Monday, May 30, 2011


So, I picked up DotM Starscream yesterday (we got paid). I'm also typing this from my new laptop, which cost a little more than Starscream did!

I'll do a proper review later, but Starscream is pretty great. He's easily the best version of Movie Starscream that's close to this size, and even rivals the leader mold in some regards. I'll still be getting the upcoming silver repaint of ROTF Voyager Starscream, but this new toy is definitely a better mold. The Mechtech weapon(s) is pretty good. The conversion mechanic works well, but the connection between the two parts isn't quite as strong as the spring, so the flipped-out blade slowly moves out of its fully extended position while the two pieces are connected. I may try to get another one. We'll see. I am very happy that the repaint, Thundercracker, is in wave 3, which is already starting to hit shelves in some places. I'm sure I'll buy any and all other-Seeker repaints of this mold (and maybe even a G1-style Starscream repaint, should they choose to go that route).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cool stuff!

Well, there's a lot going on here. First off, yesterday was the last working day at school, so we're now on summer break. On top of that, I ended the day with an interview to work at the local high school (I currently work at the middle school, which is not ideal), and inadvertently interviewed again today with the head principal and got the job! I'm pretty stoked. I'll partially celebrate by getting some more DOTM toys next week after payday. Most likely Megatron, Starscream, and a couple more Cyberverse.

Also, my son turns 4 tomorrow! It's hard to believe that he'll be that old. Just this morning the wife and I went to check out the preschool he'll likely attend this fall, and after Friday he'll be out of daycare for most of the summer. He's going to have a Transformers birthday party tomorrow at his daycare - we've got a cake ready to pick up in the morning. He's also getting some of those new DOTM battle bumper (or whatever they're called) toys - the ones that are paired up and you press the back of the vehicle in and the robot mode automorphs into a standing position. They're pretty fun, and he enjoyed doing the "try me" deal at the store last week. We settled on the Bumblebee/Megatron pack. I also picked him up a Cyberverse Legion toy - Bumblebee. However, I got him the "Bolt" repaint/remold of the ROTF toy. It's got a zig-zag striping pattern and the right hand is remolded to accept CV weapons. He should be able to transform it on his own, so I hope he likes it. I also wanted to get him one that I wouldn't end up getting for myself, and I think this BB repaint fits the bill.

Anyway, just a fun day overall.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

OK, so D-Day has come and gone.

The Dark of the Moon toys were officially released yesterday! And you that list I had with the stuff I wanted to get? Yeah, that didn't really happen.

I went by the local Walmart before work yesterday morning. Money's pretty tight, so I expected to walk out of there with very little; I thought I might by a Cyberverse Legion class toy (the new version of the old, normal legends class toys - $5) or maybe Deluxe Starscream. Well, they didn't actually have much out. They had some deluxes - about four of each wave 1 toy, save for Starscream, of which there was only one. I decided that I'd hold off on him, though I was worried about him selling out before I'd be able to get him (locally, at least). So then I focused on the legion toys. Well, except for the fact that they weren't there. In fact, there weren't any Cyberverse playsets, normal Human Alliance, Leaders, or Voyagers, either. They did also have the Human Alliance Basics and Cyberverse Commanders (though oddly lacking any Sentinel Primes), both of which tempted me. Still, I settled on coming back later, even possibly after the end-of-the-month paycheck.

In the afternoon, my wife and I realized that I had to get some staples at the store, so after we got home from work, I took the kids to the WM. We, of course, ended back up over at the toy section. Clearly, someone had worked hard since the morning. A ton of more stuff was out - Voyagers (just wave 1, it looked like), Leaders, Cyberverse (or CV) Legions, CV Commander Sentinel Prime, the larger/normal Human Alliance toys, and a ton of the extraneous "kiddy"/role play toys. In addition, they had put out their two current exclusives for the line: a two-pack with a remold/repaint of HFTD Battle Blades Optimus (now has faceplate-less head and hooks rather than swords, not to mention a hilarious "sparkle" deco) and Commetor (a repaint of 2007 Landmine) and then a Legends 3-pack with a Goldbug-inspired ROTF Bumblebee, a G1-style ROTF Soundwave, and a more orange than normal repaint of Universe Rodimus. They're both great deals, being much less than their component toys would cost separately, but I don't need them now (and will probably only get the Legends 3-pack).

Anyway, I sifted though the Legions, which offered a few surprises (I didn't expect to see Crowbar, Leadfoot, or Mudflap yet, and I didn't realized there was another psuedo-repaint of ROTF BB). However, since I wanted to focus on core characters for the most part for DOTM, I figures the first toy I get should be one of the those characters, and the only Legions that meet that qualification were Ratchet and the two BBs, none of which I wanted to be my first DOTM toy. So I looked at the Commanders again, and I was leaning toward getting Megatron. However, I let my son decide which one I should get between Megatron, Optimus, Ironhide, and Sentinel, and he went for Optimus (after a few attempts to get me to buy more than one), so that's what we got.

He's pretty cool. I'll put of some pics later.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

T-minus 12 days to D-day

Well, D-day keeps getting closer. In fact, many people online are finding stuff already out at Targets and Walmarts. However, with gas prices this high, I'm not going hunting just for TFs, and I'll be fine waiting until the actual release on the 16th (or maybe later in that week to celebrate the last day of having students).

However, due to slim finances and my son's birthday coming up at the end of the month, I'm only getting a few things before the end-of-the-month paycheck, and this is my likely list:

-Deluxe Starscream
-Cyberverse Sentinel Prime (if he's available)
-Cyberverse Optimus Prime (the one with the jetpack, but not the preview 3D glasses release)
-A couple of the "legion" (i.e. normal sized) class Cyberverse - probably some new characters here, like Crankcase, Crowbar, Topspin, etc...but probably only two of them.
-...maybe Voyager Megatron (or possibly Ironhide)
-...maybe HA Sandstorm. I really want all of the HA scouts, but only Sandstorm comes close to being a "legacy" character I already have other versions of (in his case, HftD legends Sandstom and Energon Cliffjumper, who's very Sandstormish).

And I'll probably get something outside of the mainline toys for my son's birthday. I'm also going to hope to get Leader Sentinel Prime for Father's son has already said he wants to get me a DOTM toy (he actually says the whole phrase "dark of the moon.")