they'll (for the moment) have to stay on the various imagined shows we all watch in our heads.
I agree, these guys don't seem bad (just some more joints and sticker/paint apps.). A heck of a lot better than the Firecons (who may not have been bad if other they had better transformerations and robot modes).
I do like the fact that there are so many random characters among each line, giving writers the ability to use characters we don't know of in stories, or simply treat them like "Red Shirt" characters you can kill off to add to the fact that there is a war going on. Personally, in one of my Transformer stories, the first bunch of characters I kill off are mostly the non-pre existing Action Master characters.
lord megatron said,  - 2009-03-05 08:12:23
Ah, voice acting is what I'm shooting for once I get out of school. I've had A LOT of people tell me that I have the talent and I plan to put this to use. Hopefully, I'll be able to make it into at least one tformers series, but thats just wishfull thinking.
Jumpercliff said,  - 2009-03-05 18:58:32
Saberblade, I was thinking of a show that's multi-TF generational, like what they did with Justice League: Unlimited (heroes and villains from multiple generations combined with a semi-all-star cast). That would be a cool show.

Lighter note: is there anyone here who likes the DC superhero the Atom?
Sabrblade said,  - 2009-03-05 20:29:53
Now that you've brought it up, Jumpercliff, I've realized that a show like that would have millions of characters, spanning from Autobots to Decepticons to Maximals to Predacons to Vehicons to Mini-Cons and beyond. That would be epic huge, overcompensating, and full of "Wow"!
Jumpercliff said,  - 2009-03-06 17:35:17
NOW you're getting it. Of course, there would be some actors returning, although Wally Burr would have to step into the roles of Ratchet, Gears, Seaspray and Scavenger since Don Messick is RIP. But can't you just think about the guest cast! And just think of possible crossovers, including with JLU! One word: AWESOME!
Sabrblade said,  - 2009-03-06 20:27:19
But what bodies would characters who have had multiple bodies be in? For example, would G1 Optimus be in his orignal body, Star Convoy body, G2 Combat Hero body, or G2 Laser Rod body?
Jumpercliff said,  - 2009-03-06 21:16:34
Uh, you remember in the Japanese G2 tech specs they mentioned his 'reconfiguration matrix'? So, while he would have his Classics chasis, he could use that thing to go either Powermaster, Actionmaster, Combat hero, and Laser forms.

Okay, broader thing: Any G1ers would be in their updated Classics/Universe forms, while bots from other generations would retain their own forms (minus U-trilogy Hot Shot, Red Alert II, Scattorshot II, Leobreaker, Landmine II, the Maximal team at the end of BM, and the RID team). Any characters who have the same name is just coincidental, and in this series, the 'veteran' Autobots and Maximals take on more of a Green Lantern Corps/Nova Corps-like role post-Unicron trilogy, with the majority of their adventures on Earth. This also would an opportunity to give characters that didn't appear in any TV show a spot in the limelight, like they did on JLU with people like Wildcat, Mr. Terrific, Booster Gold, etc. What could be cooler than pitting any of the combiners against characters like Giganta, Chemo, Fin Fang Foom, or the Sentinels?

Call me a dreamer, call me a looney, call me whatever you like. I can take it with dignity.
Sabrblade said,  - 2009-03-06 22:14:47
Prime didn't have his Powermaster body in the cartoon continuity, because that toy was used as the Godmaster Ginrai. And the Reconfiguration Matrix didn't enable him to switch into several bodies, but instead was used to revive him in his Laser Rod body after Megs had nearly killed him.

But what I don't get is why they haven't used the Classics/Universe figures in any fiction related to the G1 cartoon. The Classics comics were connected to the Marvel Comic, the Henkei manga is an original story that serves as an alternate telling of G1 that surprisingly isn't connected to the cartoon continuity (as the japanese are famous for retconning stuff into the cartoon's timeline), and Universe has no fiction at all (aside from that Action Blast episode that's more like a clip show telling the basics of the origins all the G1 continuities, rather than an actual story).
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