Finally, FINALLY I can take my hat off to Hasbro with their recent offering of a two-feet tall Metroplex monster toy. For the uninitiated, Metroplex is a city-size Autobot from Transformers, and he is huge, and I mean HUGE! LOL. The toy doesn't even do his size justice, since making a Metroplex to scale would mean you need a garage to house this fella! Reports say the big fella will be coming out this Aug. Here're some peeks -
Gunpla modellers, I know most of you are going 'blah'. Well, I can never reconcile this Transformers-Gunpla divide. I have gotten the same responses from TF fans as well, who have told me not to bother with TFs and, "go play with Gundam", b'cos I have criticised the kiddy-looking, un-mecha-like form of most TF toys, and championed third-party productions. LOL. In my opinion, they both represent the same genre, just interpreted differently by two vastly un-alike cultures - Americans and Japs. But c'mon? Is the middle line really so hard to tow? Must we be either against or for only one side? I never quite understood this. Unless of course, you're protecting your wallet, since then you would have only one kinda toy to buy. Then...okay, I can't argue widdat LOL.
Anyhoo, I've been a strong critic of Hasbro's designs till now, but I gotta give them kudos for Metroplex. It does have some impressive details, and potential for mods and paints (not to say that I'll ever have the time!). Call it snobbish, but I prefer to think of myself as someone who follows the 'song', instead of the 'singer', meaning I'd buy ANY singer's album as long as his/her song is a hit, instead of pledging undiscerning loyalty to only a singer, and buying all his/her albums, regardless of whether the music's good. Therefore, I've never really swore off Hasbro's products, even though I don't agree with most of their offerings. But if they come up with something I like, I'll get it. As a mecha-lover, I put my money on whoever produces the best-looking bot. I don't care whether you're Hasbro or third-party. Period.
Art appreciation time! Here's some art of the Metroplex character -
Hasbro, third parties, can we see a Trypticon pleeeeease? ;D