This is an expensive year, and it's just started. Just from Encores, Masterpieces, and the SG VSE set, I've already committed almost $1200. That's half my yearly budget for figures this year. I'd like to spend more, but wife, kids, mortgage, yada yada. First world problems.
Speaking of Masterpiece, I'm amazed that in the first 8 years, there were 10 releases and only 6 molds. Between 2012 and the end of this year, there will be 8 releases and essentially 7 molds. That's crazy. I almost kind of wish that Tomy would slow down, then I think about the 8 years before this Golden Age. I'm all for more releases, especially if this means that Tomy are finally listening to people and go head to head with the 3rd party stuff, which is great. Could my dream of a Masterpiece Combiner finally happen? A Masterpiece Headmaster, Targetmaster, or dare I say, Pretender? The mind boggles.
Thanks to the amazing new releases this year, my ability to continue growing my G1 collection has slowed. I so need to get back to that. I've been cruising eBay and other places looking for my next purchase, but I just need to make up my mind.
I've never been happy with this blog. The layout has been bland, and my photography has not been that great. I think I've taken steps to make the layout more appealing and I've made great strides with my photography. The only thing I'm really not pleased with would be the posts themselves. They seem rushed to me, because they are. To rectify that, I'm taking more time on my posts. Easy fix. The posts will be more in depth, which will take more time to compose. My next post will be up this weekend and be about MP-13, Soundwave. I'll receive Soundwave this Tuesday, but creating the perfect post, with pictures, will take about three days, due to things like work, kids' homework and being a family man. Keep your eyes peeled for that post!
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm pretty disappointed so far in Regeneration One. The storyline has just meandered, it seems. There's a slow build towards...something, but I'm not sure what. Will Hot Rod become Rodimus Prime? Why was Repugnus on Earth, and left there? Thunderwing, again, really? These are things that've popped into my head as I've read this series. Then again, I was rather unimpressed with Robots In Disguise until the last three issues and that's now one of my favorite comic series. Furman has a lot of goodwill with me thanks to the Marvel Run and the -tion run at IDW that was kinda ruined for me by All Hail Megatron, so I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
The bright spot for me for Regeneration One has been Andrew Wildman. He is, to me, the greatest Transformers artist of all time. Sure Don Figueroa is great, as are E.J. Su, Nicke Roche, et al, but Wildman's art is just so damn expressive. His characters wear their emotions. They look fluid. I don't know if I'm describing what in thinking very well, but suffice it to say, Wildman's art evokes some strong feelings in me.
Okay, Random Thoughts III over. Back to looking for more toys to buy.