Some months ago, Camson Tran brought to my attention a Japanese variant I was missing. It turns out that the art for Road King -- the Japanese release of the Autobot Powermaster Slapdash -- is different in the, um, chest area. (Hey! My eyes are up here!) Whereas Slapdash is wearing his "yellow engine" halter top, Road King has his Powermaster engine protecting his modesty. Those crazy Japanese. So I emailed heroic_decepticon, who forwarded along a scan from his friend ZFEAKYE (pronounced "huh?") of The Cave Collection, which I promptly passed along to Ginraii, who took time out of his busy schedule doing CGI for the Transformers movies to edit it. And NOW, FINALLY, BEHOLD! (Road King left, Slapdash right.) Thanks, everybody!
Are you wondering what else has been going on in Botch's Transformers-Filled Life...?
I got Hegemon, the third-party Classics-style Megatron. He's pretty fucking sweet.
He's a little loose in some places, and tight in others, but overall he looks bad-ass.
I'll be selling my Henkei Megatron soon. Any takers?
By contrast, I picked up the new "Fall of Cybertron" Shockwave. Now, I love Shockwave. I love Shockwave. And this is a fairly cool mold. I dig it, I do. But... really, Hasbro? You increase the price of deluxes (fine) while at the same time shrinking them noticeably? Really? Hm. Well, they got my money for Shockwave, but I'm not picking up any of the other "Fall of Cybertron" toys. In fact, I'm probably going to sell my "War for Cybertron" figures. Any takers?
I've been mildly obsessed with Kreons lately. (The little Lego-style Transformers men.) But I don't want the Legos themselves, just the little men, so I've been mostly buying the little guys sans bricks online. I did have to buy Bumblebee and Sideswipe, but at drastically reduced prices. This is good, because I was able to build little Kreon displays!
I've also recently re-read some of the classic Transformers fan-fiction I'd printed out long ago, including (for the third time) the greatest, longest unpublished Transformers story ever written: The Corrosion of War Without End by Robert Powers. It's set in the original Marvel comic universe some time after the end of the Generation 2 series. It features a mix of new characters, familiar ones, and great concepts, but above all it's so damn well-written. Action! Emotion! Innovation! Highly recommended.
And last weekend was CybCon 2012, the annual Seattle-area Transformers convention run by Greg Gaub. My long-time friend Charlie was visiting, and I wasn't sure that he'd be up to driving 3 hours each way from Portland. But he's a trooper (and an understanding veteran of Star Trek conventions in his youth), so we drove up and hung out for an hour or so amid the chaos of Transformers fans, dealers and children. Check out my modest haul!
My number one score was a complete and minty minty mint Slamdance for only $65 (normally well over $100). Being a cassette lover, I've been trying to find this guy affordably for years. Score!
I also found Crosshairs, one of the first Autobot Targetmasters, complete with instructions and decent stickers. He's been on my radar since he was revealed to be a member of the crew of the Lost Light, the ship in the current comic series, The Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye. (That series, by the way, is probably the greatest Transformers comic book ever and my favorite read every month.)
Other than those two I just concentrated on tech specs and instruction booklets. Got some great ones really cheap! My tech specs still fit in my metal drawer, but until recently my instructions were just in a neat pile. That said, I finally invested in a binder and some baseball card pages:
It's not perfect. But it's sexier than a stack.
Then again, some things that are stacked are totally hot! Like Slapdash and his sexy top.