> It's interesting to me that Armada Starscream is a character they keep
> coming back to. This will be his third mainline toy (not counting
> McDonald's toys and such), and yet most other Armada characters have
> never been revisited in any shape or form. Has Starscream come to
> represent Armada in the same way that Sky-Byte seems to be the token
> representative for Robots in Disguise? (Well, and Hot Shot, too, I
> guess, since he's getting the third toy to represent his original Armada
> form soon as well.)
Starscream had a really interesting character arc in Armada, so he is
beloved among Armada fans.
The design of the Armada Seeker is also really quite nice, although poorly
realized in the original toyline, for reasons I don’t understand (the big
problem was the massive backpack sticking straight back, and it could
easily have folded down (as they have done with every version since), and
wouldn’t have even affected the big block of electronics.
There are obvious redecos and remolds. Like, um, Jhiaxus, or
And, it allows Hasbro to put a Starscream on the shelf, so people vaguely
familiar with the brand can buy one for their nephew, daughter, non-binary
He’s a very easy and very safe choice.
I expect Energon and Cybertron Starscream to also be made, although the
redeco potential with those is less obvious, and the character arc is less
(Since Energon Starscream was so heavily inspired by G2 Smokescreen, that’s
a potential redeco, and it’s a great design that seems like it would hold
up to modern materials)
All signs point to us getting an Armada Optimus as well — another very easy
and very safe choice. I don’t know about Megatron, since I can no longer
keep real information and unfounded rumors clear.
(Should I tell my therapist that I don’t know what is real anymore? I think
he would at least initially interpret wrong… but even if it isn’t
delusions, living in the post-truth era causes all sorts of stresses)
I’d like to see an Armada Blurr, as the idea behind the toy was very nifty
while the execution was poor. He wasn’t an interesting character, but as a
toy I think he would translate well to the current approach — the wedge car
with flip down wings works, even if the wings aren’t triggered by a minicon
and aren’t spring loaded. It’s Tracks’ gimmick, but the design is a lot
more balanced so it isn’t just car with little wings sticking out.
> I haven't seen any of the idiots on the message boards complaining that
> Legacy is an endless G1 snorefest, so I guess if Hasbro wants to continue
> occasionally deigning to pay tribute to some of these other characters,
> that's fine with me. But I do feel like they skipped an entire
> generation, because now we're getting tributes to Armada and Prime and
> Animated, but they forgot about all those G2 characters.
You got a Laser Optimus and a G2 Megatron or two. Wasn’t that enough?
> Zob (seriously, I wants me some Skram and Deluge and Firecracker)
The current focus outside of G1 appears to be cartoon characters. So, you
might be out of luck. I’m still surprised there has been no Selects G2
I want some Beast Machines toys. So many were so far from the character
models that there’s a reason to revisit just for that.
And taking the design of the BM Tank Drone toy and scaling it up to Voyager
would likely work — the modern articulation might make it a challenge to
get everything pegged together firmly as panels would want to move a lot
But, I really want to see what they do with the Maximals now.