Friday, June 15, 2012

The Generations Dilemma

I'm facing a bit of a dilemma. That dilemma stems from the new crop of Generations figures coming out this fall. Should I buy them? I think I want to, but my renewed focus on getting as many G1 figures as I can as quickly as I can has called my commitment to other lines into question.

It's funny, Takara puts out details on new Masterpiece figures and they're preordered as soon as I can get Bigbadtoystore to pull up on my phone or computer. Hasbro announces new Generations figures and I don't get that excited. Don't get me wrong, I loved the last run of Classics/Generations/Reveal the Shield. Of the few figures I've seen, Jazz, Shockwave, et al, all look great. I'm not too fond of the way Bruticus looks, but the individual Combaticons look stunning.

It's just that I think I may be burnt out on them. I don't know. This isn't a problem I had with the other Transformer lines. I don't collect anything other than G1, Masterpiece, and Generations. There's nothing wrong with Beast Wars through Prime, I'm just not into them. Well, the movie stuff is anathema to me.

So I decided to come up with a list of pros and cons about the Generations line. Nothing too involved or detailed, just a list to help me.

1. Updated articulation. Warpath alone is awesome.
2. Great looking figures.
3. Not tied into any kind of continuity. That is a big one. Hasbro just gives us a figure and says "Enjoy this update on Wheeljack!". That's awesome.
4. Man that Shockwave looks beautiful.

1. Not tied into any continuity whatsoever. Yeah, I just listed that as a pro, but it's just a little odd to delve into the line without a continuity. Then again, most of these designs end up in the comic, so I may be off base on this one.
2. Man, that Bruticus is ugly.
3. Where are the rest of my Dinobot updates? Grimlock didn't operate alone.

I think I'll still wind up getting the new Generations figures. All 40 of them. Anyone else having this problem, or is it just me? By the by, am I alone in not reading the tech specs anymore? I just buy the figure, pop it open and enjoy. And really, isn't that all that matters?


  1. I have to cherry pick and buy what I really like first as opposed to buying everything as it's released.

    Since I have just about as much G1 as I want/have room for my dilemma is buying the Takara version or the Hasbro version!

    I've never been a big fan of the Masterpiece toys until I saw MP-10 Convoy and now Sideswipe & Soundwave. Man it's going to be an expensive 4th quarter.

    1. Yeah, the 4th quarter will be really expensive. With the Generations line, I've yet to run across a figure that I didn't like, which is odd. I guess the idea of updated versions of G1 characters just gets me going.