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Maximum Articulation | Thoughts on Hasbro’s NYCC Reveals (or “What the #$@! Happened to Optimus Prime?”)
Published on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by
Last week during their press event at NYCC, Hasbro provided sneak peaks at many upcoming lines. One reveal in particular has this writer reeling as if kicked in the jewels by Sebastian Janikowski. Hit the jump for more!

Last Wednesday evening, Hasbro hosted a “Hasbro Party” at New York Comic-Con. During this event, they unveiled upcoming figures from Star Wars, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Transformers: Age of Extinction. These press reveals then followed with distribution of official images for said properties. Unfortunately, this writer was not on the invite list, likely due to the fact that my tangy brand of body odor, over-inflated ego, and rapier’s wit is just too much for one room to contain. As a result, I am penning my impressions from the sidelines.

Star Wars: Black

Reveals were provided for both the 6″ and 3.75″ classes of Star Wars: Black figures. The solitary 6″ release shown was for Episode III Anakin Skywalker, which provoked a whole-hearted “so what?” from this writer. If I have to see one more lackluster miniaturization of Hayden Christensen warming shelves I may lose my mind. Even with the heavy-handed use of Photoshop effects, the 6″ Anakin sculpt still lacks depth and facial resemblance to the actor. In some ways I suppose this is fitting, since Christensen’s performances were also lacking depth and resemblance of talent. Ba-Zing!

Despite some of my grumblings about the Anakin Skywalker figure, I was very impressed with how nice the 3.75″ figures look. The Luke Skywalker and Yoda Jedi Training figures look great, as do the Snowtrooper Commander and Toryn Farr. However, what I really feel this line is lacking at the moment is a Jek Porkins figure, or perhaps the pleasantly plump female dancer from Jabba’s palace. Now that’s a woman you can sink your teeth into.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2- Infinite Series Legends

This is probably the reveal that I am most excited about. Last year Hasbro released a wave of Legends-scale figures based on 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but the execution and aesthetics were somewhat lacking. The only figure I bought from that Wal-Mart exclusive series was the Miles Morales version of Ultimate Spider-Man, which was quite awesome.

Not only is Hasbro releasing a full 6-figure assortment for the sequel, these 6-inch figures will include appendages for a BAF Ultimate Green Goblin! For some the acronym “BAF” means “build-a-figure”, but in this case it means “Bad As F***”. Here’s the roster of the figures to be released in this series- Amazing Spider-Man (movie), Superior Spider-Man, Electro (movie), Carnage, Beetle, and the bootylicious Black Cat. When I first saw the preview image of this particular figure, all I could hear playing in the back of my head is LL Cool J’s “I Need Love“. I think with the exception of  Electro (this Jamie Foxx most definitely does not “rock my world”), I will be buying all these figures for their own value and not just to ruthlessly pillage the BAF pieces from their packages. Oh, did I happen to mention that Black Cat is mad fine?

Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Infinite Series Legends

Dude, I don’t know if Christmas came early this year (not like it matters, Santa knows by now that I’ve been naughty as hell), but having two upcoming Marvel Universe movies with accompanying 6-inch Legends figures has left me with visions of sugarplums dancing in my head. While only two of the Captain America Legends figures were available for preview, prospects are very good that this series is going to be tighter than Miley Cyrus’ nasty butt-shorts. The BAF is an impressive looking Mandroid, and there is finally a worthy Hydra Soldier in the Marvel Legends line, and not that tightly coiled turd released back in 2007.

While I’m not the type to partake in cosplay, I still fully plan on getting the Captain America Battle Helmet and Stealthfire Shield. While they may be purchased under the auspices of being gifts for my son, he will nary lay a booger-encrusted finger on them.

A solitary photo was released for the 3.75″ line, depicting the Winter Soldier. I am not typically a fan of this size class, and will reserve any judgment until I see more of the figures over the next couple of months.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Generations Optimus Prime

I’m not entirely sure where to start with this reveal, but here we go. Not being one to beat around the bush, I think this Transformer looks like a complete, unbridled mess. To add to my disgust is a fair measure of confusion, as it is being billed as a Leader-class release for the Transformers: Generations line. The Generations line is historically collector-focused and used for War for Cybertron/Fall of Cybertron inspired figures and G1/IDW inspired figures. Lumping this supposed flagship figure for the upcoming film into a secondary sub-line like Generations completely boggles my mind, and this is coming from someone old enough to vividly remember the horror that was Beast Machines. Years of pervasive substance abuse failed to even slightly fade the abhorrent impressions that show left on my psyche. Transformers fans who claim that Michael Bay “raped their childhood” haven’t experienced anything until they witness Beast Machines‘ portrayal of Cybertron turning into a freaking rain forest.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime, aka "Simple Jack". While the robot mode leaves much to be desired, the redesigned truck is a nice update.

Transformers: Age of Extinction Optimus Prime, a.k.a. “Simple Jack”. While the robot mode leaves much to be desired, the redesigned truck is a nice update.

Apparently based on the CGI model from the upcoming film, this new Leader-class figure bears a frightening resemblance to the simplistic Voyager-class Optimus Prime mold from the 2007 Transformers movie. For those who don’t recall this figure, while it was not terrible on its own, it nonetheless bore no resemblance to the on-screen robot design and had more cheats in it’s transformation than Mike Tyson’s Punch Out.

Top: Voyager-class Optimus Prime from 2007's Transformers, aka "Forrest Gump" Bottom: Leader-class Optimus Prime from Revenge of the Fallen, aka "Like A Boss"

Top: Voyager-class Optimus Prime from 2007’s Transformers, a.k.a. “Forrest Gump”
Bottom: Leader-class Optimus Prime from Revenge of the Fallen, a.k.a. “Like A Boss”

Keep in mind that a Leader-class figure is typically twice the price of a Voyager (Hasbro has noted the MSRP on this figure will be $44.99), and twice the size. This usually also means twice the sophistication of the design, and I’m just not seeing it here. If I compare this to the 2009 Revenge of the Fallen Leader-class Prime, the engineering is just drastically inferior. Even with the gigantic “Sword of Yellow-Tinged Urinary Glory” he apparently comes with, I still won’t be able to convince myself to bite on this guy.

In summation, Hasbro’s 2013 NYCC reveals gave us a glimpse of some great figures, especially the  upcoming 6-inch Legends lines for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the unfortunate case of Optimus Prime however, we were treated to a nose full of  extraterrestrial fart dust straight from the planet Dook. Now granted, when I encounter the final retail version in person I may have a change of heart, and it has happened before. But as it stands right now, I am one seriously let-down fanboy.

Until next time folks!

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